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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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tripleAlpha


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Liquid at roughly 3.1 °C (37.5 °F)

A - Roughly 1.5 cm of head. Rich, translucent amber coloring with lighter cream-colored head. Logo on the glass barely discernable when looking through the beer. Head dropped by roughly 1.1 cm after two minutes. Leaves noticeable (hefty?) lacing.

S - Reisiny and a little piney/grassy, with a few other notes possibly creeping in. Smell wasn't strong, although my nose has never been a strong sense for me.

T - Not much alcohol sting, with the earthy tastes stronger. Coupled with the increased taste and senses, definitely more grassy than initially determined. Taste garners its name.

M - Tingling, with an almost warming sensation on the inner cheeks and tongue. Similar to other IPAs/APAs I've had in the past, although lighter and smoother than most.

O - A decent drinking/multi-purpose APA, with enough to set it apart from similar ones without diverging too much.

Having this past summer taken a trip out to the Tetons, I was able to sample this beer at the brewery. The taste just seemed to fit with the mountains; refreshing after a day of hiking while watching the sun meander toward the horizon. I've had this in a can and on tap before, with this being the first from a bottle. Ignoring the longing to return to the mountains, this is a nice standard addition to my list of beers I'd regularly drink. Not too heavy, taste doesn't overpower while still being unique.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 02:16:05 | More by tripleAlpha
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scvance

South Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold, almost looks like a hefe. A good finger of off-white head, good retention and excellent cling. Smells of citrus with a hint of earthy pine notes. Tastes similar, citrus up front that fades into a nice earthy finish. Slight resin character and feel to it, and a thicker mouthfeel. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall this is a very good APA, it really grows on me, keeps tasting better as I keep drinking it. I will definitely keep this one on my list to look for in the future and have again, I do recommend trying it for any fans of pale ale, IPA, or similar. Well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:58:44 | More by scvance
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

one of the more hoppy american pale ales around, could almost be taken for an ipa if it werent for the fortified malt profile of this baby. it pours clear as day, a sesame seed oil color with a prominent white head of foam. the nose is big bittersweet hops, could almost be fresh hops. theres a lot of oil and resin retained, and it gives a great aroma. the flavor is balanced out by some english caramel and pale malts that support the agressive hopping perfectly. its got a medium body which is made more drinkable by above average carbonation. the finish is only modestly bitter. this is a great session beer any time of year, for those who appreciate a bit more hops in their daily drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 22:01:46 | More by StonedTrippin
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would likely seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 00:34:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Mojo

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful deep amber with a two and a half finger white head. It leaves elaborate lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is very subtle, maybe some pine. Mouthfeel is about average, neither thick nor thin. The taste is a little to the hops side, but not so much as to be a hop'splosion in the mouth. Aftertaste is hoppy but again not overly strong. All in all a good beer that I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:11:32 | More by Mojo
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, thick white head. Nice hop blast if nothing remarkable. This is one of the more standard fares from Grand Teton, but I think they benefit from having a couple like this around. It's a good beer to grab a six pack of and share with a friend or drink with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 07:49:19 | More by TheRealBigC
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy/chunky amber pour with visible yeast chunks, 2 fingers of creamy white head. smells of sugar snap peas, grassy hops, slight hint of caramel. bitter up front with a dirt/copper taste in the backbone. a bit tangy but not quite a citrus taste. very strange but delicious nonetheless!

medium body with fizzy carbonation, smooth on the way down. overall a refreshing ale with a very fresh taste, and a generous abv %!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 21:54:04 | More by facundoCNB
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blackcompg

Illinois

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 4 fingers of golden bumpy cumulus head, color of the ale is a gorgeous cloudy warm amber, bright dark golden hilites on the sides of the glass,

Smell - Ooooh, big citrus and tropical smells - ruby grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, and a touch of light carmel.

Taste - Hmm, taste is not like the nose at all actually - there is still cittrus, but the flavor is the pith and peels mentioned in the nose, which is still quite nice - grapefruit pith, tart under-ripe pineapple, tart mango skins. There is just a touch of citrus and malt sweetness, and then there is a load of wonderful floral and meadowy hops, nice! The finish on this has some tart citrus, a touch of breadcrust, and grapefruit & tangerine rind.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium bodied, but still a light and crisp mouthfeel. Carb is medium and provides brightness and some nice edges, perfectly ushering the floral hops and slightly bitter finish - ready for the next sip.

