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

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)

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Reviews: 280
Hads: 689
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | 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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Photo of russpowell
4.79/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy (with some floaty bits) honey color & a rocky 1.5" white head. Floaty bits never cleared, no biggy. Good Head retention & some lacing

S: Huge piney/grapefruity nose, fades a little as the beer warms

T: Huge hop tea presence, pine, pepper & lemon! Good malt profile files in along with a nice warming alcohol feel. Bicuitty flavors fill in the hop attack as it warms. Finished hoppy & fruitty,& dry

MF: Slightly oily feel with a medium body, & great carbonation, superbly balanced

Drank too easy, the abv wasn't an issue. I loved this IPA! Another winner from grand teton

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.74/5  rDev +27.8%
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

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Photo of climax
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one begins like a superstar. After the massive head fades a bit, I could start to see the bright cloudy orange color, yellow highlights. The foam gargantuan fades ever so slowly leaving massive cottage cheese looking globs of breathing frothy bubbles. After 5 minutes of finessing it into my pint glass, I still had 3 fingers of beer in the bottle to fit in. Awesome start.

The aroma is no slouch either. It possesses an excellent bright hoppy aroma, flirting with the IPA line. Citrus, and tons of it, comes through in the form of orange and sweet pink grapefruit. The balance the malt brings is subtle but solid. Caramel brings the extra sweetness that the juicy citrus profile begins. Some grassier earth tones come through the more I dig my snout into this inviting brew.

The flavor boasts the same juicy citrus extravaganza as the aroma. It's sweet and balanced up front, before fading into dry harsher bitterness. The toasty pale malts and sweet caramel with a hint of spice accent the wonderful hop bill perfectly.

The feel was wonderfully smooth and fluffy, the head was certainly foreshadowing for the mouthfeel. The body is medium to say the least. Or perhaps the fluffy cottony feel is tricking me into thinking this one is heavier than it is, because it is sure flying down the hatch. But maybe that's just the dry finish quenched by the juicy flavor? . Either way, it definitely has more life to it than most pale ales.

This beer is damn good. There are a pair of 5's up there and by no means do I let a 5 out without some scrutiny. Best pale ale I've drank to date. Nuff said.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Suprised by the lack of high reviews for this exceptionally balanced and very nice drinkable American IPA...

Hazy light golden with a nice light beige head and subdued carbonation that leaves nice lace. Nice mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hop aromas. Nice hoppy flavors without being overly bitter; balanced hop flavors of citrus and pine... Medium bodied and smooth with a dry hoppy finish.

Per Beer Club notes:
- 58 IBU
- 6.5% ABV
- Malts: Idaho 2-row Pale, German Munich, Wheat, Carafoam, Belgian Caravienne, British Crystal
- Hops: UK Goldings, Willamette, Galena, Amarillo, Czech Saaz, Cascade (and dry hopped w/ Cascade)

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Photo of Gay4IPA
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Brew has a lovely Fragrance - Super Bubbly carbonation that sizzles - fresh crispness - light hoppy musk, deep bitter depths - earthy finish - Prairie home Companion lable design caght my eye and the $1.50 a bottle at a Total Wine - STRAIGHT UP SWEETGRASS - Well Named

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Photo of Schimms
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours light copper with white, fluffy head. Good lacing.

S: Light hops - pine

T: light caramel, pine. Good balance of malts, hops.

F: Dry, but not too dry.

O: Very drinkable - not too hoppy that you have to stop at one.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a glowing golden orange with yellow highlights that had a finger of bubbly head but with good head retention and left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass. Nice caramel citrusy aroma upfront with tangerine fruit, sucbtle hops and candy sweetness; very appealing nose. The orange citrusy character was more apparent on the palate with tangerine caramel accents and sweetness from the malts to balance it out. The brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, fruity, malty, crisp, and tingly finish. It drank very good and was very tasty. IMO its was one of the best pale ales I've had in awhile. Definitely highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- A hazy straw yellow brew pours to leave a three finger head that reduces to a thick froth, leaving some lacing.

S -- Earthy/toasted malt tones are quickly over taken by citrus, apricot, and herbaceous hop notes.

