Grassroots Legitimacy IPA - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 428
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 43
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 MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (274 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,390 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.15/5  rDev -27.6%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,141 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (910 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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 (854 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Number45forever
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome IPA from the folks at HF/Grassroots. Taking down 750ml of this one...picked up yesterday, it spent about 28 hours in the growler.

A: Yellow, similar to the single hop beers that HF is so famous for. Trademark huge fluffy white head that lingers for a bit.

S: Clean, fresh, sharp citrus. Some faint grassy smells. Smells better than most beers taste. I don't know what it is, but the HF IPAs just smell so freaking clean and fresh.

T: Outstanding. No idea what they used for hops in this one, but it's great. Some faint lemon/orange tartness and just a ton of fresh beautiful hop taste. I'd bet this has some Simcoe, definitely some piney goodness in this one too.

M: Awesome. What else is new for HF beers?

O: Delicious, especially for the 6.5% beer it is...this thing drinks like a DIPA and definitely has you coming back for more. It's fantastic, if you have a chance to try this one, do it. Not that this is news for a hoppy beer brewed by Shaun Hill and company, but still. This one is great. (1,019 characters)

Photo of BobaFret
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blackback Pub.

Opaque pear coloured, one of the more strikingly light beers I've seen for some time. Modest white head falls with decent lacing to a collar.

Crushed grass, lemon sherbet and passionfruit. Lovely roundness.

Similar flavours. Very clean leafiness and bright lemon notes. Nelson Sauvignon hops perhaps? Minimal malt bill.

Decent body, subdued carbonation and a light dreamy bitterness. Very easy.

Straightforward and delightful. (456 characters)

Photo of 321jeff
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,077 characters)

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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA from Grassroots Brewing
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