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The Alehouse (previously Hobgoblin) (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Bootleg - Metro PirateExcellent1
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent MildExcellent1
Windsor & Eton - Magna CartaExcellent1
Longdog - KismetGood1
Brecon - Genesis 1:iv OmniaGood1
Brecon - Hix's DarksideGood1
Elland - Pilot IPAGood1
West Berkshire - Madge & Edgar's Christmas WhirlGood1
Plain Ales - InnocenceGood1
Sherfield Village - Solo Green BulletGood1
Temperance Union - Ott SoftyAcceptable1
Tring - The SapperAcceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Old Father ThamesNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Doctor Hexter's HealerNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime BitterNot Tried0
Ascot - OctoberfestNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Hop DogNot Tried0
White Horse - Cheval BlancNot Tried0
Wild Weather - Cumulo CitrusNot Tried0
Steel City (cuckoo at Toolmakers) - Grateful Dead APANot Tried0
Bridestones - New BeginningsNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Tamesis Extra StoutNot Tried0
Stonehenge - Sign of SpringNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Swift Pale AleNot Tried0
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Castell CochNot Tried0
West Berkshire - CoolshipNot Tried0
Fyne - Wee Milky Way Not Tried0
Irving - IllustriousNot Tried0
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Two Cocks - 1643 Roundhead BitterNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Good Old BoyNot Tried0
West Berkshire - SkiffNot Tried0
Wild Weather - Khareef IPANot Tried0
Cottage - ValiantNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Alehouse (previously Hobgoblin), Reading, Berkshire

Visits Details

22 Aug 2015 (Alenomore)
On one of my regular excursions, to visit a good old pal, and we always seem to meet here. Old habits and all that....Late afternoon and Reading is busy, and a few are coming/going here. Eclectic Ale, Cider and Foreign range on, as always.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Temperance Union - Ott Softy1.00AcceptablePleased to report sampling Lime & Lemonade at only £3.40 a pint....
12 Jun 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon following meetings in Reading. It is warm and muggy today and I donít mind admitting that I undid my top button and loosened my tie in here, noting that the dress code appeared to be casual.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Windsor & Eton - Magna Carta7.20ExcellentThis was the full-strength version of this beer (there is also a 4% version). Chestnut-coloured. Lovely. A Barley Wine-type, but with appreciable hop levels.
Elland - Pilot IPA5.20GoodAmber-coloured. Balance seemed tipped more toward caramel flavours than hop tastes. Still good though.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
West Berkshire - Doctor Hexter's Healer5.00Not Tried
Two Cocks - 1643 Roundhead Bitter4.20Not Tried
West Berkshire - Good Old Boy4.00Not Tried
West Berkshire - Skiff3.60Not Tried
Wild Weather - Khareef IPA2.40Not Tried
Cottage - Valiant4.80Not Tried
11 Apr 2015 (Stephen Harris)
I had forgotten what an odd little pub this is (I mean that in the nicest way) - full of character and characters in the early evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bootleg - Metro Pirate3.80ExcellentGolden and hoppy.
Longdog - Kismet4.50GoodA full-bodied, balanced Pale Ale.
Brecon - Hix's Darkside7.00GoodA very deep red/brown, strong, smooth Oatmeal Stout.
West Berkshire - Doctor Hexter's Healer5.00Not Tried
Stonehenge - Sign of Spring4.60Not Tried
West Berkshire - Swift Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Castell Coch4.70Not Tried
West Berkshire - Coolship4.00Not Tried
Fyne - Wee Milky Way 3.10Not Tried
Irving - Illustrious4.70Not Tried
20 Dec 2014 (Alenomore)
Late evening to close and fairly quiet in this part of town thankfully. Plenty of new ales on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter3.70Not Tried
19 Dec 2014 (Alenomore)
Early evening and many 'visitors' coming and going made for a lively visit to meet a friend or two. Usual big selection on and very seasonal too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter3.70Not Tried
25 Oct 2014 (Alenomore)
Lunchtime visit for a social meeting. Still on top form here. A varied and interesting craft ale and foreign beer selection.
BeerABVScoreNotes
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter3.70Not Tried
11 Oct 2014 (Alenomore)
Lunchtime visit to see an old pal. Recently changed hands and the new team seem to be as keen as ever on the Real Ale front. Severn Guest Ales, two Craft Ales, local Cider and a decent Foreign range also noted. Still a top Real Ale pub in the Town.
BeerABVScoreNotes
West Berkshire - Doctor Hexter's Healer5.00Not Tried
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter3.70Not Tried
Ascot - Octoberfest4.80Not Tried
Sunny Republic - Hop Dog5.50Not Tried
White Horse - Cheval Blanc4.70Not TriedMy friend stayed on this light type and rated it well.
Wild Weather - Cumulo Citrus6.00Not Tried
Steel City (cuckoo at Toolmakers) - Grateful Dead APA5.80Not Tried
Bridestones - New Beginnings3.50Not Tried
West Berkshire - Tamesis Extra Stout4.90Not Tried
26 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy as ever.
BeerABVScoreNotes
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent Mild3.80ExcellentBlack mild with liquorice and chocolate flavours dominating. Some berry fruit in the finish. My score 16/20.
West Berkshire - Madge & Edgar's Christmas Whirl4.20GoodRed coloured bitter with sweetish malt and a dryish hop finish. My score 15/20.
23 Nov 2012 (HSB)
11:00 just a couple of other in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Plain Ales - Innocence4.00Good
05 Nov 2012 (Stephen Harris)
This pub is now renamed the Alehouse, although otherwise unchanged. I passed a pleasant hour here with Kevin and Robert, between 6 and 7pm Ė at which time it was pretty busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sherfield Village - Solo Green Bullet4.30GoodGolden in colour, with a bitter, leafy, vegetal hop taste. Served a bit green unfortunately, but still good.
Brecon - Genesis 1:iv Omnia4.30GoodAmber bitter with plenty going on. Complex malt mix and plenty of hop.
Tring - The Sapper4.30AcceptableStraightforward quaffing bitter.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not Tried
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent Mild3.80Not Tried
West Berkshire - Old Father Thames3.40Not Tried

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About The Alehouse (previously Hobgoblin)

The pub sign. The Alehouse (previously Hobgoblin), Reading, Berkshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent11
Good24
Acceptable13
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2BH.

Quirky pub with dark wooden interior and lots of small booths to the rear. West Berkshire beers feature plus local and not so local guests. For many years known as Hobgoblin. Re-named in March 2012.

We have visited this pub 34 times, seen 85 different beers and tried 47 of them.

Map location

Postcode: RG1 2BH