Hobgoblin | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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3.76/5
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2,664 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
wychwood.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,568
Reviews:
1,106
Ratings:
2,664
pDev:
13.56%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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94
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4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of AdamSteve
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of parpalapelix
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.99/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A smoove one, I must say. Very English, but it is the icing on the whole English cake perhaps.
Pouring it into a glass you get an almost black beer with great lacing, then you start reading the label that says "traditionally crafted legendary ruby beer" so you start looking for the color, hold it against the light and there you go!
You get a very English impressions in the nose, but very good ones: strong malts and English hops. London Pride squared or multiplied way more - and its flavor follows! Breathtaking that you get exactly the same taste as you get in the smell! And it is hop witchcraft, hop alchemy that you are dealing with, and this Hobgoblin is one of a kind! Had King Goblin from them but it was far from this one. This is just A-MA-ZING-LY hoppy, very unusual from an English Ale or an ESB. This is an ESB but as in an English Sly Bastard! because it proves you wrong. Proves you that English beers can also punch you in the face with their good old hops. This Hobgoblin is exceptional. Overjoyed to drink it.

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Photo of Giangio
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of malt and dried fruit. Taste was identical with a strange mild bitterness that seemed to linger a while. Overall it was well made,different from what seems to be offered and something I would but again

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Photo of jbehlar
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown. Short, Foamy, tan head fades fast.

Smells bready malt, dark fruit, caramel and earthy.

Tastes Caramel and bready malt, earthy and dark fruits. Finish is dry with an earthy linger. Lighter medium body and fizzy lower carbonation.

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3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information obvious.
A: Pours a dark copper color with a slight orange caste; a quarter inch, light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving no Belgian lacing.
S: Malts evident in distinctive cane sugar, molasses, and caramel aroma, hops in slight pepperiness.
T: Palate more subtle than nose: largely caramelized malt leaving a cola-like flavor.
M: Light bodied; carbonation is light, but persistent. Refreshing.
O: Enjoyable. A solidly designed and executed ESB.

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3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 28 JUL 17 into pint glass. Pours a clear ruby-brown color with a modest, light tan head that dissipates quickly. Initial impression is noticeable bitterness in the back of the throat, caramel, earthy hops, and biscuit. Mouthfeel is medium; carbonation is medium-light. Finish is somewhat dry and again slightly bitter. Not bad but not something I can get excited about.

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Photo of Andygf
2.44/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is a very watery and bland beer and certainly not generous. These kinds of English brown ales are usually dissapointing. But maybe I have just become accustomed to the increasing access to the brilliant Indian pale ales and Belgian ales that use better quality yeasts and malts and are better crafted.

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3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gtjwilding
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always loved Hobgoblin. Beautifully rounded beer, subtly championing the classic flavours of darker ales in an easy-drinking form.

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Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 2,664 ratings