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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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Reviews: 280
Hads: 689
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | 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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Reviews: 280 | Hads: 689
Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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?

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A finger and half of head on a hazy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is grapefruit and lemon with a milk note; interesting but good.
The taste has a great balance of the malt sweet and hop bitterness. The bitterness comes through as lemon and pine.
The texture is smooth and soft with moderate carbonation. Incredible.
A great APA.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Hayden's Post (Jackson Hole, WY).

A: Hazy orange-amber with 1/2-1 finger of oatmeal colored head with good retention and nice bands of lacing down the glass.

S: Grassy and fresh without vegetal character, pine and orange/grapefruit citrus hopping, light honeysuckle as well with solid pale malt, slightly grainy aroma with very light kiss of caramel. Aroma is much more hops than malt, and it smells like a dry-hopped APA.

T: Really nice APA flavor, definitely a dry, low-caramel example with soft pale malt backbone, light caramel to add some lusciousness and countering sweetness followed by a balanced dose of strong pine, resin, grapefruit, lemon, and orange with an herbal honeysuckly influence in the finish. A notch under moderately bitter and clean as far as alcohol and yeast components go. Solid and very drinkable APA.

M: This beer delivers a stellar balance of maltiness, slickness, and a dry finish. Body is light-medium at most with medium carbonation and soft citrus and grassy hoppy aftertaste.

O: GT Sweetgrass is a superb APA with an exceptional balance to hops, malt, and dry-hopping, none overwhelming but all coming together to deliver a pleasantly hoppy, extraordinarily drinkable beer.

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Photo of Florida9
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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..

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Photo of garymuchow
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Since this isn't my first bottle from this 6er I know to pour into a very large glass as the carbonation is quite excessive. Aroma seemed to have a touch on phenol immediately, but none that I noted later. A relatively balanced aroma, especially for style. Sweet slightly grassy hops, but definitely a a notable malt presence that is sweet as well. Aroma isn't potent, but it is pleasing in its softness. The staleness (not quite to cardboard, but close) noted in the flavor first seems to appear in time in the aroma
Somewhat cloudy gold with lots of bubbles rising. Head was exceedingly excessive, as anticipated (at least 20oz glass that held only 1/2 of the original pour).
A variety of hop presentations in the drink. Several hop flavors and variability in the bitterness too. Even at 6 months old there seems to be a staleness to the flavor that's off-putting as it leads to a bitterness that carries it's own off flavors. There is a nice sweetness up front, which helps, some.
In an odd way it seems flat on the tongue yet filling in the stomach from carbonation.
Bottled 7/3/07.
Thanks Linda.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange into a tulip glass. Cloudy honey color w/ ~ an inch of head which dissipated quickly - nice lacing.

S: Fairly citrusy aroma (grapefruit/organge), with hops present.

T: Tasted mildly of hops and malt with citrus flavors. As beer warms a little more hops present, amply more enhoyable - on a hot day I see several of these being ideal

M: Medium bodied w/ a desirable amount of carbonation

O: After allowing this beer to go from cold to just cool both taste and smell matured significantly - good thing i waited before posting this review

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Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Botttle purchased through Liquid Solutions

Appearance: yellow with a light brown hue. Loads of lacing and retention on the 2-3 finger off white crown.

Smell: Good mellow hop note (kinda like a fresh hop ale) but nothing else really.

Taste: A nice hoppy zesty intro parlaying towards a sweet pale malt middle and a slightly bitter and slightly sweet end. Not very extreme but a good session taste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied to med/light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Not bad so that means its good!

Drinkability: 6.50% abv and an easy to approach mouthfeel makes this a session beer to me.

In a world of extreme beers this one gets buried and forgotten. But if you are in the mood for a lightly hoppy easy to drink IPA this one is for you!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw color with a hint of amber. Enormous head , rocky and meringue-like. Passes my jiggle test. Nose is herbal and citrusy. Lemon zip on the palate, tangy malt, and a refreshing drinkability that is very welcome in my book. Review is with sediment left in the bottle.

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Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 07/07/10.
$2 for 12oz @ Huck's in Spokane, WA.
Poured from bottle to Sam Adams glass.

A: Pours a brilliant amber with two finger persistent white whipping atop the ale. This is consistently complimented from bubbles arising from the ale.

S: Hops! Hooray! Pine, citrus, skunk, earth, grain all accentuate this pales nose. On the sharp side, this is nose candy.

T: The hops carry over into the taste as well. Strong citrus and pine with a resin bitterness marry the generous malt packed into this one. Finishes with a wonderful, short lived, balanced flavor of hops and malt.

M: Moderate carbonation allows you to enjoy the flavors on this pale. Medium bodied for a pale, this is not a child's PA.

D: This screams American Pale Ale. For those who enjoy Dale's Pale Ale, get your hands on this one! Malty, hoppy, and clocking in at 60 IBU, this beer stands far from the children in it's category as a man's beer!

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Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #200

Finally got taste a beer from Idaho... thanks Wasatch!

Pours a light gold color, a bit of haze, and a nice looking white head, with some lacing.

Smells a bit bitter with some grapefruit aromas.

