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Golden Sheep Pale Ale - Black Sheep Brewery PLC

Golden Sheep Pale AleGolden Sheep Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.86%


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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Daredevil

Switzerland

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 ....

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 22:07:53 | More by Daredevil
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 01:02:20 | More by wl0307
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 23:10:11 | More by EmperorBevis
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 11:18:28 | More by mdagnew
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NATOuk

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 22:24:42 | More by NATOuk
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 20:30:28 | More by BlackHaddock
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 19:52:33 | More by thepeter
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Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:48:35 | More by Wattsox
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eric5bellies

Australia

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

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 13:32:33 | More by eric5bellies
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 21:14:34 | More by cypressbob
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mike130

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 15:30:48 | More by mike130
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horshack7

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 02:23:54 | More by horshack7
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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden honey colour, with a fluffy pure white head, and minimal carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of grain with a slightly, not unpleasant, acidic vinegar aroma. Clear apples on the nose, as with the original black sheep, a sweet raisin.

Taste: Quite a bitter hoppiness up front, which is soften quickly by a light caramel malt. There is a fruity apple as with the nose, and lots of citric flavours.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a smooth feel, and lightly carbonic in the palete.

Drinkability: Nice and easy to drink, with subtly balanced flavours, and a smooth texture.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 21:29:17 | More by PartyBear
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An orange coloured beer with a moderate rapidly receding head. I smell dried fruit.

This begins with a well carbonated clean start and very little sweetness before a little of that dried fruit becomes apparent as a warm creaminess begins to take hold, only to eventually be usurped by the clean hop flavour reasserting itself. Leaves the mouth rather dry but a tad herbal.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 22:52:43 | More by charlatan
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 19:18:02 | More by GreenCard
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Sainsbury's (500ml for £1.99):
Rich, golden amber colour with a thumb sized head on top. This is quite foamy looking and creamy with pretty good retention too with no reduction at all over the first few minutes.

Sweet caramel malts and a rich, malty aroma at the start. There is some grain and yeast along with a sugary sweetness and some lemon/citrus too. There is a slightly metallic aroma and some bitterness as well.

Sweet malts, some burnt sugar and a toasted caramel taste kick things off. I could detect some bitter flavours, a little lemon and a biscuit like malty taste towards the end.

Quite light bodied, moderate carbonation and a lot of bitter notes in the mix. There is a slight citrus tang and this is an easy drinking beer that you could easily drink a couple of.

Nice looking but fairly average one with everything being fairly run of the mill and lacking adventure. It had some nice sweet malts touches in both the smell and the taste but that was about all it did have and it ran out of steam quite quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 20:58:13 | More by flyingpig
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helloloser12345

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 18:45:41 | More by helloloser12345
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 21:15:51 | More by jazzyjeff13
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shearer292

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 20:50:43 | More by shearer292
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

I'm not sure why this is classified as an ESB, when it says "pale ale" right on the bottle. Seems more appropriate style to me as well. Anyway . . .

Pours with a thick, rich off-white head, very foamy. Sits atop a reddish-brown (more brown than red) brew, clear and clean.

Smells interesting. Some faint sweetness, perhaps floral. And some wild grains are picked up.

Taste is very bitter, almost spicy, most likely from the hops used. I found the taste very difficult to enjoy, although the mouthfeel is fine.

Not likely to try again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 23:01:16 | More by fullsweep
Golden Sheep Pale Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
81 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.