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Bomber of the Week: Sheep Eater by Grand Teton Brewing
October 14, 2014
This particular bomber is a combination of nostalgia and intrigue for me. Having spent a significant amount of time in Wyoming for college and a few other life changing experiences, I have fond memories of beer from the brewery from which this bomber hails. While some of the staples from Grand Teton Brewing like Bitch Creek ESB and Wolf Creek Weisse Beer can be found with some regularity in Denver, the seasonal items can be hard to find and the Cellar Reserve series is even more rare ( like a unicorn of beer…a beeracorn. Yeah, that’s it). All these factors combined made the final bottle of Sheep Eater in my local liquor store a proud purchase on my part.
Much like most of the beers in the realm of Scotch Ale and Wee Heavy, the Sheep Eater offered a somewhat flat pour of a beer the color of fine pipe tobacco. This is accompanied by a light aroma of fruit with tinges of butterscotch that are subtle and appealing. All of these factors would suggest a beer that’s heavy and pungent but the result is in surprising contrast. As Scotch Ales go, Sheep Eater is on the lighter side of the spectrum. This applies to ABV (this one is only 7.5%) but the flavor as well. Those fruity notes that are teased in the aroma come through pungently in the front of the pallet while not becoming overly cloying and sweet. The light aspects also allow this beer to be much crisper than might be anticipated. All of these qualities add up to a bomber that is both flavorful and all too easy to drink.
Bombers of Scotch Ale and Wee heavy are easy to come by in most places. However, most are going to do their best to knock your tongue and brain around a bit. Sheep Eater does a tremendous job of tempering that heaviness with an ease and lightness that one would expect from something less ambitious. If you happen across a bottle in your next stroll down the bomber isle it would be worth your while to make sure it goes home with you.
Brew Ratings: (Listed on a scale of 1-5 penguins: 1=lightest 5=strongest. Why penguins? Because 'Merica, that's why)