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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: 587
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | 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 TheRealBigC
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, thick white head. Nice hop blast if nothing remarkable. This is one of the more standard fares from Grand Teton, but I think they benefit from having a couple like this around. It's a good beer to grab a six pack of and share with a friend or drink with dinner.

TheRealBigC, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +7%

rapayn01, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of kristenrae8
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

kristenrae8, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of mishtif
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

mishtif, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of SirBentham
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

SirBentham, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of prisoner1572
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

prisoner1572, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

AnthemOfTheSun, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev +7%

mirish72, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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 59rockabilly
4/5  rDev +7%

59rockabilly, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: pours a small 1 finger head, even when poured aggresively. dusty-gold color, really hazy, with alot of small bits of sediment floating around. head fades soon and leaves small spots

S: earthy aromas of lemon, grapefruit peel, pine, and white bread.

T: bready upfront, with citrus(orange, grapefruit peel, lemon) pine sap, and more earthiness as it fades to a sharp grapefruit juice and orange peel.

M: medium body, low carbonation then gains a piney resin and off-dry finish

Overall, this is a pretty fair IPA. It displays some qualities of good AIPA: citric and piney hop taste and aromas, crispy bitterness, and decent lacing. There were some disappointing aspects of this beer however. The head and carbonation are lacking and the aroma is light. Still, a good beer and worth checking out.

OlRasputin989, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Goosehunter75
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Goosehunter75, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of jreindl
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jreindl, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Daktah
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Daktah, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +7%

Hairrrrrrrr, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of vitters03
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

vitters03, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Moheban
4/5  rDev +7%

Moheban, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of ctrevino
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

ctrevino, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Bockrules
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with large chunks of white yeast swirling about. Tons of carbonation streams to the three-finger, off-white, rocky head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass at at least one finger. Leaves behind beautiful concentric rings of lacing.

S - Didn't get a chance to smell it upon opening the bottle as the beer came shooting out at me. I'm to blame for this for cellering it for two years. In the glass, I find a nice dose of citrus hops on a biscuity background with hints of spice.

T - Orange and biscuit upfront. The body is a solid blend piney and citrus hops against a cracker and biscuit malt background. Smooth fruitiness and pine flavors as the beer passes over the back of the tongue transitions into pin, gin and citrus notes in the finish. Almost a bit reminiscent of a strong G&T.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. No complaints here, suits the style and flavor profile of the beer well.

I picked this up in a Teton Brewing variety pack while doing field work out at Yellowstone. This was one of my favorite brews from a very competent brewery, and with good reason. Despite being in my closet or garage, this beer still tasted fantastic and had incredible head retention. The light citrus notes and slightly light mouthfeel combine to make this an ideal summer beer for hopheads. Very drinkable, and something I definitely look forward to having again when I move up to northern Colorado next year.

Bockrules, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of briman
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

briman, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of Foyle
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a 1” cream colored head that recedes slowly, moderate lacing. Color is cloudy orange-amber with some streaming carbonation.
Aroma: citrus rind, tangerine, sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: somewhat light mouthfeel with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: sweet malts give way to a tangerine hop and finishes with a somewhat burnt citrus rind flavor.

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of slyke
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.

slyke, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Black_ox
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Black_ox, May 01, 2013
Photo of KenC
5/5  rDev +33.7%

KenC, Nov 17, 2011
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.