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Grassroots Legitimacy IPA | Grassroots Brewing

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Grassroots Legitimacy IPAGrassroots Legitimacy IPA
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Brewed by:
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.

Added by 321jeff on 05-28-2013

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Photo of harrymel
3.15/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler to vessel

Light hazy yellow with a solid quilt of whites. Smells of resin, grapefruit, some light malts, a little bit of orange zest. Some bits of peach also in the nose. Flavor is light malts, some sweetness, some grass and pear juice, some interesting chemical character. Really not seeing the appeal others are getting here; seems really simple and not really all that special. Medium on full bodied for the style with fairly hi carb and an off dry finish. Meh.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Small white head. Doesn't retain very well. Wispy surface.

Smell - Very grassy and herbal. Slight sweetness.

Taste - Grapefruit hop. Sweetness kicks in. The herbal and grassy notes hold off until the finish. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Sweetness keeps it from being light. Medium bitterness and medium low carbonation.

Overall - Pretty good, but one dimensional. Very clean, but I'd go for a different hop profile.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazed pale yellow with a tight white head. Nose is mango, citrus, and grapefruit extremely strong. Faint touch of pine and herbal hop. Taste is not as fruity and bright as the nose. Taste has a hint of malt up front, lightly toasted. Hops take over, more grapefruit and less tropical fruit. Light herbal tea hop in back with a moderate bitterness in the finish. Well carbonated and soft body.

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Photo of spicelab
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blackback Pub.

Opaque pear coloured, one of the more strikingly light beers I've seen for some time. Modest white head falls with decent lacing to a collar.

Crushed grass, lemon sherbet and passionfruit. Lovely roundness.

Similar flavours. Very clean leafiness and bright lemon notes. Nelson Sauvignon hops perhaps? Minimal malt bill.

Decent body, subdued carbonation and a light dreamy bitterness. Very easy.

Straightforward and delightful.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Jbernardi12
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml growler acquired at hill farmstead
A: Mild yellow-orange, very hazy. Pours a bright white head with moderate head retention and great lacing.
S: Simcoe simcoe simcoe. Lots of dank piney resin with a hint of citrus in the background. Slight banana clove-ish, Belgian yeast maybe???
T: Taste follows the nose, dank pine, citrus, resiny. Same very slight banana/clove in the aftertaste that was found in the nose.
M: The oats lend a nice creamy fullness. Medium carbonation.
O: Was not blown away at first by this beer, as I typically am with HF beers. As I began to sift through the taste and nose, however, I found what I believe to be simcoe in a very true form. The piney resiny taste became clear and I have a new appreciation for what that lends to American IPA's.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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 rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy golden straw hue with a sudsy thin blanket and nice side lacing.

S - Aromas of grapefruit galore, citrus, super faint malts.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose, nice grapefruit juice, citrus, orange, then that's it. Semi one note.

M - Mouthfeel is rather watery and thin, expecting more.

O - Overall I felt this was too one note, nice grapefruit and citrus, bit watery though for my liking.

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Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Growler picked up at the bottle release on Thursday, drank Friday. shared with rudzud.

Pours a light creamy head that fades fairly quickly, touch of lacing, super hazy whitish yellow color.

Nose is great, fresh hops, nice citrus with tangerine and bit if stone fruit, mild resin, little earthiness and rich of a grassy almost chewy hop, touch of grapefruit pith and just a touch of tropical fruit.

Taste is like hop water, malt is very light and light feeling, little watery. Hops are fairly bitter, floral grassy almost dandelion like floral, little resin and hint earthy like hop. Citrus like little tangerine, nice grapefruit, juicy citrus light generic tropical fruit. Fair bitterness that overpowers any malt. Finish is dry with little resinous hop character, hint of mint and grapefruit lingering, little watery malt.

Mouth is thin and watery, decent carb.

Overall ok, nice hops but very lacking on malts, so too watery. I expected more from a Shaun Hill IPA.

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Photo of joe1510
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml Growler

Big thanks goes out to Mark for this surprise! Legitimacy is pale. So pale in fact, and hazy, that it looks like a wheat beer. Straw golden with a milky haze. The head is pure as the driven snow and rises so easily I have to take care on the pour. There's not much settling with the foam, it simply stiffens like meringue and coats the glass in sheets. Bubbles rushing to the surface keep the head alive. Mighty fine lookin'.

The hop profile is pretty unique though somewhat muted. Lemon zest and candied lime are first to mind. Orange marmalade and pithy grapefruit follow up. The citrus seems to morph and change places with each whiff. A little warmth brings out sugared, broiled grapefruit. The malt is of the palest variety with a dash of cracker sweetness. Inviting.

Citrus blasts from front to back. Let me start by mentioning the light, crackery sweet malt that lays a base. Over the top of that is perfectly integrated orange peel, orange marmalade, a sprinkling of both lemon and lime zest, and grapefruit pith in that order. Sweetened grapefruit catches up on the swallow. With some warmth comes apricot and tangerine in small doses. This is an even handed citrus based IPA.

The addition of oats set this beer a notch higher than most IPAs. It has a luxurious body with a heftier than normal weight that drinks like velvet. The finish is dry with a soft bitterness and lingering lemon/lime citrus. Oat was used properly in this case and makes the beer that much better. Drinkability is off the charts.

Legitimacy is a damn fine IPA. Citrus forward, even handed, dangerously drinkable, and a mouthfeel to kill. This is best enjoyed with some warmth as the apricot and tangerine show themselves. Thanks again for the growler, Mark, it was thoroughly enjoyed!

