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

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottled.
"A full and richly flavored ale."


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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2003
Malty aroma with hints of banana. Copper hue with a decent white foamy head. Malty initial taste with very pleasant herbal hoppy after taste, smashing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (588) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2003
sweet malty nose, amber hue, moderate head, sweet malty taste, hints of raisins

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 Nice raisin fruit, but the bargain basement syrupy malt body is off putting. An OK bitter, but lacks life in the bottle. Good hop finish. Some good points and some bad points. Fairly average. Another thought: The traditional Yorkshire yeast is a lazy bugger, leaving lots of syrup in the brew. The Yorkshire Squares system of reactivating the yeast is designed to reduce the syrup quality but keep a firm mouthfeel and body. Sam Smith do it with ease, but Paul Theakston seems yet to have mastered the technique.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4251) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2002
Lovely malty ale with a typical English beer head. Palatable and flavoursome.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2002
I agree with the lemony hop aroma, like mutant says, has a resiny, citrusy bittersweet flavour,malty, quite bitter and almost quite acidic finish aswell, actually quite complex and interesting, and even though i had it from the bottle, i reckon it almost had a kind of cask character to it.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2002
Lemony hop aroma & looks great, just a bit too roasty for me. Some nice citrus in the finish, which is less burnt than the initial taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
Impressive fluffy, foamy pour even from bottle. Aroma is a lightly toasted malt with hints of hops and smooth caramel. Light to medium bodied palate is smooth with a biscuity caramel malt. Some comparisons of butter smoothness to its more famous relative. A little toasty dryness balances well as does the mild hop bitterness in the finish. Rounds out satisfyingly smooth with a good complexity of subtley lingering flavors. A close friend told me that one of his friends designed the label for this one. I’d already mentioned that I thought it was tacky before I found out.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2503) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2002
Amber coloured, somewhat hazy. Light toffee-flavour. Chewy bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2002
A light golden/brown colour, with a fair amount of initial carbonation which dies quickly. A decent fruity smell which didn’t warn me about the forthcoming taste. Very flavoursome, dispite its lesser smell/look. Complex indeed, with fruit, malt, and bitterness which leaves a slightly dry palate. Very interesting and enjoyable. Saying that though - i do enjoy most beers!


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