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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle of this ale into a pink glass, which produced a deep brown ale smelling of malt. The original taste sensation is somewhat sweet and malty, though a balancing hop bitterness is soon also apparent. The overall effect is nice and much like the taste of English Brown Ale's I've sampled in the past. It was certainly drinkable, especially if you like like a hint of buttery caramel smell/taste in your brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Smells floral and slightly fruity, with a touch of yeast.

Tasted a bit of caramel and slight nutty. Light hops are balanced throughout.

Felt a bit thin, but easy to drink.

Overall, not a bad beer, but nothing special.


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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nutty taste with a caramel malt back bone, a little hops which keeps it interesting but nothing sticks out too much because its all in good balance. Taste could be a bit more bold. top to bottom a solid brown ale, easy to drink. A beer I would buy again.

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Appearance: It pours a dark brown body with a foamy, two finger head. It looks like an English Brown Ale

Smell: Sweet buttery yeast hits the nose first followed by a slight hint of chocolate and caramel. I could not find the "slight citrus aroma" advertised on the bottle.

Taste: Sweet malts attack the taste buds followed by a hint of chocolate. This prepares the tongue perfectly for a pinch of hop bitterness. There is an undertone of nutty flavor throughout the experience.

Mouth feel: Medium-bodied and slightly dry - it works for the style but I wish it was a little less watery.

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On Tap

Appearance - Clear red/brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a short while.

Smell - caramel, hops, malts, nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I cant taste malts, nuts, and a touch of chocolate. There is also a hint of a pear juice sweetness. The beer finishes with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - You can't really go wrong with this beer. It has a nice well balanced taste and is very sessionable. If you're looking for something exciting however, you might want to look elsewhere.

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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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