Brewed by Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 2289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - OCT 8, 2006
I love the labeling, like the sweet hoppy taste, and enjoy this beer altogether.

bigcat03 (323) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - OCT 6, 2006
500ml bottle from Hy-Vee Liquors St. Joe poured into english pint - Pours dark red brown with a 2 finger beige head; Sweet malt, a hint of alcohol and a little yeast to the nose; Reminds me of a belgian strong in a weird way; A lightly bitter, malty initial taste, which is to be expected to an extent; Not a lot of hops and just the right amount of carbonation; Stale bread backtaste that doesn’t do too much for me; Overall, I’ve had better, but this is pretty decent for the style as far as I can tell. Goes down fairly smooth and doesn’t offend. Definitely improves as it warms.

savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2006
A really satisfying, interesting brew. I got it in the 16.9 oz/500 ml bottle like the one pictured in the profile. It had the hard water/metallic aftertaste of a Bass, but with a darker color and a sweeter, less hoppy body. This would make an excellent session beer as the taste improved as the bottle got closer to room temperature. Pleasant without being cloying.

daniel0017 (449) - Yukon, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
Delicious, heavy malty flavor with thick rich head. Made an instant good impression. Went down smooth with less aftertaste than I was expecting due to other’s reviews. Closely resembles the sweet quality found in some porter, yet clearly not a porter. Very good beer!

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Poured a mid brown color. Fruity aroma and yeasty, some what skunkish. The brew seemed a bit sweet for my taste but it wasn’t a horrible brew.

LagerLove (65) - Clinton, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2006
A very delicious bitter with a lovely creamy head and full flavored body, easy to drink, excellent with a hearty meat and potatos dinner.

PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Pours an amber with small tan head. Aroma is generic, almost more like a German lager (sweet maltyness). This beer has a decent flavor, but it seems watered down. Nice maltyness, almost chocolatey or toffeeish with a late nuttyness, and a balancing light hoppyness. It has something good, but it doesn’t have enough of it. Too thin.

VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 500 ml Bottle - 11/10/07 Update - This time not so skunky. Very low carbonation. Aroma is of roasted malts with some spicy hops. Flavor is also roasty with a mild bitterness from the spicy hops. Much better this time. Original Rating - Poured a dark brown in color with a thin whit head. Very skunky!! Some maltiness in the flavor, but not good at all! Disappointing!!!!!

JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2006
The smell has a salty malty aroma to it. It has this somewhat dry malty flavor with an herby clover undertone to it which appears when it goes down the throat. There is a somewhat metallic cover to this beer but it lacks the sweetness one can get from a brew like Speckled Hen which seems to be of the same style. The grassiness seems to bring this one down a bit.

KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Purple and brown color. Smell of malt hops, prunes and alcohol. Tastes very sour. Sour fruit, malt some hops and a rubber bitterness.

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