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RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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

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3.2
scarletfire65 (1466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2015 Draft at Miller’s Pub in Chicago. Amber pour with a small cap of white head. Aroma of grassy hops. Light, crisp, well balanced. Dry finish. Textbook APA.

4.4
CousinBrenden (131) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Great pale. So much going on with differentiation with hops. Perfect mouthfeel and carbonation. 6% ABV perfect balance!

3.8
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - DEC 27, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The smell is heaviest of a citrus nature, with the citrus being a nice blend of sweeter tangerine and some bitter grapefruit hop. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of lighter tropical fruits of pineapple and mango as well as a little bit of a cracker like aroma. A hint of an herbal and floral smell are there as well, rounding out the aroma nicely. Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker and very lightly sweetened flavor of a peach and orange nature. The sweet is very light upfront, and grows even lighter as the taste advances to the end. While the sweet is light, there is a good deal of grapefruit and herbal hop flavor right from the start. These hop flavors grow stronger as the taste moves onto the end, and are joined by other hop flavors of an earthy nature. With the lessening of the sweet and the increase in the hop, one is left with a rather crisp and bitter flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the APA style the feel is rather nice as it creates a decent base for the hop flavors to sit on the tongue all while still making for a more refreshing and crisp brew overall. Overall – A rather nice drier APA overall. Not the best APA out there, but nice and crisp and on the drier side with a good hop hit.

3.2
Strangebrewer (1308) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
bottle. Poured hazy medium amber with a creamy white head. A pungent piney hop aroma. Medium bodied, creamy texture with a sticky tart finish. Sweetish flavour, caramel malt with spicy herbal hops, sour citrus note.

3.9
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Pours a definite hazy golden orange color with a nice just slightly off white head. Aroma is sweet, slight pine, resinous and slightly dank. Non descript citrus as well. Taste is citrus pine up front. Beautiful toasty biscuity sweet malt in the middle that finishes with a nice spicy citrus note that fades into a mild pine bitterness. Really solid stuff. Body is nice, definitely medium and for a 5% ABV beer, that’s awesome.

2.7
Frank (4188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2014
This is a decent pale ale but nothing special. It pours a cloudy orange color w/ a huge head of foam. It has a pleasant fruity nose--I’m getting pineapple and sweet orange--w/ a hint of lavender around the edges. Taste is a touch on the sweet side which goes along well enough w/ the fruit notes and the grassy, resinous bitterness in the finish. Like many beers that pour w/ a huge head, it winds up being a bit flat ultimately which combined w/ the relatively full body make for something of a juicy texture which feels a bit heavy in this case. This beer has some solid aspects but nothing about it really impresses me.

3.4
slowrunner77 (12037) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"a fruity fairly aromatic ipa (used to be marketed as an IPA) not as big as many of the west coast hop bombs i am used to, but it’s a pretty tasty well balanced beer (if a little light). i’d buy again."

3.7
WVHouseofBeer (1067) - West Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Decent (though kind of weak) aromas of citrus and a bit of sweet malt. Looks good with a nice frothy white head. Flavors are very good and balanced. Pretty bitter but still refreshing. An excellent APA.

3.4
miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2014
ホップの香り 甘さ苦味控え& IPAのような味ӛ

3.9
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a soft hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There’s some light stringy lacing coming from the dieing head. The smell had a big juicy citrus aroma with an invasive strong pine note to assist in a wonderful smell. The taste started off sweet and eventually showed a mild bittersweet flavoring to start to show. On the palate, this one shows a nice sesionability in a light to medium sort of body. The carbonation was delicately harsh with a fine lingering gentleness to it. A light spicy smooth undercurrent of juicy citrus with pine rolls over my tongue. Overall, what a wonderful APA that I definitely would have again.


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