Brewed by Black Sheep
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Masham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
"Fine Pale Ale"
Originally exclusive to Tesco and currently sold there as "Tesco Finest Golden Ale"
Ingredients: Water from brewery well; Marris Otter barley; Wheat; 10% Demerara sugar; Hops.
Golden Sheep is a full flavoured ale with a dry and refreshing bitterness, developed with a light, citrus fruit flavour. Brewed using time honoured methods and fermented in our Yorkshire Square vessels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwik-lime (1471) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2008
Quite heavily carbonated but definitely pleasant. Nice, light, hoppy bitterness with fruity hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Bottle, as Tescos FInest Golden Ale. Used copper with off-white head. Farmy hop aroma and dull corn. Fairly heavy carbonation, light resin hops, plum esters, some caramel sweetness. Not bad, but sort of dead. Like there was life in this at some point in the brewing process (not like itís made with bad technique or ingredients), but itís gone now, and just the shadows linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bright, hoppy aroma. Dry and light taste in the mouth. I honestly donít anything but the hops in the taste. The finish is very ho-hum, boring. A fairly standard UK bitter with no flash or flare. I am sure off the tap with would be a nice beer to drink with spicey food. As for sitting back and sipping, not to much write about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2007
Red amber and draped with lace. Wafts with robust hopcone sweatiness, chalk and toffee. Demerara really apparent now Iíve read the bottle, but kept in check with a big, ripe, orange-accented dose of hops. Silky, slatey, slightly floral. No-nonsense hop bitterness smoothed out with creamy, faintly chocolatey malt. Aftertaste is digestive biscuit caramel sweetness with a scatter of oats. Balanced, aromatic, tasty ale.
Earlier Rating: 3/22/2007 Total Score: 3.5
Slightly sulphurous, musty nose with hints of juicy hop, cut grass and bunnypiss (compliment). That slate-like, alkaline, chalky-maltly smoothness I associate with Sam Smithís. Punchy hop bitterness in the finish. Creamy, drawn-out biscuity afters. Pretty decent, and a very welcome antidote to Mongozo banana íbeerí.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (6888) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2007
Copper colour with a slight off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with some hay. Full mouth feel with chewy malt. Flavour had some earthy hops and a dry finish. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a copper colour beer. Big thrusting head of foam. Body is light/mediumn with a firmness associated with Black Sheep. Malt nose with yeast and hops in the background. taste sugary with a nice balance of hops. A nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (38495) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle. Clear copper amber color with a average off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, dried fruit and moderate hoppy. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beervis (243) - Taylorís Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2007
Black Sheep is a good brewery, and this didnít disappoint - a clear copper pour with good white head, aroma of malt and dried fruit. Flavour has a good balance of malts and spicy hops, smooth mouthfeel, finish bittersweet and lingering. Quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
Itís a dark golden beer with a nice head and the aroma holds notes of roasted malt and aroma hops. I find the same in the flavour, that has a nice citrussy bitterness. A nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle, poured a clear copper with a large white rocky head. A musty malt aroma with a touch of fruit salad. Smooth with a partially sweet malt flavour and lots of fruit. A very light bitterness and nice long finish. Very enjoyable.

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