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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
1997 Champion Beer, Cambridge Beer Festival. Finalist 1998 GBBF Olympia. Bronze Award 1999 Beauty of Hops English Ale Awards. Named after T. Hobson Esq, Cambridge Carrier 1631, who let out horses to customers on a strict rotation basis - hence meaning ’The Only Choice’. A light golden bitter with a pronounced hop aroma, contributing to the refreshing bitter aftertaste.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (1004) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Appearance: Clear golden with finger thick white head. Aroma: Citrus, marmalade, bready, light toffee. Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sourness and low sweetness. Palate: Thin grainy texture and body, quite dry, lingering bitter, citrus malty finish. Comments: good and lace.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wimpyjoe (3980) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle @ Cambridge Wine Merchants, Cambridge. Straw-blond with a very thin head. Has plenty of tropical fruit hops and is well-stated in both aroma and taste although feels a touch thin in its texture.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cuso (4628) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle. Golden color with medium white head. Aroma of malt, floral hops, oranges. Taste, malt, grapefruit, grapefruit zest, Floral hoppy bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
moclips2002 (4) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2012 does not count
bottle from Waitrose, inital citrus aromas was lovely, a bit gassy, think but at this gravity is ok,

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3797) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2012
500ml Brown bottle, best before the end of May 2012, poured into a UK pint sleeve July 2011. Lovely bright, light amber/orange body, clean and clear. On top a snow white foaming head. Good hoppy smell, both floral and citrusy spicey. No malt aromas, but I found hints of yeast esters within those hop smells. The flavours within the taste were a blend of various hops and unobtrusive malts which came together very, very well. The body appears a little watery, but this isn’t a strong UK beer and it can be allowed to have a thin-ish depth of body. It doesn’t take away any of it’s drinkability one iota. Would love to try this in cask form if I ever come across it, I will.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2012

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium yellow colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, toasted, cardboard notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20111208]

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20395) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2011
Bottled. Golden colour, mediumsized creamy. Aroma is fruity, herbal and quite caramelly. Flavour is fruits, herbs and some wooden notes as well. Not the most briilliant

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1374) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2011
First tasted this in Gabriels, Paisley in December 1999. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear mahogany in colour with a thin white head. Slight dusty hop in the short aroma. Thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt gives a rich digestive biscuit note laced with sweet soft caramel. Hop resins are evident in the bitter aftertaste and continue in the well balanced finish. An ok session ale

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6218) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2010
Medium offwhite coarseish head. Hazy amber body with carbonation. Fruity resiny strawy aroma, quite mild, very harmonic. Dry wooden resiny floral taste with fruity notes. Mild mouthfeel, with strange dusty oily feel to it. Mid-bodied. Dry resiny strawy aftertaste with grainy notes. Nice, drinkable, and definitely has character. (0.5l bottle, RealAle.com.)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle: A bright, clean gold with perfect little head. A lovely and very British hop/cereal balance in the aroma with metallic hints of iodine. Smooth and crisp, light and fruity with a little saltiness lurking in the finish. A very fat and mellow mouthfeel. An excellent, buttery and drinkable ale.


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