T -- Complex citrus and floral hops play up front, followed by a bready/toasty malt backdrop that seems to complement and counter the dryness and astringency of the hops on the back end. Very well balanced.

M -- Fairly light yet full bodied, a little light on carbonation which makes the brew seem heavier than I would expect.

D -- Very nice brew, worth a purchase if not a staple in the fridge.

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Photo of DCon
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the wolf public house in Ballwin, MO. Poured into a pint glass and had a keg date of 4-12-11.

Appearance- poured a 2 finger of bubbly, white head with a hazy orange color with huge carbonation. Has a decent head retention has thick lacing.

Smell- has a huge citrus hop smell upfront and a lime hint as well. There also is a huge vegetable (celery or salad) aroma mixed in.

Taste- has citric hop taste and more hops after. Has nice malts used and can taste their importance in this brew. Grapefruit and other fruits follow up this ale.

Mouthfeel- light- medium bodied, smooth, and has A great bite at the end.

Overall- nice beer with an awesome taste for an apa. Has an average drinkability and nice beer altogether from Grand Teton Brewing.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan. This has a nice light malty taste that carries throughout the beer making this one of the easiest beers to drink. Unlike the the dominating hops of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, this goes the direction of malts, only slightly cardboardy, but not off-puting. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of beagle75
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Hazy, light golden-amber with over one finger of persistent, craggy, eggshell-colored foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass. Some yeast sediment is noticeable at the bottom of the glass.

S: Bright citrus and toasted grain, with lesser amounts of tropical fruit and honey.

T: Begins dry, with floral and citrus hop aromatics, restrained bready yeast, and a burst of bright acidity that compliments the hops. Robust pale malt emerges in the middle, very toasty, as acidity fades. The finish is moderately bitter, retaining the toasted character.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smoothness on the palate seems compromised somewhat by the acidity, with moderate carbonation.

D: This pale ale displays ample attractive qualities, with bright, refreshing aromatics and malt that is clean and delicious. A compromise occurs with regard to the acidity, where its presence enhances the intensity of the other bright flavors at the cost of greater smoothness. It is characterful and memorable, with a boldness that is at IPA-level in some respects. It reminds of other full-flavored pales that feature West-Coast hops, such as Marin's Mt. Tam or Strand's pale ale.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a nice looking hazy golden honey color with a huge thick head on it that holds great retention and beautiful lacing.

S= Nice fresh hoppy aroma as well as some great caramel malts. Pretty nice balance here. citrus hops and sweet caramel malt with a little breadyness to it.

T= The taste is just like the nose Bready malts with caramel and a great hoppy finish to clean it all out. Tastes like happy. There is a beautiful hop character that is just enough for this beer.

M= Sweet and smooth. Like drinking honey water.

D= Excellent. This brewery hasn't sold me yet but this is a great brew. I'll buy this again for sure.

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Photo of rikjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

I'm surprised this beer doesn't have a better rating. I tried it for the first time 3 months ago while out of town and was happy to find it at a local carryout when I got back home.

An interesting beer, easy to drink, not too rich but plenty of flavor.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Bottled on 06/03/08' etched on side of bottle. Poured into my SA glass. Nice golden color with a near-white bubbly frothy head. Aromas of pink grapefruit, cantaloupe and wild honey. Very nice contrast of wild honey sweet malt taste with sharp crisp hops. Pink grapefruit with a hint of pine on the hop flavor. Quite exotic with the malt-hop battle. Very crisp and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of NickBus
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale reddish copper color. Maybe more like light amber, actually. Really excellent head and lacing that stick around right down to the last drop.

Crisp piney hops with a mild maltiness and a surprisingly smooth finish. A bit of citrus in there too. It's an underwhelming beer in some ways, but there's some kind of really bodacious kind of woodsy or grassy tinge to the aroma and that lingers on your palate after a drink. I'm really digging it.

People are saying this beer is "mild," but I'm not sure I totally agree. It doesn't kick you in the teeth the way some IPAs do, but it has a respectable bite to it.

