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

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BA SCORE
83
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 11-16-2007)
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Photo of eric5bellies
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

eric5bellies, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Amber color. Poured a two finger head with low retention.
Fruity aroma, with notes of caramel and honey.
Interesting flavor, I was expecting something quite sweet, but I got a nice predominant English hops taste and decent malt. Notes of non-sweet plums and herbs. Dry and with a nice bitterness long aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation and small bubbles.
This was close to expiration date, I guess it aged quite well. Very well balanced beer, not too heavy but not boring, I would be more than happy to quaff a six pack.

FLima, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

PEIBeerGuy, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

GodOfBeer, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy gold with a diminutive foamy cap. The aroma is of honey, grainy malts and lemon drops. The taste is pretty light with a soft, cookiedough maltiness and a clean, citrusy hop feel. Green melon and a bit of musty grain show in the background. The finish is lightly bitter with honey sweetness. The mouthfeel is rather full and briskly carbonated.

A decent light ale with nuance and balance. It could be more robust without entering the English bitter or pale ale realm.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

StJamesGate, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of hunteraw
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer that is proud of the fact that it is is organic! I count ten times that it mentions the fact on the label...

Appearance: Honey in color, appropriate for a beer with a bee on the label. One finger attractive white head. Not quite clear. Attractive.

Smell: Fresh, light, almost lagery aroma at first when cold. Target and Goldings hops specified by the label. Underlying honey/candy malt notes and hints of "wet towel" if that makes sense, but in a good way.

Taste: Herbal hops dominate, on top of a sweet "honey" malt backbone. Not sure whether this is better off categorized as an English Pale Mild Ale (as it is on BA) or a bitter.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, medium body. Slightly more syrupy than I might prefer. Bitter, hops aftertaste.

Drinkability: Refreshing and quaffable. At 4.6% abv, sessionable.

hunteraw, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of TheHammer
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The bottle is a nice classic label with a bee logo and lists a best before date with a pry off top. It comments on how the beer is organic and has been brewed the same since 1779. Pours with a solid two inches of head that laces very well and retains it's head. The beer itself is a crystal clear dark gold color and even the carbonation looks solid. Thumbs up.

Smell - Definitely catching honey, but it's not as sweet as I expect it to be. That is probably because I'm also smelling a citrus like hop smell as well as undertones of dry grain and biscuits. Could be a bit stronger and mesh a bit better, but all in all I'm a fan.

Taste - Starts with a biscuit taste and as it's drunk the taste of honey and lemon start to go to war which frankly seems a little bit too balanced. I'm not really catching the full sweetness of the honey nor the impact of the citrus flavor. It finishes with a dry bitter wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel - The indecisive taste of the beer isn't really doing my tongue any favors. That and the dry end of the beer is leaving a lingering aftertaste and isn't very pleasant. That and as you drink more of the beer, the aftertaste builds. The carbonation is quite good though.

Drinkability - On one end, the influx of flavor, nice smell and lightness of the stomach are definite pros and make you want to keep drinking. On the other hand, the aftertaste and dryness make it a bit hard going down. This isn't something I'd want to drink all night, that is for sure, but it's not that bad.

Final Thoughts - As many people have commented, this would be a great session ale. It's different then the usual, has a low alcohol content and does have an interesting influx of flavors going for it. Also, being able to cleanse my pallet of the aftertaste is welcome.

TheHammer, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL brown bottle. Unfortunately, I didn't have a glass as I had this at an outdoor barbecue.

Even without pouring, foam was bubbling up through the neck of the bottle--white foamy bubbles. This was very nice to see considering I didn't have the added benefit of a clear glas.

Smells and tastes very bitter with a sweet aftertaste of molasses.

Mouthfeel was thick and rich with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Although this is definitely on the bitter end of the scale for my tastes, it's definitely drinkable and ranks with similar ales like St. Peter's Organic Ale and Tribute Premium Cornish Ale.

fullsweep, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of ludachris
3.53/5  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.

ludachris, May 04, 2009
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

EmperorBevis, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Long813
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Long813, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-25-2012
Freshness: Best by 06-30-2013
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received as a gift

Thanks to my brother for picking up this rare style on a trip to Great Britain!

Shows a clear and golden, bright color with a generous white head. Very good head retention and a good amount of lace clings to the glass.

Aromas are of herbal and floral hop notes, with the pale malts adding a light breadiness and sweetness. I also pick up some citrus fruits.

Taste is a bit surprising in that it is more hop-forward than I would have guessed based on the smell. Herbal hop bitterness and spicy yeast qualities stand out, with a bit of unpleasant medicinal flavors in the end.

The feel is very crisp and clean, on a medium body. The finish is dry, weighing in with floral hops for a moderate level of bitterness and a bit of the medicinal tastes noted before.

Overall an OK brew. I can't really compare to others in the style, but the flavors seemed a bit one-dimensional and flawed by the noted off-flavors.

Thanks to Billy for this one!

sommersb, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

fionn13, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Ciocanelu, May 09, 2013
Photo of Iaido
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Iaido, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Pelicanrocks, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

vinicole, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jmtpi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jmtpi, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of O_gg_e
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

O_gg_e, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of demcorhip
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

demcorhip, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of 6string
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

6string, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of alexworsnip
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

alexworsnip, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of MechMessiah
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

MechMessiah, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a brown 33 cl long-necked bottle. The label is white with a gold frame. There's only text (lot of text) on the label, except for a small bumble-bee. The same bumble-bee apears on the cap as well.

A: This beer pours clear golden with hits of red. The white head is rather small but leaves nice lacings. Lots of bubbles in the liquid.

S: A bit dry English hops. Caramell malt. A bit chemical. Citric and bready.

T: Bready malt - almost like ryebread. A bit dry. Bitter hops. Fruityness is a bit in the back, mainly citric.

M: Aftertaste is just right; long and bitter. The body is medium and the carbonation is rich. A kind of metallic feel to it.

D: Nothing to write home about. Goes down easy, but with a little extra twist (in the bitterness). A beer for bar-hopping.

Evil_Pidde, Feb 12, 2010
Brakspear Oxford Gold from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.