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RATINGS: 472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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. 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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 3, 2005
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) I bought sixers of various Grand Teton beers, and after sampling some of the other offerings from this brewery, I was expecting this IPA to be pretty lame as well. Happily, this is a pretty nice IPA, pleasant enough, quite flavorful, but not in your face. Grassy, fruity, fairly sweet, and with a fairly bready malt backbone, the moderately bitter hops is in reasonable, though not perfect balance. The hops shows mostly notes of mild grapefruit in the long-lasting finish. Medium in body with a fairly crisp mouthfeel. Aromas of light malt, bready, grassy, and a bit musty, but lacking sufficient hops for total balance. Dark golden color with some light haziness. Off-white head is pretty average all around, fading to a thin, bubbly layer, but leaving a "lunar landscape" patchwork of lace. Certainly not in the top tier, but decent enough to buy a sixer for those times when you just want to consume a decent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Golden brown with a thin white head. Doughy malts, citrus and some piney hops in the nose. Moderate bitterness, some grass, a little earth, doughy malts balancing things out. Solid IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
More my kind of IPA, where it isn’t just a hopsplosion, which is prolly why it is rated so lukewarm. Very solid brew from a VERY underrated Brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2005
Bright golden-amber colour. The aroma is woody, citrusy with fresh bready maltiness. Moderate bitterness - slightly woody, earthy. Some toasted malts and clean bread notes. The palate is balanced. An IPA doesn’t need to bludgeon you with hops to be good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2005
12oz bottle, orange with an off white 2" head, alfalfa hops smell, not much carbonation, medium bodied slightly bitter, minor balance issues, better than average overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2005
Bottled. Beer on the month. Wasn’t a bad beer. Had a nice dry hop bite to it. Had worse. Had better.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 10, 2005
12 oz bottle. Yellowish color with minimal head retention. Nice zippy hop aroma with some white pepper. Aroma of Cascade hops is most prevelant. Taste is piney and sweet and sadly without any real balance.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 4, 2005
Lightly hazed orangey amber. Sweet pineapple, woody hop aroma. Dryish, spicy palate, mild biscuity malt and tropical fruit. Not a great IPA but drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2005
It’s been a while since I’ve had this one: Some spicey, floral aromas in the nose, a note of sweet fruitiness, too; nice pour yeilds an ample cap of creamy, nicley lacing head; very slightly body and moderate carbonation; sweet, nutty front end followed by a building, citric/floral bittering; the malt really needs some more presence, the hopping is adequate and tasty; not bad

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Thanks to degrath for giving me this beer.

Copper colored body, full white head. The aroma brings a grassy lemon, pine like astringency. The flavor brings a crusty sweet bread maltyness, but that is overpowered by the bittering pinesap tartness. Blaaaaa… nothing exciting here folks.


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