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

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Reviews: 279
Hads: 688
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 53 | 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: 279 | Hads: 688
Photo of blackcompg
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 4 fingers of golden bumpy cumulus head, color of the ale is a gorgeous cloudy warm amber, bright dark golden hilites on the sides of the glass,

Smell - Ooooh, big citrus and tropical smells - ruby grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, and a touch of light carmel.

Taste - Hmm, taste is not like the nose at all actually - there is still cittrus, but the flavor is the pith and peels mentioned in the nose, which is still quite nice - grapefruit pith, tart under-ripe pineapple, tart mango skins. There is just a touch of citrus and malt sweetness, and then there is a load of wonderful floral and meadowy hops, nice! The finish on this has some tart citrus, a touch of breadcrust, and grapefruit & tangerine rind.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium bodied, but still a light and crisp mouthfeel. Carb is medium and provides brightness and some nice edges, perfectly ushering the floral hops and slightly bitter finish - ready for the next sip.

Overall - Really a pleasant surprise here, not overly sweet at all, very drinkable and refreshing. The smell was on the sweet side but the taste was all about the brightness and tartness of citrus and tropical fruits, and a wonderful floral hop profile. Glad I purchased a 6xer, a great beer for a warm summer day.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled 3/16/12.

4.0 A: Well hazed light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a tad above average and a good sized ring of lacing is left. There's some small yeast particles throughout, but I'll let that go since this is a good three months old.

4.0 S: Big citrusy hops with emphasis on orange, pineapple, and mango. Moderate caramel with the right amount of neutral malt sweetness. Light yeastiness to round things out.

4.0 T: Tastes like the nose. Citrusy hops: orange, pineapple, and mango. Moderate amounts of caramel and neutral malt sweetness. Lightly yeasty. Mild bitterness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with some chewiness from the yeast.

4.0 D: Solid all around.

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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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a modate white head and some lacing

S-citrus and malt with some hints of pine, herbs

T-citrus and tropical fruit with slightly sweet biscuit and hoppy finish which fades somewhat rapidly

F-medium body with low to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent PA but not as well-balanced flavor as others

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Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange, slightly hazy, big pale tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, some lace.

Aroma is candied citrus, pine, pepper, candied fruits.

Taste is spicy medicinal hop, grapefruit, juicy raisiny dried fruit sweetness. Bitterness lightly dominates finish after more balanced start. It is a touch on the bitter medicinal side, but solid, pretty well-rounded, characterful. Feel is creamy and somewhat full.

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Photo of jar2574
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-yellow beer with excellent lacing. The "sweet" in "sweetgrass" is spot on, more sweet than hoppy. Smell is citrus hops and taste is peachy hops with a touch of lemon in the aftertaste. Tasty, not the best of its kind but not bad at all.

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Photo of ZeeSniper1
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 3.0 - A light copper color. Stringy lace with good retention on the glass. Lots of white fluffy bits floating around in the beer itself.

Smell: 3.5 - A very faint citrus smell. Oranges come to mind.

Taste: 4.0 - Initially some slight bit of grassy grains and malt, then a bite of grapefruit with the same lingering aftertaste.

Feel: 5.0 - Medium bodied with a very nice medium-high carbonation on the tongue is very refreshing.

Overall: 4.0 - Not bad for an APA. The appearance is a bit dirty and the aroma needs a little umph. Taste needs a bit more upfront at the start of the sip as well. Great mouth feel however, still a good beer :D

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a big, fluffy white head that lingers.

Smells of soapy, floral grapefruit, think amarillo hop, with notes of citrus zest and some pine.

Taste is bready grapefruit up front that goes into a more citrus/tropical/grapefruit middle and ends on a slightly grassy and floral finish with sweetness. A bit grassy in the finish but not in an unpleasant way, more of a refreshing way. I really like the flavors here.

Medium body with medium carbonation is right on.

This is a great APA/IPA that is fruity, grassy, and refreshing.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Topper's in Helena, MT.

