Green Street SIPA
Hermit Thrush Brewery

Green Street SIPAGreen Street SIPA
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Wild Ale
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3.94 | pDev: 9.14%
Hermit Thrush Brewery
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Green Street SIPAGreen Street SIPA
Notes: Our Green Street Sour IPA is the sour take on the beloved hop-centric beer Vermont is known for. We focus on a balance of hop and malt flavors with a citric tang from a few days of kettle souring. It's not the jolt to your taste buds that our Flemish Sour Brown provides, but it certainly has a powerful, tart presence to support its hoppiness. We use 100% locally sourced hops from our neighbors at Four Star Farms for their truly excellent aroma and flavor. Are you ready for a new approach to an old style?
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From an undated 16 oz. can. Sampled Oct 4, 2020.

Attractive orange-amber pour with a fading off-white head. Some chill haze perhaps.

My nose is overwhelmed by overripe pear, cherry, or melon with something akin to green tea leave. Wild yeast abounds.

The mouthfeel is around medium.

Very tart and sour taste. Stylewise, I think this meets the mark but I personally am not a big fan of the style. This my rating.

Oct 04, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OMFG! All of my plans have just suddenly taken a turn off of the rails! One unexpected thing segues into the next, into the next, ad nauseum! Jeezum H. Christopher! At least there is one CANstant - The CANQuest (tm)! Viva The CANQuest (tm)! This one closes me out for the time being with this brewery, but look at how far the detour took me. 8=O This must mean that I'm close to being back on track, right? Believe that! ;=)

From the CAN: "One Pint of Craft Ale"; "Sour Pale Ale with Local Hops"; "New American Sours Brewed Responsibly"; "Hermit Thrush Brewery uses historical brewing processes, oak casks, and new green technologies to make exciting beer while minimizing environmental impacts. Using exclusively wild-harvested yeast, we highlight local flavors and ingredients in each of our beers. Cans recycle and ship using less energy than glass, and our wood pellet fueled brewhouse eliminates any need for fossil fuels in our brewing. Are you ready to break free from the flock?"; "Get Beer Off Oil"; "We [CAN] see Green Street from our brewery windows and we want the hops we bring you to be just as local! We exclusively use hops from Four Star Farms, just 20 miles from us, and support their unique flavors with a balance of malty and tart to bring you a true taste of local hoppy terroir."; "Enjoy Local, Enjoy Fresh!"

Being as that this was the CANmination of several days with this brewery, to say that I was excited & CANxious to close things out would be an understatement! I have gained a better understanding of their craft & artisanship, but it was time to move forward & onward. To get there, though, I first had to Crack! open the vent. I beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug since I was curious as to what may lie ahead & I did not want to muddy the waters by being overly aggressive. Color was a gorgeous Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. 8=O Nose was heavy on funk, but light on hops, hence my submitting a ChANge request, away from an AIPA. Mouthfeel was medium, but more solid than many (most?) of their previous offerings. The taste was only lightly funky, but it still overrode/overwrote the hops. It may well have been an AIPA at its base, but it was so terribly removed from it that to think of it as such would be a travesty. It was actually one of the more approachable AWAs that I have had in a while with a light funkiness that actually fell somewhere between tart & sour. It really was neither, perhaps due to the hops, but they were overcome by the funk. Man, this was a strange one! Finish was semi-dry to dry, making it all the more pleasant after so many bone-dry beers from them. I really did not know quite how to quantify it, but I did my best. YMMV.

May 03, 2020
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VTbrewfan from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark amber (like the color of maple syrup) with a fluffy tan head. Scents of wild yeast funk, vinegar, on the nose. Tastes follow the nose- funk, sour, with a slight hint of hops. Definitely not as hoppy as I anticipated, but a really refreshing sour nonetheless.

Jun 25, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy and murky brownish yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose with faint hints of cherries.
T: The taste follows the smell, but is much more sour—so sour that the underlying flavors of hops and malts are masked from the taste. There are some notes of cherries and oak with additional hints of vinegar.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I didn't really get any hops in the smell or taste so I would consider this to be more of a sour ale than a sour IPA.

Serving type: can

Feb 05, 2019
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trancecylist from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd say that this beer is mis-classified as an IPA by style. It's definitely a sour on an IPA base, but the hops are pretty far in the background. It's a bit muddy-looking, but as a sour it's a very credible one.

Jan 20, 2019
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with minimal head. Nose is straight vinegar. Taste is very sour with the bittering hops kicking in at the end. Medium-light body and medium carbonation.
Very strange finish on it. The hops on the end taste like bittering hops rather than citric hops. They certainly swung for it.

Mar 25, 2018
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can into a snifter appears copper in color with an off-white cap.

Nose has a peculiar sort of spiciness like cedar chips? It tastes however like vinegar mingled with tannic tea.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Thanks for sharing Tim but this is an easy pass in the future, no thanks.

