5 Grass | 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

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5 Grass5 Grass

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5 Rabbit Cerveceria
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
5 Grass is a refreshing yet substantial beer that is pale in color and nicely hoppy. With this beer, we wanted to invoke the brisk, clean aroma of the desert. The recipe makes use of three unique hop varieties as well as some carefully chosen herbs and spices - juniper, sage, and Tasmanian pepperberry, among others - to give a beautiful outdoorsy scent. With it’s smooth clean malt flavors and a unique, complex nose, 5 Grass is like a refreshing walk in the wide open spaces.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 126
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%

Poured into a tulip from the bottle.
Pours a lovely orange/copper with a dense foamy head that leaves tons of lacing.
Love the aroma. full of spice and lemon and grassy dankness and some pepper as well and a caramel sweetness underneath.
I love the taste of this beer! I get plenty of citrus, lemon especially as well as the spiciness and dank grassy notes. A nice, dry finish as well.
The mouthfeel is very nice, medium and smooth.
Overall, I thought this was a wonderful take on the pale ale and was extremely refreshing and inviting.

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Photo of matjack85
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

I picked up this single 12oz bottle fromm the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy copper color with a half finger of off-white head. Retention was short but the lacing was decent.

Grassy hop smell with spices, sweet malt, and a touch of fruit.

A very unique tasting beer with lots going on. Carmely sweet backbone with very seldom used hops (Newport, Pacific, Jade, and Pilgrim) to add some bitterness, and grassy notes. Sage, junier, and pepperberry give it some spiciness and a touch of fruit.. Throw in some unfiltered wheat and that completes the flavors. There's a slight bitterness to the aftertaste.

Very smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with medium body and medium carbonation.

It's so different you're probably going to either love it or hate it. I'm leaning towards loving it. Not crazy about the other three number 5 beers from this brewery, but this one I like.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apparently this is the 800th brewery I have tried. I was thinking of a more grandiose approach to this, but oh well, this is how it's going to be.

What the hell? What spices did they put in this? Did they just order a massive wad of herbs wholesale and throw them in?

This seems very much a gimmick to me. Pretty much everything from this brewery does, from what I have read. I am in no way looking forward to trying the other beers I have picked up from them.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A very weird shade of brown with tons of mini floaties throughout. Head was short lived just a 1/4 inch that fades to a mildly sticky lace ring.
S - Well it is quite grassy and I can smell some peppercorn along with some flowers? It's an interesting smell I didn't expect for a beer kind of smells like potpourri.
T - Very herbal and spices with an almost oaky finish. I really can't taste the hops over the flood of sage and peppercorns but it is mild enough and balanced to drink. Second sip it taste more like tea leaves and berries. This beer is all over the place!
M - Kind of watery, not very hoppy but overall light to medium on the palate.

Overall a very balanced herbal beer but with a name like "5 grass hoppy ale" I really expected more hops. Still it is quite good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by HopasaurusRex, thanks for the opportunity Todd!
Hazy golden color with a decent sized off white head. Huge coriander and other spice aroma. Sweet malty with a spice edge to the flavor. Interesting beer, but a bit high on the spice scale for my tastes.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the second 5 rabbit I've tried and I think I see a trend that I like. They are both unique brews.

This one opens and pours into a slightly darker than usual color with a smallish head. The aroma is uniquely hoppyand grassy. The taste follows suit. It is slightly sweet, definitely hoppy and uniquely so. The aftertaste is a dark bitter, kind of busy affair. Although I'm not sure this really works it sue is different.

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Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange color with lots of floating yeast flakes. Weak head on the pour leaves a ring around the glass with a few lace spots.

Aroma is very biscuity, buttery and spicy with hints of fruit.

At first the flavor was a little strange and I did not know what to think of it. As I drink it more, I am really starting to enjoy this. The spices hit you right away. Ginger, sage and jasmine come to mind. Hops are well pronounced with a mildly bitter pine and herbal character. Malt lies underneath with a sturdy biscuit and corn bread foundation. Very well balanced.

Solid medium body. Well carbonated. Yeast texture. Crisp, clean finish. Highly refreshing.

