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

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 670
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: 670
Photo of TCMike
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Produced a two finger, off white head, and left decent lacing.

The aroma wasn't very strong, but was nice. It smells of pine, biscuit, and honey.

The taste was very good. not overly bitter, and the honey, and body of the beer makes it nicely balanced.

Mikey likes. (267 characters)

Photo of MockY
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The smell is surprisingly fresh yet very earthy. It's almost like you would walk down a gravel road, lined with vegetation, just a few minutes after it gently started to rain. It's very pleasant but not at all a road map for how the beer itself tastes like.

It has a surprisingly strong alcoholic taste up front, but fortunately, it quickly morphs into a bitter hops-extravaganza that keeps changing character for a good 10 seconds and finally rests on the tongue as a reminder you just drank something outside the norm. It features a bitterness that stays with you for a while and should most likely be consumed in a slow fashion.

Overall a pleasant beer, but not something I would go out of my way to recommend unless you are curious and running out of beers to test. (771 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a pleasant, mildly hazed golden-orange colour, with a fine, soft head of white that sticks around in a film. Lacing is erratic, but forms pleasantly intricate patterns when it does form. Body is quite hefty, and holds fine carbonation when tilted. Overall, it looks good.

Crumbly lemon tart characters on the nose, some sweet-savoury malt characters and a clean but not pungent or sharp citrus hop aroma. It mellows after a while, maintaining a custardy lemon character, but gaining a slightly more yeasty tone. It's still decent.

Taste is light and clean, with a sharpness through the centre that provides a nice counterpoint to the base, which is broad and again sweet-savoury. Some prickly lemon characters and a metallic bite towards the back. Finish is long with hops, but pleasantly clean otherwise. Overall, it's pretty tasty.

Feel is good. Smooth and pleasant to balance the sharper characters.

Overall, this is a very solid and very tasty APA. It's less aggressive than an IPA, but with the genesis in crisp, biting hop flavours. This drives it forward and provides a very neat and very drinkable package. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a darker yellow and gold, nice 3/4" head on it. Aroma was super grassy, not so much hoppy.

Taste, maybe its just the name, but this really kicks down a sweet and grassy vibe. The hopping is relatively average, but the sweetness of the malt is really the dominant thing going on here. There's some grapefruit like flavor as well. Maybe some peel/rind. Lemongrass. Oftentimes, people describe a beer as dry. This is not. This is grassy wet, sweet and lightly tart.

The mouthfeel is almost sorachi ace like with the hops. A real small amount of caramel. Its not world changingly different, but the slight difference compared to many other hoppy pales is welcome, and makes for a relatively enjoyable beer. (715 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled February 26, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-An aggressive pour produces an orange-hued, pale golden colored brew. The brew is mostly clear, with some decent bubbles visible. The head is one finger of very-light-khaki foam that drops quickly. Some lacing left behind.

S-This is a pleasant smelling brew. I detect pine, spicy orange and tangerine from the hops, and light, toast from the malts. The nose is nicely balanced and slightly dank and earthy.

T-The taste isn't as robust as the smell. The hops lose some of their citrus and pine complexity, and the malts are more doughy than toasty and sharp. The result is more bitter and grainy, and the flavors get sort-of muddled.

M-The feel is medium to heavy for the style with a fine carbonation that lasts for a while on the palate. It is easily drinkable.

O-The mediocre taste is a bit of a letdown after the nice smell. That being said, this isn't a bad brew. It has a good balance of pale malts and fragrant hops with a pleasant feel that is slightly unique for the style. (1,058 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with some nice floaties must be bottle conditioned big fluffy cream colored head that lasts forever and leaves gobs of sticky lace everywhere. Very good looking brew.

Aroma is sweet malts nice citrus notes lots of pineapple mingled with some green apple and light pine.

Taste is not bad malts are not as sweet as the smell little more earthy, but that's probably from the sediment. some tangy fruits green apple notes with a pine finish for the hops. Not bad Pale Ale but not near as the smell was leading me to believe.

Mouthfeel is only light medium or maybe its the peppy carbonation making it seem lighter.

Overall looks great smells good but fairly average Pale Ale. (701 characters)

Photo of SammyBrew
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass while enjoying pork chops and turkey legs...sorry guys, just seemed so natural.

A - Finger and a half head, dark straw/amber resin color, beautiful and dense, with lacing from the foam.

S - Lemon, piney hops, malt.

T - Malty start and finish, pine and lemongrass, grapefruit, hops.

M - Medium bodied, tasty toasty bitter citrus, slightly nutty and creamy.

