Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: Bitter
Ripon, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Bottle; Pasteurised.
"Beers for bottling are drawn from brewery conditioning tanks and transported by road tanker to our bottlers. There they are chilled, stored for ten days, then filtered and bottled. At the end of the bottling process, the bottles are pasteurised, labelled and packed."
"Brewed with many generous handfuls of choice Golding hops, it is full flavoured ale with a rich fruit nose. The bittersweet malty taste is followed by an uncompromising long, dry and bitter finish. This beer was the first, most successful, of all of our bottled beers."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Pleasant and smooth. Lots of carbonation. The smells'a bit off-putting, though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Bottled. This was a boring beer. Had a very, very slight bitter taste. It was too hidden. Other than that it tasted like a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Boutip (4693) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
Pourred a very nice copper brew with a with a thick foamy head that disapear a bit quickly. Good malt nose and taste until I feel the sharp sour and metallic aftertaste. Wow, such a great start but a very disapointing ending. Below average for this one but I would still be curious to try other product from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2003
This one pours a slightly amber color with a moderate that leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly malty and a little sweet. Nothing too impressive there. The taste is slightly bitter with a dry finish. Easy to drink, but not extremely exciting. I could see having several of these and enjoying it quite a bit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Bitterness, nicely balanced by a grainy, malty finish, but lacking complexity in every way - I've tasted more character licking the scripts of Steve Martin plays.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Had a light grain smell. It was amber with a frothy head light head. It had a acetic taste and after-taste that last quite a while. The body was light with a dry texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 Great lacing comes from this full rocky head, the colour is tawny/amber, hops on the nose and a great taste of a mix of caramel,orange and also metallic which I like! Enjoyed this beer very much! Re-Rate 18/7/04 Agree with my previous rating plus it was a little thin so it went down quickly enough. Hops on the nose initially and then some fat maltiness coming through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2003
A rather disappointing beer. An amber color, nice head, decent nose of hops and slight malts. Mouthfeel fairly medicore, and the taste of hops and malt were promient but not quite strong enough for my liking. A better alternative than other bitters or browns.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Orange gold color. Head is about medium, white and frothy. Aroma is malty and earthy, with a hint of fruit sweetness. A lighter to medium bodied bitter. Malts are mild touches of fruit and a little earthy. Hops are slightly spicy. A fairly mild English bitter. Taste is a little watery. But, it has a really nice yeastiness and fruitiness to the flavor. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is fruity and sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2003
A very clear amber, sparkling, color with a large frothy thin white head. Fuggle hop aroma, but with most bottled English beers there is more than a hint of what could of been, or has been lost in the crossing. The taste is most affected by this, as it does not match the aroma, while the aroma is fresh the taste is stale. I does not have the skunk of a clear English bottle but it is close.

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