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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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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | 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:
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 OlRasputin989


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: pours a small 1 finger head, even when poured aggresively. dusty-gold color, really hazy, with alot of small bits of sediment floating around. head fades soon and leaves small spots

S: earthy aromas of lemon, grapefruit peel, pine, and white bread.

T: bready upfront, with citrus(orange, grapefruit peel, lemon) pine sap, and more earthiness as it fades to a sharp grapefruit juice and orange peel.

M: medium body, low carbonation then gains a piney resin and off-dry finish

Overall, this is a pretty fair IPA. It displays some qualities of good AIPA: citric and piney hop taste and aromas, crispy bitterness, and decent lacing. There were some disappointing aspects of this beer however. The head and carbonation are lacking and the aroma is light. Still, a good beer and worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 06:56:27 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of brownbeer


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

Pretty typical looking IPA, has a hint of orange and grapefruit/flowery hops in the nose.

The taste is fresh and well balanced with floral hops and yeast, as there is quite a bit of sediment in the glass, I'll have to pour this one more carefully next time. The malt is there to balance but doesn't contribute a whole lot to the flavor. Flavorful and very drinkable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 01:07:12 | More by brownbeer
Photo of alleykatking


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

Poured from 12oz bottle. I do believe I got this in a trade with mjl21. Thanks for everything Mike!

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden orange/amber color. Ncie 1 and a half finger white head that stays for a short while. Nice skirted lacing on the glass as I drank down.

S- Light caramel malt backbone in this. Citrus hops bring the bigger hop bill in the nose. Lighter grassy hops in the back of it. Nothing is very big but still smells very good.

T- The malts play a bigger part with this IPA. This isn't a bad thing. Nice biscuty sweet malt in the front followed by a sweet citrus burst of hops. This comes through to a light bitter finish from some earthy hops. Nothing special but this taste is good nevertheless.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Had a little watery feel in the mouth. Citrus hops are left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Clean tasting for the most part. No real off flavors.

D- Nice IPA to sit with a relax. There is nothing to overpowering and this makes it a good sipping IPA. Nice job with making this. Simple but good!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:25:49 | More by alleykatking
Photo of seanbhudson


4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with 3/12/09 bottle date. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a medium off-white head. Moderate lacing.
Light aroma of citrus (orange / grapefruit) and sweet malt. Flavors of mango come out as the beer warms.
Orange / grapefruit citrus and grainy malt. Also a bit of pine and grass. Tropical flavors come out as the beer warms.
Medium body with smooth texture and crisp finish. Moderate fizzy carbonation.
A very drinkable IPA. Gets better and more complex as it warms. I think they skimped on the aroma hops but a good every day American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 17:41:52 | More by seanbhudson
Photo of callmescraps


3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on a whim.

Appearance - A nice bright copper with two inches of white soapy head. Very nice.

Aroma - Nice light hops. Some good citrus and a strange funkiness that I can pin down. Fresh cut grass. Some caramel malt.

Taste - Follows the smell, in a strange way. There is a real sweetness up front, with that grassiness following. Very astringent as well. The "tea-like" description is apt. Sweet graininess.

Mouthfeel - Nice and light. Crisp.

Drinkability - This goes down pretty smooth. The sweet graininess detracts somewhat.

This is a nice, interesting beer. A pretty easy drinker, altho the strange sweetness is off-putting. Sort of hard to describe, but less than desirable.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 04:52:20 | More by callmescraps
Photo of portia99


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with grgas. Thanks Josh. Poured into a Harpoon IPA tumbler.

A - Pours a hazy amber gold with a thick 2 fingers of cream colored head that has good staying power. Light, uneven lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity aroma, smells a little like lemon flavored Arizona iced tea. A touch of earthy hops and a decent dose of caramel malt. Not especially hoppy in the nose.

T - On the malty side of balance. Sweet malt with fruity hops. Not too much bitterness in here. The iced tea aroma continues into the flavor. Definitely a tea like flavor and lemony notes with it. Seems more of an American pale ale instead of an IPA.

M - Light to medium in body and medium in carbonation as well. Sits on the tongue for just an instant...just a touch of viscosity. Fairly smooth feeling.

