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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA - Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Legitimacy IPAGrassroots Legitimacy IPA

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 44
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 321jeff on 05-28-2013

India Pale Ale brewed with 2-row malted barley, oats, and citrusy hops from the Pacific Northwest. Dry hopped copiously with Simcoe. Its sessionable drinkability belies its true IPA nature.
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Ratings: 381 | Reviews: 42
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Photo of Guess2814
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a Hill Farmstead formula. Great beer! Up there with the best..

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Small white head. Doesn't retain very well. Wispy surface.

Smell - Very grassy and herbal. Slight sweetness.

Taste - Grapefruit hop. Sweetness kicks in. The herbal and grassy notes hold off until the finish. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Sweetness keeps it from being light. Medium bitterness and medium low carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good, but one dimensional. Very clean, but I'd go for a different hop profile.

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mark for sharing, and to Dan for hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Pale pastel straw yellow, canaries on a yellow submarine. Thin ring of spotty lace haloes the glass with a thin veil across the surface.

Soft aromas of lemon zest, pale malt, and citrus.

Flavors of tangerine and passionfruit, hop forward and moderately bitter. Dry grassy green finish. Light bodied and supple, ultimately where HF excels, never too heavy or sticky on the malt side of things. Not all that far off from other iterations of HF IPA's though.

Photo of wedge
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

@ Three Penny Taproom

Served in a classy HF stemmed glass. Foggy yellow with a wispy white head; some fine lacing drips and sticks to the glass. Aromas are fresh and sort of herbal smelling: grassy hops, hay, citrus zest, light pineapple, resin, and grain. Juicy grapefruit and tangerine flavor upfront with lemon, a light floral sweetness, cereal grain, and melon greenness. Light in the mouth, appropriately bitter, yet soft and super refreshing. Excellent...drinks easier than it should.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Good, but thin. Sexy and all that shit, but you're like, "Babe, you need a 5 dollar foot long." Great stuff, but not top tier. Light yeast, light citrus flavors...

Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 3 hours ago

Consumed 11/15/14

A: Hazy, golden tangerine, with some yellow and burnt orange - pours with a fluffy, medium to large head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Not surprisingly, very hoppy - fresh, ripe tangerine and orange flesh - ripe, ruby red grapefruit - some pith and some zest - resinous, very herbal, very floral - stone fruit, maybe even a touch of apple, hint of earth - pale malts, with some pale grain

T: Well rounded, if not mind-blowing - ripe orange slices - some tangerine, and a big, fleshy, ruby red grapefruit flavor - some pith and lightly sticky zest, oil - resiny with some pine - floral, herbal, grassy, and earthy - pale and lightly caramel malts - light touch of oats - stone fruit and hints of tropical fruit

M:Medium body, nice carbonation, distinctive smoothness from oats

O: Legit indeed

This is not my favorite IPA from Hill Farmstead, but that is not an insult. The use of Simcoe is great, but overall I could like the hop profile more. Regardless, this is lovely. More breweries should utilize oats for IPAs.

Photo of spicelab
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blackback Pub.

Opaque pear coloured, one of the more strikingly light beers I've seen for some time. Modest white head falls with decent lacing to a collar.

Crushed grass, lemon sherbet and passionfruit. Lovely roundness.

Similar flavours. Very clean leafiness and bright lemon notes. Nelson Sauvignon hops perhaps? Minimal malt bill.

Decent body, subdued carbonation and a light dreamy bitterness. Very easy.

Straightforward and delightful.

Photo of Number45forever
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome IPA from the folks at HF/Grassroots. Taking down 750ml of this one...picked up yesterday, it spent about 28 hours in the growler.

A: Yellow, similar to the single hop beers that HF is so famous for. Trademark huge fluffy white head that lingers for a bit.

S: Clean, fresh, sharp citrus. Some faint grassy smells. Smells better than most beers taste. I don't know what it is, but the HF IPAs just smell so freaking clean and fresh.

T: Outstanding. No idea what they used for hops in this one, but it's great. Some faint lemon/orange tartness and just a ton of fresh beautiful hop taste. I'd bet this has some Simcoe, definitely some piney goodness in this one too.

M: Awesome. What else is new for HF beers?

O: Delicious, especially for the 6.5% beer it is...this thing drinks like a DIPA and definitely has you coming back for more. It's fantastic, if you have a chance to try this one, do it. Not that this is news for a hoppy beer brewed by Shaun Hill and company, but still. This one is great.

Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured at Hill Farmstead on December 7th. "Consume by December 14th" they say, gladly. I still don't quite understand the Grassroots/Hill Farmstead relationship completely but the quality of what I have tried is great.

A- A yeasty, hazy brew pours from the 750ml flip-top growler to a pint glass and a snifter. The beer in both glasses forms a one finger, creamy white cap. Foam retains decently atop the beer and eventually falls to a frothy ring at the edges and some cloudy islands in the middle. Lacing webs start at the top and cascade down the glass in random fashion.

S- Blast of citrus hops off the top and I can smell it while pouring. Hops hardly let any yeast and malts through but hints of both are here. Bouquet of orange and lemon citrus zest, grapefruit, mangoes and some floral notes.