This pours a hazy orange with a frothy white head and decent lace. Lots of particulate here from bottle conditioning. On the nose there is ripe orange and caramel with lots of balance between the two. This bottle is 9 months old and had I known that I might not have bought it but the beer smells fine. In the mouth there is a definite malt backbone with caramel but also bread, and then earthy, somewhat rotten orange but pleasant hops above them. The body is medium with a short finish that detracts from the overall picture to me.

Overall this is a decent pale that I would love to try again fresh to see if the finish issues are fixed by going back in time.

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Photo of denver10
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a nice cream colored head and respectable retention. Nice lacing to boot. Just the kind of aroma I want on a beautiful sunny day in the upper '70's; hoppy with a mild but present sweet malt base. Some lemon, grass, and bread. The flavor was not nearly as hop forward as the aroma suggest, which is by no means a bad thing as I really enjoyed it. A nice sweet malt base to this that pairs nicely with the hops, which provide some nice tea like flavor, some pepper, and a touch of lemon. Mildly bitter with the bitterness building up in strength throughout the sip. A wonderfully crisp but creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. I bought this as part of a mixed sixed pack, unsure what I might think of it, and glad I took the chance. A very nice, refreshing APA. A wonderful beer for the warm sunny weather and aside from the ABV drinks like a great session ale.

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Photo of Garloosh
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. Look, smell is impressive. The initial taste is great... But the aftertaste is for some reason disappointing, or at least takes away from that "initial greatness".

If I had a day of drinking planned... I would drink 2-3 of these before wanting to switch up to another beer.

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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 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 alli4051
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a white head. Head is about a finger high and leaves some wispy lacing. Nose is citrus hops along with some grainy notes. Taste is hoppy tropical fruits up front, grapefruit, and a solid grainy backbone. Medium bodied and crisp. A solid balanced APA with a definite hop presence, my favorite type.

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Photo of jcsull
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice orange/amberish color. Pour leaves a 2 finger head which leaves behind a thin layer of soapy looking lacing that sticks to the glass somewhat. Some debris floating around too.

S: Earthy hops, a hit of maltiness, some pine notes.

T: A lot of malt, pretty thick, back end shot of some bitterness, grapefruit rind, pine notes. Decent balance though. Not too strong on the malt, hops don't blow me away either.

M: Meeedium edging on heavy and sticky just about all the way throughout. medium to high carbonation helps the malt go down a little bit easier. LLittle bit of oily hoppy earthy bitterness as an aftertaste.

O: Good, nothing to write home about. Kinda drinkable, but a little overpowering on the bitterness and malt to want to drink more than one. A decent brew though.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden copper color with a foamy head. Good head retention with nice lacing.

A: Aroma of citrus and fresh grain. Bit of pine and sweetness in the background.

T: Initial taste of grapefruit with a bit of sweetness and fresh grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Nice Pale Ale. goes down pretty easy, good for a few. Nothing fancy just a solid APA.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed yellow/orange color with a fingers worth of white head. There are some small bubbles for lacing.

The nose has some fruits to it and is earthy with some grassy notes that encompass the hoppy scent. There is some sweet malt balance in there as well.

The taste is quite bitter and has a nice amount of pineapple and mango with some grassiness and sweet malt. Pretty well rounded for the most part.

The mouthfeel is bitter and has a semi-dry finish to it. It is light-medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall, solid APA that has great qualities that I seek in an American Pale Ale. Also, kudos to Grand Teton for making a nice brew in six-pack format.

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Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and golden amber with a huge billowing, steady, gorgeous head; this head looks like bread rising in the oven and the lacing is solid

S: A fantastic grassy, citrus hop aroma: lemon rind, tea leaves, grapefruit, marijuana, oranges; some bready undertones; man, this is a nice smelling beer

T: Lots of grapefruit--other citrus too but mostly grapefruit; not as bitter as you would expect from the aroma, which is what you want in an APA; somewhat of a bready base but mostly just a ton of hops

F: A touch thin up front but sticky and oily as the beer goes down

O: MMM; what a great, great hop forward APA; truly one of my favorites

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Photo of pigc
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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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 demuzik
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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>

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Photo of quaybr
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.