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

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 40 | 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 Sande
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Schimms
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of nassstnate
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of CPeterson
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of DCon
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of chickencoop
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of beagle75
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of jjanega08
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.