O - Well balanced, hops and citrus, excellent APA in a BOTTLE, never had on TAP but can't wait to try, for now...this is a go to APA, really nice for APA lovers and novice APA folks alike. (588 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A finger and half of head on a hazy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is grapefruit and lemon with a milk note; interesting but good.
The taste has a great balance of the malt sweet and hop bitterness. The bitterness comes through as lemon and pine.
The texture is smooth and soft with moderate carbonation. Incredible.
A great APA. (334 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, fruit, fruit hop, and subtle citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, citrus, earth hop, fruit, fruit hop, and subtle citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The subtle notes of citrus on this brew are really what did it for me. They were incorporated very nicely with a good solid backbone of fruitiness and earthiness to make an overall well balanced brew. This made it quite easy to drink and did not overpower your palate during each sip. I would definitely suggest this one to a friend while out at a bar. Worth your time trying if you have not done so before. (891 characters)

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep autumn orange…tons of fluffy, cream colored head that is lasting…doesn’t look a bit watery, very inviting…(4.5/5)

Smell: All that luscious head covers up most of the aroma, however, afterward I catch whiffs of citrus, earthy, piney hops and sweet/pale malts…(4/5)

Taste: Pale malt beginning…citrus, piney and floral hops do come through in the middle…this isn’t like the normal APA I’ve tried…sweet, pale malt carries through much of the flavor while the hops are playing a complimentary role…with that said, there is lemon, pine and floral hops in the later stages…hops resin all over my tongue…yum! (4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body, with plenty of carbonation…fluff brings some lemon zest and hops bitterness to my tongue, very tasty…it’s crisp, smooth and refreshing...some citrus/floral hops bitterness in the after taste…(4/5)

Overall: It’s a nice surprise (or deviation) from the classic, citrus hop heavy west coast pale ales that are coming out now…the sweet pale malts are flavorful and the citrus/piney hops do bring a nice zest to the situation…really, a nicely worked beer that is very drinkable…in a perfect world, I’d drag a sixer of this around with me while playing a round disc golf and be very happy…tasty! (4/5) (1,308 characters)

Photo of fatmusic14
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Not a great one, and not a bad one. It falls right in the middle of the spectrum. With that said, I am partial to IPAs and Pale Ales, so this fits my palate perfectly. It pours very well, minimal lacing, very little head. Smooth, drinkable, really a nice beer. The issues lie within the generic element of this, as it doesn't stand out to me - but nonetheless, certainly worth trying.

I wouldn't go out of my way to find this again. (455 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on date reads 08/27/2012 so this beer is fairly fresh at only 4 months chillin in the bottle.

A - Burnt sienna orange color, looking like a lot of tasty IPA's that I have had in the past. It pours about a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Nice ton of sediment floating around in the glass. This beer is definitely unfiltered.

S - Smells a lot like one of those tasty IPA's that I've had in the past too. The cascade hops are definitely coming in strong. My expectations are growing for this one by the second.

T - Mmmm. Nice and hoppy. Lemongrass flavor. Definitely a lot of citrus / pine flavor to be had here. This beer is extremely tasty. Almost a slight green apple taste thrown in there somewhere.

M - Nice hoppy, resinous mouthfeel. This beer is definitely a winner.

Overall, a nice beer from Grand Teton Brewery. The only other beer I've tried from them was their 5 O'Clock Shadow, which I don't remember as being particularly enticing, but maybe it now demands another tasting. Definitely a beer to try if you haven't had it before, I know I was very pleasantly surprised! I will certainly try this again.

Grand Teton Brewing Sweetgrass American Pale Ale ---4/5. (1,220 characters)

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

Unfortunately the bottle of Sweetgrass that I got is over primed and everything is affected. The beer poured a orange clear color with huge bubbly head that eventually settles to reveal some lacing. The smell has hop and that overprimed twang....the taste is more of the same....the is a malt character that seems to balance the hops. Unfortunately the beer is so carbonated it is difficult to get a too taste. The mouthfeel is a wreck because of the big carbonation. Overall....I dont know....but I would try it again. (519 characters)

Photo of tripleAlpha
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Liquid at roughly 3.1 °C (37.5 °F)

A - Roughly 1.5 cm of head. Rich, translucent amber coloring with lighter cream-colored head. Logo on the glass barely discernable when looking through the beer. Head dropped by roughly 1.1 cm after two minutes. Leaves noticeable (hefty?) lacing.

S - Reisiny and a little piney/grassy, with a few other notes possibly creeping in. Smell wasn't strong, although my nose has never been a strong sense for me.

T - Not much alcohol sting, with the earthy tastes stronger. Coupled with the increased taste and senses, definitely more grassy than initially determined. Taste garners its name.

M - Tingling, with an almost warming sensation on the inner cheeks and tongue. Similar to other IPAs/APAs I've had in the past, although lighter and smoother than most.

O - A decent drinking/multi-purpose APA, with enough to set it apart from similar ones without diverging too much.

