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Sheepshaggers Gold - Cairngorm Brewery Company, The

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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cairngorm Brewery Company, The visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The best beer baa none!
An exceptional continental style beer with good body and refreshing aftertaste.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 08-06-2003)
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Reviews by WilliamLious:
Photo of WilliamLious
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderated amber with a thin head adequate to isolate. Mild odour, and aroma, of grass with honey undertone. Light-bodied but complex taste that include honey, salty, balanced bitterness and malt. Fine enough carbonation to excite the mouth. Light mouth-feel and easy to drink.

WilliamLious, Nov 01, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a small fading head.
Nose shows faint caramel and floral notes. Pretty subtle.
Flavours include nutty malt, caramel and faint vegetal notes. Again, pretty restrained.
Body feels a bit watery.
Not a bad beer but pretty underwhelming stuff.

CrazyDavros, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Kulrak
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amberish golden color with about 1cm of head that thins out to a layer but still laces the glass. Smells very faintly of flowers, and not much else. The taste is malty sweet, very malty. I've had stouts with less flavor than this. There's also a hoppy bitter finish to it. It doesn't finish exactly clean, but doesn't finish sour, either. Sorta woody. It's actually a lot more complex than I was expecting. The mouthfeel is heavy with a tiny bit of carbonation scraping on the tongue. Just enough to help the finish out. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, I just wish it wasn't so expensive here.

Kulrak, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Rwalford74
3/5  rDev -11%

Rwalford74, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint, hand pulled in the Wrekin Inn, Wellington Shropshire.

Golden, but dull: on top a poor excuse for a head, just a thin wisp and collar from the start.

Slight malty aroma, toffee and caramel hints, all minimal.

The taste was semi-sweet with some small hop bitterness later in the mouthfeel. There were citrusy notes in the bitterness and earthy biscuits from the malts.

A strange beer all round, pleasant enough but not really putting its mark on anything, run of the mill, average in all aspects to be honest. Pity, it had travelled a long way from home to be consumed in Shropshire, maybe the journey didn’t suit it?

BlackHaddock, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

pin, May 28, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim...

Poured a light coppery golden colour... white head poured quite small then faded quickly to very light layer. Fair amount of continuous carbonation drifts to the surface... very little lacing...

Aroma - Nice rich biscuity malt sweetness, light spicy fruits (oranges, apples, some lemons), grassy, light floral honey, some sea saltiness, herbal / vegetal notes, hight peppery hops...

Taste - Quite strong peppery hops, light fruity sweetness (apricots, lemons, pears), some light sickly sweetcorn notes, salty, some creamy vanilla hints, light almond / marzipan nuttiness, some honey notes, decent biscuit maltiness..

Feel - Quite sharp initially then becomes more rounded as you drink... light bodied... pretty drinkable but a little boring..

Overall - An OK pale ale... nothing special. Cairngorm can do much better than this...

mdagnew, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a moderate head, leaving hardly any lace. Golden color, light to medium bodied, starts as a good mix of hops and malt finishes hoppy. Nose is really not much a little malty. Found in England for £1.49; easy to drink on hot, humid days, too bad it was only 330ml.

jdhilt, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of boqonx
3/5  rDev -11%

boqonx, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of Julian4077
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Julian4077, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

magpieken, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of cypressbob
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at the NI CAMRA fest

Pours with golden body, slight chill haze, slight foamy head, some retention and a little lacing

Smell, malty, quite fresh, some hops

Taste, fairly well balanced, quite dry and some hop bitterness on the finish

A fairly good ale, pretty dull but highly drinkable

cypressbob, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of koolk
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber/orange with good carbonation. A small but white head forms but it leaves quickly.

First notes are of flowers and perhaps even a little fruit. Quite subdued overall. Some slight grain aromas but not a whole lot more.

Good fruit flavours mingle with a slight caramel malt flavour. Some nice grainy flavour here as well. Subtle yet enjoyable. A strong yeast aftertaste.

Reasonably full flavoured with a good body. Nice bitterness balances out the palate.

Pleasing but unexciting. Worth trying.

koolk, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of vancurly
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Judging by the label, I first thought this was from New Zealand.. :-P
Seriously now...
Pours a big frothy white head, good glass-clinging lace. Clear golden colour, very appealing.
Herbaceous/citrus-peel aromas, with some slight cumin seed. Sweet pale malt notes as well.
Very spicy flavour profile, with cumin, nutmeg & white pepper....god knows what else. Malt is understated, although it warms into a bready flavour.
Quite a light mouthfeel, easy to quaff.
Probably a good food ale, with fried chicken or Indian tikka.

vancurly, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

harpus, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow colour, with a fair head of bubbly white. Some soapy lacing is left behind. Body looks pleasantly deep and solid. Not bad.

Bit of sweet soaked bread on the nose, with a hint of melted butter. Perhaps a light note of honey coming off it too. Quite a savoury nose all up. Grains and light yeast rule here.

Taste is initially soft, with some raw grain characters coalescing as the palate progresses. Bit of metallic bitterness mid-way through, and the finish is very green and slightly harsh. Feels too odd to me.

Not quite there, to my mind -- starts soft, but I feel like it should be far more smooth and drinkable than it ends up. The harshness is subtle but impossible to ignore, and it grates on me after a while.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of maxk
4/5  rDev +18.7%

maxk, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden amber, small foamy white head that leaves some lacing on glass.

Malts, caramel, lighter aromas such as honey, vanilla and some butterscotch.

Sweet with some light caramel and vanilla flavours, some light honey & some bitter hops. There is a little citrus and some floral, grassy hops too.

A light medium bodied beer with a smooth texture and an overall sweetness. Carbonation is about medium and easy to drink.

This one was quite a nice, sweet tasting beer with a good mix of flavours and good balance between them. Drinkability was good and the beer had a nice, smooth and easy to drink feel to it.

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flyingpig, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of jarmby1711
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold in colour with a tightly frothed off white head.
Smells of fresh grass and cucumbers
Honey like maltiness with a balanced bitter influence.
Is reasonably crisp given the subtle bitterness
Described by the brewers as " almost lager like", it is a very pleasant drink.
Match with an avocado and chicken sandwich

jarmby1711, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of BILF
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BILF, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of nate1357
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

nate1357, Mar 05, 2012
Sheepshaggers Gold from Cairngorm Brewery Company, The
79 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.