Thatchers Green Goblin (5.0% ABV, 500ml), AFAIR, used to be Wychwood Green Goblin Oak Aged Cider, which was 6% or thereabouts - and which I had had quite a few times at home and at pubs in England in the early 2010s. I know Wychwood Brewery from their popular "Hobgoblin" ale which I've had numerous times at pubs in the past decade and a half.
The "re-imagining" from Thatchers has a bright clear golden yellow colour. From the aroma it's immediately obvious that the Green Goblin is no longer an oak-aged cider (the oak notes in the Wychwood original were quite pronounced). In fact it's hard to pin down exactly what this is. It has a fairly weak aroma of slightly musty, faintly funky apples, a bit of yeast - and nothing more. Light to medium body, (too) lively carbonation. Apple peel, lemon and a bit of yeast on the palate, grassy notes. Same towards the finish. Mild sweetness in the finish initially, before it gets dry, and lemony again. Man, that carbonation is really annoying. No oak notes in this one anywhere. The fizzy industrial cider wouldn't bother me so much if I didn't have fond memories of the Wychwood original. Not even a pale shadow. Meh (4.5/10).
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2023