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American Red Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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American Red AleAmerican Red Ale

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 183
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 183
Photo of corby112
2.26/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a very thin white head that quickly dissapears. Weak aroma with faint hints of malt and hops and not much character. Very watered down with subtle maltiness and a slight dry hoppy finish. Weak interpretation of the style. (252 characters)

Photo of gfreed
2.31/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another blah beer from Rock Art and, I'm afraid, another black eye for the VT beer club. Although this one has little aroma beyond soap, it manages to burp up a little caramel flavor after stagnating in a glass for about 20 minutes. Still, it's not worth the wait. If you must drink a Vermont amber, drink the one from Otter Creek. (331 characters)

Photo of silentjay
2.61/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

red, white and blue color scheme on a pretty boring bottle.
pours a lot darker than I would have thought a transparent brown with a bit of a red tint. small head, with little lacing.

smells like burnt caramel and toast. not appealing, though.

tastes more like a red than the appearance or aroma, but still the burnt malt comes through most. Not a lot of hops to speak of. a touch of watery coffee and butterscotch. tastes like a half and half mix of Killian's and Newcastle, yet a bit stronger. Maybe a watered down smithwicks with more of a burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and unimpressive. carbonation is ok, but overall its very watery.

Drinkability is average at best. I'm getting through the bottle, but I'm not enjoying it.

Not what i was expecting, much worse. I thought an American Red would be a hoppy red, but this is like half red ale, half brown ale. I like browns, I like reds, but this combination just doesn't work for me. (944 characters)

Photo of Jettanbass9
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into goblet on 2/21/08.

A - Deep garnet or burgundy-colored body with 1/2-finger beige head that quickly gave way to a very thin, whispy veil and sparse lacing. Fair amount of carbonation present.

S - Sweet milk chocolate mixed with an odd herbal or medicinal hop aroma and some coffee bean notes. Some hay and barnyard funk way in the back. Just a touch of alcohol as the liquid warmed up.

T - Has some sweet caramel malt up front, but finishes with an odd medicinal bitterness that tastes dirty, for lack of a better term. I don't particularly care for the hops in this brew.

M - Very thin, watery texture with a moderately prickly mouthfeel coupled with a distinct grittiness on the palate. Finishes with a bland, dry hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - I find this only slightly better than their barleywine, which was not very good, in my opinion. Overall, not too impressed with this offering either. (938 characters)

Photo of johnnyirishman
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Pours an amber/red color, but a hard pour yeilded only a small head that diden't stick around.

Smell- Some malts poking through but not too much going on here.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Metallic malty front with a slight hops bite at the finish.

Drinkability- An ok red ale, I wouldent buy it again though. (358 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got a 12oz single today at Dan & Whit's in Norwich VT, I think it was $1.89 +tax/deposit. Bottled on date has two notches, one for Jan and one for May, and no year, so not too useful. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This dark sepia brew gives a decent 1/2" of tan head that settles to a thin frothy and stable layer with some larger bubbles and a good meniscus around the glass. Nose is pretty faint, just a bit of warm toasty malt. The taste has a great bit of mixed inky hop with a moderate body of toasty malt. Feel is mostly dry and the finish is very dry, astringent. Drinkability is lessened by the harsh dry finish, makes my teeth feel gritty.

I like a lot of Rock Art's beer, but this one falls short. (717 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is dark red, almost maroon with a finger or two of foamy white head that last for a short while. Not much in the way of lacing on the glass.

The smell is caramel with a slight toffee flavor and reminded me of a sundae without the ice cream.

The taste is has a nice malty flavor that is sweet with more caramel and toffee flavors. A creamy somewhat chocolate flavor is just on the edges and is only there ever so slightly.

The feel of this beer is medium and goes down well. Not a bad red ale, it pretty drinkable but is a little too creamy at times but overall not a bad beer. (629 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep crimson/mahogony with a one-finger head that descends to a thin creamy heat. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of toffee with a citric hop background. Would be decent, but for a doughy yeast aroma mixed in that throws it off.

