Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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2.1/5 rDev -43.9%
Granted I just had a Union Jack IPA so maybe I am spoiled but I can sum this beer up quickly.
This is a nice drinkable APA...If you like dumbed down APA's...thin...a decent maltiness but really lacks any appreciable hop impressions...the hops that are noticable are more floral...lacks any strong bitterness or juicy hop flavors..
For an IPA this is a let down but it isn't a horrible beer...still even as an APA I would drink many before this.
My scores make it seem like this is a horrible beer. I am scoring compared to the best in this style...I could drink this beer anytime and be ok with it, but would choose about 100 other IPA's before this one....thus the scores..
I don't know...maybe the Union Jack I just had set too high of a bar....
10-16-2008 04:44:03 | More by ZAP
2.63/5 rDev -29.7%
12 oz. bottle poured into a NB stem.
A: Pours a hazy amber to orange hue, with little carbonation that settles to a thin film on the surface. Head retention is mediocre, and lacing is the same. I understand this is an unfiltered IPA, but the amount of floaties turns me off.
S: Some floral notes and honey, with just a hint of fruit and pine in the backround.
T: Same as the smell, only more dull. Some caramel and honey, with flowery hop tones and a hint of citrus.
M: Medioum bodied. It's what the mouthfeel of an IPA should be like, but without the flavor.
D: I would steer clear of this one. The other beers I have sampled from Grand Teton were pretty decent, but this one just does not do it for me.
05-25-2010 05:30:47 | More by WYVYRN527
2.65/5 rDev -29.1%
Bottled on 03/15/07:
Pours gold with a one-finger white head that descends to a lasting thin bubbly cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to glass.
The smell is of mild citric fruitiness/grapefruit and some grassy/graininess.
The initial touch of grapefruit that carries over from the aroma soon gets lost in a sweet grainy malt. Tea-leaf dryness mixes with sweetness. It's a tad soapy. Puckeringly dry finish.
Thin body for the style. Decent carbonation, but the brew doesn't hit the palate quite right.
Not a good example of the style. The dryness is in the wrong direction and the hops get nearly lost to a grainy sweetness.
I didn't care for it, but thank jcwattsrugger for bringing it back so that I had a chance to try it.
07-05-2007 13:24:05 | More by jwc215
2.68/5 rDev -28.3%
Since this isn't my first bottle from this 6er I know to pour into a very large glass as the carbonation is quite excessive. Aroma seemed to have a touch on phenol immediately, but none that I noted later. A relatively balanced aroma, especially for style. Sweet slightly grassy hops, but definitely a a notable malt presence that is sweet as well. Aroma isn't potent, but it is pleasing in its softness. The staleness (not quite to cardboard, but close) noted in the flavor first seems to appear in time in the aroma
Somewhat cloudy gold with lots of bubbles rising. Head was exceedingly excessive, as anticipated (at least 20oz glass that held only 1/2 of the original pour).
A variety of hop presentations in the drink. Several hop flavors and variability in the bitterness too. Even at 6 months old there seems to be a staleness to the flavor that's off-putting as it leads to a bitterness that carries it's own off flavors. There is a nice sweetness up front, which helps, some.
In an odd way it seems flat on the tongue yet filling in the stomach from carbonation.
01-12-2008 23:40:55 | More by garymuchow
2.68/5 rDev -28.3%
Imbibed on tap at Harry's Hofbrau on 2/16/2012.
Sits a dark pale, almost amber and somewhat opaque in the glass with a decent head that sticks to the glass a little.Sweet biscuity malt with a hint of sweet hops. Sweet biscuity taste with tart lemon zest and grassy hops. Semi bitterness lingers. very drinkable, a bit on the watery side with a dry finish.
This was as close to a lemonade as an APA should be comfortable with. It was sweet all around, but not really too sweet. I just don't know if I'd want another pint of it. I appreciate the utter lightness of this beer and the hint of lemon, but the hops need to be there more or the malt needs to stand out a little. Interesting, but I'll probably pass next time.
02-28-2012 04:35:00 | More by Philousa
2.73/5 rDev -27%
Poured from a 12fl oz bottle into my pint glass. Says it was bottled on 10/16/08, so this is way and I mean way past its time. I forgot to check the date as I bought it, oh well though, lets see how it turns out.
