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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Reviews: 288 | Ratings: 724
Photo of trappistlover
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours copper with off-white head. LOTS of yeast is suspension--weird for a pale ale. Aroma of cardboard, some citrus. Taste has a mildly sweet malt backbone with some bitterness, but the malt comes back to balance the beer out. Thinner bodied with slick texture and bitter finish. Not bad, but the massive yeast suspension in unappealing.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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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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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer was a nice red hugh when poured into the glass.
S- The aroma was somewhat fruity and somewhat piney that was not overpowering any either direction. The aroma was probably that highlight of this beer.
T- The body was nice and smooth and their was a sweet caramel taste at the first sip that finished with a hop bite.
O- Overall this beer was a decent APA but would not be the first thing I would grab off of the shelf.

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

A - Pours a hazy orange with two finger head that fades quickly.

S - Bready malts, sweet pine hops.

T - Initial malt sweetness upfront. Hops seem to be dominated by the sweetness of this brew.

M - Medium body, sweet and sticky.

O - Decent pale ale but definitely not top tier. Glad I received this as an extra but would not seek this one out. Hops seem to have faded. Could be past it's prime.

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Photo of dgallina
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal-clear golden amber with a sizable foamy white head and very clingy lace. Medium cascade hop flower aroma. Initial strong cascade hop bitterness, which develops into slightly metallic and piney middle and finishes with powerful hop resin and bitterness. Mouthfeel is light. Pretty drinkable, but not the most subtle or balanced brew IMHO. A pretty one-dimensional American IPA for someone who prefers malt & hop to be more balanced. A hop-head might feel differently, in fairness.

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Photo of Goliath
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed, amber color with a one inch slightly yellowed head. Decent retention.

Aroma is ok. A light hoppiness with traces of citrus and grass. Touch of malt in there too.

Taste is ok. A slight hoppiness with a low bitterness. A bit of citrus, kind of grassy, and then a bunch of pale malt on the finish. Meh.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. This IPA is sessionable, but boring.

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Photo of genog
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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 slyke
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange/amber hue with an inch of pillowy white head that sticks pretty well.

The smell is citrusy, grassy, and maybe a bit of bubble gum in there.

The taste is grassy with citrus. Nothing remarkable here - a little pedestrian.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a lingering hop aftertaste.

Drinkability is alright on this one, but I don't think I'll seek it out in the future.

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Photo of oldpinecone
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale amber/copper with a decent finger and a hlaf head that disipates very quickly.

Smells very malty almost biscuity for an IPA. I bit of light flower aroma but very faint. Not a whole lot going on for the smell.

Taste was ok...way to malty. The hops kick more in the after taste. Its an odd feeling. Its a bit too sweet. NEED MORE BITTER.

Very thin and a a bit flat.

Decent if your just getting into IPA's and need a starter. This could be a nice camping beer.

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Photo of Florida9
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dull, hazed out amber in color with disgusting brown sediment. Forms a huge, active, aggressive head with incredible retention. Rocky meringue-like. Lots of lacing.

S: Citrus, lemon, a slight metallic ting. Heavy grassy hops.

T: Lightly sweet pale malt. Orange and citrus mixed with yeast leaves the unpleasant flavor of stale bread.

M: Lighter bodied with heavier carbonation. Slightly spicy in the mouth.

O: An average and unexciting pale ale.

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Photo of Fabric8r
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although this style lends to the hoppy side, I just think this beer is too simple to have so much hop flavor. Kinda like sucking on a cascade cone. The beer is OK if you have it in the fridge, but I might not go out looking to buy it. These folks at Teton are great guys though, and can put out some fine beers, just this one needs a little more character.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OG-14.0 plato
58 IBU

Dark gold and a little cloudy. I am sure the bottle conditioning contributed to that despite the fact that I poured it carefully. Light foam on the head that is concentrated on the edges. Mild hops in the nose with some earthy, peat tones. I have recently been using Irish Moss in my own brewing and think that is what I am getting, but I can't quite tell yet if I have the scent pegged in this beer. Mildly hoppy attack. The flavor is actually quite balanced and there is a floral, sweetness to the hops. A decent IPA. Not the best, not the worst. Some mild sourness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Tballz420
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge cream colored head due to an overagressive pour. Very hazy orange color, tiny bits of sediment floating around. Sticky head. A bit of sweet malt and some bitter hope nose. Some sweet malt to start, subdued, some citrus hops, some yeast. Medium bodied, kind of wet. Not bad i guess

