Duchy Originals Organic English Ale

As usual, I’m totally backed up on reviews. A lot of things have changed, especially with having a kid and the first day of school. I have 11 reviews left to write up, so here’s the first one.

ABV: 5%

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Trivia: From what I could find out, this is a beer from a collection of organic and sustainable products in England.

Random: This one is actually brewed by Wychwood and of course, Kate bought it for me. This furthers my theory that Kate only buys me British beer. Maybe she wants me to start talking with an accent?

This one poured with a half a finger of cream colored head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy caramel color with light visible carbonation throughout. The nose was definitely caramel malt dominant with a weird mineral quality coming through as well. The taste wasn’t what I expected at all. The caramel malt was still apparent, but I got some fruit as well like apples and raisins. Yes, raisins in an ESB. The mineral quality was present in the taste as well with some barley thrown in for good measure. The bitterness on this one was generally mild and overshadowed by the malt. I kept getting this weird bite to it as well that I couldn’t put my finger on. It was almost like a booze bite, but given the ABV, I know it wasn’t that. The beer was a medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and malty. This beer was just a little too odd for me. There are many better representations of the style. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Wychwood Hobgoblin

Today was a pretty good day. I came home from work and I cooked dinner for Katie and her daughter. I made lemon chicken, brussels sprouts and rice. The chicken came out really well (saying that I completely made the dish and the sauce off the cuff, I’m pretty thrilled), as did the brussels sprouts. The rice was good, but I mean, rice is rice. They left a little while ago, so I threw on the tv and the MLB network has Spring Training baseball on. I’ve seriously been in withdrawal. The withdrawal is so bad that I’m really excited to watch the Giants and the Brewers, two teams that I really could care less about. So, here’s another British beer for me to enjoy while I watch.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Wychwood Brewery is an English brewery founded by Paddy Glenny in 1983, and located in the town of Witney, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. It is owned by Refresh UK, a subsidiary of Marstons plc. The company’s flagship brand is Hobgoblin, a 5.2% abv ale, described by Wychwood as a ‘Ruby ale’.”

Random: Matt Cain is pitching for the Giants. I had him in fantasy baseball a year ago and he really put up some nice numbers for me.

This brew poured with a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with a decent amount of active carbonation on it. The nose was towards the sweet side with a hint of fruit. On the taste, the first thing that hit me was the huge amount of nuttiness that came with this brew, along with the incredibly thin body and very low carbonation. I was surprised that the sweetness that was apparent in the nose just wasn’t there on the taste. But, that was the only thing I got, perhaps with a little bit of bitterness as well. The finish was pretty quick. I know that this gets great reviews, but it just didn’t do it for me. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0