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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: 282
Hads: 697
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States | website

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: 282 | Hads: 697
Photo of DCon
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the wolf public house in Ballwin, MO. Poured into a pint glass and had a keg date of 4-12-11.

Appearance- poured a 2 finger of bubbly, white head with a hazy orange color with huge carbonation. Has a decent head retention has thick lacing.

Smell- has a huge citrus hop smell upfront and a lime hint as well. There also is a huge vegetable (celery or salad) aroma mixed in.

Taste- has citric hop taste and more hops after. Has nice malts used and can taste their importance in this brew. Grapefruit and other fruits follow up this ale.

Mouthfeel- light- medium bodied, smooth, and has A great bite at the end.

Overall- nice beer with an awesome taste for an apa. Has an average drinkability and nice beer altogether from Grand Teton Brewing.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - burnt orange with almost nonexistent head - very light thin lacing dissipates quickly

S - not much to smell - not offensive

T - light somewhat sweet at first with a tiny bit of bitter hitting the back of the tongue - nice amount of hops- not too much asserts itself after a bit, a tiny bit of pine and then the sweetness fades away with a bit of bitter staying through. Nice balance and the hops linger without being aggressive. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus comes through as well.

M - nice active carbonation thin bubb

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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 veinless
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a two-finger head that is white, foamy, and doesn't retain well. Leaves moderate lace on the glass and the body has nice clarity to it.

Nose has a touch of citrus, maybe grapefruit, and a vague bitterness after that. Malt is a touch sweet but nothing to write home about.

Taste starts with some mild citrus and then moves to a half grainy half sweet malt body. Reminds me of cough syrup a little bit, and isn't bad, but isn't good either. Bitterness carries the beer to the finish, is chalky and leafy.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit too carbonated. Chalkiness is nice though. Drinkability is good despite no real areas of strength; this is a beer that doesn't offend but doesn't please too much either.

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Photo of applestash
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aptly named.

A: Vibrant golden-orange color with a thick, dense, lasting head. lots of lacing.

S: Incredible hop bouquet. A sweet tropical fruit and orange aroma with an enticing wet hop tinge.

T: A very friendly malt introduction with fruity, grassy mids and a very gentle hop bite at the end.

M: Prettay light. Dry and clean.

For someone used to big IPAs who has learned to appreciate a well-crafted hop profile, this beer might seem too approachable. For hopheads, this won't scratch the itch, but it's definitely a well crafted and balanced brew that could function as the perfect "conversion beer" for a macro drinker. It's on my rotation, but after drinking a "Pursuit of Hoppyness" the other night, I can't get my fix!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer was a nice red hugh when poured into the glass.
S- The aroma was somewhat fruity and somewhat piney that was not overpowering any either direction. The aroma was probably that highlight of this beer.
T- The body was nice and smooth and their was a sweet caramel taste at the first sip that finished with a hop bite.
O- Overall this beer was a decent APA but would not be the first thing I would grab off of the shelf.

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Photo of 100floods
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy pale amber-yellow with a thin film of white head. It has a nice sweet, almost lemon grass aroma, a good balance of malt and hops that cut through the gentle layer of malt. Pretty dry, really hoppy flavor. Lots of lemon, touch of lemon grass and honey. A thick mouthfeel attempts the provide a pillow to the hop bite. It has a juicy, honey, light hop finish. It's pretty crisp and refreshing, without too buch bitterness or sugary sweetness, which isn't to say it's well balanced. This Pale Ale is hoppy by my standards, which isn't a bad thing. I'd let this pass for an IPA. I like this beer, I need a few more to decide of I want this in my rotation.

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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 brew3crew
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-hazy yellow color with a nice white head that stick aroudn for a while
s-nice piney hops in the nose. little bit of sweetness
t- way more hoppy than i was expecting.
m-medium body and smooth
o-decent beer. wouldn't have again but definitely worth the try.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Golden, mostly clear, white head.

S - Not at all overpower, but crisp and hoppy.

T - Burst of grapefruit on the tongue with more of a resin pine on the swallow. The malts are there to balance, but the brewers showcase the 5 hop varieties really nicely.

M - Medium body and carbonation level

D - When I think APAs I want sessionable. I don't feel like the category should one that abuses your tongue. To this standard, Sweetgrass is very sessionable and enjoyable. It's a sturdy APA that I've gone back to again and again after being introduced to it.

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Photo of malvado78
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Harrymel for this as an extra!

A - Hazy (quite hazy) golden orange. Quite a bit of frothy off white head. Sticks around a while and laces as it leaves.

