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IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A light copper body low bitterness with good hop flavor. This is my impression of what the English troops may have been drinking when they occupied India. The pale ale they drank had mellowed considerably. The wooden casks had spent many months traveling on ships and long inland journeys to the troops, where they were then tapped and enjoyed.

(Beer added by: Bighuge on 10-29-2003)
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Reviews by skivtjerry:
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3.68/5  rDev +10.5%

A: A medium size sticky head that lingers well and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Hazy light copper color.

S: A slightly dank dose of "C" hops up front gives way to grass and a little sweet malt.

T: Hits you quick with citrusy and grassy hops, then malt enters but never takes over. Hops return for a dry bitter finish. Maybe just a little too much crystal malt?

M: Medium-high carbonation, medium-light body. Starts out seeming like it might be a little heavy bodied for a session IPA but the dry finish takes care of that. Yes, balanced, but still emphasizing the hops.

O: A well made easy drinking beer that satisfies hop cravings without wrecking your tongue or giving you too much alcohol, not in the company of some of the insanely good IPA's coming out of VT but still very enjoyable and very reasonably priced.

edit: I believe the recipe has changed in the last year or 2 so keep that in mind when reading older reviews.

05-30-2012 21:53:45 | More by skivtjerry
More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48


3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

22 oz bomber that I purchased somewhere in Vermont, on 7/25/04. Pours a hazy, straw yellow body, with a two finger, snow white head that lasts a few minutes before leaving some minimal, patch lace.

Aroma is lemony citrus, with an assertive essence of pine resin in the background.

Mouthfeel has explosive carbonation and a light body.

Taste is bitter citrus rind, with a soft malt balance. Some pear flavors emerge at room temperature and add a note of complexity. Some buttery notes are noted, suggestive of Ringwood yeast.

Overall, a nice session ale that is pleasantly refreshing on a summer day, and goes very well with an extra sharp Vermont cheddar.

07-30-2004 22:41:44 | More by merlin48
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

08-28-2012 00:24:18 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

03-06-2014 02:48:06 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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4.05/5  rDev +21.6%

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a really nice dark amber color with a small white head. Nose is well balanced, it's got some caramel and a nice floral hoppy note.

Taste is also quite hoppy and fresh. Very well balanced like the nose. It's got a good creamy mouthfeel and it's really drinkable.

12-18-2010 00:58:06 | More by kingcrowing
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

07-04-2013 00:51:07 | More by juicebox
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

03-03-2013 00:11:17 | More by acurtis
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3.98/5  rDev +19.5%

This just came available in PA recently and first had it with some others from Rock Art at the Split Rock brewfest last week. I tasted another tonight to take some notes on.

This IPA pours a nice rich gold color with a very bubbly head that maintains. The smell is of an average hop character, not too much but maybe not enough. The taste continues the medium hop character of the smell. After the initial hop taste it trails off of your tongue pretty quickly and leaves no real aftertaste. I let this one site for awhile and took another try on it after it warmed up a bit and I could taste more citrus tones to it, orange and grapefruit. I think it improved with a bit of time out of the fridge.

11-27-2005 02:53:40 | More by ggaughan
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New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

Thick, pillowy head on an extremely light, tawny body that leaves cirrus tracings--explosive, effervescent, like dragon's breath.... what to make of this? Active and aggressive... Hops, yes: light and fragrant, and pleasing... FLAT as an IPA gets (and the rest of the sampler is fine), with straw and some fruitiness exist in the beguiling body... light and soft on the tongue--very unassuming, almost retreating in its presence--and that is not a compliment...overall, an average appreciation of the style--drinkable without the fanfare of spruce trees or crunchiness at every sip... not bad...

