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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: 564
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | 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 Bockrules

New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 05:03:07 | More by Bockrules
Photo of SirBentham


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-19-2013 20:10:07 | More by SirBentham


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-09-2013 18:12:05 | More by IDABEERGUY
Photo of briman


3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 01:37:36 | More by briman
Photo of ctrevino


2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

09-08-2012 00:51:32 | More by ctrevino
Photo of slyke


3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 16:35:46 | More by slyke
Photo of rapayn01


4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-21-2012 19:25:43 | More by rapayn01
Photo of Moheban


4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-20-2013 04:53:35 | More by Moheban
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +34%

11-17-2011 19:42:49 | More by KenC
Photo of Black_ox


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

04-30-2013 23:02:18 | More by Black_ox
Photo of mattster


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened 12 fl oz bottle (bottled 10/07/08), poured into Nonic glass.

Very little head development, but forms a layer of lace across top of glass and lace clings to sides. Brew is a translucent amber color with bubbles/particles in suspension (cool).

Smells like pineapple, malts and slight green herb smell. Taste is hoppy but not overly so. Some citrus/pineyness on palate, but not a strong hop as I am use to with American IPA. Beer is good BUT I noticed something that I have never tasted in beer before. Call me strange but I taste a slight "Alka-Seltzer" finish on the brew. It only last a second and isn't unpleasant, but It is definitely there. I was excited about drinking a beer from one of my favorite mountain ranges, but this didn't live up to my expectations. Granted, I've probably had 10 score beers that were not this good.

All in all, not bad but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 11:41:02 | More by mattster
Photo of BeerRun13


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear yellow orange with windstorm of bubbles rising and swirling from below. Thin but persistant white head.
Nice toasty and caramel hint malt. Slight earthy hint.
Malty caramel tones. Nice hops, but not to pronounced. Slightly toasty for a nice easy to drink balance.
Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Palate washes clean after each sip.
Well done. Far from a palate thrasher, the safe hop level and toasty balance makes it a real pleasant brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 05:14:52 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of Foyle


4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 17:40:26 | More by Foyle
Photo of logicerror


3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-05-2013 04:34:25 | More by logicerror
Photo of MikeDAdams


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

07-09-2014 13:02:50 | More by MikeDAdams
Photo of tizride


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-30-2012 03:11:15 | More by tizride
Photo of CommonRider


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-21-2012 21:47:42 | More by CommonRider
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy golden orange, almost looks like it has pulp in it. Lace hangs on the side of the glass.

S-citrus fruit, grapefruit, mild hops, grassy

T- grapefruit/citrus, has some sweetness mixed with the hop bitterness. Grassy overtones. Why do I keep comparing beer to the taste of grass ? Its not like eating grass is a common occurrence for me. Beer is.

M - Strangely smooth for the hop bite the beer has. It finishes crisper, with decent carbonation. But it feels slightly flat initially.

O- decent APA , heavy on the hops, refreshing but not extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:48:46 | More by Apellonious
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-20-2013 17:20:02 | More by kristenrae8
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

06-05-2012 15:12:50 | More by WhiskeeTango
Photo of JosiahS


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

Glass: Pint

Color of this beer is orange and a little hazy. Typical of a bottle-conditioned IPA. 2-3 finger pillow-like head.

Smell is of juicy orange, grapefruit, mango, A flowery cent and a light cracker from the malt.

Taste is floral up front and then fruity mid-pallete. Same characteristics in the taste as in the smell. Lots of fruit, somewhat earthy and floral. Mid pallete and finish are greeted with subtle malt flavors that help to balance the beer. finishes with citrus fruit rind and just enough bitterness to keep you interested.

mouthfeel is medium and CO2 is there enough to lend a nice bite on the tip of the tongue and on the backend.

An alright IPA, nothing special. Drinkability is ok.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 23:16:40 | More by JosiahS
Photo of emsroth

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: Amber with hues of orange. A chunky white head. A nice thick haze...boy do i love my beers unfiltered

Smell: Fruity and bitter american hops. I was never a fan of smelling the bitterness. But the aroma of citrus fruit is rather inviting.

Taste: A near perfect IPA flavor. Low in malt, but the bitterness is perfectly balanced and leaves no unpleasant aftertaste. It's an overall light flavor, but the wonderful bitterness weighs heavily on the score.

Full, refreshing mouthfeel with good carbonation to match.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 20:22:04 | More by emsroth
Photo of orion320


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-06-2013 19:56:05 | More by orion320
Photo of tfidler


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-28-2012 01:24:01 | More by tfidler
Photo of TCMike


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Produced a two finger, off white head, and left decent lacing.

The aroma wasn't very strong, but was nice. It smells of pine, biscuit, and honey.

The taste was very good. not overly bitter, and the honey, and body of the beer makes it nicely balanced.

Mikey likes.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 02:54:20 | More by TCMike
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.