Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 6.0 IBU: 60
Grand Teton Brewing Company Sweetgrass APA
What the brewers say
“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 for a citrusy, resinous spiciness.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Grassy, earthy, dank and resiny hops character gives way to citrus notes and mild biscuit notes from the malt. Piney and spicy hops character is quite a departure from other pale ales.”
Flavor: “Grassy dank character carries through in the flavor. Unique hops flavors, a bit like pine and passion fruit, give way to a crisp, dry finish. Malt backbone helps support without interfering. Similar spicy and floral hops notes in flavor as indicated by the aroma.”
Overall: “Slightly bitter, but a little more layered than some pales. Unique take on an APA with a nice variation on the typical hops profile and a properly supportive malt bill. This pale takes its own approach, with different hops choices that allow it to stand out from the crowd, while still delivering some fruity hops character and a solid level of bitterness.”
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