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Grassroots Legitimacy IPAGrassroots Legitimacy IPA

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Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Pale Ale brewed with 2-row malted barley, oats, and citrusy hops from the Pacific Northwest. Dry hopped copiously with Simcoe. Its sessionable drinkability belies its true IPA nature.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is citrus hop bitterness, grapefruit and pine. Fresh and aromatic. Grassy. Beer opens spruce, grass and a bark hop bite. Some citrus and grapefruit notes in the middle with a citrus and mellow tropical fruit finish. Very good balance and very drinkable. Beer is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and quenching in the mouth and goes down soft and fluffy.

Very nicely balanced and real easy to drink. Worth trying!

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had out of a pint glass at a bar.

Look: hazy straw yellow with not much head.

Aroma: nice juicy grapefruit with a grassy note on the backend.

Taste: translates nicely on the palate. Plenty of grapefruit with a nice pithy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: doesn't strike me as creamy but it's not thin. Appropriately crushable for 6.7% abv.

Overall(style points): juicy citrus IPA with that grassy Hill Farmstead balance. 93.75 points!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ The Ginger Man NYC.

HEAD: None whatsoever.

BODY: Pulp hazy orange suggestive of a lack of filtration. No yeast or sediment is visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for an IPA, but generally appealing.

AROMA: Pulpy citrusy fruit, tangy yoghurty notes, onion from the Simcoe. Hoppy without going over the top into, say, biting grapefruit bitterness. Pale malt sweetness balances her out.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, with new world hop yogurty flavour complementing pulpy citrus (mainly tangerine but also orange) and timid simcoe-derived onion. Not the most pungent hop profile, but balanced neatly by the pale malt sweetness. Oats fill out the body. Hints of pink grapefruit and sherbert. (Though no bitter grapefruit bite save for a blip of it on the finish).

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Superb balance. Very approachable well-built fare, but not dazzling in terms of distinct expressive flavours or complexity.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, pulpy, aptly medium-bodied, of appropriate thickness and heft, and refreshing. Well tailored to the taste without accentuating specific notes. There's a nice harmony of texture and taste, and I think the oats were a good choice to lend it body and smoothen out its pulpy feel.

OVERALL: A balanced drinkable IPA set off nicely by the yogurty emphasis of the hops, Legitimacy is a brew that will please trendchasing new world hop fanatics and old school lovers of balance alike. It's nice to have an IPA that doesn't try to beat you about the head with hops just for hops' sake.

High B- / WORTHY

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Photo of cfalls
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - light orange, opaque, lots of lacing

S - pungent, tangy citrus, dank

T - grapefruit, pine, not very sweet for the NE style, and moderately bitter grassy finish

F - fairly high carbonation makes tiny bubbles for a creamy feel, refreshing

O - perfectly made beer of the older type that was more bitter than sweet

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Photo of Zythophile
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: growler 10/14/16
Palate Contaminants: none

The appearance is yellow-orange color, and it has a nice opaque glow. Very fine white head with good lacing

The smell isn't particularly complex for me. There's bittersweet white grapefruit, which for some reason is accompanied by lightly salted pretzels. I hadn't seen anything anywhere about salt, so that was a little surprising.

Taste is mostly the white grapefruit, and it's more bitter than sweet. Nothing is overbearing, but maybe that's because it was fresh; I don't know how well this would take another few weeks in the bottle. The saltiness doesn't carry over from the nose, but there's a light maltiness that evokes crackers. And there's some earthiness that registers as fresh peat for me.

It has a medium weight feel with well-integrated carbonation. Bitter is the main aftertaste, but there is some room for sweet.

It's obviously well crafted, but a little lacking in the most important part for me.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pale but bright pastel yellow with some rising bubbles forming a soft finger of creamy head, exhibiting tons of lace that develop like ridges off the head.

Bright lemon, vanilla and lightly dank, peppery, faint pine.

Taste is delish. Grassy yet spicy yet restrained yeast. White pepper and dank hops. This is its own flavor, and is hard to describe using established culinary terms.

