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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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BA SCORE
81
good

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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Photo of MEP
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

MEP, May 29, 2012
Photo of Daredevil
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

looking at the colour I would expect a german Alt ... however the thick foam does suggest having poured a bitter ...
very fruity smell (rasberries, bananas, ...) .... however the taste is rather dry, cluster figs, carob, ... there is a hint of grenadine which might be a bit unpleasant while the beer is chilled, but well bound once the temperature rises ...

a very textured premium brew ... almost a golden fleece ....

Daredevil, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Robert-Simmonds
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Robert-Simmonds, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB date: July 06.
A: it pours a clear, amber colour with a bit of reddish hint, with an initially thick off-white beer head full of nicely tight froth, only dissipating very very slowly; mini-bubbles are detected just occasionally.
S: very pronounced aroma mixed of biscuity malts, rich tangerine-peel, resinous, and flowery (like peach-blossom) hops with a soft perfumy note of fruit-esters, a touch of rock-sugar, plus mildly buttery and marmalade note underneath. The overall semi-sweet hoppy nose is very pronounced for English pale ale, while the balance is reached with good amount of pale malts and (I suspect) caramel malts.
T: a refreshing texture of pale malts approaches the palate first, bringing with it lots of peachy fruits, slightly dryish as well as oily citrusy hop flavour, a small but lovely tinge of marmalade, a little raisins, as well as a toffee-ish hint at the back, just enough to support the hoppier introduction. The hoppyness gradually expands in the mouth and surrounds the palate with a tangerine-zesty, almost tangy mouthfeel, later on turning just a bit more bitter on the sides at the back of the tongue, with a tea-like dryish-bitter-sweet finish in the end.
M&D: I was expecting a richer texture according to the nose but it tastes quite light and refreshing, though by no means thin-bodied. Another quality brew by Black Sheep, this rather light-weight but very flavoursome beer is as thirst-quenching as it is tasty. Recommended.

wl0307, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

EmperorBevis, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of mdagnew
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

mdagnew, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Bix
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Bix, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of NATOuk
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Smell
A light malty sweetness, some earthy and grassy notes

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium carbonation, mediumuch body. Fairly standard.

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

NATOuk, Mar 11, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Johnq1964, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

houtappel, Jan 25, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev +5.1%

mcdaddyo21, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BlackHaddock, Feb 13, 2008
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3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, consumed Jan 2011, BBE 28 July 2011.

A - Pale honey colour, average head which dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a light covering and moderate amount of lacing.

S - Malty, slightly fruity apple smell.

T - Bitter hoppy opening, mellows out in the middle with sweeter malts and has a dry, slightly fruity finish.

M - Mild carbonation, medium smooth body.

D - Nice and easy to drink, would work as a smooth session beer.

Wattsox, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of thepeter
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light Brown hint gold and a small head that lasted and faded into a film with little lacing.

S - Strong malt a bit of hay, golden syrup, caramel, bit of dark fruit.

T - mush dryer and hoppier than it smelled. refreshing and went very well with my chicken and Black bean sauce. dry slightly bitter finish and no aftertaste.

M&D - medium carbonation, smooth, easy to drink. Could have a couple in a night but would just as soon try something else.

I do like some of Black Sheep's other offerings more but this one was very good.

thepeter, Aug 22, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

eric5bellies, Oct 15, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mike130, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of cypressbob
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

cypressbob, Oct 30, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Marius, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Ciocanelu, Sep 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

vinicole, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Ty1607, May 05, 2014
Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

horshack7, Jul 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jrfehon33, Apr 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Craigale, Feb 12, 2014
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Golden Sheep Pale Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
81 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.