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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
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650 Ratings
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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-27-2002

Sweetgrass APA is a Pale Ale of distinction! 2009 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winner in the American Pale Ale category, this crisp and fragrant beer is hopped and dry-hopped with plenty of Amarillos and Cascades. Try it with any bold, flavorful food to complement its citrusy, resinous spiciness.

60 IBU
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Ratings: 650 | Reviews: 277
Reviews by bjohnson:
Photo of bjohnson
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to boolshot for including this in my ba anniv. package.

A: Pours a very hazy golden amber color with a thin white head that holds retention consistently. Nice lacing also.
S: Floral hop presence with a slight twang of citrus hops. Sweet honey notes are also present. Earthy and grassy.
T/M: Citrus fruit of grapefruit and melon with floral hop flavors. Grassyness also very present. Nice bitterenss on the palate before a toasted grain presence takes over. Earthy on the palate, but only with a medium body. Dry in the finish with a sweet and earthy aftertaste. A nice offering from the state of Idaho--I believe this is my first Idaho brew.
D: Session type brew--very easy drinking. Good balance with more of an earthyness than it is crisp. A nice one to try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint a slight hazed burnt orange infused medium golden with one finger clingy white head,globs of lace were left behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Gotta love the big grapefruit rind aromas here,this is American ballsy hop all the way,just citrus oil to the max over top of a biscuit base.Bright citric hop flavors,just fresh tasting and bursting with flavor,a sweetish base is there but the hops are the main attraction.A little light in the feel but it may contribute to the drinkibility,just a great APA,it is true to its name.

Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty typical looking IPA, has a hint of orange and grapefruit/flowery hops in the nose.

The taste is fresh and well balanced with floral hops and yeast, as there is quite a bit of sediment in the glass, I'll have to pour this one more carefully next time. The malt is there to balance but doesn't contribute a whole lot to the flavor. Flavorful and very drinkable. Worth a try.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy goden yellow with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and grassy hops with a touch of pepper.

The flavor is some sugary sweetness and a little melon followed by an earthy bitter hop finish. It's a little too sweet and I don't particularly care for the hop flavor but it has decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a well-made IPA. The flavor profile isn't totally up my alley though.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.74/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lets starts by saying that this beer is wonderful

A . The aroma is wonderful liight grassy with citrus a nice blend of hop aromas makes a flower aroma

Look. Golden amber with a nice lacing. Head forms and slowly dissipates

Taste. The taste is lite and refreshing near perfect it starts sweet and becomes hoppy but not bitter the taste remains grassy and citrus and refreshing

This beer as compared to other apas is near perfect. The mouth is smooth with slight carbonation it is light but full of flavor love it

Photo of warriorsoul
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to JoshD for this one...
Golden copper in color with a full finger of white head...most of which goes bye-bye fairly quickly, but leaves some thin lacing that coats the glass nicely.
Tea leaves in the nose with a touch of citrus.
This is one solid IPA...not overly sweet and quite bitter up front and in the finish...Sweetgrass is a clever name as there is a definite earthy, wet hop flavor that I am really enjoying.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and right for the style...carbonation mellow and just adds to the mouthfeel.
Goes down real easy...finishes very clean and the 6.5% is well hidden.
Would love to be chillin' at the brewery sucking a few of these down...maybe someday.

Photo of mattster
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fl oz bottle (bottled 10/07/08), poured into Nonic glass.

Very little head development, but forms a layer of lace across top of glass and lace clings to sides. Brew is a translucent amber color with bubbles/particles in suspension (cool).

Smells like pineapple, malts and slight green herb smell. Taste is hoppy but not overly so. Some citrus/pineyness on palate, but not a strong hop as I am use to with American IPA. Beer is good BUT I noticed something that I have never tasted in beer before. Call me strange but I taste a slight "Alka-Seltzer" finish on the brew. It only last a second and isn't unpleasant, but It is definitely there. I was excited about drinking a beer from one of my favorite mountain ranges, but this didn't live up to my expectations. Granted, I've probably had 10 score beers that were not this good.

All in all, not bad but not outstanding.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy and honey colored. Thin, barely off-white head without much lacing.

