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

Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%

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 CanonJohn


3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 20:58:10 | More by CanonJohn
Photo of ocelot2500


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:46:00 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of womencantsail


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 00:50:24 | More by womencantsail
Photo of whatthehull


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 10:15:03 | More by whatthehull
Photo of trappistlover


3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 04:50:01 | More by trappistlover
Photo of soze47


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Taken from notes, consumed late 12/10 or 01/11.

Appearance: Honey hued. Body looks a little thick. Carbonation bubbles dance, but slowly. Is there sediment in this? Almost an optical illusion.

Aroma: Very nice. Grassy and almost minty. The sweet malt complements the hops in a perfect way.

Taste: Flavor accumulates on this one, both on each tastes and as the glass progresses. A sweetgrass (duh!) hop flavor is what hits first, but a bitterness builds and lays down on the linger. This one gets progressively more bitter and complex as you drink it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied as you drink it and it goes down easy. However, it coats the palette harshly by the end of the glass.

Overall: A perplexing brew. I loved it when I started drinking it, but by the end of the glass, it just wasn't as wonderful as when I started. In order to judge this one, I'm going to deduct from drinkability to reflect that. However, if you are looking to have a solid single brew, definitely go for this guy. It lives up to its name.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:44:40 | More by soze47
Photo of CPeterson


4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- A hazy straw yellow brew pours to leave a three finger head that reduces to a thick froth, leaving some lacing.

S -- Earthy/toasted malt tones are quickly over taken by citrus, apricot, and herbaceous hop notes.

T -- Complex citrus and floral hops play up front, followed by a bready/toasty malt backdrop that seems to complement and counter the dryness and astringency of the hops on the back end. Very well balanced.

M -- Fairly light yet full bodied, a little light on carbonation which makes the brew seem heavier than I would expect.

D -- Very nice brew, worth a purchase if not a staple in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:46:40 | More by CPeterson
Photo of beagle75


4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A: Hazy, light golden-amber with over one finger of persistent, craggy, eggshell-colored foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass. Some yeast sediment is noticeable at the bottom of the glass.

S: Bright citrus and toasted grain, with lesser amounts of tropical fruit and honey.

T: Begins dry, with floral and citrus hop aromatics, restrained bready yeast, and a burst of bright acidity that compliments the hops. Robust pale malt emerges in the middle, very toasty, as acidity fades. The finish is moderately bitter, retaining the toasted character.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smoothness on the palate seems compromised somewhat by the acidity, with moderate carbonation.

D: This pale ale displays ample attractive qualities, with bright, refreshing aromatics and malt that is clean and delicious. A compromise occurs with regard to the acidity, where its presence enhances the intensity of the other bright flavors at the cost of greater smoothness. It is characterful and memorable, with a boldness that is at IPA-level in some respects. It reminds of other full-flavored pales that feature West-Coast hops, such as Marin's Mt. Tam or Strand's pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 05:38:15 | More by beagle75
Photo of HOPPYKC


3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened this bottle and it overflowed out of the bottle. it had been sitting for a day and a half with no agitation. Poured it into a pint glass, and it had no bottled on or bb date on it.

Poured a nice dark yellow to light brown color, with 2-3" of think white frothy head on it. This is one of the largest head that iv'e had on a beer ever. The beer is bottle conditioned and i drink boulevard which is also bottle conditioned and have never had something like this.

The smell is of light hops and a light citrus. Possible grapefruit and lemon maybe with orange. It has a slight grain smell but mostly from the malt. There is a little sweet smell too hence the name.

The taste is definitely sweet, both that and the hoppy flavor play a nice role overall. I don't get too much of the malt that i got in the smell but it is all around a nice brew.

The M&D are great. This is a good brew and Grand Teton is a great brewery. If you cant get a hold of some of their stuff let me know because everyone should be able to have good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 03:56:31 | More by HOPPYKC
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint a slight hazed burnt orange infused medium golden with one finger clingy white head,globs of lace were left behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Gotta love the big grapefruit rind aromas here,this is American ballsy hop all the way,just citrus oil to the max over top of a biscuit base.Bright citric hop flavors,just fresh tasting and bursting with flavor,a sweetish base is there but the hops are the main attraction.A little light in the feel but it may contribute to the drinkibility,just a great APA,it is true to its name.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 22:21:34 | More by oberon
Photo of harrymel


4/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 12:58:51 | More by harrymel
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. into a pint. Pours a hazy, gloden orange with a three inch head, noticable carbonation. The head leaves some pretty amazing lace behind.
The smell is a little off, very dusty with a bit of citrus. Lots of minerals.
It redeems itself once it enters the mouth. Bready pale malts, grapefruit, grassy bitterness. Goes down smooth but with a little much carbonation.
I could drink one or two at a time and grab a sixer every few months. Pretty good beer. Another thumbs up for Grand Teton.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:02:48 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of DovaliHops


4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden-orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. There are tons of floating things in this beer...doesn't look like yeast...could it be hop chunks? Whatever it is, there's tons of them. Aroma is very sweet with floral hoppy notes. Taste is very tasty. Subtle floral/piney hoppiness with great malt balance and citrus flavors. Mouthfeel is full bodied and kinda on the thick side for a pale ale, which isn't a bad thing. Drinkability is high. Pretty tasty APA.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 06:05:39 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of Gobzilla


4.4/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 06:32:19 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of climax


4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one begins like a superstar. After the massive head fades a bit, I could start to see the bright cloudy orange color, yellow highlights. The foam gargantuan fades ever so slowly leaving massive cottage cheese looking globs of breathing frothy bubbles. After 5 minutes of finessing it into my pint glass, I still had 3 fingers of beer in the bottle to fit in. Awesome start.

