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Brakspear Oxford Gold - W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Mild Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 11-16-2007

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 45
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not quite sure what an English Pale Mild Ale is, but I reckon this ale is just a regular bitter. Anyways...

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Label mentions that this beer is made from organic ingredients.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy golden-amber colour with low carbonation and some floating sediment. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of rich, fruity yeast underpinned by subtle caramel malt and leafy hops.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a dry, yeasty character and a mild bitter finish. Notes of yeast esters, bittering hops and faint aromatic hops with a whisper of citrus in the background. Mouthfeel is tingly and astringent, leaving the palate dry. Yeasty, faintly bitter aftertaste.

A decent ale, though not amazing. The aroma is pretty good, and the taste is well-rounded. Could imagine sinking a few on a hot day. Worth trying if you come across it.

Photo of alex667gbg
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice white head on this amber English pale ale.

S: A malty, honey and a bit alcohol.

T: Actually a nice surprise. A malty, bitter pale ale with a honey, citrus tone. A very well balanced bitter mild ale, in true British nature. A sharp end to this, for me, currently unknown beer.

A: Well worth a try.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished gold. Finger thick white head quickly dissipates, leaving a thin film. Chunky, but slippery, lacings.

Aroma at first comes across as skunky, but I think it actually is just an odd sort of sweetness from the malt, honey probably comes closest to describing it. A little bit of an edge from the hops.

A very straightforward English Pale Ale. Everything about it is pretty subtle. The malt has a little bit of honey sweetness with a brown-sugar flavour to it as well, maybe a touch of wood. Hops leave a lasting, but understated, bitterness while failing to provide any sort of crispness in the finish.

Smooth drinking.

A sessionable organic ale.

Photo of nickd717
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle thanks to alfrantzell. All right, my first English Pale Mild tick, if you can call this beer that.

Pours a nice clear golden color with a small white head.

Sweet pale malt and honey on the aroma, with mild earthy hops. The flavor is slightly sweet and rather honeyish.

Pale malt and a smooth subtle earthy and mild citrus hop profile. Like a bitter, albeit not too bitter.

Medium-bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

Solid and drinkable beer overall. Nice session beer (if you're not a 4% = session beer diehard tool that is).

Photo of wwjb
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber in colour with golden highlights, arriving with a fairly lively carbonation. A thin white head forms but settles down too quickly to a thin ring with a few lacey spots clinging to the glass. The aroma is bright and citrusy and I think I can detect Goldings hops dominating the nose. There is also a maltiness underneath with a hint of caramel and honey.

The taste is slightly sweet with a nice honey character but a little watery on the flavour. There are hints of toast, floral hops, and a spicy edge to the bitterness. The swallow is citrusy and the finish clean, with biscuity malts lingering.

To be honest, despite the local connections, I have always been unable to muster much enthusiasm for Brakspear's Oxford Gold. The light body combined with the spicy edge to the flavour does not suit my taste, but I think I am unusual in this as most of fellow beer-enthusiasts here find this an easy-drinker.

Overall: Refreshing and quaffable, but lacks body and complexity of flavour.

Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A delicious holiday discovery. All round nice easy drinking beer now brewed at Wychwood Brewery. All Brakspear's copper tanks were moved over to the Wychwood Brewery to maintain the same process and flavour. Apparently the yeast dates back to 1776? A unique old school ale.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 500ml bottle, one month past its Best Before Date. This is an organic beer and bottle conditioned.

Poured into a standard pint glass, most likely a bit colder than it would have liked (it was a hot day), the beer had been left in the fridge a bit longer than it should have been!

Mini haze to this tangarine orange coloured beer, plenty of carbonisation rising through to replenish the white foaming head. No lacing, but the head stayed for a long time, so condition of the beer was fine, even though I'd over cooled it.

Aroma of spicey hops and yeast esters, some malty smells arrived as it warmed in the sun.

There is a tang and pungency to the taste, bitter with an easy mixed fruit feel to it. No trace of any malt in the flavour, but it was sharp, refreshing and invigorating, a good beer for a hot day or night.

Photo of paperwerewolf
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise, have been passing this over in the supermarket for ages but will certainly be buying again.
Poured into a Grottenbier chalice, gave a nice head which held reasonably well, leaving some nice lacing on its way down.
Quite fragrant, but doesn't beg you to gulp it down. Lovely bitter fruitiness that hit my sweet spot this evening.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier Conic Pint Glass.

A - Pours a nice porange copper colour with a nice fluffy white head that retains well.

S - Plenty of hops and malts

T - Up front some caramel toffee flavours with a spicey middle finished with a boozey bitterness.

M - Medium body low carbonation and dry finish.

D - Plenty in this beer to keep you interested.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, golden-orange bronze color and a lot of bubbles with a large, fluffy, foamy, creamy white head with great retention settling into a thick creamy and sticky lacing.