Jan 30, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-clear amber can pour with a thin foam cap. Aroma is vinegar and sour grape. Flavor is sour apple and oak with moderate bitterness. This is not a complex or deep flavor profile, but pleasing.

Dec 10, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance started off with a ruddy burnt red to brown color with a quickly dissipating white foamy to semi-bubbly head. Lacing was few and far between. The smell had the sweet glaze of Belgian sugar weaving into sour apples, sour lemon, then lemongrass. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and make sweet yet sour. An ample amount rustic and earthy notes check into the balance of this one. A light sour lemon to apple aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation feels right for a Flanders red, misleadingly sharp, allocating enough but taming my tongue with a pervasive bitterness. Overall, good for what Hermit Thrush does, but not an AIPA.

Jun 17, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/3/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild yeast, esters, tart citrus, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of sourness from tart citrus and wild Belgian yeast. The hops presence is subdued even for a “Sour IPA”. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good hybrid of styles, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Apr 03, 2017
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mikeinnh from New Hampshire

3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz can about 2 months old.
Appearance is dark orange and fairly clear. Head and lacing are both pretty thin.
Smells like aged grapes, vinegar and stone fruit. Little bit of a roasted malt as well. Not much hoppy smell to it.
Taste is pretty interesting. Definitely some grapefruit flavor as well as fermented grape flavor. Some familiar sour notes mixed with sweet malt and bitter notes toward the back side.
Overall, this is an interesting sour ipa. It definitely is a mix of strong sour flavors and malt and hop levels you would find in a more traditional ipa. This place is making some pretty interesting sour/wild ales, though in my opinion this is not one of their better offerings . I think there is a bit too much malt to this one. But an interesting flavor profile none the less.

Jan 07, 2017
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AgentMunky from New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce green can into a Teku glass. Purchased last week.
A: Murky, translucent brown-yellow. Light head.
S: Wine-like mild sourness. Oaky grapes, light vinegar.
T/M: Oh yum! This is wonderful. Aggressively fruity, it doesn't hold back on any of the flavors. Rich and heavy on the tongue bursting with beautiful berries. The vinous character doesn't dissipate, but the hops are obvious and lend the beverage an appropriately beery note. Almost puckery at times, the acidity helps a long, lingering aftertaste.
O: There's a lot going on, and it's sometimes muddled or out of harmony, but the sheer intensity of the pleasure-provoking maintaste is enough to assure this beer top marks. You don't have to love hops to like this, but it might help to love wine.

Dec 11, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hermit Thrush Brewery "Green St. SIPA"
One Pint can, no production or freshness dating
$5.04 @ Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT on 5/16/16 so at least 7 weeks old.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep copper colored body beneath a surprisingly stable head of off-white. Normally in sour beers the head is lost fairly quickly, but not here! On the other hand, the lacing is limited, and once the initial carbonation is released the head dwindles to a thin collar along the rim.

Aroma: Sour caramelish malt. No particularly hoppy notes, although perhaps there's some leafy and citrusy notes in the background.

Flavor: Sour caramelish malt. My first thought was 'tastes like sour homebrew'. It's very clean, and hardly "funky". I find a little earthiness and wood as well, but again no real hops. I am finding some citrusy fruitiness however, which is probably at least partially from hops. It's not bitter, but of course bitterness isn't really needed in any sour beer as the acidity gives it 'bite'. Dry, almost cider-like finish. It's no longer really sour at that point, and it's nicely fruity.

Mouthfeel: Mildly puckering acidic tartness. Gently bristle of carbonation. Light-medium body. Pleasantly accessible given the pH.

Overall: I'm confused about the labelling of "sour IPA". I get the sour loud and clear but I'm not finding the hops. Is it because it's 6.8% ABV? That doesn't make much sense. I don't know... these Vermont brewers need to get together and figure out how to label their beers. Beyond that, it's really quite enjoyable. The level of maltiness versus acidity is just right, and it's remarkably easy to drink. It's a good thing it's in a tall boy can because 12 oz. just wouldn't be enough!

Jul 11, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 7/7/16

A: Darker than expected, pours a burnt copper/amber - hazy - pours with a medium sized off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

S: A modest amount of kettle sour - lactic and somewhat acidic - musty and damp to an extent - some citrus underneath the tart funk weirdness, with some orange and lemon - some other light fruitiness - not getting many hoppy aromas, and this can is fairly fresh - pale and caramel malts, with some sweetness akin to candy, like maybe Smarties or SweeTarts

T: Funky with some citrus, some tart, and just a touch of vomit - sour, tart funk - decidedly lactic and musty, damp basement, but also some sharp, tangy acid - acidity vaguely reminiscent of vomit - some orange, lemon, and citric acid - some hoppiness comes through in the taste, with some leafy hops, more citrus, and a hint of pine - some earthiness - caramel and pale malts, with some light sweetness - again, kind of like a sweet/sour candy

M: Medium body, fairly smooth, lingering damp tartness in the finish

O: Green Street? I thought this was a Trillium IPA!

