Grand Teton XX Sweetgrass Double IPA

 
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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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Sweetgrass India Pale Ale has been a GTBC staple since early 2002. Brewed solidly in the American IPA style, Sweetgrass is crisp and fragrant with a generous yet smooth hop character. XX Sweetgrass is all that twice over, with double the malt and double the hops--an astonishing three pounds per barrel in the kettle and another pound per barrel of "dry-hops" added after fermentation. The hops provide citrusy, resinous spiciness, making this beer a great match for any bold, flavorful food.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (289) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Good looking hazy amber color with frothy light tan head. Tight, sparkly carbonation fills up palate nicely.Crisp citrusy hops. Not overpowering at all. Finishes smooth with some alcohol notes and roasted malts. I enjoyed the subtleness of this brew. Very nice and fresh tasting!


3.6
Bill Becker (1998) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jun 2006 Poured from 1Qt 1.8 oz swingtop & waxed bottle(2005) a medium gold with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine layer with some lacing. The smell is super hoppy with lots of citrus ie grapefruit and lemon. The taste is initially very citrus hoppy but that gives way to a caramel sweetness from the malt that borders on being syrupy. About midway through and through the finish, the hops take over again leaving some very bitter notes.(that's a good thing) And... the 7.5%abv is rather obvious in the taste so *that* knocks down the drinkability factor for me but still, this one is by far the best of the Grand Teton big beers and I look for them to improve on these offerings in the future.. Bottom line: It's a DIPA that is worth trying but I know that the brewing skill of Grand Teton can kick it up a few notches and make this brew a real contender within the style.

3.7
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 20, 2016
balanced toward grapefruit and various citrus... but there is definitely some spiciness and an herbal quality that comes about toward the end. Malts play second fiddle.. but are more than present.. quite a bit of caramel and toasty notes.

2.8
djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2016
2006 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with thick off white head that lasts. The aroma is a strong malt bomb and grass. Medium mouth, lots of malt, hop faded, boozy, held up decently for how old this is.

3.6
slowrunner77 (13171) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Balanced for a double. Fruity, grassy, aromatic. Nice body too. Too bad this went away...

2.8
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
2006 Swingtop bottle thanks to Walt. Pours with a deep amber body with a small head. Aromas are of brown sugar, marmalade, grassy, plums, dark fruit, malty. Flavors are malty, minty, biscuity, metallic, marmalade, grassy. Not oxidized per se (really at all), but very faded hop wise. Thick bodied, syrupy, medium carbonation.

3.9
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2012
$13. Bottled april 2008. Drunk march 2012. 1 liter bottle which is a pain in the neck to open. Pleasant but not powerfull smell. Beautiful hazy orange colour but hardly any foam. Sweet malty taste with a noticible but well rounded hoppy bitterness. Very little carbonation (hence the lack of foam) but very pleasant mouthfeel. Overall a very nice IPA that showcases the positive (as well as the negative) sides of bottleconditioned beer.

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decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Medium bread, apples and resiny aroma. Sweet malt, bread, medium malt, and medium bitter well balanced. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

3.6
SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Hazy dark gold with an off-white head. Earthy hop aroma despite it’s cellar time in the ’fridge. The hop flavors have muted revealing the big malt base.

3.4
Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2010
Cloudy orange, thin ring of foam. Surprisingly sweet - a lot of caramel and brown sugar. There are some piney hops, as well, but a lot of sweet. Also, a weird medicinal note. Thanks to Springlicker for bringing this to stevofest!

3.5
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2010
decaturstevo’s stevofest part 2. Sample from a bottle thanks to SpringsLicker. Dark orange-red, off white cover. Aroma is caramel, grassy, herbal hops. Taste is sweet, toasty, caramel, grassy herbal hops.


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