Lemon Cello - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,349
Ranked #21,667
3.74 | pDev: 13.1%
Jul 18, 2022
Aug 21, 2021
Very Good
Lemon Cello - Bourbon Barrel-AgedLemon Cello - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: Double IPA Brewed with Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, and Lactose Sugar, and aged in bourbon barrels.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Grassroots Brewing, Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead brewery traveled out to Colorado in November 2019 to meet Ryan Witter, now of Casita Cerveceria, Jean Broillet IV from Tired Hands Brewing, and Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave to reimagine two classic Grassroots beers: Lemon Cello IPA and Wachu Saison. ⁣

Lemon Cello IPA was originally brewed in 2010 for the Rate Beer summer gathering in Rome. Shaun and Ryan set out to create a beer reminiscent of the popular Italian drink, Limoncello. Crafted from oats, lactose, lemon juice, and lemon zest, and then kettle soured, it was a landmark beer: hopped as a double IPA, sour, citrusy, with a creamy full body.

Brewed and bottled by Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Denver, CO for Grassroots Brewing Greensboro, VT.
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375 ml. bottle.
Bottled March 18, 2021.

Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a slightly hazy light amber body with scant lacing.

Nose of citrus (lemon), wood, (oak), booze, slight green apple, and funk.

Taste is lemon, booze, green apple; not too sweet and not too sour.
Lemony bourbon on the finish.
As it warms the oak comes forward a bit.

Nice feel.

Overall, I'd have this again and so should you!

Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jul 05, 2022
Rated: 3.1 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Jun 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L -- Moderately hazy amber-orange body with a very small bubbly head produced with aerated pour. Looks like an unfiltered cider
S -- Green apple, meyer lemon, lacto funk, hay, cherry. not really getting any bourbon barrel character
T -- Less sour than anticipated, which is good. Also sweeter. Definitely has that Double IPA malt base, paired with a bright (not overpowering) lemon zest acidity and some bourbon bitterness to round things out. It does taste a little like limoncello
F -- Standard wild ale feel. Crisp and effervescent with a liquid mouthfeel
O -- Such a curious beer, and definitely a flavor blend that I've never encountered before. Not sure I'd buy again @$16/13oz but no regrets either

May 12, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by kjkinsey from Texas

Apr 09, 2022
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Rated by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Glad I tried it. Just ok for my tastes. Lemon zest didn’t quite do it for me.
Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
12.7 oz bottle. Pours clear straw with a small fizzy white head that quickly goes to a light dusting that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is bitter earthy funky brett with some lemon and bourbon.

The flavor is sweet lemon and funky brett with a harsh ashy astringent boozy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit thin and watery.

Overall, kind of odd.
Apr 01, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
375 mL bottle. Clear golden. Big white head. Smells of lemon, bourbon, oak, acidic yeastiness, lactose. Tastes of strong lemon, lemon tartness, strong bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Sweet. Some grapefruit hops. Medium heavy. Sweet, sour, bitter, boozy, and lightly hoppy. I couldn't drink much of this, but it's ok.
Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Golden amber body, semi-hazy; very lively carbonation; thin yet lasting head. Bold citrus and raw white oak smell; mild horse blanket. Big tart flavor overall with some biscuit-like malt underneath; peach and lemon. Heavy body; effervescent and sticky; acidic; alcohol dryness.

This is a classic example of being smart with only a single bottle purchase. In one case, it appears to have hit all the taste goals of the brewers, but for me, this one just doesn't cut it. There is too much going on with the taste, a lot of flavors that don't really complement each other. The mouthfeel also wrestles with balance. Complex? Yes. Depth? Maybe. Balance? Nope.

Poured at 48 F; BOTTLED: Mar. 18, 2021
Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Welp, I guess I checked into the wrong entry--I didn't realize there was a difference between the base and the BA version. Anyways, photographic evidences shows this review was for the BA version, so here's my review, which I'll delete from the other entry:

Lightly foggy dark amber with a moderate off-white head settling to an uneven bubbly foam slanted at the opposite side after a tilt and leaving spotty lace on the glass.

Fairly tart, the bourbon barrel makes itself known in a way that provides a sort of honey quality to the lemon that comes together as a kind of wild, oaky John Daly. At the same time, there seems to be a characteristic of fresh dill flavor within the wild oaky quality that more or less trumps the lemon. It's also quite forward of grapefruit notes, but with an interestingly oaky caramel exhale, even like a sort of crackery biscuit...like biscoff(?), which translates to a sort of orange reduction as they come together.

There seem to be acetic flavors without the actual acidity, while the lactose maybe helps the body mildly thicken and smooth out before the crackly carbonation comes to a semi-dry finish.
Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Oct 30, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
This one pours a hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like candied and somewhat medicinal lemon, sweet whiskey, vanilla, and orange.

I had much higher hopes for this one than what I'm getting here, unfortunately. The lemon is just so medicinal and artificial tasting, almost like a Lemonhead candy. I know it's not artificial, I know it's actual lemon - it's just coming off the way for some reason. The bourbon character comes off as sweet, rather than boozy or spicy, which doesn't help the overall balance here.

This is medium bodied, creamy, but just too sweet for the style. The lemon flavor is too much for any interesting mixed culture sort of flavors to come through here.

This was certainly an interesting idea, but it just didn't work out for me.
Oct 19, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by edthehead from New York

Sep 28, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by lancemj from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pretty interesting. Like it says on the tin -- bourbon barrel-aged lemon cello. Poured hazy, smelled of lemons and bourbon. Taste follows nose with lots of lemons and a noticeable bourbon heat. Definitely unique.
Sep 12, 2021
Lemon Cello - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 19 ratings