Brewed by Wolf
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Attleborough, England


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Bottle & Cask: Status uncertain
Originally brewed by City of Cambridge in Cambridge, then contract brewed variously by Wolf, Oxfordshire, and Elgood. Brand aquired by Wolf in 2011.
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 íThe Only Choiceí. A light golden bitter with a pronounced hop aroma, contributing to the refreshing bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrat (1332) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Cask at the East Anglian Beer Festival.A highly drinkable,golden brew with a hoppy,fruity taste.Quite dry in the finish,a nice session ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
Cask Conditioned, at the Wenlock Arms, London.
Light golden blonde ale with an attractive fine white lacy head. Sulphurous aroma and gorgeous light fruity flavour. This beer went down an absolute treat. Back to back City of Cambridge at the Wenlock Arms, Iíve noticed some other City of Cambridge brews at the Market Porter on the Saturday as well, but alas was unable to stop. 5 rates at the Market Porter on Friday, 5 more potential rates at the Market Porter on Saturday, and 5 rates at the Wenlock Arms yesterday (Sunday). Youíve just got to love London!?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4982) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle. Hoppy and very clear.A tastes of citrus lingers and a slight drop of sediment was left at the end. Quite an unusual and interesting bitterness.Easily the best I have tried from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2004
An extremely palatable golden ale with bags of hops throughout. Not too complex but slips down very easily. Cask (handpump), Cambridge Blue, Cambridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2004
Bottled. Golden with a small head. Aromas are sweet juicy and very hoppy - nice. Flavours are soft malts with citrus and more lucious hops. Very moreish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2005
Distinctive hop and honey aroma. Cloudy golden beer with a good, long-lasting white head. Fruit and hops in the taste. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13228) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2009
Cask conditioned at The Old Bridge Hotel, Huntingdon, Cambs. Greenish gold with white head. Quite a honeyed flavour to the beer with a fullish tangy bitterness, there is a long aftertaste, very decent in cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (2062) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6336) - 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 isnít a strong UK beer and it can be allowed to have a thin-ish depth of body. It doesnít take away any of itís drinkability one iota. Would love to try this in cask form if I ever come across it, I will.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34326) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2003
[Cask at GBBF 2003] The aroma is very hoppy. The color is light amber and it has a small bubbly disappearing head. The flavor starts on a hoppy note turning straw-malty and slightly sweet. It ends on a great aroma hop note with a slight dry bitterness.

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