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 | website

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
Reviews:
287
Ratings:
715
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
18.92%
 
 
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9
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65
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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $1.50.... enjoyed from a shaker pint.
Still unwinding... no tunes yet.

Big lemon merangue looking head... lite gold/new penny copper with substantial hop haze. Thick lacing that lasts for the entire glass.

Smell is different than most American IPA's ... there is alot of big citrus .. even some grapefruit rind... but mixed in, a hoppy spiciness that is quite unexpected, but not a bad thing in my mind. No real malt to exactly identify... maybe some toasty bready notes... but just barely balanced .... barely.

Citrus hops right out of the gate ... more citrus peel/pith... a little on the bitter side.... lingering bitterness.. finishes with a little lemon zest. Again, across the board, this is a hop delivery device; I think it could use a little more malt and body.

Despite my above negatives, this is one of my goto IPA's when it is hot outside. Tonight, I am enjoying it and a bunch of other West Coast IPA's. This brew deserves respect... so do many others brewed in Idaho.

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

Pours a copper color with a bit of sediment. Soapy, sudsy head that lasts the duration of the drinking experience. Good lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of grainy malts and floral, woodsy hops. Amarillo and Cascade are the hop varieties used, and it is no surprise that the hops stand out in the aroma and flavor. In the taste, citrus and lemon tea. Mild spicy, grassy and earthy character. Solid little pale with a lingering bitterness. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Overall this was quite enjoyable. Dusty, resinated hops stick with you.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, from Idaho, says Jackson Hole's Original on it,

A: Pours a golden yellow, pilsner-style in colour, with a good, white head, which leaves some good lacing.

S: A good smell, fairly typical of the IPA crowd, starts of piney, but the biscuity malt comes out as the beer warms.

T: A good flavour, grapefruit mostly, with a good malt balance, above average for an IPA, I thought.

M: Dry and chewy, quite snappy, and refreshing.

D: A good IPA, consistent and above average, the two Grand Teton brews I have had thus far have been very good, will have to try the others, would be a good session beer to stick with for the night. Not mind blowing in its complexity, just a good, solid, drinkable IPA for the hop fan.

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

Slightly chill hazed amber colored ale with a tall white head that doesn't last.

Good hop aroma light malt that I can't really ID, slightly caramel scented. Bitter citrus aroma, mostly Bergamot orange. No real pine in the scent, but plenty of eucalyptus oil.

Starts out sweet and bitter, mostly an herbal bitter bite in the aftertaste. Pretty much stays Bergamot orange bitterness with a little woodiness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pretty drinkable, especially for a low alcohol IPA. Has the taste you need, but not really outstanding, just good.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep orange with a fair bit of haze and a lot of floaties. Head is a rocky tan foam and about three fingers in height. This is good, but I don't usually expect this quantity and size of particles of detritus in my IPAs.

Smell: very funky and spicy hop aromas. I can't really identify the malt under all the funk, but it's not too bad.

Taste: sweet malt with a little sour acidity. Hops are earthy, funky and quite citrusy. I feel like there are good flavors here, but they are not well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body with medium carbonation. Acidity adds a little astringency, but it's not too bad.

Drinkability: overall, not too bad. This might be quite good with a sweetish meal; something with peanut sauce, maybe.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a pleasant, mildly hazed golden-orange colour, with a fine, soft head of white that sticks around in a film. Lacing is erratic, but forms pleasantly intricate patterns when it does form. Body is quite hefty, and holds fine carbonation when tilted. Overall, it looks good.

Crumbly lemon tart characters on the nose, some sweet-savoury malt characters and a clean but not pungent or sharp citrus hop aroma. It mellows after a while, maintaining a custardy lemon character, but gaining a slightly more yeasty tone. It's still decent.

Taste is light and clean, with a sharpness through the centre that provides a nice counterpoint to the base, which is broad and again sweet-savoury. Some prickly lemon characters and a metallic bite towards the back. Finish is long with hops, but pleasantly clean otherwise. Overall, it's pretty tasty.

Feel is good. Smooth and pleasant to balance the sharper characters.

Overall, this is a very solid and very tasty APA. It's less aggressive than an IPA, but with the genesis in crisp, biting hop flavours. This drives it forward and provides a very neat and very drinkable package.

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

Poured a crystal-clear golden amber with a sizable foamy white head. Nose is floral and grainy. Taste is cascade hop bite with pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is light. Pretty drinkable. Sordove thin bodies overall and the ABV is 6.5?? A decent IPA and worth a try.

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

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is a hazy amber color, dulled slightly. The ale isn't full of sediment, just clouded. A thick rocky head resulted from the pour and has left large patches around the glass.

S: The nose is very hoppy with an oily, resin profile. Citrus hops are the norm. Pepper matches the grapefruit and caramel malts.

T: The breadiness of the malts is evident up front, grainy with caramel and toast flavors. The initial hop bitterness is right on the tail of the malts with a grapefruit profile. A green vegetal flavor follows the hops, leaving a mild bitterness. The hops leave a nice finish.

M: The oiliness of the hops is pretty strong, overtaking a significant aspect of the flavor. An accessible IPA.

D: A decent IPA that could use a little more assertiveness in the hop profile.

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Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Sara and Craus for this one. Bottled on 4/24/13. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a nice hazy orange color with over an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and light-to-moderate lacing.

There were some floral hop notes at the front of the aroma, followed by a light bit of citrus, all on top of some gentle grains. There was a low amount of malt flavor on the tongue, but the floral and citrus hop notes were the main component anyway. The beer had a bitter citrus finish that didn't really push my buttons. In actuality, I found found this beer to more of an IPA than a straight Pale.

