- Style: Belgian Pale Ale
- Serving: Can
- Volume: 12 oz
- ABV: 6.50%
Old Ox is yet another brewery to enter the market in the Washington D.C. / Northern Virginia area. Their 30-barrel system turns out some great beers, and they started canning pretty early on. One of their flagship beers is the Golden Ox, a Belgian Pale Ale brewed with Chinook, Columbus, and Saaz hops.
True to its name, the Golden Ox pours a nice golden color with almost no haze to be found. A foamy one finger white head lingers until about halfway done the beer. Light aromas come through with a bit of sweet malt, flowery hops, and a touch of spice.
The flavors of the Golden Ox mimic the aromas, providing balance and drinkability. There is a subtle flowery hoppiness with some mild citrus and spice notes coming through. The malt profile offers a counterbalance of sweetness, but doesn’t overtake the hop notes. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a slight lingering bitterness on the finish.
The Golden Ox is probably my favorite of the three main “Ox” beers (the others are Black, a rye porter, and Alpha, a session IPA) from Old Ox Brewery. The subtle well-balanced flavor profile is really refreshing, especially in a world where brewers are continually going bigger and bigger with their beers. I think that the Golden Ox is a great example of a Belgian Pale/Golden Ale and it is certainly worth picking up a six pack.
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Mike Hoff is a Senior Writer for Passion Beer.
He is always seeking out the new, weird and wonderful in the world of beer. When he is not writing for the site, you can normally find him with a camera around his neck and a beer in hand.