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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)

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by beernut7 on 08-27-2002

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Photo of kemoarps
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful rich amber with a nice little white head that sticks around. Cloudy with an almost ruby twinge, like tree sap.

Smells crisp and bright. Lemon and green apple, actually, a tart sweetness. Some grass, too, perhaps?

The taste gives up some amber waves of grain, some of that tart lemony bitterness, zesty and... tart is really the word for it. There's an underlying piercing sweetness that seems to draw from the tartness, before giving a bit of a honey on the finish. Decent body, a little bubbly for my preference, but appropriate. The aftertaste is the standard citrusy bitter. As it warms up a bit, it becomes more traditionally bitter, though more of an IPA than an APA. The bitterness is sharp, pine and citrus rind.
All in all it's an interesting and enjoyable drink, though I prefer my pale's a little less tart and a little more... bitter, I guess. Almost gives the impression of a tart blonde. The taste is the weakest link here for me, though it's not unenjoyable by any means. Glad I got to try it, though I don't anticipate reaching for it again in the near future.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange with a white head.

S: Pine, grapefruit peel, orange peel, orange, peach, nectarine, and tropical fruit in the nose. Smells delicious.

T: Lemon, pine, orange, citrus peel, maybe a touch of peach and nectarine.

M: Light side of medium bodied and smooth.

O: While the taste wasn't exactly the same as the nose, or even quite as good, it wasn't what I'd call disappointing. There could have been more substance to the body, but it was definitely good, worth a try, and I would recommend it.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, had at Apple Annie\'s in Florence, SC.
A:pours a rich copper color, 2 finger off white foam head with some large bubbles, stringy lacing, some yeast chunks from bottle conditioning
S: hops, pine, some citrus, biscuit, some spice, might be hard to pick up all the aroma here due to food smell (good) from kitchen.
M: medium body, slight creaminess, hop resin sticking to tongue
T: orange, citrus, grapefruit rind, pine resin, hops are very pronounced
O:great brew and a sesionable choice, +4 stars

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Photo of Gay4IPA
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Brew has a lovely Fragrance - Super Bubbly carbonation that sizzles - fresh crispness - light hoppy musk, deep bitter depths - earthy finish - Prairie home Companion lable design caght my eye and the $1.50 a bottle at a Total Wine - STRAIGHT UP SWEETGRASS - Well Named

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Photo of Bockrules
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with large chunks of white yeast swirling about. Tons of carbonation streams to the three-finger, off-white, rocky head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass at at least one finger. Leaves behind beautiful concentric rings of lacing.

S - Didn't get a chance to smell it upon opening the bottle as the beer came shooting out at me. I'm to blame for this for cellering it for two years. In the glass, I find a nice dose of citrus hops on a biscuity background with hints of spice.

T - Orange and biscuit upfront. The body is a solid blend piney and citrus hops against a cracker and biscuit malt background. Smooth fruitiness and pine flavors as the beer passes over the back of the tongue transitions into pin, gin and citrus notes in the finish. Almost a bit reminiscent of a strong G&T.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. No complaints here, suits the style and flavor profile of the beer well.

I picked this up in a Teton Brewing variety pack while doing field work out at Yellowstone. This was one of my favorite brews from a very competent brewery, and with good reason. Despite being in my closet or garage, this beer still tasted fantastic and had incredible head retention. The light citrus notes and slightly light mouthfeel combine to make this an ideal summer beer for hopheads. Very drinkable, and something I definitely look forward to having again when I move up to northern Colorado next year.

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Photo of evanforbeer
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

#2 from my Colorado sampler (yes this isn't from CO, but I snagged this cause I've always been curious about Grand Teton)

Pours crisp orange with huge white sudsy head and some yeast chunks

Aroma- fairly subdued grassy/resiny hops, tree bark

Taste- hop resin and sweet (lemon) tea, caramel malt, finishes lemony

Feel- standard medium bodied pale

Not a bad pale, the lemony character is refreshing and tasty, though I think the beer as a whole lacks depth

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a bit of sediment. Soapy, sudsy head that lasts the duration of the drinking experience. Good lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of grainy malts and floral, woodsy hops. Amarillo and Cascade are the hop varieties used, and it is no surprise that the hops stand out in the aroma and flavor. In the taste, citrus and lemon tea. Mild spicy, grassy and earthy character. Solid little pale with a lingering bitterness. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Overall this was quite enjoyable. Dusty, resinated hops stick with you.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow.

