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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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
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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Banana gold. Fluffy, big-bubbled ring of foam. Muted aroma of tangerine marmalade, straw, and lightly toasted malts. Soft floral accents. Loose and fizzy on the palate. Lightly toasted malts eventually counteract the citric acidity which tingles the palate and weakens the body. Malts are sweetly nutty and strawlike, but are also quite husky and unrefined. Rather airy and empty at the core, with bland wafery malts far outmatching the hop character. Finishes slightly toasty and grassy, but with no salvaging hop bitterness or bright hop flavors. Few hops to be found in the aroma and body? It doesn’t get much more boring than this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2006
via trade with Buck Dich - Pours a clear amber color with a good size off white head. Nice lacing. Has a slight grassy hop aroma. Flavor has some malt sweetness to go along with the hops. Decent balance. Light to medium body. A tad bit dry. Wortha try. Thanks Jordan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
12 oz. bottle, courtesy of argo0. Clear orange-amber appearance, small head. Very fresh, sweet hoppy nose. Held-back bitterness holds this IPA together - nice floral hoppiness, citrus edge, slightly dry and light finish. As multiple folks have already said tonight, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle... Hazy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Toffee, grapefruit and evergreen nose. The flavor is a bit thin and leans toward the sweet side of balance, but offers nice, juicy PNW hops. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes gently bitter and dry. Very drinkable! I’d say it’s an English IPA, but the hops are all American. Reminiscent of an English IPA. How’s that? Thanks go out to Argo0 for sharing the bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12773) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2006
(12oz bottle) Clear amberbody with small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, pine, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, pine, some caramel. Somewhat dry finish. Watery medium body, nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. Orange body, small white head. Fairly prominent but moderate grapefruit in aroma and flavour, very light malt in the flavour. Average bordering on thin palate is acceptable. Nice hoppy pale ale, but lacks the complexity and oomph for the next level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle shared wit Jerc and Hogtown Harry, Jerc’s bottle. Soapy, spicy, pepper aroma. Deep yellow, foamy white head. Decent taste - malt and hops, what else! Tons of grapefruit citrus in the linger that really wasn’t there in the taste. A quenching solid pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with jerc and tupalev, jerc’s botle. Pale clear bright orange with a smallish head. Good resin/spruce pungent hop aroma, decent malt backing. Taste is lighter than I expected, but nice, same hops, okay toasty somewhat sweet malt, balanced, not big but very drinkable - average body, some astringency and carbonation, not much alcohol to be detected - overall a decent mid-level US IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber with a creamy, foamy head. Fairly aromatic with notes of citrus and pine. Flavor is definitely tilted to the hops with little malt presence. Finish is very bitter, a bit excessive for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4125) - 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.

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