Song Of Spring
Grassroots Brewing

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #644
Ranked #15,984
3.94 | pDev: 9.9%
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: This highly sessionable spring fest beer is a refreshing, low alcohol ale with a fresh, hoppy character.
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Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark burnt orange with a persistent but short fluffy head clinging in tall ridges settling in lumps.

Semi-bitter woodiness pairs with toasted bread and orange rind as a mild fluffy carbonation fills the medium body before a semi-dry finish. On the exhale and with some time, elements of toasty brown ale develop.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden copper color with 2 fingers of sudsy white head. Looks like a dirty-ass penny. The head has excellent retention, hanging around for days before settling into a thick blanket of foam. Leaves an epic amount of sticky lacing as it finally dissipates.

The aroma brings notes of green tea, honey, lemonade, tangerines and mild grapefruit before a modest wave of toasted malts, grass, and piney hops.

The flavor is all about the toasted malt character. There are notes of green tea, biscuits, cereal grains, lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit, with a grassy, herbal finish. Very clean, with a subtle, lingering bitterness.

The feel is nearly perfect for the style: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very clean and crisp, yet smooth. Exceptionally drinkable, like iced tea on a hot summer day.

Overall, a truly great pale ale that is incredibly crushable without sacrificing flavor. This beer is very herbal and floral, with a ton of toasted malt presence from beginning to end. I'd quaff this forever.

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Photo of VT-Mike-BeerParadise
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It was last spring when I had this, so I don't want to put a lot of detail in here and be wrong about it, but I can tell you that this collaboration (Hill Farmstead and Grassroots; both in Greensboro, VT) is one of my all time favorites; this is one of the most under-rated beers I've seen on here. Bear in mind I have access to all of Hill Farmstead's offerings as well as the top and several of the top beers in the world, and this one sticks in my mind as one of my all time favorites. Very drinkable and sessionable, and has that amazing floral character that is so distinctly Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of harrymel
2.77/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

another 750ml growly

It's a hazed copper ale with a solid quilt of soapy, dusty whites. Smells like tea, malt, hints of grapefruit, lots of english influence on this one, some grapefruit. Flavor is malt, biscuit, a little orange pekoe, some english yeast character. Pretty simple and devoid of the classic APA flavors. Medium bodied with hi carb and a wet finish. Although this absolutely misses the mark on American Pale Ale, this is a really nice assertive ESB almost. I like this beer, but would never recommend it as an APA (everything graded as such, except overall score)

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Photo of Skrip
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Three Floyds Teku.

A~ dark glowing copper,think Nissan orange haha. other then that, nice white head and a bunch of lacing.

S~ nice citrusy hops, smells like some sort of simcoe blend. followed by lots of earthy pine and grass(roots)

T~ light in flavor which is surprisingly nice, pretty much follows the nose. citrus, lemon, pineapple, orange, and a little mango. followed by the earthyness and hop bitterness. pretty much what you would expect.

M~ amazing carbonation, and thick in the best possible way. crisp as hell and super refreshing!

O~ all around incredible session brew, perfect for a hot summer day. if they were to start canning this would be perfect! especially for the beach, but i guess in that case they would have to start distributing more haha. goes down smooth and fast, whats not to like!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750mL growler courtesy of Jim M. Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy, browned orange with a nice white head head. It's not the most appealing thing I've ever seen, but it'll do.

N: Very nice on the nose. Pine and earth mixed with the grapefruit, mango, mandarine orange, and tangerine. Hints of grass and straw.

T: Slightly bitter with the normal pine/earth modifiers. I'm not really finding much in the way to describe this outside that and it's biscuity level.

M: Lighter bodied with pleasant carbonation. Slightly dry and very easy to drink if a little watery.

O: An above average APA that's well-rounded yet lacking in the deftness of touch of its betters. An easy drinker, but it needs a push out of its comfort zone.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Song of Spring pours a hazy, yellow/orange with a moderate, creamy head on top. The foam leaves behind clumps and spots of lace on the glass as it disappears.

The aroma is pleasant and has notes of grass, pine, lemon grass and orange.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very soft and smooth. Light to moderate carbonation. The flavor is perfectly balanced between the malty sweetness and hop bitterness. It begins mildly sweet with a little bubblegum and caramel mixed in. Soon, mild hop flavors of pine and lemon/orange citrus appear. It finishes with some grass notes and mild bitterness. Once gone the citrus and a little sweetness lingers on the palate.

Finally, a pale ale that's not a hoppy IPA. This is what a pale ale should be, a nice balance between malt and hops. The beer is very drinkable. I only wish I had easier access to it so I could have it more often.

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Photo of scotv
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier in a beautiful HF pint glass that despite my best offers to the bartender could not walk out with.

Nice burnt copper appearance with the classic smells of a great Pale Ale... like a liquid slice of Vermont in a cup. Very clean hoppy, citrus taste just in time for summer. This is the beer I'll crave after mowing the lawn on a hot July afternoon. Crispy and light to the very last drop. A song I hope to sing again!

Another fantastic brew from Shaun and friends... what else have you come to expect?

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Song Of Spring from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 47 ratings