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

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of whatthehull
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +12.4%
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 jar2574
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 RustyDiamond
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of DocJitsu
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of pascilla
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of majorbase2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of flayedandskinned
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of brewdoc75
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of trappistlover
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours copper with off-white head. LOTS of yeast is suspension--weird for a pale ale. Aroma of cardboard, some citrus. Taste has a mildly sweet malt backbone with some bitterness, but the malt comes back to balance the beer out. Thinner bodied with slick texture and bitter finish. Not bad, but the massive yeast suspension in unappealing.

Photo of mfigueroa713
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of blackcompg
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of tayner
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my unibroue snifter

Poured a orange/gold hazy color with a nice large white head that left a ton of sticky lacing on teh glass and a stayed with a huge foamy ring and foam floaties for the entire glass which i did not finish quickly. very impressive looking!

Smell was all about the floral hops. Behind those i could smell some malt sweetness but the main attraction was the floral and citrus hops.

The taste followed the nose. It was a bunch of floral/citrus hops on the initial taste. this was surprisingly reasonably balanced midpalate with some sweetness from the malts, but then on the finish there is an oily hop flower finish that leaves a definite bitterness behind in the finish.

The mouthfeel on this one was nice. plenty of carbonation to keep it light feeling like an IPA should be, yet oily notes on the finish make sure you have a good aftertaste but all the hoppiness also dries the palate. strange to say dry, oily, and clean finish, but that is what i got... nice.

I could drink a few of these pretty easy, and ipa is not really my preferred style although i seem to find myself enjoying them more and more. Next year when i go to Yellowstone i will seek out a few more of these to bring home.

Photo of TeachChefs
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of KevT
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely lit orange liquid with a finger of the white stuff....The smell is awesome, and this is why, it smells of bud. Not bud light but MJ. Like a backwoods piney resin blunt. Mild hops on the tongue, a smooth weedy flavor with some base malts and new cut grass. Mouthfeel lends a medium body with comfortable fuzzy carbonation. Overall, session beer flavor here!

Photo of Southernbrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a weak amber with a small head.

Aroma suggests Cascae hops and a bit of a malt sweetness.

Light-ish body for the style. Plenty of citrusy hops that become bitter in the middle that blends with a weak malt sweetness. Finish is dry with a pleasant citrus and bitter aftertaste.

Decent IPA, perhaps a bit one-dimensional but pleasant nonetheless.

Photo of chickencoop
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan. This has a nice light malty taste that carries throughout the beer making this one of the easiest beers to drink. Unlike the the dominating hops of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, this goes the direction of malts, only slightly cardboardy, but not off-puting. Very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy and deep golden, almost amber, in color. One finger of off white foam that didn't last long, but left nice sticky lacing as it settled to a thin layer of creamy foam throughout.

Smell: Pine and citrus scents from the very floral hops. A little malt and grain hidden behind the hops.

Taste: Very nice grapefruit hops up front with a little bready maltiness. Slightly bitter on the finish, but not overpowering like some IPA's.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a nice crisp carbonation on the tongue. Works well with the hop forward flavor profile.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and love the hop profile and subdued hop bitterness of this IPA. Would definitely drink more and do a session with this one.

Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of sevenshubby
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ctwybeerguy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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