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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

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 BierJager89
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange with a white head.

S: Pine, grapefruit peel, orange peel, orange, peach, nectarine, and tropical fruit in the nose. Smells delicious.

T: Lemon, pine, orange, citrus peel, maybe a touch of peach and nectarine.

M: Light side of medium bodied and smooth.

O: While the taste wasn't exactly the same as the nose, or even quite as good, it wasn't what I'd call disappointing. There could have been more substance to the body, but it was definitely good, worth a try, and I would recommend it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A sharp, citrusy aroma, with some hops present.

T: Tasted of mild hops, citrus (a little grapefruit), and a bit of malt. Not exactly groundbreaking for the style, but still very tasty and likable.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of chumba526
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This treasure of an ale appears a translucent light orange color. An inch or so of white head tops off this ale.

Sweet citrus fruity goodness and malt sweetness dominate the smell. In particular the citrus smell is great there is a splendid mix of lemon and grapefruit, perhaps a bit of orange zest as well.

A nice citrus flavor starts off the taste. A nice smooth blast of hoppy bitterness soon follows. A bit of Marijuana flavor soon follows. Not that I know what marijuana tastes like. Bitterness rounds off the taste of the beer. It's really smooth yet flavorful.

The carbonation is moderate high.

This smooth pale ale goes down a little too easy. The nice citrus flavor balances the bitterness to make the beer very flavorful yet not intense on any level. An Fantastic Pale ale.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden-orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. There are tons of floating things in this beer...doesn't look like yeast...could it be hop chunks? Whatever it is, there's tons of them. Aroma is very sweet with floral hoppy notes. Taste is very tasty. Subtle floral/piney hoppiness with great malt balance and citrus flavors. Mouthfeel is full bodied and kinda on the thick side for a pale ale, which isn't a bad thing. Drinkability is high. Pretty tasty APA.

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Photo of Foyle
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a 1” cream colored head that recedes slowly, moderate lacing. Color is cloudy orange-amber with some streaming carbonation.
Aroma: citrus rind, tangerine, sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: somewhat light mouthfeel with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: sweet malts give way to a tangerine hop and finishes with a somewhat burnt citrus rind flavor.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. into a pint. Pours a hazy, gloden orange with a three inch head, noticable carbonation. The head leaves some pretty amazing lace behind.
The smell is a little off, very dusty with a bit of citrus. Lots of minerals.
It redeems itself once it enters the mouth. Bready pale malts, grapefruit, grassy bitterness. Goes down smooth but with a little much carbonation.
I could drink one or two at a time and grab a sixer every few months. Pretty good beer. Another thumbs up for Grand Teton.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a big, fluffy white head that lingers.

Smells of soapy, floral grapefruit, think amarillo hop, with notes of citrus zest and some pine.

Taste is bready grapefruit up front that goes into a more citrus/tropical/grapefruit middle and ends on a slightly grassy and floral finish with sweetness. A bit grassy in the finish but not in an unpleasant way, more of a refreshing way. I really like the flavors here.

Medium body with medium carbonation is right on.

This is a great APA/IPA that is fruity, grassy, and refreshing.

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Photo of OliasOfSunhillow
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from bev mo

A - Thin gold in color, white foamy head, which dissipates moderately. No legs though.

S - Citrus, grass, malt, cloves, and yellow grapefruit.

T - Lots of grapefruit, slight citrus, with a nice malt finish.

M - Lightly carbonated, very smooth, well-balanced beer. However, there is a slight sourness from the yellow grapefruit.

D - Pretty good, but people who don't like grapefruit will not enjoy this beer.

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Photo of argock
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Hayden's Post (Jackson Hole, WY).

A: Hazy orange-amber with 1/2-1 finger of oatmeal colored head with good retention and nice bands of lacing down the glass.

S: Grassy and fresh without vegetal character, pine and orange/grapefruit citrus hopping, light honeysuckle as well with solid pale malt, slightly grainy aroma with very light kiss of caramel. Aroma is much more hops than malt, and it smells like a dry-hopped APA.

T: Really nice APA flavor, definitely a dry, low-caramel example with soft pale malt backbone, light caramel to add some lusciousness and countering sweetness followed by a balanced dose of strong pine, resin, grapefruit, lemon, and orange with an herbal honeysuckly influence in the finish. A notch under moderately bitter and clean as far as alcohol and yeast components go. Solid and very drinkable APA.

M: This beer delivers a stellar balance of maltiness, slickness, and a dry finish. Body is light-medium at most with medium carbonation and soft citrus and grassy hoppy aftertaste.

O: GT Sweetgrass is a superb APA with an exceptional balance to hops, malt, and dry-hopping, none overwhelming but all coming together to deliver a pleasantly hoppy, extraordinarily drinkable beer.

