Grassroots Legitimacy IPA - Grassroots Brewing

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 43
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Delco
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury last week after tasting some Lawsons (Sip O sunshine), Hill Farmstead (Abner, George, Society & Solitude #5) and Heady Topper and this was my favorite beer of the weekend. For me, this is the perfect beer, right now at least.

Photo of zoober911
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Rollzroyce21
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

- 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 NuclearRich
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750mL growler purchased 6/5/13 and poured into a HF snifter on 6/7.

A. Pale gold. Hazy. White head, light lacing.

S. Lemony citrus bordering a light grapefruit. grass. slightly resinous and piney. smells like citra, sorachi, simcoe.

T. Smooth yet intense. Bitter, but not harsh. Same lemon citrus. very tasty.

M. Light and crisp, toungue coating bitterness, but fades fast enough for ou to need another sip. Or another growler.

O. Amazing. I wish I could have it every day.

Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

How quickly the crowd grew behind me @ the HFS retail store whilst the lovely Carrie and the hard working Phil diligently filled my 750ml growler request list! I decided to check out the Grassroots Brewing offering while I was getting my Hill Farmstead fills, and it turned out to be a prudent move.

Out of the swing top growler and into my Alchemist tumbler, Grassroots Legitmacy pours a familiar hazy yellow common to hop forward well crafted Vermont IPAs. Carbonation largely hidden behind the hazy appearance, but a generous soapy 3 finger cottony head lets you know it is present and accounted for.

Aroma is hop forward with a distinct yeast element playing out: grapefruit and tangelo are prominent, mouth watering.

Taste is explosive with citrus, and has a nicely balanced yeast character: quite refreshing and inviting of another long sip. Booze undetected , well balanced flavors: one can understand why Mr. Hill allowed this IPA to be taken seriously by allowing it to be produced @ HFS.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, excellent carbonation, dry & crisp finish:just plain textbook mouthfeel.

Overall, another triumphant hop forward state-of-the-art Vermont IPA offering that also proves hard to find, even for folks that reside in VT. Delicious, refreshing, and satisfying, this one comes highly recommended for those that adore hop forward IPAs of the citrus quality variety.

Photo of KornWallace
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Guess2814
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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 cfrances33
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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 jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bought a growler brewed at Hill Farmstead, poured into IPA glass.
A= Bright yellow and hazy, near opaque, thick creamy white head.
S= Deep oily and resinous hop aroma, some pine and citrus.
T= Very tasty, lots of citrus flavor including grapefruit, lemon zest, some tropical flavors.
M= Carbonation was pretty lite, but not low enough to make the beer disappointing.
O= Great deep hop flavor, comes in layers. Bridges the citrus and earthy/pine hop flavors together. Overall a great IPA. The bright yellow opaque color was surprising.

Photo of kevanb
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer pours a light lemon color, quite hazy, with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A finger or so of white head rises from the beer that leaves a tremendous amount of lace behind and has great retention. The aroma is so beautifully citrus forward, fresh orange, grapefruit and light lemon zest, touches of mango and other tropical fruit, just a touch of pine with some sweet pale grain and straw behind it. The beer is incredibly juicy on the tongue, bursting with citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine and lemon with some slight pale malt that creeps into the finish with just a bit of bitterness and pine. The body is great, really juicy that coats the mouth very well and finishes with a nice creamy touch that imparts just enough dryness.

Verdict: Yet another fantastic IPA from Shaun at Hill Farmstead, the citrus qualities of this beer are unbelievable and it is one of the most drinkable IPAs I've tasted to date and has so much flavor for just a 6.70% beer. I feel like a broken record signing praises of Shaun's hoppy exploits, but this one was earned it too.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of WanderingFool
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Ready4aHeady
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of Seanniek91
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 BobaFret
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL swing-top growler that was purchased at the Hill Farmstead Brewery earlier today.

A - A hazy, palish yellow. Looks very much like an APA.

S - The smell is entirely citrus hops, which is a (very) good thing.

