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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)

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527 Ratings
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%

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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Photo of tgbljb


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Entered the glass as a medium amber liquid that produced an attractive white head.Smell is great for hops with a floral note. Taste brings out more of the hoppiness and ioncreases my enjoyment of the beer. Finish is nice and dry. A very good beer but nothing spectactular..

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 01:08:52 | More by tgbljb
Photo of rallison


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 08:35:05 | More by rallison
Photo of sml505


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 06:29:59 | More by sml505
Photo of alexgash


3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2004 18:29:41 | More by alexgash
Photo of sinistermadman


3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 02:03:41 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of scruffwhor


3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 20:56:34 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of brewdoc75


3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 23:14:59 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of beertunes


3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 19:13:03 | More by beertunes
Photo of briman


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 01:37:36 | More by briman
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 08:09:49 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of u2carew


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 20:39:52 | More by u2carew
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 23:37:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of mattster


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 11:41:02 | More by mattster
Photo of jackorain


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 20:41:51 | More by jackorain
Photo of colts9016


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 46 degrees

Appearance: Amber color with a copper hue to the beer. There was a half finger head that is bubbly and foamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is brilliant.

Nose: A nice grapefruit with some piney notes. There is a subtle malty sweetness in the background.

Taste: The beer is more malty than hoppy. There is grapefruit and pine in the taste, but the malt is a little more powerful.

Overall: This beer miss the mark to being a great IPA, it is just an okay one. I was hoping for a bit more bitterness in the beer. The mouth feel is somewhat astringent but a bit more malty. The is slightly bitter. I was hoping for more with this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 05:27:17 | More by colts9016
Photo of akorsak


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:09:54 | More by akorsak
Photo of Zorro


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 02:12:23 | More by Zorro
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:13:54 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 21:51:21 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of Tone


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 03:30:40 | More by Tone
Photo of flagmantho


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:19:24 | More by flagmantho
Photo of KarlHungus


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is a mammoth three inches in height, and recedes slowly into a large, rocky cap of foam. The aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, and some light floral notes. the taste is very fruity with tons of citrus, and a light floral notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but I can't see myself drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 01:45:23 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of quaybr


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange. Big head that dissipates rather quickly.

Estery aroma. Floral hops and caramel malts provide an overall sweet smell - kind of a cherry candy scent.

Same esters come through on the tongue. Bitter hops are just that, and they seem to linger peculiarly long. Not a particularly clean finish given the style. Malts are overpowered by the hops.

The feel is my favorite part of this beer. Good carbonation, good build.

Overall, I'm not really impressed by this ale. Strange taste and aftertaste. Looks and feels pretty, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 00:46:01 | More by quaybr
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 00:34:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:53:17 | More by Stinkypuss
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.