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RATINGS: 484   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%

Editorís Note: formerly called Sweetgrass India Pale Ale

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dwyerpg (5262) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Aroma isnít very citrusy. A little pale, not bubbly. Taste is a little backwards in that it starts out with a nice bite of hops ad finishes thin and plain. Not very good per style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2595) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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 doesnít 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 (10528) - 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! Iíd say itís an English IPA, but the hops are all American. Reminiscent of an English IPA. Howís 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 (12851) - 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, Jercís 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 wasnít there in the taste. A quenching solid pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6373) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with jerc and tupalev, jercís 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.

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