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

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flying_pig (898) - SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle from Sainsbury’s (500ml for £1.99):
Sweet caramel malts and a rich, malty aroma at the start. There is some grain and yeast along with a sugary sweetness and some lemon/citrus too. There is a slightly metallic aroma and some bitterness as well.
Rich, golden amber colour with a thumb sized head on top. This is quite foamy looking and creamy with pretty good retention too with no reduction at all over the first few minutes.
Sweet malts, some burnt sugar and a toasted caramel taste kick things off. I could detect some bitter flavours, a little lemon and a biscuit like malty taste towards the end.
Quite light bodied, moderate carbonation and a lot of bitter notes in the mix. There is a slight citrus tang and this is an easy drinking beer that you could easily drink a couple of.

Nice looking but fairly average one with everything being fairly run of the mill and lacking adventure. It had some nice sweet malts touches in both the smell and the taste but that was about all it did have and it ran out of steam quite quickly.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
foolberry (53) - New Malden, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Don’t like this. The aroma is unpleasant - smells mildly like the fat deposits that get left in the pipes of a washing machine. Taste isn’t much to write home about. It’s too fizzy.

3.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadWelshWizard (11) - - DEC 27, 2012
Strong flavour. Nice after tang. Slightly fizzy on the tongue but most likely as from a bottle. Would drink again.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomCouch (23) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
Nice Amber colour no head. Nice bitter after twang but generally light on the palate.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyLion (513) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Deep amber colour. Malty slight floral smell. Dry bitter taste. Yeasty character perhaps? OK golden ale, if lacking a bit of complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danlo (1061) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a clear dark golden brown amber colour, with watery malty yeast aroma, and bubbly white head. Taste is initial sourish caramel burnt dry earthy , with slight hoppy bitterness that lingers, layered against a thin malty sweetish taste. OK bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1139) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle from Sainsburys. A reddish golden colour. Really this is just a lighter version of the standard Black Sheep ale, showing lots of house dry yeasty character, so if you like all the others you’ll like this. I love the others but think the lighter version loses a bit of the complexity and dry bite you get from the standard version, and if I wanted a summery golden ale I probably wouldn’t go looking for a Sheep. Nice enough but not special.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamesie1857 (1335) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2012
500ml bottle - golden pour with white head, a little floral in the nose, but dry and citrus in the taste. A little bitter afterwards, but not too unpleasant.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
McTapps (3574) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2012
Bottle shared with MichaelBruch. Taste of flowers, grains and hay. Quite refreshing, easy to drink but little bit too bitter for me in the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MichaelAwesome (3572) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2012
Bottle shared with McTapps. Aromas of some caramel, malt and toffee. Tastes sweetish without any bitterness. Good but nit outstanding beer.


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