Appreciates the good eggs
The Alehouse is the new name for the Hobgoblin but is otherwise pretty much the same.IME a decent pint has been hard to get in Reading. Fizzy lager or flat, warm bitter.
Other great pubs for real ale: The Allied Arms, The Retreat, The Nags Head, The Hop Leaf.
The Moderation, The Lyndhurst and the Abbott Cook all serve a good range of proper beer.
Getting a good pint in Reading is not a problem at all. And in May every year you have the Reading Ale and Cider festival, which is brilliant.