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


on tap

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RATINGS: 181   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9529) - Ursel, 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 (505) - 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 (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (2911) - 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)

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
deanso (9211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2011
50cl bottle shared with a friend. Thick creamy head. Golden amber pour. Nice enough beer.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3830) - 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.

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