T- Loads of hop flavor erupt on the palate as the nose would suggest but they don't drain your taste buds or overpower, each sip carries a flavor as good as the last. Some pine and more floral comes into play but the hops are once again mostly citrus with a fairly big portion of tropical fruit nectar interacting with that. Grapefruit, orange, lemon oil, mango, peach and cantaloupe all come to mind.

MF- Creamy overall texture in a light to moderately thick body. Carbonation feels like it was poured from a tap with a medium level of bubbles and silky smooth crispness. Finishes bitter but pleasantly.

Another legitimately good (heh) IPA from up North or wherever Grassroots comes from... I like the emphasis on citrus hops and how the beer doesn't destroy the palate but delivers just enough hop flavors to satisfy.

Photo of zoober911
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a - Pours a very light golden yellow. An ever so slight haze can be noted as well. When poured a small amount of head forms, about half a finger width. The head dissipates rather quickly with no real lacing noticeable. This looks like it's going to taste like the perfect beer.

s - A light hop note. Citrus up front and in your face. Slight smell of pine on the tail end. It smells 'perfect.'

t - Lots of the citrus notes to start....pineapple, grapefruit, mango. Bitterness to follow. Not overpowering at all. Very pleasant.

m - Mouthfeel is as expected. Spot on for the style.

o - Overall this is an awesome beer. No big surprise. Would definitely revisit this if the opportunity presented itself. Very sessionable....could kill a bunch of this on a hot day. Head up to HF and pick some up if you can.

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Growler picked up at the bottle release on Thursday, drank Friday. shared with rudzud.

Pours a light creamy head that fades fairly quickly, touch of lacing, super hazy whitish yellow color.

Nose is great, fresh hops, nice citrus with tangerine and bit if stone fruit, mild resin, little earthiness and rich of a grassy almost chewy hop, touch of grapefruit pith and just a touch of tropical fruit.

Taste is like hop water, malt is very light and light feeling, little watery. Hops are fairly bitter, floral grassy almost dandelion like floral, little resin and hint earthy like hop. Citrus like little tangerine, nice grapefruit, juicy citrus light generic tropical fruit. Fair bitterness that overpowers any malt. Finish is dry with little resinous hop character, hint of mint and grapefruit lingering, little watery malt.

Mouth is thin and watery, decent carb.

Overall ok, nice hops but very lacking on malts, so too watery. I expected more from a Shaun Hill IPA.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Juicy, citrus, tropical fruits. Clean finish. Traditional Hill malt bill.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Legitmacy IPA pours a hazy straw yellow with a moderate, creamy snow white head on top. The foam fades quickly leaving a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with tangerine and orange citrus blended with pine and grapefruit. Some ripe tropical fruit notes are also present.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is rather watery with mild carbonation. The flavor has lots of lemon and grapefruit citrus, pine and tropical fruits. There's some light malt sweetness in the background. It finishes flowery and mildly bitter with a touch of pepper spice. Once gone the piney hops and citrus lingers on the palate.

A very easy drinking beer with tons of hop flavor and little bitterness. Almost reminds me of a light bodied, less bitter Heady Topper.

Photo of KornWallace
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Date: 4/14/14
Location: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Straw like in color with an off white head that is about a pinky's width in size. Very nice cascading as the beer is consumed and some of the head remains throughout.
Aromatics: A very earthy grassy smell to it. Tropical Fruits, lemons, orange, pine apple almost all strong like rinds. A very slight touch buttery.
Flavor: The flavor is milder then the smell. Get way more of the lemons which makes it all taste very clean Still some of that grass a little bit of the pine. A little bready on the tongue but I think it helps to lighten the beer with the lemons.
Mouthfeel: Very light and refreshing. Amazingly drinkable. I could drink this all day.
Notes: Served from 750 ml HF growler. Bottled 4/9/14. Drink by 4/19/14.

Photo of cfrances33
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine stem.

Pour: Body is a mostly hazy, bright mango body. A nice, two fingers of fluffy, sticky white head forms and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Bright, juicy citrus notes explode on the nose. Orange, tangerine, and tangelo. Some pineapple. A nice light raw rolled oats sneaks in the background. Mostly controlled by heavy citrus fruits.

Taste: More of the same from the nose - juicy grapefruit, orange juice, orange zest, and tangerine pulp. A touch of raw doughy sweetness. Lightly acidic from the orange juice. Finishes with a lingering citrus juiciness.

Mouthfeel: Ridiculously refreshing and bursting with citrus juice. A lightly tingling carbonation mixes well with the acidity from the juice. Finishes with a lingering citrus.

Overall: Another fantastic IPA with citrus juice added from Shaun. Ridiculously drinkable. Light a Society & Solitude #5 light.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Delicious hop and citrus flavors, mild bitter finish and the usual smooth, understated HF flavors... Another amazing offering from the Hill.

Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a lightly hazy straw golden color.

The aroma has citrus, lemon, a light spicy and herbal note.

The flavor follows of lemon zest, juicy citrus and tropical hops, and then onto herbacious qualities, grass, a light spicy pine on the finish. A significant bready malt throughout. This beer has almost a drying quality over its bitterness.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml into a Lost Abbey teku.