The body was the typical medium of the style, that a lot of folks think SNPA defines, I also think that beer is really an IPA too. Drinkability was good, the bottle was gone quickly enough, and I could see having a couple more. Overall, a pretty nice beer that would have gotten a higher numerical score had it been classified as an IPA. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a medium gold with a good sized head of foam that dissipated slowly but stayed through out the session.

The smell has hoppy and earthy notes.

The taste is a good balance of malt and hops..some sweetness from the malt and the hops give a grassy and lemony flavour but it's not bitter.
I've had this many times before and it's quite tasty.

Bottom line: A solid IPA that is kind of a "mild" example of the style and certainly at least worth trying and could be found to be revisiting. ;^) I recommend it.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy caramel color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to a ring around the edge of the glass. Decanted lightly. Laced in wavy rings.

S: Bready caramel malt. Sweet fruit and citrus along with dry grass an pine.

T: Caramel and wet grain transition quickly to sweet fruit, orange peel and grapefruit. Pine comes in on the back end. Bitter and dry in the finish with a little of the fruit flavors lingering.

M: Medium in body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet then dry without being resiny. Overall, nice balance.

D: Solid APA - flavorful and balanced.

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

12oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" eggshell head above the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Head lasts okay, with ample slow-falling lace. Aroma is citrusy and moderately sweet. Taste finds the same, sweet to start, with lemon in the middle, and a balanced close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Enjoyable brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks n8dietz, u da man.

Mild haze with a sunshiney copper and medium amber. Nice head, weak foam, and good bubbling.

Nice orange and earthy hops aroma and some sweet white bread toast.

The taste starts with some fresh harvested barely, untoasted mixed with orange peels. The middle is toasted and grainy. The finish is just a little grass and orange groves with a more dry biscuit flavor.

Not bad, worth a try for an AIPA fan.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A sharp, citrusy aroma, with some hops present.

T: Tasted of mild hops, citrus (a little grapefruit), and a bit of malt. Not exactly groundbreaking for the style, but still very tasty and likable.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange. Bubbly eggshell white froth caps it off. Lace is fairly substantial. Aroma is more piney than citrusy. Also a little malt sweetness. Piney hop presence translates onto the palate almost making the hop quality of this beer one dimensional. But it's not. I also get a little orange citrus flavor and some grassiness too. Malt backing balances the beer out nicely. Pretty good IPA.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Suprised by the lack of high reviews for this exceptionally balanced and very nice drinkable American IPA...

Hazy light golden with a nice light beige head and subdued carbonation that leaves nice lace. Nice mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hop aromas. Nice hoppy flavors without being overly bitter; balanced hop flavors of citrus and pine... Medium bodied and smooth with a dry hoppy finish.

Per Beer Club notes:
- 58 IBU
- 6.5% ABV
- Malts: Idaho 2-row Pale, German Munich, Wheat, Carafoam, Belgian Caravienne, British Crystal
- Hops: UK Goldings, Willamette, Galena, Amarillo, Czech Saaz, Cascade (and dry hopped w/ Cascade)

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a darker yellow and gold, nice 3/4" head on it. Aroma was super grassy, not so much hoppy.

Taste, maybe its just the name, but this really kicks down a sweet and grassy vibe. The hopping is relatively average, but the sweetness of the malt is really the dominant thing going on here. There's some grapefruit like flavor as well. Maybe some peel/rind. Lemongrass. Oftentimes, people describe a beer as dry. This is not. This is grassy wet, sweet and lightly tart.

The mouthfeel is almost sorachi ace like with the hops. A real small amount of caramel. Its not world changingly different, but the slight difference compared to many other hoppy pales is welcome, and makes for a relatively enjoyable beer.

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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 Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after renouncing its connection with the 12 ounce bottle sets in the glass a limpid amber color with a portly bright white head and it is spumous in texture as it slowly transmogrifies the lace formed is a fine skirt to conceal the glass. Nose has a nice floral aroma with a sweet malt backing and the start sweet with the top middling in feel. Finish has a moderate acidity and the hops pertinent in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, nice and refreshing beer on a hot Arizona Summer day.

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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 ZAP
2.11/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Granted I just had a Union Jack IPA so maybe I am spoiled but I can sum this beer up quickly.

This is a nice drinkable APA...If you like dumbed down APA's...thin...a decent maltiness but really lacks any appreciable hop impressions...the hops that are noticable are more floral...lacks any strong bitterness or juicy hop flavors..

For an IPA this is a let down but it isn't a horrible beer...still even as an APA I would drink many before this.

My scores make it seem like this is a horrible beer. I am scoring compared to the best in this style...I could drink this beer anytime and be ok with it, but would choose about 100 other IPA's before this one....thus the scores..

I don't know...maybe the Union Jack I just had set too high of a bar....

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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 ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed that this beer won the Gold at GABf for American Pale Ale and when I noticed the bottled date was only a month old I didn't hesitate to pay the $8 for the sixer. Orange-yellow color with a good rocky head. Smells hoppy, a little bit of grass and "greenness". Taste is a solid hoppy pale ale that almost borders on IPA but not quite there. I'd easily buy this again given the value for the price.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is a mammoth three inches in height, and recedes slowly into a large, rocky cap of foam. The aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, and some light floral notes. the taste is very fruity with tons of citrus, and a light floral notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, this is an alright beer, but I can't see myself drinking it again.

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.
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