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Golden Sheep Pale Ale - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

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Golden Sheep Pale AleGolden Sheep Pale Ale

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2003)
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Reviews by NATOuk:
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

A medium amber color, clear, with a thin head which recedes to a ring around the glass

A light malty sweetness, some earthy and grassy notes

Not too much initial sweetness but does start small, builds up before a distinctive hop bitterness appears and takes over leaving a pleasant lingering taste at the back of the mouth. Some grassy notes.

Medium carbonation, mediumuch body. Fairly standard.

Very pleasant ale, a good distinctive taste while not overpowering. Good session beer

03-11-2011 22:24:42 | More by NATOuk
More User Reviews:
Photo of Marius


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-09-2014 08:47:22 | More by Marius
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012. Another local brew from Masham.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A rich golden hue with plentiful carbonation. Yields a nice head of fluffy white foam with good retention; it lasts for a while before reducing to a thin surface layer. Aroma of subtle caramel malt with fruity yeast esters and hints of grain, faint citrus and stewed hops.

Tastes of light caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of earthy yeast, mild fruity esters, faint grain and stewed hops. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent body for a light ale. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of earthy, fruity yeast and stewed hops.

Not bad - no showstopper but a decent pint. The flavour and aroma are fairly average - yeast and bittering hops. Not much in the way of aromatic hop notes. I imagine this is a shade better on cask, and would quench your thirst nicely on a warm day. Nothing special but worth trying.

07-31-2012 21:15:51 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

09-07-2013 09:42:27 | More by Ciocanelu
Photo of Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

10-10-2012 20:57:26 | More by Pelicanrocks
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Brown 500ml bottle best before 28th Nov 2008, drank 13th Feb 2008.

Poured into a vase shaped 'Old Speckled Hen' pint glass. Another Brit beer that looks like a dark Dort or a light Alt. Old gold in colour with a thin no-head, which makes me think of these two aforementioned German styles of beer.

Very un-German in the aroma, more hops and barley than is evident in Germany. A typical English ale smell.

Crisp dry and tart in the taste, nothing overpowering, just a good beer.

The beer has something about it, difficult to place, but it has both depth and a presence which few 4.7% beers have.

I like the normal Black Sheep on cask, it is a regular guest beer in bars around where i live. This is good too and I will look for it on cask.

02-13-2008 20:30:28 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of eric5bellies


3.68/5  rDev +4%

Drank from my Bombardier Conic Pint Glass

A - This beer pours a nice golden colour witha white fluffy head that retains well.

S - Nice malts and hops and a bit of apple.

T - Flavours are hops and malts with a sting in a bitter finish.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - Not bad but have had better

10-15-2010 13:32:33 | More by eric5bellies
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-14-2013 14:34:28 | More by vinicole
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.93/5  rDev +11%

When I heard about Paul Theakston and Black Sheep it really pricked my imagination but never really lived up to any expectations
till now.

A half decent best bitter (both on cask and bottle) and a passable brown ale, nothing that screamed Yorkshire beer at its best.

Golden sheep addresses the balance a bit though.

A foamy nicely carbonated pint of more ale than ale looking amber with a nice thick white head that clings.

A zesty, citrus like zing of bitterness both in aroma and taste, tasty in its hoppiness with bitter notes that carry through to the aftertaste but still easy drinking.

Hope to see it on cask at some point, reet good beer.

But please if you want to go back to more traditional ways
give us a bottle conditioned beer.

10-05-2011 23:10:11 | More by EmperorBevis
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim

Poured a light golden colour. White head poured thick and foamy with a pock marked topping then faded to light covering... some light carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... light lacing...

Aroma - Some juicy tart fruits with maybe some tropical hints (peaches, lemons and limes, pears,), quite grassy, floral honey, light sweet grainy malts, talcum powder traces, herbal, peppery hops...

Taste... decent peppery hop bitterness, quite floral, metallic hints, light sweet biscuit malts, mouth watering fruits (lemons, apples, limes), some saltiness, faint floral honey sweetness...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry... light bodied... pretty quaffable at 4.7%

Overall - A very good english pale ale... very quaffable and certainly worth a try...

