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:
#36,471
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 Johnq1964
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Robert-Simmonds
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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 Pelicanrocks
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Bix
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 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 MEP
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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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 shearer292
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.

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Photo of NATOuk
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of Wattsox
3.67/5  rDev +4%
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.

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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 mike130
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.

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Photo of PartyBear
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.

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Photo of thepeter
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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 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 fullsweep
2.79/5  rDev -21%
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.

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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 Daredevil
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
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 ....

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Photo of helloloser12345
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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