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20th Anniversary Double IPA by Grand Teton Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA
7.50 % ABV


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Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 15 4 7 2010
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Bottled 3/12/08

Thanks to BitterBill sending me another of the Grand Teton special releases that I can't get enough of, thanks again Bill! Sweetgrass 20th Anniversary IIPA pours a polished copper with some yeasties floating here and there. The body glows orange when backlit. Three fingers worth of head makes me slow the pour down and it eventually settles to a finger of steadfast foam. This beer leaves great lacing as it settles with drink lines and big chunkiness.

The hops in this beer may have faded over time but they still show some promising grapefruit and orange oil notes. There's a big caramel malty backbone with what I think is crystal malts. This smells like a fairly balanced IIPA with the orange and grapefruit eventually coming across as candied peeled versions. Overall this smells like candy and drags me right in.

This is a pretty big, malty IIPA and like I said earlier I'm sure part of it has to blame on it being brewed in March. With that said this is still an impressive brew. The Hop to malt ratio isn't my favorite in IIPAs but the balance works so well in this brew. The candied orange and grapefruit peel play the biggest role in the hop department while crystal and caramel play the biggest role in the maltiness. This is a very good IIPA for being as balanced as it is.

The body is moderate as it hits the tongue but mid palate it grows some density that leaves some stick on the back of the throat. The hops that seem so balanced catch up to me on the tongue with a growing bitterness. Although the bitterness never gets to the point of tongue stripping it does become noticeable.

This is about as sessionable as an IIPA can be. The alcohol isn't as high as the usual suspects but the drinkability is much better with the great balance.

I've been thoroughly impressed with all of Grand Teton's offerings, all sampled thanks to BitterBill. They make some great beers and Sweetgrass IIPA is no different. Thanks again Bill!

Reviewed: 11/8/08

Served In: Pint Glass

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