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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)

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by beernut7 on 08-27-2002

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Photo of tayner
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my unibroue snifter

Poured a orange/gold hazy color with a nice large white head that left a ton of sticky lacing on teh glass and a stayed with a huge foamy ring and foam floaties for the entire glass which i did not finish quickly. very impressive looking!

Smell was all about the floral hops. Behind those i could smell some malt sweetness but the main attraction was the floral and citrus hops.

The taste followed the nose. It was a bunch of floral/citrus hops on the initial taste. this was surprisingly reasonably balanced midpalate with some sweetness from the malts, but then on the finish there is an oily hop flower finish that leaves a definite bitterness behind in the finish.

The mouthfeel on this one was nice. plenty of carbonation to keep it light feeling like an IPA should be, yet oily notes on the finish make sure you have a good aftertaste but all the hoppiness also dries the palate. strange to say dry, oily, and clean finish, but that is what i got... nice.

I could drink a few of these pretty easy, and ipa is not really my preferred style although i seem to find myself enjoying them more and more. Next year when i go to Yellowstone i will seek out a few more of these to bring home.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head above the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head lasts okay, with ample slow-falling lace. Aroma is citrusy and moderately sweet. Taste finds the same, sweet to start, with lemon in the middle, and a balanced close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Enjoyable brew.

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Photo of DIM
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This one is a slightly cloudy straw yellow color. It pours with a thin white head.

s: Sweet brown sugar and some piney hops.

t: Big malt backbone here, this one is pretty sweet. It has a slightly tart pine hop finish.

m: Sticky and decently carbonated.

d: Thanks (yet again!) to JohnGalt1 for this tasty extra.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent looking dark golden colour that has a slight haze to it. Head is mid-sized to smallish and is fairly quick to dissolve to a thin lace. A fair amount of residue is left on the glass after each sip.

The aroma has a slight touch of a buttery scent to it, but it is masked or blended well with floral hops, a bit of grass and perhaps a touch of citrus as well. There's a bit of dirtiness here as well.

Flavour is more of the same, with butter once again popping in and out but not distracting in any way. There is more of a sweetness here than anticipated with a good bit of caramel malt coming through that wasn't noticed in the aroma. It blends nicely with the hop flavours, which again are mostly floral and grassy. There's a bit of toasted grain here as well, mostly toward the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and, while I've seen some call this one over or heavily carbonated, I found it to be perhaps a slight touch undercarbonated. Nothing to scoff at but just a bit flatter than expected at times.

I enjoyed this one. It's more of a tried and true standard American IPA, but those are becoming the exception versus the norm these days with the Imperial stuff being all the rage. This was a nice first sampling from the folks at Grand Teton and I'd certainly like to a) try some of their other stuff and b) enjoy some more of this one. Recommended.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Since this isn't my first bottle from this 6er I know to pour into a very large glass as the carbonation is quite excessive. Aroma seemed to have a touch on phenol immediately, but none that I noted later. A relatively balanced aroma, especially for style. Sweet slightly grassy hops, but definitely a a notable malt presence that is sweet as well. Aroma isn't potent, but it is pleasing in its softness. The staleness (not quite to cardboard, but close) noted in the flavor first seems to appear in time in the aroma
Somewhat cloudy gold with lots of bubbles rising. Head was exceedingly excessive, as anticipated (at least 20oz glass that held only 1/2 of the original pour).
A variety of hop presentations in the drink. Several hop flavors and variability in the bitterness too. Even at 6 months old there seems to be a staleness to the flavor that's off-putting as it leads to a bitterness that carries it's own off flavors. There is a nice sweetness up front, which helps, some.
In an odd way it seems flat on the tongue yet filling in the stomach from carbonation.
Bottled 7/3/07.
Thanks Linda.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear yellow orange with windstorm of bubbles rising and swirling from below. Thin but persistant white head.
Nice toasty and caramel hint malt. Slight earthy hint.
Malty caramel tones. Nice hops, but not to pronounced. Slightly toasty for a nice easy to drink balance.
Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Palate washes clean after each sip.
Well done. Far from a palate thrasher, the safe hop level and toasty balance makes it a real pleasant brew.

