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

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | 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 Buebie
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 tmryan21
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MikeWard
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%

Photo of rkuhnel
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.1%
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 -1.1%
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 -1.1%
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 -1.1%
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 -1.1%
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 -1.1%
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.

Photo of Dhren1979
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2010

A: Pours a golden yellow with thick, white, foamy head. Retention is good. Lacing is sticky but loose.

S: Faint lemony aroma. Grassy aroma as well is noticed. Hints of floral and malts are there in the background.

T: Bitter grassy hops. Not too over powering. Malt flavor is detected but it is more of a balance to the hops than anything else.

M: Light & crisp. Kinda buttery on the tongue.

D: Oh yeah, I would love to get more of this in a trade! Grand Teton is in the Chicago market but not the full line-up. Thanks Harrymel for this "extra"!

Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange, slightly hazy, big pale tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, some lace.

Aroma is candied citrus, pine, pepper, candied fruits.

Taste is spicy medicinal hop, grapefruit, juicy raisiny dried fruit sweetness. Bitterness lightly dominates finish after more balanced start. It is a touch on the bitter medicinal side, but solid, pretty well-rounded, characterful. Feel is creamy and somewhat full.

Photo of beer2day
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold to orange with 1 finger pillowy cream head. Thin on retention and light on lace.

Very strong grassy nose. Herbal hops with very light citrus underneath. Maybe some orange peel and light apricot.

Herbal hops carry over into the taste. Not big, but not light either. Slightly soapy quality, but more from the smell than taste. Light pepper and lighter citrus orange peel. Mild hop finish, but a strong herbal aftertaste. Not unpleasant, but different.

Feel seems about right for the style and flavor. Light syrup and cream. Feel in finish is rather good, with a nice creamy texture.

Overall, I'd love to try it on draft.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very clean, high hop aroma coming off the top of the white, airy head that held well and fell with a bit of lace. The aroma is strong, grassy, and pleasant, but not much else in it from the malt. Smells like a single hop or a very well integrated hop use. Strong enough IPA that the hop lingers on the palate for a quite a while. There a light sweetness in the malt, but understated compared to the hop character. The clear golden amber beer is very light in the mouth, just a bit watery, and very drinkable. Overall, very nice, and I'd order it on tap if I saw it to see if the hops would smooth a bit.

Photo of tripleAlpha
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Liquid at roughly 3.1 °C (37.5 °F)

A - Roughly 1.5 cm of head. Rich, translucent amber coloring with lighter cream-colored head. Logo on the glass barely discernable when looking through the beer. Head dropped by roughly 1.1 cm after two minutes. Leaves noticeable (hefty?) lacing.

S - Reisiny and a little piney/grassy, with a few other notes possibly creeping in. Smell wasn't strong, although my nose has never been a strong sense for me.

T - Not much alcohol sting, with the earthy tastes stronger. Coupled with the increased taste and senses, definitely more grassy than initially determined. Taste garners its name.

M - Tingling, with an almost warming sensation on the inner cheeks and tongue. Similar to other IPAs/APAs I've had in the past, although lighter and smoother than most.

O - A decent drinking/multi-purpose APA, with enough to set it apart from similar ones without diverging too much.

Having this past summer taken a trip out to the Tetons, I was able to sample this beer at the brewery. The taste just seemed to fit with the mountains; refreshing after a day of hiking while watching the sun meander toward the horizon. I've had this in a can and on tap before, with this being the first from a bottle. Ignoring the longing to return to the mountains, this is a nice standard addition to my list of beers I'd regularly drink. Not too heavy, taste doesn't overpower while still being unique.

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened this bottle and it overflowed out of the bottle. it had been sitting for a day and a half with no agitation. Poured it into a pint glass, and it had no bottled on or bb date on it.

Poured a nice dark yellow to light brown color, with 2-3" of think white frothy head on it. This is one of the largest head that iv'e had on a beer ever. The beer is bottle conditioned and i drink boulevard which is also bottle conditioned and have never had something like this.

The smell is of light hops and a light citrus. Possible grapefruit and lemon maybe with orange. It has a slight grain smell but mostly from the malt. There is a little sweet smell too hence the name.

The taste is definitely sweet, both that and the hoppy flavor play a nice role overall. I don't get too much of the malt that i got in the smell but it is all around a nice brew.

The M&D are great. This is a good brew and Grand Teton is a great brewery. If you cant get a hold of some of their stuff let me know because everyone should be able to have good beer.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 bfields4
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very large but tight head. Good retention and nice lace. Hazy pale golden body.

Herbal and citrus hops. Lemon zest. A bit resiny. A bit of caramel.

Lemony twang kicks it off nicely. A bit of pine and some caramel. Much the same of the smell but in different intensities.

Nice light beer easy drinker. A little on the spicier hoppier balance than your typical pale ale. Not a huge malt presence. Seems more of a jr. IPA than a pale ale.

Photo of dcloeren
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/6/11

Pours a beautiful semi hazy orange with a finger and a half of creamy egg shell white head. Great retention, some pretty good rings of lacing.

Sweetgrass has the aroma of just that, sweet grass, along with some citrus hops and some earthy undertones. The aroma is pretty subtle in my opinion. I was really hoping for some more hops....

Biscuity up front with some citrus hops that make their way into the taste with some subtle pine hops rounding of the taste.

Light to medium in body with ample amounts of carbonation. Goes down very smooth with a semi drying hop finish.

Overall, this was a nice APA out of their sample pack my parents brought me back from their vacation. Not anything that I would go looking for by any means, but still a tasty pale ale. I would have prefered it to be a little bolder, but I feel like this would be going down just right on an afternoon by the Tetons.

Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.