Grassroots Brewing

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #41
Ranked #15,256
3.95 | pDev: 6.58%
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: A hoppy red ale brewed with Classic American yeast and hops. Hygge is a danish word which is best describe as the feeling of a warm and inviting atmosphere in which to enjoy the good things in life...
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pronounced Hooga. This was on tap at The Reservoir, Waterbury, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Light lacing stuck around the glass nicely. The smell started off with some sweet roasted nuts blending into some citrus and piney hops. Caramel and toffee malts - delicate yet there. Very well balanced. The taste was mainly sweet with a nice rounded corners of bready malts. Smooth lingering sweet and roasted nuts. Light smooth caramel malts in the aftertaste. Semi-dry nutty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Smooth malts lay down on my tongue nicely. Overall, I say this was a really good Amber ale that I would have again.

Jun 08, 2017
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler into stemmed HF glass.
Pours a nice garnet color with minimal bubbly head.
Aromas are a nice mix of maltiness and hoppiness, toffee notes.
Flavors are nice as well. Good malt body and the substantial hops are welcome.
Mouthfeel was excellent,
Overall, this style doesn't wow too many people but this is well made and very tasty.

Dec 24, 2016
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kevanb from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 12.22.2016, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a dark, deep burgundy color, dark amber and red hues, nice opacity with a bone colored head, about two fingers tall with good retention and plenty of lace. The aroma is decent, piney hops, citrus peel, grassy and weedy, sharp and bitter with a big caramel and amber malt backbone, not too sweet, not overly rich either with some of the Hill Farmstead signature mineral water character. The flavors are very much like the nose, very bitter pine and resinous hop flavor, some citrus peel, earthy and grassy with a hearty amber and caramel malt bill, a bit doughy and a bit heavy, the hops don't really lighten this beer up any. The mouthfeel is great, coating, thick yet lively medium body, gentle but active carbonation with a very creamy and smooth finish that has a nice lingering dry sensation.

Verdict: A solid Hoppy Red/Amber ale, but a bit heavy and lacking complexity from the hops. When I think about beers like Nugget Nectar or Surly Furious, there is so much more going on, that this seems a bit boring and bland. A good beer, but nothing remarkable.

Dec 23, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into the modified tulip glass.
A - Beautiful carbonation, set in a copper colored backdrop. Wonderful loose knit cap of off white.
S - Light bread notes, floral hop nose, very nice.
T - Follows the nose, nice grains, delightful malt base, just the right amount of bitterness, and a hint of smokiness.
F - Soft on the palate, medium in body, so well balanced.
O - I really enjoy this offering. A superbly drinkable beer.

Nov 18, 2016
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL growler. Thank you Paul!

Copper / amber body, mild haze. Half inch or so of beige foam that coats the glass in lacing. Caramel malt with some pine hop character. Clean and easy drinking. Mild bready sweetness. Light-medium in body with lingering hop bitterness. Nice.

Feb 26, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a deep amber to amber brown.

The aroma offers caramel malts, sweet breadiness, rose petals, floral, light earthiness, citrus peel, sweet pine sap.

The flavor offers that rich malt depth up front, caramel and toasted malty sweetness, but then the hops take over. Bitter grapefruit peel, pine, resin, onto a woodsy, earthy bitterness that sticks to the tongue that lingers into medicinal dried herbs.

While the beer is as intense as a Hill Farmstead brew, it still is decent balance to it with the medium deep malts up front pulling back the hops a slight from being overwhelming.

Feb 24, 2016
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Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled on 2/13/16 into a Hill Farmstead stem glass.

A: A dark, translucent amber. White head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lace on the glass.
S: Slightly uninteresting smell. Somewhat of a malty aroma with slight earthy hops.
T: Initially somewhat sweet with some very nice bitterness on the tail.
F: Kind of bubbly. Not super smooth, but drinkable.
O: It's definitely an interesting style. I like the hoppy feel to it, but it's not super complex or flavorful. It's nice for what it is.

Feb 19, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL growler. Amber body. Smells of caramel malt, bread, and some toasted malts. Grapefruit and pine hops. Tastes of amber malts. A little bready. Low sweetness. Piney hops. Light body. Medium-low carbonation. Not an exciting beer. Nothing wrong with it, but it's pretty dull.

Feb 16, 2016
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ darkish reddish brown with a nice head and a little lacing.

S~ a lot of hop bitterness up front, nice amber malt and lots of grassy earth.

T~ sooo balanced! between the awesome and a tiny bit fruity hop bitterness to the sweet amber malt this is well done and extremely drinkable!

M~ great carb. smooth and a tiny bit dry from the hops.

O~ this reminds me a lot of Bells This One Goes to 11 which i loved fresh! i haven't had a nice red in a long time so this was a great surprise! i could drink this all day!

Feb 10, 2016
Hygge from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 74 ratings