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

Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,587
Ranked #32,553
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)
Notes: 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
Reviews: 294 | Ratings: 742 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beergoot from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden colored body with a thick, rocky, sticky head; webs of lacing along the glass. Pungent, spicy aroma; mildly sweet with a slight caramel edge. Mild toasted grain base with a sparkly light sweetness; well-balanced hop bitterness cutting the sweetness. Medium body; crisp and prickly on the palate; mainly dry mouthfeel overall.

A rock solid APA, crisp and clean with well-integrated malt sweetness and heft and nice hop bitterness and gentle bite.

Jan 06, 2019
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

6/29/18...pours copper gold, see through w/ white foam. Very faint nose of sharp citrus. Malt mellows and dances between a pale and an IPA. Bitter sticks around though. Nice beer.

Sep 02, 2018
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy jewel tone honey color, fluffy head, smells of pine trees in the mountainAPAs sweetness up front followed by hop bitterness. Medium carbonation. Rich silky feel. More hop forward than a lot of APA s.

Jul 08, 2018
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BWED from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into willibecher.

A- Golden honey. Head is light tan and fairly dense. Holds well and leaves some great lacing.

S- Honey, sweet bread, with some fresh hop aroma of citrus, resin and floral notes.

T- Sweetness of malt, some caramel. Hop character is green and earthy. A bit of citrus and pine.

M- Body is light, clean and smooth. Clean finish with a slight dryness following.

O- A more mild pale ale. Light and fresh.

Apr 23, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale amber swarming with dust-like particulates. The pour produces 4+ fingers of billowy, fine bubbled frothy, lasting, beige head that recedes to a clumpy, off-center mound-like surface cap & small collar, leaving sticky Jack Frost webs on the sides of the glass. Aroma is a volatile ester mixture of citrus, sweet malt, dough & caramel apple notes with subdued earth & pine. Taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, dough, apple & faint honey with a thin hop profile, composed of mostly spice, earthy floral/herbal notes backed by citrus & pine. Finishes peppery & bitter but grainy & semi-dry with a vegetal hint that lingers into an aftertaste that is bitter & lightly astringent. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a little grainy & prickly, dry in the aftertaste.

Jan 21, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a soft hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There’s some light stringy lacing coming from the dieing head. The smell had a big juicy citrus aroma with an invasive strong pine note to assist in a wonderful smell. The taste started off sweet and eventually showed a mild bittersweet flavoring to start to show. On the palate, this one shows a nice sesionability in a light to medium sort of body. The carbonation was delicately harsh with a fine lingering gentleness to it. A light spicy smooth undercurrent of juicy citrus with pine rolls over my tongue. Overall, what a wonderful APA that I definitely would have again.

Jun 07, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 12/16/16:

Dull orange amber in appearance, semi-clear and flecky throughout. Head is of moderate retention, creamy-tan but also fairly creamy in consistency. Very sticky lace. Smells like grass, light resin and rind, pinch of caramel and bread. Similar to palate only bread is more forward and arguably more of a grain quality than grass. Hops aren’t too forward and seem almost tea or leaf-like, even though this is indeed and American Pale Ale. Still rind and resin as well. Medium to full in body, half suds, half spritz, very refreshing.

Dec 31, 2016
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A tad hazy, amber in color, lots of coronations which leads to robust lacy head that lingers. Smells of citrus and grass. Citrus and resin notes in the taste. This beer is sweet as the name suggests and is not as hoppy as I expected being close to the Pacific Northwest.

Aug 22, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours - Clear amber color, thin off white to tan head that quickly dissipates no lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel, toast, little bit of hops and citrus.

Taste - Little bit of bitterness from the hops, slight sweetness like caramel, little orange peel.

Feel - Medium body, good carbonation, slightly dry.

Overall - A decent beer, good flavor.

Aug 11, 2016
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karengarys from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly hazy nice copper with a bit of good foam that sticks to the glass.

Well, smells grassy and citrusy!

Mouthfeel next for this one - decent, bubbley, clean, but a bit thick and....

Taste is a bit syrupey and/or buttery. That's kind of a feel and taste thing at the same time, which is why I went in this order.

Now for the taste - hoppy and almost sweet, but more like an IPA. I don't know my hops enough to pick the name of it, but it is kinda forward.

Overall a good apa and/or ipa, but it blends in with the many others that are also available and equally as good in their own way. Definitely worth a try at least once. How can all the individual aspects get rated higher than the overall? Again, a bunch of good stuff going on, but all together nothing that screams to me "get me more"... It's just okay. I'll update this in a week or so if I'm yearning for it, but I doubt I will be.

