Lemon Cello
Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,422
Ranked #8,840
4.1 | pDev: 8.05%
Nov 14, 2021
Jul 17, 2020
Lemon CelloLemon Cello
Notes: Collaboration with Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

A forerunner of technique and component, we offer this 10th Anniversary iteration of our Lemon Cello. First brewed in 2010, a sour mashed Double IPA with citrus zest and lactose sugar seemed farfetched. A decade later, this reimagining represents a clearer reflection of the original vision, and a fresh take on an informative sense memory.
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Rated by nelsonracite from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Golden orange look. Smells like a funky tangy floral scent. Taste of lemon peal, and bourbon. Overall not a big fan.
Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
bottle into glass
Virtually no head. Nearly, completely clear, medium golden orange look. Smells like an aged white wine vinegar, with a bit of a floral tinge. Quite a tangy start, with what I assume would be primarily due to a wild, or more probably a farmhouse yeast strain. Thankfully, the tartness is not too strong to cancel out the barrel and other nuances, which is mainly spiced orange peel. The finish has the barrel joining in and a brandy like aftertaste.
Oct 16, 2021
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Rated by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On draft at Blackback Pub. Summer 2021
Sep 11, 2021
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Reviewed by clausthaler from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Reading that crooked stave made this makes sense as it has a ton of CS character. It’s fine but would not get again. If you like funky stuff go for it but eh. The lactose, which I am usually a fan of, is cloying and not good. It does change and open up nicely as it warms, nicely drinkable and refreshingly acidic but kind of weird and just not quite right. Fun but a one and done oddity.
Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Jul 11, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by npolachek from New York

Jun 18, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

May 16, 2021
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
huge thanks to my buddy back east for shipping this one out, it was an awesome one to crack for new years eve. i remember the original, which had siren and mikkeller involved i believe, this seems more refined, a little less intense, and really is quite an interesting drink, a stretch to call it an ipa of any kind really, its so fermentation forward. crooked stave in on the collaboration now, no mention of others. amazingly radiant clear golden colored brew until the bottom of the bottle when just a little sediment kicks up, with a short white head, looks almost too delicate to house all this flavor. funk right away, bretty and mature, definite white wine and oak notes here, lemon and also sweet orange citrus character to me, lemon grass, meyer lemon too maybe, and some compatibly fruit forward hops, but its also tart and has a vanilla hint, so there is just so much happening that the hops dont really leap out at me as driving the bus. the same is true in the flavor, curiously desserty and funky at the same time, a weird combination but it works. lemon sure, citrus forward hops also, lots of mature brett, suggestions of honeydew and kiwi too, even green gooseberry, with some sourness to finish thats enhanced rather than counteracted by the lactose it seems, and very little hop bitterness despite the hop boldness. effervescent carbonation and a clean finish following the funky wind down, really layered and complex beer that would require brewers of this skill level, i could see this being a mess way easier than i could see it being this good, even when its in my had. super impressive execution of a real challenging concept, very much a saison type rather than an ipa to me, but who really cares. extremely delicious, sneaky strong, and one i hope to encounter again. bravo!
Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Jan 01, 2021
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Rated by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Really enjoyed it. I would absolutely buy it again if it was available.
Nov 04, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like milk sugar, vanilla, lemon candy, and acid.

This is solid stuff. It's got a pleasant and citrusy funk to it, with candied lemon peel, and a very light acidity. It doesn't exactly appear as an IPA to me, more of just a citrusy and soft wild ale.

This is light bodied, slightly creamy, and very drinkable.

This is a cool experiment brewed well.
Oct 15, 2020
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
375 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy bright orange color with 2 healthy fingers of soapy white head. The head leaves a good amount of splotchy lacing as it dissipates into a thick layer of foam. Solid retention.

The aroma brings a metric ton of lemon juice followed by some orange. Then comes a bit of yeast and funk. Sweet, citrusy, and earthy.

The flavor is sweet and citrusy, bringing notes of orange and lemon juice followed by some lactic acid and brett-like funk. The milk sugar comes through on the finish, adding a vanilla like quality.

The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp, yet smooth and creamy.

Overall, this is a solid sour DIPA that comes pretty much exactly as advertised. It's citrusy, faintly tart, and ever-so-subtly funky. Not much else to say about it, honestly.
Oct 08, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Sep 27, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Sep 26, 2020
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Mule Bar
Sep 23, 2020
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Sep 21, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by edthehead from New York

Sep 21, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Sep 15, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Sep 09, 2020
Rated: 4.41 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Sep 05, 2020
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From a 375ml bottled, undated as best I can tell. Brewed and bottled by Crooked Stave, but served in a Trillium-branded tulip, just because.

Pours an unfiltered, moderately hazed and glowing orange-gold with a fat finger-plus of soft and sudsy, lathery foam. Retention is no better than just OK, leaving a bubbly, scuzzy cap and a thin film of lacing.

The aroma is tart and tangy with prominent brett-iness, sweet-and-sour citrus and a faint sweat-and-sex, damp and dirty, the-sheets-need-to-be-washed kind of funk.

Taste is sharp and tangy, macerated lemons, the whole shebang, juice, zest and pith. Wild yeasties, oj, and a mild vinegar-like character, finishing with an odd but not unpleasant creamy pastiness which must be owing to the lactose.

Feel is creamy, slick, slippery, pasty, medium-full bodied with adequate carbonation. Acidic to the point that I’m already wondering whether there are any Tums in the medicine cabinet.

Overall, an interesting and original take on a DIPA? Bright and tasty, relatively flawless aside from the acidity, but not my sort of thing. One was good; two would be a hardship.
Sep 04, 2020
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle (25Feb2020) into a Belgian glass

L: pours a clear darker yellow/orange with a dense white head. Some visible carbonation, slight lacing with each sip

S: lots of lemon up front, getting both zest and juicy flesh aroma. Other citrus bitterness as well, some orange. A bit of sweetness behind it, helps cut it somewhat

T: great evolution for me here. Opens with a more bitter lemon zest/lemon flesh flavor, moving to a less bitter and more rounded/sweeter lemon curd character. Imagine that's the lactose (at least somewhat), doesn't veer towards overly sweet. Medium finish, oak coming through provides additional structure

F: medium carbonation, medium/medium- body, rounded feel quite smooth and easy to drink

O: delicious beer, delivers a great sour DIPA experience while maintaining the flavor complexity and depth I'd expect from this group of breweries
Aug 21, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by doremite from Vermont

Aug 10, 2020
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Reviewed by DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from bottle. Deep yellowish orange with a large head on an aggressive pour into a tulip. Smell is citrus. Get some sweetness. Flavor is tartness and citrus. Nicely done. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, very well done. Sour IPAs aren't my favorite, but this was nice.
Jul 28, 2020
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Orange colored body, partially cloudy; fairly thick and creamy white head. Sweet citrus aroma; orange with a touch of lemon. Truly tasting like fresh orange and tart lemon; juicy and tart. Medium body; smooth and velvety; tangy and acidic.

Holy moly! Now this is the epitome of a New England-styled juicy IPA. And this one is a double. I have never tasted anything this close to a true representation of sinking your teeth into an actual orange or tangerine. Flavor-wise, this is the real deal. It can't be beat!!!
Jul 18, 2020
Lemon Cello from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 26 ratings