I’ve recently reviewed a couple of ‘Hobgoblin’ beers here at The Brewclub.
You might recall that HobGoblin beers are brewed by the Wychwood brewery in Oxfordshire, that’s real ‘Midsomer Murders’ country, old, old forests and ancient mystic paths.
The brewery itself can be traced back to at least the 1860’s, as the “Blanket Hall Brewery”, it was then bought by the Clinch family in 1890, and renamed “Clinch’s Brewery”. Brewing continued on the site until the early sixties, when it fell victim to the industry-wide consolidation that was taking place at that time. The site was then acquired in 1983 and renamed the “Eagle Brewery” finally being named the “Wychwood Brewery” in 1990.
In contrast to Hobgoblin, which is a dark, rich, ruby ale, Hobgoblin Gold is, as its name suggests, a pale golden brew, with modern hops – Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Pilgrim and Summit, so I’m expecting something aromatic and citrussy.
It pours a pale golden colour with a tight, foaming head.
The nose definitely gives some ‘Citra’ clues, although I wouldn’t describe it as ‘aromatic’ or ‘floral’, it’s quite British, quite restrained.
But those aromatic clues don’t translate through to the flavour, there are some exotic hops in there, but they’re just not – evident.
That said it’s a competent golden ale, and surprisingly full bodied.
It’s not the best golden ale I’ve tried this year, but it’s by no means the worst (step forward Guinness).
Yes, I’d be happy to drink this again, so I reckon that merits three Brewclub Stars.