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

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
724
Reviews:
288
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
70
For Trade:
0
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Photo of MasterRigger
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gilgar
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMarcy78
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.59/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of capes
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Quesophresco
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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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3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable smell

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Heloeveritt
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Justinprintz
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BigAl18
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beardo
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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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