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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: 562
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
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 HoustonTX


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sweetgrass, that's a nice name for an IPA.
Let's check it out.

Pours a hazy golden orange. Frothy white head, and lots of carbonation streams going on. The smell is quite balanced and reminds me of Yulesmith. A lot of malty sweet balance, with underlaying floral/herbacous hops. The taste is quite like the smell. Once again strongly malt balanced. Loads of malty caramel sweetness upfront. Midway, the hops catch your palate and strike with a piney/citrusy bitterness. This joins perfectly with the malt, and allows balance throughout. Finishes with the hops lingering and the malt slowly fading. "You will get some hop burps from this one"
Mouthfeel a bit on the light side, with a tangy carbonation spike.

This in my opinion is one of the more perfect session IPA's I have encountered. It's truly a shame it's not readily available in my area. This is an excellent IPA.

I love the overall flavor scheme of this beer. It's quite unique in it's blending, yet stays true to the style. This is an excellent offering out of Idaho. Thank you Wasatch for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 22:42:26 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of flexabull


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #200

Finally got taste a beer from Idaho... thanks Wasatch!

Pours a light gold color, a bit of haze, and a nice looking white head, with some lacing.

Smells a bit bitter with some grapefruit aromas.

Beer tastes a lot like grapefruit. Wow... interesting... Beer is crisp, dry, and finishes with that really familiar bitter grapefruit flavor. It's not overpowering, or bad, it's just... different. There is a tinge of malt sweetness noticed at the end of a taste.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty well rounded, tastes linger well too.

This beer scores for being interesting. I enjoyed it, and would like to have it again and share it with others to see what they think. It's light, but flavorful. Good effort from Grand Teton.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 02:03:22 | More by flexabull
Photo of Wasatch


3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An aggresive pour of golden yellow, nice carbonation, nice one plus finger foamy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of slight hops, sweet malts, and slight citrus. The taste is not really hoppy at all, slightly bitter/dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, not an IPA I would buy again I think.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 02:28:56 | More by Wasatch
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a mug out of the fridge; given about 30 minutes to warm up. Picked up in a trade from JohnGalt1 - thanks!!

A - Pours a clear copper with golden highlights; a medium off-white head popped up pretty quickly, then melted away to only a slight ring with little lacing around the glass.

S - Earthy tones up front, but eventually blends with hops. Backed up nicely by lemon and a slight detection of honey. No one scent seems to dominate the aroma.

T - A smooth honey flavor leads to the hoppy backbone, but I also get a taste of melon in the background. Was expecting more of a tart citrus accompaniment, but a sweet (not too-sweet, though) melon flavor keeps coming through in the end. A very nice bittersweet ending!

M - Body more on the lighter side, but it's masked by the good carbonation. Crisp finish with the sweet bitterness previously described...no better way to put it.

D - I ended up really enjoying this beer. At first I wasn't sure, but it really grew on me. Alcohol is hidden very well also...extremely easy to drink. Thank you very much Johngalt1!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 22:39:28 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of dfried


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish amber in color, large frothy white head. The aroma was citrusy and floral with some balancing malt, quite fresh and herbal. In the flavor there was a fair dose of hops, balanced well with almost a biscuity caramel-like malt. The hops were citrusy, like orange slice and grapefruit, and quite grassy and herbal as well. Maybe even some peach and white grape too. Definitely an American IPA, but with an herbal Teaton twist. It was pretty good, I would get it again if I were in the area, but probably not worth putting a lot of effort into seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 23:57:58 | More by dfried
Photo of warriorsoul


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to JoshD for this one...
Golden copper in color with a full finger of white head...most of which goes bye-bye fairly quickly, but leaves some thin lacing that coats the glass nicely.
Tea leaves in the nose with a touch of citrus.
This is one solid IPA...not overly sweet and quite bitter up front and in the finish...Sweetgrass is a clever name as there is a definite earthy, wet hop flavor that I am really enjoying.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and right for the style...carbonation mellow and just adds to the mouthfeel.
Goes down real easy...finishes very clean and the 6.5% is well hidden.
Would love to be chillin' at the brewery sucking a few of these down...maybe someday.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 00:28:35 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of russpowell


4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy (with some floaty bits) honey color & a rocky 1.5" white head. Floaty bits never cleared, no biggy. Good Head retention & some lacing

S: Huge piney/grapefruity nose, fades a little as the beer warms

T: Huge hop tea presence, pine, pepper & lemon! Good malt profile files in along with a nice warming alcohol feel. Bicuitty flavors fill in the hop attack as it warms. Finished hoppy & fruitty,& dry

MF: Slightly oily feel with a medium body, & great carbonation, superbly balanced

Drank too easy, the abv wasn't an issue. I loved this IPA! Another winner from grand teton

