Beer No. 76 Black Sheep Ale

Beer Type:    Pale Ale

ABV:     4.4%

Brewer:  Black Sheep Brewery

Bottle conditioned:  No

Bottle size:  500  ml

Country of origin:  England

What the label says:

Beers from the pioneering spirit of Paul Theakston, who is 1982 followed his heart and dared to start a new brewery.  Brewed in Masham, North Yorkshire, this is the culmination of six generations of family brewing experience.  Crisp dry and bittersweet.

What the Beerdrinker says:

This is a proper looking Yorkshire beer.  A good amber colour with a long lasting foamy head, that lasts right to the bottom of the glass.  The nose is very organic and smells like a Yorkshire hay meadow after a rain shower (and after the sheep have visited).  This is a very complex tasting beer.  It has hardly an initial taste, but a growing bitter after taste, followed by a delayed explosion of caramel.  Unusually the tastes become more intense on subsequent mouthfuls, with the result that the beer if drunk too quickly becomes unpleasantly and overpoweringly bitter.  The increasing bitterness makes it difficult to drink other than slowly.

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