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Leapbeer Review #182 Hobgoblin by Wychwood Brewery

This import was picked up by Frank for me and the blog. Thanks to him for that. It’s an import from the UK. It is an extra special bitter style beer with some flavour additives. Their website (http://www.wychwood.co.uk/#/movies//hobgoblin/beers/2) describes this beer like this.

Traditionally craft brewed with Chocolate & Crystal malts and a blend of Styrian, Goldings & Fuggles hops to produce a full-bodied, Ruby beer that delivers a delicious chocolate toffee malt flavour, balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and an overall fruity, mischievous character. Deliciously Dark. What’s the matter Lagerboys … Aftraid you might taste something?
Goes with … Hobgoblin is the perfect beer to drink with meat stews & Steak & Ale pies, Sausages & Mash, Burgers & BBQs; roasts & char-grilled vegetables.

It pours to a transparent copper/amber/ruby colour with a light beige head on it. The head leaves nice lacing on the glass. It smells sweet, but not overly so. It has a hint of dried cherries or currants to it. When you drink it there’s a very different flavour to it. Initially it is malty and sweet. But then it gets a bit sour, like tart cherries. Then it has a clean finish to it. While when you first start drinking it you don’t notice the bitterness, it does build in your mouth. It’s an interesting import, even if it isn’t my favorite.

Leapbeer #182 Hobgoblin by Wychwood Brewery

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Leapbeer Review #181 Scorpion Double India Pale Ale by Tin Whistle Brewing Company

I’m attempting to decipher the difference between a double ipa and an imperial ipa. I inquired of my knowledgeable beer folks over twitter and they are the same thing. I was also told that Imperial is the preferred term. I assumed that the double mean the double I in when you shorten ‘imperial india pale ale’ to IIPA. Regardless of that, the IIPA’s/DIPA’s are a welcome hoppy sight to this beer drinker.

The Scorpion DIPA is a bold beer, as you may have guessed. Their label doesn’t lie. Although I think the inclusion of ‘Extreme’ may be a bit of an over statement.  It is a limited run by the Tin Whistle Brewery in Penticton BC. This beer pours to a golden/copper colour with a frothy white head on top. It smells super hopped. When you drink it the taste of it starts quite malty, then the bitterness builds gradually. It feels very thick in the mouth when you drink it. I do enjoy this beer, but it isn’t my favorite double india pale ale. Regardless of that I do think it makes for a tasty pint.

Leapbeer #181 is Scorpion Double India Pale Ale by Tin Whistle Brewing Company

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