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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Reviews: 288 | Ratings: 722
Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed yellow/orange color with a fingers worth of white head. There are some small bubbles for lacing.

The nose has some fruits to it and is earthy with some grassy notes that encompass the hoppy scent. There is some sweet malt balance in there as well.

The taste is quite bitter and has a nice amount of pineapple and mango with some grassiness and sweet malt. Pretty well rounded for the most part.

The mouthfeel is bitter and has a semi-dry finish to it. It is light-medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall, solid APA that has great qualities that I seek in an American Pale Ale. Also, kudos to Grand Teton for making a nice brew in six-pack format.

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Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and golden amber with a huge billowing, steady, gorgeous head; this head looks like bread rising in the oven and the lacing is solid

S: A fantastic grassy, citrus hop aroma: lemon rind, tea leaves, grapefruit, marijuana, oranges; some bready undertones; man, this is a nice smelling beer

T: Lots of grapefruit--other citrus too but mostly grapefruit; not as bitter as you would expect from the aroma, which is what you want in an APA; somewhat of a bready base but mostly just a ton of hops

F: A touch thin up front but sticky and oily as the beer goes down

O: MMM; what a great, great hop forward APA; truly one of my favorites

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Photo of pigc
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange with two finger head that fades quickly.

S - Bready malts, sweet pine hops.

T - Initial malt sweetness upfront. Hops seem to be dominated by the sweetness of this brew.

M - Medium body, sweet and sticky.

O - Decent pale ale but definitely not top tier. Glad I received this as an extra but would not seek this one out. Hops seem to have faded. Could be past it's prime.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a massive (2 1/2"+) extremely foamy, slightly red hued head. Slightly cloudy deep amber-orange. Good head retention. Nice lace.

S: Clean spicy, citrusy hops. Woody with a little sweetness.

T: Clean malts and subtle hop characteristics. Bitterness is mellow but very good. There is a nice sweet element, not artificial tasting. Almost a dessert-like PA.

M: Only slightly thick, viscous, oily. Low-medium carbonation.

D: Excellent. A nice break from the uneducated, hop intensive pales out there.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Nice hazy golden coppery ale with a finger of bubbly head.

S: sweet aroma with a bit of hops coming through to finish. Nice Piney notes.

T: Nice sweet taste hits first and finished with some nice bitter piney hops.

M: Not long lasting bitterness but good carbonation and well balanced.

O: Was actually a really APA. Nothing overpowering here but a great taste and great bitterness.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a dark pale amber color with a one finger almost-white head.

Nose is sweet, grassy (hah!), with floral notes reminiscent of cotton candy and tropical fruits.

Taste is sweet, earthy, and tropical with a slight medicinal flavor. Hops are rather clean, leaving little lingering bitterness.

Crisp, sweet, and slightly slick.

Overall an okay pale ale, but nothing special. Probably won't seek this out again.

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Photo of demuzik
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here's a tasty APA. They do a nice job of harnessing hop flavor and malt balance here. It's a surprising 6.5%, you sure can't taste the alcoholic warmth here, it sips more like an average 5 percenter.

I say this brew is a solid APA if that's what you want; nothing to write home about, because everything is somewhat standard, the exceptions being the balance is good and hop flavor is direct and not muddied, whereas the color and appearance of this beer are a tad orange and hazy (could have just been the keg I tried from), but the appearance didn't match the light, mild flavors coming from the drink.

Good, not bad, a one time-tryer if you're wanting a straight forward APA.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This APA was served in a pint glass, from a bottle, it poured a clear amber color, produced a average off white head, decent retention and lacing left behind. The aroma is nice with piney citrus hops at the forefront. Nice malty and fresh bread aromas as well. Medium in body, sweet toasted malt base, caramel, citrus and piney hops. Great session beer- nice example of an APA>

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Photo of quaybr
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange. Big head that dissipates rather quickly.

Estery aroma. Floral hops and caramel malts provide an overall sweet smell - kind of a cherry candy scent.

Same esters come through on the tongue. Bitter hops are just that, and they seem to linger peculiarly long. Not a particularly clean finish given the style. Malts are overpowered by the hops.

The feel is my favorite part of this beer. Good carbonation, good build.

Overall, I'm not really impressed by this ale. Strange taste and aftertaste. Looks and feels pretty, though.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Apellonious
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy golden orange, almost looks like it has pulp in it. Lace hangs on the side of the glass.

S-citrus fruit, grapefruit, mild hops, grassy

T- grapefruit/citrus, has some sweetness mixed with the hop bitterness. Grassy overtones. Why do I keep comparing beer to the taste of grass ? Its not like eating grass is a common occurrence for me. Beer is.

M - Strangely smooth for the hop bite the beer has. It finishes crisper, with decent carbonation. But it feels slightly flat initially.

O- decent APA , heavy on the hops, refreshing but not extraordinary.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden with a thick long lasting white head. One solid ring of lacing.
S- It smells quite sweet, sugary even. There is a fruity aroma to it. Both a yeasty and hoppy fruityness.
T- Initially it's fruity with a peach and orange flavor to it. It gets a bit too sugary in the end.
M- The sugaryness lasts on the tongue. Low carbonation.
O- It's an ok pale, but the sugary sweetness was a bit excessive.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/6/11

Pours a beautiful semi hazy orange with a finger and a half of creamy egg shell white head. Great retention, some pretty good rings of lacing.

Sweetgrass has the aroma of just that, sweet grass, along with some citrus hops and some earthy undertones. The aroma is pretty subtle in my opinion. I was really hoping for some more hops....

Biscuity up front with some citrus hops that make their way into the taste with some subtle pine hops rounding of the taste.

Light to medium in body with ample amounts of carbonation. Goes down very smooth with a semi drying hop finish.

Overall, this was a nice APA out of their sample pack my parents brought me back from their vacation. Not anything that I would go looking for by any means, but still a tasty pale ale. I would have prefered it to be a little bolder, but I feel like this would be going down just right on an afternoon by the Tetons.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely lit orange liquid with a finger of the white stuff....The smell is awesome, and this is why, it smells of bud. Not bud light but MJ. Like a backwoods piney resin blunt. Mild hops on the tongue, a smooth weedy flavor with some base malts and new cut grass. Mouthfeel lends a medium body with comfortable fuzzy carbonation. Overall, session beer flavor here!

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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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Sweetgrass American Pale Ale (APA) from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 722 ratings.
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