American Red Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 183
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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 micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In my quest to sample 400 beers this year, I tried this one.
Pours a reddish copper color with a a hazy body, mild carbonation and, even with a viqorous pour, very little head.
Aroma is malt forward, being an amber/red ale. Hops are minimal at best. Taste is malty with some sutle spiciness. Think corrinder here. There is also some nuttiness and husks too, and no hops. Drinks pretty smooth and of medium weight. Probably better at the brewer when fresh. (455 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark reddish-gold colored beer. Very clear. A big off white, soapy head that falls fairly quickly to about a quarter of the size. Tiny bubbles rush to the top. Looks well carbonated. Not much lace; what's there slips down the sides of the glass. Still, an attractive beer due to its color and clarity.

Aroma is moderately full but simple in character - just some toasty malt with the faintest hint of the hops underneath. Taste is also dominated by full-bodied, toasty malt with light sweetness and undercurrent of flowery hops. There's a subtle but distinct floral note here that reminds of me of this brewery's IPA; it may not be the same varietal but it at least feels like there's a definite Rock Art hop profile favored by the brewers.

Overall the taste of this beer is a bit more interesting than the nose lets on but it's certainly not super complex. Medium bodied and carbonated with a clean, short finish. Tasty and drinkable. The mouthfeel is fairly lively, with just a little bit of creaminess that pairs well with the carbonation.

Not bad, not great. Would love a bit more balance in favor of the hops. (1,121 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 tkepx182
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber in color, clear showing carbonation, head dissipated rapidly

S: has a mild hoppy smell with a little flower smell to it

M: It has a smooth feel over the tongue

T: The main taste of the beer is hops. It is not as strong as an IPA, but good none the less

O: It is a good beer that was better then expected. The hopiness was a surprise but not a bad one. Definitely a drinkable beer. (395 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 TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/17/2011 at Yard House in Dedham, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops some fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit. Then a decent hops presence comes in. The malt character is heart but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while. (731 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red body with a tiny white ring atop the beer. Not much in the way of head or retention really, just a frothy cloud in the middle of the beer. Small ring leaves some spotty lace.

S- Caramel and slightly roasty and nutty malt along with a some citrus and floral hop notes.

T- Roasty malt comes through more here along with a nutty and caramel feel. Hops are certainly present lending earthy, floral and citrus hints.

MF- Highly carbonated light body, somewhat watery overall. Fairly bitter finish.

Malt profile is kind of like a Brown ale, quite a bit roasty and nutty. Hop profile is like a New England IPA, but in this case it makes sense, enough to balance the flavor and make this a pleasant beer. (712 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date notched at Mar. Pours a dirty copper color with very minimal head. Aroma is of toasted malts, earth, and cereal. Taste is like sweet cereal and earthiness. Malt flavor all over this one. Some brown sugar and cinnamon notes. Very drinkable. Pretty decent beer to find in a mix 12 pack. I probably wouldn't buy a six pack of it but I would have it again on tap. Overall, its a decent Amber and I enjoyed it. (440 characters)

Photo of surprenant1138
3.99/5  rDev +13%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was a clear, copper color with a small, thin, white head...there was some decent retention...almost a solid cap...nice lacing

S - Caramel and toffee aromas are jumping out with hints of roasted malt...there are some dark fruits lingering in the background

T - The malts are sweet in flavor with caramel and toffee flavors leading the way...the malt switches to a roasted, chocolate flavor towards the middle of the beer...there is an earthy hop finish that brings in a bit of bitterness

M - Medium bodied...the finish is earthy and bitter but it doesn't pair well with the other flavors in the beer...a bit thin at sometimes

O - Things really started out good for this beer...great look, decent smell, and flavors that worked together...but as soon as you swallowed that flavors that were left and came back just didn't work for me...it was just okay for me (874 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 mountdew1
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (495 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 jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at tavelino in westborough, MA.

A: Fluffy 1/2 finger head fades at a medium pace with semi hazy dark molasses brown color.

N: Nice malts, toasty, a little roast, touch of caramel too. Some might earthy bitter hops as well. Also a slight creamy aroma. Nice toast and malt, but lackin more hops and too creamy, but some hints of smoked malt add to it.

T: Starts with more malts, some toasty malts, creamy with more roast, smoked malts, little chocolate too. Slight buttery with more light earthy bitter hops. A little fruit with touch of tangy that probably shouldn't be there.

M: Mouth is semi creamy medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes with some grassy and earthy mild bitterness. Some lingering smoke and toasty malts, as well as some of the slightly tangy fruit. A little sticky sweetness and medium dry. (835 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 ToasterChef
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Poured from a chilled bottle into a pint glass. It is a clear yet dark red liquid. A small tan foam head sits on top. I can see a few carbonation bubbles rising. I can smell toffee malts and a few earthy hops. It beer is pretty cold, so I think the aromas may be stronger and more nuanced at cellar temperature. The flavor has toffee and caramel sweet malts. It reminds of the filling of a quality chocolate--but without all of that sweetness. Some tangy bittering hops appear as I swallow, but I can still taste the malts as well. Both flavors linger but don't overstay their welcome. It is a nice flavor. It isn't very sticky or leave behind much of a coat. It has a medium body and low carbonation. It is a quality mouthfeel, but not outstanding. Overall the beer is very drinkable. I have had a number of these in a sitting and will again. It's another fine red ale that I am glad is now available in my area. (937 characters)

Photo of Casey10
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I felt this was just a above average for the style as have had a Zoe from Maine beer company as well as nugget nectar.

A - chesnut brown with a minimal head

S - nutty definate malts.

T - some accidity again kind of nutty taste.

m - a little tingly not bad nothing stands out though.

D - not bad again, its okay and would not turn it down. (345 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 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 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 tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this out of the Rock Art variety case that I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a brown, dark amber color. The head is a tan color, 2 fingers tall, great retention, great lacing and small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are earthy hop, caramel and malted milk balls.
Taste: The flavors are earthy hops, malted milk balls and some chocolate.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty thin.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty good.
Don't drink and review. (514 characters)

Photo of DannyS
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a chance to have some Rock Art brew again. Poured this 12 oz bottle into my favorite pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy rusty brown with almost no head. What little head there is does leave a thin collar and a few loose dots of lacing.

S - Toasted malt mainly with a toffee backing.

T - Slightly malty sweet with a toasty bitterness. Finishes very bready.

M - Thin, but not watery. Enough weight to prevent that, and the carbonation is medium-high.

D - Modest ABV and decent flavor. Sessioning is definitely a possibility if this one appeals to you

Overall - The first Rock Art beer I've had in a long time, and while it's not absolutely amazing, it satisfied. (669 characters)

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