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Photo of mjryan
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an IPA right? Pours a hazy deep yellow with a solid head. The aroma is of bready malts and hay with a faint wiff of citrus in the background. Way, way in the background. Tastes pretty much the way it smells, bready and haylike. The body is thin and watery. This beer does'nt even qualify as an American pale let alone and American IPA, or an English one for that matter. Maybe the beer is old or was abused, but it just showed up in my hood recently, so I don't think so. I am not saying this is a terrible beer, because it's not. What I am getting at is that it has no business calling itself an IPA, IPA Lite maybe, but not IPA.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $1.50.... enjoyed from a shaker pint.
Still unwinding... no tunes yet.

Big lemon merangue looking head... lite gold/new penny copper with substantial hop haze. Thick lacing that lasts for the entire glass.

Smell is different than most American IPA's ... there is alot of big citrus .. even some grapefruit rind... but mixed in, a hoppy spiciness that is quite unexpected, but not a bad thing in my mind. No real malt to exactly identify... maybe some toasty bready notes... but just barely balanced .... barely.

Citrus hops right out of the gate ... more citrus peel/pith... a little on the bitter side.... lingering bitterness.. finishes with a little lemon zest. Again, across the board, this is a hop delivery device; I think it could use a little more malt and body.

Despite my above negatives, this is one of my goto IPA's when it is hot outside. Tonight, I am enjoying it and a bunch of other West Coast IPA's. This brew deserves respect... so do many others brewed in Idaho.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz Bottle. Strong nose of herbal hops with a hint of citrus that left good lacing. Pours cloudy light amber with a medium white head. Flavor is good for and IPA, and is a little more subdued than many. Floral Hops work well on the tongue. Nice bitter finish. Decent IPA.

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Photo of genog
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow, golden like color with a bright white head that leaves a lot of lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is of a mesh between earthy and floral hops with a light grain bill too. Taste is strangely like a lager with a lot of grain, and a bready aftertaste. Carbonation is limited and this is almost watery. Strange beer that starts off meaning well, but falls short.

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Photo of rallison
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Smells of bready malts with a pinch of hops.

First taste is, well, not all that impressive. Bready malts with a wheat-like piny hoppiness. Bit of sourness and some slightly unwelcome flavors in the hoppiness (that I can't quite put my finger on). Overall, there's nothing here that is all that exceptional.

Mouthfeel is decent with a lively level of carbonation. Drinkability is good enough.

Overall, not recommended. There are so many good IPAs out there - no need to spend your time here.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Massive head due to an abundance of carbonation. Almost a foam-over. Slight haze in a light copper color. The aroma is not too strong. There are notes of grassy hops with a bit of spice, but it's not a real citrusy aroma like many IPA's. Some light fruit notes with a hint of lemongrass also reach the nose.

The flavor comes off being tangy, bordering on sour with a bit of a metallic note in there also, odd. The bitterness at the end is quite harsh. The hop flavors don't come through very well nor does much sweetness from the malt. This one is rough, especially at first. After drinking it awhile I do get more of a melon sweetness and some earthy/grass notes, but it definitely takes some getting used to. The mouthfeel is medium in thickness, with explosive carbonation creating lots of foam.

The drinkablility was pretty average as the tangy-bitterness kept me sipping it slowly. I would probably not recommend this one.Thanks to kzczp0 for taking the trip to Idaho and sending this out...

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Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to Spokane. Pours a bright golden color with orange highlights, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops and a touch of pale malt. Palate is lightly malty up front, with a considerable hoppy bite emerging mid-palate. Finish is dry and leaves a lingering bitterness. Body is somewhat creamy, but without a touch of stickiness. Overall, a nicely built beer. I could see myself buying this regularly if it were available here in Oregon.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, from Idaho, says Jackson Hole's Original on it,

A: Pours a golden yellow, pilsner-style in colour, with a good, white head, which leaves some good lacing.

S: A good smell, fairly typical of the IPA crowd, starts of piney, but the biscuity malt comes out as the beer warms.

T: A good flavour, grapefruit mostly, with a good malt balance, above average for an IPA, I thought.

M: Dry and chewy, quite snappy, and refreshing.

D: A good IPA, consistent and above average, the two Grand Teton brews I have had thus far have been very good, will have to try the others, would be a good session beer to stick with for the night. Not mind blowing in its complexity, just a good, solid, drinkable IPA for the hop fan.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple bottles of Sweetgrass IPA at an upscale grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. A modest but creamy white head forms, and is quite resilient, dissipating slowly and lacing the sides of the glass.

The smell is typical, and a little faint. There are pine scents and some fruity aromas.