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Photo of illidurit
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chill-hazed goldenrod color with a light-beige head of dense foam. Strong honey aroma with some distant citrus fruits, pineapple, slight crystal malt. Flavor is mainly crystal malty iced tea with a light dusting of citrus and a weakly bitter finish. Definitely needs more hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little watery. Decent IPA.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sweetgrass pours a golden amber color with a nice lacing head. There is a mild aroma, with just some floral notes. The taste is slightly floral, and very slightly hoppy, and there is no lingering bitterness. Flavors are detectable, but its rather watery, and the flavors are weak. Overall, by no means is this a bad beer, its just boring and weak.

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Photo of Brisket
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A- Looks great, classic APA golden color, crystal clear except for flecks of yeast from the bottle conditioning. Three finger of head with moderate staying power and lacing.

S- not sure if this was the specific bottle or not but the overwhelming aroma is metallic. Very slight hop nose.

T- typical well made, but modest APA. Fantastic airport bar beer, but not one of my favorites. Citrus hops upfront with a surprisingly strong malt middle and a grassy hop finish. My rating is more indicative of my tastes, not how well the beer was made. This hits exactly what it was going for. If you are an APA fan, you will like this beer.

M- medium body, slight slickness or creaminess. Carbonated well.

O- Solid APA, too much alcohol for a true session beer, but it'd be easy to knock several of these back.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-hazy yellow color with a nice white head that stick aroudn for a while
s-nice piney hops in the nose. little bit of sweetness
t- way more hoppy than i was expecting.
m-medium body and smooth
o-decent beer. wouldn't have again but definitely worth the try.

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Photo of plfahey
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium gold with an orange hue, decently clear. Monstrous ivory head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Sweet aroma of fresh cut green apples (acetaldehyde) and or some other fruity type aroma. Light lemon and grass aromas from hops. Some grainy malt and light hops, but the green apple overwhelms the other aromas. Light ginger or cinnamon note as well.

Flavor-Sweet, with almost an apple-cinnamon type flavor. Some piney, citrusy hop flavors on the tail end with moderate hop bitterness. Finishes relatively dry. Malt flavors are low, and somewhat husky-grainy.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Acetaldehyde flavors are somewhat off-putting. Malt flavors are husky-grainy and rather one dimensional. On the whole, I just wasn't very excited by this beer.

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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 callmescraps
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased on a whim.

Appearance - A nice bright copper with two inches of white soapy head. Very nice.

Aroma - Nice light hops. Some good citrus and a strange funkiness that I can pin down. Fresh cut grass. Some caramel malt.

Taste - Follows the smell, in a strange way. There is a real sweetness up front, with that grassiness following. Very astringent as well. The "tea-like" description is apt. Sweet graininess.

Mouthfeel - Nice and light. Crisp.

Drinkability - This goes down pretty smooth. The sweet graininess detracts somewhat.

This is a nice, interesting beer. A pretty easy drinker, altho the strange sweetness is off-putting. Sort of hard to describe, but less than desirable.

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Photo of beowulf23
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found Sweetwater to be a pleasant experience. The beer has grassy notes on the nose. A sweetness when first hiting the tongue. And a hoppy and tangy finish. The color is a bit cloudy in the glass. The nose was very light. But mine came out of the fridge so it may have been a bit too cold.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Topper's in Helena, MT.

This pours a hazy orange with a frothy white head and decent lace. Lots of particulate here from bottle conditioning. On the nose there is ripe orange and caramel with lots of balance between the two. This bottle is 9 months old and had I known that I might not have bought it but the beer smells fine. In the mouth there is a definite malt backbone with caramel but also bread, and then earthy, somewhat rotten orange but pleasant hops above them. The body is medium with a short finish that detracts from the overall picture to me.

Overall this is a decent pale that I would love to try again fresh to see if the finish issues are fixed by going back in time.

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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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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 724 ratings.
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