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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 orcrist_cleaver
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Yellow orange like a pelligrino. Pure white head and rings of lace.

S: Sweet citrus. Spicy wood musk. Floral pine. Grassy.

M: Very smooth feel. Semi-dry, tart.

T: Musky and woodsy pine notes compliment dank citrus. Lemon and grapefruit. Rustic barn like malts covered in tropical vines and flavors.

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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 Damian
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750 ml (25.36 fl.oz.) growler purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Best consumed by OCT 17 2015
Served in a pint glass

Cloudy straw yellow appearance. Almost golden. The body and was topped by frothy, inch-plus tall, bone white crown. One huge drippy ring of lacing trickled down the top portion of the glass. The head fell to a lasting bubbly cap.

The aroma was hoppy and rather dry. Super dank and musty. Very weed-like. Grapefruit was quite noticeable. Lots of pine needles too. Crisp and lemony. Fairly tart. Nice overall but a bit more subtle than most Hill Farmstead IPAs.

Lemony notes also came through strong in the flavor profile. Really tart and dry. Loads of white grapefruit. Slightly grassy. The finish was pithy and dry and contained intense lemon and grapefruit rind-like notes. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

The mouthfeel was super soft and frothy on the palate. Creamy and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence. Lighter bodied for the style. Solid, yet perhaps a touch thin.

Grassroots IPA is a solid take on the style. Although this may not be one of the better hoppy beer made by the folks at Hill Farmstead, it is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Pours a hazy pale orangey yellow with an inch plus of head. Some lacing. Smells amazing. The aroma is tons of juicy citrus. Lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. The taste is citrus hops but some grassy hops as well I didn't get in the aroma. Lemon and lime at the finish with some grapefruit rind. Oily, dry mouthfeel. Not much of an alcohol presence. Medium bodied. Overall, outstanding 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 BranfordBound
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Hill Farmstead brewery on Saturday, 9/26, poured into a wine glass. Pours a hazy straw color with not much head on it, some bubbles leave lacing. Smell is a nice gentle breeze of fruity hops, some back end sweetness. This is a bit confusing for me, it's an IPA at 6.7%, but it looks and feels like a Pale Ale or Blonde Ale. Super drinkable, but the overall flavor is a bit light. It's a dry IPA with a nice citrus flavor from the hops, slightly bitter. Overall I think this would make for a nice summer IPA but I was a bit let down by it.

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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 HopBomb515
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden with a big white head and ample lacing. Notes of mango, light sugar, light grapefruit, and fruit juice. Light medium body with soft but appropriate carbonation and slightly dry. This is an amazing IPA with a big fruity profile that I completely dig.

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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 garyloveman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful hazy orange, nice foamy white head.
Smell is super tropical. Seemed a bit of a departure from other Hill IPA's.
Taste is super juicy fruit, citrus. Grapefruit, orange, mango.
Mouthfeel is lighter than expected with the haze that poured. Very smooth, highly drinkable.

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Photo of lic217
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pale, hazy, yellow, white head that lingers. Very little lacing.
Smell: Tropical fruit, citrus, a touch of malt
Taste: Tropical fruit, citrus, a long lasting bitterness (not an unpleseant one), starts a little sweet, but finishes dry. More tropical, then citrus, but definately grapefruit
Feel: A little

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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 -Rick
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great compilation brew. Tons of tropic fruit on the nose and taste. Tangerines, pineapple, oranges. Not a lot of bitterness, this beer has a smooth and slight carbonation and a fruity acidic lingering taste that lasts a long while on the pallet. A top notch IPA

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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 Jbernardi12
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml growler acquired at hill farmstead
A: Mild yellow-orange, very hazy. Pours a bright white head with moderate head retention and great lacing.
S: Simcoe simcoe simcoe. Lots of dank piney resin with a hint of citrus in the background. Slight banana clove-ish, Belgian yeast maybe???
T: Taste follows the nose, dank pine, citrus, resiny. Same very slight banana/clove in the aftertaste that was found in the nose.
M: The oats lend a nice creamy fullness. Medium carbonation.
O: Was not blown away at first by this beer, as I typically am with HF beers. As I began to sift through the taste and nose, however, I found what I believe to be simcoe in a very true form. The piney resiny taste became clear and I have a new appreciation for what that lends to American IPA's.

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Photo of Mineo
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Silky smooth mouthfeel. Light crisp dose of citrusy hops w/ pils-esque malt backbone. Citrus and pine dominate the taste and make this one a smooth drinker.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap poured

Hazy opaque yellow with white foam ring and good lacing

Aroma of lemon citrus , pine

Pine taste with hint of citrus

Smooth mouthfeel , good sudsing, gentle biting aftertaste of hops

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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 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 scotorum
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +6%
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.

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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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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...

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