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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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Reviews: 280
Hads: 689
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | 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 ZAP
2.11/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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....

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Photo of WYVYRN527
2.64/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.
Bottled 7/3/07.
Thanks Linda.

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Photo of Philousa
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Moose90
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a hazy light orange color out of the tap, sits in the glass with a faint light amber color head, some spotty lacing.

S — Smells of fresh cut grass and lightly sweet malts, little hop presence, just very grassy.

T — Tastes again is dominated by grass and sweetness, little bit of hay and hop, but this really just tastes like chewing on sweetgrass.

M — Medium bodied, long lasting finish.

O — OK overall, super grassy and sweet, little to nothing else going on.

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Photo of khiasmus
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Jonster02
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of ybnorml
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Spikester
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of veinless
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a two-finger head that is white, foamy, and doesn't retain well. Leaves moderate lace on the glass and the body has nice clarity to it.

Nose has a touch of citrus, maybe grapefruit, and a vague bitterness after that. Malt is a touch sweet but nothing to write home about.

Taste starts with some mild citrus and then moves to a half grainy half sweet malt body. Reminds me of cough syrup a little bit, and isn't bad, but isn't good either. Bitterness carries the beer to the finish, is chalky and leafy.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit too carbonated. Chalkiness is nice though. Drinkability is good despite no real areas of strength; this is a beer that doesn't offend but doesn't please too much either.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige-khaki head of nice cream, good thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a nontransparent copper-gold. No yeast particles are visible. Non-opaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy cascade and amarillo hops, evoking pine oil, and citrus. A clean aroma. Indistinct malts. Average strength.

T: Some light cream opens up the brew, exposing us to a clean malt foundation with inconsistent amarillo and cascade hops. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Pine character is limited, leaving floral and bitter qualities to battle. A bit of tangy citrus emerges on the finish/in the third act. A structurally imbalanced brew, but nevertheless a pleasant one. Simple but enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with great creaminess on the opening. Slightly buttery, to its advantage. Good thickness and carbonation. The finish is too dry.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style, though simple and boring. Fans of the style and the hop strains will likely enjoy this one, but there's little here to impress. A solid offering from Grand Teton, but not unique or special. I wouldn't bother getting it again, but I'm glad to have tried it.

High C

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Photo of mjryan
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an IPA right? Pours a hazy deep yellow with a solid head. The aroma is of bready malts and hay with a faint wiff of citrus in the background. Way, way in the background. Tastes pretty much the way it smells, bready and haylike. The body is thin and watery. This beer does'nt even qualify as an American pale let alone and American IPA, or an English one for that matter. Maybe the beer is old or was abused, but it just showed up in my hood recently, so I don't think so. I am not saying this is a terrible beer, because it's not. What I am getting at is that it has no business calling itself an IPA, IPA Lite maybe, but not IPA.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a pale golden color with a small head that falls to a small ring over the brew. The nose is mostly caramel malt, with a small blast of citrusy hop. Overall, its very weak for an IPA. The flavor is also fairly lack-luster. slight sweet caramel malts with just a hint of sweet citrusy hop in there. Pedestrian. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Its easy to drink, but not for the right reasons. Definately not something I would have again. Very average.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not your typical IPA to say the least.

Creamy head (that doesn't sound to bad but back to the review) with continental lacing. well supported by a a fine carbonation. Orange body.

The smell is what sets this apart from other IPA's in uniqueness. This has some floral/perfume qualities that are not annoying in the least. Offset by a sweetness and a sublte hop profile.

Hops are pretty mellow which once again is fine but when you back it with a sweet malt it just isn't all that complex or interesting. Its pretty smooth in the mouthfeel and drinkability department. Candied in the middle and bitter in the end. Carbonation is medium and the body is creamy and supports the profile to the T.

Notes: This is unique and a nice addition to the style. Gotta go with a NO on making this a stable type offering. There are much better IPA's brewed in the same price range and in some cases (Green Flash) even cheaper. Shameless plug for my favorite IPA at this moment.

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Photo of germaniac
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark peach, a few shades darker than gold on the color wheel. Lacing left it's trail down the sides of my glass.

Smell is more hop-focused than anything, giving of a nice floral scent. Nothing too complex here.

Taste is a small hop bite with a smooth malt followup. Fades off into no-flavor country pretty quickly. Fairly boring compared to the other choices available to me at my local beer stores. Nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - burnt orange with almost nonexistent head - very light thin lacing dissipates quickly

S - not much to smell - not offensive

T - light somewhat sweet at first with a tiny bit of bitter hitting the back of the tongue - nice amount of hops- not too much asserts itself after a bit, a tiny bit of pine and then the sweetness fades away with a bit of bitter staying through. Nice balance and the hops linger without being aggressive. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus comes through as well.

M - nice active carbonation thin bubb

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Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$.50 on tap yesterday at Hops & Pie (membership has its benefits). Poured an amber-orange color with a decent off-white head. Some piney, citrusy and floral hops on the nose. Medium bodied and drinkable, with some similar hops as well as some caramel on the palate.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Time to mow the sweetgrass.  Poured a lighter shade of brown with notable brown and golden hues.  Mostly clear with light hazing.  Decent head that lasted most, but not all, of the sampling.  Limited lacing as well.
The smell was light and more of a malt tone for an IPA.  The malt had a sweeter aroma with caramel and a bready somewhat brown sugar quality to it.  Some hops are there but subtle.  Grassy and blended earthy, citrus fragrances mostly.

The taste is more of a sweet malt taste then having a stronger hops flavor. Overall the general taste is subtle. The malt flavor is sweet with limited caramel notes and a more grainy and sugary taste to it. Almost honey like. The hops are light in bitterness but bring a calming lemon taste that is followed with a grassy flavor.

The texture is light and could use more body and if we are going to call it an IPA, definitely more hops.

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Photo of JamesP123
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. Bottle.

A. Pours a hazy light orange color. With a small head that sticks around the rim of the glass. Minimal lacing.

S. First smell is Sweet followed by a little citrus and bitterness from the hops. Not much carbination

T. Pretty light for an IPA, feels a lot more carbinated across my tongue that i expected form the look. Th ehop profile feels light fo rthe style, more like a pale ale. But has the bitterness of an IPA.

M. Light bodied, can feel a lot of carbinatiopn across thr tongue. Not resiny or thick at all.

D. Overall very drinkable. It's like a light IPA/bitter pale ale. Not my favorite, but pretty decent overall

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of some light citrus hops.

Tastes of a decent malt base with some very slight hops. Malts have a slight bread character with some caramel sweetness. Hops are citrus and grassy, but very light. The requisite parts are there, but seem to not be enough in quantity.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of bcm119
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy peachy-amber color with lots of yeast chunks. A fine white head sticks to the glass and leaves lace all the way down the glass.

Aroma is sweet grain and grassy hops. Begins with light grain flavors, some tart green fruit, and then becomes grassy with moderate bittering hops. Slightly yeasty. Grass and hay are prominent, and the grainy flavors get a little husky towards the back. Not a terrible beer, but not very good either, and probably not a beer I'd buy again.

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.