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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   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.


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2007
Bargain, almost-out-of-date bottle from Tesco. Pours a dull gold with an aggressively fizzing head of scummy, big-bubbled suds. Big, swirling chunks of yeast. Apple-accented fruitiness in the snout, with sniffs of Tripelish wood. Earthy, flat and fruity with hints of apple or pear and vanilla. Paracetemol aftertaste lingering nastily. Has the feel of a not-quite-right homebrew or end of festival beer about it. Plughole-bound, but not in prime condition.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerohen (1990) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2007
Hazy yellow/orange coloured, chunks of yeast, lots of carbonation, big lasting head. Yeasty aroma, some citrus. Malty and yeasty flavour, watery. Some bitterness in finish. Besides its bitterness nothing much is going on. Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing it from Cambridge.

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
woodgnome (12) - ENGLAND - APR 24, 2007
Cask at Fountain, Cambridge. Golden bitter, cloudy apperance,dirty white head. Sour flavour and a distinctly "off" aroma. Didn’t finish it.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
camdrinker (11) - ENGLAND - APR 24, 2007
More often found in bottles than on tap in Cambridge these days... Is it still at the Fountain on Regent Street? I’ve found it to be unreliable - varying from average to thin of flavour. I’d go with the description below by ’Harrisoni’.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrisoni (13565) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2007
500ml bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Copper colour with thin off white head. Yeasty, green apple bitter. Some hop, citrus hoppiness grows to the finish. Prickly carbonation. Fairly plain bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2006
Cask conditioned - handpump - Malt Shovel Northampton. A golden coloured beer with a decent white head and lacing. The aroma is biscuity or crystal malt. The taste is quite bitter and a little malty also. Borderline green but OK.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2006
Bottled. Slightly unclear golden beer with sediments and a small white head. Sour aroma, probably wild yeast, with fruity and floral notes behind. Some bitter orange too. The flavor is fruity, acidic and citric, with a stinging bitterness in the end. Too thin and watery. It is still 6 months to BBE-date, maybe the brewery have a problem with the sanitation, cause this beer probably shouldn’t be sour. Other than that, it is a well-tasting and refreshing beer. (060806)

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2006
A Mes rate: Cask in a bar in Cambridge. When in Rome... Slight orange in the aroma. Average appearance but with lots of lace. Initially malty with a lengthy citric hop finish. Standard fayre but ok.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gethinbeer (2141) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2006
From bottle. Sweet malty aroma. Hazy yellow in appearance with no head. Malty flavour with a bitterness, overall a weak palette with a dry bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Darkish golden colour with a large white head. Aroma is hops and oranges. The taste is hoppy and citrusy with a hoppy dry finish. Light bodied. Good session beer I suspect.


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