Hobgoblin British Ale

Wychwood Brewery

England

I'll say this about Hobgoblin, it's got a really cool bottle. The bottle has raised lettering and a raised outline of a hobgoblin carrying an axe. The label itself has the same hobgoblin, carrying a bloody axe. Very cool. Good novelty beer for Halloween, which is when I drank this, in my neighbor's driveway after the kids went to bed from their sugar-fueled evening of trick-or-treating. We were keeping an eye on the neighborhood a la Tom Hanks and Bruce Dern in "The Burbs." The ale itself was OK. It was a year old, left by my brother in my parent's fridge, and held up well. Distinct hoppy flavor, and the maltiness was smooth and balanced, but not much else to write home about. Not as good as their Black Wych.

Reviewed: November 08, 2003

Rating: 6/10

Apparently they've dummied down the product since Steve first reviewed this. No more raised lettering, just a plain brown bottle. But the goblin's still on the label, with his bloody axe. Still a good beer, though. Deep coppery color, nice balance of hops and malt. I get the idea this is a tourist beer, exported to us dumb Americans who are a sucker for a pretty label. Oh, well...call me dumb. I still liked the beer.

Reviewed: March 26, 2005

Rating: 5/10

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