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

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottled.
"A full and richly flavored ale."


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (7934) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle. Amber/gold with a small head. Aromas are dry tea and sweet lemon with cream and sugar. Dryand peppery. Flavours are dry biscuit malts followed by peppery, metallic hops. Lemon and apricot fruitiness. Tastes a bit stale. Drinkable, though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13214) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2007
500ml bottle from Sainsbury, Ashford. My first new rating of 2007, Crystal clear amber colour with lastng rocky off white head. Some peppery citrus hop aroma. I thought that it might be filtered and pasteurised and therefore a bit dead. Some candy sugar suggests that it is pasteurised. Bit biscuity on aroma. Some lovely citrus lemon hop on finish, with good bitterness. Bit soapy maybe. The middle is a bit empty with that boiled sweet flavour. Hops are good though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle: clear amber with an off-white head; grapefruit aroma; taste is sweet, strong and chewy with a dry finish which balances the sweetness well.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2006
Amber with a white head. There was a little sourness in the aroma, followed by sweet malt, which was the main element in the taste before a dry, fruity finish. This was quite good, if no classic.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Very beautiful clear amber bordering ruby red. Nice, creamy head. Typical nutty notes and a marked bitterness. A very pleasant drink. 310803

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2004
An amber beer with a fine though disappearing head. The aroma is sweet malty with clear notes of yeast and caramel. The flavor is somewhat weird; sour and with a weird hop note. It starts out sweet malty but then gets dominated by sour oranges.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2004
Promising hoppy aroma with notes of unripe apricots. The flavour is slightly watery and sour in the unfat way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3856) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2003
More body than an average pale ale this is pleasantly malty with gentle citrus flavours making for a an allround well balanced beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 12, 2003
Everything was above average in this ale: beutiful deep golden/amber color, wonderful foamy head, aroma of herbs, lemons and chewy malts. Fantastic yeasty, citric, malty and hoppy flavors. Its complexity and elegance was truly amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 16, 2003
Nice! Though the Black Sheep Brewery has disappointed me regularly, this beer possesses a citrusy sourness and maltiness that elevates it above the pack. You could make a good square meal out of this.


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