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

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627 Ratings
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a nice lacing pattern

Smell: Subtle, but distinct, grapefruit character

Taste: A bit biscuity up front, but then there is a burst of citrus, followed by a more resinous aspect; after the swallow, the sweetgrass effect takes over, providing a nice foil to the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing a well-balanced APA; not earth shattering or extreme, but very drinkable

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Butterscotchy amber with a minor dust storm of particulates. The large, manila-colored cap lays down impressive sheets of BB-riddled lace as it melts to a one finger creamy disk. I have no idea what five hops make up the hop bill, but the nose is citrusy with an earthy, fruity undertow. I'll guess Cascade and East Kent Goldings for two of the slots. A little more power would be nice.

The flavor is more bold, thankfully. In fact, Sweetgrass is impressively hoppy and is anything but a 'training wheels' IPA. There's a firm tweak of bitter hoppiness that doesn't sustain itself long enough to be a smack or a punch. In addition to grapefruit pith, there's a ballsy, resiny pine sappiness that makes a valued contribution. That's pretty much the extent of things, but those two flavors will do me just fine. I have no complaints about the medium-for-the-style body or the somewhat peppy carbonation.

Even though it takes a special IPA to climb into the upper reaches of my favorites list, the middle range is pretty extensive. In other words, it doesn't take much to make me happy where this style is concerned. Just use enough malt and throw in a few bushels of hops. Sweetgrass IPA is just such a beer and is one that I'm enjoying for the simple, hoppilicious pleasure that it provides. If you get the chance, try this little gem from the Gem State.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

seriously thrilled to be able to try this one! always a fan of grand teton it is very good to see them in my state finally!

Pours a nice copper tone, with a good sized head that has some nice clumping and staying power as well as some decent lacing throughout. Smell is wonderfully hopped, like a pine cone dipped in orange juice! Fantastic full hoppy smell. Taste is right up with the smell. Full on hops from the gate. Piney, very grassy and citus, AWESOME. Very smooth with a nice dry aftertaste that begs you to come back for more.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a finger or two of slightly off-white head.

S: A pretty solid nose to this beer of pine and citrus hops with some oranges and tangerine. Quite a bit of floral and earthy hop aroma in there as well. Despite a lot of different hop aromas, the nose is quite full of malts as well with toffee and bread, perhaps some caramel.

T: Much sweeter than the nose let on with a bigger emphasis on the toffee and sweet toasted bread. Orange peel provides a nice citrus note and there is a mild pine bitterness. The floral and earthy qualities are also present.

M: On the light end of medium in terms of the body with a moderate carbonation to it.

D: I always seem to overlook Grand Teton beers, but they make some pretty solid stuff.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint a slight hazed burnt orange infused medium golden with one finger clingy white head,globs of lace were left behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Gotta love the big grapefruit rind aromas here,this is American ballsy hop all the way,just citrus oil to the max over top of a biscuit base.Bright citric hop flavors,just fresh tasting and bursting with flavor,a sweetish base is there but the hops are the main attraction.A little light in the feel but it may contribute to the drinkibility,just a great APA,it is true to its name.

Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/2012
Reviewing a fresher sample apparently... "Bottled on: 1/3/12"
More overt citrus flavors, with a light citrus peel and caramel aroma. Lingering hoppy notes in the aftertaste this time, bumping up scores a little bit.

09-03-2011
"Bottled on: 10/25/11" This beer is from the future?

Looks pretty opaque and murky orange, with suspended sediment visible in the glass. Intricate lacing, some decent head retention, a broken skim after ten minutes or so. The striated hanging sediment is sort of a wtf moment though.

Softly bready and full of caramel malt, strangely a touch acidic. Could be a little bit oxidized, who knows... first time seeing this on the shelf in WI.

Flavor is sweet and bready, clover honey notes, multigrain bread. Pleasant enough, definitely malt forward. Mellow feel, medium bodied. Was this hoppy at some point in time, the world may never know.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one of the more hoppy american pale ales around, could almost be taken for an ipa if it werent for the fortified malt profile of this baby. it pours clear as day, a sesame seed oil color with a prominent white head of foam. the nose is big bittersweet hops, could almost be fresh hops. theres a lot of oil and resin retained, and it gives a great aroma. the flavor is balanced out by some english caramel and pale malts that support the agressive hopping perfectly. its got a medium body which is made more drinkable by above average carbonation. the finish is only modestly bitter. this is a great session beer any time of year, for those who appreciate a bit more hops in their daily drink.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an hazy, orange amber color with two-finger, off white head that left rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, floral notes and citrus. Also, a subtle caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of pine with a bitter hoppiness. Nice smooth roasted malt taste.

M - It was fairly dry and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Great pine aroma and flavors.

Photo of russpowell
4.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy (with some floaty bits) honey color & a rocky 1.5" white head. Floaty bits never cleared, no biggy. Good Head retention & some lacing

S: Huge piney/grapefruity nose, fades a little as the beer warms

T: Huge hop tea presence, pine, pepper & lemon! Good malt profile files in along with a nice warming alcohol feel. Bicuitty flavors fill in the hop attack as it warms. Finished hoppy & fruitty,& dry

MF: Slightly oily feel with a medium body, & great carbonation, superbly balanced

Drank too easy, the abv wasn't an issue. I loved this IPA! Another winner from grand teton

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweetgrass IPA, Grand Teton Brewing Co. "Jackson Hole's Original"

My first Idaho beer, I do believe.

Hazy. pale orange color, good 1/4 " of bright white foam above.

Fresh aroma, mild citrus zest, mellow, but discernible hops.

On the tongue...faintly hoppy dishwater flavor,...light bodied, faintly flavored, disappears from the palate in a minute or less...
Persistent hops on the tongue, but a bit too mild to call it an IPA...not much more than an APA.
Nothing terrible about it, just a bit blase.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jwc215
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 03/15/07:

Pours gold with a one-finger white head that descends to a lasting thin bubbly cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of mild citric fruitiness/grapefruit and some grassy/graininess.

The initial touch of grapefruit that carries over from the aroma soon gets lost in a sweet grainy malt. Tea-leaf dryness mixes with sweetness. It's a tad soapy. Puckeringly dry finish.

Thin body for the style. Decent carbonation, but the brew doesn't hit the palate quite right.

Not a good example of the style. The dryness is in the wrong direction and the hops get nearly lost to a grainy sweetness.

I didn't care for it, but thank jcwattsrugger for bringing it back so that I had a chance to try it.

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

High C

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is a mix of sweet crystal malt, toasted grain and some fruity hop notes. The malt is certainly the single biggest part of this beer right now, it really almost perfectly captures a caramelized crystal malt character.

There is quite a bit more hop character in the flavor, though it still does not drown out the still quite noticeable malt character. The beer starts with a nice bite of hop character that slowly ramps up through to the finish, where it becomes a nice solid bitterness. Sweet notes of caramelized malt are found throughout this beer, in fact it adds just as much character as the bitterness does. this beer has almost has a perfectly equal balance of malt and hop. The crystal malt flavors seem to accentuate some of the hop character a bit, especially accenting a nice citrusy orange note. There also seems to be a touch of menthol like pine to this beer.

All in all this is a tasty brew, but I can't quite help thinking that a beer with this amount of malt character could use a whole lot more hops in the brew kettle. This is perhaps not what one looks for in an IPA these days, but it makes for a really quaffable brew. It seems to finish a bit thin as the beer warms up though.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.