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

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 648 | Reviews: 275
Photo of NickBus
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale reddish copper color. Maybe more like light amber, actually. Really excellent head and lacing that stick around right down to the last drop.

Crisp piney hops with a mild maltiness and a surprisingly smooth finish. A bit of citrus in there too. It's an underwhelming beer in some ways, but there's some kind of really bodacious kind of woodsy or grassy tinge to the aroma and that lingers on your palate after a drink. I'm really digging it.

People are saying this beer is "mild," but I'm not sure I totally agree. It doesn't kick you in the teeth the way some IPAs do, but it has a respectable bite to it.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks n8dietz, u da man.

Mild haze with a sunshiney copper and medium amber. Nice head, weak foam, and good bubbling.

Nice orange and earthy hops aroma and some sweet white bread toast.

The taste starts with some fresh harvested barely, untoasted mixed with orange peels. The middle is toasted and grainy. The finish is just a little grass and orange groves with a more dry biscuit flavor.

Not bad, worth a try for an AIPA fan.

Photo of WYVYRN527
2.64/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB stem.

A: Pours a hazy amber to orange hue, with little carbonation that settles to a thin film on the surface. Head retention is mediocre, and lacing is the same. I understand this is an unfiltered IPA, but the amount of floaties turns me off.

S: Some floral notes and honey, with just a hint of fruit and pine in the backround.

T: Same as the smell, only more dull. Some caramel and honey, with flowery hop tones and a hint of citrus.

M: Medioum bodied. It's what the mouthfeel of an IPA should be like, but without the flavor.

D: I would steer clear of this one. The other beers I have sampled from Grand Teton were pretty decent, but this one just does not do it for me.

Photo of DrewHodges
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5/21/10 tasting; bottle poured into pint glass.

A--clear yellow-golden, big foamy head, irregular shape, good retention;

S--sweet floral hops and honey;

T--sweet taste with bitter hop finish, but a little weak for overall hop presence;

M--medium carbonation, a little weak and watery but smooth;

D--highly drinkable. Not a tremendous IPA if you're looking for a big hoppy one, but pretty great-tasting session beer

Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Total Wine and More back at the beginning of January for $1.49.

Beer poured a golden orange with a huge billowy head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is similar to a wheat beer as there is some lemony sweetness present. Taste is sweet up front, light malt backbone, hop finish is citrusy with a nice touch of mango. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated. Drinkability is good. It is definitely the mango finish that makes this beer for me. Nice sippin brew, definitely will not overwhelm your palate at 58 ibu.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep orange with a fair bit of haze and a lot of floaties. Head is a rocky tan foam and about three fingers in height. This is good, but I don't usually expect this quantity and size of particles of detritus in my IPAs.

Smell: very funky and spicy hop aromas. I can't really identify the malt under all the funk, but it's not too bad.

Taste: sweet malt with a little sour acidity. Hops are earthy, funky and quite citrusy. I feel like there are good flavors here, but they are not well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation. Acidity adds a little astringency, but it's not too bad.

Drinkability: overall, not too bad. This might be quite good with a sweetish meal; something with peanut sauce, maybe.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a czechvar glass.

Pours a dark straw, good clarity with a one finger head that dies immediately and leaves little stick.

Aroma is of tannic grain and light hops. Grain is slightly sweet and toasty. Hops are light and slightly floral.

Flavor is of earthy husky hops. Grain takes a backseat. Hops are totally chinook and amarillo in style. Dank and intensely herbal, they give off a "just bit a pine cone" flavor. Hops flavor tastes toasty as well, like burnt wheat toast. Hops are weak and the grain is even weaker, but interesting.

Mouthfeel is decent. Carbonation is soft and there is a slight fullness to the beer. Not bad at all.

Overall, this beer reminded me of a severely watered down Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum. The hop flavor was similar but eaker, and the malt followed.

Photo of tavernjef
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale medium golden yellow color with lots of floaties within its murky glow. A small capping of ivory foam skips across the top briefly. Some spotty lacing along with a few tiny strings graze upon the glass.

Aroma is mostly of leafy hops and quite pungent with some softer floral attributes and a twist of sweetened lemon for good measure. It's decent on the nose; albiet one dimensional.

Flavors are mildly toned down to a paled lemony pounce across some dryish puffy leafyness touched with floral herbalness. It drys off at the center with light Munich, Crystal, biscuit, and caramel malts tenderizing underneath with a simple and delicate balance allowing the dry leafy hops to do there thing. However, much like the aroma the one dimensionality of its taste is a bit boring. There's a bit of spice and pep to it late in the finish which is nice. But there's something lacking in hoppy punch and complexity thats not really doing much for me.

Smooth medium body with a light spicey and floral spice to its hoppy dry puff. Low bitterness levels as it sides with very low eneded, paled down lemon and some malty sweetness.

An OK IPA, not great nor average, some where inbetween. Perhaps a good starter brew for those looking to gravitate from milder pale ales to something with a bit more floral spicey hops.

Photo of CHSLBrew
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Thickly hazy dark amber beer w/ a few floaties. Off-white head was good looking off the pour, retaining nicely and exhibiting extensive lacing. The floaties was really the only negative about the appearace, so that characteristic is not really decreasing the appearance score for this rating.

S-Resiny and piney hop aromas.

T-Piney, resiny hop flavor is slick, over a toasty, nutty sweetness. Hop flavor is not overpowering and could prbably use just a bit more steam. Bitterness is assertive, but as with the hop flavors, not overwhelming.

M-Moderate carbonation didn't really drive this beer forward. Flabby, medium-thin body is missing something pizzazzy.

D-The feel of the beer really seems to have detracted from its drinkability. Not a bad IPA, but not really a great one.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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.

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!

Photo of seanbhudson
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of callmescraps
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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.

Photo of bcm119
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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 -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.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +8.3%
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%
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 -1.3%
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.

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.

Photo of oldpinecone
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -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.

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