I'm surprised at the scores on this. I think the brewery accomplished what it set out to do and made a tasty, refreshing ale that tastes hoppy and spicy. Maybe people were just expecting a pale ale and they should have called it "spiced ale" instead of "hoppy ale." Either way, I really like this beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Murky dark gold, almost a light reddish brown, with a finger of sudsy head, medium lacing
S - Pale malt, astringency, grape juice, orange zest, lemon candies. All very faint.
T - Sweet berry flavors, some mild semi sweet malt base, nothing really incredible.
M - Goes down easily, especially cold, lighter on feel.
O - Over-thought kinda beer, take a basic style, try to get too "crafty" with it, and this is the kinda crap you get. Not going to buy anything from a place that calls themselves a "cerveceria" that isnt traditionally Spanish.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- The reddish-brown body has a slightly dense hazy and a lumpy bubbly beige head.

S- A patchouli hint turns to medicinal sage as it opens up.

T- The sage and rosemary flavors are strong with a band-aid hint and some herbal medicinal flavor lingers with a slight salty quality and some peppercorn spice.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer reminds me of a ricola cough drop without the menthol. There is no malt flavor or hops to help cut all the sage and rosemary.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown in color with a half finger slightly off white head that disappears quickly.

Nose has lots of spice characteristics to it, some herbs,notibally sage, coriander and allspice notes over a rich Carmel malt backbone and some slight piney spicy hops.

Alot of the spices also pull trough into the taste and give it a slight sweet almost smokey meat flavor overlaying the grainy Carmel malt backbone. Not a whole lot of hop pulls into the taste and the bitterness is rather mild for being a "hoppy ale"

The body has lots of stickiness moderate to high carbonation an moderate to mild bitterness.

This is an all around decent brew.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper orange hue with a finger of airy foam.

Mild pepper notes, grass, lemon, and floral/herbal notes.

Very light, grassy, herbal, floral, lemongrass character.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall a light and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of drinkinmiles
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Will say beforehand that I drank this right from the bottle as there were no readily available glasses.

A- Didn't get to really appreciate this aspect much, though the labeling is always very good looking on 5 Rabbit bottles.

S- Smells of citrus fruits, summer air, grass, hints of an almost ginger aroma, mixed with fresh herbs.

T- Right off the bat I got that same ginger brew esque flavoring as with the smell. Slight grassiness with pings of citrus and herbs.

M- A light effervesence to my palate, again similar to a ginger brew. Very light and pleasant from the tip of the tongue onwards.

O- Overall, with this being my first foray into an APA as of yet. A very nice light pleasant and drinkable beer. Hints of nice complexity that will keep me coming back for sure.

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Photo of sweethome
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is light brown, orange hue. Light, almost white head. Nice lacing develops.

Nose is rather sharp - sage jumps right out. Reading on the label there was sage surprised me, the nose confirms it's presence. Decent entry gives way to a grassy flavor that quickly becomes dominated by the spices. Yes it is floral, but the sage takes over way too much. I'm struggling with this beer - I remember a pizza beer from several years ago contract brewed at Sprecher. I found that more appealing because I like oregano and basil. Sage in a lighter beer - just too much. Somewhere, a german brewer is rolling over in his grave.

I got a hint of the juniper - would prefer more of that and tone down the sage.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet (as recommended on the bottle). Appearance is dark straw with plenty of foamy head. The aroma is pretty standard hoppy ale--floral and slightly bitter. The flavor has overtones of malt with strong sage in the background. The sharp sage gives way to a booziness (odd at a little over 6% ABV) and then hop bitterness--the overall effect is really refreshing. The hops come out almost like lime zest, not the grapefruit element that has been trending lately. The flavor is also interesting in that it reveals much more than one would expect from the aroma.

An unusual but drinkable beer that is well worth trying.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-toasted malt, faint spiciness
Taste-Subtle smokiness, herbal spiciness, spicy hop note, woody, earthy. Complex character and interesting flavor. Well-balanced and tasty. A nice food beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darker copper and ruby color mix. Maybe a few tiny bubbles. Pretty quick head.

Very herbal aroma with toasty, and somewhat smoky malt. The juniper and sage make up most of the aroma I'd say. Smells like it should be categorized as an Herbal ale than an APA.

The flavor is more malty than the aroma lets on. You get a better mix of the sage and juniper flavors with a strong, heavily toasted, somewhat smoky, malt backbone. Finish is a malty and herbal mix.