Toast, piney citrus.

Pine, citrus, grass, floral hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, clean.

Overall, a crushable brew but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Sara and Craus for this one. Bottled on 4/24/13. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a nice hazy orange color with over an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and light-to-moderate lacing.

There were some floral hop notes at the front of the aroma, followed by a light bit of citrus, all on top of some gentle grains. There was a low amount of malt flavor on the tongue, but the floral and citrus hop notes were the main component anyway. The beer had a bitter citrus finish that didn't really push my buttons. In actuality, I found found this beer to more of an IPA than a straight Pale.

The body was the typical medium of the style, that a lot of folks think SNPA defines, I also think that beer is really an IPA too. Drinkability was good, the bottle was gone quickly enough, and I could see having a couple more. Overall, a pretty nice beer that would have gotten a higher numerical score had it been classified as an IPA. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sweetgrass pours a golden amber color with a nice lacing head. There is a mild aroma, with just some floral notes. The taste is slightly floral, and very slightly hoppy, and there is no lingering bitterness. Flavors are detectable, but its rather watery, and the flavors are weak. Overall, by no means is this a bad beer, its just boring and weak.

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Photo of TCMike
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Produced a two finger, off white head, and left decent lacing.

The aroma wasn't very strong, but was nice. It smells of pine, biscuit, and honey.

The taste was very good. not overly bitter, and the honey, and body of the beer makes it nicely balanced.

Mikey likes.

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Photo of MockY
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The smell is surprisingly fresh yet very earthy. It's almost like you would walk down a gravel road, lined with vegetation, just a few minutes after it gently started to rain. It's very pleasant but not at all a road map for how the beer itself tastes like.

It has a surprisingly strong alcoholic taste up front, but fortunately, it quickly morphs into a bitter hops-extravaganza that keeps changing character for a good 10 seconds and finally rests on the tongue as a reminder you just drank something outside the norm. It features a bitterness that stays with you for a while and should most likely be consumed in a slow fashion.

Overall a pleasant beer, but not something I would go out of my way to recommend unless you are curious and running out of beers to test.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a pleasant, mildly hazed golden-orange colour, with a fine, soft head of white that sticks around in a film. Lacing is erratic, but forms pleasantly intricate patterns when it does form. Body is quite hefty, and holds fine carbonation when tilted. Overall, it looks good.

Crumbly lemon tart characters on the nose, some sweet-savoury malt characters and a clean but not pungent or sharp citrus hop aroma. It mellows after a while, maintaining a custardy lemon character, but gaining a slightly more yeasty tone. It's still decent.

Taste is light and clean, with a sharpness through the centre that provides a nice counterpoint to the base, which is broad and again sweet-savoury. Some prickly lemon characters and a metallic bite towards the back. Finish is long with hops, but pleasantly clean otherwise. Overall, it's pretty tasty.

Feel is good. Smooth and pleasant to balance the sharper characters.

Overall, this is a very solid and very tasty APA. It's less aggressive than an IPA, but with the genesis in crisp, biting hop flavours. This drives it forward and provides a very neat and very drinkable package.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a darker yellow and gold, nice 3/4" head on it. Aroma was super grassy, not so much hoppy.

Taste, maybe its just the name, but this really kicks down a sweet and grassy vibe. The hopping is relatively average, but the sweetness of the malt is really the dominant thing going on here. There's some grapefruit like flavor as well. Maybe some peel/rind. Lemongrass. Oftentimes, people describe a beer as dry. This is not. This is grassy wet, sweet and lightly tart.

