Grassroots / Mikkeller Wheat Is The New Hops - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This version was brewed at Hill Farmstead... the intended original vision! A hoppy, brettanomyces IPA.
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Reviews by Seanniek91:
Photo of Seanniek91
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml bottle into a HF stemmed tulip. Bottled February 2014.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold color with one finger of foamy white head that left some nice lacing.

Smell- Lots of bretty-lemon up front, some wheat-like bitter characteristics and piney hops. No malt aromas, but plenty of lemon and pine.

Taste- The brett isn't there to change the beer or overpower the wheat or hop bill, but it merely adds some lemon funk lingering dryness to the beer. Lightly hoppy and mildly wheaty. Not malty at all. Lemon, pine, grass, light funk. Juicy up front, then dry at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, medium-full body, lightly bitter, dry. Really easy to drink and I think it has a great mouthfeel for the style of beer.

Overall- I really do enjoy this one and I'd be interested to see what the brett does in time, but at the same time, I don't want the hops to fade. Maybe I need one more bottle. Drink one soon and drink on in a few months?

More User Reviews:
Photo of cbutova
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle dated 02/2014 picked up two weeks ago.

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle to a snifter with a hazy, bright golden yellow body. Haze must be from wheat and the yeast sediment. Creamy white cap to about a finger with decent retention. Lacing starts with some webs and ends spotty.

S- Stone fruits and citrus are the main aspect of the aroma for me and they must come from both the end boil hops and the 100% Brett fermentation. Juicy. Citrus zest, tangerine, grassy, floral and hay notes. Just a slight funk.

T- Hoppy but not a hop bomb or over the top with them. Hops and Brett together produce fruity notes with a profile of citrus zest, orange, lemon, tangerine, floral, pine and spicy tones. Very slight funk of barnyard and hay but subtle. Wheat crust and a light grainy feel round it all out.

MF- Medium-dry body with a light-moderately thick consistency. Carbonation at a medium-high level with some bite. Smooth bitterness in the finish.

Balance and alchemy of flavors here. The wheat, Brett and hops all bounce off of each other well and sometimes it is hard to pick out exactly where some of the flavors come from. Smooth and very refreshing.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Citrus hops. Doughy malts. A bit of grain. Minimal brett, if at all.

Taste - Bright citrus. Orange and lemon. Sweet malts. A little bit of brett in the taste. Grainy wheat. Lingering lemony sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking with some sweetness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very nice. Doesn't necessarily stand up to other Hill Farmstead IPAs, though.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank side by side with the Mikkeller version, provided by Bob, at his tasting.

Pours a golden, pale, hazy yellow, with a fizzy one inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells a lot less funky than the aged Mikkeller version, with more grassiness, pine, and citrus hops on the nose.

The taste is similar. Some mild funk is noted, a little bit of hay, with some juicy hop flavors- lemon and orange, with some grassiness.

Light bodied, crisp, spritzy mouthfeel. High carbonation. Very drinkable.

The better of these two versions- not sure if Grassroots version is better, or this is a beer better drank fresh.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting hoppy yet smooth brew. Creamy feel, with lots of carbonation. Alcohol seems fairly present, but still goes down in refreshing way. I enjoyed this more as it warmed. Mild spiciness and very mild wheat tastes, including banana. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, slightly orange tinge. Really nice fruity hop smell with just a bit brett in the background. Taste follows the smell, with a certain softness to it. If you're looking for a brett bomb, this is not it. Everything is really balanced out, with nothing dominating. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a pale golden yellow with a light haze and a tight white head. Nose is strong clean grain and hints of wheat with a grassy and citrus hop. Taste is more hop forward. Still has a nice grain bill and a nice hint of tangy yeast. Hops are more citrus and passion fruit with a touch of herbal grassy hops and a moderate bitterness. Body is light and soft with assertive carbonation.

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

New batch brewed at HF. Poured into a HF tulip. Has a yellow/gold hue. A bit murky. Some bubbles cling to the side of the glass, no head really. Looks like a nice ipa, though. Smells very citrusy. Tangerine and lemon mostly, with a musty Belgian yeast smell in the backend. Taste is mostly that same musty Belgian taste, but it's offset by some nice citrus flavors. There's the bretty aftertaste, with just a small amount of lemon. Medium mouthfeel, not too much carbonation, it's a fairly easy drinker. It's an interesting beer, while it's not my favorite, it's a nice change up.

Photo of Resuin
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled 02/2014. Picked up at the brewery today.

