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

Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)
730 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: 730 |  Reviews: 289
Photo of BigDaddyJohn
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Savan
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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 costanzo_mike
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chicksdiggit
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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 jpuetz
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +7%
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%
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%
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 entenduintransit
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of herman77
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ceanderson
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Moose90
2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
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 RenzoD
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very malty approach to the APA. Has a nice, pure homebrew taste and feel. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of benloho
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of z_taylor
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldManMetal
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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 aussiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sixpoint
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 730 ratings
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