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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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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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Ratings: 633 | Reviews: 271 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JimGlonke
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pascilla
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samsbinky
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ahalset
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of beersquirrel1337
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of vma
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of RJB66
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

As good as it gets

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Blazer22
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of G_Mad
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

this one got better as it warmed up

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of joeyjoey104
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of KendallClem
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of harryhops
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rikjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Torey
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of derhardt
1/5  rDev -73.1%

Photo of Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

poured into an imperial pint from a bottle, a month old

A: hazy pale orange with a 3 finger billowy khaki head
S: Kind of faint, but I get some grapefruit, some pale malt sweetness
T: Mainly grapefruit, tangerine (presumably, the Amarillo hops) but not real juicy...fairly dry. Just a little bit of pleasant bitterness tied in with some faint sweetness. At the end, I get a little soapiness that affects my enjoyment.
M: Medium carbonation, light and smooth mouthful, but enough bitterness to keep it style appropriate.

Overall: There are numerous others out there that I prefer in the style, but considered on its own, this is good and I'd drink it again.

Photo of brywhite
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Acadia09
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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