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

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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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Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9//26/11

Bottled on 6/28/11

Hazy, burnt tangerine color with pale, golden hues at the stem. The head starts off just shy of a finger's worth and thins from there. Thin layer of retention with a clumpy ring and good lace.

Tart lemon juice notes are interjected into aromas of orange pith and grass. The lemon aspect is definitely grabbing. Biscuit malts and a hint of toasty bread linger underneath.

The flavors are comparably bright, though the citrus notes are not at the fore. Instead, there is a lofty grassy presence and some floral notions. Tangy citric tones move in from the edges. Toasted bread rounds it out. Maybe a scratch or two of pine in there. It definitely has a nice hop kick to it.

The feel is somewhere between light to medium body, probably leaning more toward the former. Carbonation is ample but never seems to over shoot the feel of the beer. Very dry, especially on the finish. Prickly resin with a delicate dusting of graininess.

This critter ain't too bad at all, especially considering it's three months old. It fits comfortably into IPA-lite territory. I'd like to get a super fresh bottle to see how the hops crackle. Worth a shot.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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 emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing a fresher sample apparently... "Bottled on: 1/3/12"
More overt citrus flavors, with a light citrus peel and caramel aroma. Lingering hoppy notes in the aftertaste this time, bumping up scores a little bit.

"Bottled on: 10/25/11" This beer is from the future?

Looks pretty opaque and murky orange, with suspended sediment visible in the glass. Intricate lacing, some decent head retention, a broken skim after ten minutes or so. The striated hanging sediment is sort of a wtf moment though.

Softly bready and full of caramel malt, strangely a touch acidic. Could be a little bit oxidized, who knows... first time seeing this on the shelf in WI.

Flavor is sweet and bready, clover honey notes, multigrain bread. Pleasant enough, definitely malt forward. Mellow feel, medium bodied. Was this hoppy at some point in time, the world may never know.

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Photo of jpro
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this on-tap about a month ago, I’ve picked up a couple of six-packs since then... down to the last two bottles, now. Poured into a Sam Adams “Perfect Pint” glass -

A: Pours a cloudy orange / light copper with a beige head that forms about an inch of a cap; it dies down to some spotty foam, leaving some chunky lace.

S: Not as citrusy as I remember it being on-tap; smells pretty sweet... caramel malt is definitely in the house; hops are orangey and a little piney; there’s a bit of woody / vinous tang going on, too - could be the yeast, I guess.

T: Nice, fresh hoppiness here... some orange rind and a touch of pine; the zesty hop flavor is backed up nicely by the caramel malt; pretty smooth.

M: Medium-light body; higher carbonation; pretty easy drinking.

O: A nice and hoppy APA... near IPA-hoppiness, but the (slightly) toned down abv and lighter body steer it back to pale ale territory; pretty good stuff, although I think I’ve had my fill as of late - will definitely have it on-tap again if I see it, though.

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

Found this review in an old notebook I used to use. My cousin gave me it out of a mix pack he brought home from Minnesota a few years ago. I had this one quite a while ago, at the time it was called Sweetgrass IPA.

This beer pours a nice golden amber color. it has a 2-finger white head on it. The head leaves behind some nice lace on the glass. It has a nice sweet malty smell and good piney hop character to it. The taste has a sweet malty backbone and a piney hop bitterness. There is some fruitiness as a lingering bitter hoppiness. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a smooth feel to it, and there is some lingering bitterness. There is good drinkability here. I could definitely drink a few of these in a night. This is a solid beer. I recommend trying it.

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Photo of coldriver
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in to a Sam Adams glass. Pours a light amber color and huge ice cream float head. Good lacing and head retention. Citrus, pine, and caramel aromas. Seems a little heavy on the bittering hops vs finishing hops balance. Alcohol seems to show through a little more than you would expect, and a little mediciney on the finish and aftertaste. Good but not great beer.

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

App - orange hue with white head, foaminess that doesn't stick around long

S - piney, but not overly so, with citrus notes and herbal/earthy hoppy notes to accompany

T/MF - this one is tasting of hops but not heavily of the citrus/piney variety. The mouthfeel is smooth and not-overly carbonated and slick on the tongue.

O - overall, a good, solid red offering, i enjoyed the overlap of the IPA characteristics, I enjoyed it!


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Photo of beer2day
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold to orange with 1 finger pillowy cream head. Thin on retention and light on lace.

Very strong grassy nose. Herbal hops with very light citrus underneath. Maybe some orange peel and light apricot.

Herbal hops carry over into the taste. Not big, but not light either. Slightly soapy quality, but more from the smell than taste. Light pepper and lighter citrus orange peel. Mild hop finish, but a strong herbal aftertaste. Not unpleasant, but different.

Feel seems about right for the style and flavor. Light syrup and cream. Feel in finish is rather good, with a nice creamy texture.

Overall, I'd love to try it on draft.

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Photo of Pipmeister
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/orange color with dome haziness to it. The head is off white and is huge. The head sits on top of the beer like vanilla ice cream in a float. Tons of lacing and I still can't believe the head. I'm down to my last few sips and there's been a 2-3 finger head just floating on the brew.
The smell is good with some slight hop bitterness and a good amount of malt breadiness/sweetness.
The taste is that of a typical good local microbrewery, averagely good. Nothing crazy to write home about but solid. There's a decent amount of bitterness on the tongue followed by sweetness to balance it out but the sweetness is a little too much.
Overall a decent brew that I like drinking with a couple friends but it's a little forgettable.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a slightly hazy amber color bit of orange hues. Very thick almost like the beer is over carved off white head. Super sticky lacing.

