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


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   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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SilkTork (5806) - 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.

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+

sm89walt (2080) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle. Hobson’s 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 I’ve had - malty, with slight banana notes and hints of cereal. The flavours on the other hand, I found decidedly disappointing. There’s almost no maltiness to be detected and the hops are quite zesty and there’s also a slight hint of sour apples. A bit too carbonated on the palate, but the finish, although standard, isn’t terrible.

cgarvieuk (25744) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle at home ... golden amber ... yeast bready hop nose .. mostly citric hop ... quite sharp just not working. bitter finish

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2007
Cask condtioned @ Cambridge Blue, Cambridge. Balanced bitter. Biscuity malt and earthy hop. Easy drinking.

stoutfellow2 (20) - Peterborough, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
Cask, Cambridge Blue. Boring, murky gold beer. No discernable hop character. Very little maltiness. Dull

johndoughty (5521) - 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.

FatPhil (16953) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 20, 2007
Draught (Cambridge Blue, Cambridge) Light Orange, no head. Mildly sweet malt and hoppy aroma - another bitter. Tastes fairly standard bitter, but on swallowing leaves an orange zestiness on the tongue.

DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle thanks to Ronnie from the 3 Judges as a present. Some bas**d put this in the coldest of cold fridges in my work for 3 days till it went clowdy it was that cold, so i had to leave it in my cuboard (my cellar) for a week or so to sort itself out, but still probably not in the best nick. Aroma is fruity as, dryed apricots are key, sweet lemon, peach melba over a biscuity malt base. Taste is bit hops hit the tongue, followed by fruit and a serious hit of biscuit malt, the finish slowly fades into dryness but the flavours stay. Im drinkign this right now, thats why such a detailed rating.

DruncanVeasey (8260) - Nr NUNEATON, 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.

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