Smooth palate, but that herbal finish lingers a little more than I care for. Not a session beer for me.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

When pouring the beer from the bottle into a glass, I was alarmed. I have never seen an APA that was battery acid brown. Contradicting the laws of physics, the head was largely white. The aroma was mediciny in a manner that reminded me of the stuff I consumed when I had the flu. Obviously, the medicine hints came from the juniper. I have had beer with juniper and liked it, so this could still be good. Potential is not always demonstrated. On the initial taste, I noticed hops. However, these were quickly cancelled by the potency of the juniper berries which gave the impression of Nyquil in my beer. The aftertaste was tart and dry, largely overwhelmed by the juniper berries.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bubble gum peppery almost like a cherry sour nose. Be a fun recipe with some fresh wet hops imparting some of those resins. Deep amber color with some spice in the flavor. Pepper and Berry-ish. Sage? Sure. The pepper to me is more part of it. Junipers is on the back and this might be a real good cool evening summer beer. Bit thick on the after taste. Not bitter. But, lingering. Good beer for grilled meat. Served at 55f.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear, deep red color, with about one finger of off white head.

S- Smell is actually quite mild, but has a little bit of a smoky and spicy aroma. Surprisingly, no hop smell here.

T- Relatively sweet in flavor with a good deal of smokiness. Spices are not that strong in the aroma, but come out in the flavor. Very little hop presence

M- Almost a little too watery in my opinion. Mouthfeel is light, with pretty light carbonation. Smooth with a wet finish.

O- An interesting beer, but nothing like an APA. There is very little hop aroma or flavor. It isn't bad, I just don't see how it can be considered an APA. The smoky flavors would probably make it a good beer to pair with salmon or BBQ.

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Photo of Bernardkowalski
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

in Aztec mythology 5 grass ( Macuilmalinalli) is one of the 5 gods of excess(Ahuiateteo) it reminds us that all living things form a grand community that has taught us to do our part as thoughtful caring stewards and good neighbors too all life.

A: Dark in color compared to any other pale ale, almost could compare it too a brown ale. The cup seems to be rather dull so i want to say may have allot of malt or external ingredients in that manor. still see through.

S: First impression i must say i thought it was cough syrup, after my second attempt tho i had to have gotten allot of malt or licorice. does not seem to be very carbonated.

T: Defiantly not as bad as it smells, but i want to say if your not a fan of licorice then you might not be a fan of this beer. overall tho i would say it would fit it style very well with a dominating flavor a licorice.

M: sharp and hoppy in the mouth. not one that you could just let sit and move around in there. One might say that it could just be overwhelmed with sweetness but i tend to think it has a sticky aroma too it, leaving a trail after taste. Don't know if it would be one i would buy on the regular.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer at the Midwest Brew Fest in Plainfield. It poured a clear orangish amber with white head that laced nicely. The smell was mostly potpurri (sp?) with hints of citrus. The taste brings in more of the same, with a big grassy flair. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a decent beer that hit the mark....but I couln't drink more than a sample of it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint at the Village Tap.

Slightly hazed, reddish copper orange, micro-sized trails of carbonation, that released in a swarm when swirled. Ever present foam that maintains a decent head and leaves concentric rings of lace on the opposite side of the glass.

Aroma seems a bit muted, slightly bready with a peppery yeast tang. Flavor is moderately bitter, big on the pepper and sage i'm guessing, not getting much rosemary sweet/savory qualities. It's earthy and bitter without any apparent hops, which is novel on it's own, but still not very distinct. Body is nice and fairly creamy, medium heft with ample carbonation. Very dry finish, grassy earthy and bitter. Overall not bad, something i'd drink again if I wanted a dry bitter APA.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

Billed as a "Desert Pale Ale", this stuff was brewed with sage, pepperberry (whatever the hell that is), and rosemary. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises grass (wow...), black pepper, cilantro, light biscuit, light grapefruit peel, and a small smattering of earthy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with the pepper really coming to the fore, melding nicely with the earthy and spicy hops. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice spiced pale, one that really shows what a beer can be when spiced just so. I look forward to seeing more of this around town.

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5 Grass from 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
3.56 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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