overall
30
40
style
Brewed by Wolf
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Attleborough, England

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unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
BlackHaddock (7235) - 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
fonefan (48790) - 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
oh6gdx (26482) - 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
tombyars (1691) - 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
larsga (7509) - 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
Alphadelic (2235) - 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.

3.2
berkshirejohn (6451) - 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.

3.5
imdownthepub (14471) - 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.

1.3
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.

3.2
SilkTork (5729) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2009
500ml bottle - live. I thought I’d 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 - it’s just a damned lively yeast! It’s a pleasant golden ale - light and refreshing with a delicate citric note. Good stuff.


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