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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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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 29 | 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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Ratings: 600 | Reviews: 265 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +7.2%

fuzzcherry, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of leedorham
3/5  rDev -19.6%

leedorham, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of pigc
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

pigc, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ONN8
3/5  rDev -19.6%

ONN8, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of rudy0908
3/5  rDev -19.6%

rudy0908, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a massive (2 1/2"+) extremely foamy, slightly red hued head. Slightly cloudy deep amber-orange. Good head retention. Nice lace.

S: Clean spicy, citrusy hops. Woody with a little sweetness.

T: Clean malts and subtle hop characteristics. Bitterness is mellow but very good. There is a nice sweet element, not artificial tasting. Almost a dessert-like PA.

M: Only slightly thick, viscous, oily. Low-medium carbonation.

D: Excellent. A nice break from the uneducated, hop intensive pales out there.

ForWhatAlesYou, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +7.2%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Ejayz
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Ejayz, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -19.6%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Nice hazy golden coppery ale with a finger of bubbly head.

S: sweet aroma with a bit of hops coming through to finish. Nice Piney notes.

T: Nice sweet taste hits first and finished with some nice bitter piney hops.

M: Not long lasting bitterness but good carbonation and well balanced.

O: Was actually a really APA. Nothing overpowering here but a great taste and great bitterness.

OleJohnnieAle, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -19.6%

jenray, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of KenC
5/5  rDev +34%

KenC, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +7.2%

richkrull, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of gdhawley
5/5  rDev +34%

gdhawley, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of syrupjoe
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

syrupjoe, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +7.2%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +7.2%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of demuzik
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here's a tasty APA. They do a nice job of harnessing hop flavor and malt balance here. It's a surprising 6.5%, you sure can't taste the alcoholic warmth here, it sips more like an average 5 percenter.

I say this brew is a solid APA if that's what you want; nothing to write home about, because everything is somewhat standard, the exceptions being the balance is good and hop flavor is direct and not muddied, whereas the color and appearance of this beer are a tad orange and hazy (could have just been the keg I tried from), but the appearance didn't match the light, mild flavors coming from the drink.

Good, not bad, a one time-tryer if you're wanting a straight forward APA.

demuzik, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This APA was served in a pint glass, from a bottle, it poured a clear amber color, produced a average off white head, decent retention and lacing left behind. The aroma is nice with piney citrus hops at the forefront. Nice malty and fresh bread aromas as well. Medium in body, sweet toasted malt base, caramel, citrus and piney hops. Great session beer- nice example of an APA>

GossageBrewery, Nov 11, 2011
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.

quaybr, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a DFH signature glass. Beer is amber with a mild haze, white head, small bubbles, low lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is piney and earthy in hops, mild malt. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body, malty sweet up front but the midpalate is this nice sulfury, pine hop presence that is nice followed by a moderate / mild bitterness. Overall a decent little pale ale, I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Apellonious
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy golden orange, almost looks like it has pulp in it. Lace hangs on the side of the glass.

S-citrus fruit, grapefruit, mild hops, grassy

T- grapefruit/citrus, has some sweetness mixed with the hop bitterness. Grassy overtones. Why do I keep comparing beer to the taste of grass ? Its not like eating grass is a common occurrence for me. Beer is.

M - Strangely smooth for the hop bite the beer has. It finishes crisper, with decent carbonation. But it feels slightly flat initially.

O- decent APA , heavy on the hops, refreshing but not extraordinary.

Apellonious, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden with a thick long lasting white head. One solid ring of lacing.
S- It smells quite sweet, sugary even. There is a fruity aroma to it. Both a yeasty and hoppy fruityness.
T- Initially it's fruity with a peach and orange flavor to it. It gets a bit too sugary in the end.
M- The sugaryness lasts on the tongue. Low carbonation.
O- It's an ok pale, but the sugary sweetness was a bit excessive.

jsprain1, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/6/11

Pours a beautiful semi hazy orange with a finger and a half of creamy egg shell white head. Great retention, some pretty good rings of lacing.

Sweetgrass has the aroma of just that, sweet grass, along with some citrus hops and some earthy undertones. The aroma is pretty subtle in my opinion. I was really hoping for some more hops....

Biscuity up front with some citrus hops that make their way into the taste with some subtle pine hops rounding of the taste.

Light to medium in body with ample amounts of carbonation. Goes down very smooth with a semi drying hop finish.

Overall, this was a nice APA out of their sample pack my parents brought me back from their vacation. Not anything that I would go looking for by any means, but still a tasty pale ale. I would have prefered it to be a little bolder, but I feel like this would be going down just right on an afternoon by the Tetons.

dcloeren, Oct 07, 2011
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.