Grassroots / Mikkeller Limoncello IPA | Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brew in Collaboration with Mikkeller for the Ratebeer European Summer Gathering. Made with lactose, oats, wheat, and pilsner malt. The beer underwent a 12 hour sour mash to add a little tartness. Hopped with Citra and Sorachi ace. Dry hopped with Sorachi Ace and Centennial along with 1kg of fresh lemon peel.

Added by jrallen34 on 12-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 70
Photo of elNopalero
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not sure this is still retired as I had it on tap recently (11/2013).

They called this a tart IPA on the beer menu at the Mikkeller Bar and that about summed it up.

This pours a hazy wheat-beer-ish gold with caps of white foam. Great vibrant aroma that made me think of freshly picked Meyer lemons, zest, juice, and flowers all in full bloom. The flavor is hoppy with a citrusy lemony character but what really stands out is the slight puckering tartness that makes this beer interesting and unique. Delicious. No idea it was 8%!

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Photo of wcintula
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lumped together with all the other Mikkeller beers on the menu at Ginger Man NYC, I got it in my flight amongst 3 Black Holes.

Golden, straw-yellow, hazy body with a big snow white head. The smell is excellent: big lemony, citrusy sex. Yeah, it smells like sex, not sexy, but that good stank ya fill the room with while/after having it.

The taste is sweet/tart, grassy, and excellent. This beer broke the IPA mold and more people need to taste this beer. Unconventially awesome.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ebenezers's Pub and served into tulip.

A - Pours golden yellow, large frothy head, nice cap and sticky lacing. Very nice-looking IPA, to say the least.

S - Very lights hops, lemon bar sweetness, sweet fruit, floral. A nice meld of stuff going on here. The lemon bar sweetness and subtle hops work well together.

T - Lots of lemon bar, lemon citrus, slight hops, touch of resin, bitter finish. The lemon sweetness and lemon citrus/hops compliment one another.

M - Body is light, frothy carbonation, bitter finish.

O - An enjoyable take on something I've never had before. Solid ipa and lemon flavor is unique and makes this one something to remember. Good, not great.

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Photo of ggilman
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, Maine. Listed as a collaboration between Hill Farmstead's Shaun Hill & Mikkler.

Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip, filled almost to the top.

Small foamy head with thick puffy lace! Clinging all over the sides of the glass. Thick hazy lemony yellow. Smells like grass, lemon zest and sour funk. Initial taste is like biting into bitter roasted or grilled lemon rind. Some bitter greens flavor, earthy, like chard, sits in the back of the throat. Creamy with low carbonation and smooth at room temp. Some grassy hops come through as an after thought. Fresh, and the alcohol stays hidden. I will say, that for as creamy as the mouthfeel is, this feels like a refreshing and light bodied beer.

Not sure why this is considered an Imperial IPA, felt like a Saison maybe.

Interesting, glad I took a chance on it.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Loved this beer! I'm an Italian who likes his limoncello, so I was exciting to try this. Poured cloudy yellow with a huge head that needed some time to settle before it was drinkable. Sweet, citrusy aroma. Taste was definitely limoncello! Terrific limoncello taste throughout, with mild hops just poking in a tiny bit in the background. Sweet and tart, and barely hoppy...practically unrecognizable as an IPA, but I didn't care. Smooth, light mouthfeel, with some syrupy character. Highly drinkable, but probably not something most people would dedicate a whole session to.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Blind Tiger during their Hill Farmstead event. Some confusion about this beer, I believe they may have mislabeled this a Hill Farmstead project but still wrote Grassroots Limoncello.
Anyway, excited to try what I thought was HF, I attempted to order one, but the keg wouldn't pour. A day later, I returned to test the waters. All that could be poured was a glass of half foam, with a pittance of beer in the bottom. Giving it time, it settled into a reasonable, and extremely interesting, pour.

