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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA - Grassroots Brewing

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 518
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 Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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 kevanb
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Skrip
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Number45forever
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of BobaFret
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA from Grassroots Brewing
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