Soft, frothy, and immensely drinkable.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a top notch IPA. Simcoe brings loads of floral and grassy hops that also express orange, grapefruit, and lemon peel. The body is creamy and smooth. Balanced flavors with the bitterness and the juicy citrus.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had it at HF on a day I was there. Growler purchased 4/9/16, consumed 4/13/16. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: Hazy pale gold with 2F head with good retention and lacing.
S: A lot of tropical fruit from the Citra hops, pine and citrus from the Simcoe. Very nice.
T: Definitely leads with grapefruit, lemon, citrus from the Simcoe. Some pineapple/mango in back with the barley/oat malt profile. Crisp and zesty, but not overly bitter.
F: Light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Pretty sessionable despite moderate ABV. Well-constructed I always say it's that good well water in Greensboro Bend.
O: Definitely a solid bridge between a session pale ale and a world-class IPA. Would drink anytime. I'll add in a useless plea that this should be canned.

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Photo of johng
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml growler from HF on 3/30/2016. First time drinking Legitimacy.

Hazy yellow, clear white head, tons of lacing.

NIce hop bitterness, but also quite juicy. Extremely drinkable. Nice, not overblown carbonation. Good aroma and mouthfeel. Personally, I think it blows Edward away.

Gave my 78 yr. old mother a sip and she enjoyed it too. There's a recommendation!!!!

Solid American IPA, refreshing, piney, hoppy and juicy, would be an excellent summer beer. Yet another fine offering from HF.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. White head. Lots of lace. Hazy yellow.

Grassy and floral. Earthy and zesty. Citrusy with some fruitiness.

Light bitterness and dankness.

Decent, but nothing I am in love with.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

The pouring is a very cloudy golden yellow color with a soapy 1 finger pure white head. Nice retention and phenomenal lacing.

The aroma brings a fantastic balance of bitter, grassy pine and sweet, candied citrus. There's a pinch of lemon on the end as well as some spicy, doughy bread.

The flavor is very piney and bitter. Lots of sticky resin and some citrus. Can't really stress how bitter this is.

Feel is relatively light bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky, dry, and extremely bitter.

Overall, a very good IPA that doesn't bring too much balance or complexity but the flavors and aromas are very well done. This beer is piney and bitter as hell, and it's great.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/15/16 - On tap at Monk's in Philly. Again, super tasty! Had to have a couple.
12/22/15 - On tap at TRIA in Philly. Served in their signature "T" tall stemmed tulip glass. Slightly hazy and straw color. Very little head once served. Mouthfeel not the strongest, but so tasty none-the-less. Very refreshing and an IPA that I hope to have again. Get here soon!

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow.

Nose - Pine and Citrus.

Taste - Big resin, pine and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Nice pine forward IPA. Worth a try.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 8/1/2015 at Armsby Abbey, in Worcester, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of very grassy hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean for the style.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Yellow orange like a pelligrino. Pure white head and rings of lace.

S: Sweet citrus. Spicy wood musk. Floral pine. Grassy.

M: Very smooth feel. Semi-dry, tart.

T: Musky and woodsy pine notes compliment dank citrus. Lemon and grapefruit. Rustic barn like malts covered in tropical vines and flavors.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/19/15 notes. 2 8oz. pours of this at Pony Bar in HK in NYC.

Pours a murky bright yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lemon grass, citrus, wheat, floral hops, grapefruit, pine, resin, and fruity malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation, no real bitterness.

Overall a very good ipa with a lot of lemon to it. Good stuff.

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Photo of Damian
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750 ml (25.36 fl.oz.) growler purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Best consumed by OCT 17 2015
Served in a pint glass

Cloudy straw yellow appearance. Almost golden. The body and was topped by frothy, inch-plus tall, bone white crown. One huge drippy ring of lacing trickled down the top portion of the glass. The head fell to a lasting bubbly cap.

The aroma was hoppy and rather dry. Super dank and musty. Very weed-like. Grapefruit was quite noticeable. Lots of pine needles too. Crisp and lemony. Fairly tart. Nice overall but a bit more subtle than most Hill Farmstead IPAs.

