Beer of the Fortnight —Hobgoblin


Hobgoblin is the flagship ale of the Wychwood Brewery in Oxfordshire, who have been crafting ales since 1983. They pride themselves on their characterful ales with a quirky side and their website is a prime example of their sense of humour.

Hobgoblin looks the way an ale should with its dark ruby red colour and axe-wielding goblin on the label. The taste is no different with 5.2% ABV, a distinctive hopsy bitterness and deep, full-bodied flavour. Following from this sharpness, there is a hint of sweet chocolate that adds another layer to the character of the ale.

It is best served at room temperature or slightly below and goes very well with a beef stew or can be enjoyed by itself. It is widely available in 500ml bottles in most off-licences and supermarkets and is the perfect ale for dark winter nights.