The mouthfeel is almost sorachi ace like with the hops. A real small amount of caramel. Its not world changingly different, but the slight difference compared to many other hoppy pales is welcome, and makes for a relatively enjoyable beer.

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Photo of spoony
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled February 26, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-An aggressive pour produces an orange-hued, pale golden colored brew. The brew is mostly clear, with some decent bubbles visible. The head is one finger of very-light-khaki foam that drops quickly. Some lacing left behind.

S-This is a pleasant smelling brew. I detect pine, spicy orange and tangerine from the hops, and light, toast from the malts. The nose is nicely balanced and slightly dank and earthy.

T-The taste isn't as robust as the smell. The hops lose some of their citrus and pine complexity, and the malts are more doughy than toasty and sharp. The result is more bitter and grainy, and the flavors get sort-of muddled.

M-The feel is medium to heavy for the style with a fine carbonation that lasts for a while on the palate. It is easily drinkable.

O-The mediocre taste is a bit of a letdown after the nice smell. That being said, this isn't a bad brew. It has a good balance of pale malts and fragrant hops with a pleasant feel that is slightly unique for the style.

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Photo of mntlover
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with some nice floaties must be bottle conditioned big fluffy cream colored head that lasts forever and leaves gobs of sticky lace everywhere. Very good looking brew.

Aroma is sweet malts nice citrus notes lots of pineapple mingled with some green apple and light pine.

Taste is not bad malts are not as sweet as the smell little more earthy, but that's probably from the sediment. some tangy fruits green apple notes with a pine finish for the hops. Not bad Pale Ale but not near as the smell was leading me to believe.

Mouthfeel is only light medium or maybe its the peppy carbonation making it seem lighter.

Overall looks great smells good but fairly average Pale Ale.

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Photo of SammyBrew
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass while enjoying pork chops and turkey legs...sorry guys, just seemed so natural.

A - Finger and a half head, dark straw/amber resin color, beautiful and dense, with lacing from the foam.

S - Lemon, piney hops, malt.

T - Malty start and finish, pine and lemongrass, grapefruit, hops.

M - Medium bodied, tasty toasty bitter citrus, slightly nutty and creamy.

O - Well balanced, hops and citrus, excellent APA in a BOTTLE, never had on TAP but can't wait to try, for now...this is a go to APA, really nice for APA lovers and novice APA folks alike.

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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 thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep autumn orange…tons of fluffy, cream colored head that is lasting…doesn’t look a bit watery, very inviting…(4.5/5)

Smell: All that luscious head covers up most of the aroma, however, afterward I catch whiffs of citrus, earthy, piney hops and sweet/pale malts…(4/5)

Taste: Pale malt beginning…citrus, piney and floral hops do come through in the middle…this isn’t like the normal APA I’ve tried…sweet, pale malt carries through much of the flavor while the hops are playing a complimentary role…with that said, there is lemon, pine and floral hops in the later stages…hops resin all over my tongue…yum! (4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body, with plenty of carbonation…fluff brings some lemon zest and hops bitterness to my tongue, very tasty…it’s crisp, smooth and refreshing...some citrus/floral hops bitterness in the after taste…(4/5)

Overall: It’s a nice surprise (or deviation) from the classic, citrus hop heavy west coast pale ales that are coming out now…the sweet pale malts are flavorful and the citrus/piney hops do bring a nice zest to the situation…really, a nicely worked beer that is very drinkable…in a perfect world, I’d drag a sixer of this around with me while playing a round disc golf and be very happy…tasty! (4/5)

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Photo of fatmusic14
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Not a great one, and not a bad one. It falls right in the middle of the spectrum. With that said, I am partial to IPAs and Pale Ales, so this fits my palate perfectly. It pours very well, minimal lacing, very little head. Smooth, drinkable, really a nice beer. The issues lie within the generic element of this, as it doesn't stand out to me - but nonetheless, certainly worth trying.

I wouldn't go out of my way to find this again.

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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 WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of tripleAlpha
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of scvance
3.88/5  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.

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.