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


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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dj (521) - 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 (2180) - 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 (7555) - 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 (8750) - 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 (1187) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle. Sharp but well matled nose. Ruby gold with a persistent head and good lace. Mouthfeel is at once soft but a bit overcarbed. Flavour is initially a little sharp and yeasty but mellows out on the back of the throat as it goes. Sweetish malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13897) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2014 500ml bottle from Tesco. Quite clearly this is copper coloured, so not sure why it is called Golden. Thin off white head. Nice white flesh fruit aroma. Apple and peach are distinguishable. Bit of fartyness as well. Bit thin and tinny in mouth with too much carbonation. Shame this is pasteurised and too carbonated, because it could have been a good bitter. Finish has some tingly hop and more orchard fruit, but frankly I can?t get over that mouthfeel and the metallic deadness 2.4/5 re rate. Ok golden bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2005
Looked very nice with a decent head. The first thing I noticed in the aroma was a curious scent of lemonade powder followed by some malt. Not too much fizz. Felt quite good in the mouth. The taste was slightly sour, and there was enough bitterness to satisfy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrat (1263) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
From A Bottle.Dark orange in colour,large frothy head,a bit sour aroma,apple and wood flavour,thin.

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