Sour upfront. Toffeeish. Malty with little of the hop presence that was in the aroma, except that something is balancing it out. Toasty notes. The yeast strain, which doesn't seem to go so well here, tends to peek through a bit too much.

It falls apart too much in the feel, which is overly watery and thin. Flavor vanishes money in my pocket in a beer store. Decent carbonation and even texture, but nothing is left after swallowing.

Overall, it was easy enough to finish the one, but nothing would make me want more of it. Thin with just a bit too much yeast coming through. A fleeting memory of a brew. (866 characters)

Photo of albern
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber, almost a porter color, and not the reddish amber I was expecting. The head is brownish and it does retain, somewhat. This is a light bodied beer that has this rather interesting charcoal taste. There is a burnt brown sugar aspect evident from the malts, a nice dryness, and a smoothness in the finish. The smell offers little to distinguish itself, the taste overall does not linger, and this makes for a rather okay outing, nothing more. (468 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Mom brought me a sixer of this on her last visit from VT.

Nice deep red-brown with a decent off white head.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts, buttered popocorn(not good), some toasted nuts, and earthy hops.

Flavor is buttery caramel and cereal malts, earthy hops, and some light metallic astringency.

Average body, mouthfeel, and drinkability.

Love ya Mom but next time bring some McNeills! (394 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of far333
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Doshkin
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this brew at a friend's house, just before relocating to Europe. It's a deep, reddish-amber color with a nice white head. The lace is respectable, and the aroma is more malty than expected. Hop aroma is restrained, while a little roasted and toasted malts shine through. The intensity of the aroma, however, is a bit light. The flavor is similar. Mildly sweet and drinkable. The carbonation is relatively low, and the beer is nicely balanced between sweet and dry. It's a good, but somewhat unremarkable beer. I'd have it again, but wouldn't seek it out. (560 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but dark brown. No head really. Strong caramel and malt on the nose with a minor leaf tone barely hitting you.. Flavor is unbalanced. Way too much of a tang to it. Almost like some kind of citrus juice mixed in there. A bit of an odd liquid feel. Low carbonation. This is one to pass on. Lacks balance. Too tangy. Not really worth trying. (352 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and crystal malt scent along with a slightly aggressive hop aroma. The taste is average. It has a thin malty flavor that boasts of roasted and crystal malts. It's quite hoppy with little balance. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average red ale. It's a little one sided with more hops than malt. (495 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent start to the head but it settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves good, spotty lace. Brown color; quite dark for an amber. Clear.

Malty aroma. Low level hop smell. Interestingly, there is whiff of alcohol. I've never experienced this in a beer with this level of ABV.

Very astringent--dry and bitter. The swallow is quite harsh and the aftertaste dies quickly. No notable hop. Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall, it has the wrong combination to win me over. (490 characters)

Photo of racer2k
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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 (381 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a half finger of foam that dissipates quickly without lacing. Aroma is somewhat malty, stale bread, plum, and a kiss of earthy hops.

First sip is pretty straightforward - a hint of malty sweetness, a touch dry, and finishing with a bit of metallic twang. Overall, pretty straightforward - not a ton of flavor or anything that really excites the palate. Hop flavor is muted, and there is a slight bitterness in the finish.

Well, this beer has some potential, but unfortunately it really falls short of being great. It just doesn't have a ton of flavor. No real off flavors but that's not a glowing endorsement. (691 characters)

Photo of mobud
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip pint

A-Dark copper penny with small white head. Light carbonation.

S- Very malty sweet

T- Very bright. Sweet malt with a rye bread finish.

M- Medium

D- A good middle of the road beer. Enjoyed it with a spicy sausage and it paired well. Would be glad to get more of this beer. (298 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (425 characters)

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American Red Ale from Rock Art Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.