Shadow Pictures Of A Journey
Grassroots Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #717
Ranked #3,940
4.17 | pDev: 9.11%
Grassroots Brewing
Vermont, United States
Notes: Collaboration with Amager Bryghus

This double IPA is a collaborative beer brewed by Shaun E. Hill of Hill Farmstead Brewery with Jacob Storm and Morten Lundsbak of Amager Bryghus (Denmark) at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT.

The name is inspired by one of Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson's travelogues; the beer represents a vivid but fleeting memory of a productive and wonderful visit by our Danish friends to Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours in a clear, golden/amber colour with a three finger high, white head.

Nose: Orange marmelade, mandarine, butter, pine, grass, tropical fruit, citrus and wheat grain.
Taste: This is so good! Orange, mandarine, grapefruit, tropical fruit, sweet malt, grass and a great bitterness.
Body: Full body and a complex and yet fully balanced. Really good! Great/perfect bitterness and sweetness.

I think I could drink this beer all day long :)

Oct 19, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a transparent golden amber with a bubbly white head. Nose is a more muted version of S&S 5. Tropical fruits and herbal grassy notes with notes of stale grain. Taste is a bit more bright, citrus and light pine. The grain and malt presence are cleaner and more balanced. Bitterness is low but present. Carbonation is stronger, body is light and soft.

Feb 12, 2014
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dumpman from Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a two liter hf growler, not overly carbonated but I waited 9 days before opening.
Mild pine aroma but not strong on the nose.
Has a piney resinous taste very drinkable eight percent abv is very well hidden. Has a sweetness which turns to a bitter hop finish..
Very solid chewy mouthfeel this growler has to be finished today and I don't see a problem at all with accomplishing that.
Very solid double ipa in the hill farmstead grassroots series.

Aug 11, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to slk2go for sharing this 1-liter growler. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear orange color with slight yellowish stain of pillowy fluff. The cap slowly fades leaving a layering of lace at every sip.

The smell is dank with pine and citrus rind/zest and an herbal component. Some grassiness gives way to a mild touch of yeatiness. When swirled sulfur emerges with a hint of wheaty grain.

The taste is rindy and zesty with pith and pulp bit without getting bitter. Some fruity notes have a minirly tropical feel. This is an enjoyable offering that is clean and enjoyable but no singular flavor pops or standa out to make it memorable.

It is medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. It is nicely executed, easy drinking an enjoyable. Like previously mentioned nothing really pops here to make it a standout. It is just a well done easy drinkibg IPA with a hell hide alcohol level. I know this is a redundant proclamation but it carried a similarity about it like every other HF hoppy offering that hardly distinguishes it from the others...

Aug 09, 2013
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themind from New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This Hillstead Farm collaboration beer is amazing! The appearance is mouth watering golden in color. The aroma is Pine and citrus that is heavy on the nose. The taste is right up there with the best DIPA's on the planet. This brew had a beautiful head when poured into the goblet. I could drink this all day! Again the color and carbonation of this brew is amazing!

Bottom Line: Nearing Legendary status

Aug 07, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL growler I picked up at Hill Farmstead over the weekend. I poured into a snifter, and the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, fluffy, bright white head that sits and stays around half an inch. Nose of basil and cut grass, cedar and pine resin, tangerine and grapefruit sweetness. Very balanced and enticing aromas. Flavors are extremely balanced, with a heavy tropical fruit sweetness blend on the forward tongue, equal parts tangerine, grapefruit, and mango, followed by hints of basil and pepper spicing and a subtle, sweet, lemon tart backbone with hints of sweet sugar. Very easy to drink and very balanced. Tart and sweet aftertaste, with a bitter undertone that helps clean the palate. Hints of booze accent perfectly throughout. The body is smooth and robust, supporting the very balanced palate. Slightly bittersweet finish, with a subtle drying that begs to have more imbibed. I am going to cry when this growler is empty.

Aug 07, 2013
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4ster from Canada (ON)

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large wine glass. 750 swing-top growler filled on July 26, 2013.

A: Typical HF style, golden straw in colour, maybe a bit more clear than usual, lots of bubbles, nice frothy bright white head that dies down into a thick lacing on the top and around the sides. Tilt the glass and you get a hint of the carbonation in this one, as little micro-bubbles burst on the edge of the glass where the beer was... :D !!!

S: Very fruity, lots of orange and other citrus, very little grapefruit compared to the Society & Solitude #5 I cracked a few days ago.... also the earthiness of the water is coming real hints of bitterness on the nose... just overall very refreshing..

T: Orange citrus up front, accentuated by sweet malts.... almost like a fizzy orange soda... but then the bitterness starts to take over... small amount of grapefruit/fruit bitterness, but finishes more earthy, grassy in the hop department with a decent amount of bitterness.

M: Loving the mouthfeel of this one.... compared to the S&S #5 from a few days ago that I found a bit flat, this one is much more lively, fizzes in your mouth but not in a bad overpowering way, in a very refreshing way to counteract the drying hops.... extremely balanced, refreshing and no hint of alcohol.... wonderful...

O: A really great summer DIPA.. they timed the release of this one perfectly... (even if the weather is slightly cool right now).... has a really nice sweet citrus profile that is different from your run of the mill, pine or tropical hop bomb... this beer belongs in Florida or Cali... perhaps not the most complicated, but for a collaboration it offers a very nice take on your HF IPA's.... definitely glad to have got to try this one.

Aug 05, 2013
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, orange, light malt, pine

T-orange, grapefruit, slightly sweet caramel malt, pine, grassy, slight floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-great DIPA with great balance of flavors

Aug 04, 2013
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medic25 from Connecticut

4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass from a fresh growler. Color is a light golden yellow; thick frothy head with persistent lacing that hangs on forever. Nose is a little fruity, not overpowering. Taste is fantastic; definitely hoppy without any sense of being overly bitter or astringent; it's got a bit of a citrusy component that makes it very pleasant and refreshing to sip on. Fairly light mouthfeel; none of the clingy, overly oily sense of some DIPA's.
My only regret is that I didn't bring a few more growlers of this one home with me; my favorite so far of all the brews I've enjoyed from this brewer.

Jul 31, 2013
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KingdomBobcat from Vermont

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured in HFB Stemware. Opaque Golden color, pours nice thick white head that mellows to a ring after a few sips with a fair amount of lacing. It continues to bubble up from the bottom still after half the pint.
S- Nice very hop-forward DIPA. Piney hops at first, as it warms it gains those citrusy hop notes.
T- Very balanced smooth malt with nice pine hops. As it warms it gains more citrus characteristic, very cool and so good
M- Noticeable alcohol as is pretty standard for a DIPA
O- I think I just found my new favorite DIPA

Jul 27, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Prohibition Pig. Served in a ridiculously small half pint glass.

Appearance - Clear orange. Nice fluffy head. A bit of lacing and nice surface foam.

Smell - Some orange, skips the grapefruit, and goes right to pine. A touch musty and some malt sweetness.

Taste - Sweet malt right up front, but orange hops take hold. Very juicy. Pine hops take over throughout as the sugars drop off. Moderate bitterness and some grass. The finish reveals a bit of a toasty malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Has the sweetness of a DIPA without just a bit less body.

Overall - Interesting hop profile. Very nice. Expensive at the Pig though... I suppose that's not the beer's fault.

Jul 23, 2013
Shadow Pictures Of A Journey from Grassroots Brewing
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