Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Over the next few weeks I am sure that ratings for the 2014 release of Sheep Eater will start to roll in on the two major ratings sites. The previous release scored a 90 on Beeradvocate and received a 92 from the Bros. Over at ratebeer it received a 97 overall and a 95 for style. On to the review!
almost identical, yet through its time in the cellar I was a little worried. It just didn't have the rich complexity I was looking for, and remembered from the first batch. We bottled the 12 ounce samples a
few weeks ago, and racked some kegs. That beer, with just a little age, has already gained most of what I remember loving about Sheep Eater. With more time it will only get better. The phenolics from the
peat will mellow, the edges will smooth out, and the flavors will blend even more harmoniously. I'm really excited to drink this one over the next couple of years.
Monday, August 18, 2014
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Splash Down currently has no reviews posted on either of the two major rating sites, but I am sure they will come rolling in after the May 15th release date. On to the review.
GRAND TETON BREWING COMPANY RELEASES
Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale
VICTOR, ID – Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional craft brews, is proud to announce the release of Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale, the second offering in their 2014 Cellar Reserve series.
Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale is a smooth and crisp Golden Ale, brewed with Belgian practices and techniques in mind. True to style, this beer starts sweet, then finishes dry with a mild yet progressive bitterness from European Noble hops. Though pale in color, Splash Down proves to be complex and inviting, with intriguing spiciness created during fermentation by Belgian Abbey yeast.
Splash Down contains Idaho 2-row barley that provides the pale golden color. A hint of Belgian caramel malt adds color in the cheeks and sweetness on the tongue. Clear Belgian candi sugar was added during the boil to help increase alcohol content while allowing for a dry finish and light body.
Their Belgian Abbey yeast ferments warm and produces tastes and aromas like sweet bananas, bubble gum and cotton candy. A small kettle hop addition of Czech Saaz hops gives a spicy and earthy hop aroma, while imparting bitterness on the front of the palate that slowly fades to the back of the tongue.
This Belgian-Style Golden Ale is perfect for summertime drinking and also for prolonged cellaring. Even with an alcohol by volume of 7.5%, this Belgian-Style Golden drinks smooth and easy and is very refreshing. Consume this beer thoroughly chilled. Enjoy with pungent cheeses, a simple arugula salad or grilled white meats such as chicken or fish lightly seasoned with ground black pepper and fresh squeezed lemon. A tart dessert like lemon meringue pie will balance well with the residual sweetness of this delicious summer seasonal.
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Original Gravity (Plato): 18˚ P
Color (Lovibond): 8˚
International Bitterness Units: 25
Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale will be available May 15, 2014 in 1/2 and 1/6 bbl kegs and bottle-conditioned 750 mL cases.
Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale pours a slightly hazy pale golden amber with a moderately thick, off-white, rocky head that holds moderate retention but leaves behind very little lacing in the glass. The aroma is complex, as expected from a Belgian-style ale. It is all Belgian yeast on the front end with notes of banana and bubblegum with a hint of clove phenolics. Sweet malts and candi sugar round out the aroma, leading to clove phenolics, and earthy hops in the finish.
The flavor is equally complex with sweet malts on the front end, transitioning to sweet, fresh bananas, and bubble gum complimented by earth and spicy hops. Clove phenolics and a moderate hop bitterness round out the up-front sweetness, with the beer finishing dry and becoming bitterer on the back end. The combination leads to a moderately bitter after taste. Splash Down is relatively light bodied with a moderately high level of carbonation.
Splash Down Belgian-Style Golden Ale is a pretty interesting beer, it seems to straddle the line between a Belgian Pale Ale and a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. The complexity expected in a Belgian-style ale is definitely present with excellent sweet malts, banana, and bubblegum; however the bitterness seems a little too pronounced when combined with the phenolics, completely dominating the finish and aftertaste. There is no doubt that many of you will find this to be a refreshing summer ale.
I usually pick up 4-6 bottles of every Grand Teton Cellar Reserve release, but I think this round I will only pick up a couple to see how it ages. If you enjoy hoppier Belgian-style ales, this might be exactly what you are looking for, so you might want to pick it up when it lands in stores on May 15th. For more Grand Teton Brewing reviews, click on the Grand Teton Brewing Company label at the bottom of this post.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Original Gravity: 1.081
Alcohol by Volume: 8.5%
Bitterness: 70 IBU
Color: 15 SRM
Monday, February 17, 2014
It’s getting to be that time of year again when the first Grand Teton Brewing Cellar Reserve beer is released. Year round, the good folks at Grand Teton produce solid beers that are for the most part underrated, but where they really shine is in their seasonal Cellar Reserve releases. The first release for this year is their Lazy Marmot Maibock Lager. I contacted brewmaster Rob Mullin to get some insights into this beer that were not included in the press and got some great feedback, including the insight that Lazy Marmot is almost twenty years in the making. I have a lot of respect for Rob and am grateful for his additional insight. As usual, the press release contains some great information about the style, and is worth the read.
GRAND TETON BREWING COMPANY RELEASES