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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 NastyNorseman
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of karengarys
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Savan
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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?).

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of jhavs
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
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.)

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of hotpauko
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Schimms
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a citrus nature, with the citrus being a nice blend of sweeter tangerine and some bitter grapefruit hop. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of lighter tropical fruits of pineapple and mango as well as a little bit of a cracker like aroma. A hint of an herbal and floral smell are there as well, rounding out the aroma nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker and very lightly sweetened flavor of a peach and orange nature. The sweet is very light upfront, and grows even lighter as the taste advances to the end. While the sweet is light, there is a good deal of grapefruit and herbal hop flavor right from the start. These hop flavors grow stronger as the taste moves onto the end, and are joined by other hop flavors of an earthy nature. With the lessening of the sweet and the increase in the hop, one is left with a rather crisp and bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the APA style the feel is rather nice as it creates a decent base for the hop flavors to sit on the tongue all while still making for a more refreshing and crisp brew overall.

Overall – A rather nice drier APA overall. Not the best APA out there, but nice and crisp and on the drier side with a good hop hit.

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Photo of rikjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

I'm surprised this beer doesn't have a better rating. I tried it for the first time 3 months ago while out of town and was happy to find it at a local carryout when I got back home.

An interesting beer, easy to drink, not too rich but plenty of flavor.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

poured into an imperial pint from a bottle, a month old

A: hazy pale orange with a 3 finger billowy khaki head
S: Kind of faint, but I get some grapefruit, some pale malt sweetness
T: Mainly grapefruit, tangerine (presumably, the Amarillo hops) but not real juicy...fairly dry. Just a little bit of pleasant bitterness tied in with some faint sweetness. At the end, I get a little soapiness that affects my enjoyment.
M: Medium carbonation, light and smooth mouthful, but enough bitterness to keep it style appropriate.

Overall: There are numerous others out there that I prefer in the style, but considered on its own, this is good and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.7/5  rDev 0%

From a can bought back from SC. Bottled on date of 7/9/14.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow orange with a small white creamy head. Good carbonation. Was getting a citrus aroma, which oddly did not transfer to the mouth, coming off with more of a non citrus fruit mix. Taste was quite sweet, but leaving a sour bitterness throughout the mouth.

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

Reviewed from full phone notes taken at Mather Campground, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a chalice with a hazy golden orange hue. The cap that builds on the beer is white and has a thick frothy consistency. The one finger crown has decent retention and falls to a thick ring and some bubbly islands. Webs of lace as well as drizzle and spots.

S- Definitely hop forward with a spritzy zesty citrus aroma of grapefruit and orange. Floral, spicy, stone fruit and pine tones as well. Pale grains sweets and yeast bread provide some balance.

T- As foreshadowed in the aroma this is a hoppy APA, not pungent juice bomb but I suppose moderate by todays standards. Hops lean toward the bitter zesty citrus and stone fruit characters with grapefruit, orange, lemon oil, tangerine and slight apricot. Also pine, floral and spicy hints. Slight malty and yeast notes of bread, cereal and light Crystal malts. Light sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied for the style with a puffy creaminess when agitated. The carbonation is smooth and crisp and at a moderately high level. Finishes with slight bitterness coating the palate.

Hoppy pale ale with a fairly intense zesty citrus edge to it. Not a pungent hop bomb with some malt balance but the 60IBUS are felt as hops are emphasized.

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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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