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

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557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-27-2002)
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Wheelinb

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was picking up some beer today and spotted this one. Copper color and a nice head. It smelled slightly sweet and a little earthy. All I tasted were hops, and it was not a big bitter taste, just right in the middle for an IPA. That made this beer very drinkable. Others sampled as well and the conclusion was this was a good beer, just not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 14:42:56 | More by Wheelinb
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jcsull

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice orange/amberish color. Pour leaves a 2 finger head which leaves behind a thin layer of soapy looking lacing that sticks to the glass somewhat. Some debris floating around too.

S: Earthy hops, a hit of maltiness, some pine notes.

T: A lot of malt, pretty thick, back end shot of some bitterness, grapefruit rind, pine notes. Decent balance though. Not too strong on the malt, hops don't blow me away either.

M: Meeedium edging on heavy and sticky just about all the way throughout. medium to high carbonation helps the malt go down a little bit easier. LLittle bit of oily hoppy earthy bitterness as an aftertaste.

O: Good, nothing to write home about. Kinda drinkable, but a little overpowering on the bitterness and malt to want to drink more than one. A decent brew though.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:38:38 | More by jcsull
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whatthehull

California

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden orange, 1 finger head, nice lacing and some serious yeast floating around

S - Citrus hops, earthy, sweet, nice and yeasty, a nice malt kick and some serious grains

T - Earthy and citrus hop, meets sweet malt and a nice grainy backbone

M - Fluffy and light, but the flavor sticks around for a while and the bitter bite is nice

D - Goes downs super nice. The floating yeast can be strange for someone who drinks filter or beer that isn't bottle conditioned. I like most things about this beer, minus the 6% abv

Final thought - Good but not great and the price isn't my favorite. Around $9 isn't that awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 10:15:03 | More by whatthehull
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sfprint

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 08:44:06 | More by sfprint
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HalfFull

California

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard 12 oz. pry off bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orange with an inch of rocky foam, and all the floaties others have found. Offers decent retention and fortunately long enough to let the beer settle and still enjoy it.

Nose is sweet and singular in approach with a citric underbelly, mostly tangerine and lemon in nature. Bit of grain after some air.

Flavor follows with a pleasant citrus tang and just a hint of hops in flavor. Hop bitterness is labeled as 58 ibu's and is virtually undetectable on the palate.

Feel is smooth and light as the beer is lacking any coarse graininess or bitter finish. Flash of lemon on the close

Easy drinking for an IPA due to its moderate approach. Not thin and lame in body like an Alaskan IPA for example, yet not challenging either. Sweetness is moderate on the tongue and not cloying as the nose might indicate. Still, a lack of bitterness deters and brings that sweetness to the forefront.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 07:01:52 | More by HalfFull
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emerge077

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/2012
Reviewing a fresher sample apparently... "Bottled on: 1/3/12"
More overt citrus flavors, with a light citrus peel and caramel aroma. Lingering hoppy notes in the aftertaste this time, bumping up scores a little bit.

09-03-2011
"Bottled on: 10/25/11" This beer is from the future?

Looks pretty opaque and murky orange, with suspended sediment visible in the glass. Intricate lacing, some decent head retention, a broken skim after ten minutes or so. The striated hanging sediment is sort of a wtf moment though.

Softly bready and full of caramel malt, strangely a touch acidic. Could be a little bit oxidized, who knows... first time seeing this on the shelf in WI.

Flavor is sweet and bready, clover honey notes, multigrain bread. Pleasant enough, definitely malt forward. Mellow feel, medium bodied. Was this hoppy at some point in time, the world may never know.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 03:42:03 | More by emerge077
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy/chunky amber pour with visible yeast chunks, 2 fingers of creamy white head. smells of sugar snap peas, grassy hops, slight hint of caramel. bitter up front with a dirt/copper taste in the backbone. a bit tangy but not quite a citrus taste. very strange but delicious nonetheless!

medium body with fizzy carbonation, smooth on the way down. overall a refreshing ale with a very fresh taste, and a generous abv %!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 21:54:04 | More by facundoCNB
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Happy_Camper


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-25-2012 18:00:18 | More by Happy_Camper
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damuts222

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-13-2012 01:04:08 | More by damuts222
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timontheroad

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-26-2013 02:09:21 | More by timontheroad
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-11-2014 02:15:07 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 21:51:21 | More by ChopperSmith
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dertyd

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-01-2014 08:11:30 | More by dertyd
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LuceScrew

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-27-2013 22:25:31 | More by LuceScrew
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kristenrae8

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-20-2013 17:20:02 | More by kristenrae8
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eggboy

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-05-2012 03:57:01 | More by eggboy
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a hazy amber color, dulled slightly. The ale isn't full of sediment, just clouded. A thick rocky head resulted from the pour and has left large patches around the glass.

S: The nose is very hoppy with an oily, resin profile. Citrus hops are the norm. Pepper matches the grapefruit and caramel malts.

T: The breadiness of the malts is evident up front, grainy with caramel and toast flavors. The initial hop bitterness is right on the tail of the malts with a grapefruit profile. A green vegetal flavor follows the hops, leaving a mild bitterness. The hops leave a nice finish.

M: The oiliness of the hops is pretty strong, overtaking a significant aspect of the flavor. An accessible IPA.

D: A decent IPA that could use a little more assertiveness in the hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:09:54 | More by akorsak
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KarateAftermath


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-01-2013 23:20:21 | More by KarateAftermath
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LoFiDave

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-01-2013 03:32:53 | More by LoFiDave
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-04-2012 02:29:40 | More by bigbeers84
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Inglewood

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-21-2014 06:11:42 | More by Inglewood
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swimnadd

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-09-2013 07:33:30 | More by swimnadd
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Zorro

California

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

Slightly chill hazed amber colored ale with a tall white head that doesn't last.

Good hop aroma light malt that I can't really ID, slightly caramel scented. Bitter citrus aroma, mostly Bergamot orange. No real pine in the scent, but plenty of eucalyptus oil.

Starts out sweet and bitter, mostly an herbal bitter bite in the aftertaste. Pretty much stays Bergamot orange bitterness with a little woodiness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pretty drinkable, especially for a low alcohol IPA. Has the taste you need, but not really outstanding, just good.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 02:12:23 | More by Zorro
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SC_Beer_Drinker

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-11-2013 01:12:12 | More by SC_Beer_Drinker
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-27-2013 04:49:55 | More by Rick778
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.