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 3 hours ago

Consumed 11/15/14

A: Hazy, golden tangerine, with some yellow and burnt orange - pours with a fluffy, medium to large head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Not surprisingly, very hoppy - fresh, ripe tangerine and orange flesh - ripe, ruby red grapefruit - some pith and some zest - resinous, very herbal, very floral - stone fruit, maybe even a touch of apple, hint of earth - pale malts, with some pale grain

T: Well rounded, if not mind-blowing - ripe orange slices - some tangerine, and a big, fleshy, ruby red grapefruit flavor - some pith and lightly sticky zest, oil - resiny with some pine - floral, herbal, grassy, and earthy - pale and lightly caramel malts - light touch of oats - stone fruit and hints of tropical fruit

M:Medium body, nice carbonation, distinctive smoothness from oats

O: Legit indeed

This is not my favorite IPA from Hill Farmstead, but that is not an insult. The use of Simcoe is great, but overall I could like the hop profile more. Regardless, this is lovely. More breweries should utilize oats for IPAs.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-light amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, orange, floral, malt, grassy

T-Brady malt, grapefruit, orange, grass, hint of floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O-nice IPA, good balance of flavor

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Photo of Damian
4.21/5  rDev -3%
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 Mineo
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Silky smooth mouthfeel. Light crisp dose of citrusy hops w/ pils-esque malt backbone. Citrus and pine dominate the taste and make this one a smooth drinker.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow. Head is bright-white and fluffy to start. Drops to a small clump of a cap with a small collar and some splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Simcoe. Pine needle and a deep oily resin. Some solid punches of citrus. Orange, grapefruit, and pith. Malts are light and bready. Some cracker, and a slightly sweet bready element. Pale malt sweetness as well. Grass. Sweet and juicy citrus. Clean malt base. Mango, grapefruit, and some peach and pineapple. Balanced on the nose. Simcoe pushes to the front as it warms. Leafy pine needle. Soft fluffy yeast. A touch of cereal grain.

Taste: Citrus rind. Grapefruit zest and pith. Orange peel. Oily pine needle. Bitter resin. Peach, pineapple, and tangerine. Malts run as a slightly sweet balance to a solid hop bitterness. Touches of fresh biscuit and honey graham cracker. Some oats as well giving it a slight cereal grain finish. Balanced. Leafy. Slightly grassy. Tropical fruits abound. Tons of pine needle. Slight lingering bitterness. Slight pale malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium to lightish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish with a slick sip.

Overall: Straight up yo.

Solid. Simcoe dominates the nose and the back of each sip and that's ok. Drinks like all Hill Farmstead related pale ales and that's ok.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer is hazy and yellow with an inch or more of pure white head. The aroma brings fresh hops, lemons, oranges. Lots of citrus in the flavor. Cracker, malt, biscuit character as well, with some lingering toasted bread in the finish. A tad tart, with a hoppy lemon bitterness. A solid beer and easy to drink, albeit less refined and amazing than my favorite Hill Farmstead IPAs.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mark for sharing, and to Dan for hosting :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Pale pastel straw yellow, canaries on a yellow submarine. Thin ring of spotty lace haloes the glass with a thin veil across the surface.

Soft aromas of lemon zest, pale malt, and citrus.

Flavors of tangerine and passionfruit, hop forward and moderately bitter. Dry grassy green finish. Light bodied and supple, ultimately where HF excels, never too heavy or sticky on the malt side of things. Not all that far off from other iterations of HF IPA's though.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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 GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a shaker pint, the beer is an opaque, pale, lemon yellow coloring with a frothy, foamy, clingy, bright white head. Aromas of lemon, tangerine, pepper spice, grass notes, a bready backbone, and subtle piney highlights. Flavors are insanely balanced, with a grassy and lemon sweet blend forward, followed by tangerine, orange rind, pine pitch, and subtle pepper spice. All of these characteristics are riding on a bready backbone. The body is smooth and light, with a subtle crisp and dry feel at the end. The aftertaste is grassy and bitter, with the citrus notes being subdued slightly. Smooth, slightly dry finish with a lingering bitterness. Great beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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 huddyball
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler obtained at the brewery yesterday 4/12/14

A: Light, hazy, golden yellow. Small head that fades rather quickly leaving slight lacing.
S: Lemony citrus with fresh hops. Slight maltiness.
T: You get predominantly a lemon/orange/citrus punch. The hops are there, but not on the forefront. I tend to like very citrusy brews so I really enjoy this.
M: Really good and well balanced. Exactly what I was expecting.
O: Great overall IPA and worth seeking out if you're a huge fan of citrus forward IPA's.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Good, but thin. Sexy and all that shit, but you're like, "Babe, you need a 5 dollar foot long." Great stuff, but not top tier. Light yeast, light citrus flavors...

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

on tap at the three penny yesterday afternoon. man, that place is awesome, I miss it badly. a very hazy but still bright tulip of beer, with a lacy white head over an inch high and lasting. the impact of the oats in this are immediately apparent. its got that oatmeal sweetness and basic feel to it, a totally fuller body and more neutral ph. I always think oatmeal ipas are really hit or miss, when it goes wrong its usually way off, but this one is excellent. I love the oily hop complexion, not nearly as subtle as some of the other Vermont ipas that are hot right now, its aggressive and very very aromatic. the oats I think, aside from making it feel fluffy and big without sweetness, help it linger a little longer in the finish, bring out the flavor of the yeast to its fullest, and stand out from the crowd. so smooth and round and big in the feel, but so dry, just hop oil remaining. I thought grassroots meant a hill farmstead collaboration. who is this one done with? doesn't matter, its fantastic. well worth a trip to montpelier for a glass

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Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Sintech
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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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