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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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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer - a craft spin-off to the classic English Browns

App - pours amber and bronze. Clear, with a small cream-colored head which fizzes away quite quickly.

Smell - While it has a very classy English smell to it, it also has a bit of toffee in the smell. Not mouth-punching, very subtle smell

Taste - Heavy alcohol, as if you took something like Newcastle or Fuller's and "juiced" it with something stronger. I liked it, it's not as easy-to-drink as the classics but it's pretty good on its own

Feel - Carbier than expected. Smooth and very nice. Great feel.

Overall - Try it, very nice strong version of the classic English Browns

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a growler into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear medium brown with a slight white head that leaves a small film on top of the beer.

Smell nutty along with a slightly fruity smell that I get from a lot of English beers.

The taste is definitely that of an English brown ale. A lot of nuttiness up front with a light fruitiness, presumably from the yeast coming in. There is a very soft bitterness to finish it out. Mouthfeel is just a tad bit on the this side but still pretty good.

Overall, this is a good brown ale and definitely blows away newcastle. Glad the Libation Station had it on their growler wall.

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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Preconceived notions/expectations: I had heard about this beer. I heard good things and considering the price, my expectations were pretty high for this beer.

The beer is pretty. A big, beautiful brown with a single finger head that sticks around for the mouth party, dissipating slowly and leaving a mild lacing.

This beer smells like a solid English brown should. Roasted malts, bready.

The taste, again, solid for an English brown. Followed the nose nicely. Bready hints.

Mouthfeel is dry and finishes crisp.

Overall, this is a solid English brown, but considering the hype I heard and the premium price, this was somewhat underwhelming. I'm not sure if I'd buy it again considering the superior (in my mind) and cheaper alternatives. But it is most certainly worth a try!

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

50 ml bottle poured to a Tulip glass

Pours brown with reddish hues. Clear. Medium off white head, fine bubbles. Dissipates to a minor ring around the edge of the glass. Minimal but persistent lacing.

Has light roast and malt to the nose.

Taste - Predominantly roasty with a strong malt presence. Some overtones of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - a bit hollow, and a bit of an alcohol presence.

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

Serving - Bottle

A - Brownish color with Amber highlights to it

S - Very earthy/nutty smell to it

T - Roasted malts with a nutty taste to it, also a very earthy undertone to it

M - Medium to light bodied brew, with some decent light carbonation

O - A solid Brown Ale in my opinion, it reminds me a lot of Newcastle Brown Ale, but is enough different and maybe a little better, but that may just be my bias based on how cool the bottle is (only in making it more preferable than Newcastle)

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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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