Appearance: Pours an opaque light amber/gold and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy, white, slightly sticky head, which leaves some lacing on the way to leaving a white layer atop the beer.

Smell: Big bitter citrus, grapefruit rind, slight grassy funk, some nice floral hops.

Taste: Matches the smell almost exactly. Big bitter citrus, citrus rinds, limes, some grassy funk, definite hop presence, but well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes a tad bitter.

Overall: A nice funky IPA. The brett definitely adds some character, and the wheat provides some balance with the hops. A nice, refreshing brew.

Photo of Skrip
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller wine glass.

A~ murky light orange, like a mimosa with some whiskey in it. small head and a good amount of lacing.

S~ citrusy hops up front, mostly orange and grapefruit. followed by some pils malt and wheat, ending with funky hay.

T~ more brett funk here other than that it pretty much follows the nose exactly!

M~ way thicker than i thought it would be, kind of ruins it a bit. nice carbonation though... of course haha

O~ its funny this what they intended this beer to be, i honestly like the Mikkeller version better. well i did... fresh that is, way too malty now. and the Chardonnay barrel aged version is just outstanding! i have a feeling this will age really well unlike the Mikkeller version which might be what they meant by original intent. a lot more brett funk then the original as well, which will probably mature nicely.

Photo of SABERG
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an HF tulip glass, version 2 bottled this year.

A - Slightly hazy, golden straw. A pillow that laces through the entire pour. Delicate and delectable. Carbonation ance is delicate and enticing.
S - A hint of brett, lemon, tropical fruit, and beautiful hop aroma.
T - Tart fruit with a hint of biscuit. The brett affords a wonderful dimension that entices. Fine citrus from a hop bath. One of the best crafted wheat IPA I have experienced.
M - Carbonation is crisp, light tingle, slight tart bite on the tongues edges. Fine medium dry finish.
O - Quite a treasure, the construction and execution are fabulous. A wheat IPA with brett, that delivers on all levels. With only 1 left I anticipate only lingering desire for more.

Cheers all

Photo of CowsandBeer
4/5  rDev +2%

500 ML bottle poured into a HFS stemmed glass. Bottled on 02/14.

Appearance: A gentle pour produces two fingers of thick creamy head with lots of sudsy lacing down the side. Hazy light orange body with good head retention.

Aroma: Brings to mind Gose Gone Wild. Sea salt, ripe funk, lemont tartness, wheat and a bit of juicy, fruity hops.

Taste: More of that salty funk before going into some estery yeast and fading (but bitter) citrus peel type hops with a soft wheat malt.

Mf: A very creamy, light carbonation with a coarse texture from the hops. You can tell this is a well hopped beer (thought the hops have faded).

Overall: If you'd told me this was just a hoppy Gose I'd believe you. A very nice aroma of salty, horsey Brett with a fading juicy hop profile and a soft tart wheat backbone. Definitely a fun collaboration that I'd love to try fresh. As it is now the Brett has started to take over everything else.

Photo of yourefragile
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle.

Pours a hazed golden amber color with a fading thick white head. Nose of grass, grapefruit, brett, lemon, and straw. Slightly tart flavor with a bready malt base; grapefruit, hoppy grass and citrus skin, apple, light brett funk and dirty earth. Medium soft body, moderate carbonation, sweet funky finish. Enjoyable fresh, should be interesting with age.

Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-wheat, funk, citrus, pine, grassy

T-biscuit malt, lemon, little orange, grassy, pine, little sour and funk, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation crisp and tart

O-I really liked this different take on the IPA, the Brett added a nice dimension

Photo of MarcWP
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a radiant yellow with fluffy two finger head that lingers quite nicely. Hazy body, soapy froth lacing making this a beauty to look at.

Aroma is strong creamy wheat, citrus hops with tangerine being dominant, apple, fresh strawberry, floral grassy notes, and some banana like esters quite possibly due to the yeast.

The taste is softly spicy from the yeast with lemon pith, lime zest, and floral tea showcasing the hop presence. Plenty of wheat and some very faint hefeweizen notes of banana and clove.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation level for the style. Given its a hoppy wheat I may be missing a touch more body here. Like a fuller, creamier mouthfeel in my wheats.

Overall a gorgeous looking beer with enticing aroma and more than solid flavor. May be falling off a bit compared to how it might of been fresh but still a great beer.

Grassroots / Mikkeller Wheat Is The New Hops from Grassroots Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.