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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)
731 Ratings
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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Ratings: 731 |  Reviews: 289
Photo of mthalman
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of syrupjoe
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a dark pale amber color with a one finger almost-white head.

Nose is sweet, grassy (hah!), with floral notes reminiscent of cotton candy and tropical fruits.

Taste is sweet, earthy, and tropical with a slight medicinal flavor. Hops are rather clean, leaving little lingering bitterness.

Crisp, sweet, and slightly slick.

Overall an okay pale ale, but nothing special. Probably won't seek this out again.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a pale golden color with a small head that falls to a small ring over the brew. The nose is mostly caramel malt, with a small blast of citrusy hop. Overall, its very weak for an IPA. The flavor is also fairly lack-luster. slight sweet caramel malts with just a hint of sweet citrusy hop in there. Pedestrian. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Its easy to drink, but not for the right reasons. Definately not something I would have again. Very average.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not your typical IPA to say the least.

Creamy head (that doesn't sound to bad but back to the review) with continental lacing. well supported by a a fine carbonation. Orange body.

The smell is what sets this apart from other IPA's in uniqueness. This has some floral/perfume qualities that are not annoying in the least. Offset by a sweetness and a sublte hop profile.

Hops are pretty mellow which once again is fine but when you back it with a sweet malt it just isn't all that complex or interesting. Its pretty smooth in the mouthfeel and drinkability department. Candied in the middle and bitter in the end. Carbonation is medium and the body is creamy and supports the profile to the T.

Notes: This is unique and a nice addition to the style. Gotta go with a NO on making this a stable type offering. There are much better IPA's brewed in the same price range and in some cases (Green Flash) even cheaper. Shameless plug for my favorite IPA at this moment.

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Photo of germaniac
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark peach, a few shades darker than gold on the color wheel. Lacing left it's trail down the sides of my glass.

Smell is more hop-focused than anything, giving of a nice floral scent. Nothing too complex here.

Taste is a small hop bite with a smooth malt followup. Fades off into no-flavor country pretty quickly. Fairly boring compared to the other choices available to me at my local beer stores. Nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - burnt orange with almost nonexistent head - very light thin lacing dissipates quickly

S - not much to smell - not offensive

T - light somewhat sweet at first with a tiny bit of bitter hitting the back of the tongue - nice amount of hops- not too much asserts itself after a bit, a tiny bit of pine and then the sweetness fades away with a bit of bitter staying through. Nice balance and the hops linger without being aggressive. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus comes through as well.

M - nice active carbonation thin bubb

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Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$.50 on tap yesterday at Hops & Pie (membership has its benefits). Poured an amber-orange color with a decent off-white head. Some piney, citrusy and floral hops on the nose. Medium bodied and drinkable, with some similar hops as well as some caramel on the palate.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Time to mow the sweetgrass.  Poured a lighter shade of brown with notable brown and golden hues.  Mostly clear with light hazing.  Decent head that lasted most, but not all, of the sampling.  Limited lacing as well.
The smell was light and more of a malt tone for an IPA.  The malt had a sweeter aroma with caramel and a bready somewhat brown sugar quality to it.  Some hops are there but subtle.  Grassy and blended earthy, citrus fragrances mostly.

The taste is more of a sweet malt taste then having a stronger hops flavor. Overall the general taste is subtle. The malt flavor is sweet with limited caramel notes and a more grainy and sugary taste to it. Almost honey like. The hops are light in bitterness but bring a calming lemon taste that is followed with a grassy flavor.

The texture is light and could use more body and if we are going to call it an IPA, definitely more hops.

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Photo of JamesP123
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. Bottle.

A. Pours a hazy light orange color. With a small head that sticks around the rim of the glass. Minimal lacing.

S. First smell is Sweet followed by a little citrus and bitterness from the hops. Not much carbination

T. Pretty light for an IPA, feels a lot more carbinated across my tongue that i expected form the look. Th ehop profile feels light fo rthe style, more like a pale ale. But has the bitterness of an IPA.

M. Light bodied, can feel a lot of carbinatiopn across thr tongue. Not resiny or thick at all.

D. Overall very drinkable. It's like a light IPA/bitter pale ale. Not my favorite, but pretty decent overall

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a rocky white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of some light citrus hops.

Tastes of a decent malt base with some very slight hops. Malts have a slight bread character with some caramel sweetness. Hops are citrus and grassy, but very light. The requisite parts are there, but seem to not be enough in quantity.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of bcm119
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy peachy-amber color with lots of yeast chunks. A fine white head sticks to the glass and leaves lace all the way down the glass.

Aroma is sweet grain and grassy hops. Begins with light grain flavors, some tart green fruit, and then becomes grassy with moderate bittering hops. Slightly yeasty. Grass and hay are prominent, and the grainy flavors get a little husky towards the back. Not a terrible beer, but not very good either, and probably not a beer I'd buy again.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
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 -16.1%
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 schimschim
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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 -15.5%
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 -15.5%
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 -15.3%
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 -15.3%
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 mmesce2
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of genog
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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 -14.7%
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 -14.7%
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 -14.7%
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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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 731 ratings
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