S - Definitely an English smelling beer with a good amount of grassy/herbal/tea hops coming out on top of a slight caramel malt base. Also a fair amount of honey aroma and a touch of citrus, yeast, and mineral as well.

T - Initially there is a pale and slight caramel malt, sweet taste. This quickly gives way to the English hops, with a grassy/herbal/ tea like flavor coming through pretty strong along with hints of spice. Some fruitiness (apple and pear) comes out as well, followed by some orange like citrus. This leads to a bit more floral hop taste along with a touch of toasted bread flavor. Mineral flavors come on at the end and linger after the sip. Slight bitterness from the hops through out, but it isn't all that bitter.

M - On the lighter side of medium body with a good level of carbonation. Pretty smooth and a touch of a tingly feeling and a drying finish.

D - Very drinkable beer with a lot of different flavors and a nice balance of hops and malt. Very much a sessionable English beer. Easy to drink, and continues to grow on you as you drink it.

Notes: Best before 31/12/10. A very nice, solid English session beer. Very nicely balanced and easy to drink. Doesn't stand out as amazing, but it continues to grow on you as you drink it.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try one of these options in the style for a while but couldn't bring myself to blow 13 clams on a Lakefront variety 12-pack with a couple Cattails in it. Finally, at Volo Toronto, I find this in bottle. Served in tulip.

Provides a honey color with about a 2/3 finger head. Really, not too much retention, but there's decent carbonation. Quite clear - although the head doesn't stick this is an inviting presentation.

The first whiff brings about a bit of silage - it actually smells organic if that can be explained. Definitely noble hops abound from the stewy light malt.

It's actually somewhat clean with that British slatey tinniness for a while but it burns off. Intermittent butterscotch is latent as well - it gets more hearty with a little warmth.

For some reason I don't expect milds to be very clean and light but this one is. A slightly tinny aftertaste, but that doesn't create much hassle.

Being in this weight class offers major sessionability. It's admittedly not a style I am well-versed in but it's an easy pour and a solid foundation.

Photo of ludachris
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey gold with a thin, watery white head that quickly boils down to a wispy, tightly knit ring. Decent lacing and a fair amount of carbonation is visible.
Sweet honey malt, citrus, some fruity esters and a bit of biscuit in the nose. All very subtle and blend quite easily.
Crisp, smooth citrus up front in the taste followed by some light, bready malts and a snappy dry finish.
Mouthfeel is quite smooth; tthe transition from citrus to bread like malts is effortless. At 4.6% ABV, this brew is highly sessionable.

Overall, quite a nice EPMA. The taste is indicated in the style; "mild". This brew still has a nice complexity to it, it just seems that everything is toned down. Can easily make a nice lawnmower beer but at over $4.00 a bottle, I'm not sure I'll be turning to this again any time soon.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 I am not a big fan of golden ales and
2 for a bottled beer to be truly organic I think it should be bottle conditioned which this isnae

but let us proceed regardless

burnished amber clear body and decent enough(2mm) thickish white head.

The aroma is ruled by malts very subtle hints of lemon and hops.

The taste is very much like golden ales ruled by yeasty zings and not much else till tailing into subtle hops after taste not bad but still not my thing, not won over at all.

Its okay
I will finish it and if bought it will drink but not going to buy again in a hurry.

Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear dark golden with a hint of copper, a rather small white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is sweet oranges, with a hint of bitter lemon peel.

The smell has a little honey sweetness, some orange sour notes, but mainly bitterness, grape-fruit seeds and zest.

Medium high carbonation, small bubbles, a distinct dryness.

A good distinct bitter brew.

Photo of mdagnew
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle bought from a local Spar...

Poured a light coppery orange colour. Slightly off white head poured loose and frothy then faded to thick edging only... barely any carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Lots of nice juicy and slightly spicy fruits (oranges, pears and apples), light biscuity malts - some cookie dough hints, light floral honey, faint almond nuttiness, wet hay, some light peppery / grassy hops...

Taste - Quite sweet grainy malts which are a little on the sickly side after a while, definite nutty sweetness, ripe fruits and peel (pears, apple, blood orange, light grapefruit), peppery / grassy hop bitterness, some biscuit notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth with just a little zinginess underneath... light / medium bodied... fairly quaffable although the slight sickly sweetness becomes a bit much after a while...

Overall - An average pale ale... worth a try...

Photo of GreenCard
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light amber, slight haze, narrow layer of white froth that compacts to a thin cap

Aroma: fermented honey, grain, perfumey hop scent of pine and citrus

Flavor: dryish malt balance with fruity notes of lemons, heather flowers, and blossom honey; finishes dry with a lingering mild bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, crisp texture

Other comments: This is probably one of the better beers from Brakspear and definitely a good organic beer.