D - Smooth and easy...a good session IPA. Think this bottle has a little age on it, would love to try a super fresh one to compare. Overall good beer, but doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 17:46:09 | More by portia99
Photo of bcm119


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy peachy-amber color with lots of yeast chunks. A fine white head sticks to the glass and leaves lace all the way down the glass.

Aroma is sweet grain and grassy hops. Begins with light grain flavors, some tart green fruit, and then becomes grassy with moderate bittering hops. Slightly yeasty. Grass and hay are prominent, and the grainy flavors get a little husky towards the back. Not a terrible beer, but not very good either, and probably not a beer I'd buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 22:00:29 | More by bcm119
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a cloudy, copper color with lots of suspended yeast. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, slight sweet malt, alcohol, slight sweet citrus, and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of alcohol, sweet malt background, slight earthy malt, hint of caramel malt, and slight citrus in the finish. Overall, a rather tasty APA; good blend and body.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 03:30:40 | More by Tone
Photo of Jmoore50


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All of Grand Teton's hoppier brews have a 'fruity pebble' taste that I cannot really stand. This one is a bit mellower, but I am sure that it comes from the strain of hops that they use.

The appearance is a good golden color with a white head that leaves without a trace. No real lacing.

The smell is nice sweet hops. Great smell.

The taste is good, but still a sugary fruit taste that hurts my teeth. Kind of an empty mouthfeel and body. Real watered down in my opinion.

The brew is good, but I had to try it out because of its recent award at the 09 GABF.


Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 21:38:38 | More by Jmoore50
Photo of emsroth

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: Amber with hues of orange. A chunky white head. A nice thick haze...boy do i love my beers unfiltered

Smell: Fruity and bitter american hops. I was never a fan of smelling the bitterness. But the aroma of citrus fruit is rather inviting.

Taste: A near perfect IPA flavor. Low in malt, but the bitterness is perfectly balanced and leaves no unpleasant aftertaste. It's an overall light flavor, but the wonderful bitterness weighs heavily on the score.

Full, refreshing mouthfeel with good carbonation to match.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 20:22:04 | More by emsroth
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a nice lacing pattern

Smell: Subtle, but distinct, grapefruit character

Taste: A bit biscuity up front, but then there is a burst of citrus, followed by a more resinous aspect; after the swallow, the sweetgrass effect takes over, providing a nice foil to the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing a well-balanced APA; not earth shattering or extreme, but very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 22:52:33 | More by brentk56
Photo of supercolter


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly decent IPA, but a bit weak. Appearance is good, nice coppery color with some head and lacing. Smell and taste are quite close, not a lot of malt- but what's there is slightly sweet with some hops that are very citrusy. Mouthfeel is good and oily with sligh carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 01:55:56 | More by supercolter
Photo of ChopperSmith


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

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy and deep golden, almost amber, in color. One finger of off white foam that didn't last long, but left nice sticky lacing as it settled to a thin layer of creamy foam throughout.

Smell: Pine and citrus scents from the very floral hops. A little malt and grain hidden behind the hops.

Taste: Very nice grapefruit hops up front with a little bready maltiness. Slightly bitter on the finish, but not overpowering like some IPA's.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a nice crisp carbonation on the tongue. Works well with the hop forward flavor profile.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and love the hop profile and subdued hop bitterness of this IPA. Would definitely drink more and do a session with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 21:51:21 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of oldpinecone

New York

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale amber/copper with a decent finger and a hlaf head that disipates very quickly.

Smells very malty almost biscuity for an IPA. I bit of light flower aroma but very faint. Not a whole lot going on for the smell.

Taste was ok...way to malty. The hops kick more in the after taste. Its an odd feeling. Its a bit too sweet. NEED MORE BITTER.

Very thin and a a bit flat.

Decent if your just getting into IPA's and need a starter. This could be a nice camping beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 22:22:20 | More by oldpinecone
Photo of gatornation


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

pours a clear bronze color nice head and lacing.. smell is floral citrus and sweet malt.. the taste is a sweet grassy piney and malty ipa..kinda light but tasty i will buy it again not the best ipa but recommended..easy to drink with a good ipa flavor

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 23:04:23 | More by gatornation
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

Poured a crystal-clear golden amber with a sizable foamy white head. Nose is floral and grainy. Taste is cascade hop bite with pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is light. Pretty drinkable. Sordove thin bodies overall and the ABV is 6.5?? A decent IPA and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:13:54 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Buebie


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this brew a couple months ago at a beer fest. I see it is now distributing to MN, had to grab a 6'er because I enjoyed it at the fest. The six pack set me back $8, a bit spendy, compared to Torpedo and other which as $7.

