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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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. Alcohol 6.0% by volume.

Awards 2009 - Gold Medal, American Pale Ale - Great American Beer Festival
Specifications
Original Gravity: 15.0 Plato (1.060)
Malts: Idaho 2-Row Pale, German Vienna & CaraAmber
International Bittering Units: 60
Hops: Columbus, Galena, Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, & dry hopped with Cascade
Alcohol by Volume: 6.0%

Editor’s Note: formerly called Sweetgrass India Pale Ale


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is a mix of sweet crystal malt, toasted grain and some fruity hop notes. The malt is certainly the single biggest part of this beer right now, it really almost perfectly captures a caramelized crystal malt character.

There is quite a bit more hop character in the flavor, though it still does not drown out the still quite noticeable malt character. The beer starts with a nice bite of hop character that slowly ramps up through to the finish, where it becomes a nice solid bitterness. Sweet notes of caramelized malt are found throughout this beer, in fact it adds just as much character as the bitterness does. this beer has almost has a perfectly equal balance of malt and hop. The crystal malt flavors seem to accentuate some of the hop character a bit, especially accenting a nice citrusy orange note. There also seems to be a touch of menthol like pine to this beer.

All in all this is a tasty brew, but I can’t quite help thinking that a beer with this amount of malt character could use a whole lot more hops in the brew kettle. This is perhaps not what one looks for in an IPA these days, but it makes for a really quaffable brew. It seems to finish a bit thin as the beer warms up though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
swanmann (604) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Maybe I’m just feeling this one right now, but this is a full bodied IPA. I poured a bottle into my globe glass. The color’s more amber than brown. Satisfying hoppy bite. Eat my rating, haha.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2890) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Aroma caught my attention: some citrus and pine type scents from the hoppy hops inside. Kinda light mouthfeel and a flavor that ends in hoppy dryness. Seemed more like a strong pale ale than a true IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (2613) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Clear amber color with a small white head. Aroma is piney and filled with citrus and hops. Taste is sweet and sour from the citrus tones, light malts, and hops. Finish was a smooth, but a little lacking in the flavor department. I liked the brew, but it could have been better with a stronger hops finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - APR 23, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Buttery aroma, clear amber body, white head of small bubbles. Average carbonation. Creamy, easy, clean and sweet with instant and lingering bitterness of pitch and copper. Nothing to write home about, but not a bad IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a nice head and residual lacing. Hops and fruit are on the nose. Fairly balanced athough bitterness lingers throughout. Could used more sweetness and a smidge more malt for support. All in all, I liked this one. Courtesy of Snowtiger.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Tap @ the brewery & 12 oz bottle. Clear amber/copper with large beige rocky head, nice lace. I wasn’t much impressed with the tap version for it was consumed cold, but the bottle had a nice med roast English malt flavor, with fresh hops and a touch of yeast. Fresh and clean tasting. Not very far into medium bodied, but a nice brew for the common man and with food. I wouldn’t hesitate to drink this again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
another bottle from a recent trade with Saarlander. golden amber with a decent white head. hoppy aroma is floral and citrus. not bad but htis one could use a little more caramel sweetness for balance.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2006
Oddly, the only IPA available at the liquor store I happened to stop at. A decent, tasty session ale with some brewpub roughness, but no noticeable flaws. Good resinous hop aroma with some battle between hop and malt dominance (no clear winner).

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2006
This has a great flavor coming out of the gate, but soon loses any momentum it has in the finish, dropping right off the palate. A very soft IPA, with some wonderful citric grapefruit in the aroma. Hoppy all the way through, with a light maltiness. This one is just OK.


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