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 emerge077
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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 jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
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 rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 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.

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 harrymel
3.15/5  rDev -27.8%
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 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 MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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 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.

Photo of joe1510
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml Growler

Big thanks goes out to Mark for this surprise! Legitimacy is pale. So pale in fact, and hazy, that it looks like a wheat beer. Straw golden with a milky haze. The head is pure as the driven snow and rises so easily I have to take care on the pour. There's not much settling with the foam, it simply stiffens like meringue and coats the glass in sheets. Bubbles rushing to the surface keep the head alive. Mighty fine lookin'.

The hop profile is pretty unique though somewhat muted. Lemon zest and candied lime are first to mind. Orange marmalade and pithy grapefruit follow up. The citrus seems to morph and change places with each whiff. A little warmth brings out sugared, broiled grapefruit. The malt is of the palest variety with a dash of cracker sweetness. Inviting.

Citrus blasts from front to back. Let me start by mentioning the light, crackery sweet malt that lays a base. Over the top of that is perfectly integrated orange peel, orange marmalade, a sprinkling of both lemon and lime zest, and grapefruit pith in that order. Sweetened grapefruit catches up on the swallow. With some warmth comes apricot and tangerine in small doses. This is an even handed citrus based IPA.

The addition of oats set this beer a notch higher than most IPAs. It has a luxurious body with a heftier than normal weight that drinks like velvet. The finish is dry with a soft bitterness and lingering lemon/lime citrus. Oat was used properly in this case and makes the beer that much better. Drinkability is off the charts.

Legitimacy is a damn fine IPA. Citrus forward, even handed, dangerously drinkable, and a mouthfeel to kill. This is best enjoyed with some warmth as the apricot and tangerine show themselves. Thanks again for the growler, Mark, it was thoroughly enjoyed!

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 Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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 angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev -5%
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 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 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 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 unclejazz
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA from Grassroots Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.