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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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562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-27-2002)
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unfortunately the bottle of Sweetgrass that I got is over primed and everything is affected. The beer poured a orange clear color with huge bubbly head that eventually settles to reveal some lacing. The smell has hop and that overprimed twang....the taste is more of the same....the is a malt character that seems to balance the hops. Unfortunately the beer is so carbonated it is difficult to get a too taste. The mouthfeel is a wreck because of the big carbonation. Overall....I dont know....but I would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 22:30:09 | More by WoodBrew
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Wasatch

Utah

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An aggresive pour of golden yellow, nice carbonation, nice one plus finger foamy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of slight hops, sweet malts, and slight citrus. The taste is not really hoppy at all, slightly bitter/dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, not an IPA I would buy again I think.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 02:28:56 | More by Wasatch
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pigc

Nebraska

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange with two finger head that fades quickly.

S - Bready malts, sweet pine hops.

T - Initial malt sweetness upfront. Hops seem to be dominated by the sweetness of this brew.

M - Medium body, sweet and sticky.

O - Decent pale ale but definitely not top tier. Glad I received this as an extra but would not seek this one out. Hops seem to have faded. Could be past it's prime.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 04:07:17 | More by pigc
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dgallina

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal-clear golden amber with a sizable foamy white head and very clingy lace. Medium cascade hop flower aroma. Initial strong cascade hop bitterness, which develops into slightly metallic and piney middle and finishes with powerful hop resin and bitterness. Mouthfeel is light. Pretty drinkable, but not the most subtle or balanced brew IMHO. A pretty one-dimensional American IPA for someone who prefers malt & hop to be more balanced. A hop-head might feel differently, in fairness.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 04:43:58 | More by dgallina
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genog

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow, golden like color with a bright white head that leaves a lot of lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is of a mesh between earthy and floral hops with a light grain bill too. Taste is strangely like a lager with a lot of grain, and a bready aftertaste. Carbonation is limited and this is almost watery. Strange beer that starts off meaning well, but falls short.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 03:01:23 | More by genog
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Goliath

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed, amber color with a one inch slightly yellowed head. Decent retention.

Aroma is ok. A light hoppiness with traces of citrus and grass. Touch of malt in there too.

Taste is ok. A slight hoppiness with a low bitterness. A bit of citrus, kind of grassy, and then a bunch of pale malt on the finish. Meh.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. This IPA is sessionable, but boring.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 03:16:43 | More by Goliath
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slyke

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange/amber hue with an inch of pillowy white head that sticks pretty well.

The smell is citrusy, grassy, and maybe a bit of bubble gum in there.

The taste is grassy with citrus. Nothing remarkable here - a little pedestrian.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a lingering hop aftertaste.

Drinkability is alright on this one, but I don't think I'll seek it out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 16:35:46 | More by slyke
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Florida9

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dull, hazed out amber in color with disgusting brown sediment. Forms a huge, active, aggressive head with incredible retention. Rocky meringue-like. Lots of lacing.

S: Citrus, lemon, a slight metallic ting. Heavy grassy hops.

T: Lightly sweet pale malt. Orange and citrus mixed with yeast leaves the unpleasant flavor of stale bread.

M: Lighter bodied with heavier carbonation. Slightly spicy in the mouth.

O: An average and unexciting pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 02:01:12 | More by Florida9
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours copper with off-white head. LOTS of yeast is suspension--weird for a pale ale. Aroma of cardboard, some citrus. Taste has a mildly sweet malt backbone with some bitterness, but the malt comes back to balance the beer out. Thinner bodied with slick texture and bitter finish. Not bad, but the massive yeast suspension in unappealing.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 04:50:01 | More by trappistlover
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oldpinecone

New York

3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale amber/copper with a decent finger and a hlaf head that disipates very quickly.

Smells very malty almost biscuity for an IPA. I bit of light flower aroma but very faint. Not a whole lot going on for the smell.

Taste was ok...way to malty. The hops kick more in the after taste. Its an odd feeling. Its a bit too sweet. NEED MORE BITTER.

Very thin and a a bit flat.

Decent if your just getting into IPA's and need a starter. This could be a nice camping beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 22:22:20 | More by oldpinecone
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Fabric8r

Montana

3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although this style lends to the hoppy side, I just think this beer is too simple to have so much hop flavor. Kinda like sucking on a cascade cone. The beer is OK if you have it in the fridge, but I might not go out looking to buy it. These folks at Teton are great guys though, and can put out some fine beers, just this one needs a little more character.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 11:44:24 | More by Fabric8r
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer was a nice red hugh when poured into the glass.
S- The aroma was somewhat fruity and somewhat piney that was not overpowering any either direction. The aroma was probably that highlight of this beer.
T- The body was nice and smooth and their was a sweet caramel taste at the first sip that finished with a hop bite.
O- Overall this beer was a decent APA but would not be the first thing I would grab off of the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 12:54:15 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Massive head due to an abundance of carbonation. Almost a foam-over. Slight haze in a light copper color. The aroma is not too strong. There are notes of grassy hops with a bit of spice, but it's not a real citrusy aroma like many IPA's. Some light fruit notes with a hint of lemongrass also reach the nose.

The flavor comes off being tangy, bordering on sour with a bit of a metallic note in there also, odd. The bitterness at the end is quite harsh. The hop flavors don't come through very well nor does much sweetness from the malt. This one is rough, especially at first. After drinking it awhile I do get more of a melon sweetness and some earthy/grass notes, but it definitely takes some getting used to. The mouthfeel is medium in thickness, with explosive carbonation creating lots of foam.

The drinkablility was pretty average as the tangy-bitterness kept me sipping it slowly. I would probably not recommend this one.Thanks to kzczp0 for taking the trip to Idaho and sending this out...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 22:22:22 | More by bennetj17
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge cream colored head due to an overagressive pour. Very hazy orange color, tiny bits of sediment floating around. Sticky head. A bit of sweet malt and some bitter hope nose. Some sweet malt to start, subdued, some citrus hops, some yeast. Medium bodied, kind of wet. Not bad i guess

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 05:19:42 | More by Tballz420
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falconxman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

12-13-2013 05:36:35 | More by falconxman
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kkohler5

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-29-2013 13:45:29 | More by kkohler5
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Ragingbull

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.5%ABV
OG-14.0 plato
58 IBU

Dark gold and a little cloudy. I am sure the bottle conditioning contributed to that despite the fact that I poured it carefully. Light foam on the head that is concentrated on the edges. Mild hops in the nose with some earthy, peat tones. I have recently been using Irish Moss in my own brewing and think that is what I am getting, but I can't quite tell yet if I have the scent pegged in this beer. Mildly hoppy attack. The flavor is actually quite balanced and there is a floral, sweetness to the hops. A decent IPA. Not the best, not the worst. Some mild sourness in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 18:02:36 | More by Ragingbull
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Kubrickx

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

05-18-2014 14:12:45 | More by Kubrickx
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zachturner39

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

11-01-2012 02:23:22 | More by zachturner39
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hermit990

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-23-2013 23:52:07 | More by hermit990
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ClintonRalston

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

04-13-2013 21:36:19 | More by ClintonRalston
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DallasJones


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

07-02-2012 03:09:40 | More by DallasJones
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KevMo84

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

05-31-2014 06:52:55 | More by KevMo84
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

09-21-2013 14:50:41 | More by ROGUE16
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prisoner1572

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

09-12-2012 03:18:10 | More by prisoner1572
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.