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Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-15-2002

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a caramel copper with so much sediment it almost settles into a solid. Creme colored foam settles on top with medium sized bubbles.

S: Aroma is intensely sweet with honey and malty syrup, hints of toffee and chewy caramel candy also swim around in there.

T/M: Carbonation is not aggressive at all which accentuates the malty sweetness. Some balancing bitterness emerges through the overly sweet malt and settles into a sort of metallic twang for a bit near the end. Aftertaste is more lingering malty sweetness and just a hint of bitter hoppiness; it's pretty sweet but light enough to be quaffable.

This is surprisingly dry on the tongue, great if you're a fan of American ambers, the metallic twang kind of turns it off for me.


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Photo of BraveGator
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty translucent brown and red body and modestly creamy head draws entices me to smell

S: Malty caramel smell with slight sweetness from the head

T: Moderately bitter in the malty flavor matched the translucent body, resonating aftertaste

M: Light malty feel to the toungue, not heavy at all

Overall satisfied with this light body malt. Has the expected malt taste and feel, pleasant to look at in glass.

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Photo of CDS86
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TrevorWGrover
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look ~ pours a deep coppery to ruby color. the head is decent: it comes up about two or three fingers, is cream colored, and falls at a usual pace with some decent lacing. clarity is very good with some nice visible carbonation.

Smell ~ overall, pretty good. it had a nice balance of hops and malts, though i'd characterize both as in the moderately-low range. the malt is pretty standard for the style (light, crystal, and some dark malt) and not too complex. hops are of the earthier english varieties (though i can't really identify it). some nice fruity esters round out the finish.

Taste ~ good, well-balanced, flavor. a little richer than what i got off the nose, although the character is more or less the same. the malt isn't too complex, but has a decent depth between primary malts (bread-like) and secondary malts (very light caramel, some chocolate/coffee). the malt is balanced nicely by a prominent earthy hops with a hip of floral in there. a bit of fruitiness on the finish.

Feel ~ medium-full body with moderately low carbonation. no alcohol warmth. nice mouth-coating feel.

I'm a big fan of this one. while it's not as complex and deep as Fuller's ESB, it achieves a great balance between hops and malt with some nice fruity esters in there that round out the flavor well. great sessionability.

I had this with some great english fare like yorkshire pudding, lancashire hotpot, and shepard's pie.

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Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle into a Hobgoblin glass from a tin can gift set thing.

A nice hiss from the bottle, Hobgoblin spouts out a ruddy colored pond water brown and a off shade of white on a inch of head that fades quick. A ring around the glass and minor streaks.

Smell is very one demensional, pretty much toasted malt, caramel, and malt. That's about it. Malt.

Taste is very one demensional, pretty much toasted malt, caramel, and malt. That's about it. Malt.

Feel is smooth and luscious, no bitterness at all, sweet, yet not cloying. Aftertaste is minimal and not lasting.

This beer is simple. It packs in the malt, the caramel and if that's your thing, you will probably love this. While im not all that thrilled with this, it's not offensive, and well made. Im glad I got a fresh bottle. Why do they call this a ESB?

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of spamages
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Old bottle, probably decently aged.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity, hints of plum. No hop aroma.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin

Taste: Not very bitter. Lightly sweet caramel, plum, a bit sweet. Hint of chocolate on the back end.

Fairly enjoyable and easy drinking. I'd like to find a fresher bottle.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Brassy, almost light-brown body with great clarity. Sparkly, foamy head of one-finger's width, a little darker than bone.

Metallic caramel malts with some burnt sugar aroma. Zesty citrus hop aroma with that muddled, earthy English vibe. Not much hop potency or bitterness implied from the smell.

Malty and somewhat musty. Still some metallic notes. The hops are nearly dead. Not sure if I got an old bottle. The steely quality is mostly in the backend, where it doesn't finish entirely bitter. Still some citric peel flash upon quaffing. A very round baked bread quality. Nice crispness from a darker brew. Mild and easy. The tiniest bit of booze in the finish.

Great mouthfeel. Popping bubbles in the mouth after the initial first take-in smoothness. Milky and bitter.

I forgot how easy this beer drinks. It's an easy five-minute downer. Nice character, and incredibly balanced. Could use a little more hop punctuality. I'm gonna recommend this one.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of obywan59
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear light amber with a light tan head of 2 1/2 fingers. Moderate lacing.

The nose is rich in caramel and toasted malt. It's a bit chocolatey.

The taste starts out sweet with a hint of chocolate, but then I get substantial grapefruit-like tartness, almost metallic at first. Some light bitterness rises in the end.

The feel is moderately light, with peppery tingle on the tongue, followed by light stickiness, with faint warming in the throat.

This beer grew on me. I liked it much better in the end than at first.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2,636 ratings
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