Lemony notes also came through strong in the flavor profile. Really tart and dry. Loads of white grapefruit. Slightly grassy. The finish was pithy and dry and contained intense lemon and grapefruit rind-like notes. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

The mouthfeel was super soft and frothy on the palate. Creamy and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence. Lighter bodied for the style. Solid, yet perhaps a touch thin.

Grassroots IPA is a solid take on the style. Although this may not be one of the better hoppy beer made by the folks at Hill Farmstead, it is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Pours a hazy pale orangey yellow with an inch plus of head. Some lacing. Smells amazing. The aroma is tons of juicy citrus. Lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. The taste is citrus hops but some grassy hops as well I didn't get in the aroma. Lemon and lime at the finish with some grapefruit rind. Oily, dry mouthfeel. Not much of an alcohol presence. Medium bodied. Overall, outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this fresh from the growler purchased at Hill Farmsted in a goblet chilled.

The color is golden peach with medium haze and thick white head with fine bead and thick lace pattern. The smell has a lot of simcoe with grapefruity dank and herbal with slight floral aspect and zesty with a little sweetness from malt and light tropical fruity/orange rind note. The feel is tangy with fruit aspect and moderate carbonation with moderate bitterness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with juicy flavor with slight citrus and simcoe-ish grapefruit and dank herbal quality with mild yeast and lemongrass type fruity/earthy element with a slight sweetness from the malt and almost tea-like herbal and dank character from hops with a semi-tropical finish. Overall this is a great IPA, love the simcoe flavor in this smooth with great drinkability one of the more standout IPA's I have had recently!

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at the Hill Farmstead brewery on Saturday, 9/26, poured into a wine glass. Pours a hazy straw color with not much head on it, some bubbles leave lacing. Smell is a nice gentle breeze of fruity hops, some back end sweetness. This is a bit confusing for me, it's an IPA at 6.7%, but it looks and feels like a Pale Ale or Blonde Ale. Super drinkable, but the overall flavor is a bit light. It's a dry IPA with a nice citrus flavor from the hops, slightly bitter. Overall I think this would make for a nice summer IPA but I was a bit let down by it.

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Photo of Durge
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy golden color with a whispy but complete white head and a major coating of lace from the top down. The nose gets tasteful grapefruit and light grains with just a hint of malty cat piss. Lovely. The palate enjoys a heightened citrus hop and somewhat grassy bitterness. It's crisp and tingly in feel with a medium light body that really goes down easily. Hints of tropical fruits here. Just a real pleaser for hop lovers.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden with a big white head and ample lacing. Notes of mango, light sugar, light grapefruit, and fruit juice. Light medium body with soft but appropriate carbonation and slightly dry. This is an amazing IPA with a big fruity profile that I completely dig.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served at Fool's Gold NYC.

A- Cloudy straw and lemon body. Foamy head and lace. 4.25

S- Tropical burst. Mango, melon, passionfruit. Mellow and seductive. I could sit and smell this. 4.5

T- Melon carries to the flavor, graint, malty sweetness with a pithy and grapefruit-like zest, light sugary lemon and bubblegum. Lovely array of flavors. 4.25

M- Great light mouthfeel and refreshing quality. Too easy to drink. Understated as I find most HF beers to be. Sweet and minerally with a tingly carbonation and gently bitter finish. 4.5

Lovely easy-drinker. Tons of fruity flavor.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orange like a low-cal orange juice with a one finger frothy head. Smells of juicy citrus and earthy malts, spicy hops. Taste is so balanced and has it all - citrus, biscuity malts, bitter hops, a light peppery mouth feel. Drinkable is an understatement. It's hard to pick out anything this beer doesn't excel at. Great brew that can stand up to anything else.

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Photo of garyloveman
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful hazy orange, nice foamy white head.
Smell is super tropical. Seemed a bit of a departure from other Hill IPA's.
Taste is super juicy fruit, citrus. Grapefruit, orange, mango.
Mouthfeel is lighter than expected with the haze that poured. Very smooth, highly drinkable.

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