Saturday, February 25, 2006

Beer Tasting: Black Sheep Ale

Black Sheep Brewery - Black Sheep English Pale Ale This 16.9 fluid ounce bottle was graciously donated by co-worker Brodie, who hails from the UK. If I recall correctly, it was purchased in the Reading, Pennsylvania area. He has been anxious to hear our thoughts on the beer and we are happy to report, as you will soon hear, that we were impressed with this flavorful, drinkable English-style ale. Have you tasted this beer? Let us know what you think. As a suggestion, try to keep the review as brief as possible for each of the following: appearance; smell; taste; mouthfeel; and drinkability. Appearance Bryan: Medium-amber color, orange tinge; pours with soft foamy head, slow to disappear Mark: Orange/Tan in color; 1/4" inch nice creamy head Smell Bryan: Rich, slightly sweet malt very obvious; almost like walking into a brewery during mashing Mark: ? Taste Bryan: Full and solid malt flavors quickly replaced by mildly bitter hops; nice bit of lasting flavor Mark: Light, Smooth yet has body Mouthfeel Bryan: Just a bit creamy; but, otherwise, not heavy Mark: Slightly hoppy but not overpowering - to be expected of an decent ale Drinkability Bryan: Very enjoyable and easy-drinking at 4.5% ABV; better than an average English ale Mark: Yes - went well with sharp vermont cheese & wheat crackers Seconds? Bryan: At least! Send more please Mark: Yes - please

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