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American Red Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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BA SCORE
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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-21-2003

The unofficial name for this beer is “Super Glide”. Malty rich with a hint of spicy hops and roasted grains. This beer is one smooth ride with a clean finish! We brewed this one with American Pale, oats, flaked barley, black, chocolate, red malt, melandolin malt. American hops include Magnum, Centennial, Liberty and Crystal. Enjoy!
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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 93
Reviews by DannyS:
Photo of DannyS
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a chance to have some Rock Art brew again. Poured this 12 oz bottle into my favorite pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy rusty brown with almost no head. What little head there is does leave a thin collar and a few loose dots of lacing.

S - Toasted malt mainly with a toffee backing.

T - Slightly malty sweet with a toasty bitterness. Finishes very bready.

M - Thin, but not watery. Enough weight to prevent that, and the carbonation is medium-high.

D - Modest ABV and decent flavor. Sessioning is definitely a possibility if this one appeals to you

Overall - The first Rock Art beer I've had in a long time, and while it's not absolutely amazing, it satisfied.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JMD71
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled & reveiwed 1/13/07:

Ap: Hard pour raises almost no head & the small head receded immediately. Nice ruby red color with medium carbonation. Looks placid....

Ar: Dark bing cherries, black cherry syrup, slight burnt toast & roasted malt aroma. Nice combination. Smells promising.

Ta: Toasty aroma dominates in the flavor. Nice! Roasted malt finish with slight hop balance. Bitterness & hop flavor minimal, as expected. Very minor cherry flavor noted.

Mo: Light bodied. Refreshing & clean on the palette. Crisp. Carbonation perfect.

Dr: Easy drinking. Refreshing. Good session beer!

Comments: Very good red ale! Goes down very smooth & easy.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a nice deep reddish brown with a half inch khaki head. Bright ruby pops out when held up to the light. Aromas of sweet caramel that's a bit roasty, fruit and bready malt undertones. A nice citric hop aroma is there too. Not bad, I enjoy the fresh hop aroma.

First sip brings brings a nice toasty caramel maltiness along with a nice citrusy hop backbone. A bit of a bready aspect comes in mid sip with a good balance between bitter and sweet. An enjoyable, no frills, easy drinking red ale.

Mouthfeel is has a medium body with a carbonation that fills the mouth on the way down. Easily drinkable, yet fairly average. Would make a nice hot weather session and would be a good choice to convert those macro drinkers. Thanks to MuddyFeet and BIF20 for the chance to try this one.

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, amber in color, small carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and a hint of coffee

Taste: toasted malt, toffee, and a touch of coffee

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, medium bodied, morderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised with this very good brew. I like the strong malt presence in the body. With the low abv, I could have a six.

Photo of far333
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut ruby color with a foamy beige head that lingers, and leaves fine lacing and rings around the inside of the glass. Smell is hoppy, but not very strong. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and slick. Flavor is light malt, but also has some cherry highlights. Reminds me of an English bitter, but has a strange sour and tangy flavor. It's a bit too bitter, and the sourness detracts from it overall.

Photo of racer2k
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small amount of head which goes away quickly. Low / medium carbonation. Dark red color

Smell: Dark malty and fruity perhaps some cherry flavor. Roasted burnt aroma.

Taste: Toasted malt taste with a light hoppy flavor. Finishes crisp with hint of cherry

Mouthfeel: Light body and clean feel.

Drinkability: Smooth easy. Good for session drinking if you like red ales

Photo of dacrza1
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, dense body wih a thin white head--solid for an amber... a nice balance of hops and malts, smooth and pleasant... slightly effervescent, quite drinkable--medium-bodied to the mouthfeel... nice malty sweetness with a sense of herbal fruitiness and a bit of caramel in the finish... a solid amber, versatile and consistent... I'd revisit this as a companion to nachos or pizza... can't be too critical of this type tonight, although I see other reviewers have been more than that...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rock Art- American Red Ale

This is the 2nd of the 3 beers I bought from Rock Art.

Appearance- Dark ruby red with a decent foamy head. Heavy lacing on the inside of my glass.
Smell- Strong smokey malt with hints of caramel.
Taste- Smokey caramel malt with a hint of earthy hops.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth and dry up front with a big caramel finish.