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 04:03:45 | More by russpowell
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, but absolutely no head. Maybe I had it too cold in the fridge, but no head.
Smell of hops, citrus and biscuit. At first sip I had to re-examine the bottle cuz it tasted a bit like an unfiltered wheat. But then the hops came alive.
Good bite to it, nice balance. Just enough sweetness to tame the hops. However, a bit thin. Would like to see it with more body.
Still, could drink it easily.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 19:57:39 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of FightingEntropy


3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very clean, high hop aroma coming off the top of the white, airy head that held well and fell with a bit of lace. The aroma is strong, grassy, and pleasant, but not much else in it from the malt. Smells like a single hop or a very well integrated hop use. Strong enough IPA that the hop lingers on the palate for a quite a while. There a light sweetness in the malt, but understated compared to the hop character. The clear golden amber beer is very light in the mouth, just a bit watery, and very drinkable. Overall, very nice, and I'd order it on tap if I saw it to see if the hops would smooth a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 02:04:30 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is a mix of sweet crystal malt, toasted grain and some fruity hop notes. The malt is certainly the single biggest part of this beer right now, it really almost perfectly captures a caramelized crystal malt character.

There is quite a bit more hop character in the flavor, though it still does not drown out the still quite noticeable malt character. The beer starts with a nice bite of hop character that slowly ramps up through to the finish, where it becomes a nice solid bitterness. Sweet notes of caramelized malt are found throughout this beer, in fact it adds just as much character as the bitterness does. this beer has almost has a perfectly equal balance of malt and hop. The crystal malt flavors seem to accentuate some of the hop character a bit, especially accenting a nice citrusy orange note. There also seems to be a touch of menthol like pine to this beer.

All in all this is a tasty brew, but I can't quite help thinking that a beer with this amount of malt character could use a whole lot more hops in the brew kettle. This is perhaps not what one looks for in an IPA these days, but it makes for a really quaffable brew. It seems to finish a bit thin as the beer warms up though.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 03:14:03 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of bgraney


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an impressive honey/amber color with a full, fluffy white head.
Citrusy aroma with a balanced hop presence. Definitely an ipa but not extremely hoppy.
Strong initial citrus taste with a delicious lingering hop after taste.
Very drinkable. Doesn't have the extreme hop presence of some of the monster ipa's so you can keep going with these.
I love a big hop presence and this is slightly subdued but I think this ranks amongst the best of the ipa's.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 15:25:26 | More by bgraney
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A golden yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a small creamy white head and some lace. The aroma starts with a resinous piney character. But has an unpleasant murky musty note in the backgound. The taste starts piney but goes tealike quickly. The finish leaves a metalic taste on the roof of your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 21:06:03 | More by ybnorml
Photo of Bitterbill


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a medium gold with a good sized head of foam that dissipated slowly but stayed through out the session.

The smell has hoppy and earthy notes.

The taste is a good balance of malt and hops..some sweetness from the malt and the hops give a grassy and lemony flavour but it's not bitter.
I've had this many times before and it's quite tasty.

Bottom line: A solid IPA that is kind of a "mild" example of the style and certainly at least worth trying and could be found to be revisiting. ;^) I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 22:17:03 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of IntriqKen


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a smokey light amber with light carbonation....small head dissipating to a fine, ever so fine lacing that follows down the glass as you drink it.
Aroma is lightly citrus (lemony) and lightly hops.
A milder IPA, the hops don't knock you back but they are definately there...sort of a sweet bitterness as I sense more orange peel than grapefruit in the taste although it dries nicely to a hops-grapefruit quenching aftertaste.
Alcohol is un-noticable...at least going down.
Feels like it would session very well or work as a nice break-in beer before turning to a more serious hop.
Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 22:56:20 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Oxymoron


3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Time to mow the sweetgrass.  Poured a lighter shade of brown with notable brown and golden hues.  Mostly clear with light hazing.  Decent head that lasted most, but not all, of the sampling.  Limited lacing as well.
The smell was light and more of a malt tone for an IPA.  The malt had a sweeter aroma with caramel and a bready somewhat brown sugar quality to it.  Some hops are there but subtle.  Grassy and blended earthy, citrus fragrances mostly.

The taste is more of a sweet malt taste then having a stronger hops flavor. Overall the general taste is subtle. The malt flavor is sweet with limited caramel notes and a more grainy and sugary taste to it. Almost honey like. The hops are light in bitterness but bring a calming lemon taste that is followed with a grassy flavor.

The texture is light and could use more body and if we are going to call it an IPA, definitely more hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 04:37:47 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of OliasOfSunhillow


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a perfectly good "session" IPA. As another reviewer mentioned, this one does lurk in the liminal space between IPA and APA, meaning that it's easier to drink than lifting Ruinations all night but has a more pronounced hop presence and higher ABV than your usual pale ale. Pleasant, not overbearing in any way. Tastes especially good on draft at the Wolf in Driggs, ID.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 05:41:20 | More by OliasOfSunhillow
Photo of DogFood11


3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not your typical IPA to say the least.