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Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish amber in color, large frothy white head. The aroma was citrusy and floral with some balancing malt, quite fresh and herbal. In the flavor there was a fair dose of hops, balanced well with almost a biscuity caramel-like malt. The hops were citrusy, like orange slice and grapefruit, and quite grassy and herbal as well. Maybe even some peach and white grape too. Definitely an American IPA, but with an herbal Teaton twist. It was pretty good, I would get it again if I were in the area, but probably not worth putting a lot of effort into seeking out.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange with a yellow hue, and a inch and a half, white head that remains. Super thick lacing.
Smell is crackery malts with grassy/slightly piney hops. Malts become bready as they carry. Notes of citrus and very faint pineapple, as well as some peppercorn.
Taste is bready/crackery malts with a little bit of grassy hops. Interesting subtle, sweet note that hits the back of the mouth near the finish. Citrus and pineapple, as well as some pepper and orange.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and smooth, with a little bite near the finish. Light body, and clean finish.
Drinkability is very good. Excellent beer all around.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

seriously thrilled to be able to try this one! always a fan of grand teton it is very good to see them in my state finally!

Pours a nice copper tone, with a good sized head that has some nice clumping and staying power as well as some decent lacing throughout. Smell is wonderfully hopped, like a pine cone dipped in orange juice! Fantastic full hoppy smell. Taste is right up with the smell. Full on hops from the gate. Piney, very grassy and citus, AWESOME. Very smooth with a nice dry aftertaste that begs you to come back for more.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sweetgrass, that's a nice name for an IPA.
Let's check it out.

Pours a hazy golden orange. Frothy white head, and lots of carbonation streams going on. The smell is quite balanced and reminds me of Yulesmith. A lot of malty sweet balance, with underlaying floral/herbacous hops. The taste is quite like the smell. Once again strongly malt balanced. Loads of malty caramel sweetness upfront. Midway, the hops catch your palate and strike with a piney/citrusy bitterness. This joins perfectly with the malt, and allows balance throughout. Finishes with the hops lingering and the malt slowly fading. "You will get some hop burps from this one"
Mouthfeel a bit on the light side, with a tangy carbonation spike.

This in my opinion is one of the more perfect session IPA's I have encountered. It's truly a shame it's not readily available in my area. This is an excellent IPA.

I love the overall flavor scheme of this beer. It's quite unique in it's blending, yet stays true to the style. This is an excellent offering out of Idaho. Thank you Wasatch for the sample.

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Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, Idaho. That state of potatoes, silver, and Napoleon Dynamite. Thanks to Southern brew for the sample. I don't know how it would have ended up in Georgia before Minnesota, but I am still looking forward to it.

12 oz. Brown bottle, with a bear on the neck label, and a mountain landscape on the label. Pours a crystal clear dark gold color, with huge amounts of visible carbonation. Huge fluffy white head, almost 1" in my Sam Smith Tulip. Holy hop in my nose. Smell is fruity, piney and sweet, exatcly like an IPA should. Taste has many levels of hops flavor. Starts mellow and elusive, almost like a pilsner. The hops flavors do come out of the woodwork, with a passion. End is dry and malty, and delicious. Wel carbontaed, and easily drnkable, it is a shame that this stuff isn't available for 100's of miles in each direction. Thanks again, Ben.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After perhaps too careful a pour, it had a light orange to tannish color, slightly cloudy, decent head and nice lacing.

Smells of a pine forest next to a river. Hoppy notes and a slight orangey sweetness accent the aroma.

Tastes piney. Piney to be mentioned at least twice. Has a bite like someone garnished the glass with a clipping from a pine tree. Also has a nice hops character with some sweet citrus present, very notably oranges and maybe some lemon.

Very crisp, smooth and clean with a decent bite and enjoyable bitterness that doesn't overpower at all. Excellent for the style and generally enjoyable across the range of styles.

I'm rating the drinkability on this one quite high, even tho it's not my favorite style at all. I'm just generally impressed with this beer.

This offering will certainly have me trying other styles from this brewer.

ETA2: of the various types of grand teton I've found, this one still kicks butt (I wasn't too fond of the ESB, but liked pursuit of hoppyness and others). I am not going to change my ratings even on multiple re-reviews. This is a very nice offering and quite enjoyable.

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.