I am a huge fan of North Yorkshire brewery Black Sheep and consider their bitter to be one of my favourite beers of all time. I don't hesitate to pick up anything new that they brew as you're always guaranteed a quality beer.
Pathmaker is an American style pale ale, it's a slightly hazy golden colour with a loose frothy head. Unfortunately, it's not a standard Black Sheep head as it does dissipate to a thin layer. It has a very strong citrus aroma but with a sweet malty edge and a hint of hops and some floral notes coming through.
I was a little worried this would be too much of a citrus flavour for me but it's not as citrusy as the smell would suggest. It is predominantly citrus flavoured but there is a sweet malt flavour that adds a caramel sweetness to balance out the citrus. It's fizzy with a decent body and has a dry/bitter finish.
It hasn't quite tempted me over from the dark side, but it's a lovely full-flavoured pale ale in keeping with the quality you expect from Black Sheep.