Golden Best
Timothy Taylor's Brewery

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Mild Ale - English Pale
Ranked #1
Ranked #13,786
4.11 | pDev: 12.9%
Timothy Taylor's Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Notes: The last of the true Pennine light milds. A crisp, amber coloured beer that makes a refreshing session ale. The smooth and creamy flavour makes it a popular choice close to the brewery, and increasingly in destination pubs across the country.
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Premo88 from Texas

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pint at King's Head at Huddersfield train station in Huddersfield, England on April 25, 2018

L: classic amber with super thick offwhite/beige head of foam; some sticking, lacing

S: massive bread-malt explosion, donuts, peach

T: follows the nose with light but tasty bitter bite ... more malt than hops by a long shot

F: fantastic ... the cask is super fresh, plenty of carbonation and a solid heft for so light an ABV

O: only one other pint tops this one during my spring 2018 trip to England (Shakesbeer at The Garrick in Stratford-upon-Avon) ... a true joy to drink, exactly what you envision in a good cask ale, and of all the beers I tried during the trip, this one's No. 1 on my list of favorites to drink every day

Dec 09, 2018
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JonnyGoldsbrough from England

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Timothy Taylor Golden Best 3.5% @ Sportsmans (Pateley Bridge), draft in a pint glass.

L 4
deep amber. Excellent head.
S 3.75
Subtle and inviting
F4 perfectly smooth
T4 classic mild bitter
O4.25 best example I’ve had of a golden ale.

May 08, 2018
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Martine from England

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden blonde into a pint glass from draught. Small close offwhite head is 1 finger high, and lingering. Leaves small amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma isn't very strong, mainly pale malts, some suble citrus, biscuit malt, and some hops. Flavour follows suit with malt presence, golden biscuity notes, cream and butter, hops and mild bitterness.

It's smooth and mildy carbonated producing a creamy mouthfeel, light-medium bodied and easy going.

Great session beer, very drinkable, balanced, doughy and creamy.

May 12, 2016
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BlackHaddock from England

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two hand-pulled pints in one of my locals on 24 Apr 2013.

Light amber body, clean and clear with a good head of white foam.

The nose gives away the semi-sweet biscuit maltiness within, very little hop presence in this brew and the malts are fairly understated too. This is a delicately produced blend of ingredients that just come together very nicely. Don't expect strong flavours, this isn't going to blow away your taste buds: it's a good quality thirst quencher though.

Apr 26, 2013
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EmperorBevis from England

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

quick pint sampled waiting for a bus and most welcomed

rich golden bodied pint perfect white tight microscopic bubbled head just as you get with good cask offerings.

Great aromas deep malts and fruity tones.

Tastes too deep to fully go into but fleeting hoppy rounds on alty mains.

Perfect mouthfeel utterly gorgeous carbonation.

Best pale mild I've had, I joy to drink.

Feb 12, 2012
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seanyfo from Scotland

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in imperial pint glass by hand pump in the Kenilworth Pub, Rose St, Edinburgh

A- Dark golden copper. 2 finger creamy head giving very good lacing, head retention is average

S- Faint sweet malts, biscuits, doughiness

T- Biscuity dough notes come through further, a creamy nuttiness in the finish.

M- Creamy, low carbonation, light

D- A sessionable ale with a solid mild flavour profile, making it a interesting refreshing offering

Nov 28, 2009
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask from the Station Inn, Whitby... pint served at cellar temperature...

Poured a nice golden amber colour. Slightly off white head poured thick and foamy with a pock marked top then faded slowly to decent covering. No real carbonation... some sticky lacing...

Aroma... light pale biscuity malts, grainy, bready / doughy notes, honey, buttery, sea salt notes, faint nuttiness, some juicy fruits (pears), wet grass, light floral / citric hop notes...

Taste - Light fruitiness (pears, apples), very faint biscuit / toffee malts just about noticeable, sea salt notes, bready, light floral honey, faint soapiness, light grassy hops...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy... light / medium bodied.. a supremely quaffable brew at only 3.5%

Overall - An excellent example of a British session ale... recommended...

Jul 07, 2009
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francisweizen from Alaska

4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cask @ Bow Bar, Edinburgh.

Review from notes:

Light golden amberjack with a nice frothy cask conditioned head of light foam. Perfect f'in handpulled pint, this is. Aromas of deep malt complexity. Country biscuits, fresh baked scones, and maybe a faint UK hop presence in the backing. Taste is all light malt, filled with bready complexity. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth cask perfection. Drinkability? This could replace water

Sep 25, 2008
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marquis from England

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What a way to start the Mild in May campaign this year.Surprisingly it's the first time I've encountered this gem and it was my good fortune to have it served in tip top condition by one of the best cellarmen around.
At first sight you think it's a bitter, a lovely rich golden colour , but when it enters the mouth you see why it's classed as a mild.No real hop presence of course but lots and lots of subtle tastes make this beer an incredibly well balanced tribute to the brewers' art.
As for drinkability-it's so easily consumed and moorish that a score of 5 is undervaluing it.

May 02, 2007
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wl0307 from England

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've tasted this beer only twice before, and both in London. So I should say I'm not perfectly placed to judge this beer. Bumped into it again at the Museum Tavern, right opposite the British Museum, recently.

A: dark golden hue with great clarity, a nice creamy and frothy beer head sustains well; the temp. is cool. Just nice.
S: lightly perfumy and flowery aroma of hops come with a lighter but refreshing citrus note. Somehow the aroma is very restrained, though I don't think it's due to the freshness issue here...
T: very light and refreshing citrussy hoppyness and a melon-like fruity taste are backed by a mild flow of air-dried pale malts with its delicate bitter-sweetness; lingering hoppyness at the back of the palate and turning dryish on the mouthfeel until the very end, where just a touch of sublte bitterness mingles with a tangy, zesty kick.
M&D: the soft carbonation and light body ensures a pleasant, smooth mouthfeel throughout. As other BAs mentioned earlier, this is a Pale Mild rather than a Bitter. But no matter how hard I try, I fail to tell the nuance b/w a "less bitter but hoppy" Bitter and a Pale Mild, as my palate still picks up subtle bitterness from the latter. Surely it's down to subjectivity to draw a line b/w these two types based on how much bitterness is imparted and received? That said, this one is very refreshing yet soft/mild--a session type real ale to quaff.

May 02, 2006
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extremely refreshing, very clean tasting, amber coloured Light Mild (UK)/ Mild Pale Ale (US). Surprisingly hoppy with a prevalent maltiness and the 'trademark' Taylors lingering bitter finish. Lives always in the shadow of its famous, award-winning older brother, Landlord. Golden Best is an incredible beer in it's own right and belies its strength. It is always the first beer to have on hot summer days, when faced with the Taylors range on Handpump. A real thirst-quenching, highly quaffable beer.

Aug 18, 2002
Golden Best from Timothy Taylor's Brewery
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