Golden and fairly clear. I bring to my nose the first digestif IPA I've ever encountered. Yes, it smelled like limonfuckingcello! It smelled of small and fancy Italian restaurants where the owner sits down at your table to chat. It smelled of the Mediterranean Sea and beautiful, long-legged, not to be fucked with, Italian women with sensuous lips.

Unfortunately, it is exactly what it smells like. A very sweet, lemony IPA that is excellent for what it is, and enjoyable, for a time. I dont think I could drink more than a half pint. At least, not without a canoli for company.

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Photo of oline73
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at Max's taphouse. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a finger of thick fluffy white head. The head goes away quickly, but leaves a lot of very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet and fruity, I'm picking up citrus along with some grape. There is a tartness in there as well.

Taste: The taste is better than the smell. Sweet and fruity, again I'm picking up lemon and grape. The sweetness and the tart flavors remind me of lemonheads candy. The finish is bitter. Sweetness overpowers the other flavors a bit much. I don't pick up hardly any alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit sticky. There is a fairly high amount of smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: The first sip was definitely, this beer got old as I got through the glass. It's a bit too sweet, and I wish there was some more bitterness.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is pretty nice, though not what I associate with an IPA. Still, there is some nice maraschino cherry, light honey, considerable lemon (which works well with the sweetness in this beer) and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet beer, though I finally get a hint of hoppy bitterness. The latter counters the sweetness sufficiently so as to keep it from becoming heavy or tiring on the palate, the sweetness still dominates the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft, fairly creamy, sweet and bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I think this beer is a bit sweet for an IPA. Still, the 8% alcohol is well disguised, and the beer is not heavy or tiring on the finish.

An interesting beer... can't see myself ever drinking a lot of this, but I thought it pretty enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of cooch69
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a bright and clear lemon yellow with a tiny white head.

Nose is just like condensed limoncello liqueur. Lemony and grassy hoppiness come through beyond the actual lemon peels.

Taste on this is like the aroma very lemony and fruity. Semi sweet this beer surprised me. I'm not a fan of IPA's but this beer is awesome.

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Photo of Blanco
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

reviewed from notes. had this at TND on 3/1 at Hophead event.

pours a light yellow color, and very cloudy. similar to a tripel. smell is of lemon with a hint of "sourness" if you can describe that. taste is unlike anything I've ever tried. Hard to identify this as anything "IPA-ish" in the least bit. beer is very tart/sour with strong lemon flavor, however it would not be readily identifiable or necessarily enjoyable for someone who happens to like lemons as there are other things going on here. cloying sweetness as well. mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Scores points for being unique, but still not sure to this day if I enjoyed this beer or not. It was "good" but drinkability was not high. I may order another one should it ever cross my path just to get a better read on it.

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at TND...
Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon peel, vanilla, grapefruit, lemon jello, tart wheat, and some tartness.
Taste is of the aromas with a real lemon and herbal blast. Really interesting stuff. Different
mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, and refreshing.

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Photo of gtn80
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy, golden yellow with ample head.

Aroma is sour, earthy with a touch of hops and lots of lemon. Not the typical aroma coming off an IPA by any means.

Taste is complex. Funky, earthy sourness, but with lots of lemon and a touch of spiciness. This is not a West Coast IPA by any means. Like a sour lemon drop, this beer is fascinating and style challenging if nothing else.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Dribkabilty is solid. This beer is surprisingly refreshing.

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Photo of Brad007
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a slight amber hue and a frothy head.

Lemon peel and raw wheat greet the nose. Definitely has sorachi ace hallmark. Also has an "old country" smell to it.

Lots of lemon notes, from the hops and aging. The lactose gives it a creamy texture.

The oats allow the flavors to mingle at the back. Again, creamy lemon drop.

Very interesting. Defies categorization because it adds a small layer of complexity to the style.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Mardsous chalice at Local Option 2/5/11.

