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American Red Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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American Red AleAmerican Red Ale

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178 Ratings

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Photo of Stimack
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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!!

Photo of jwc215
2.89/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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)

Photo of JMD71
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.83/5  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.

Photo of Fish113d
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Liquids
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of cwachtel
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jmz62565
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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'.

Photo of MattBrooks
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of UnionMade
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Truh
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

American Red Ale from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.