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 The Only Choice. A light golden bitter with a pronounced hop aroma, contributing to the refreshing bitter aftertaste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (7332) - 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.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alphadelic (2180) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (6172) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2009
50cl bottle from Waitrose Cambridge. Amber with a rapidly fading off-white head; aroma of honey and grain; some honey and caramel malt flavours to start, but these are rapidly overtaken by a clean zingy bitterness with traces of citrus and straw, giving a long finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13560) - 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
tbw2008 (14) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle, Tescos Ely Detonated. Blew attractive smelling froth all over the kitchen. Less than half the bottle left to pour. Cloudy, soupy mess.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5583) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2009
500ml bottle - live. I thought Id already had this in the cask - at the Cambridge festival. Perhaps in a lost notebook somewhere. The beer surges out of the bottle and just keeps on coming. I thought it might be infected, but no - its just a damned lively yeast! Its a pleasant golden ale - light and refreshing with a delicate citric note. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
cluny6 (115) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
Cloudy, golden with zero head. Taste is fruity and malty. It has some hops but not a lot. Zero carbonation. Taste like a barley soup. Watery. D+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1985) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle. Hobsons Choice is a hazy (because of the fairly large pieces of floating sediment) orange beer with a tall and fluffy head that takes some time to disappear. The aromas are somewhat reminiscent of the few Belgian ales that Ive had - malty, with slight banana notes and hints of cereal. The flavours on the other hand, I found decidedly disappointing. Theres almost no maltiness to be detected and the hops are quite zesty and theres also a slight hint of sour apples. A bit too carbonated on the palate, but the finish, although standard, isnt terrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (22152) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle at home ... golden amber ... yeast bready hop nose .. mostly citric hop ... quite sharp just not working. bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2007
Cask condtioned @ Cambridge Blue, Cambridge. Balanced bitter. Biscuity malt and earthy hop. Easy drinking.

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