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


on tap

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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks troubles. Clear golden. Aroma has a bit of skunkiness, malt - a bit stale-tastining, light fruity hints and a faint hoppy note. Stale and slightly oxidized flavor with malt, some minerally and earthy hops notes and a bit of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oops (211) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 22, 2013
500 ml bottle from Brighton. Nice amber - beautiful to look at. Taste is fresh, a little bit acidic, dry. Nice white head. Good beer, but would like to have a little bit more nuances.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1468) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2013
500 mL bottle from Asda in Hull. Golden amber, bubbly head, gassy. Dry, acidic, fruity aroma. Very dry, fruity, a little biscuity. Reasonable, but a bit plain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
(Bottle): Pours a dark, clear amber with small white head. Aroma of citrus, floral and hints of caramel and sweet malt. A good bitterness to this ale, hoppy with the very prominent citrus tastes but theres a few undertones of malt and caramel in there. More complex than I expected and great for the price.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nisse666 (5973) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle from Sainsbury Hamiliton cons cons 2013-03-29 Uddingston AR: buttery, hoppy, crisp bread AP: golden clear, wee frothy transparent white head F: fizzy, citrus, watery feeling, bready ... pretty boring stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (16229) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle at Shanes house, from local offie in Englefield Green, 15/03/13. Clear golden with a thin white head. Nose is caramel, malt, sugar, light hops. Taste follows, caramel, touch of dough, malt, barley. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation with a touch of spritz, light bitterness in the finish. Ok - a safe bet I guess but a bit boring thus assuming the classic whelmed rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
planky84 (2736) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle from a mate who left it behind in my bar fridge...probably from Sainsburys. Honey coloured pour with a white head. Citrus and caramel aroma. Sweet citrus flavour. Lots of malt in there. A splash of bitterness. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
booldawg (55) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2013
clean crisp, taste. Spicy alcohol notes, bready yeast. Heavier and more mouthfeel than original ’black sheep’

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8040) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Copper coloured bitter with lots of smooth tasting biscuit malts that make it nice in the palate. There’s some mild pale ale character to it too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flying_pig (1381) - 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.

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