A: Served a bright, cloudy lemon-yellow color. Perced on top is a bright-white plop of short lived foam that left some nice lace patterns on the glass.

S: Big aroma of lemon in the front that balanced by a backbone of coconut, vanilla, and fresh cut grass.

T: The lemon of the smell becomes a little too much as it warms. Tastes a bit like Lemon Pledge sprayed on freshly shaved coconut. Weird but kind of good.

M: Very slick and with hop oil oiliness. Sticky, sweet, with the perfect amount of dry, herbal, grassiness.

D: I applaud the idea, but I can think of no other beer in my recent memory that is more "one and done". After this, I had to scrape my palate clean with a Dark Horse Too Cream!

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Photo of kinopio
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright yellow color with a large foamy head. The foam lasted until about the last sip

A lemony, sugary scent with hops being present but very mellow.

Incredibly sweet taste up front, followed by the tart lemon flavor. Towards the end of the sip wasn't bad, as you got some of the hops. The final couple sips of the glass were very sweet and not in a good way. It was like someone melted a lemon candy into a mediocre IPA.

Extremely creamy texture. This was probably the best part of the beer.

I would not want to drink more than one of these. For 8% it hides the alcohol well but the sugariness kills the drinkability There is a potential for a good beer here but the balance is thrown off by how sweet it is.

On tap at The Publick House.

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Photo of glid02
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a half-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with large amounts of sugar-coated lemon and orange peels. Also present are citrus and floral hops and very slight lightly tart citrus aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Very sweet pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by very small amounts of tart lemon peel. Midway through the sip the tart flavors fade and bright citrus and slightly earthy hop flavors work their way into things. The hops fade out into a moderately sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was surprisingly similar to limoncello, down to the cloying sweetness. A very interesting beer that's worth a shot but it's not one that I would anticipate having again.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap @ Comet Cafe and presented in a goblet. Post-Beer School recommendation.

A labored and foamy pour eventually yields a beautifully hazed golden hue with a thick and frothy, one-finger head with decent retention. Generous patchwork lacing throughout the session.

Intense lemon oil nose lingers before wafting into aromas of citrus hops and clover honey. Creamy velvet mouthfeel. Opens with a fresh blast of natural lemon zest. Mild hop bitterness surfaces in the middle, quickly balanced by lemon candy sweetness. Finishes with an expressive note of clover honey.

Great experience. Limoncello IPA is different from any Imperial I've ever had. For an American Double, I was expecting a more hopcentric taste profile. Although the lemon candy and honey sweetness bordered on cloying at times, I would recommend trying this if you can find it on-tap.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Trappist

A: The pour is a hazy straw color with a huge white head and some pretty nice spider-web lacing.

S: Lots of lemon notes, which isn't surprising considering the addition of lemon zest. There's quite a bit of citrus, maybe some pine and grass. The sourmash didn't provide too much tartness, but it is there.

T: Not really much in the way of tartness, but definitely a strong lemon flavor. Lots of lemon zest, and a bit of candied lemon. The hops are slightly bitter and a bit earthy and grassy. Some decent malt flavor, but maybe a little heavy.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is one of the best beers that I've had that's been brewed by Mikkeller (or at least, in part by him). I'd actually consider having this again.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brew in Collaboration with Mikkeller for the Ratebeer European Summer Gathering. Made with lactose, oats, wheat, and pilsner malt. The beer underwent a 12 hour sour mash to add a little tartness. Hopped with Citra and Sorachi ace. Dry hopped with Sorachi Ace and Centennial along with 1kg of fresh lemon peel...Drank on tap at Local Option into a tulip...Dark gold with a yellowish tint, decent white head...The aroma is really sweet, lemon head candy with a touch of hops, interesting but not great...The taste is just terrible, medicinal lemons not at all good.

This doesn't sound good and is a total miss that should be avoided.

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Grassroots / Mikkeller Limoncello IPA from Grassroots Brewing
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