Overall- I wasn't expecting much but this beer really grew on me as I downed my pint. The flavor started to come out after the 3rd to 4th sip. The beer finished strong. This can be drunnk quickly though. I'm gonna bring a 6er of this in my pack on my up coming hike in Northern PA.

Photo of tastybeer
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red/brown color gives a nice glow. 1.5 finger head is off white and has good retention. Wholesome kind of smell. Woody, toasted caramel aroma. Taste has the same outdoor, camping feel to it along with some fruity malt, and unimposing citric hopping to it. Nice balance of hops and malts overall and easy to consume.

Another good red/amber. Also a good beer to get if you can't decide what you feel like.

Photo of jmz62565
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a deep dark red with an average dirty white head that disappears a little quickly. The smell is sweet malt and yeast. The "bisquity" aroma is very nice. The taste has alot of malt, both sweet and roasted,and a creamy bakery flavor. There is a dark fruit and a toastyness feel to this beer. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well although the aftertaste is abit watery.Not a bad beer, I would have this again and this is a pretty good brewery.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best red I've had so far. Pours a nice amber-red with a 1" head and leaves nice lacing. Smells of tasted and caramel malts. Taste is well-rounded and nicely balanced. Slight bitterness to it, but not hops flavor or aroma. A simple beer, but satisfying and tasty.

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep maroon roasty red. Some white foam atop but very thin. Deep malty smell, some caramel. Sweet toasty caramel. Good flavor that fades out without any real bite. Pick up some hop in the aftertaste. Lighter mouthfeel.

Good, but not remarkable.

Photo of Jettanbass9
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I really wish I could break this beer down into A, S, T, M, D but i can't. This beer is extremely simple. Too simple.

There are no off flavors, nothing that would make it a drain pour however, the beer seems overattenuated, lacks body aroma, and a hearty flavor that an Amber should.

Hop flavors are very light but present as is the caramel malt. The only thing this has going for it is its drinkability. It's light body unassertive flavors could make for a decent brew, if you plan on getting surly.

All in all, it misses the mark in the style BUT isn't a bad brew if you are looking for some decent swill.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this bottle. Heard a lot about them and label artwork was pretty cool. Huge great citrus aroma hits the nose, wow, only problem is it had no taste or flavor. Very thin with some floral bitterness in the end but overall was just average and boring. Was like French fries without the salt, good aroma but it ends there.

Photo of SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly tawny robust copper with a bit of haze & a fair number of big bubbles rising to the medium size light khaki head that quickly falls to a skim, but keeps a ring and leaves a few pretty good splotches of lace.

S: Smell far less robust than it looks. Light nutty malts, faint toasty grain, & a hint of caramel sweetness. Rather light and clean – even as it warms.

T: A Decent robustness to flavor. Plentiful nutty malts are pretty dry and steely. Only super faint hints of sweetness and caramel. Just slightly stronger is a vaguely chocolate roast note that grows as it warms. Hops provide medium bitterness. Mostly herbal with a soft bit of citrus & spice up front and through the middle it fades to tobacco and then some slightly soapy resin in the finish.

M: Just the slightest bit over medium body and average carbonation with a soft feel. Fair bit of texture and chew, but minimal sweetness. Attenuated quite enough for hops to take it a tad drying.

D: Balanced, a bit nuanced, & reasonably robust. Doesn’t depend on loads of hops or load you down with lots of thick sugary, caramelly malts. Quite a well rounded, tasty, and drinkable brew. Solid, but not special.

Photo of u2carew
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. Long neck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a thin film on top. Ruby in color with some brown hues. Enough light shines through to see the upward carbonation. Lacing is thin and fairly sticky.
S) The expected malt aromas are subtle. There are hints of tree fruit apple and plum.
T) The malts are not robust but present. Lightly toasted caramel. Hops are present about midway through and come up a little stronger in the finish.
M) Medium body on the thin side. Fairly smooth. Dry in the finish.
D) An alright brew not one to brag about.