Poured from a 12oz brown long neck bottle into a pub glass. Producing a 1'' foamy white head. Settling to leave very thick sticky lace, distributed enenly all around the glass. As it sipped, the lace has left some nice rings most of the way down. Retention is a thicker collar.
Color is a light copper, this is pretty transparent for a bottle conditioned brew. It has the look of filtering.

Aroma is a bit grassy, mimicing the lable pretty well. Mild pine and grapefruit, not much hop aroma outside of that, kinda lacking actually for an ipa. Cereal grains are present with a sweet malt aroma.

Hops pick up a bit more into to flavor, actually allot more.
Starting out sweet with a spicie wood like flavor, almost swadust like. Then into the swallow hops begin their puckerwork. A touch of aspirin, alot of good pine bitters here, mingling with aspirin and spice.

Interesting take on the style. Definatly a nice change from some of the hop bombs that are all about grapefruit. This one has a nice, welcome change. I'm guessing there is some amerillo in there.

Mouthfeel is slick with carbonation tickle and a light crisp feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 22:40:59 | More by Buebie
Photo of Tolnik


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

This non-filtered golden brew was poured into a pint glass. The aroma of "sweet grass". The smell comes of a sweet hops and a grassy tone. The taste follows suit that of the sweetness, coming of malts with a balance of hops that gives a bite to the beer. Not to aggressive but there none the less.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 07:13:28 | More by Tolnik
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark orange in color with a big two finger head that lasts a while. Light lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and a hint of bitterness is all that is detectable.

Taste: mild bready profile with some caramel, soft grapefruit tones, and a decent bitterness. There is a mild woody tone that arrives late with this one.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short and focuses on the bitterness lingering around.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one. Worth giving this a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 11:19:35 | More by Gavage
Photo of Shaw


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle in West Yellowstone before heading into the national park.

It's almost orange in color with a big white, sticky head.

It has a hoppy aroma, but with balanced malt notes.

It's nicely bitter and hoppy, with big citrus hop flavors. Not balance, but who cares? Lots of fresh hop flavors, too.

A good body, far from watery.

This is a good IPA, and one for hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 17:21:43 | More by Shaw
Photo of Wheelinb


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

Was picking up some beer today and spotted this one. Copper color and a nice head. It smelled slightly sweet and a little earthy. All I tasted were hops, and it was not a big bitter taste, just right in the middle for an IPA. That made this beer very drinkable. Others sampled as well and the conclusion was this was a good beer, just not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 14:42:56 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of tr4nc3d


2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12fl oz bottle into my pint glass. Says it was bottled on 10/16/08, so this is way and I mean way past its time. I forgot to check the date as I bought it, oh well though, lets see how it turns out.

Pours a light hazy copper color with a rocky slightly off-white two inch head. Great head retention that never fades leaving a foam of island in the middle and soapy lacing all over the sides of my glass.

Slight citrus apricot smell comes to the nose with hints of floral notes. Caramel malt is noticeable with a slight funkiness/musky earth smell.

Taste has faded a lot since the bottle on date which was not to my surprise. I still get a little bit of a hop bitterness that is very mild but overall a slight caramel malt backbone is at all noticeable. This has made it seem very watery and bland.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery and low on carbonation.

Well the date surely played a factor and I will look for a fresher bottle, but for what its worth this is a let down.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 23:34:34 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of jeffjeff1


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

This was a very nice IPA. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be drinking it again.

Appearance- reddish amber, transparent

Smell- hoppy

Taste- very hoppy, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel- medium body

Drinkability- very drinkable, thoroughly enjoyed it, will be drinking it again

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 05:00:05 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of beowulf23


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found Sweetwater to be a pleasant experience. The beer has grassy notes on the nose. A sweetness when first hiting the tongue. And a hoppy and tangy finish. The color is a bit cloudy in the glass. The nose was very light. But mine came out of the fridge so it may have been a bit too cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 23:04:42 | More by beowulf23
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 22:39:06 | More by koopa
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.