06-08-2008 05:08:12 | More by dacrza1
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

10-01-2013 15:28:50 | More by Varkias41
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2.83/5  rDev -15%

This pours a yellow straw with a smallish head that's gone in a hurry. The smell is a typical IPA smell, a real strong citrus aroma. Grapefruit and tangerine are both present in this beer. The nice smell makes up for the poor apperance. The taste is very weak and watery. The hop flavor is very slight with almost no bitterness. This tastes almost like a light beer. The m/f is light with a real watery feel to this. This isn't a good American IPA, it's very subdued, I almost wonder though, if this is more true to way IPA's are supposed to be? This isn't what other US brewers are doing now and it seems weak.

05-26-2006 05:36:36 | More by jmz62565
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

small but nice head. Cascade, bitter, malt spiceyness. Piney,Minty, like spearmint. Good with food. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Change of pace unique IPA. Must be appreciated and drunk slowly, not like a big dose for hopheads. Fresh 750 ml. from Vermont.

11-21-2005 05:52:48 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

08-16-2014 21:21:01 | More by CraigMack61
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

10-31-2012 21:10:25 | More by Larrydoherty
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-18-2012 22:30:42 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

01-01-2012 22:35:40 | More by dave00100
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

09-16-2012 02:56:56 | More by DarthTremens
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-13-2013 00:52:43 | More by Brionna
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

01-21-2014 23:20:34 | More by Stonehill64
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New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 29, 2013.

It has a medium amber-copper pour with a haze and a big lingering off-white head.

The aroma is earthy and floral with hops along with biscuit malts and a little sweetness. It smells fresh and clean.

The body is medium with a little acidity.

The taste has a nice dose of floral and earthy hops like the nose but they balance appropriately with the pale malts and sweetness. This is an English IPA so it is not meant to be hopped up. So in this regard Rock Art put together a fine and drinkable IPA.

06-29-2013 21:13:41 | More by puboflyons
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +20.1%

06-29-2013 03:03:46 | More by Mattgruv
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2.05/5  rDev -38.4%

Aroma is aromaless. Ok not quite, but close enough for government work....very vaugely hoppy. Dusty brown with a massive and fluffly white head that is very bubbly. Fore is lightly hoppy...lightly malty...lightly citric and heavily boring. Put some freaking ingredients in your beer please! At least it doesn’t taste bad...it just doesn’t taste. BMC, IPA is what this is.

11-14-2006 21:31:49 | More by Jredner
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3.43/5  rDev +3%

A: Darkly peachy amber that is a bit hazy from floaties more so than actual cloudy haze. Slightly golden off-white head of medium-large size that turns rocky as it settles. A few lazy bubbles are visible. Pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Steely caramel & slightly bready malts with some sweetness. Hops are a bit shy – sort of vague pine and citrus. Just fair for umph.

T: Quite a bit more hop forward. Rustic and grassy overall – also herbal and resiny in a floral way with hints of citrus flirting in and out of the mix. Some fruity notes too – perhaps from esters and perhaps from hops – generally tropical. End and finish are rind and resin – and more firmly dank. Pale base malt with touches of caramel, bready / toasty grain, and a soft sweetness. Hint of spicy alcohol.

M: Medium body with average/medium carbonation. Some residual sugars and a fair bit of hop tannins. Hop drying that is a bit coarse.

D: A fair IPA in the American style. Seems slightly dis-jointed though. A tad coarse and rustic with a rather weak nose. For all that, I drank the glass down with ease. But I would be looking for something else for the next round.

11-21-2011 00:17:32 | More by SickGnar
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New York

4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-27-2011 23:14:52 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Rock Art Brewery Morrisville.

Pale golden amber body, fairly clear. Thin head presented off white. Very slow rising carbonation coming from the bottom. Pretty decent.

Bouquet has a mild malty sweetness. Faint toasty brown bread, and airy. Light. Hop angle not very present it seems.

Taste brings a mild hop presence more so than on the nose in the mid palate. Fairly wet body though, with toasty malts. Extremely light palate, more like a hammered pale ale, and tone of crispness in the feel interestingly.

It's ok but not too memorable.

08-25-2012 01:36:02 | More by smakawhat
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IPA from Rock Art Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.