Photo of Doshkin
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - nice read/orange tinted amber color. little head that reduced quickly, but left a visually appealing film of bubbles for the duration of the consumption. best part of the beer is its looks

s - slightest bit of caramel sweet malts. mostly bready with a touch of floral hops. decent smell, but weak overall

t - taste wasn't very strong either. kind of watery, in fact. matches smell overall, with more emphasis on the bitterness of the hops. the majority of the hops must have been added at the beginning of the boil for this brew because it is quite bitter, with less hopiness in the taste, and even less in the smell.

m - definitely the second best part of the beer. good carbonation, easy to drink, pretty smooth.

o - Rock Art Brewery, i have not been impressed with the only two beers i've ever had from you. i might try one more, but if that one doesn't redeem these first two below average beers, i will be giving up on you.

Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber brown with a small, creamy head - decent retention as it clings to the glass. The aroma is pretty balanced - toasted sweet malts and a fruity hop character with a touch of diacetyl. Smooth malty flavor that gradually fuses with a fruity hoppiness. Mouthfeel is clean and dry - a little light

Not too shabby - pretty well balanced overall. Easy drinkin'.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

orange tinted amber color being presented before me. Little in the way of head, maybe an inch at the top at first, but settling down quickly thereafter. No noticeable side glass presentation, and only marginal carbonation visible.

The aroma was rather weak to be honest, no where near the robust smell I was looking for. Light malt notes, somewhat bready with a healthy dose of grain thrown in. The flavor was more of the same, just too light to really make an impression on me either way. Some light off fruit notes were notices, but again unremarkable. Decent carbonation kept it feeling lively, but to be honest it was just too thin to really pull it all together for me.

Photo of mountdew1
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a reddish brown color with a very thin off white head. Head did't last long and only clung to the sides a bit. Aroma was very stout like. Malty, with a touch of chocolate. Taste was malty, a bit on the roasted side. Flavor was a tad earthy, with a touch of better, but was well balanced. Felt watery in the mouth. Carbonation was good, and it wasn't overly thin, but yet still felt watery. Nicely easy to drink, enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark red amber with a creamy 1 finger ivory head that lasts. Heavy streaks of lace are painted on the inside of the glass.
Smell is grainy malts with caramel and crystal malt, along with a light amount of hops.
Taste about the same as the aroma descriptions with a mildly sweet taste.
Mouthfeel is gritty and full bodied with a semi sweetness balancing out a mild bitterness.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find this at the local big-box restaurant so I had to try (anything would be better than a Bud, right?)

Appearance was nice - slightly red hue on dark beer with a beautifu cream-colored head. The head was thick, had some staying power and with decent lacing. Smell was mostly hoppy but good. Mouthfeel was above normal for me, the carbonation was about right but it felt a tiny bit watery - no big deal though. The taste was good (a nice selection on a two-for-one night). There was some fruit in there I couldn't pick out and the barley mixed well with the hops. Overall, it wasn't spectacular but it was definitely better than the other selections they had on tap. On its own, it is a pretty good beer. I'll be sure to look for it in the beer aisle next time.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to imagineiii for the chance to try this bottle.

A - deep reddish brown color with a nice offwhite head.
S - light malts and a light citric hop note.
T - caramel malts, light hop bite, a hint of grains.
M - light bodied, nicely carbonated with a clean finish.
D - nice session / dinner beer.

paired with a gumbo soup and a baked potato with salsa. Worked well for me. I'd definitely order on tap if it was available.

Photo of Casey10
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I felt this was just a above average for the style as have had a Zoe from Maine beer company as well as nugget nectar.

A - chesnut brown with a minimal head

S - nutty definate malts.

T - some accidity again kind of nutty taste.

m - a little tingly not bad nothing stands out though.

D - not bad again, its okay and would not turn it down.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber color. No lace left by a wispy collar of retention. Patriotic bottle.

Aroma is floral hops, caramel malts and toast. Taste is toast and sweet caramel up front with more bread crust and a mild hop bitter in back.

Standard fair for the style but not flawed in any aspect either. I like the addition of the bread crust malts to play with the sweet and bitter balance. Good body for 4.8%. A bit tinny in back.

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American Red Ale from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.