S - Orange grapefruit lemony citrus. Grassy. Some malt.

T - Much like the noise. Citrus. Lemon, Grapefruit and definitely orange. Follwed by a nice malty base. Fairly dry. God hop bite. Definitely an American PA.

M - Light dry mouth feel. Medium-high carbonation and I like high carbonation.

O - Very drinkable. Good bite. I like it. I tend to overlook APAs (like this and Sierra Nevada) for IPAs. Need to make sure I give both types thier desereved attention.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden orange, with a ton of rocky, whipped frappe-like off-white head. Leaves good lacing.

S: Sweet fruits, 2/3 grapefruit mixed with 1/3 pulpy orange juice. A little pungent. Slightly earthy, sweetgrass-y even. Seems to have a little malt base.

T: Bitterness while the beer swishes in your mouth but its gone as soon as its swallowed. Hops, grapefruit, not a ton of malt at all.

MF: Feels very light and wet. Not oily or thick or viscous or crisp really. Unimpressive yet easily drinkable light mouthfeel.

Overall a good hoppy pale ale in my opinion.

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Photo of slyke
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of plfahey
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold with an orange hue, decently clear. Monstrous ivory head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Sweet aroma of fresh cut green apples (acetaldehyde) and or some other fruity type aroma. Light lemon and grass aromas from hops. Some grainy malt and light hops, but the green apple overwhelms the other aromas. Light ginger or cinnamon note as well.

Flavor-Sweet, with almost an apple-cinnamon type flavor. Some piney, citrusy hop flavors on the tail end with moderate hop bitterness. Finishes relatively dry. Malt flavors are low, and somewhat husky-grainy.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Acetaldehyde flavors are somewhat off-putting. Malt flavors are husky-grainy and rather one dimensional. On the whole, I just wasn't very excited by this beer.

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Photo of Dhren1979
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2010

A: Pours a golden yellow with thick, white, foamy head. Retention is good. Lacing is sticky but loose.

S: Faint lemony aroma. Grassy aroma as well is noticed. Hints of floral and malts are there in the background.

T: Bitter grassy hops. Not too over powering. Malt flavor is detected but it is more of a balance to the hops than anything else.

M: Light & crisp. Kinda buttery on the tongue.

D: Oh yeah, I would love to get more of this in a trade! Grand Teton is in the Chicago market but not the full line-up. Thanks Harrymel for this "extra"!

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Photo of bfields4
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale amber, with good clarity and mild carbonation. Cream tinted head falls quickly to a think film. Leaves some spots of lace.

S: Grapefruit and lemon citrus, plus a touch of caramel.

T: Malt has mild toasted quality with a hint of caramel sweetness. Hops dominate the flavor, with grapefruit and lemon. The bitterness level; however, is moderate. Finishes relatively dry with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium light body is slightly oily. Carbonation level is a bit high.

D: This beer is pretty mellow overall, and not too terribly complex. But it does its job in a very workman like manner. It's not a beer I'd seek out, but I wouldn't turn it down.

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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 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 CanonJohn
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a wine glass.

A: Beautiful light golden. Slight caramel color. The head was off white, eggshell.

S: The smell was sweet, very floral. Had a slight malty under tone.

T: Bitter. From start to finish it was too bitter for me. I did enjoy a slight sweet start, yielding to a very strong hoppy middle, and a malty, hoppy finish. I had to try and ignore the bitterness and taste what was dancing around under it.

M: It was very loose for me, almost like water. Not a bad feeling though.

D: This was a tough one for me. I liked it, but I didn't. I won't likely try it again. It just goes beyond my bitter point. It was also quite filling. A one and done for me.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of some light citrus hops.

Tastes of a decent malt base with some very slight hops. Malts have a slight bread character with some caramel sweetness. Hops are citrus and grassy, but very light. The requisite parts are there, but seem to not be enough in quantity.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a finger or two of slightly off-white head.

S: A pretty solid nose to this beer of pine and citrus hops with some oranges and tangerine. Quite a bit of floral and earthy hop aroma in there as well. Despite a lot of different hop aromas, the nose is quite full of malts as well with toffee and bread, perhaps some caramel.

T: Much sweeter than the nose let on with a bigger emphasis on the toffee and sweet toasted bread. Orange peel provides a nice citrus note and there is a mild pine bitterness. The floral and earthy qualities are also present.

M: On the light end of medium in terms of the body with a moderate carbonation to it.

D: I always seem to overlook Grand Teton beers, but they make some pretty solid stuff.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.