Overall - Really a pleasant surprise here, not overly sweet at all, very drinkable and refreshing. The smell was on the sweet side but the taste was all about the brightness and tartness of citrus and tropical fruits, and a wonderful floral hop profile. Glad I purchased a 6xer, a great beer for a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 04:02:39 | More by blackcompg
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 18:49:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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kojevergas

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige-khaki head of nice cream, good thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a nontransparent copper-gold. No yeast particles are visible. Non-opaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy cascade and amarillo hops, evoking pine oil, and citrus. A clean aroma. Indistinct malts. Average strength.

T: Some light cream opens up the brew, exposing us to a clean malt foundation with inconsistent amarillo and cascade hops. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Pine character is limited, leaving floral and bitter qualities to battle. A bit of tangy citrus emerges on the finish/in the third act. A structurally imbalanced brew, but nevertheless a pleasant one. Simple but enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with great creaminess on the opening. Slightly buttery, to its advantage. Good thickness and carbonation. The finish is too dry.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style, though simple and boring. Fans of the style and the hop strains will likely enjoy this one, but there's little here to impress. A solid offering from Grand Teton, but not unique or special. I wouldn't bother getting it again, but I'm glad to have tried it.

High C

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 02:51:37 | More by kojevergas
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 04:39:58 | More by MDDMD
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Offa

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:57:46 | More by Offa
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jar2574

Missouri

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

Orange-yellow beer with excellent lacing. The "sweet" in "sweetgrass" is spot on, more sweet than hoppy. Smell is citrus hops and taste is peachy hops with a touch of lemon in the aftertaste. Tasty, not the best of its kind but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:12:07 | More by jar2574
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ZeeSniper1


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 3.0 - A light copper color. Stringy lace with good retention on the glass. Lots of white fluffy bits floating around in the beer itself.

Smell: 3.5 - A very faint citrus smell. Oranges come to mind.

Taste: 4.0 - Initially some slight bit of grassy grains and malt, then a bite of grapefruit with the same lingering aftertaste.

Feel: 5.0 - Medium bodied with a very nice medium-high carbonation on the tongue is very refreshing.

Overall: 4.0 - Not bad for an APA. The appearance is a bit dirty and the aroma needs a little umph. Taste needs a bit more upfront at the start of the sip as well. Great mouth feel however, still a good beer :D

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 22:10:55 | More by ZeeSniper1
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a big, fluffy white head that lingers.

Smells of soapy, floral grapefruit, think amarillo hop, with notes of citrus zest and some pine.

Taste is bready grapefruit up front that goes into a more citrus/tropical/grapefruit middle and ends on a slightly grassy and floral finish with sweetness. A bit grassy in the finish but not in an unpleasant way, more of a refreshing way. I really like the flavors here.

Medium body with medium carbonation is right on.

This is a great APA/IPA that is fruity, grassy, and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:29:13 | More by TenHornsProud
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EricCioe

Montana

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Topper's in Helena, MT.

This pours a hazy orange with a frothy white head and decent lace. Lots of particulate here from bottle conditioning. On the nose there is ripe orange and caramel with lots of balance between the two. This bottle is 9 months old and had I known that I might not have bought it but the beer smells fine. In the mouth there is a definite malt backbone with caramel but also bread, and then earthy, somewhat rotten orange but pleasant hops above them. The body is medium with a short finish that detracts from the overall picture to me.

Overall this is a decent pale that I would love to try again fresh to see if the finish issues are fixed by going back in time.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 22:11:21 | More by EricCioe
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denver10

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a nice cream colored head and respectable retention. Nice lacing to boot. Just the kind of aroma I want on a beautiful sunny day in the upper '70's; hoppy with a mild but present sweet malt base. Some lemon, grass, and bread. The flavor was not nearly as hop forward as the aroma suggest, which is by no means a bad thing as I really enjoyed it. A nice sweet malt base to this that pairs nicely with the hops, which provide some nice tea like flavor, some pepper, and a touch of lemon. Mildly bitter with the bitterness building up in strength throughout the sip. A wonderfully crisp but creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. I bought this as part of a mixed sixed pack, unsure what I might think of it, and glad I took the chance. A very nice, refreshing APA. A wonderful beer for the warm sunny weather and aside from the ABV drinks like a great session ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 23:20:49 | More by denver10
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Garloosh


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. Look, smell is impressive. The initial taste is great... But the aftertaste is for some reason disappointing, or at least takes away from that "initial greatness".