Creamy head (that doesn't sound to bad but back to the review) with continental lacing. well supported by a a fine carbonation. Orange body.

The smell is what sets this apart from other IPA's in uniqueness. This has some floral/perfume qualities that are not annoying in the least. Offset by a sweetness and a sublte hop profile.

Hops are pretty mellow which once again is fine but when you back it with a sweet malt it just isn't all that complex or interesting. Its pretty smooth in the mouthfeel and drinkability department. Candied in the middle and bitter in the end. Carbonation is medium and the body is creamy and supports the profile to the T.

Notes: This is unique and a nice addition to the style. Gotta go with a NO on making this a stable type offering. There are much better IPA's brewed in the same price range and in some cases (Green Flash) even cheaper. Shameless plug for my favorite IPA at this moment.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 02:47:41 | More by DogFood11
Photo of germaniac


3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark peach, a few shades darker than gold on the color wheel. Lacing left it's trail down the sides of my glass.

Smell is more hop-focused than anything, giving of a nice floral scent. Nothing too complex here.

Taste is a small hop bite with a smooth malt followup. Fades off into no-flavor country pretty quickly. Fairly boring compared to the other choices available to me at my local beer stores. Nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 08:56:03 | More by germaniac
Photo of GClarkage


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/05/05- Purchased at a random liquor store in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy golden pour, 3/4 inch white head and excellent lace.

Smell- Pretty heavy dose of sweet candied fruits and a dash of lightly toasted malt.

Taste- Pretty well rounded. Not the bitterness I was looking for, but has a definite sweetness, caused both by the fruity hops and the malt.

Mouthfeel- Typical carbonation for an IPA.

Drinkability- Another well balanced IPA that doesn't have a real hop kick. Pefectly decent session brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 14:09:00 | More by GClarkage
Photo of hero27


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Newly stocked at my favorite local store..thought I'd try some because I'll use any excuse to try a new IPA.

Pours a fairly clear golden yellow color..a bit unimpressive for an IPA. Need a pretty strong pour to get any head at all, but when you do, it leaves webs of lacing on the glass. Pretty nice hop character in this one..a bit surprising, actually. Multiple hop varieties make a very quaffable and a great summer IPA. Thirst-quencing and pretty damn good.

I like the added ABV. At 6.5%, this is a not a weak one, and deserving of being characterized as an IPA. Hoppy beers that are 4-5% and claim to be IPAs just aren't what they should be. Not necessarily worthy of searching out, but worth a try if you stumble upon it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 01:39:21 | More by hero27
Photo of tgbljb


3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Entered the glass as a medium amber liquid that produced an attractive white head.Smell is great for hops with a floral note. Taste brings out more of the hoppiness and ioncreases my enjoyment of the beer. Finish is nice and dry. A very good beer but nothing spectactular..

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 01:08:52 | More by tgbljb
Photo of LongBeachHopHead


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweetgrass IPA:
Serving type in a 12 oz. bottle.
Appearance is a light amber color consisting of light head with little sticking power.
Smell is mild and sweet. Not much hop presence at all.
Taste is of mild hops and a bread-like sweet finish. This beer goes down fairly smoothly. Not bad but could use more hops!
Mouthfeel is a crisp light feel with some sweetness to it.
Drinkability is average. For an IPA I would expect a higher presence of hops. This beer is a lighter style IPA that needs to boil longer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 03:11:40 | More by LongBeachHopHead
Photo of SheepNutz


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kev for this Idaho brew! 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a hazy medium orange color with one finger of head. Just a touch of lacing. The smell is slightly hoppy, with some citrus notes. A good amount of biscuit malt coming through in the nose. The taste is malty at first, with more of that biscuit malt coming through. There's a good citrus bite on the finish. It's fairly well balanced. The mouthfeel is decently thick, and the drinkability is good. A decent IPA!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 01:13:40 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of kmpitz2


3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a pale golden color with a small head that falls to a small ring over the brew. The nose is mostly caramel malt, with a small blast of citrusy hop. Overall, its very weak for an IPA. The flavor is also fairly lack-luster. slight sweet caramel malts with just a hint of sweet citrusy hop in there. Pedestrian. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Its easy to drink, but not for the right reasons. Definately not something I would have again. Very average.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 01:13:32 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of rowew


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. No beer info or freshness date on the label.

Appearance: Bright yellow orange color with a medium haze. Nice frothy looking head. Head fades to leave a nice lacing on the top of the beer and the sides of the glass.

Smell: Aroma is a bit towards the malty side for an IPA, with a soft sweet smell balanced by some citrusy hops. Definitely inviting.

Taste: Nice and dry, with a good blend of the typical west coast hops. Slightly more subdued than other IPAs, with a bigger malt balance.

Overall impression: Very drinkable - this might be right on the border between IPA and APA. Either way, I enjoyed it, and it is a great spring/summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 23:06:16 | More by rowew
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.