Having this past summer taken a trip out to the Tetons, I was able to sample this beer at the brewery. The taste just seemed to fit with the mountains; refreshing after a day of hiking while watching the sun meander toward the horizon. I've had this in a can and on tap before, with this being the first from a bottle. Ignoring the longing to return to the mountains, this is a nice standard addition to my list of beers I'd regularly drink. Not too heavy, taste doesn't overpower while still being unique. (1,444 characters)

Photo of scvance
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold, almost looks like a hefe. A good finger of off-white head, good retention and excellent cling. Smells of citrus with a hint of earthy pine notes. Tastes similar, citrus up front that fades into a nice earthy finish. Slight resin character and feel to it, and a thicker mouthfeel. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall this is a very good APA, it really grows on me, keeps tasting better as I keep drinking it. I will definitely keep this one on my list to look for in the future and have again, I do recommend trying it for any fans of pale ale, IPA, or similar. Well done beer. (647 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one of the more hoppy american pale ales around, could almost be taken for an ipa if it werent for the fortified malt profile of this baby. it pours clear as day, a sesame seed oil color with a prominent white head of foam. the nose is big bittersweet hops, could almost be fresh hops. theres a lot of oil and resin retained, and it gives a great aroma. the flavor is balanced out by some english caramel and pale malts that support the agressive hopping perfectly. its got a medium body which is made more drinkable by above average carbonation. the finish is only modestly bitter. this is a great session beer any time of year, for those who appreciate a bit more hops in their daily drink. (692 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slightly fruity finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not something I would likely seek out again. (536 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful deep amber with a two and a half finger white head. It leaves elaborate lacing all the way down the glass. The smell is very subtle, maybe some pine. Mouthfeel is about average, neither thick nor thin. The taste is a little to the hops side, but not so much as to be a hop'splosion in the mouth. Aftertaste is hoppy but again not overly strong. All in all a good beer that I would recommend. (419 characters)

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

Amber color, thick white head. Nice hop blast if nothing remarkable. This is one of the more standard fares from Grand Teton, but I think they benefit from having a couple like this around. It's a good beer to grab a six pack of and share with a friend or drink with dinner. (274 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy/chunky amber pour with visible yeast chunks, 2 fingers of creamy white head. smells of sugar snap peas, grassy hops, slight hint of caramel. bitter up front with a dirt/copper taste in the backbone. a bit tangy but not quite a citrus taste. very strange but delicious nonetheless!

medium body with fizzy carbonation, smooth on the way down. overall a refreshing ale with a very fresh taste, and a generous abv %! (422 characters)

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 4 fingers of golden bumpy cumulus head, color of the ale is a gorgeous cloudy warm amber, bright dark golden hilites on the sides of the glass,

Smell - Ooooh, big citrus and tropical smells - ruby grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, and a touch of light carmel.

Taste - Hmm, taste is not like the nose at all actually - there is still cittrus, but the flavor is the pith and peels mentioned in the nose, which is still quite nice - grapefruit pith, tart under-ripe pineapple, tart mango skins. There is just a touch of citrus and malt sweetness, and then there is a load of wonderful floral and meadowy hops, nice! The finish on this has some tart citrus, a touch of breadcrust, and grapefruit & tangerine rind.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium bodied, but still a light and crisp mouthfeel. Carb is medium and provides brightness and some nice edges, perfectly ushering the floral hops and slightly bitter finish - ready for the next sip.

Overall - Really a pleasant surprise here, not overly sweet at all, very drinkable and refreshing. The smell was on the sweet side but the taste was all about the brightness and tartness of citrus and tropical fruits, and a wonderful floral hop profile. Glad I purchased a 6xer, a great beer for a warm summer day. (1,315 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled 3/16/12.

4.0 A: Well hazed light orange color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is a tad above average and a good sized ring of lacing is left. There's some small yeast particles throughout, but I'll let that go since this is a good three months old.

4.0 S: Big citrusy hops with emphasis on orange, pineapple, and mango. Moderate caramel with the right amount of neutral malt sweetness. Light yeastiness to round things out.

4.0 T: Tastes like the nose. Citrusy hops: orange, pineapple, and mango. Moderate amounts of caramel and neutral malt sweetness. Lightly yeasty. Mild bitterness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with some chewiness from the yeast.

4.0 D: Solid all around. (761 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige-khaki head of nice cream, good thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a nontransparent copper-gold. No yeast particles are visible. Non-opaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy cascade and amarillo hops, evoking pine oil, and citrus. A clean aroma. Indistinct malts. Average strength.

T: Some light cream opens up the brew, exposing us to a clean malt foundation with inconsistent amarillo and cascade hops. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Pine character is limited, leaving floral and bitter qualities to battle. A bit of tangy citrus emerges on the finish/in the third act. A structurally imbalanced brew, but nevertheless a pleasant one. Simple but enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with great creaminess on the opening. Slightly buttery, to its advantage. Good thickness and carbonation. The finish is too dry.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style, though simple and boring. Fans of the style and the hop strains will likely enjoy this one, but there's little here to impress. A solid offering from Grand Teton, but not unique or special. I wouldn't bother getting it again, but I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a modate white head and some lacing

S-citrus and malt with some hints of pine, herbs

T-citrus and tropical fruit with slightly sweet biscuit and hoppy finish which fades somewhat rapidly

F-medium body with low to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent PA but not as well-balanced flavor as others (328 characters)

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

Pale orange, slightly hazy, big pale tan head slowly shrinking to foamy ring, some lace.

Aroma is candied citrus, pine, pepper, candied fruits.

Taste is spicy medicinal hop, grapefruit, juicy raisiny dried fruit sweetness. Bitterness lightly dominates finish after more balanced start. It is a touch on the bitter medicinal side, but solid, pretty well-rounded, characterful. Feel is creamy and somewhat full. (411 characters)

Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.