If I had a day of drinking planned... I would drink 2-3 of these before wanting to switch up to another beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 21:38:17 | More by Garloosh
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Philousa

California

2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imbibed on tap at Harry's Hofbrau on 2/16/2012.

Sits a dark pale, almost amber and somewhat opaque in the glass with a decent head that sticks to the glass a little.Sweet biscuity malt with a hint of sweet hops. Sweet biscuity taste with tart lemon zest and grassy hops. Semi bitterness lingers. very drinkable, a bit on the watery side with a dry finish.

This was as close to a lemonade as an APA should be comfortable with. It was sweet all around, but not really too sweet. I just don't know if I'd want another pint of it. I appreciate the utter lightness of this beer and the hint of lemon, but the hops need to be there more or the malt needs to stand out a little. Interesting, but I'll probably pass next time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 04:35:00 | More by Philousa
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Jonster02

Montana

2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pils glass. one finger foamy head
A- Light pale copper, hanging grains.
S- pretty weak nose, light fruity hops
T- Great malty bitter hoppiness, leaves your pallet with a pretty strong floral bite.
O- average APA, good bitterness, good one or two drinker. Paired great with barbecue beef brisket.
Another solid brew from Grand Teton

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:56:08 | More by Jonster02
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alli4051

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a white head. Head is about a finger high and leaves some wispy lacing. Nose is citrus hops along with some grainy notes. Taste is hoppy tropical fruits up front, grapefruit, and a solid grainy backbone. Medium bodied and crisp. A solid balanced APA with a definite hop presence, my favorite type.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 17:52:01 | More by alli4051
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jcsull

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice orange/amberish color. Pour leaves a 2 finger head which leaves behind a thin layer of soapy looking lacing that sticks to the glass somewhat. Some debris floating around too.

S: Earthy hops, a hit of maltiness, some pine notes.

T: A lot of malt, pretty thick, back end shot of some bitterness, grapefruit rind, pine notes. Decent balance though. Not too strong on the malt, hops don't blow me away either.

M: Meeedium edging on heavy and sticky just about all the way throughout. medium to high carbonation helps the malt go down a little bit easier. LLittle bit of oily hoppy earthy bitterness as an aftertaste.

O: Good, nothing to write home about. Kinda drinkable, but a little overpowering on the bitterness and malt to want to drink more than one. A decent brew though.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:38:38 | More by jcsull
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soju6

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden copper color with a foamy head. Good head retention with nice lacing.

A: Aroma of citrus and fresh grain. Bit of pine and sweetness in the background.

T: Initial taste of grapefruit with a bit of sweetness and fresh grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Nice Pale Ale. goes down pretty easy, good for a few. Nothing fancy just a solid APA.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:41:06 | More by soju6
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed yellow/orange color with a fingers worth of white head. There are some small bubbles for lacing.

The nose has some fruits to it and is earthy with some grassy notes that encompass the hoppy scent. There is some sweet malt balance in there as well.

The taste is quite bitter and has a nice amount of pineapple and mango with some grassiness and sweet malt. Pretty well rounded for the most part.

The mouthfeel is bitter and has a semi-dry finish to it. It is light-medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall, solid APA that has great qualities that I seek in an American Pale Ale. Also, kudos to Grand Teton for making a nice brew in six-pack format.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 22:07:10 | More by ChugginOil
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dbossman

Nebraska

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

A: Cloudy and golden amber with a huge billowing, steady, gorgeous head; this head looks like bread rising in the oven and the lacing is solid

S: A fantastic grassy, citrus hop aroma: lemon rind, tea leaves, grapefruit, marijuana, oranges; some bready undertones; man, this is a nice smelling beer

T: Lots of grapefruit--other citrus too but mostly grapefruit; not as bitter as you would expect from the aroma, which is what you want in an APA; somewhat of a bready base but mostly just a ton of hops

F: A touch thin up front but sticky and oily as the beer goes down

O: MMM; what a great, great hop forward APA; truly one of my favorites

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 05:48:17 | More by dbossman
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.