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American Red Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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American Red AleAmerican Red Ale

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178 Ratings

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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: 178 | Reviews: 92
Photo of gwiedman1
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of dave00100
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of dazdave
4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper red with an inch of head. Lots of tiny bubbles rise to the surface. The nose has a definite hop smell more piney than anything else.
Dangerously delightful beer. First sips have nutty malty flavors juxtaposed to grapefruity hops right up front. Very well balanced beer. Its a pretty long lasting taste on the tongue finishing with Grapefruit. Its not overbearing grapefruit nor overly sweet. Its pretty clean and I'd say a near perfect mouthfeel. There's a small alcohol bite at the end. This is right up there with the best reds I've ever had.

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 cwachtel
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep amber color...almost completely brown. Fairly thin head that doesn't last very long. Nice lacing on the glass though. Not a very overpowering aroma...fairly balanced between hops and malt which carries over to the flavor. Being a fan of the more malty beers, I liked the balance...not too malty. Mouthfeel was a little thin but that adds to the drinkability.

I really liked this beer and will definitely buy it again.

Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with sparse off-white head.
Smell is a bit malty with some nice hop textures also present.
Taste present switha a nice firm maltiness combined with the perfect balance of hops.
Finishes with a nice taste rentention.
Truly an enjoyable beer.

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Newer review:
12ozer bought as a single from Winooski Beverage, Winooski, VT. Bottled 4/04.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head, which lasts well. Laces excellently, over this deeply reddish amber brew. Aroma is of husky caramel malts, with what seems to be a tad of slight fruitiness lurking beneath. Taste is dominated by the malts husks, as the nose portended, and ends with a little hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is superb as well. Check this one, seemingly fresher is much better.

Original Review, 3.2, 5/25/04:
12ozer from a mixed 6-pack from Waterbury Beverage, Waterbury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head, which hung around for a bit. Laces well, over this deeply reddish amber brew. Aroma is slightly of caramel malt and a bit of hops. Taste is of malts and some sour/bitterness, which seems to not be hop-sourced. Don't know what's particularly going on there, but it's not the most pleasant mouthfeel, which kind of puts the kibosh on the drinkability as well. Does seem to improve as it warms, which is why it got the 3s even though I didn't sound very impressed. Have to give this another chance sometime, just in case.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber to red color. Nutty and malty aroma. Great malty flavor. Slight caramel taste to it. Somewhat nutty with a slight roasted quality to it. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable and easy going beer. Best amber/red ale I have had in a long time. Could be a regular in my fridge if it was sold here.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look - Sleek, patriotic labeling on the bottle. Pours yellow-brown and settles a yellow-amber in the glass. Quite fizzy with a good sized head.

Smell - Sweeter smelling ale with a promising, lingering aroma.

Taste - Smooth, creamy ale full of flavor and substance.

Mouthfeel - Has a bite that leaves very shortly after you swallow. Quite pleasurable.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, you could have your own six-pack with little to no issues. It's light on alcohol as well so you probably will!

Overall a pretty solid Red Ale.

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 Atron67
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a really foggy brown with red hues, pretty different from your run of the mill red ale. has a tan/offwhite head which built up to an inch or so but fell quickly and didn't leave much of note behind.

S- pretty solid smell, some good maltiness, slightly sweet, hop aroma is pretty noticable, which is nice, but the focus stays on the malt.

T- actually very good tasting despite the mediocre start. smooth slightly melanoidin tasting malt. smooth crisp, pretty solid malt tasting, with a little other complexity

M- medium body, stronger carbonation, though nothing heavy.

D- a solid session beer choice.

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Attempt 3/4 at this variety pack that has so far not impressed me.

A - Dark ruby amber in color, looks like a brown ale even. One finger tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - Earthy hops and caramel malts. Some hazelnut and chocolate perhaps, reminds me of the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar alot! Finally a regular Rock Art with some smell to it (and hopefully flavor).

T - Mmm, I really like this. It almost makes up for the past two (IPA and Golden). Reminds me right away of a red ale I had at the Bobcat Cafe in Bristol. Earthy hops, a bit of chocolate and toffee, very bready. Has another finishing taste that I am having trouble describing but both of these reds had it. Just a great Vermont red ale taste, you'll know what I mean when you taste it. Almost a sweet, butterscotch, nutty, "woody" element to it is the best way I can describe the finish.