07-15-2009 11:18:28 | More by mdagnew
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3.4/5  rDev -4%

Appearance: light copper, great clarity, thick layer of light tan spongey foam with great head retention, lace

Aroma: an absolutely scrumptious bouquet of malty caramel, pine sap, fresh cut grass and bitter apples

Flavor: dry malt backbone with a quick-acting assertive bitterness; tangy, unripe grapes, apple peels; finishes dry with a throaty bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, crisp texture, slightly astringent

06-30-2006 19:18:02 | More by GreenCard
Photo of mike130

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a light brown with a little head that leaves no lacing and quickly disappears. Doesn't look too bad - typical English ale with less carbonation than most.

Smells mainly of grainy malts, with a bit of grassy hops as well.

Tastes slightly bitter at first, then softens up to a sweeter, maltier taste and then fades into a dry bitterness. Nothing astounding, but solid nevertheless.

Nice carbonation - enough so that it's not flat but not so much that its overbearing fizzy water. A dry hoppiness remains in your mouth shortly afterwards, making it quite pleasant. Easy to drink, but not astounding - could make a nice session beer I guess. Solid stuff, but nothing spectacular. Would like to try on cask.

03-19-2010 15:30:48 | More by mike130
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-25-2012 16:24:44 | More by Bix
Photo of endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-31-2014 17:45:12 | More by endless1408
Photo of MEP

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

05-29-2012 19:38:38 | More by MEP
Photo of Robert-Simmonds

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

06-12-2013 21:49:28 | More by Robert-Simmonds
Photo of shearer292

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.93/5  rDev -17.2%

Appearance - golden Amber colour, very little White head and a lot of bubbles, very clear and crisp looking.

Smell - little sweetness, burnt toast and sounds a bit strange but a damp wood and cut wet grass smell. Also has a metallic smell like it has came from a can. A few minutes after pouring there were hints of caramel and toffee.

Taste - not a great deal in the way of flavour, slight sweetness and grapefruit taste. Not much in the finish and taste disappears very quickly.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated and thin, not very smooth and foams up quite a bit in mouth, feels like drinking a cheap lager.

Overall - this is drinkable, no distinctive features to speak of, tastes very generic in my opinion, wouldn't buy again.

06-13-2011 20:50:43 | More by shearer292
Photo of helloloser12345

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%

Serving Type: 500ml bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber with orange hues. Sticky off white head. Fair retention and a slight amount of lacing.

Smell: Malty sweetness, burnt caramel.

Flavour: Sweet and malty, raisins. Dry alcohol finish and little hop bitterness. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall: The malty sweetness overpowers almost every other flavour leaving the beer very one dimensional. Hops flavours/bitterness is subdued.

09-02-2006 18:45:41 | More by helloloser12345
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

11-09-2013 23:51:49 | More by arkanu
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

500ml bottle

Pours with a golden amber body, white fluffy head with great retention

Smell, malty with estery hints of apple (similar to their emmerdale ale in many ways)

Taste, appley and slight hop bitterness, some malt profile in the background aswell

A fairly good ale, similar to their emmerdale ale as far as the apples go

10-30-2004 21:14:34 | More by cypressbob
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3.72/5  rDev +5.1%

08-17-2014 18:22:14 | More by mcdaddyo21
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-05-2014 16:08:29 | More by Ty1607
Photo of Johnq1964

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-01-2013 19:46:20 | More by Johnq1964
Photo of horshack7


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance: Clear and copper with brassy hues. the head is a little bit rocky and off white in color and the head retention is not too bad.

Aroma: Slight orange peel and a touch of lemon zest. Tropical fruit notes, sugary sweetness in the nose. Wisps of grain and faint grassy.

Taste: Citrus in the front some orange and lemon peel. Biscuity dryness on the palate but it still has a good crisp mouthfeel. Grassy and light grain notes and a slight dry finish.

Notes: Nicely drinkable top to bottom. Cheers.

07-05-2012 02:23:54 | More by horshack7
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-01-2014 19:51:01 | More by Mr_Pink_152
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Golden Sheep Pale Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
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