Sheep Eater Scotch Ale – Grand Teton Brewing Co.

I was one of the fortunate few to get a preview of the Sheep Eater Scotch Ale from Grand Teton.  My first thought when drinking it, was it reminded me of a beer I had in Scotland.  Which is good when you are drinking a Scotch Ale.  The Sheep Eater is the fourth and final installment of Grand Teton’s celebration of the Reinheitsgebot (Bavarian Brewing Law that state beer can only have water, hops, yeast, and malted barley).  Sheep Eater focuses on the malted barley piece of the Reinheitsgebot.  There is a distinct malty flavor when it first hits your palate, but then you get the nice caramel flavor on the back side of the drink.  The beer features a delicious blend of malts and a nice deep nut-brown color.  The one problem I had with beer is that I had over-refrigerated it, so I let it warm up a bit after I poured it.  Maybe that is due to drinking many room temperature, cellar temperature, or slightly chilled beers in the UK that made this taste so much better when it was only slightly chilled.

I would recommend this beer for those that enjoy nut browns, especially Newcastle.  It is a nice blend of malt with just a hint of hops and still packs a nice 7.5% ABV.  Recommended food pairings include ham, roast pork or chicken, roasted veggies or venison, creme brulee or Scottish butter shortbread cookies.  Sheep Eater Scotch Ale makes its official debut on Saturday, January 9th so get it while it is out there.

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