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Site: http://www.wychwood.co.uk/hobgoblin/beers

Ruby Bitter, 4.2%

Comments: When you see the name Goliath, you think of a big, malty, overflavoured and high-alcohol beer. Surprisingly, this is not the case here. At 4.2%, the alcohol level is quite controlled, and the initial flavour is not in any way overwhelming. Quite fruity aromas, with hints of peach, but little noticeable hop. Tan colour with fine head and good retention. Malt flavours are present but do not dominate the beer, which is moderately sweet, but still has enough mouth feel to satisfy. A subdued hint of hop in the aftertaste gives a refreshing beer. I would be very happy to return to this, particularly on a warm day.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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Site: http://www.wychwood.co.uk/#/movies//hobgoblin/beers/2

ESB, 6.6%

Comments: This is a malty and bitter beer, ruby tan in colour, with a coarse white head and very good retention. Initial flavours are quite sweet and smooth, with restrained aroma hopping and clear fruity and spicy characters. This rapidly gives way to a serious level of hop bitterness, with the hop lingering into the aftertaste. The underlying flavour is quite malty, but without much malt-driven bitterness, and with licorice flavours noticeable behind the aroma common to higher-alcohol beers.  A very smooth and tasty beer (but probably not a session pint).

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.wychwood.co.uk/#/movies//hobgoblin/beers/2

Golden Pale Ale, 4.7%

Comments: A summery pale ale, with a reasonably delicate malt base and aroma hopping. Golden colour with average head and retention. Bittering hop is present, but does not dominate the malt sweetness. An initially sour flavour, with a fresh mouth feel. Possibly a bit sweet for my taste in this style of beer, but very pleasant nevertheless.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.wychwood.co.uk

Blonde Beer, 4.5%

Comments: A very aromatic beer, with restrained bittering hop. Golden colour, with coarse head but good retention. The flavours are very finely balanced between aroma hopping and malt flavours, with definite use of Cara malt, giving a firm underlying flavour, but without too much sweetness. Some fruity yeast flavours, however not too much to spoil the  clean finish. Hopping with Fuggles, Styrian and Cascade, mainly noticeable in the aroma department, with enough bitterness to balance the malt but no more. Another very good showing from Wychwood.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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Site: http://www.wychwood.co.uk/

Served at: The Perch, Binsey, Oxfordshire http://www.the-perch.co.uk/

Amber ale, 3.8%

Comments: This is a hoppy, aromatic amber ale. Tan colour with a coarse head, this beer has reasonable malt and controlled sweetness, with most of the flavour coming from the bittering and aroma hops. According to the site, Challenger and Northdown were used. I’m a little surprised that they produced this as a January seasonal beer, I would have expected something bigger and stronger. That being said, this beer has a very impressive depth of flavour for a beer at only 3.8%, with the hops blending well into the rest of the profile. I only wish this was available all year round.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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Site: http://www.brakspear-beers.co.uk/
Brewed by Wychwood under the name of Brakspear.
Served at The Royal Oak, Oxford: http://www.theroyaloakoxford.co.uk/

Bitter, 3.4%

Comments: A tan coloured bitter with good head retention. Little aroma hopping, but appropriate bittering hop for the style. Clear toffee malt flavours, well balanced with the hop. This beer leaves a surprisingly smooth mouth feel, despite a touch of fizz early on. Melon and toffee flavours with good hopping.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.wychwood.co.uk/

Style: Ruby beer, 4.5% (cask)
Served at: The Victoria, Jericho, Oxford http://www.victorianpub.co.uk/

Comments:
A good ruby beer, with a fine deep red-tan colour. A fine creamy head, which was retained well. Muted bittering hops, with most of the flavour coming from malt and yeast. Quite a sour taste, but well balanced by the sweetness of the malt, leading to a smooth taste and mouth-feel. Aroma hops and yeasts give a fruity flavour, but without banana aromas.

Overall score: 7/10

Kiwi James Ussher also was present and tasted this beer. He rated it a 6/10.

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