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

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | 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: 648 | Reviews: 275
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a czechvar glass.

Pours a dark straw, good clarity with a one finger head that dies immediately and leaves little stick.

Aroma is of tannic grain and light hops. Grain is slightly sweet and toasty. Hops are light and slightly floral.

Flavor is of earthy husky hops. Grain takes a backseat. Hops are totally chinook and amarillo in style. Dank and intensely herbal, they give off a "just bit a pine cone" flavor. Hops flavor tastes toasty as well, like burnt wheat toast. Hops are weak and the grain is even weaker, but interesting.

Mouthfeel is decent. Carbonation is soft and there is a slight fullness to the beer. Not bad at all.

Overall, this beer reminded me of a severely watered down Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum. The hop flavor was similar but eaker, and the malt followed.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a citrus nature, with the citrus being a nice blend of sweeter tangerine and some bitter grapefruit hop. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of lighter tropical fruits of pineapple and mango as well as a little bit of a cracker like aroma. A hint of an herbal and floral smell are there as well, rounding out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker and very lightly sweetened flavor of a peach and orange nature. The sweet is very light upfront, and grows even lighter as the taste advances to the end. While the sweet is light, there is a good deal of grapefruit and herbal hop flavor right from the start. These hop flavors grow stronger as the taste moves onto the end, and are joined by other hop flavors of an earthy nature. With the lessening of the sweet and the increase in the hop, one is left with a rather crisp and bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the APA style the feel is rather nice as it creates a decent base for the hop flavors to sit on the tongue all while still making for a more refreshing and crisp brew overall.

Overall – A rather nice drier APA overall. Not the best APA out there, but nice and crisp and on the drier side with a good hop hit.

Photo of JimGlonke
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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.

Photo of 100floods
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy pale amber-yellow with a thin film of white head. It has a nice sweet, almost lemon grass aroma, a good balance of malt and hops that cut through the gentle layer of malt. Pretty dry, really hoppy flavor. Lots of lemon, touch of lemon grass and honey. A thick mouthfeel attempts the provide a pillow to the hop bite. It has a juicy, honey, light hop finish. It's pretty crisp and refreshing, without too buch bitterness or sugary sweetness, which isn't to say it's well balanced. This Pale Ale is hoppy by my standards, which isn't a bad thing. I'd let this pass for an IPA. I like this beer, I need a few more to decide of I want this in my rotation.

Photo of jak
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mntlover
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with some nice floaties must be bottle conditioned big fluffy cream colored head that lasts forever and leaves gobs of sticky lace everywhere. Very good looking brew.

Aroma is sweet malts nice citrus notes lots of pineapple mingled with some green apple and light pine.

Taste is not bad malts are not as sweet as the smell little more earthy, but that's probably from the sediment. some tangy fruits green apple notes with a pine finish for the hops. Not bad Pale Ale but not near as the smell was leading me to believe.

Mouthfeel is only light medium or maybe its the peppy carbonation making it seem lighter.

Overall looks great smells good but fairly average Pale Ale.

Photo of Buebie
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this brew a couple months ago at a beer fest. I see it is now distributing to MN, had to grab a 6'er because I enjoyed it at the fest. The six pack set me back $8, a bit spendy, compared to Torpedo and other which as $7.

Poured from a 12oz brown long neck bottle into a pub glass. Producing a 1'' foamy white head. Settling to leave very thick sticky lace, distributed enenly all around the glass. As it sipped, the lace has left some nice rings most of the way down. Retention is a thicker collar.
Color is a light copper, this is pretty transparent for a bottle conditioned brew. It has the look of filtering.

Aroma is a bit grassy, mimicing the lable pretty well. Mild pine and grapefruit, not much hop aroma outside of that, kinda lacking actually for an ipa. Cereal grains are present with a sweet malt aroma.

Hops pick up a bit more into to flavor, actually allot more.
Starting out sweet with a spicie wood like flavor, almost swadust like. Then into the swallow hops begin their puckerwork. A touch of aspirin, alot of good pine bitters here, mingling with aspirin and spice.

Interesting take on the style. Definatly a nice change from some of the hop bombs that are all about grapefruit. This one has a nice, welcome change. I'm guessing there is some amerillo in there.

Mouthfeel is slick with carbonation tickle and a light crisp feel.

Photo of SammyBrew
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass while enjoying pork chops and turkey legs...sorry guys, just seemed so natural.

A - Finger and a half head, dark straw/amber resin color, beautiful and dense, with lacing from the foam.

S - Lemon, piney hops, malt.

