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


on tap

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SarkyNorthener (1937) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2012
Amber coloured. Slight fruity taste with a decent bitter hop taste on back of tongue. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2012
[Bottle at Langdon Beck YHA] Deep golden-bronze, moderate diminishing head, slight fizz. Bit of lemon, some earthyness. As with most Black Sheep beers, it tastes like it may have had a dead sheep from a peat bog dipped in the vat, although fortunately with this one the rotten ovine flavour is less pronounced than in some. Moderate biscuit bitterness to finish. Really not a big fan of Black Sheep. c5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3747) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle best before 28th Nov 2008, drank 13th Feb 2008. Poured into a vase shaped ’Old Speckled Hen’ pint glass. Another Brit beer that looks like a dark Dort or a light Alt. Old gold in colour with a thin no-head, which makes me think of these two aforementioned German styles of beer. Very un-German in the aroma, more hops and barley than is evident in Germany. A typical English ale smell. Crisp dry and tart in the taste, nothing overpowering, just a good beer. The beer has something about it, difficult to place, but it has both depth and a presence which few 4.7% beers have. I like the normal Black Sheep on cask, it is a regular guest beer in bars around where i live. This is good too and I will look for it on cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
worldbeertaste (1635) - AUSTRIA - MAY 7, 2012
Copper/amber colour with a lsting off-white head. Smells of caramel malt, straw, roast and fruity (apples?). Medium thin body with carbonation. Sweet frutiy (apples?) malt taste, straw with a dry bitter hop finish. A strange chemical sulphur lingering taste. Yeast? By the name I expected a golden ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
martinrumsam (524) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
bottle light amber with off white head .aroma is light caramel and some citrus . taste is crisp and refreshingwith a light bitterness at the finish . Overcarbonated with affects its smoothness on the palate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7907) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2012
Small off-white head, over metallic-copper, clear beer. Herbal/grassy smell with a bit of caramel-like aroma (the Demerara?). Rainwater smell, wet dog. Bitterish, fresh-hoppy and the flavour, but not the sweetness of caramel. CO˛ present in the taste; finish is dry-bitter-hoppy. Hints of arachide and even diacetyl. Rather well-carbonated feel; light body, bit slick. Not bad, unspectacular. I wonder about the absence of the wheat in the flavourprofile, and also: wouldn’t this be a whole lot better if reseeded with some yeast, sugar and bottle-conditioning?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AKSalmon (74) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2012
This beer is a descent dinner beer the aroma is slightly citrusy with a golden color. The flavor is alright with a slight orange peel after tast that finishes with hops. It flows smoothly across the palate overall it is a decent beer but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
delnoche (443) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - JAN 20, 2012
50cl bottle poured into a pint glass. Golden amber with a fair amount of offwhite head. Aroma is earth, slight citrus, and very slight caramel. Flavor is orange zest followed by hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep golden color with a modest white head. The nose is grainy, some grass, mild malts, bread, nuts, honey. The taste is mildly sweet and easy, dry lightly bitter finish. The body is medium, the carbonation subtle, the texture slightly thin. Overall, an easy-sipping bitter. Not interesting, but gets the job done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2405) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2011
Big, frothy, lasting off-white crown atop a finely beaded, orange tinged copper body that has just a little haze to it. Nice zesty, floral notes on the nose with hints of fresh baked white bread, caramel and sticky marmalade. Frothy, foamy mouthfeel. Relatively light bodied and subdued for flavour. Bitter orange and floral hop notes in back. Short, floral and mildly plasticy swallow that has just a hint more orange and pine wood. Very subtle toasted malt front. The fermentation gives it a typified Black Sheep nuance that I can’t quite pin point. Becomes more and more citrussy as it goes, with a quenching dryness to the finish. Not bad, just didn’t excite me the way good bitters do!. (50cL, BB 28/02/12, Thirsty Camel, Butler)

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