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


on tap

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RATINGS: 841   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Foam took of 3/4 of the glass on the initial pour. Otherwise, this was a solid bitter. Fruity hop presence perfectly complements sweet, candy malt backbone. Floral and slightly bubble gummy. A fine ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfcjenn (30) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2003
foamy, fluffy, pale yellow head on the initial pour which quickly deteriorated to a lasting thin layer on top of this brass-colored beer. inviting aroma leads to minimal bitterness, with a smooth finish with no lasting aftertaste. overall, i am very pleased with the black sheep ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2003
16.9 oz. bottle Hoppy, citrus aroma, effervescent head that diminishes rapidly to a soapy, persistent layer. Nice golden, brassy hue, taste is wonderfully balanced with just the right amounts of bitterness and smooth sweetness. A most drinkable ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2003
copper, thick but small sized head. british yeastyness with strong green apple tastes. malt balanced with minimal hops, slightly dry and very nice. i like this one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Slight hop aroma. body is a bit dry and plain, with not a lot of malt balance. Finishes slightly bitter and to the dry side. Decent...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2003
550 ml bottle. Copper color, fully lasting cream-colored head. Yeast and hops in the nose. Bittersweet flavor with a bitter aftertaste. Not bad at first but gets a tad boring by the end of the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2003
Copper colour with a lasting rocky off-white head. Lightly spicy and perfumed aroma. Pepper and clove flavours, with a strong lingering perfumed bitter finish. Slightly prickly start, finishes smooth but a bit oily.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Slightly hazy orange hue. Medium-sized, creamy, ivory colored head. Left the most amazing lacework I have ever seen. The aroma is almost non-existant, but does carry a note or two of malted barley, yeast and butterscotch. Much like the nose, the flavor is very bland; well-balanced, but bland. A bit tangy and sour on the backside, otherwise, there's just no "ass" to this beer. Light-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and very soft carbonation. Short, dry finish. Best part of this brew is its bottle. Cool logo and "etched" hop buds and leafs around the shoulder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2003
I can see where someone could really like this beer, but it just isnt my style. Tastes like it is just missing something I can't put my finger on. Not really bitter at all. Hints of creaminess, but not prominent. Tasted quite bland to me. Unimpressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2003
First impression is of a big billowy head that lasts the whole way down. This is offset by the light copper/amber beer that has the distinctive North English body and hop character.They can't beat us at cricket but they kill us at brewing consistent and accessible ales.

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