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


on tap

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours an amber colour with a longlasting off-white head. Malty aroma with some fruitiness and hints of hops. Sweet malty flavor with some fruity hints. Weak hints of apples and honey. Long malty finish with a medium bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McWorta (540) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 22, 2006
The aroma is very liquidish, a hint of bitterness the taste reminds me of plains. The appearance of the beer was relative unexciting but still eyecatching. I foind it to be pale, orange, clear in colour and slightly sparkling, a frothy white foam head an interesting consistency between you fingers and lips. In flavour it appears with medium bitterness, lightly sour rather evaporating in the mouth; the palate feels a light body, thin feel with soft carbonation but nonetheless a good long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAY 30, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour, with a cream coloured head, that faded quickly. Malty nose, sweet, and some hops. Taste is dry and long, bitter bite. Not much carbonation. Strong metallic aftertaste. Good drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonMoore (1840) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2006
Bottle. Amber, bronze colour with a slim white head. Malty aroma with some citrus and hops. Similar for the taste with a long dry bitter finish. There is a bit of that stale taste I associated with pasteurised, but it’s not fatal. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dj (520) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Bottle, 500ml. An amber-coloured pour with a large diminishing head. Aromas of malt and sweet toffee. A hoppy taste with malt, sweet caramel and spices. Alcohol is quite noticable but not overpowering. A moderately bitter finish. Light carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2115) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
From bottle. I am first hit by a strong malty smell. However the appearance is excellent, it has a lovely copper bronze colour to it with a great head which clings to the glass until finished. The carbonation is perfect in this clear ale. The flavour is just as good as the appearance, perfect bitterness with a woody feel. Leaves no un savoury characteristics at all. Excellent well balanced beer. This is the Golden Sheep of the flock.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fin (7247) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2006
Bottle picked up from Teso 23-04-06. I couldn’t agree more with the previous poster, whilst I cannot find much to fault with Black Sheep beers, I also find very little praiseworthy in them, ok, it’s copper coloured, bitter, malty etc but they are the beer equivalent of a warbler, i.e. difficult to distinguish from a multitude of other similar specimens.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2006
Bottled. I’ll never appreciate this brewer’s beers. I find them all a bit bereft of character but they’ve got to be drunk to ascertain that fact. This is a copper coloured beer with a sweet malty aroma. The taste is a reasonable melange of malts and English bitter hops, but there’s just nothing that makes it anything other than just another beer. Obvious pasteurization. Dull...next please...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
StueyD (1107) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2006
A dark reddish brown beer with a weak white head. A malty nose with a hint of fruit. There is also a hint of malt in the taste with a hoppiness that remains through to the aftertaste, there is also a touch of sweetness, like liquorice. (Bottle).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
Bottle 26/11/2003 Golden coloured and pale with some fruit aroma. Lasting hop finish.

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