M - Medium with light carbonation, seems a little flat.

D - Very tasty and low abv. More flavor than the other two from the mix pack I have had and yet lower abv.

Overall, a really good red ale and probably the best brew of the mix pack so far. I like it. It seems they do not want to brew a typical version of any style they attempt, and while this may not be the perfect red ale, it is a great beer nonetheless.

Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a thick, light-tan head with decent retention. Nose was really malty and sweet and the color was a deep red with very good clarity. Mouthfeel was full, approaching thick and there was a heavy malt presence on the tongue. Finish was likewise sweet and malty. I am not a huge fan of sweet beers, but this was pretty good and not something that I would turn down, given an opportunity to drink it again.

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark red color with a thin head and a little lacing. Aroma is smooth and malty, chewy and even a tad bit smoky. Somewhat sweet as well. Taste is nice and smooth upfront with that chewiness and nice malty aftertaste. Mmm, mmm,mmm. A second sip confirms more of the smokiness that I detected that adds more of a dimension to this beer. There's some bitterness in the aftertaste as well that's just perfect.

And at 4.8%, you can't possibly go wrong with this beer. I could drink a few of these. It's definitely a great beer, especially if the only Rock Art beers you've tried are the ones in their Extreme series. This one is a surprise.

Photo of tdexterc
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored out of the bottle a deep, wood stain brown with an off white head. Very little head and the aromas are equally subtle. A nuttiness and sweetness vaguely reminiscent of peanut butter. OK, I really liked these flavors, buttery, nutty, sweet malts and cereal malts. Deep and robust. Slightly bitter at the end when the hops kicks in. Long finish lingers on the tongue. Smooth, clean and quite sessionable. Yum!

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of surprenant1138
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper red with very little head and faint lacing. Aroma is of malt, burnt pecans, chocolate, ash, and a hint of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is of a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Taste surprised me, being pretty much like th aroma with earthy hints and a grassiness...some smokiness too. I like this quite a bit.

Photo of Liquids
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly a red ale and not an amber, but with a large foamy head that is an off white color. Aroma is pretty hoppy with pine and citrus rinds. Rather American and not very English in aroma. No malts detected...and now I'm just hoping it's not just another all-hops amber ale. Taste is really full yet mellow, balanced, smooth and sessiony. This is definitely an irish red style and not an american amber. There is that upfront tea-like? red flavor with a bit of a darker malt poking through just a little to add some complexity. It's mostly just mellowed middle of the road malt flavors, but it's not ultra sweet at all. It finishes rather dry actually. I find this style fairly distinct from ambers and browns. And there is a notable hop presence, but it's not killer. I tasted this one at room tempterature as well as slightly chilled, and it held up both ways.

This is a lot like Smithwicks, but fresher, a bit more american, and preferable. Good flavors going on here. Mouthfeel is light bodied in a sessionable way so it's very appropriate for the style. Carbonation is moderate without any ugly tang or excess zippiness on the tounge, just right. Drinabilitywise, this is overall a great beer that I would rarely imagine passing up on draft, and one that surprisingly, I could imagine buying now and again and passing to others. Not going to be enjoyable if your an "extreme beer" fiend. Think session beer done right. A good find.

Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks cookin420 for this one.
Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Golden with red highlights, it has a rather small white head with little retention.
Hoppy aroma, fruity, with some caramel and possibly even honey notes. Well balanced taste, a moderate hoppy bitterness along with some caramel sweetness. Easy to drink, went well with a light summer meal. Well, light to my standards. Well done.

Photo of williamherbert
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red with an orange tinge. Clear but tons of carbonation. Light layer of foam.

The smell is well-balanced. Nice, grassy hop at first, then a roasted bitter malt. The foundation of a smooth red but with a surprising hop addition. Excellent smell.

The taste is a heavy burnt malt dominating. The hops are but a spicy accent, although they get more woody with warmth. It finishes on the roasted bitter side.

The feel is smooth but also bubbly. It's a very solid red ale with a little something extra.

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.

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