The taste is good, a sweet citrus flavor up front, with a little bitterness in a juniper flavor, then a little sweet bread taste, followed by a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth and mildly carbonated.

A very drinkable IPA, with a clean fruity taste and not overly bitter. It's not widely available in my area, but I would certainly have Sweetgrass IPA again.

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Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 03/15/07:

Pours gold with a one-finger white head that descends to a lasting thin bubbly cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of mild citric fruitiness/grapefruit and some grassy/graininess.

The initial touch of grapefruit that carries over from the aroma soon gets lost in a sweet grainy malt. Tea-leaf dryness mixes with sweetness. It's a tad soapy. Puckeringly dry finish.

Thin body for the style. Decent carbonation, but the brew doesn't hit the palate quite right.

Not a good example of the style. The dryness is in the wrong direction and the hops get nearly lost to a grainy sweetness.

I didn't care for it, but thank jcwattsrugger for bringing it back so that I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden color, alittle cloudy. 1/2 inch head with short lived retention but decent lace from remaining ring.

S-Tangerine, tropical fruit, carmel malt, citrus hops

T-Pineapple and lemon peel, citrus hops. some bitterness in the middle that doesn't linger. A little sweetness and carmel malt finish the taste profile

MA little thin and watery, nice carbonation

D-Okay I could have a few

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Photo of briman
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a medium-light golden amber. Maybe a 1/4 inch white head, with decent retention, and moderate lacing.

Aroma is somewhat earthy, with grass & citrus notes, but somewhat subdued. Not as big as I would expect an IPA to be.

Flavor is orange citrus hops with a hint of toasted malt quickly moving towards a dry finish with a moderate grapefruit bitterness that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is reasonable, but the mouthfeel is teetering on the edge of being a little watery. Not bad overall, but seems like the aroma could be punchier and the body could be beefed up. Drinkability is good, and easily sessionable.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy golden orange with a nice eggshell head. Top half of the glass has some really nice rings of lacing.

Now I get the name....'cuz it smells like sweet grass! There's a sweet fruity aroma and some grassy and citrus hops. Smells good, but I think it's just a little too sweet smelling for an IPA... but that's just my opinion.

Flavor is fairly sweet as well, but the hops have a little more presence. Citrus and grass hops with just touch of the sweet fruit flavor (almost like a melon). I get some toasted grain near the end, too. Not bad.

Medium body with lighter carbonation. A little creamy. Slight dryness and bitterness in the aftertaste. Enjoyable brew.

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Photo of younger35
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a nonic pint glass. Poured from a 12oz bottle with that familiar looking Grand Teton designed label on it.

Appearance- Pours a nice semi hazy orangeish yellow. Forms a nice lasting off white head that leaves a nice collar and considerable lacing.
Smell- Has a very nice, almost earthy, grapefruit hoppyness to it. There’s a nice sweet almost coppery crispness to the smell.
Taste- Slight hop bitterness with a very grapefruit like fruitiness to it. Has nice piney and lemony tones. A nice semi sweet malt backbone helps round out the bitterness. This beer has a somewhat metallic taste to it and finishes with a slight, dry fruitiness. Very slight alcohol warming.
Mouthfeel- Nice level of medium-bodied carbonation with an almost oily feel. Perfect!
Drinkability- This is a pretty tasty, easy drinking IPA. With a fairly average ABV this is a very drinkable beer. Maybe a little high for a “session” beer but I think you’ll find yourself drinking more than one per sitting. Another great offering from Grand Teton.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy goden yellow with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and grassy hops with a touch of pepper.

The flavor is some sugary sweetness and a little melon followed by an earthy bitter hop finish. It's a little too sweet and I don't particularly care for the hop flavor but it has decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a well-made IPA. The flavor profile isn't totally up my alley though.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to boolshot for including this in my ba anniv. package.

A: Pours a very hazy golden amber color with a thin white head that holds retention consistently. Nice lacing also.
S: Floral hop presence with a slight twang of citrus hops. Sweet honey notes are also present. Earthy and grassy.
T/M: Citrus fruit of grapefruit and melon with floral hop flavors. Grassyness also very present. Nice bitterenss on the palate before a toasted grain presence takes over. Earthy on the palate, but only with a medium body. Dry in the finish with a sweet and earthy aftertaste. A nice offering from the state of Idaho--I believe this is my first Idaho brew.
D: Session type brew--very easy drinking. Good balance with more of an earthyness than it is crisp. A nice one to try.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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