Hobgoblin - IPA
IPA from the UK 🇬🇧
Brewed by Wychwood Brewery
Witney, United Kingdom.
A bit about the beer
Ingredients – Water, Fuggles, Goldings & Styrian hops & American hops (Mosaic, Chinook, Centennial and Citra)
In a previous post on the Hobgoblin Ruby Ale I gave a very short history of the brewery and the inspiration behind the character-based artwork on the bottle labels, which is inspired by the myths and legends surrounding the ancient Wychwood Forest. Check it out here if you are interested.
The Brewery's character-based artwork has proven to be extremely popular and as a result Hobgoblin beer has developed quite a following of dedicated fans - just check out the brewery's official facebook page, which interestingly enough is named after the beer brand rather than the brewery itself. This just shows how significant they see their flagship beer to be, and how successful their branding has been. The site has more than 212,000 followers, quite impressive for a beer brand, and they also have some really nice merchandise for sale.
The brewery is rather boastful about their IPA, with the official description reading as -
"There are IPA’s and there are legendary IPAs. Ours is legendary. Pale golden with orange glints this beer is forged from the finest British hops and varieties gathered from the far-flung shores of the pacific. Prepare for an intense tropical explosion of zesty oranges, grapefruit, honey and juicy bitterness".
It seems that they have every right to be boastful and very proud of their product as it was crowned Winner of the World’s best IPA award in 2018, making this a very special beer, or as they put it - Legendary.
For me, poured from a 500ml bottle, it has a beautiful golden amber color with a faint white head. The combination of the old (Fuggles, Goldings & Styrian hops) and new (Mosaic, Chinook, Centennial and Citra) hops makes for a real explosion of aroma and taste. You get heaps of grapefruit, malt and citrus aromas while the taste is light, hopped and full of citrus with a lingering bitterness for aftertaste.
Amazing beer from what is fast becoming one of my favourite beer brands!