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

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of bcm119
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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.


Photo of emsroth
4.04/5  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.

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of supercolter
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of oldpinecone
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Buebie
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Tolnik
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Shaw
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Wheelinb
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of tr4nc3d
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Photo of beowulf23
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of illidurit
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chill-hazed goldenrod color with a light-beige head of dense foam. Strong honey aroma with some distant citrus fruits, pineapple, slight crystal malt. Flavor is mainly crystal malty iced tea with a light dusting of citrus and a weakly bitter finish. Definitely needs more hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little watery. Decent IPA.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Ithaca shaker glass. Appears a hazed golden copper color with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. Aroma and flavor are of floral, grassy hops, lemon, sweet malts, medium toasted grains, and citrus peels. Around medium bodied with ample carbonation for it's style. certainly worth a try for any IPA fan.

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly chill hazed amber colored ale with a tall white head that doesn't last.

Good hop aroma light malt that I can't really ID, slightly caramel scented. Bitter citrus aroma, mostly Bergamot orange. No real pine in the scent, but plenty of eucalyptus oil.

Starts out sweet and bitter, mostly an herbal bitter bite in the aftertaste. Pretty much stays Bergamot orange bitterness with a little woodiness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pretty drinkable, especially for a low alcohol IPA. Has the taste you need, but not really outstanding, just good.

Photo of minterro
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a glass

A: apple cider color, not clear, a bit coudy with a very weak head to begin with. After a minute just a little foam around the sides of the glass and none in the middle.

S: very sweet purfumy smell as the name implies. hints of citrus and a bit of a more contemporary bitter smell.

T: much more rich and hoppy then it smells. pretty nice and bitter after taste. Pretty stright foward IPA taste. Pretty happy about the combination of sweet smell and shockly bitter taste.

M: a bit more carbonated then i like, but not bad. I thought it looked thicker and less carbonated then it feels, thin-ish body.

D: Not too bad of a beer. Not sure how much it costs, but i would say give it a shot. Drink the first half plain and then drink the rest with a steak, and it coupled will with the steak. Overall an above average beer.

Photo of Spikester
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber with a fat one finger of off white head. Fair amount of lacing. Floral hop and earthy aroma. Taste is rich hop bitterness, some leather, and a good amount of malts giving support. No bottle date and I suspect this is a bit old as the aroma wasn't much. A middle of the road IPA. Will rerate if I can find a fresh example.

Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.