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Photo of bgraney
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of denver10
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a nice cream colored head and respectable retention. Nice lacing to boot. Just the kind of aroma I want on a beautiful sunny day in the upper '70's; hoppy with a mild but present sweet malt base. Some lemon, grass, and bread. The flavor was not nearly as hop forward as the aroma suggest, which is by no means a bad thing as I really enjoyed it. A nice sweet malt base to this that pairs nicely with the hops, which provide some nice tea like flavor, some pepper, and a touch of lemon. Mildly bitter with the bitterness building up in strength throughout the sip. A wonderfully crisp but creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. I bought this as part of a mixed sixed pack, unsure what I might think of it, and glad I took the chance. A very nice, refreshing APA. A wonderful beer for the warm sunny weather and aside from the ABV drinks like a great session ale.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with large chunks of white yeast swirling about. Tons of carbonation streams to the three-finger, off-white, rocky head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass at at least one finger. Leaves behind beautiful concentric rings of lacing.

S - Didn't get a chance to smell it upon opening the bottle as the beer came shooting out at me. I'm to blame for this for cellering it for two years. In the glass, I find a nice dose of citrus hops on a biscuity background with hints of spice.

T - Orange and biscuit upfront. The body is a solid blend piney and citrus hops against a cracker and biscuit malt background. Smooth fruitiness and pine flavors as the beer passes over the back of the tongue transitions into pin, gin and citrus notes in the finish. Almost a bit reminiscent of a strong G&T.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. No complaints here, suits the style and flavor profile of the beer well.

I picked this up in a Teton Brewing variety pack while doing field work out at Yellowstone. This was one of my favorite brews from a very competent brewery, and with good reason. Despite being in my closet or garage, this beer still tasted fantastic and had incredible head retention. The light citrus notes and slightly light mouthfeel combine to make this an ideal summer beer for hopheads. Very drinkable, and something I definitely look forward to having again when I move up to northern Colorado next year.

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Photo of younger35
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Jmoore50
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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.


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Photo of emsroth
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an hazy, orange amber color with two-finger, off white head that left rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, floral notes and citrus. Also, a subtle caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of pine with a bitter hoppiness. Nice smooth roasted malt taste.

M - It was fairly dry and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Great pine aroma and flavors.

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

Poured hazy bright gold with a huge frothy white head. Sticky lacing. Perfumey aroma of grapefruit, grass, and mineral water. Smooth, effervescent mouthfeel. Crisp, fresh hop taste. Mellow pink grapefruit, peach, mango flavors, with very little resin. Sweeter malt that is more bready than caramel. I could drink this all day. Very, very nice IPA

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

The area on the label for a date stamp is curiously left blank. Bottle conditioned is printed on the label so I know I have to pour carefully. Pours a clear amber with a large, billowing head that hung around for a long time. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Heavily hopped aroma and flavor. Looking at the hop bill on the Grand Teton website, I should not be surprised. Various citrus fruit makes up the large majority of the aroma, but the flavor does have some malt sweetness to help balance things out. This is still a hopheads APA no doubt about it. All 60 IBUs can be appreciated. Nicely bottled conditioned gives a good carbonation.

Not sure of the story behind this beer. Did they just lower the ABV and IBUs of their old IPA and reclassify it as an APA?

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

12 ounce bottle. Actually had a perfect pour but got greedy when pouring it out, so I got a little bit of yeast into the glass. Guess this one is bottle conditioned, whoops. Guess I should have guessed that from the appearance. Pretty massive head on this one, well structured and even. Nice and mild grass aroma pervades the nose but there's solid malt sweetness backing it up. Moderate level of bitterness and nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is very well put together. Tastes like the name, sweet and grassy. Oddly enough I get malt sweetness first in this, followed by grassy hop character and finishes with bitterness. I like this beer quite a lot. It has pleasant hop character and a nice lingering bitterness. Beyond that it's got a nicely sweet malt profile that really helps to balance it out. Well done.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a massive (2 1/2"+) extremely foamy, slightly red hued head. Slightly cloudy deep amber-orange. Good head retention. Nice lace.

S: Clean spicy, citrusy hops. Woody with a little sweetness.

T: Clean malts and subtle hop characteristics. Bitterness is mellow but very good. There is a nice sweet element, not artificial tasting. Almost a dessert-like PA.

M: Only slightly thick, viscous, oily. Low-medium carbonation.

D: Excellent. A nice break from the uneducated, hop intensive pales out there.

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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.

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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)

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Nice hazy golden coppery ale with a finger of bubbly head.

S: sweet aroma with a bit of hops coming through to finish. Nice Piney notes.

T: Nice sweet taste hits first and finished with some nice bitter piney hops.

M: Not long lasting bitterness but good carbonation and well balanced.

O: Was actually a really APA. Nothing overpowering here but a great taste and great bitterness.

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