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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

166 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
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!

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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 02:41:44 | More by JMScowcroft
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 23:37:42 | More by ffejherb
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brewslut

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a goblet.

A - Dark reddish brown body, almost burnt umber in color, with small off-white head and that mostly diminished. Clear body with normal sized particles.

S - Malty dark chocolate with espresso coffee. Lightly hopped. Some earthy yeast present reminiscent of wet leather.

T - Initially light and bitter with short, dry finish.

M - Light to medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation. Metallic finish.

D - Decent offering, but I wouldn't go out of my way for another. A little too dry for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 01:52:54 | More by brewslut
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 20:07:44 | More by AlexJ
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 06:58:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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Brad007

Vermont

4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 01:08:36 | More by Brad007
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light tan, one-finger head that goes quickly to a ring and leaves a little lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Deep mahogany color. Nose is almost roasted malts. Flavor is hoppy/roasted coffee with hints of caramel. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 23:49:02 | More by jdhilt
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albern

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 21:11:18 | More by albern
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 22:26:51 | More by lackenhauser
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jjayjaye

New York

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and very dark amber, a bit more orange than mahogany, with a full head that fades quickly. Some lacing present. It has a slightly roast malt smell and flavor to it. Medium bodied and adequately carbonated, the mouth feel has a balanced hop characteristic. The flavor is uncomplicated yet there is a slight smoky aspect that lingers some. A reasonable drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 20:38:29 | More by jjayjaye
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 21:15:00 | More by Suds
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Durge

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not all that red in color, more like Coca Cola. Thin head that drops off quickly. The aroma is a definitively sweet malt with a touch of orange citrus, maybe a little chocolate. The flavor is tangy, a bit watery with a fine carbonation. This flattens out before too long and grows more bitter.Remains quite drinkable though. Not the flavor you would expect with a Red Ale. This is a little smokey. Carbonation could be improved a bit. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 04:40:42 | More by Durge
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 02:02:33 | More by tgbljb
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Stimack

New York

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

His brew poured to a brownish color, surprising since it says it is a red ale. Has a nice sized light tan head of tightly formed bubbles and seems to have great retention as it left some nice thick lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma has a sweet note to it with a scent of caramel and a hint of hops. The flavor comes across almost like a brown ale, some toasted notes come to mind first. Nice malt flavors that seem to give toffee and/or caramel flavors. At the tail end I seem to be picking up some hop flavors that do leave a little bitterness at the back of the mouth. Overall I think that this is a pretty good brew, One I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 23:03:34 | More by Stimack
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riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a red hue. Thin tan head,with decent retention,and lacing. Smell is of dark sweet fruit. Body is on the light side with some carbionation. Taste is of dark fruit,and honey. Nice little kick in the finish. Refreshing,and smooth. Try it!!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 23:41:45 | More by riversider76
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 03:26:37 | More by jwc215
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flexabull

California

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really dark amber color, almost brown, and with a nice big white head.

Aromas are of roasted malts, cereal grains, and a little bit tea like.

Flavor is similar to iced tea, a bit sweet, tart, and slightly hoppy and crisp on the finish.

Mouthfeel seems ok, nothing special though. Kind of lean.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a very average beer, nothing special, but it's decent, and certainly non offensive in any way. Just not something I would seek out.

Thanks for the bottle jpagewatts. (B'day 07)

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 00:15:13 | More by flexabull
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 21:52:33 | More by NJpadreFan
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brownish red color (burnt copper- is that a color) with a slight oily surface layer of tan head that tends to cling to the edge of the glass nicely.

Aroma is mainly of toffee or caramel malts with just a bit of floral hoppiness. Rather sweet underlying aroma here. Basic for the style.

Sipping reveals a bit of a smoke flavor followed by a rather sweet toffee taste (burnt toffee). The body is rather light and just a tad bit of hops comes into play, but not enough to shake much of a stick at.

Again, body is rather light and drinkable. A nice autumn choice. No alcohol detected and rather easy to drink. Just sweet enough for the style, and just enough hops to help it balance making it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 02:27:14 | More by Fish113d
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Liquids

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 13:21:01 | More by Liquids
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 00:18:51 | More by woodychandler
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cwachtel

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 22:09:03 | More by cwachtel
American Red Ale from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.