T - Malty start and finish, pine and lemongrass, grapefruit, hops.

M - Medium bodied, tasty toasty bitter citrus, slightly nutty and creamy.

O - Well balanced, hops and citrus, excellent APA in a BOTTLE, never had on TAP but can't wait to try, for now...this is a go to APA, really nice for APA lovers and novice APA folks alike.

Photo of MikeWard
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

From a can bought back from SC. Bottled on date of 7/9/14.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow orange with a small white creamy head. Good carbonation. Was getting a citrus aroma, which oddly did not transfer to the mouth, coming off with more of a non citrus fruit mix. Taste was quite sweet, but leaving a sour bitterness throughout the mouth.

Photo of coldriver
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in to a Sam Adams glass. Pours a light amber color and huge ice cream float head. Good lacing and head retention. Citrus, pine, and caramel aromas. Seems a little heavy on the bittering hops vs finishing hops balance. Alcohol seems to show through a little more than you would expect, and a little mediciney on the finish and aftertaste. Good but not great beer.

Photo of tavernjef
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale medium golden yellow color with lots of floaties within its murky glow. A small capping of ivory foam skips across the top briefly. Some spotty lacing along with a few tiny strings graze upon the glass.

Aroma is mostly of leafy hops and quite pungent with some softer floral attributes and a twist of sweetened lemon for good measure. It's decent on the nose; albiet one dimensional.

Flavors are mildly toned down to a paled lemony pounce across some dryish puffy leafyness touched with floral herbalness. It drys off at the center with light Munich, Crystal, biscuit, and caramel malts tenderizing underneath with a simple and delicate balance allowing the dry leafy hops to do there thing. However, much like the aroma the one dimensionality of its taste is a bit boring. There's a bit of spice and pep to it late in the finish which is nice. But there's something lacking in hoppy punch and complexity thats not really doing much for me.

Smooth medium body with a light spicey and floral spice to its hoppy dry puff. Low bitterness levels as it sides with very low eneded, paled down lemon and some malty sweetness.

An OK IPA, not great nor average, some where inbetween. Perhaps a good starter brew for those looking to gravitate from milder pale ales to something with a bit more floral spicey hops.

Photo of Blazer22
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rkuhnel
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz Bottle. Strong nose of herbal hops with a hint of citrus that left good lacing. Pours cloudy light amber with a medium white head. Flavor is good for and IPA, and is a little more subdued than many. Floral Hops work well on the tongue. Nice bitter finish. Decent IPA.

Photo of MacQ32
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange into a tulip glass. Cloudy honey color w/ ~ an inch of head which dissipated quickly - nice lacing.

S: Fairly citrusy aroma (grapefruit/organge), with hops present.

T: Tasted mildly of hops and malt with citrus flavors. As beer warms a little more hops present, amply more enhoyable - on a hot day I see several of these being ideal

M: Medium bodied w/ a desirable amount of carbonation

O: After allowing this beer to go from cold to just cool both taste and smell matured significantly - good thing i waited before posting this review

Photo of TroyS
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't realize that I've already reviewed Sweetgrass when I opened this one. Anway...always a favorite. Previous review continued;) I was hoping to see these guys at the beerfest in Idaho falls, Idaho. I don't see them on the latest list, but who knows...they may show up, right? BTW, the 14th Annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest in Idaho falls, a.k.a "I.F., Idaho," is a great time and will surely please the party animal AND the taste buds of the snootiest beer lovers. I'm sure that the 15th will be decent too;) I bought a few Sweetgrass IPA's by Grand Teton Brewing Company at the Pocatello Co-op and poured it into a traditional pint glass. It poured very light, slightly darker than a typical hefe, but without the head. I was quite shocked as I've had many of these in the past. This was a bitter IPA that tasted like it was carrying more alcohol than the claimed 6ish percent. A slightly caramel yellow brew that was a little flat with some cedar and pine crispiness to it. Good drink, but I'll have to give it another look when I know it's a fresh one. All in all I know that I can confidently say that this one is worth chasing down. It's a nice smooth drink.

I get this particular brew regularly, so I had to do the responsible thing and bump the grade just a little bit. I gave an additional .5 to both taste and drinkability because this pour is definitely not the twin of the bottle that I rated a few weeks ago. This Sweetgrass poured with a nice head; one finger, although only a pinky worth, even stuck around long enough to leave modorate lacing all the way down the glass. I'm not getting so much alcohol flavor, but more green to it. Nice cloudy beer. It's a good drink!

