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


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RATINGS: 1989   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madlizzie (12) - - JAN 2, 2007
This beer is spot on! It pours a dark ruddy/cloudy copper colour and has a finger and a half or so of head which disippates quickly. Grassy, earthy hop aroma...This beer is loaded with english hops (Challenger, maybe FUGGLES??) which marries nicely with caramelly, toffee flavored malts. I believe I can taste a hint of complex Maris Otter malts. This brewer knew what he was up to - this beer is extremely well balanced. Overall taste is wonderful in this medium bodied, low to moderately carbonated, smooth drinking beer. This beer would pair wonderfully with an array of fine foods - or just by itself. Brewed with the spring water drawn from the headsprings of the Otter River, this beer has become a regular in my portfolio.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (93) - - OCT 22, 2014
Deep ruby color with medium fluffy grey head. Floral hop notes, not too fruit-aromatic some caramel malty taste in there as well. Well-balanced malty bitter taste, caramel and bitter chocolate. Also has that super-smooth UK ale mouthfeel. Very decent well-balanced UK red ale, one of my favourites. Also one of the beers that awoke my interest in ales.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Daanminator (115) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2014
Gadver, wat een ranzig bier is dit zeg. Totaal niet mijn smaak. Wel een mooie fles daarintegen.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mainuh_man (176) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
0.5L bottle. Pours clear ruby red with a small, off-white head. Really different aromas: lychee, caramel, sweet fruit. Flavor starts mild sweet with some tartness, middle is herby hop flavor, then a long, herby hop and roasted malt linger and some smokiness. Medium-light body with a thin yet creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation. Overall, aroma REALLY stands out. Very unique. Flavor, on the other hand, is not that noteworthy. Still, very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6577) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2014
440ml can, thanks to Nova for bringing this back from the UK! Date on bottom of can reads 31 07 15 71 (is that a date? Maybe without the 71 yea..). Clear red orange color, kind of brown and toasty. Good finger and a half of off-white head. Leaves good thicker lace. Looks great. Light to medium body. Smooth, kind of creamy, lighter carbonation. Mildly slick. Moderate sweet taste. Light hint of citrus. Very mild bitter. Kind of a creamy, cream (sweet corn), light caramel, kind of cookie-like aroma. Interesting. Moderate toasty caramel, mild spiciness. Some citrus fruitiness to it; dried fruit. Nice hints of milk chocolate. Another nice, smooth, creamy english bitter. I’m starting to understand that in these "bitters", it’s not really the hops that shine, but the malts... really interesting, nice, and impressively full-feeling malt bills. Thank you Nova for sharing these!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"well balanced by UK standards. There’s a nice hearty malty aroma and flavor here, but not much else. More hopping to really balance the beer, but that wasn’t the point. ok session beer, no more, no less."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
500ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Dark amber clear color with a small beige head which does not dissipates completely leaving a thin layer and many lacings around S: Smell is very discreet, basically roasted malts and earthy hops T: Follows the nose: Roasted malts and earthy hops. Classic English bitter M: Very light body and low carbonation. Delicious bitter aftertaste D: High. Again, classic English Ale, a good one. [ BA Review @ 12/27/2010 ]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenkiGonzo (308) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle from Yamaya. Very dark brown, fine head. Aroma of dark fruit and malts. Malty flavour, alcohol finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Daefido (3) - Welland, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2014 does not count
It became one of my favorites right after drinking it several days ago. Great choice for ale fans, I think!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjoeng (34) - - OCT 8, 2014
.5.2%ABV. Ruby Beer. Nice light head. Settles into a creamy layer of fine creamy foam. Color is a rich brown red. Beautiful nose of light malt which. Just shy of sweet with a nice carbonated tang. First mouthful is full of rounded acidity. Almost lightly vinegary. It is usually this quality of ruby beers that puts me off. My tastebuds somehow catch the full tilt vinegar experience and it just ruins the beer for me. This one settles quite surprisingly into a nice wine-like palate with table grapes with the hint of the fresh tannin-like mouthfeel of pinot noir grape skins. Quite a nice gentle finish, but it is still after all a ruby beer and so in the end, just not quite my thing.

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