Oxford Gold
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc

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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #80
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
82
Ranked #38,393
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 13.97%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
128
From:
W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  10
SCORE
82
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 128
Reviews by BillRoth:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Photo of drmeto
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a clear deep golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-orange zest,biscuity,honey,mushrooms
T:
-spicy,zesty,clove
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A pleasant, if not terribly complex English Bitter.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A subdued brew start to finish. Skates the edge of being interestingly hoppy, but doesn't quite get there. Well made and comfortable drinking, but not particularly memorable.

Toffee sweetness from the malt and a touch of citrus from the hops in the nose. properly balanced drinking with the hops dominating slightly, but not quite busting through to give this beer more interesting character.

Earns part of its name with a nice gold colour. Moderate short lived head and some little lace. Passable overall.

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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.

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Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of charlatan
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle has freshness date July 2013. Fairly dark amber colour with decent white head. The nose is a combination of dired fruit, lemon and honey. Seems a tad watery to start, until the hops kick in. Then a very pleasant, slightly oily feeling lemony bitterness with an accompanying nutty (perahps hazelnut) element. The first time I consumed a bottle of this I was under the impression that I was drinking brakspear Bitter and wondered what had gone wrong, but it has definitely grown on me after a few bottles over the last couple of years.

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Photo of wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weaker than the bottle version 4.6%abv., this cask version tasted at my local JDW pub during the chain's real ale festival comes at only 4%abv. Served by a non-sparkler pour into a half-pint glass.

A: translucent, dark amber with deep orangey glows, coming with a thin soapy foam on top of really quiet carbonation.
S: rather astringently citric on the aroma, with an equally considerable input of "dirty-cloth" like pale malts and sulphur, plus a tinge of nectar at the corner. Overall the yeasty intervention rings a bell of Brakspear Bitter as well.
T: so light and crisp on the foretaste, full of floral flavours and followed by a lightly stinky, sulphurous swallow of biscuity malts almost like a traditional pale ale (brewed with double-drop or union system)... an orangey-citric and even zesty taste of hops expands along with more semi-chewy bitterness at the back, leading towards a long, bitter and tangy finish where a touch of leafy-herbs (the palate is almost like that of mint-leaves?!) lingers.
M&D: light-bodied, slightly yeasty but overall quite fresh for a cask ale. Brakspear's yeastiness certainly leaves a deep imprint in the overall flavour profile, rendering a lightly dryish touch throughout the drink. Solid!

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Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear light copper with a moderate head of mixed bubbles.

S - Grapefruit hop with some butteriness and some metal.

T - Solid malt with a nice citric hop. Somewhat light I suppose but works well in the balance. Mild bitterness and a toastiness and a hint of soap.

M - Light body and a bit of carbonation. Fairly dry.

D - Very drinkable and well balanced.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
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...

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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.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from La Cave de l'Inattendu, tasted in 2012.

Appearance : amber color, with white foam head.
Smell : hoppy and malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : flowery hops and roasted malts flavors with low bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Pale mild Ale.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear gold in color with half inch head. Taste is Earl Grey tea, English malt, and honney. Light bodied, moderate carbonation and bitter. Makes for an above average English pale ale.

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Photo of nickd717
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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).

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Photo of ludachris
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Oxford Gold from W.H. Brakspear & Sons plc
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 128 ratings