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

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 669
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 49 | 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:
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: 274 | Hads: 669
Photo of jar2574
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (243 characters)

Photo of ZeeSniper1
3.92/5  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 (654 characters)

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Garloosh
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Philousa
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of Jonster02
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
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 (356 characters)

Photo of alli4051
3.8/5  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. (383 characters)

Photo of jcsull
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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 (642 characters)

Photo of pigc
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange with two finger head that fades quickly.

S - Bready malts, sweet pine hops.

T - Initial malt sweetness upfront. Hops seem to be dominated by the sweetness of this brew.

M - Medium body, sweet and sticky.

O - Decent pale ale but definitely not top tier. Glad I received this as an extra but would not seek this one out. Hops seem to have faded. Could be past it's prime. (397 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a massive (2 1/2"+) extremely foamy, slightly red hued head. Slightly cloudy deep amber-orange. Good head retention. Nice lace.

S: Clean spicy, citrusy hops. Woody with a little sweetness.

T: Clean malts and subtle hop characteristics. Bitterness is mellow but very good. There is a nice sweet element, not artificial tasting. Almost a dessert-like PA.

M: Only slightly thick, viscous, oily. Low-medium carbonation.

D: Excellent. A nice break from the uneducated, hop intensive pales out there. (539 characters)

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Nice hazy golden coppery ale with a finger of bubbly head.

S: sweet aroma with a bit of hops coming through to finish. Nice Piney notes.

T: Nice sweet taste hits first and finished with some nice bitter piney hops.

M: Not long lasting bitterness but good carbonation and well balanced.

O: Was actually a really APA. Nothing overpowering here but a great taste and great bitterness. (422 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a dark pale amber color with a one finger almost-white head.

Nose is sweet, grassy (hah!), with floral notes reminiscent of cotton candy and tropical fruits.

Taste is sweet, earthy, and tropical with a slight medicinal flavor. Hops are rather clean, leaving little lingering bitterness.

Crisp, sweet, and slightly slick.

Overall an okay pale ale, but nothing special. Probably won't seek this out again. (443 characters)

Photo of demuzik
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here's a tasty APA. They do a nice job of harnessing hop flavor and malt balance here. It's a surprising 6.5%, you sure can't taste the alcoholic warmth here, it sips more like an average 5 percenter.

I say this brew is a solid APA if that's what you want; nothing to write home about, because everything is somewhat standard, the exceptions being the balance is good and hop flavor is direct and not muddied, whereas the color and appearance of this beer are a tad orange and hazy (could have just been the keg I tried from), but the appearance didn't match the light, mild flavors coming from the drink.

Good, not bad, a one time-tryer if you're wanting a straight forward APA. (681 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This APA was served in a pint glass, from a bottle, it poured a clear amber color, produced a average off white head, decent retention and lacing left behind. The aroma is nice with piney citrus hops at the forefront. Nice malty and fresh bread aromas as well. Medium in body, sweet toasted malt base, caramel, citrus and piney hops. Great session beer- nice example of an APA> (380 characters)

Photo of quaybr
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange. Big head that dissipates rather quickly.

Estery aroma. Floral hops and caramel malts provide an overall sweet smell - kind of a cherry candy scent.

Same esters come through on the tongue. Bitter hops are just that, and they seem to linger peculiarly long. Not a particularly clean finish given the style. Malts are overpowered by the hops.

The feel is my favorite part of this beer. Good carbonation, good build.

Overall, I'm not really impressed by this ale. Strange taste and aftertaste. Looks and feels pretty, though. (555 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a DFH signature glass. Beer is amber with a mild haze, white head, small bubbles, low lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is piney and earthy in hops, mild malt. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body, malty sweet up front but the midpalate is this nice sulfury, pine hop presence that is nice followed by a moderate / mild bitterness. Overall a decent little pale ale, I'd have it again. (412 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy golden orange, almost looks like it has pulp in it. Lace hangs on the side of the glass.

S-citrus fruit, grapefruit, mild hops, grassy

T- grapefruit/citrus, has some sweetness mixed with the hop bitterness. Grassy overtones. Why do I keep comparing beer to the taste of grass ? Its not like eating grass is a common occurrence for me. Beer is.

M - Strangely smooth for the hop bite the beer has. It finishes crisper, with decent carbonation. But it feels slightly flat initially.

O- decent APA , heavy on the hops, refreshing but not extraordinary. (570 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden with a thick long lasting white head. One solid ring of lacing.
S- It smells quite sweet, sugary even. There is a fruity aroma to it. Both a yeasty and hoppy fruityness.
T- Initially it's fruity with a peach and orange flavor to it. It gets a bit too sugary in the end.
M- The sugaryness lasts on the tongue. Low carbonation.
O- It's an ok pale, but the sugary sweetness was a bit excessive. (407 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/6/11

Pours a beautiful semi hazy orange with a finger and a half of creamy egg shell white head. Great retention, some pretty good rings of lacing.

Sweetgrass has the aroma of just that, sweet grass, along with some citrus hops and some earthy undertones. The aroma is pretty subtle in my opinion. I was really hoping for some more hops....

Biscuity up front with some citrus hops that make their way into the taste with some subtle pine hops rounding of the taste.

Light to medium in body with ample amounts of carbonation. Goes down very smooth with a semi drying hop finish.

Overall, this was a nice APA out of their sample pack my parents brought me back from their vacation. Not anything that I would go looking for by any means, but still a tasty pale ale. I would have prefered it to be a little bolder, but I feel like this would be going down just right on an afternoon by the Tetons. (911 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely lit orange liquid with a finger of the white stuff....The smell is awesome, and this is why, it smells of bud. Not bud light but MJ. Like a backwoods piney resin blunt. Mild hops on the tongue, a smooth weedy flavor with some base malts and new cut grass. Mouthfeel lends a medium body with comfortable fuzzy carbonation. Overall, session beer flavor here! (363 characters)

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