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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

171 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
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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1.25/5  rDev -63.3%

khargro2, Jan 21, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -56%

Massbmx, Feb 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -34%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.25/5  rDev -34%

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.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of gfreed
2.33/5  rDev -31.7%

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.

gfreed, Jan 31, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

woodchipper, Mar 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of silentjay
2.6/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

silentjay, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Jettanbass9
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.

Jettanbass9, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Jan 19, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

POTABLE83, Jul 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

claytong, Feb 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

kvgomps, Jul 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

dunix, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of ffejherb
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

ffejherb, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

BeerNinja007, Sep 12, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

johnnyirishman, May 04, 2008
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2.9/5  rDev -15%

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.

jwc215, Apr 10, 2007
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2.9/5  rDev -15%

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.

Duhast500, Jul 12, 2010
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3/5  rDev -12%

Fiore757, Jun 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12%

acurtis, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12%

curlybird, Jul 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12%

ROGUE16, Nov 15, 2011
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American Red Ale from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.