T - Citrusy and slightly malty but only a mild hop bitterness. The citrus elements are definitely the highlight here.

M - Somewhere between a light and medium body.

O - Smells like an IPA, tastes like an APA. THis is a nice deviation from the usual hop-bomb IPA's. Definitely try this if you come across it.

Photo of Skrip
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Noda snifter.

A~ glowing light orangey yellow. definitely resembles a mimosa. nice flowing white head and a lot of lacing all the way down.

S~ lots of tangerine, followed by a nice amount of pine and hop bitterness on the finish.

T~ takes a slight spin off course, first you get some fresh cut grass which then tastes like it was marinaded in a crazy citrus infusion of tangerines, lemons, oranges, and clementines. more earthyness on the finish, pine, grass, and a little hay. of course leaving which seems like a citra hop bitterness on the palet.

M~ very smooth, crisp, and refreshing. nice carbonation and a tad dry from the hops.

O~ really nice, well balanced IPA. great for a hot day like today. definitely worth a try but i wouldn't put it in my top 10 or anything... especially after having Mag 7 last night haha

Photo of Chico1985
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
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 scotorum
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Acquired on draft 5/16/15 at the Hill Farmstead brewery.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

a: Hazy gold with an inch thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Citrus and pine.

t: Intense citrus/pine up front over a light biscuiit malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue of a dry finish.

m: Medium plus, approaching full and "chewy," great body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o: An amazingly meaty IPA, very flavorful and satisfying. Highly sippable. Outstanding.

Photo of 321jeff
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
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 beerbully
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into HF stemware

A-Light golden color, somewhat hazy, white 1/2 head, thick lacing that coats the glass

S-lots of sweet citrus tropical hops, mango, grapefruit, orange, pineapple

T-taste really good but having a difficult time picking out individual flavors...dank hops. some grapefruit, lemon, orange, grassiness, no one flavor seems to stand out but they blend well together. slight bitter finish

M-creamy, mild to low carbonation, medium bodied, real mouthful for the style

O-very drinkable, smooth, taste great as flaovrs blend well.

Photo of mokeefe11
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious rarity imported into the Midwest for a special occasion.

Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jrenihan
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just fantastic. Really nice citrus flavour with a pine backing. Incredibly smooth. I find one common thread with HF beers is how smoothly the flavours come together. The flavour is usually a bit subtle, rather than pounding your palette into submission. As a result, the first sip usually does not wow me, but as the beer continues, the exceptional quality begins to become clear. This fits that mold. Moderately bitter, very tasty, and incredibly drinkable. First rate IPA.

Photo of wedge
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Stevedore
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this twice; one 2oz taster at the Hill Farmstead brewery while waiting in line, and a 12oz pour in a Hill Farmstead pilsner glass at Reservoir in Waterbury, VT today, 11/25/2013.

Pours a hazy pale yellow-orange body that's fairly typical of Hill Farmstead pale ales that I've had. Very nice effervescent, foamy white head with good retention. Lacing is decent but nothing to write home about.

Smells very citrusy- lemon, grapefruit, oranges- along with a nice pininess. There is a delicious caramel malt backbone that supports the hop aromas quite well.

Flavour is very nice. Very juicy, lots of citrus flavours abound and the caramel toffee malt backbone does a really nice job of supporting the hops in both the nose and the flavour. A mild pine bitterness on the backend that adds more to the complexity without taking away from it. It's incredibly well-done. Not uber-complex but very very tasty and pleasing.

Creamy, medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. So drinkable, no booziness here at all. Piney bitterness on the backend that isn't too strong and is complementary to everything else in this beer.

Very well done, this is probably just as good as Edward or Susan is. I can't see any reason why it would be, and it certainly didn't taste any different when having it back to back with Harlan (in 2oz pours of course) waiting in line at Hill Farmstead. This is basically a bottled Harlan, and probably falls a bit short of Edward. Which is saying quite a bit considering Edward is so good.

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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA from Grassroots Brewing
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