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American Red Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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American Red AleAmerican Red Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

178 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-21-2003)
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Bud pint glass (yikes!).

A: Pours a medium-copper amber color with a two-finger head of white foam and a very nice clarity. The head leaves some decent lace and carbonation is fair.

S: Smells sweet, bready and malty with a hint of hop leaf oil.

T: Taste is sweet roasted caramel malt layered under richer cereal malts and grain. Just a nice, all-around malted brew with a slight but noticeable hop backbone to even out the sweet with a shade of bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very easy drinking.

D: A very good session ale and a nice pick for someone or some dish which requires a lighter drinking, complimentary ale without getting into stronger flavors or ABV, or a lighter blonde lager or ale which might lose out in flavor.

I can see why this brew is unofficially dubbed "Super Glide." Very easy drinking, satisfying to the general beer drinker, but not outstanding for the style. Very good malt profile, though, and possibly one of the best year-round brews from Rock Art.

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodchipper
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of JMD71
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Fiore757
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
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 Chrisras
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of far333
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of racer2k
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of jmz62565
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +20.2%
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 mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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 dave00100
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Jettanbass9
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
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
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
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 DJoe
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of SickGnar
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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American Red Ale from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.