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

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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2475) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle at home. Pours a golden colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of grassy hops, caramel and alcohol. More of a treacle flavour with a nice bitter finish. Moderate carbonation and a long bitter, apple seed dryness.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Chiswick (159) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2011
aromascape is very basic to what you would expect with that stable mixture of hoppyness and malt. manages to bring out a nice citrus scent. the taste is a mixture of bitterness with that nice sweet kick next to it. unfortunately these are the aspects you pretty much get and I was left expecting more. The texture could have been deeper and used some more body, but to me most of the low % golden bitters in this style do. the taste is left pretty bland and thin, it fails to deliver that extra depth and character. a good standard golden.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
deanso (5737) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2011
50cl bottle shared with a friend. Thick creamy head. Golden amber pour. Nice enough beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 50cl. bottle. It pours an unclear light copper liquid with a very high pillowy white head and some good lacing. Roasted, a little caramel and fruity. Medium bodied. Nice, toasty and drinkable Bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3129) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle. Light amber, small to average and and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some fruitiness and caramel. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, some fruitiness and caramel, faint hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some fruitiness, light caramel and grassy hoppyness, faint alcohol. Lightly sweetish bitter - nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (976) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2011
(Bottle) Clear amber golden with big white head. Reasonable aroma of grassy hops. Medium body, light carbonation. Flavour characterised by hops, providing pleasant herbal hints to start with nice bitterness in the finish. Overall a very nice beer.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1485) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2014 Valentine’s day present. Pours a pale colour, well balanced, taste is close to lager as an ale can be

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
Bottle (500ml). Pours a clear golden-orange with a small diminishing white head. Aroma’s quite mild, grainy, with a bit of sweetness and honey -- not much hops at all. Flavour’s grainy, lightly hoppy along with some honey and a short average bitter finish. Average bodied. An O.K. beer, needs more hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1590) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2013 Bottle. Thin white head, moderate retention. Amber body (Not gold!). Biscuit, whiff of suplhur, piney hops, Marris Otter, some Black Sheep yeast and slight floral notes. Bitter. Very dry on the finish. Somewhat of a higher quality take on Pedigree. Better than Fuller’s DIscovery. A good summer thirst quencher. 6 3 7 3 12 #### Bottle. Seems to have subtly evolved into a different beer. Golden body, thin white head. Nose is hoppy with spice, fresh raspberries and Coca-Cola. Sour, but I detect sugar added. Dry finish. 6 3 7 3 12


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