The aroma is no slouch either. It possesses an excellent bright hoppy aroma, flirting with the IPA line. Citrus, and tons of it, comes through in the form of orange and sweet pink grapefruit. The balance the malt brings is subtle but solid. Caramel brings the extra sweetness that the juicy citrus profile begins. Some grassier earth tones come through the more I dig my snout into this inviting brew.

The flavor boasts the same juicy citrus extravaganza as the aroma. It's sweet and balanced up front, before fading into dry harsher bitterness. The toasty pale malts and sweet caramel with a hint of spice accent the wonderful hop bill perfectly.

The feel was wonderfully smooth and fluffy, the head was certainly foreshadowing for the mouthfeel. The body is medium to say the least. Or perhaps the fluffy cottony feel is tricking me into thinking this one is heavier than it is, because it is sure flying down the hatch. But maybe that's just the dry finish quenched by the juicy flavor? . Either way, it definitely has more life to it than most pale ales.

This beer is damn good. There are a pair of 5's up there and by no means do I let a 5 out without some scrutiny. Best pale ale I've drank to date. Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:03:07 | More by climax
Photo of bishopdc0


4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lets starts by saying that this beer is wonderful

A . The aroma is wonderful liight grassy with citrus a nice blend of hop aromas makes a flower aroma

Look. Golden amber with a nice lacing. Head forms and slowly dissipates

Taste. The taste is lite and refreshing near perfect it starts sweet and becomes hoppy but not bitter the taste remains grassy and citrus and refreshing

This beer as compared to other apas is near perfect. The mouth is smooth with slight carbonation it is light but full of flavor love it

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 00:46:58 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of eclaycamp


4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Actually had a perfect pour but got greedy when pouring it out, so I got a little bit of yeast into the glass. Guess this one is bottle conditioned, whoops. Guess I should have guessed that from the appearance. Pretty massive head on this one, well structured and even. Nice and mild grass aroma pervades the nose but there's solid malt sweetness backing it up. Moderate level of bitterness and nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is very well put together. Tastes like the name, sweet and grassy. Oddly enough I get malt sweetness first in this, followed by grassy hop character and finishes with bitterness. I like this beer quite a lot. It has pleasant hop character and a nice lingering bitterness. Beyond that it's got a nicely sweet malt profile that really helps to balance it out. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:08:44 | More by eclaycamp
Photo of rrski198


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color, large fluffy white head, big time lacing

S: Hoppy, mild malt, simple and straight forward

T: Pine, earthy hops up front. The bitterness lingers. Their is a hint of the malt, however, this is definately an APA.

M: Good carbonation. Very clean.

O: Easy drinking, good session beer. For the style, its above average.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 13:55:15 | More by rrski198
Photo of ebrauser


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a pint glass

App: Golden-red with an ample and thick off white head.

Aroma: Citrusy and hoppy with almost no malt sweetness. Grapefruit and honey notes in the nose.

Flavor: Surprisingly not as hoppy as the nose suggests, though the hop bitterness becomes apparent at the finish. THe beginning and middle are dominated by a mild malt sweetness that almost seems too plain for an IPA. Diacetyl flavors tasted during the transition from malt to hop.

Mouthfeel: Not too astringent, though the large amount of carbonation make this one feel a little heavy.

Overall a decent beer, though its beginning lacks some complexity that I would hope to see in an IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 03:30:01 | More by ebrauser
Photo of jjanega08


4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a nice looking hazy golden honey color with a huge thick head on it that holds great retention and beautiful lacing.

S= Nice fresh hoppy aroma as well as some great caramel malts. Pretty nice balance here. citrus hops and sweet caramel malt with a little breadyness to it.

T= The taste is just like the nose Bready malts with caramel and a great hoppy finish to clean it all out. Tastes like happy. There is a beautiful hop character that is just enough for this beer.

M= Sweet and smooth. Like drinking honey water.

D= Excellent. This brewery hasn't sold me yet but this is a great brew. I'll buy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:50:16 | More by jjanega08
Photo of KarlHungus


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 01:45:23 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 04:14:54 | More by blackie
Photo of Ragingbull


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OG-14.0 plato
58 IBU

Dark gold and a little cloudy. I am sure the bottle conditioning contributed to that despite the fact that I poured it carefully. Light foam on the head that is concentrated on the edges. Mild hops in the nose with some earthy, peat tones. I have recently been using Irish Moss in my own brewing and think that is what I am getting, but I can't quite tell yet if I have the scent pegged in this beer. Mildly hoppy attack. The flavor is actually quite balanced and there is a floral, sweetness to the hops. A decent IPA. Not the best, not the worst. Some mild sourness in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 18:02:36 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of chumba526


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This treasure of an ale appears a translucent light orange color. An inch or so of white head tops off this ale.

Sweet citrus fruity goodness and malt sweetness dominate the smell. In particular the citrus smell is great there is a splendid mix of lemon and grapefruit, perhaps a bit of orange zest as well.

A nice citrus flavor starts off the taste. A nice smooth blast of hoppy bitterness soon follows. A bit of Marijuana flavor soon follows. Not that I know what marijuana tastes like. Bitterness rounds off the taste of the beer. It's really smooth yet flavorful.

The carbonation is moderate high.

This smooth pale ale goes down a little too easy. The nice citrus flavor balances the bitterness to make the beer very flavorful yet not intense on any level. An Fantastic Pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 23:32:07 | More by chumba526
Photo of chickencoop


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 05:58:45 | More by chickencoop
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.