I'm not sure if the 2 brews that I based my review on were different ages or handled differently or if Teton Brewing isn't delivering the same quality consistently. Only time will tell I suppose. I'm paying attention now;)

By the way...this second bottle was purchased at the wine and beer shop in Blackfoot, Idaho 83221. They are in their infancy as a business, so I'm sure that they'll catch on to some of the other good beers out there sooner or later;)

Photo of supercolter
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly decent IPA, but a bit weak. Appearance is good, nice coppery color with some head and lacing. Smell and taste are quite close, not a lot of malt- but what's there is slightly sweet with some hops that are very citrusy. Mouthfeel is good and oily with sligh carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Photo of rrski198
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color, large fluffy white head, big time lacing

S: Hoppy, mild malt, simple and straight forward

T: Pine, earthy hops up front. The bitterness lingers. Their is a hint of the malt, however, this is definately an APA.

M: Good carbonation. Very clean.

O: Easy drinking, good session beer. For the style, its above average.

Photo of marc77
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear auric hue. Frothy, porcelain white, steadfast head leaves tattered lace. Soft, hop derived notes of lemon zest, with a minty twang. Underbaked bread undertone bolsters hop aroma. Well rounded, albeit prosaic aromawise. In flavor, incipient is sharp, lightly chalky hop bitterness. Malt sweetness ensues promptly, in a simple light caramel malt fashion. Doughy malt undertones surface as the beer warms. Pleasantly citric hop flavor includes hints of underripe tangerine, with trace lime like acidity. Lightly bodied, and nearly spritzy, which serves to facilitate an airy drinkability. Finishes with dryish cracker and orange infused biscuit hints. A simple, innocuous pale and a no brainer in terms of drinkabilty. Immaculately clean and solid.

Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with grgas. Thanks Josh. Poured into a Harpoon IPA tumbler.

A - Pours a hazy amber gold with a thick 2 fingers of cream colored head that has good staying power. Light, uneven lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity aroma, smells a little like lemon flavored Arizona iced tea. A touch of earthy hops and a decent dose of caramel malt. Not especially hoppy in the nose.

T - On the malty side of balance. Sweet malt with fruity hops. Not too much bitterness in here. The iced tea aroma continues into the flavor. Definitely a tea like flavor and lemony notes with it. Seems more of an American pale ale instead of an IPA.

M - Light to medium in body and medium in carbonation as well. Sits on the tongue for just an instant...just a touch of viscosity. Fairly smooth feeling.

D - Smooth and easy...a good session IPA. Think this bottle has a little age on it, would love to try a super fresh one to compare. Overall good beer, but doesn't stand out.

Photo of jsprain1
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden with a thick long lasting white head. One solid ring of lacing.
S- It smells quite sweet, sugary even. There is a fruity aroma to it. Both a yeasty and hoppy fruityness.
T- Initially it's fruity with a peach and orange flavor to it. It gets a bit too sugary in the end.
M- The sugaryness lasts on the tongue. Low carbonation.
O- It's an ok pale, but the sugary sweetness was a bit excessive.

Photo of joe1510
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Another beer sent by ruspoweel in a recent trade. You've been keeping me drinking lately Russ. Sweetgrass pours a mildly hazy deep pilsner-like golden. Two fingers worth of clean white sticky head formed on the pour and left solid lacing on its way down, all at once patchy in places and sheet like in others. Although the head falls quickly the patching left behind is nice. A quickly rising carbonation bubble is spotted every now and then but you have to look close.

The nose starts off with an approachable biscuity maltiness underneath a faint but noticeable pine needle hoppiness that seems like it's faded a bit over time. The pine is met with a tea leaf like hoppiness. I can't help but think maybe this beer has been sitting around a little while but I can't be sure since I just received it a week ago. This beer smells good and is inviting me to take that first sip.

Flavor follows the aroma nicely. While this isn't an IPA in the style I usually enjoy I find this one enjoyable. The same hoppiness is there as in the nose although a bit more pronounced. Biscuity malts combine with a bit of cake like sweetness. The mild pine and tea leaf like hoppiness comes through just enough to lead the way. Sweetgrass is a solid IPA.

Mouthfeel seems to be moderate up front but as it works its way through gets gradually lighter. The carbonation is light and the body is on the lighter side of medium.

This is a fairly easy beer to put away. I'm on the fence for drinkability between 3.5 and 4 but I'll give a 4 because the flavor and smell were in between there too.

This is another solid beer from Grand Teton. Not one of my favorite IPAs but it would have to be fantastic to reach that level. This is just an all around solid, easy drinking IPA.

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