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

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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (3429) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2017
Bottle thanks to Ash. Hazyish amber. Nose is mandarin, malts. Tastes lemon, big malts again, light bitter finish. Quite bland.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (10281) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2017
500ml bottle shared with Ashton McCobb. Pours hazy yellow gold with a thin white head. Aromas of light malt, faint lemon. Taste is bitter lemon, soapy. Clean finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (6393) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2017
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Appearance - golden with a thin head. Nose - mainly malt bag. A hint of orange but not much. Taste - some orange and cereal. Palate - light to medium bodied, tangy texture and fairly good finish. Overall - better on the taste than nose.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (2986) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2017
Bottle. Hazy Straw Yellow in colour. Average foamy off-white head. Good lacing. Fruity; orange citrus, apple. Malty; biscuity malts, caramel, honey notes. Hoppy; grassy hops. Bittersweet fruity malty. Quite dry. Bitter into dry hoppy finish. OK. An agreeable drinkable Golden Ale. (2016-04-24)

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (2821) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle from JSG Wine Merchants, Hills Road, Cambridge. Light gold, fairly flat but with the tiniest bit of head. Very little aroma. Some malt, citrus, green apple. Taste is on the bitter side, sharp and refreshing. Slight bitter aftertaste. Weak body. This is probably the template for the average beer: neither good nor bad, just there. The name says it all: drinkable only if its Hobsons Choice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (18694) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Gravity dispense at the Happy Man Autumn BF, 10/10/14. Clear golden with a moderate off white covering. Nose is pale malt, light citric notes, grassy tones. Taste comprises bread dough, citric peel, light apple orhchard, straw. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok GB.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Appearance: Clear golden with finger thick white head. Aroma: Citrus, marmalade, bready, light toffee. Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sourness and low sweetness. Palate: Thin grainy texture and body, quite dry, lingering bitter, citrus malty finish. Comments: good and lace.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (9709) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle @ Cambridge Wine Merchants, Cambridge. Straw-blond with a very thin head. Has plenty of tropical fruit hops and is well-stated in both aroma and taste although feels a touch thin in its texture.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cuso (8441) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle. Golden color with medium white head. Aroma of malt, floral hops, oranges. Taste, malt, grapefruit, grapefruit zest, Floral hoppy bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
moclips2002 (4) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2012 does not count
bottle from Waitrose, inital citrus aromas was lovely, a bit gassy, think but at this gravity is ok,


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