Sunday, May 26, 2013

Wychwood Brewery's Hobgoblin English Ruby Ale

With a beer tap like this, only a great fool would not order this at a bar or maybe the jivest of all turkeys. With the exception of the tap, this beer was also $4 at a bar, which was their monthly special and all the other beauties in the line-up, not counting Bud Light, were $5, so the economist in me obviously went with the Hobgoblin.

So Wychwood Brewery is jammed in Witney, England, not to be mistaken with Whitley, Duane Wayne's on-again off-again babe from "Diff'rent World". It's like, why did I ever watch that show? Remember Kriss Kross was on there once; man, those kids were tough.

So John Clinch opened a brewery there, right, and pretty much coined the insult "son of a banker". In all honestly, I think his name was something else, but opening a brewery was so clutch and a sinch that he changed his name. Then, like everything in the 80's, it was sold to some dude who called it the Eagle Brewery, and later was renamed to the Wynchwood brewery in the 90's when everyone agreed Eagle Brewery sounded stoopid.

This was all after Hobgoblin was created (1988) for some dudes daughter's wedding. This stuff was so popular that they opened up like 60 pubs over there selling it along with other libations, which is a good idea, because I personally don't see what people see in this stuff.

This stuff his the charts at 5.2% ABV. It's pretty dark, with a light sweet scent. The taste is a watered down, bitter, flavor wit ha very dry finish. i mean this beer goes down pretty easily, but I really think it'd be good with like, toast, or something like that. It isn't anything that you'd like, want to eat with chicken, or beef, or potatoes. It's sort of a fruity, Belgian style beer; in my opinion. I've found that most of the times a beer has some sort of character that looks like he might be on a Magic: the Gathering card, the beer is usually a poopy nightmare.

If you like a sourish, dark looking beer that tastes light with some citrus hints to it, you might like this beer. I dunno, the English seem to always like maybe their beers as bitter as their demeanor and watered down as their weather. I'd pass on this if I saw it again, but not if the only other choice was that Bud Light.

Drinkability: 6/10
Taste: 3/10
Value: 4/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10

Overall: 4.75/10

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