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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

169 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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 mountdew1:
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

10-16-2010 00:00:41 | More by mountdew1
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woodchipper

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

03-01-2014 21:00:04 | More by woodchipper
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

02-22-2007 21:35:37 | More by JMD71
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

06-08-2005 02:21:34 | More by orbitalr0x
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Fiore757


3/5  rDev -12%

06-05-2013 01:16:44 | More by Fiore757
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

11-06-2013 18:48:50 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

12-22-2009 14:59:36 | More by tigg924
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Chrisras

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +10%

06-02-2014 00:21:38 | More by Chrisras
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -12%

11-15-2011 18:00:42 | More by bpfrush
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far333

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

10-22-2003 00:28:35 | More by far333
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12%

03-03-2013 00:11:29 | More by acurtis
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

01-05-2008 21:09:56 | More by racer2k
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%

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...

06-08-2008 04:49:33 | More by dacrza1
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

11-06-2006 21:52:33 | More by NJpadreFan
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

04-28-2006 23:23:08 | More by tastybeer
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

10-01-2013 15:27:30 | More by Varkias41
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

05-26-2006 05:27:19 | More by jmz62565
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

01-26-2006 03:42:11 | More by tempest
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

01-19-2014 18:15:48 | More by mikefuski17
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

07-04-2012 12:46:34 | More by KTCamm
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dave00100

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +32%

01-01-2012 22:35:22 | More by dave00100
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Jettanbass9

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

12-10-2008 03:50:07 | More by Jettanbass9
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

01-19-2008 23:49:41 | More by beerthulhu
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DJoe

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-05-2013 23:32:44 | More by DJoe
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

12-24-2011 19:49:15 | More by SickGnar
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American Red Ale from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.