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RATINGS: 460   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Orange color with a fluffy white head. Pretty dense lacing. Citrusy aroma, mostly of the lemon/grapefruit variety. Moderately sweet malty body with nice carbonation and piney hop flavors. Quite a bitter finish. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Orangish color with a medium white head. Honey and citrus hops aroma. Slightly sweet honey and citrus, with lots of bitter ash and hops flavors. Very crisp feel with a dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Golden orange color with a medium off-white head. The aroma was full of citrusy tones and floral tones. The flavor was on the sweet side...bready character with a hint of hops bitterness in the aftertaste. The feel was a little thin...quite crisp on the tongue...semi-dry finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Pours amber with white dissipating head. Aroma is hoppy with a bit of citrus. Flavor is surprisingly sweet for an ip. Body is quite thin. Would probably be quite refreshing in the summertime but not really what I look for in an india.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Placed in among some of the greater IPAs at this particular IPA tasting, this beer was lost. On its own, it is a nice, refreshing drink. Pouring out a hazy amber with a foamy white head, it has the essential hoppy/citrus nose. A little on the thin side and light in body, it did deliver a refreshing IPA taste. Wouldn’t go looking for this one again but wouldn’t turn it down if it came up.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Head that looks more like a Pale Ale then an India Pale Ale. Nice golden color with so so lacing. The aroma has malt, apricot and a bit of citrus. The taste is more like a Pale Ale but with a bit more hops in it. It has a bitterness which did not begin well, but got better as the beer went along. Not bad and worth the try.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Beer of the Month Club bottle. Golden amber, sticky white head. Floral and citrusy hops in the nose, a little piney, slight apricot and a bit of malt. Decent balance, pretty bitter. Lighter to medium bodied. Pretty Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raymow (850) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Decent orange coloring and very good fruity/floral/hoppy aroma and flavor with a bit of a hop aftertaste. Overall, pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Bottle - Pours a dark and slightly cloudy golden amber in color with a medium head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is yeasty with a nice mix of cirus/piney/grassy hops. Flavor is of citrus/piney hops with an balance of maly sweeness. Good amount of bitterness that hangs on for a decent bitter/hoppy finish. Not really a truely great IPA, but drinkable, enjoyable and worth repeating.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1844) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2004
A friend brought this back from a trip out west for me - thanks Fran!

Light golden in color with a large white head. Lots of suspended yeast particles. Mellow piney, grapefruity Cascade hop aroma, with lemons and a touch of caramel and candi sugar. Moderately bitter flavor turns lightly sweet. Nice cleansing hop spiciness in the finish, though it does seem a tad light and watery. By the time I got my bottle, it was well over 6 months old, and methinks that this little bit of aging did wonders to this beer, mellowing out the hops and allowing a rather velvety, caramel malt to rise to the surface. I was very pleased with this comfy beer.


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