Smell: All hops, with sweet grapefruit, mango and pine. Light toasted malt in the background.

Taste: Semi-sweet tropical fruitiness with mango, citrus and grapefruit predominant. Some light toasted malt in the background, before ending with pine and considerable bitterness.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation (especially for an IPA), medium, slightly oily body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Listed here as an IPA, and I think Teton used to call it an IPA. Now it says APA on the label, but I still believe it is more IPA-like. Either way, it is a solid American ale that just misses the mark due to a strange mixture of tropical sweetness and dry bitterness.

Photo of magictrokini
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy bright gold with a huge frothy white head. Sticky lacing. Perfumey aroma of grapefruit, grass, and mineral water. Smooth, effervescent mouthfeel. Crisp, fresh hop taste. Mellow pink grapefruit, peach, mango flavors, with very little resin. Sweeter malt that is more bready than caramel. I could drink this all day. Very, very nice IPA

Photo of hotpauko
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice APA, the BA score of 84 is really off. This is one of the better APA's I've had. Nice piney, citrusy smell. Well made malt hop combo, both easily tasted. Organicy flavors pop through, not too much sweet citrus flavor. Crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Minimal bitterness and just a tad bite on the tongue. Very drinkable.

Photo of moundbz
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, easy drinking, resiny, I like it

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a darker yellow and gold, nice 3/4" head on it. Aroma was super grassy, not so much hoppy.

Taste, maybe its just the name, but this really kicks down a sweet and grassy vibe. The hopping is relatively average, but the sweetness of the malt is really the dominant thing going on here. There's some grapefruit like flavor as well. Maybe some peel/rind. Lemongrass. Oftentimes, people describe a beer as dry. This is not. This is grassy wet, sweet and lightly tart.

The mouthfeel is almost sorachi ace like with the hops. A real small amount of caramel. Its not world changingly different, but the slight difference compared to many other hoppy pales is welcome, and makes for a relatively enjoyable beer.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a smokey light amber with light carbonation....small head dissipating to a fine, ever so fine lacing that follows down the glass as you drink it.
Aroma is lightly citrus (lemony) and lightly hops.
A milder IPA, the hops don't knock you back but they are definately there...sort of a sweet bitterness as I sense more orange peel than grapefruit in the taste although it dries nicely to a hops-grapefruit quenching aftertaste.
Alcohol is un-noticable...at least going down.
Feels like it would session very well or work as a nice break-in beer before turning to a more serious hop.
Very nice.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper orange with a huge, rocky off-white 3 finger head. Exceptional retention, resulting in a fair layer of surface suds and chunks of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Grassy and lemony citrus, with slight spice and some light bready notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Grass and mild lemon hop notes at the forefront and throughout. Clean, grainy and slightly bready malt base that might be too weak to notice unless you look for it. Hints of hop spice. Finish is lightly sour with a lemon zest aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation. Smooth with a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Nice take on the classic APA. A bit too sweet and sour for it to be an all-day drinker, but serves as a nice one-off or change of pace brew. Might benefit with a stronger malt backbone. In any case, one I'll revisit in the future.

Photo of emsroth
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: Amber with hues of orange. A chunky white head. A nice thick haze...boy do i love my beers unfiltered

Smell: Fruity and bitter american hops. I was never a fan of smelling the bitterness. But the aroma of citrus fruit is rather inviting.

Taste: A near perfect IPA flavor. Low in malt, but the bitterness is perfectly balanced and leaves no unpleasant aftertaste. It's an overall light flavor, but the wonderful bitterness weighs heavily on the score.

Full, refreshing mouthfeel with good carbonation to match.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy and deep golden, almost amber, in color. One finger of off white foam that didn't last long, but left nice sticky lacing as it settled to a thin layer of creamy foam throughout.

Smell: Pine and citrus scents from the very floral hops. A little malt and grain hidden behind the hops.

