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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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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

NJpadreFan, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

Fish113d, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of Liquids
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

Liquids, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

woodychandler, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of cwachtel
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

cwachtel, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of PSUDREW
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

I lied this beer, had some interesting flavors, and I think I could see myself drinking this year round

Pours a nice deep amber color. A good deal of head, some retention, and a good bit of lacing. Nose is kinnda bread like. Taste is pretty matly, some hops to blance it out. Has hints of various spices, it's kinnda peppery at times, while being full of malt, and a random other spice or two.

Over all, a nicely blanced brew, clean, refreshing, and a nice beer to relax with

PSUDREW, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

This pours a deep dark red with an average dirty white head that disappears a little quickly. The smell is sweet malt and yeast. The "bisquity" aroma is very nice. The taste has alot of malt, both sweet and roasted,and a creamy bakery flavor. There is a dark fruit and a toastyness feel to this beer. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well although the aftertaste is abit watery.Not a bad beer, I would have this again and this is a pretty good brewery.

jmz62565, May 26, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

Dark red/brown color gives a nice glow. 1.5 finger head is off white and has good retention. Wholesome kind of smell. Woody, toasted caramel aroma. Taste has the same outdoor, camping feel to it along with some fruity malt, and unimposing citric hopping to it. Nice balance of hops and malts overall and easy to consume.

Another good red/amber. Also a good beer to get if you can't decide what you feel like.

tastybeer, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Deep amber brown with a small, creamy head - decent retention as it clings to the glass. The aroma is pretty balanced - toasted sweet malts and a fruity hop character with a touch of diacetyl. Smooth malty flavor that gradually fuses with a fruity hoppiness. Mouthfeel is clean and dry - a little light

Not too shabby - pretty well balanced overall. Easy drinkin'.

wedge, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of MattBrooks
3.58/5  rDev +5%

Pours brown with a rich, frothy, bready style head. This Red Ale started off abit misleading with the color, but one sip and the style comes shining through. Big notes of caramel and malt dominate this craft brew. A big mouthfeel was a little too much for this beer but that was really the only negative about this beer. It's clean on the finish and at a low alc content, it's pretty easy to drink a sixer of these.

MattBrooks, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Thanks to GoodbyeOhio and The BestEver for the bottle!
Clear mahogany, topped with a creamy, ivory head. Excellent lacing, leaving sheets clinging to the glass. Good head retention, keeping a thick collar throughout. Sweet and grainy caramel malt aroma, a bit biscuity, with a modest piney, woody hop background. Kinda english feeling. Mild pear esters, a good ale beeriness. The flavor starts out with grainy caramel malt, the fruitiness much less present than in the aroma. Rather clean, perhaps a bit grassy with a vague sense of pear. Modestly hopped finish, maintaining a woody, slightly piney feel. The malt maintains presence, biscuity with a hint of roasted grain into the finish, softly hinting of cocoa. Grainy caramel aftertaste. Lighter medium bodied, with a somewhat watery feel, mostly up front. Perky carbonation, coupled with the watery feel, adds a transience to the mouthfeel. Not too bad. Nothing I'd make a habit out of, but it's fairly easy drinking stuff.

UnionMade, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

tempest, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

12oz, part of a mix pack

crystally red pour with reduced foam ring.. creamy leaving swampy willow lacing on the glass. nose is malty, in a real dirty way. funky but rich toffee wafts rise up. lightly hopped, nothing green about this brew. real nice malting adds alot of body and beefy sweetness to this low abv brew.. hops serve as more of a spice than a bittering or sweetening agent here, as detected in the savoury finish. there's alot of fight in this midget for sure.

the aroma could really use some improvement here, but overall a drinkable, solid american red. almost as good as the trout river (but not quite).

goodbyeohio, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

Appearance: pours a clear burgandy color with a healthy 2" head. Nice lacing developed through the drink.

Smell: the aroma was weak, as only a hint of caramel was detectable.

Taste: this brew had a decent malt backbone, featuring bread and caramel. Bitterness was very light, and there was a hint of a peppercorn or two lingering around.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and finish. Caramel lingers on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: A very drinkable red ale due to the nice maltiness.

Gavage, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Appears a dark red amber with a creamy 1 finger ivory head that lasts. Heavy streaks of lace are painted on the inside of the glass.
Smell is grainy malts with caramel and crystal malt, along with a light amount of hops.
Taste about the same as the aroma descriptions with a mildly sweet taste.
Mouthfeel is gritty and full bodied with a semi sweetness balancing out a mild bitterness.

weeare138, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev +5%

Great, easy sessional beer. Pours a deeper red than expected, with a thin foamy head that never quite disappears. Nose is heavy on the malts and the hops have a pleasant backstage appearance. Flavor is fill of rich malts and strong caramel and toffee tones. Hops are there, but with a very mellow presence--just to provide some balance. Mouthfeel is heavy on the tongue and a tad creamy. Slight oily slickness on the inside of the cheeks. Low ABV and not incredibly hoppy or bitter makes this a great sessional beer.

MuddyFeet, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

orbitalr0x, Jun 08, 2005
Photo of Truh
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Got grilled by McCarthy himself with this one on 4/17/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Almost a concrete-like constriction of short head with a light amount of stick. Light red hue with a bit of haze and some medium action. Humongous, sweet clover on nose with a bittering hop note and some green apple tartness. On the mouth, soda fizz is the first thing noted, unfortunately, followed by some fresh nuggat, though light, and a tickle of roast on the roof of the mouth. Medium body.

I found this to be good enough, but perhaps a bit overdue.

Truh, Apr 21, 2005
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4.18/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

ppoitras, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of scottum
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

Served a very deep red amber with a short lacy head. Malty for a red, but the hop bite is still where one would expect it to linger. Very smooth and quite the easy to drink brew. Certainly a solid brew to tip back for a few houurs when in VT. A good warmup for the bigger of Rock Art's beers.

scottum, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of far333
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

far333, Oct 22, 2003
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American Red Ale from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.