Appearance- Hazy yellow/orange with a one fingered foamy off-white head.

Smell- Grapefruit and tangerine galore! Citrusy/grassy hops, and mild malt background.

Taste- Grassy and orange flavors mixed with earthy hops. Light malts and mild yeasty.

Mouthfeel- Super light and medium carbonation. Easy drinking and great on this 93 degree day.

Overall- One of the best IPAs from HF I've had yet.

Photo of harrymel
3.15/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler to vessel

Light hazy yellow with a solid quilt of whites. Smells of resin, grapefruit, some light malts, a little bit of orange zest. Some bits of peach also in the nose. Flavor is light malts, some sweetness, some grass and pear juice, some interesting chemical character. Really not seeing the appeal others are getting here; seems really simple and not really all that special. Medium on full bodied for the style with fairly hi carb and an off dry finish. Meh.

Photo of Chico1985
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2L growler filled at Hill Farmstead 2 days ago.

Appearance - Very pale yellow with some haze. Realllly light color, especially for an IPA. A billowy white head retains at a half-finger easily, good lacing as well.

Smell - All about those citrusy hops, lots of orange, grapefruit, general tropical, some dank and cat pee going on as well. Sugar cookie malt definitely there mostly hops. Quite nice.

Taste - Citrus hops still dominate - orange, peach, grapefruit, lemon, tropical - but a good amount of grass and some resin as well, some Nelson Sauvin-like flavors. Some biscuit and sugar cookie malt, maybe some of those oats showing through.

Mouthfeel - Definitely on the lighter side, carbonation is a bit on the high side, but it all works well here. Medium-high bitterness while still having a decent malt balance. Pretty drinkable.

Overall - Awesome hop flavor, with some tasty malts to boot - the tropical citrus biscuit combo strikes again!. I loved the lighter feel for it too, this drinks like its 5%. Wound up drinking ~40 oz. of this myself without much of a problem. Definitely holds its own against the best HF IPAs while doin' its own thang.

Photo of unclejazz
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32 oz. growler poured pint glass

Nice single finger white head that has great lacing all way down the glass. Color is a hazy straw with solid carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The nose has lemon zest and pine with more in the taste. A touch if pineapple and solid biscuit malt backbone, solid balance. The mouthfeel is great and compliments the bitterness of the hops. Wonderful carbonation with crisp medium mouthfeel. Dang good and very sessionable.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow. Head is bright-white and fluffy to start. Drops to a small clump of a cap with a small collar and some splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Simcoe. Pine needle and a deep oily resin. Some solid punches of citrus. Orange, grapefruit, and pith. Malts are light and bready. Some cracker, and a slightly sweet bready element. Pale malt sweetness as well. Grass. Sweet and juicy citrus. Clean malt base. Mango, grapefruit, and some peach and pineapple. Balanced on the nose. Simcoe pushes to the front as it warms. Leafy pine needle. Soft fluffy yeast. A touch of cereal grain.

Taste: Citrus rind. Grapefruit zest and pith. Orange peel. Oily pine needle. Bitter resin. Peach, pineapple, and tangerine. Malts run as a slightly sweet balance to a solid hop bitterness. Touches of fresh biscuit and honey graham cracker. Some oats as well giving it a slight cereal grain finish. Balanced. Leafy. Slightly grassy. Tropical fruits abound. Tons of pine needle. Slight lingering bitterness. Slight pale malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium to lightish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish with a slick sip.

Overall: Straight up yo.

Solid. Simcoe dominates the nose and the back of each sip and that's ok. Drinks like all Hill Farmstead related pale ales and that's ok.

Photo of 321jeff
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Having this one from a growler, but I also had it straight from the tap at the brewery and 3rd anniversary party.

Pours a vibrant gold with a surprising amount of fluffy white head to have been poured from a growler. A good bit of lacing remains on the side of the glass as i work my way through.

The aroma is filled with citrusy bitterness.. the focus is on orange, but I also get some bitter grapefruit rind and some slight hints of bready malt.

The flavor is loaded with fresh sweet orange with a mild crystal malt background with a resinous bitterness in the finish. This is by far the most "citrus" flavor I've ever gotten from an IPA.

The mouthfeel is a little light and the carbonation has faded in the growler even though it's only 2 days old. Carbonation was stronger straight from the tap, though. It leaves a nice slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

If you want citrus, this is a great choice in IPA. I really enjoyed how the orange came through in the flavor and not just the aroma. Another superb effort from our friends in Vermont.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Tasted against Abner, Double Citra, and Nelson Single Hop. Of the four, I ranked this one 2nd.

Not so much in-your-face hops. Very balanced in profile, body, and finish.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazed pale yellow with a tight white head. Nose is mango, citrus, and grapefruit extremely strong. Faint touch of pine and herbal hop. Taste is not as fruity and bright as the nose. Taste has a hint of malt up front, lightly toasted. Hops take over, more grapefruit and less tropical fruit. Light herbal tea hop in back with a moderate bitterness in the finish. Well carbonated and soft body.

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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA from Grassroots Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.