Taste: Very nice grapefruit hops up front with a little bready maltiness. Slightly bitter on the finish, but not overpowering like some IPA's.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a nice crisp carbonation on the tongue. Works well with the hop forward flavor profile.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and love the hop profile and subdued hop bitterness of this IPA. Would definitely drink more and do a session with this one.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely lit orange liquid with a finger of the white stuff....The smell is awesome, and this is why, it smells of bud. Not bud light but MJ. Like a backwoods piney resin blunt. Mild hops on the tongue, a smooth weedy flavor with some base malts and new cut grass. Mouthfeel lends a medium body with comfortable fuzzy carbonation. Overall, session beer flavor here!

Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to Spokane. Pours a bright golden color with orange highlights, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops and a touch of pale malt. Palate is lightly malty up front, with a considerable hoppy bite emerging mid-palate. Finish is dry and leaves a lingering bitterness. Body is somewhat creamy, but without a touch of stickiness. Overall, a nicely built beer. I could see myself buying this regularly if it were available here in Oregon.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unfortunately the bottle of Sweetgrass that I got is over primed and everything is affected. The beer poured a orange clear color with huge bubbly head that eventually settles to reveal some lacing. The smell has hop and that overprimed twang....the taste is more of the same....the is a malt character that seems to balance the hops. Unfortunately the beer is so carbonated it is difficult to get a too taste. The mouthfeel is a wreck because of the big carbonation. Overall....I dont know....but I would try it again.

Photo of sfprint
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost clear, almost syrupy orangy color. Enormous fluffy head.

S: Smells like dried wheat.

T: Quite different than what I'm used to. Very planty. Grassy I suppose, like the beer is called. And I would say it's on the sweeter side, but not exactly sweet. That's the dominant flavor. The pale ale portion is in the background. Interesting for sure.

M: Sparkly carbonation with a medium body.

D: It's a good beer, if you like the grassy taste. Different but nice.

Photo of plfahey
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold with an orange hue, decently clear. Monstrous ivory head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Sweet aroma of fresh cut green apples (acetaldehyde) and or some other fruity type aroma. Light lemon and grass aromas from hops. Some grainy malt and light hops, but the green apple overwhelms the other aromas. Light ginger or cinnamon note as well.

Flavor-Sweet, with almost an apple-cinnamon type flavor. Some piney, citrusy hop flavors on the tail end with moderate hop bitterness. Finishes relatively dry. Malt flavors are low, and somewhat husky-grainy.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Acetaldehyde flavors are somewhat off-putting. Malt flavors are husky-grainy and rather one dimensional. On the whole, I just wasn't very excited by this beer.

Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and golden amber with a huge billowing, steady, gorgeous head; this head looks like bread rising in the oven and the lacing is solid

S: A fantastic grassy, citrus hop aroma: lemon rind, tea leaves, grapefruit, marijuana, oranges; some bready undertones; man, this is a nice smelling beer

T: Lots of grapefruit--other citrus too but mostly grapefruit; not as bitter as you would expect from the aroma, which is what you want in an APA; somewhat of a bready base but mostly just a ton of hops

F: A touch thin up front but sticky and oily as the beer goes down

O: MMM; what a great, great hop forward APA; truly one of my favorites

Photo of Fatehunter
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A finger and half of head on a hazy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is grapefruit and lemon with a milk note; interesting but good.
The taste has a great balance of the malt sweet and hop bitterness. The bitterness comes through as lemon and pine.
The texture is smooth and soft with moderate carbonation. Incredible.
A great APA.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a slightly hazy amber color bit of orange hues. Very thick almost like the beer is over carved off white head. Super sticky lacing.

Aroma is nice. Bit of hops and some malt. Has that smell of yeast that has been worked too hard or too many times though. They should probably get some fresh yeast more often.

Taste is ok. Kinda malty with a decent hop flavor and bitterness. I feel like the malts don't complement eachother though. Might be the overworked yeast.

Mouthfeel is a bit maltier than I like but not bad. Nice carb even though the pour would suggest it's over carbed.

Overall it's an OK pale ale. Think I would still take SNPA over this.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a weak amber with a small head.

Aroma suggests Cascae hops and a bit of a malt sweetness.

Light-ish body for the style. Plenty of citrusy hops that become bitter in the middle that blends with a weak malt sweetness. Finish is dry with a pleasant citrus and bitter aftertaste.

Decent IPA, perhaps a bit one-dimensional but pleasant nonetheless.

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.