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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

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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arkanu

Romania

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

11-09-2013 23:51:49 | More by arkanu
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

12-28-2013 22:59:47 | More by Kirk
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
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
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shearer292

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.93/5  rDev -17%
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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Mr_Pink_152

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -15%

01-01-2014 19:51:01 | More by Mr_Pink_152
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

10-10-2012 20:57:26 | More by Pelicanrocks
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Malt_Man

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

07-05-2014 21:03:08 | More by Malt_Man
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dcmchew

Romania

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

11-02-2013 14:50:53 | More by dcmchew
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helloloser12345

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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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GreenCard

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Marius

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-09-2014 08:47:22 | More by Marius
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

09-07-2013 09:42:27 | More by Ciocanelu
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

07-14-2013 14:34:28 | More by vinicole
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-31-2014 17:45:12 | More by endless1408
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Ty1607

France

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-05-2014 16:08:29 | More by Ty1607
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

04-15-2012 19:04:00 | More by jrfehon33
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Craigale

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-12-2014 21:15:55 | More by Craigale
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mike130

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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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eric5bellies

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Golden Sheep Pale Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
81 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.