I like the idea of this sour IPA, but I'm not certain I like the actual product very much. The sourness is a bit much, as are the sour off-flavors (definitely getting some stomach acid flavor here). It would be better if the sourness were either toned down or everything else was ramped up. Regardless, it's interesting experiment that kind of tastes like SweeTarts.

Jul 07, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent head initially but it dies to a thin layer of rim bubbles, leaving only small spots on the glass for lace. Modestly Cloudy with an orange gold color.

I get blackberry and raspberry initially. Good malt background.

Sour like a Flanders Red. Advertised as a sour IPA and this fits, although I get more sweet than bitter. Tart cherry finish and aftertaste. Above average body and carbonation. A good Rodenbach substitute.

Apr 24, 2016
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - pours a hazy burnt copper orangey brown. Looks like apple cider.

S - smells a bit like cider too! Brett and lemon lime. Maybe some pear.

T - packs a wholesome hearty tart punch. Lots of sour beers sorta fall short in the robustness category and you end up with thin rusty metal, but not this one. Initial sour fruits, apple and pear. Hops burst through somewhere around the middle and clashes quite nicely with sweetart twang. Has a questionable funky wheaty finish like squishy rotten fruit that I'm not a huge fan of, but it certainly makes things interesting.

F - surprisingly full-bodied. Both the body and the carb scream IPA while the flavor is Flanders.

O - a bit of a mess, but can't fault these guys for trying. A fun beer overall, but could use some refinement. Love the direction a lot though, so 4+.

Mar 20, 2016
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jhavs from New York

4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I think this is great. Delicious.

L = A bit of a brown tint, not clear, thick white foamy head settles but not to a thin cap, stays about 1/2 inch deep.

S = Tart, like spree.

T = Tartness, smooth, with a bit of background bitterness. I was surprised by the flavor, I enjoyed it a lot. I wanted more. Inviting.

F = A bit more full bodies than I expected. I have had many of their sour brews. This one had a touch of syrupy mouthfeel.

O = Much better than I expected, though it would be good, but I really enjoyed the flavor. I know that it may not be up everyone's alley. I did not characterize it as very similar to an IPA. Maybe a bit of dry hopping would give it that feel.

Jan 22, 2016
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really great beer! I love sours, and I love IPAs, and this is both a nice sour, with a little bit of IPA in there as well. I was pleasantly surprised, thanks to my pal Cobey in Vermont for bringing me one of these, I would definitely by some if it were available at my local store. It has a really nice feel, i drank it so quickly I don't remember many details!

Oct 04, 2015
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L- Hazy Cider brown with a thick half centimeter head which dies down to a solid ring.
S-The smell gives some sour initially followed by some hop. Neither is particularly strong.
T- I get some sour up front which is replaced by some hop bitterness at the backend. I'm not sure these are two concepts that work together. Neither is a particularly strong example of it's individual parts though the sour is the stronger of the two. The IPA finish is just off-putting.
F-Lightly carbonated after the initial pour gives it a medium mouthfeel. I think it might be improved with a slightly better carbonation.
O- I applaud the attempt at originality, but this just doesn't work. I don't find the two flavors compatible. It's like a peanut butter and mustard sandwich. The total here is less than the some of its parts.

Sep 27, 2015
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sour meets hoppy in this unreal concoction of a beer. Aroma is that of a mild IPA with subdued citrus/piney/tropical hop notes. Hint of "sour" in the nose too. Taste blew me away. Initially it was mildly sour, but then the hops took over and wiped away the pucker. Super clean on the palate too. Massively thirst quenching. Unique, and well done.

Sep 09, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, orange-copper coloring with a thin, low profile, sparse, white head. Aromas of subtle caramel, tart lemon and white grape must, and hints of grassy hops. Flavors are extremely tart forward, with notes of white grape must, lemon tart and sweet, salty notes, grassy hops highlights, a subtle caramel backbone, and bitter hops overtones. Interesting blend, leaning more sour than any IPA characteristics. The body is smooth and robust, with a bitter, crisp, and dry edge. Tart and sour aftertaste, with a puckering feel. The finish is crisp, dry, and that pucker lingers on your taste buds for a bit. Interesting brew. The more I drink, the more I like it.

Aug 27, 2015
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An interesting amber hue greets the eye. Bubbles after bubbles of carbonation as well. Described as a "Sour IPA", which is still quite new to me.

Tart with citrus and apple and maybe pear (the "sour" part). I'm intrigued as wild yeast and hops seem quite exotic to my palate.

Must of the aroma carries over to the taste. Just the right touch of funk upfront, followed by not much else. Hard to tell where the sour part ends and the hoppy part begins.

Finishes tart too. Not much bitterness though.

Not quite sure I'd buy this one again. It doesn't seem to work on my palate. No offense meant.

Aug 15, 2015
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