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Brewed by Wychwood (Marstons plc)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Witney, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 1974   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle and can: Pasteurised.
Ingredients: Pale, chocolate and crystal malts; English Fuggles and Styrian Goldings hops.
Hobgoblin is a powerful full-bodied copper red, well-balanced brew. Strong in roasted malt with a moderate hoppy bitterness and slight fruity character that lasts through to the end.
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Not much aroma, nice bitterness/ malt blend taste, very well balanced, but nothing special here. I wouldn’t buy it again, but I would drink it again. Definetely Wychwood’s best offering though!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2003 Dark coca-cola hue with a light brown head. Toasted malt nose. Coffee roasted malt and toffee flavours with a lengthy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 best till June 2004 Rerated from a holiday gift pack from the LCBO. Finally a fresh one to rate. Nothing too dicerning in the aroma. Malts present. However this time around I notice more roastedness in the flavour and the metallic skunk notes are gone compleatly due to this being pretty fresh. Mild hop bitter. Quite decent and refreshing. I'm sure the fresher this beer is the finer it would taste. I dropped the aroma rating down a notch and raised the flavour up one from my last rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
necromessiah99 (5) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2002 does not count
excellent beer.. nice coppery red hue.. very soft and smooth with a subtle chocolate malt taste... only piss drinking slack jawed rednecks would’nt like this beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1850) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2002
I agree that this a pretty decent brew. Good hop/malt balance, little to no head. Nice color and a good taste. I’d certainly have another.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Sleek, simple, and beautiful.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2002
Just tried a bottle of this last night, and it looks like the RateBeer folks aren’t very big fans of any of Wychwood’s offerings. I certainly didn’t think this beer was anything to write home about, but it really wasn’t as bad as everyone has made it out to be. Hobgoblin’s characteristics reminded me a lot of Newcastle with less acidity. Burnt copper coloring throughout with little to no head, and a strong nose. Pleasant palate that wears thin after a few seconds. Decent hop/malt balance. Better than average stuff unless there’s some bad bottles floating around.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Redish brown color, thick head around the edges. Has kind of that standard English ale nose, I guess it’s the pale malts along with the kind of hops they use, peppery. Slight chocolate taste comes out after warming a bit. Nice slightly bitter, full finish. There must be some bad bottles out there (clear) because of some of the other ratings I see.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2002
wow this stuff is bad i wouldn’t wish this stuff on my worst enemy

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Not too impressive. Its sourness leads me to believe that maybe I got a bad bottle of this stuff. Anyway, it doesn’t have much flavor and I can’t say I’ll buy it again.


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