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Hobgoblin - Ruby Ale

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

Ale from the UK 🇬🇧


Brewed by Wychwood Brewery

Witney, United Kingdom.

Beer Type

Ruby Ale

Alcohol %


A bit about the beer

Ingredients – Water, Barley, Hops - Fuggles & Styrians, Malt - Pale, Crystal & Chocolate

Built in 1841 at the old Eagle Maltings to malt barley for Clinch's brewery. In 1961 Clinch's brewery was bought by Courage solely for its pub estate and as a result the brewery was closed down. In 1983, part of the original brewery was rented to a gentleman called Paddy Glenny, who renamed it Glenny Brewery.

Finally, in 1990, when Chris Moss took his interest in exchange for a debt from Paddy, the brewery was renamed to the Wychwood Brewery, named after the ancient Wychwood Forest which borders Witney.

The brewery is very well known for its character-based artwork on the bottle labels, which is inspired by the myths and legends surrounding the ancient Wychwood Forest. Do yourself a favour and take a look at some of their amazing label artworks on their site.

Coming to the ruby ale, this is a very distinctive beer both in appearance and taste. As per the official description, it is brewed with rich and smooth chocolate and Crystal malts and a combination of Fuggles and Styrian hops.

It pours (from a 500ml bottle in my case) a dark amber color with a creamy light head and when held against the light the ruby colour comes through. You get aromas of slight chocolate, slightly burnt caramel and spices. Tasting it leaves flavours of smokiness, biscuits, fruits and hops. It has a very pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste which balances some of the sweetness and works very well with the smokiness.

Overall, it really is a very delicious beer, full of character, just as the label of bottle would suggest!

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