Jul 26, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As every brewery in America is trying to re-define the American pale ale they try more hops, greater dryness, higher alcohol, cleaner taste, crisper texture and all sorts of things to pull the style more in line with the IPA to appease the hop-heads. Or you could do what Grand Teton does and just make a great traditional pale ale.

A bright and beautiful copper-amber pour ensues while releasing a creamy white cap. Its aromas spill onto the nose with a balanced display of toasted nuttiness, caramel, citrus and pine. Tasting juicy with malt sweetness early, its toasted graham cracker, nutty and caramelized taste sing a malty tone.

And as the ale latches onto the middle of the tongue, a more balanced taste takes hold; one of drying malt and perplexing hops. The rise of bitterness is preceded by ripe fruitiness of pink grapefruit, tangerine, faint lemon, tea and apple. Trailing with the grassy, piney resinous character of hops, the final frame carries a hop tilt but never forgets about its malty foundation.

Medium through and through, the beer's malty sweetness and body contends confidently with the hop's bitterness and dryness. Its balanced taste and texture takes a hoppy balance late but the ale remains harmonious to become a fan favorite whether with common American cuisine or as a stand alone taste.

Apr 08, 2016
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OompaMentor from Georgia

3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep Amber w/ moderate carbonation and small head
S- slight hint of hops and citrus
T- sweetness with nice hops
F- nice hoppy flavor

This is just an above average IPA and has apparently stood the test of time.

Jan 09, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark yellow and gold with a head just under 1 inch. Grassy smells make me wonder where the hops be.

Truly hits you with a sweetgrass flavor. Average hopping, sweet malt. Grapefruit undertones. Not a dry west coast pale ale here. Lemony mouthfeel. Sorachi. Has a place because it is a little bit unique with the wet, sweet, lemony flavors, minimal caramel.

Dec 01, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nicely crafted ale from Grand Teton. Picked this up in their sampler pack at Winco Foods. Amber, with short, creamy head, sticky lacing. Piney aroma with sharp bitterness on the tongue. SHort, dry finish. Very tasty.

Nov 13, 2015
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Savan from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pooooooured this lovely American Pale Ale into a snifter ... why.... I FELT LIKE IT :D This one , is one I am revisiting.... It has a lovely light amber hue that is reminiscent of a august sunset on lake Minnewaska. Smells of ... well, sweetgrass, and slightly citrus. This Ale has a medium hop profile about it (which I love in a APA), It is Semi-sweet and has a very light malt profile.... LOVING IT! Overall, this is a bottle conditioned beer... however as I remember it to have more flavour and at that, more smell about it the last time I tryed it... it could be that its a bit over ripe? ANYWHO a damn fine ale at anyrate and one i will certainly by at least annually (for them times when nothing else is suiting my fancy). A very good go to ale.

Aug 26, 2015
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chicksdiggit from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured center from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Enjoyed 8/12/2015, bottled on 4/8/2015.

L: copper color with over two fingers of fluffy egg shell white head of multiple sized bubbles. Large cone of fine sized carbonation emanating from the center of the glass, with several large bubbles raising from the edge. Thick soapy lacing and thick retention.

S: Green vegetal hop aroma with dank and leafy greens.

T: caramel and toffee up front with buttered white biscuit and a pinch of popcorn. Tangy lemon and orange finish.

F: zippy mouthfeel and a little foamy in the stomach. 6% is hidden well behind the flavors. Tasty and easy to drink.

O: Not overly complex but a good drinker. Even blend of bitter and hoppy.

Aug 12, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - Grand Teton sure has some interesting names for their brews!

This beer pours a hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stellar rock staircase lace around the glass as it gently fades away.

It smells of doughy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, spicy pine resin, sedate orange and white grapefruit bitters, and further leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, sodden wheat crackers, still understated mixed citrus pith, a tame hard water stoniness, and a zippy 'n spicy leafy, herbal, and grassy hoppiness.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and occasional frothy endeavours, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, the zesty hops not really interested in making a scene here, it would seem. It finishes off-dry, the sturdy malt keeping tabs on the lingering frivolity of the piney, floral, and grassy hops, still zingy, all.

Overall, a fairly tasty and engaging pale ale, the focus more on the spicy (as opposed to the sweet) grassy and friends hoppiness. Easy enough to drink, and with no sign of the upticked alcohol, so too bad that I forgot to cue up a bit of old school Black Sabbath (close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, eh?).