Beer tastes a lot like grapefruit. Wow... interesting... Beer is crisp, dry, and finishes with that really familiar bitter grapefruit flavor. It's not overpowering, or bad, it's just... different. There is a tinge of malt sweetness noticed at the end of a taste.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty well rounded, tastes linger well too.

This beer scores for being interesting. I enjoyed it, and would like to have it again and share it with others to see what they think. It's light, but flavorful. Good effort from Grand Teton.

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Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Total Wine and More back at the beginning of January for $1.49.

Beer poured a golden orange with a huge billowy head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is similar to a wheat beer as there is some lemony sweetness present. Taste is sweet up front, light malt backbone, hop finish is citrusy with a nice touch of mango. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated. Drinkability is good. It is definitely the mango finish that makes this beer for me. Nice sippin brew, definitely will not overwhelm your palate at 58 ibu.

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

A-golden amber color with a modate white head and some lacing

S-citrus and malt with some hints of pine, herbs

T-citrus and tropical fruit with slightly sweet biscuit and hoppy finish which fades somewhat rapidly

F-medium body with low to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent PA but not as well-balanced flavor as others

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy goden yellow with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and grassy hops with a touch of pepper.

The flavor is some sugary sweetness and a little melon followed by an earthy bitter hop finish. It's a little too sweet and I don't particularly care for the hop flavor but it has decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a well-made IPA. The flavor profile isn't totally up my alley though.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$.50 on tap yesterday at Hops & Pie (membership has its benefits). Poured an amber-orange color with a decent off-white head. Some piney, citrusy and floral hops on the nose. Medium bodied and drinkable, with some similar hops as well as some caramel on the palate.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a pale golden color with a small head that falls to a small ring over the brew. The nose is mostly caramel malt, with a small blast of citrusy hop. Overall, its very weak for an IPA. The flavor is also fairly lack-luster. slight sweet caramel malts with just a hint of sweet citrusy hop in there. Pedestrian. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Its easy to drink, but not for the right reasons. Definately not something I would have again. Very average.

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Photo of DIM
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This one is a slightly cloudy straw yellow color. It pours with a thin white head.

s: Sweet brown sugar and some piney hops.

t: Big malt backbone here, this one is pretty sweet. It has a slightly tart pine hop finish.

m: Sticky and decently carbonated.

d: Thanks (yet again!) to JohnGalt1 for this tasty extra.

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Photo of Redrover
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at new restaurant in Boise called Fork. It came in a 12 oz brown longneck with an informative label.

Poured into a pilsner glass the beer is a dark bronze with a small beige head.

The nose is some pinesap and caramel malts.

The beer leads with pine notes a bit of sweet malts and then finishes with an earthy note that is a bit jarring. As you work through the beer the taste integrates and mellows.

It has sharp carbonation over a medium mouth. Not a session beer for me, but it had its moments.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with pretty small white head. Brew has quite a bit of tiny sediments particles floating around in it. Head becomes a layer of bubbles on top and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is pretty fruity, sweet, some citrus aromas. Hints of grass and pine. Nothing over the top and a nice balance of malts.

T- Lots of fruitiness with orange and grapefruit from the hops. A bit of pine too. The malts are present with some light caramel, and graininess.

M- Medium in body and carbonation seemed to be right on.

O- I enjoyed this one. Pretty solid Pale Ale.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on date reads 08/27/2012 so this beer is fairly fresh at only 4 months chillin in the bottle.

A - Burnt sienna orange color, looking like a lot of tasty IPA's that I have had in the past. It pours about a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Nice ton of sediment floating around in the glass. This beer is definitely unfiltered.

S - Smells a lot like one of those tasty IPA's that I've had in the past too. The cascade hops are definitely coming in strong. My expectations are growing for this one by the second.

T - Mmmm. Nice and hoppy. Lemongrass flavor. Definitely a lot of citrus / pine flavor to be had here. This beer is extremely tasty. Almost a slight green apple taste thrown in there somewhere.

M - Nice hoppy, resinous mouthfeel. This beer is definitely a winner.

Overall, a nice beer from Grand Teton Brewery. The only other beer I've tried from them was their 5 O'Clock Shadow, which I don't remember as being particularly enticing, but maybe it now demands another tasting. Definitely a beer to try if you haven't had it before, I know I was very pleasantly surprised! I will certainly try this again.

Grand Teton Brewing Sweetgrass American Pale Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of Moose90
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a hazy light orange color out of the tap, sits in the glass with a faint light amber color head, some spotty lacing.

S — Smells of fresh cut grass and lightly sweet malts, little hop presence, just very grassy.

T — Tastes again is dominated by grass and sweetness, little bit of hay and hop, but this really just tastes like chewing on sweetgrass.

M — Medium bodied, long lasting finish.

O — OK overall, super grassy and sweet, little to nothing else going on.

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Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange, slightly hazy, big pale tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, some lace.

Aroma is candied citrus, pine, pepper, candied fruits.

Taste is spicy medicinal hop, grapefruit, juicy raisiny dried fruit sweetness. Bitterness lightly dominates finish after more balanced start. It is a touch on the bitter medicinal side, but solid, pretty well-rounded, characterful. Feel is creamy and somewhat full.

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.