Photo of Long813
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Stein

A: Bright golden clear body with a thin off white head that leaves fine lacing

S: Honey, citrus fruits, wheat & bread/biscuit.

T: Honey upfront with light citrus and biscuit.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth and crisp sweet/biscuit finish.

D: I didn't think it was exceptional. but it did not fall short in any category except price.

Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze with a white head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Butterscotch, earth, orange-zest, toffee & grain.

T: Grainy biscuits, toffee, orange zest, hints of earthy minerals & fruity esters, modest bitterness.

M: Light body has a very dry finish.

D: Approachable & sessionable, but not overly enticing. Perhaps a gateway/transitional brew.

Photo of demcorhip
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brilliantly clear, filtered golden ale with a deeper tinge of amber. Thin half finger white head formed on a fairly aggressive pour only to quickly dissipate. Quite mildly carbonated. Still produces decent lacings, somewhat intricate, that eventually fall back into the liquid.

Interesting aroma. Sulphur and a touch of skunk with biscuit. Some honey, and lesser hints of wood and ciitrus.

Taste is much like the nose. The goldings assert themselves slightly more than suggested at in the aroma, as well as the honey. There is a fair bit of flavour packed into this low gravity ale.

Light in body, full in flavour. Substantial hop contribution makes for a fairly hoppy light bodied ale. Quite sulfurous.

Seems to be fairly true to style based on my limited knowledge. Certainly a session ale, although the sulfur is something im not particularly accustomed to or overly fond of at this point. It would be better suited to summer than the depth of winter. The logic of the LCBO escapes me. Welll worth trying, hopefully this comes back to Ontario come summer.

Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really an English Pale Mild Ale, but since the Bros doesn’t think the style “English Blond/Golden Ale” exist, this is as close as I get.

The colour is gold; the liquid clear. The finger thick head sinks down to a compact white lid, leaving some fine lacing.

The smell is sweet with notes of honey, flowery hops (according to the label, Target and Golding hops are used), some mild bitter notes as well as a hint of yeast.

The taste is sweet and a bit hoppy, but not very bitter. Flowery notes of honey and clotted cream, some apricots and bananas. The aftertaste gives a delicate bitterness as well as a touch of white bread and mint.

The liquid is very smooth and a little thick. The carbonation is fresh yet mild, giving room for the subtle flavours.

A good example of this rather new style.

Photo of Viggo
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, from the LCBO.

Pours a clear amber, some gold highlights, thin white head forms, quickly begins to settles down to a thin ring, a few lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is neat, very malty, raw honey, some caramel, biscuits, light bit of floral, some fruit, not a whole lot going on but I do like the honey character. Taste is similar, a bit watery on the flavour, but a real nice honey character, some toast, light floral hoppiness, touch of jasmine, very light spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to low carbonation. Easy drinker, nothing complex, but I could see myself putting down a few of these in an evening.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice cloudy orangey gold colour with a thin white head, nice lacing and lots of bubbles.

Lemony citrus and sweet malty aroma with some honey.

Very refreshing, nice biscuity malts, nice and sweet body that finishes slightly bitter. This would be a perfect beer on a hot summer day.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber gold with clumpy white foam that trails. Toffee and toast with slight orange jellies on the nose.
Granary bread with a bit of apricot pit and spicy EKG hops with earth underneath.
Candied orange and fruity linger. Medium, fizzy, oily.

How is this Pale Mild? It says "Gold" right on the bottle. Some pungent hops, some fruit and toast - good balance all around. Solid easy drinker.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, deep honey colour. A little head disappears soon, leaving some lacing to the bottom.

The smell is good. I liked it better from the bottle before I poured it. A bit of citrus and... graham cracker? That could be honey coming through, too.

Taste has just a hint of peppery spice, which is nice. A bit of citrus (grapefruit / more orange). Starts tasting a bit like a Sam Adams' Summer Ale as the bottle wears on.

Carb is sharp if held in the mouth for a couple of seconds. On regular drinks, it's fine. A bit of a bitter / dry finish. Not watery.

Quite drinkable.

Photo of Radome
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a 500 ml bottle bought in Oxford, UK.

A - Deep golden to copper color with orange highlights. Very clear. Head is off white and not very thick, but it is sticky and persistent. Good lacing.

S - Clean, fresh aroma of English hops, some bready malt and a hint of butterscotch.

T - The taste is clean and balanced. It emphasizes English hops flavor (although the bitterness is moderate), but is balanced by bready, biscuity malt. There is a bit of butter and caramel in the slightly sweet finish. Very nice.

M - Medium body. Smooth carbonation; medium hops bitterness; no alcohol burn.

O - A simple and low-key, but very well-executed English beer. Balanced, clean and not over-the-top in any one area, but very enjoyable.

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Brakspear Oxford Gold from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
82 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.