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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 455
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 26 | 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 garyloveman
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of lic217
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (311 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (264 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (197 characters)

Photo of Jbernardi12
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of Mineo
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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. (156 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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 (198 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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 (1,053 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (174 characters)

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. (1,372 characters)

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. (1,125 characters)

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... (211 characters)

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. (267 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.......................................................................................... (162 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (549 characters)

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. (808 characters)

Photo of Delco
5/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (270 characters)

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. (800 characters)

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. (1,160 characters)

Photo of huddyball
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler obtained at the brewery yesterday 4/12/14

A: Light, hazy, golden yellow. Small head that fades rather quickly leaving slight lacing.
S: Lemony citrus with fresh hops. Slight maltiness.
T: You get predominantly a lemon/orange/citrus punch. The hops are there, but not on the forefront. I tend to like very citrusy brews so I really enjoy this.
M: Really good and well balanced. Exactly what I was expecting.
O: Great overall IPA and worth seeking out if you're a huge fan of citrus forward IPA's. (516 characters)

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

Cloudy, yellow-gold and apricot colouring.

Predominantly sweet citrus and grassy scents with an earthy/piney spice on the nose.

Sweet citrus, grapefruit-like flavour up front is met with hoppy bitterness and spice, balanced very well with the malts. I might like to see a little more malt there - as the body is slightly thin - although the remaining hops and sweetness help compensate. This is a traditional IPA after all, and brings full attention to the fantastic hop flavour. (481 characters)

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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA from Grassroots Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.