Pours a light hazy copper color with a rocky slightly off-white two inch head. Great head retention that never fades leaving a foam of island in the middle and soapy lacing all over the sides of my glass.
Slight citrus apricot smell comes to the nose with hints of floral notes. Caramel malt is noticeable with a slight funkiness/musky earth smell.
Taste has faded a lot since the bottle on date which was not to my surprise. I still get a little bit of a hop bitterness that is very mild but overall a slight caramel malt backbone is at all noticeable. This has made it seem very watery and bland.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery and low on carbonation.
Well the date surely played a factor and I will look for a fresher bottle, but for what its worth this is a let down.
06-16-2009 23:34:34 | More by tr4nc3d
2.83/5 rDev -24.3%
Pours with almost perfect clarity, a golden color with a fluffy finger of head. Head drops to a single layer quickly and leaves just a bit of patchy lacing on the glass.
Aroma is of caramel malt and American hops... not too much to say here. Hops are mainly grassy and slightly resiny in character and there is a honey-biscuit undertone to the malt profile.
Flavor is fairly well balanced between hop flavor, honey-ish malting and some biscuity, cracker-like notes in the malt profile. There is a slightly metallic note, seemingly from the hops, and some slightly earthy bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is decent, medium bodied, faintly tongue-dancing carbonation, and a slight bitter astringency in the finish.
This is not a bad beer, just average. Not one to seek out, but worthy of drinking. If you find yourself in a situation where it's available, it will do, but won't wow you.
12-22-2008 00:03:31 | More by khiasmus
2.93/5 rDev -21.7%
A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a small creamy white head and some lace. The aroma starts with a resinous piney character. But has an unpleasant murky musty note in the backgound. The taste starts piney but goes tealike quickly. The finish leaves a metalic taste on the roof of your mouth.
06-29-2006 21:06:03 | More by ybnorml
2.95/5 rDev -21.1%
Poured from bottle into pils glass. one finger foamy head
A- Light pale copper, hanging grains.
S- pretty weak nose, light fruity hops
T- Great malty bitter hoppiness, leaves your pallet with a pretty strong floral bite.
O- average APA, good bitterness, good one or two drinker. Paired great with barbecue beef brisket.
Another solid brew from Grand Teton
02-20-2012 00:56:08 | More by Jonster02
2.98/5 rDev -20.3%
Cloudy amber with a fat one finger of off white head. Fair amount of lacing. Floral hop and earthy aroma. Taste is rich hop bitterness, some leather, and a good amount of malts giving support. No bottle date and I suspect this is a bit old as the aroma wasn't much. A middle of the road IPA. Will rerate if I can find a fresh example.
04-18-2009 04:28:19 | More by Spikester
2.98/5 rDev -20.3%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A-Thickly hazy dark amber beer w/ a few floaties. Off-white head was good looking off the pour, retaining nicely and exhibiting extensive lacing. The floaties was really the only negative about the appearace, so that characteristic is not really decreasing the appearance score for this rating.
S-Resiny and piney hop aromas.
T-Piney, resiny hop flavor is slick, over a toasty, nutty sweetness. Hop flavor is not overpowering and could prbably use just a bit more steam. Bitterness is assertive, but as with the hop flavors, not overwhelming.
M-Moderate carbonation didn't really drive this beer forward. Flabby, medium-thin body is missing something pizzazzy.
D-The feel of the beer really seems to have detracted from its drinkability. Not a bad IPA, but not really a great one.
02-05-2010 22:01:47 | More by CHSLBrew
3/5 rDev -19.8%
12oz bottle into pint glass.
Pours a dark pale amber color with a one finger almost-white head.
Nose is sweet, grassy (hah!), with floral notes reminiscent of cotton candy and tropical fruits.
Taste is sweet, earthy, and tropical with a slight medicinal flavor. Hops are rather clean, leaving little lingering bitterness.
Crisp, sweet, and slightly slick.
Overall an okay pale ale, but nothing special. Probably won't seek this out again.
11-15-2011 06:27:14 | More by syrupjoe
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.