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RATINGS: 457   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


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   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.

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   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 (821) - 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 (1813) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is piney and earthy, touch floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are medium bitter, slightly floral and grassy. Kind of wheaty and grassy. Yet another spectacular average and uninspired beer from the Micro Beer of the Month Club this month. Gets more grassy and a touch cardboardy as it warms. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and cardboard.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
This beer poured a light yellow color with a very thin white head and a good degree of carbonation. There was a little lacing on the glass, but nothing really worth speaking about. The aroma was a bit funky with a mixture of heavy pine and ’ass’ coming to mind right off the bat! After that moment faded it led into a redwood forest, floral, grassy, dirt, earthy and all that other stuff I failed to mention smell! The body was very thin and light with a heavy grassy flavor and a long last finish which continued to get more bitter and unpleasant by each sip. The carbonation level was very weak for an IPA here and the finish tended to get very grainy and weak as the beer warmed. Cardboard made its appearance in the finish as well...and that’s not a good thing. Pretty much this beer went downhill as it warmed, and it became fairly unpleasant by the final sip. Not a beer I’d care to venture near again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Got this from this from a friend who worked at the national park and came to visit me after the season was over. The body is a pale copper, mostly clear, but a bit of chunky yeast was floating around. It’s a bit tame for an IPA, but well balanced, with piney hops balanced out by a toasty malt. The body is a bit thin, but it’s very drinkable and fairly tasty.


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