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: 274
Hads: 669
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 49 | 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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Reviews: 274 | Hads: 669
Photo of sml505
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

A - Clear golden, light amber with white, diminishing head.

S - Light malt, light hops (piney, fruity). Not very stong.

T - Sweet, doughy malts. Lightly sweet and acidic. Medium body.

O/ M - Okay IPA. Watery texture for style. Light hops - closer to APA. (267 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT.

Straight full straight sided pint with no head and no room on a pale golden clear brew.

Flavor is sweet initial grain with a forceful, but not slapping hop bitterness.

Aroma is honey sweet with a light grassy hop touch

Easy drinking hoppy brew. (308 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely lit orange liquid with a finger of the white stuff....The smell is awesome, and this is why, it smells of bud. Not bud light but MJ. Like a backwoods piney resin blunt. Mild hops on the tongue, a smooth weedy flavor with some base malts and new cut grass. Mouthfeel lends a medium body with comfortable fuzzy carbonation. Overall, session beer flavor here! (363 characters)

Photo of sinistermadman
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear copper color with a very active carbonation. Impressive head that retains well and leaves a nice lacing. Smell is subdued with a mild grassy hop aroma. Taste is slightly grassy with a faint juicy hop flavor and citric bitterness. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. An average, ho-hum IPA. (314 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with hints of amber. Off-white head sits on top and stays for quite a while. Carbonation is really strong. Maybe a bit too strong.

S: Fruity, sweet, some citrus aromas. Hints of grass and pine. Not powerful, but there. Definitely has some malts. I get a little honey and caramel in the nose.

T: Lots of fruitiness with orange and grapefruit from the hops. Some pine from the hops as well. The malts are present with some light caramel, honey and graininess. Lighter on the hops than most IPAs.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very carbonated. Finishes slightly sticky.

D: A decent IPA. Better than average, but not by much. There are so many other "rock star" IPAs out there that I find it hard to go back to this one a lot. Try it and see what you think. (789 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the Utah edition of the Sweetgrass IPA, which is normally a 6.50 % abv beer. Due to Utah's draft beer regualtions, this one is only 4.00 % abv. I've entered it as a "new" beer because a change in abv of 2.5 % is going to make a difference. To the beer. On tap at The White Owl in Logan. Clear, golden orange body with a wispy, white head, and very minimal lacing. Smells of light pine and citrus hops. Decent hop aromatics, but the malt is lacking. Slight sugary fruit detectable. Taste is very similar, with anemic malt presence, but tasty hops. Unbalanced, but the nice piney, citrusy hop flavor makes up for it a little. Refreshing and appetizing. The body is a little thin, and the feel a little too watery for the style, but on the other hand, it's pretty drinkable. (779 characters)

Photo of rallison
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Smells of bready malts with a pinch of hops.

First taste is, well, not all that impressive. Bready malts with a wheat-like piny hoppiness. Bit of sourness and some slightly unwelcome flavors in the hoppiness (that I can't quite put my finger on). Overall, there's nothing here that is all that exceptional.

Mouthfeel is decent with a lively level of carbonation. Drinkability is good enough.

Overall, not recommended. There are so many good IPAs out there - no need to spend your time here. (555 characters)

Photo of briman
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a medium-light golden amber. Maybe a 1/4 inch white head, with decent retention, and moderate lacing.

Aroma is somewhat earthy, with grass & citrus notes, but somewhat subdued. Not as big as I would expect an IPA to be.

Flavor is orange citrus hops with a hint of toasted malt quickly moving towards a dry finish with a moderate grapefruit bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is reasonable, but the mouthfeel is teetering on the edge of being a little watery. Not bad overall, but seems like the aroma could be punchier and the body could be beefed up. Drinkability is good, and easily sessionable. (716 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks n8dietz, u da man.

Mild haze with a sunshiney copper and medium amber. Nice head, weak foam, and good bubbling.

Nice orange and earthy hops aroma and some sweet white bread toast.

The taste starts with some fresh harvested barely, untoasted mixed with orange peels. The middle is toasted and grainy. The finish is just a little grass and orange groves with a more dry biscuit flavor.

Not bad, worth a try for an AIPA fan. (433 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Sara and Craus for this one. Bottled on 4/24/13. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a nice hazy orange color with over an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and light-to-moderate lacing.

There were some floral hop notes at the front of the aroma, followed by a light bit of citrus, all on top of some gentle grains. There was a low amount of malt flavor on the tongue, but the floral and citrus hop notes were the main component anyway. The beer had a bitter citrus finish that didn't really push my buttons. In actuality, I found found this beer to more of an IPA than a straight Pale.

The body was the typical medium of the style, that a lot of folks think SNPA defines, I also think that beer is really an IPA too. Drinkability was good, the bottle was gone quickly enough, and I could see having a couple more. Overall, a pretty nice beer that would have gotten a higher numerical score had it been classified as an IPA. Worth trying if you see it. (986 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger head, beige in color. Settles slightly to a tight, creamy lacing. Active upward carbonation. Visible sediment. Hazy body. Copper in color.
S) Grapefruit. Orange. Hints of peach.
T) Pink grapefruit. Subtle malt. The hops are a little stronger on this brew, thus over riding some of the malt flavors. I'd imagined a better, balanced flavor, instead it is dominated by hop tones but not overtly bitter.
M) Fizzy yet creamy. Medium body but weakens half-way through finishing light.
D) A decent brew. I'd have another, but this isn't one I would come back to time and time again. (617 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a darker yellow and gold, nice 3/4" head on it. Aroma was super grassy, not so much hoppy.

