RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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

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madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured clear golden with a thin white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange and flowers. Taste is interesting. Overload of citrus, some sour, almost like spoiled orange juice. Bitter finish. Medium body. I’m not really into this one.

mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Poured a very light hazy golden amber with a nice white head. The nose was a nice mix of grapefruit, citrus and pine hops. The taste was a nice balance of citrus and pine hops with a great caramel balance. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry hoppy finish. This was a bit different tasting than other American IPAs i’ve had, but it was a good different. Check this one out if you ever get the opportunity.

bigcat03 (323) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Bottle from Wilburs poured into tulip - Pours amber with a 2 finger off-white head; A sugary sweetness, malt, and a good dose of hops both grassy and floral to the nose; A sour bitterness on the initial taste with TONS of floral hops and a weird malty note; Very bitter hop aftertaste; Medium body that fades to dry; Carbonation is present but doesn’t jump out at you; Didn’t like this much at all. Sat in the cellar for a month. Pretty disappointed. No citrus at all.

Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2007
From who, I forget. Copper with nice billowy off-white head, decent spotty lacing. Aroma and flavor both malt dominated. Caramel and toffee, very faint grass and pine. Medium body/mouthfeel. Average at best.

DJC (238) - USA - DEC 30, 2006
Light copper/amber body, with a thin head. Hardly any lacing. Toffee, malt, and some hops in the aroma. Those same characteristics appear in the flavor profile, as well, but the hops are more pronounced. Not as bitter as it probably should be for this style, however. Carbonation is a bit on the fizzy side, but certainly not upsetting. This is a refreshing and very drinkable beer.

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear golden-orange color. Head was off white and settled quickly leaving a tight crown that hung around and left a nice lace on the glass. Aroma was dominated by malty caramel with a touch of molasses and grassy hops. Tastes of sprucy hops and toasted bread with a lemon twist. Mild hop bitterness, mostly at the end.

hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and see through amber color with an averaged sized off white head Aromas of grass, grain, and citrus. Tastes of grass, toasted grain, and citrus. Thinner body. As sweet as it was bitter.

krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2006
the very water that percolates under the mighty teton range also cruises through the "sweet" grasslands of the broad valley: between bovines, weekend buckeroos and tour buses, along it’s golf courses and new second homes of the ultra-rich, picking up both malathion and moose piss before arriving by stages in this beer. oh yum. sweetgrass ipa is the glowing monarch butterfly color of a bambi night light, with a bit of haze within and a tempting and lingering quarter inch of vanilla shake foam on top. the name sweetgrass echoes in the beer’s fragrance: amid the sap that drips from conifers and the pollen that drips from bees buzzing between lupines and mules ears, there is a warm, caramelized scent of the summer pastures drying. it’s creamy, full and tasty. the hops tug playfully between likenesses of pine and citrus, while a modest sweetness animates the waffle-toasty malts. alas, like a washed out photo, it may lose some of it’s subtle allure far removed from the euphoria-induced altitude of jackson’s hole; so drink it there, fresh, look up at the peaks, and then graze like the elk on the sweet grass of the tetons.

dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Aroma isn’t 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.

TAR (2761) - Blue Ridge Mountains, 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 doesn’t get much more boring than this.

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