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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA - Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Legitimacy IPAGrassroots Legitimacy IPA

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 516
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 19.35%
Wants: 48
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the three penny yesterday afternoon. man, that place is awesome, I miss it badly. a very hazy but still bright tulip of beer, with a lacy white head over an inch high and lasting. the impact of the oats in this are immediately apparent. its got that oatmeal sweetness and basic feel to it, a totally fuller body and more neutral ph. I always think oatmeal ipas are really hit or miss, when it goes wrong its usually way off, but this one is excellent. I love the oily hop complexion, not nearly as subtle as some of the other Vermont ipas that are hot right now, its aggressive and very very aromatic. the oats I think, aside from making it feel fluffy and big without sweetness, help it linger a little longer in the finish, bring out the flavor of the yeast to its fullest, and stand out from the crowd. so smooth and round and big in the feel, but so dry, just hop oil remaining. I thought grassroots meant a hill farmstead collaboration. who is this one done with? doesn't matter, its fantastic. well worth a trip to montpelier for a glass

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this fresh from the growler purchased at Hill Farmsted in a goblet chilled.

The color is golden peach with medium haze and thick white head with fine bead and thick lace pattern. The smell has a lot of simcoe with grapefruity dank and herbal with slight floral aspect and zesty with a little sweetness from malt and light tropical fruity/orange rind note. The feel is tangy with fruit aspect and moderate carbonation with moderate bitterness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with juicy flavor with slight citrus and simcoe-ish grapefruit and dank herbal quality with mild yeast and lemongrass type fruity/earthy element with a slight sweetness from the malt and almost tea-like herbal and dank character from hops with a semi-tropical finish. Overall this is a great IPA, love the simcoe flavor in this smooth with great drinkability one of the more standout IPA's I have had recently!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/19/15 notes. 2 8oz. pours of this at Pony Bar in HK in NYC.

Pours a murky bright yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lemon grass, citrus, wheat, floral hops, grapefruit, pine, resin, and fruity malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation, no real bitterness.

Overall a very good ipa with a lot of lemon to it. Good stuff.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer is hazy and yellow with an inch or more of pure white head. The aroma brings fresh hops, lemons, oranges. Lots of citrus in the flavor. Cracker, malt, biscuit character as well, with some lingering toasted bread in the finish. A tad tart, with a hoppy lemon bitterness. A solid beer and easy to drink, albeit less refined and amazing than my favorite Hill Farmstead IPAs.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a shaker pint, the beer is an opaque, pale, lemon yellow coloring with a frothy, foamy, clingy, bright white head. Aromas of lemon, tangerine, pepper spice, grass notes, a bready backbone, and subtle piney highlights. Flavors are insanely balanced, with a grassy and lemon sweet blend forward, followed by tangerine, orange rind, pine pitch, and subtle pepper spice. All of these characteristics are riding on a bready backbone. The body is smooth and light, with a subtle crisp and dry feel at the end. The aftertaste is grassy and bitter, with the citrus notes being subdued slightly. Smooth, slightly dry finish with a lingering bitterness. Great beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy golden straw hue with a sudsy thin blanket and nice side lacing.

S - Aromas of grapefruit galore, citrus, super faint malts.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose, nice grapefruit juice, citrus, orange, then that's it. Semi one note.

M - Mouthfeel is rather watery and thin, expecting more.

O - Overall I felt this was too one note, nice grapefruit and citrus, bit watery though for my liking.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Durge
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy golden color with a whispy but complete white head and a major coating of lace from the top down. The nose gets tasteful grapefruit and light grains with just a hint of malty cat piss. Lovely. The palate enjoys a heightened citrus hop and somewhat grassy bitterness. It's crisp and tingly in feel with a medium light body that really goes down easily. Hints of tropical fruits here. Just a real pleaser for hop lovers.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of jrenihan
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.15/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-light amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, orange, floral, malt, grassy

T-Brady malt, grapefruit, orange, grass, hint of floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O-nice IPA, good balance of flavor

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

- 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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served at Fool's Gold NYC.

A- Cloudy straw and lemon body. Foamy head and lace. 4.25

S- Tropical burst. Mango, melon, passionfruit. Mellow and seductive. I could sit and smell this. 4.5

T- Melon carries to the flavor, graint, malty sweetness with a pithy and grapefruit-like zest, light sugary lemon and bubblegum. Lovely array of flavors. 4.25

M- Great light mouthfeel and refreshing quality. Too easy to drink. Understated as I find most HF beers to be. Sweet and minerally with a tingly carbonation and gently bitter finish. 4.5

Lovely easy-drinker. Tons of fruity flavor.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz swing-top growler poured into HF fest glass. Growler filled two days ago at the brewery.

A- Pours a hazy pale yellowish with just a slight orange hue, about a quarter finger of head forms that recedes decently fast leaving light clingy lacing. Juicy looking and this looks very appealing for the style.

S- Big juicy aromas of oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and a bit of pineapple balanced with underlying malts. Fairly aromatic and very pleasant smelling.

T- Bold flavors of juicy oranges, pineapples, light grassiness, balanced malt, finishes with oranges, grapefruits, and starfruit. Exact right amount of bitterness, nice balance, very flavorful.

M- Juicy, very easy drinking, bitterness is fairly subtle and takes a backseat to the juiciness, extremely sessionable- could easily drink a 2L growler by myself.

O- This is a fantastic IPA and easily one of my favorite single IPAs out there. The juiciness is fantastic and makes this extremely drinkable while the bitterness is fairly restrained. Highly recommend trying this out, easily right up there with the other top HF and Vermont IPAs.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet and juicy IPA. Nose and taste of peach, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Practically fruit in a glass. Smooth mouthfeel. An excellent IPA that any IPA lover should fine more than acceptable.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled during the weekend of the Festival of Farmhouse Ales. Another beautiful IPA from Hill - super crisp and clean with an incredible hop aroma and balanced flavor.

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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA from Grassroots Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.