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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: 586
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 Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a medium gold with a good sized head of foam that dissipated slowly but stayed through out the session.

The smell has hoppy and earthy notes.

The taste is a good balance of malt and hops..some sweetness from the malt and the hops give a grassy and lemony flavour but it's not bitter.
I've had this many times before and it's quite tasty.

Bottom line: A solid IPA that is kind of a "mild" example of the style and certainly at least worth trying and could be found to be revisiting. ;^) I recommend it.

Bitterbill, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of WoodBrew
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unfortunately the bottle of Sweetgrass that I got is over primed and everything is affected. The beer poured a orange clear color with huge bubbly head that eventually settles to reveal some lacing. The smell has hop and that overprimed twang....the taste is more of the same....the is a malt character that seems to balance the hops. Unfortunately the beer is so carbonated it is difficult to get a too taste. The mouthfeel is a wreck because of the big carbonation. Overall....I dont know....but I would try it again.

WoodBrew, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A sharp, citrusy aroma, with some hops present.

T: Tasted of mild hops, citrus (a little grapefruit), and a bit of malt. Not exactly groundbreaking for the style, but still very tasty and likable.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, drinkable beer.

avalon07, May 12, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, fruit, fruit hop, and subtle citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, citrus, earth hop, fruit, fruit hop, and subtle citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The subtle notes of citrus on this brew are really what did it for me. They were incorporated very nicely with a good solid backbone of fruitiness and earthiness to make an overall well balanced brew. This made it quite easy to drink and did not overpower your palate during each sip. I would definitely suggest this one to a friend while out at a bar. Worth your time trying if you have not done so before.

thagr81us, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale medium golden yellow color with lots of floaties within its murky glow. A small capping of ivory foam skips across the top briefly. Some spotty lacing along with a few tiny strings graze upon the glass.

Aroma is mostly of leafy hops and quite pungent with some softer floral attributes and a twist of sweetened lemon for good measure. It's decent on the nose; albiet one dimensional.

Flavors are mildly toned down to a paled lemony pounce across some dryish puffy leafyness touched with floral herbalness. It drys off at the center with light Munich, Crystal, biscuit, and caramel malts tenderizing underneath with a simple and delicate balance allowing the dry leafy hops to do there thing. However, much like the aroma the one dimensionality of its taste is a bit boring. There's a bit of spice and pep to it late in the finish which is nice. But there's something lacking in hoppy punch and complexity thats not really doing much for me.

Smooth medium body with a light spicey and floral spice to its hoppy dry puff. Low bitterness levels as it sides with very low eneded, paled down lemon and some malty sweetness.

An OK IPA, not great nor average, some where inbetween. Perhaps a good starter brew for those looking to gravitate from milder pale ales to something with a bit more floral spicey hops.

tavernjef, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy caramel color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to a ring around the edge of the glass. Decanted lightly. Laced in wavy rings.

S: Bready caramel malt. Sweet fruit and citrus along with dry grass an pine.

T: Caramel and wet grain transition quickly to sweet fruit, orange peel and grapefruit. Pine comes in on the back end. Bitter and dry in the finish with a little of the fruit flavors lingering.

M: Medium in body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet then dry without being resiny. Overall, nice balance.

D: Solid APA - flavorful and balanced.

Haybeerman, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of ZAP
2.1/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Granted I just had a Union Jack IPA so maybe I am spoiled but I can sum this beer up quickly.

This is a nice drinkable APA...If you like dumbed down APA's...thin...a decent maltiness but really lacks any appreciable hop impressions...the hops that are noticable are more floral...lacks any strong bitterness or juicy hop flavors..

For an IPA this is a let down but it isn't a horrible beer...still even as an APA I would drink many before this.

My scores make it seem like this is a horrible beer. I am scoring compared to the best in this style...I could drink this beer anytime and be ok with it, but would choose about 100 other IPA's before this one....thus the scores..

I don't know...maybe the Union Jack I just had set too high of a bar....

ZAP, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

barnzy78, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Suprised by the lack of high reviews for this exceptionally balanced and very nice drinkable American IPA...

Hazy light golden with a nice light beige head and subdued carbonation that leaves nice lace. Nice mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hop aromas. Nice hoppy flavors without being overly bitter; balanced hop flavors of citrus and pine... Medium bodied and smooth with a dry hoppy finish.

Per Beer Club notes:
- 58 IBU
- 6.5% ABV
- Malts: Idaho 2-row Pale, German Munich, Wheat, Carafoam, Belgian Caravienne, British Crystal
- Hops: UK Goldings, Willamette, Galena, Amarillo, Czech Saaz, Cascade (and dry hopped w/ Cascade)

RBorsato, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a glowing golden orange with yellow highlights that had a finger of bubbly head but with good head retention and left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass. Nice caramel citrusy aroma upfront with tangerine fruit, sucbtle hops and candy sweetness; very appealing nose. The orange citrusy character was more apparent on the palate with tangerine caramel accents and sweetness from the malts to balance it out. The brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, fruity, malty, crisp, and tingly finish. It drank very good and was very tasty. IMO its was one of the best pale ales I've had in awhile. Definitely highly recommend this beer.