Aroma is nice. Bit of hops and some malt. Has that smell of yeast that has been worked too hard or too many times though. They should probably get some fresh yeast more often.

Taste is ok. Kinda malty with a decent hop flavor and bitterness. I feel like the malts don't complement eachother though. Might be the overworked yeast.

Mouthfeel is a bit maltier than I like but not bad. Nice carb even though the pour would suggest it's over carbed.

Overall it's an OK pale ale. Think I would still take SNPA over this.

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Photo of bld81
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass:
A: attempted to "cold-crash" this bottle-conditioned brew in a bucket of ice water. With a careful pour still got large globs of yeast and particles, orange/amber with lots of haze
S: sweet and piney, honeysuckle, light aroma, not overpowering
T: crisp from the pine hop resin, orange peel and smooth caramel
M: bitter but does not linger, light and doesn't linger, satisfying
O: Pleasantly surprised, solid pale ale, obviously lacking if you prefer IPAs. A good get for the summer especially.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Off-orange color, with a minimal white head that did not last long. Very light lacing.

Smells of citrus and hops. Some hints of pine, and grass are in the background.

Taste is hops up front. Pine notes and grass in the middle, with a citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, and very smooth to drink.

Not a bad APA. I had it on tap, so, that always helps.

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

Sweetgrass American Pale Ale pours an amber to copper color with a modest cap of foam. The aroma is alive with orange citrus and pine. The mouthfeel is nice, not too heavy, but enough weight to know your drinking a pale ale. The caramel malt provides just a touch of balance before the citrus, pine and grassy hops takes over. A solid beer, certainly drinkable.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A glowing burnt orange with a huge fluffy eggshell colored head. Awesome retention and legs. The lacing is very respectable-- nice mountainscape of jagged sticky froth.

Some sweet malts hold notes of caramel and Hawaiin bread. The hops are citrusy, grassy, and piney. The taste follows the nose exactly-- sweet malts with plenty of hops. The hops hit with a grassy herbal quality, then a grapefruit bitterness, followed by a lingering dry piney note. Decent bitterness. A little alcohol comes across on the finish, which turns out to be this beer's biggest downfall.

The body is good-- medium with adequate carbonation and a prickly feel to it. An oiliness coats my teeth on the finish.

Overall, this is a solid APA. I am happy to have it again, and I look forward to drinking it again!

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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 mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

seriously thrilled to be able to try this one! always a fan of grand teton it is very good to see them in my state finally!

Pours a nice copper tone, with a good sized head that has some nice clumping and staying power as well as some decent lacing throughout. Smell is wonderfully hopped, like a pine cone dipped in orange juice! Fantastic full hoppy smell. Taste is right up with the smell. Full on hops from the gate. Piney, very grassy and citus, AWESOME. Very smooth with a nice dry aftertaste that begs you to come back for more.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange into a tulip glass. Cloudy honey color w/ ~ an inch of head which dissipated quickly - nice lacing.

S: Fairly citrusy aroma (grapefruit/organge), with hops present.

T: Tasted mildly of hops and malt with citrus flavors. As beer warms a little more hops present, amply more enhoyable - on a hot day I see several of these being ideal

M: Medium bodied w/ a desirable amount of carbonation

O: After allowing this beer to go from cold to just cool both taste and smell matured significantly - good thing i waited before posting this review

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Photo of DCon
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the wolf public house in Ballwin, MO. Poured into a pint glass and had a keg date of 4-12-11.

Appearance- poured a 2 finger of bubbly, white head with a hazy orange color with huge carbonation. Has a decent head retention has thick lacing.

Smell- has a huge citrus hop smell upfront and a lime hint as well. There also is a huge vegetable (celery or salad) aroma mixed in.

Taste- has citric hop taste and more hops after. Has nice malts used and can taste their importance in this brew. Grapefruit and other fruits follow up this ale.

Mouthfeel- light- medium bodied, smooth, and has A great bite at the end.

Overall- nice beer with an awesome taste for an apa. Has an average drinkability and nice beer altogether from Grand Teton Brewing.

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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 Kiwano
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
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 Florida9
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Photo of veinless
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a two-finger head that is white, foamy, and doesn't retain well. Leaves moderate lace on the glass and the body has nice clarity to it.

Nose has a touch of citrus, maybe grapefruit, and a vague bitterness after that. Malt is a touch sweet but nothing to write home about.

Taste starts with some mild citrus and then moves to a half grainy half sweet malt body. Reminds me of cough syrup a little bit, and isn't bad, but isn't good either. Bitterness carries the beer to the finish, is chalky and leafy.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit too carbonated. Chalkiness is nice though. Drinkability is good despite no real areas of strength; this is a beer that doesn't offend but doesn't please too much either.

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Photo of applestash
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aptly named.

A: Vibrant golden-orange color with a thick, dense, lasting head. lots of lacing.

S: Incredible hop bouquet. A sweet tropical fruit and orange aroma with an enticing wet hop tinge.

T: A very friendly malt introduction with fruity, grassy mids and a very gentle hop bite at the end.

M: Prettay light. Dry and clean.

For someone used to big IPAs who has learned to appreciate a well-crafted hop profile, this beer might seem too approachable. For hopheads, this won't scratch the itch, but it's definitely a well crafted and balanced brew that could function as the perfect "conversion beer" for a macro drinker. It's on my rotation, but after drinking a "Pursuit of Hoppyness" the other night, I can't get my fix!

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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 LeeryLeprechaun
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 724 ratings.
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