Taste, maybe its just the name, but this really kicks down a sweet and grassy vibe. The hopping is relatively average, but the sweetness of the malt is really the dominant thing going on here. There's some grapefruit like flavor as well. Maybe some peel/rind. Lemongrass. Oftentimes, people describe a beer as dry. This is not. This is grassy wet, sweet and lightly tart.

The mouthfeel is almost sorachi ace like with the hops. A real small amount of caramel. Its not world changingly different, but the slight difference compared to many other hoppy pales is welcome, and makes for a relatively enjoyable beer. (715 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $1.50.... enjoyed from a shaker pint.
Still unwinding... no tunes yet.

Big lemon merangue looking head... lite gold/new penny copper with substantial hop haze. Thick lacing that lasts for the entire glass.

Smell is different than most American IPA's ... there is alot of big citrus .. even some grapefruit rind... but mixed in, a hoppy spiciness that is quite unexpected, but not a bad thing in my mind. No real malt to exactly identify... maybe some toasty bready notes... but just barely balanced .... barely.

Citrus hops right out of the gate ... more citrus peel/pith... a little on the bitter side.... lingering bitterness.. finishes with a little lemon zest. Again, across the board, this is a hop delivery device; I think it could use a little more malt and body.

Despite my above negatives, this is one of my goto IPA's when it is hot outside. Tonight, I am enjoying it and a bunch of other West Coast IPA's. This brew deserves respect... so do many others brewed in Idaho. (1,028 characters)

Photo of mattster
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fl oz bottle (bottled 10/07/08), poured into Nonic glass.

Very little head development, but forms a layer of lace across top of glass and lace clings to sides. Brew is a translucent amber color with bubbles/particles in suspension (cool).

Smells like pineapple, malts and slight green herb smell. Taste is hoppy but not overly so. Some citrus/pineyness on palate, but not a strong hop as I am use to with American IPA. Beer is good BUT I noticed something that I have never tasted in beer before. Call me strange but I taste a slight "Alka-Seltzer" finish on the brew. It only last a second and isn't unpleasant, but It is definitely there. I was excited about drinking a beer from one of my favorite mountain ranges, but this didn't live up to my expectations. Granted, I've probably had 10 score beers that were not this good.

All in all, not bad but not outstanding. (882 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The bottled on date says that it's now four months old--wish that I had it a little fresher, but it was their last one. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a cloudy amber with an inch off-white head that falls fairly quickly but has some good stick to it. Through the haze, I can't make out any effervescence.

S: Pretty weak bouquet on this one--I'm picking up some grassy/herbal hop notes and a bit of bready malt, but that's about it.

T: This has a pretty unique flavor profile for an APA. Bready malt flavors at the front with some floral and grassy hop notes entering and continuing into the middle. In the middle, there's some additional herbal hop notes coming through--they register as a bit peppery/spicy. Others have suggested citrus or tropical fruit notes, but I'm not really getting any of those. The back end has more caramel/bread malt flavor and a resinous hoppy finish that is just the right amount of bitter.

F: This one is crisp and smooth, with a very nice level of carbonation. Very nice transition from the smooth foretaste to the bitter aftertaste.

O: I really wish that I had a fresher bottle. As is, this is an average to just-above-average APA. It brings some nice flavors, but it never delivers that bright hop punch I'm looking for in an APA. I'll see if I can snag a fresh bottle and update. (1,410 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, copper color with lots of suspended yeast. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, slight sweet malt, alcohol, slight sweet citrus, and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of alcohol, sweet malt background, slight earthy malt, hint of caramel malt, and slight citrus in the finish. Overall, a rather tasty APA; good blend and body. (505 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a bit of sediment. Soapy, sudsy head that lasts the duration of the drinking experience. Good lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of grainy malts and floral, woodsy hops. Amarillo and Cascade are the hop varieties used, and it is no surprise that the hops stand out in the aroma and flavor. In the taste, citrus and lemon tea. Mild spicy, grassy and earthy character. Solid little pale with a lingering bitterness. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Overall this was quite enjoyable. Dusty, resinated hops stick with you. (547 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep orange with a fair bit of haze and a lot of floaties. Head is a rocky tan foam and about three fingers in height. This is good, but I don't usually expect this quantity and size of particles of detritus in my IPAs.

Smell: very funky and spicy hop aromas. I can't really identify the malt under all the funk, but it's not too bad.

Taste: sweet malt with a little sour acidity. Hops are earthy, funky and quite citrusy. I feel like there are good flavors here, but they are not well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation. Acidity adds a little astringency, but it's not too bad.

Drinkability: overall, not too bad. This might be quite good with a sweetish meal; something with peanut sauce, maybe. (779 characters)

Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden color, alittle cloudy. 1/2 inch head with short lived retention but decent lace from remaining ring.

S-Tangerine, tropical fruit, carmel malt, citrus hops

T-Pineapple and lemon peel, citrus hops. some bitterness in the middle that doesn't linger. A little sweetness and carmel malt finish the taste profile

MA little thin and watery, nice carbonation

D-Okay I could have a few (397 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would likely seek out again. (536 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal-clear golden amber with a sizable foamy white head. Nose is floral and grainy. Taste is cascade hop bite with pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is light. Pretty drinkable. Sordove thin bodies overall and the ABV is 6.5?? A decent IPA and worth a try. (260 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (657 characters)

Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.