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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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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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 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 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 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 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 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 alex667gbg
3.7/5  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.

alex667gbg, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of paperwerewolf
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

paperwerewolf, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of stephenlee
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

stephenlee, Today at 08:28 PM
Photo of JamFuel
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

JamFuel, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of BKLRIBS
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BKLRIBS, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of rarbring
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

rarbring, May 02, 2010
Photo of Effo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Effo, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Robert-Simmonds
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Robert-Simmonds, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Scriba
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This isn't the first time I'm drinking this one. I have bought it a couple of times. It's a quite inexpensive for an English ale (in Sweden), and it's organic (which makes my girlfriend happy!)

I pour the beer in the usual oversized wineglass and a pale (almost white) head forms. It dissolves after a couple of minutes into a thin ring. The liquid is golden.

It smells a little of malt. There is also a fresh smell of hops.

The taste is balanced; some malt, some hops. The immediate taste isn't very bitter, but there is some bitter notes of hopes in the aftertaste.

The beer feels nice in the mouth, and the small bubbles are just right.

It's is very gulpable beer, not very special but really nice.

Scriba, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of McBraniel
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

McBraniel, May 26, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of hopley
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

hopley, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of IBUnit63
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

IBUnit63, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before June 25/09. Honey-gold, momentary white head flattens to a wispy film with a solid ring and some lacing. Steady small bubble slow moving carbonation. Aroma of honey dew, lime, citrus. There is a muted tartness that's well controlled, green melon, clean, crisp, dry, bitter ... all within a honey backdrop that happily lacks the associated sweetness. Refreshing bitterness has a nice understated malty finish, again nicely balanced and pleasant. This beer reminded me of what a Corona would like to be. It would make a fine summer sessional at 4.6 per cent ABV, not overly serious but the combination of Target and Goldings hops and organic breeding work out rather well in this instance, I thought highly of this beer considering the style.

ThatWineGuy, Jan 21, 2009
Brakspear Oxford Gold from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.