Golden Sheep Pale Ale | Black Sheep Brewery PLC

Golden Sheep Pale AleGolden Sheep Pale Ale
BA SCORE
25%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 52 ratings
Golden Sheep Pale AleGolden Sheep Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Sheep Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom
blacksheepbrewery.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,490
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
52
Liked:
13
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
12.46%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.67/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of samEBC
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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...

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into pint.
Pours clear orange golden with one-finger off-white head, medium to low retention.
Smell - rubber (as usual for the brewery), skunk, other notes aren't impressive.
Taste - sweet malts, some fruitiness, skunk, paper.
Light body and soft carbonation.
Inevitably poor. One of the worst bitters I've ever drunk.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kirk
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of GreenCard
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of Tdenham
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cypressbob
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.24/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of horshack7
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.

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Photo of charlatan
3.42/5  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.

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Photo of Momon
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Golden Sheep Pale Ale from Black Sheep Brewery PLC
Beer rating: 25% out of 100 with 52 ratings
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