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

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | 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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Ratings: 648 | Reviews: 275
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish amber in color, large frothy white head. The aroma was citrusy and floral with some balancing malt, quite fresh and herbal. In the flavor there was a fair dose of hops, balanced well with almost a biscuity caramel-like malt. The hops were citrusy, like orange slice and grapefruit, and quite grassy and herbal as well. Maybe even some peach and white grape too. Definitely an American IPA, but with an herbal Teaton twist. It was pretty good, I would get it again if I were in the area, but probably not worth putting a lot of effort into seeking out.

Photo of Tanger112
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of rkuhnel
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz Bottle. Strong nose of herbal hops with a hint of citrus that left good lacing. Pours cloudy light amber with a medium white head. Flavor is good for and IPA, and is a little more subdued than many. Floral Hops work well on the tongue. Nice bitter finish. Decent IPA.

Photo of genog
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow, golden like color with a bright white head that leaves a lot of lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is of a mesh between earthy and floral hops with a light grain bill too. Taste is strangely like a lager with a lot of grain, and a bready aftertaste. Carbonation is limited and this is almost watery. Strange beer that starts off meaning well, but falls short.

Photo of callmescraps
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on a whim.

Appearance - A nice bright copper with two inches of white soapy head. Very nice.

Aroma - Nice light hops. Some good citrus and a strange funkiness that I can pin down. Fresh cut grass. Some caramel malt.

Taste - Follows the smell, in a strange way. There is a real sweetness up front, with that grassiness following. Very astringent as well. The "tea-like" description is apt. Sweet graininess.

Mouthfeel - Nice and light. Crisp.

Drinkability - This goes down pretty smooth. The sweet graininess detracts somewhat.

This is a nice, interesting beer. A pretty easy drinker, altho the strange sweetness is off-putting. Sort of hard to describe, but less than desirable.

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bfields4
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very large but tight head. Good retention and nice lace. Hazy pale golden body.

Herbal and citrus hops. Lemon zest. A bit resiny. A bit of caramel.

Lemony twang kicks it off nicely. A bit of pine and some caramel. Much the same of the smell but in different intensities.

Nice light beer easy drinker. A little on the spicier hoppier balance than your typical pale ale. Not a huge malt presence. Seems more of a jr. IPA than a pale ale.

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

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden orange, 1 finger head, nice lacing and some serious yeast floating around

S - Citrus hops, earthy, sweet, nice and yeasty, a nice malt kick and some serious grains

T - Earthy and citrus hop, meets sweet malt and a nice grainy backbone

M - Fluffy and light, but the flavor sticks around for a while and the bitter bite is nice

D - Goes downs super nice. The floating yeast can be strange for someone who drinks filter or beer that isn't bottle conditioned. I like most things about this beer, minus the 6% abv

Final thought - Good but not great and the price isn't my favorite. Around $9 isn't that awesome.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange with a yellow hue, and a inch and a half, white head that remains. Super thick lacing.
Smell is crackery malts with grassy/slightly piney hops. Malts become bready as they carry. Notes of citrus and very faint pineapple, as well as some peppercorn.
Taste is bready/crackery malts with a little bit of grassy hops. Interesting subtle, sweet note that hits the back of the mouth near the finish. Citrus and pineapple, as well as some pepper and orange.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and smooth, with a little bite near the finish. Light body, and clean finish.
Drinkability is very good. Excellent beer all around.

Photo of pascilla
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jar2574
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Blazer22
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Bottled on 06/03/08' etched on side of bottle. Poured into my SA glass. Nice golden color with a near-white bubbly frothy head. Aromas of pink grapefruit, cantaloupe and wild honey. Very nice contrast of wild honey sweet malt taste with sharp crisp hops. Pink grapefruit with a hint of pine on the hop flavor. Quite exotic with the malt-hop battle. Very crisp and quite enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of DocJitsu
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of majorbase2
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of flayedandskinned
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mfigueroa713
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tmryan21
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewdoc75
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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