I recently reviewed Hobgoblin Gold (here) for The Brewclub, the fourth brew from the Wychwood ‘Eagle’ brewery to bear the Hobgoblin moniker.
That’s not to say that they only brew Hobgoblins, they have a number of other permanent and seasonal brews to their name – including, you might recall, their Halloween pumpkin ale that I tried in Autumn 2014.
Firecatcher is the first of their permanent – non Hobgoblin – brews to catch my eye, partly because it was available at my local supermarket.
Like Hobgoblin Gold, it’s brewed with British Pilgrim, Nelson Sauvin, Summit and Citra hops, the same as Hobgoblin Gold, but Firecatcher is brewed to just 3.5% ABV, rather than Hobgoblin Gold’s 4.5%.
We shall see, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by tasty, if less potent brews of late, so let’s see what Firecatcher has to offer.
It pours a pale golden colour, with a full, but loose head. The nose is a sort of metallic citrus, but nothing specific.
Wychwood describe this as having “warming hints of honeyed nectar (that) will spark the intense & sharp gooseberry flames” and yes there’s a honey richness in the flavour, there are hints of pineapple, and that’s about it, no intense gooseberry, and sadly not even the threat of alcohol.
I can’t see why they’ve produced this, it’s, no pun intended, a pale imitation of Hobgoblin Gold, not as satisfying and pretty average.
Again, no pun intended, but this won’t set the world on fire; my second Wychwood disappointment.