Aug 07, 2015
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazy golden straw. The aroma gives me tropical fruit and a hint of pine. The flavor leads with a tropical mango flavor, followed by soft bitter pine, and a bit of caramel on the finish The mouthfeel is thick and pleasant. Overall I found this a thoroughly pleasant, if not spectacular pale ale.

Aug 06, 2015
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jhavs from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz. bottle I received in a trade, poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A=Copper with slight haze, 1 finger white head, bubbly, fades to a ring around the glass, some lacing remains as I drink.

S=Bit of malty sweetness and spicy hops, overall low level of aroma.

T=Toasty, bready malts with sweetness and a touch of floral, spicy, earthy hops.

M=Moderate level of carbonation and a fairly full body for an American pale ale.

O=Lots of body, malt sweetness and mild hop aroma and flavor. Different than many American pale ales, but not out of style context.

Aug 04, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a hazy light orange color out of the tap, sits in the glass with a faint light amber color head, some spotty lacing.

S — Smells of fresh cut grass and lightly sweet malts, little hop presence, just very grassy.

T — Tastes again is dominated by grass and sweetness, little bit of hay and hop, but this really just tastes like chewing on sweetgrass.

M — Medium bodied, long lasting finish.

O — OK overall, super grassy and sweet, little to nothing else going on.

Jul 07, 2015
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This hazy, pale amber APA from Idaho is a fairly straightforward affair. The nose is mostly pine and grapefruit notes with floral hints; the flavor hops are up front on the palate as well, plus a flash of boozy malt that is quickly replaced by a significant hops bitterness, enhanced by a healthy carbonation. The finish is a nice balance of flavor and bittering hops, producing a moderately-lingering bitterness with pine and citrus highlights. Bitterness is middling for the style, or a bit north of there, and body is maybe a bit lighter than one might expect. (12 oz bottle, 112 days after pkg.)

Jun 19, 2015
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DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The bottled on date says that it's now four months old--wish that I had it a little fresher, but it was their last one. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a cloudy amber with an inch off-white head that falls fairly quickly but has some good stick to it. Through the haze, I can't make out any effervescence.

S: Pretty weak bouquet on this one--I'm picking up some grassy/herbal hop notes and a bit of bready malt, but that's about it.

T: This has a pretty unique flavor profile for an APA. Bready malt flavors at the front with some floral and grassy hop notes entering and continuing into the middle. In the middle, there's some additional herbal hop notes coming through--they register as a bit peppery/spicy. Others have suggested citrus or tropical fruit notes, but I'm not really getting any of those. The back end has more caramel/bread malt flavor and a resinous hoppy finish that is just the right amount of bitter.

F: This one is crisp and smooth, with a very nice level of carbonation. Very nice transition from the smooth foretaste to the bitter aftertaste.

O: I really wish that I had a fresher bottle. As is, this is an average to just-above-average APA. It brings some nice flavors, but it never delivers that bright hop punch I'm looking for in an APA. I'll see if I can snag a fresh bottle and update.

May 31, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A deep orange amber almost copper colored and fairly opaque with a bit of a glow, but also pretty solid appearance. Some nice hints of orange and lemon yellow to the edges with some nice small carbonation. Head is fluffy in appearance and retention but manages only about two fingers, but settles to a thick puck and a soapy thick ring.

Mellow hop aroma and nice small airy grains seem to come through the bouquet. Floral and slightly fruity, almost a bit herbal green smelling as well with a little bit of mild caramel sweetness. There's a fun sort of pickle briney smell to this as well, almost salty but makes an interesting contrast and quite surprising too.

Palate delivers nicely. Hop angle seems in taste to accent on the mid palate a tropical note, slightly mango and pineapple. Nice juiced body if a little bit light on depth but delivers nicely. Excellent finish and aftertaste with more of that juicy fruit quality coming out nicely. Slightly playful carbonation and prickly on the tongue at first but, washes with a nice malty backbone and honey light and caramel sweetness to match.

A real nice solid pale ale, very inviting and delicious.

Apr 21, 2015
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hotpauko from South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice APA, the BA score of 84 is really off. This is one of the better APA's I've had. Nice piney, citrusy smell. Well made malt hop combo, both easily tasted. Organicy flavors pop through, not too much sweet citrus flavor. Crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Minimal bitterness and just a tad bite on the tongue. Very drinkable.

Mar 26, 2015
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Schimms from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours light copper with white, fluffy head. Good lacing.

S: Light hops - pine

T: light caramel, pine. Good balance of malts, hops.

F: Dry, but not too dry.

O: Very drinkable - not too hoppy that you have to stop at one.

Mar 02, 2015
Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 742 ratings