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

Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA)
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57.6%
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3.73 w/ 729 ratings
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
Ranking:
#23,603
Reviews:
289
Ratings:
729
Liked:
420
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
11.8%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
71
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 729 |  Reviews: 289
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of imbibehour
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A deep orange amber almost copper colored and fairly opaque with a bit of a glow, but also pretty solid appearance. Some nice hints of orange and lemon yellow to the edges with some nice small carbonation. Head is fluffy in appearance and retention but manages only about two fingers, but settles to a thick puck and a soapy thick ring.

Mellow hop aroma and nice small airy grains seem to come through the bouquet. Floral and slightly fruity, almost a bit herbal green smelling as well with a little bit of mild caramel sweetness. There's a fun sort of pickle briney smell to this as well, almost salty but makes an interesting contrast and quite surprising too.

Palate delivers nicely. Hop angle seems in taste to accent on the mid palate a tropical note, slightly mango and pineapple. Nice juiced body if a little bit light on depth but delivers nicely. Excellent finish and aftertaste with more of that juicy fruit quality coming out nicely. Slightly playful carbonation and prickly on the tongue at first but, washes with a nice malty backbone and honey light and caramel sweetness to match.

A real nice solid pale ale, very inviting and delicious.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 03/15/07:

Pours gold with a one-finger white head that descends to a lasting thin bubbly cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of mild citric fruitiness/grapefruit and some grassy/graininess.

The initial touch of grapefruit that carries over from the aroma soon gets lost in a sweet grainy malt. Tea-leaf dryness mixes with sweetness. It's a tad soapy. Puckeringly dry finish.

Thin body for the style. Decent carbonation, but the brew doesn't hit the palate quite right.

Not a good example of the style. The dryness is in the wrong direction and the hops get nearly lost to a grainy sweetness.

I didn't care for it, but thank jcwattsrugger for bringing it back so that I had a chance to try it.

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

Pours a cloudy, copper color with lots of suspended yeast. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, slight sweet malt, alcohol, slight sweet citrus, and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, hint of alcohol, sweet malt background, slight earthy malt, hint of caramel malt, and slight citrus in the finish. Overall, a rather tasty APA; good blend and body.

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

The appearance was a soft hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There’s some light stringy lacing coming from the dieing head. The smell had a big juicy citrus aroma with an invasive strong pine note to assist in a wonderful smell. The taste started off sweet and eventually showed a mild bittersweet flavoring to start to show. On the palate, this one shows a nice sesionability in a light to medium sort of body. The carbonation was delicately harsh with a fine lingering gentleness to it. A light spicy smooth undercurrent of juicy citrus with pine rolls over my tongue. Overall, what a wonderful APA that I definitely would have again.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweetgrass IPA, Grand Teton Brewing Co. "Jackson Hole's Original"

My first Idaho beer, I do believe.

Hazy. pale orange color, good 1/4 " of bright white foam above.

Fresh aroma, mild citrus zest, mellow, but discernible hops.

On the tongue...faintly hoppy dishwater flavor,...light bodied, faintly flavored, disappears from the palate in a minute or less...
Persistent hops on the tongue, but a bit too mild to call it an IPA...not much more than an APA.
Nothing terrible about it, just a bit blase.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/05/05- Purchased at a random liquor store in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy golden pour, 3/4 inch white head and excellent lace.

Smell- Pretty heavy dose of sweet candied fruits and a dash of lightly toasted malt.

Taste- Pretty well rounded. Not the bitterness I was looking for, but has a definite sweetness, caused both by the fruity hops and the malt.

Mouthfeel- Typical carbonation for an IPA.

Drinkability- Another well balanced IPA that doesn't have a real hop kick. Pefectly decent session brew.

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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 sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark orange in color with a big two finger head that lasts a while. Light lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and a hint of bitterness is all that is detectable.

Taste: mild bready profile with some caramel, soft grapefruit tones, and a decent bitterness. There is a mild woody tone that arrives late with this one.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short and focuses on the bitterness lingering around.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one. Worth giving this a try.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a glowing golden orange with yellow highlights that had a finger of bubbly head but with good head retention and left lots of frothy lacing sticking to the glass. Nice caramel citrusy aroma upfront with tangerine fruit, sucbtle hops and candy sweetness; very appealing nose. The orange citrusy character was more apparent on the palate with tangerine caramel accents and sweetness from the malts to balance it out. The brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, fruity, malty, crisp, and tingly finish. It drank very good and was very tasty. IMO its was one of the best pale ales I've had in awhile. Definitely highly recommend this beer.

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

Beer served in a DFH signature glass. Beer is amber with a mild haze, white head, small bubbles, low lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is piney and earthy in hops, mild malt. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body, malty sweet up front but the midpalate is this nice sulfury, pine hop presence that is nice followed by a moderate / mild bitterness. Overall a decent little pale ale, I'd have it again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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 Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, but absolutely no head. Maybe I had it too cold in the fridge, but no head.
Smell of hops, citrus and biscuit. At first sip I had to re-examine the bottle cuz it tasted a bit like an unfiltered wheat. But then the hops came alive.
Good bite to it, nice balance. Just enough sweetness to tame the hops. However, a bit thin. Would like to see it with more body.
Still, could drink it easily.

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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 57.6% out of 100 with 729 ratings
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