Gobzilla, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chill-hazed goldenrod color with a light-beige head of dense foam. Strong honey aroma with some distant citrus fruits, pineapple, slight crystal malt. Flavor is mainly crystal malty iced tea with a light dusting of citrus and a weakly bitter finish. Definitely needs more hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little watery. Decent IPA.

illidurit, May 23, 2009
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

ROGUE16, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

enelson, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed that this beer won the Gold at GABf for American Pale Ale and when I noticed the bottled date was only a month old I didn't hesitate to pay the $8 for the sixer. Orange-yellow color with a good rocky head. Smells hoppy, a little bit of grass and "greenness". Taste is a solid hoppy pale ale that almost borders on IPA but not quite there. I'd easily buy this again given the value for the price.

ArrogantB, May 28, 2011
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nonic pint, golden in color, clear, with a moderate off-white head, good retention and some light lace

s: pungent citrusy hops on a pale malt body, a little crackery with a slight sweetness, grapefruit hop aromas dominant, juicy and highly aromatic, definitely hopped-up for an apa

m: carbonation light-moderate, body lingering somewhere below medium

t: a body of pale malt provides a lightly sugary base for a big dosing of grapefruit hops, juicy and resinous, with a nicely bitter finish, drying citrus peel and clean malt flavors linger

d: a very solid pale, nicely hoppy with a good malt foundation, tasty and well balanced

blackie, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is a mammoth three inches in height, and recedes slowly into a large, rocky cap of foam. The aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, and some light floral notes. the taste is very fruity with tons of citrus, and a light floral notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but I can't see myself drinking it again.

KarlHungus, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of alexgash
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the Utah edition of the Sweetgrass IPA, which is normally a 6.50 % abv beer. Due to Utah's draft beer regualtions, this one is only 4.00 % abv. I've entered it as a "new" beer because a change in abv of 2.5 % is going to make a difference. To the beer. On tap at The White Owl in Logan. Clear, golden orange body with a wispy, white head, and very minimal lacing. Smells of light pine and citrus hops. Decent hop aromatics, but the malt is lacking. Slight sugary fruit detectable. Taste is very similar, with anemic malt presence, but tasty hops. Unbalanced, but the nice piney, citrusy hop flavor makes up for it a little. Refreshing and appetizing. The body is a little thin, and the feel a little too watery for the style, but on the other hand, it's pretty drinkable.

alexgash, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

outoffocus, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -19.8%

smartassboiler, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The area on the label for a date stamp is curiously left blank. Bottle conditioned is printed on the label so I know I have to pour carefully. Pours a clear amber with a large, billowing head that hung around for a long time. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Heavily hopped aroma and flavor. Looking at the hop bill on the Grand Teton website, I should not be surprised. Various citrus fruit makes up the large majority of the aroma, but the flavor does have some malt sweetness to help balance things out. This is still a hopheads APA no doubt about it. All 60 IBUs can be appreciated. Nicely bottled conditioned gives a good carbonation.

Not sure of the story behind this beer. Did they just lower the ABV and IBUs of their old IPA and reclassify it as an APA?

morimech, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of tgbljb
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Entered the glass as a medium amber liquid that produced an attractive white head.Smell is great for hops with a floral note. Taste brings out more of the hoppiness and ioncreases my enjoyment of the beer. Finish is nice and dry. A very good beer but nothing spectactular..

tgbljb, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of Florida9
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dull, hazed out amber in color with disgusting brown sediment. Forms a huge, active, aggressive head with incredible retention. Rocky meringue-like. Lots of lacing.

S: Citrus, lemon, a slight metallic ting. Heavy grassy hops.

T: Lightly sweet pale malt. Orange and citrus mixed with yeast leaves the unpleasant flavor of stale bread.

M: Lighter bodied with heavier carbonation. Slightly spicy in the mouth.

O: An average and unexciting pale ale.

Florida9, May 05, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled 3/16/12.

4.0 A: Well hazed light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a tad above average and a good sized ring of lacing is left. There's some small yeast particles throughout, but I'll let that go since this is a good three months old.

4.0 S: Big citrusy hops with emphasis on orange, pineapple, and mango. Moderate caramel with the right amount of neutral malt sweetness. Light yeastiness to round things out.

4.0 T: Tastes like the nose. Citrusy hops: orange, pineapple, and mango. Moderate amounts of caramel and neutral malt sweetness. Lightly yeasty. Mild bitterness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with some chewiness from the yeast.

4.0 D: Solid all around.

DavoleBomb, Jul 01, 2012
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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