Grassroots Song of Spring Ale

 
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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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A German inspired Fest beer. May also appear as Hill Farmstead Song of Spring. The two beers are identical.

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3.9
Bullit (6094) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2019 As Hill Farmstead Song of Spring. Malty, light grassy, but of melon, hay, dried hay.

3.6
drsandman (2191) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2019 Can thanks to Leighton. Pours murky light brown, white head. Grass, pine, caramel malts, rind, bitters. Grassy bitter little hoppy guy.

3.9
Leighton (29221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2019 Can at home in NH - sourced via trade. Pours lightly hazy holds with a creamy, white head. Nicely hopped and bitter, with some herbal and grassy noes, a bit of citrus peel, sun-kissed pale mats. Light in body with average carbonation. Clean and bitter on the finish. Very drinkable.

3.7
PhillyCraft (11649) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2019 Pretty sure this isn’t a new tick, should just be grassroots song of spring like they made in 2013. I’ll rate this new can for now, muddy brown golden color with larger white head and lacing, notes of raw brewing ingredients, malt, spent grain, rain water, light bread, and earth. Not too bitter or malty, balanced but I think the older batch was better.
Earlier Rating: 5/10/2013 Total Score: 4
On tap with Bill, Court, and Brian. Pours hazy golden orange with light to medium white head, light lacing. Aromas and flavor of oranges, lightly tangy hops, smooth malt and grains. Finishes more like a bitter or lager, grains and light corn. Sessionable as hell, this would destroy anything else in the category. Should say 4.2%

3.5
nimbleprop (12071) - Southeast, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2019 Tap at Three Penny, pours a sunset orange with white head. Nose is herbal and floral, malt and grist, light butter. Flavor follows with orange marmalade. Very herbal, patchouli. Finishes dry, medium bodied. 7 4 7 4 13

3.3
skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
*6/7/2013 750ml growler poured into a Three Floyds Teku. A~ dark glowing copper,think Nissan orange haha. other then that, nice white head and a bunch of lacing. S~ nice citrusy hops, smells like some sort of simcoe blend. followed by lots of earthy pine and grass(roots) T~ light in flavor which is surprisingly nice, pretty much follows the nose. citrus, lemon, pineapple, orange, and a little mango. followed by the earthyness and hop bitterness. pretty much what you would expect. M~ amazing carbonation, and thick in the best possible way. crisp as hell and super refreshing! O~ all around incredible session brew, perfect for a hot summer day. if they were to start canning this would be perfect! especially for the beach, but i guess in that case they would have to start distributing more haha. goes down smooth and fast, whats not to like!

3.8
bellco33 (882) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Rating from past notes: Tasted from sample at the brewery: Pours golden straw with a thin white head. Aroma of citrus, nuts, and malt. Taste has a herbal malty taste balanced with the hops on the back end. I think calling this a marzen is poor categorization, but this is a tasty beer. Light to medium body, very drinkable.

3.7
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
On tap at HF and Blackback. Hazy copper body, heavy earth and pine nose with a light citrus undertone. Flavor has a dry biscuit/cracker base, lemon and a bitter floral finish.

2.7
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
another 750ml growly It’s a hazed copper ale with a solid quilt of soapy, dusty whites. Smells like tea, malt, hints of grapefruit, lots of english influence on this one, some grapefruit. Flavor is malt, biscuit, a little orange pekoe, some english yeast character. Pretty simple and devoid of the classic APA flavors. Medium bodied with hi carb and a wet finish. Although this absolutely misses the mark on American Pale Ale, this is a really nice assertive ESB almost. I like this beer, but would never recommend it as an APA (everything graded as such, except overall score)

3.8
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
In short: A highly hoppy aromatic and somewhat resinous amber beer. Very good IPA style beer.
How: Tap at Blackback, Waterbury VT (or maybe somewhere else) and also at the Hill Farmstead brewery.
The look: Cloudy dark orange body topped by a medium white head.
In long: The powerful hoppy nose is floral, piney, resinous, some exotic fruits. Comfortable medium body with lots of soft bubbles. Fresh biscuits-like cereals offering some caramel and toasty notes. Hops are dominant, earthy, floral, resinous. Assertive bitterness. I’m surprised to learn this beer is actually a Oktoberfest/Märzen (current ratebeer style), I really thought I was rating an American IPA here. And if someone could go back and time and tell my great great grand-father who worked long 16h days with no vacation just to survive that his descendant will waste his time typing beer ratings on a computer I’m certain he would exclaim “What’s a computer?!?”.


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