IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bighuge on 10-29-2003

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.
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Reviews by vtblackdog:
Photo of vtblackdog
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - cloudy amber hue with a decent head that falls back quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Nice piney hops on the nose backed up with some floral notes.

T - Bitterness is prominent followed by the piney hops.

M - Nice carbonation and medium body.

O - Great representation of an IPA, tasty, hoppy, bitter and a slight malt finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of skivtjerry
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

Photo of jmz62565
2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Jredner
2.05/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of SickGnar
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rock Art's IPA pours an average looking golden colour with a slight haze to it and a frothy white head that leaves a pretty good amount of residue on the glass. On looks alone, I'd say this one was a pilsner before I said IPA, but still, it looks okay overall.

The aroma is hoppy, but not overly hoppy, with a bit of bread, some fruit notes and some basic malt notes running through. I picked up some spice hints as well although they were minimal at best.

Flavour is, again, hoppy with the bread notes becoming a bit more biscuity here and fruit cutting through from time to time, with citrus coming through more so toward the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and nice and crisp overall.

This one was decent overall but not very memorable. It doesn't really fall short anywhere and I have no real knocks on it, I just wasn't overly impressed. It's a decent thirst quencher and a nice entry level type IPA, but it's not something that I'd regularly go back to. That said, it's worth a shot if you've never tried it and are looking for something less aggressive (but still well made) than many of the IPA's that are available these days...

Photo of bignick
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Sunset 5/27/06. Served in a pint glass.

This is a merely ok IPA. There is nothing that really distinguishes it from others, nor are there glaring flaws. It is a pretty basic ale with a hop backbone, although in this case the hops are not overpowering. There is also a slight malt backbone, but the beer is pretty simple on the whole.

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a finger and a half foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was a mild grapefruit, lemon and grassy hop aroma.

The taste was light and refreshing. A nice citrus hop spice. Finished on the dry side. Mild biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was good. Excellent carbonation and crispness.

A very, very drinkable AIPA. Lighter in color and body than most, but was very flavorful.

Photo of BeerforAC
3.25/5  rDev -3%


Photo of zoso1967
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice orange amber color with a surprising amount of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The head is a slightly off white foam that has great staying power and leaves decent lace.

The aroma is nicely hoppy, and lemon and pine are the dominant hop aromas. There also seems to be a bit of spice in there as well. There are some nice underlying malty notes that have the classic biscuity pale ale quality.

The flavor follows up the nose, but is surprisingly unbalanced. I mostly am getting pine flavors from the hops, with just a touch of lemon and a bit of mintyness. The malt is there, but seems fairly buried by the hop load and is just holding up a fairly firm bitterness. There are also some grainy flavors that are not necessarily welcome in an IPA. I have to make this clear, this is not a super hopped IPA, it just seems like the malt bill is not quite sweet enough.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and the finish is very dry. There is a bit of a medicinal grainy aftertaste on my tongue that is not all that pleasant.

This is a fairly drinkable IPA, and not bad by any means, but it seems to be fairly average. I am a big rock art fan and I love their bigger beers, but this one just left me wanting.

Photo of weeare138
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a light gold with a small white cap and little lacing.
Smell is florally and soapy with light malt in the background.
Taste is light and soapy with nothing fantastic jumping out.
Mouthfeel is light, fizzy, and weak.
Drinkability...nothing special going on this this one.

Photo of TrickKnee
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After hearing a lot of good things about this beer thought i would give it a try. And let me just say i was very unimpressed. I have never had a bottle beer that tasted like it came out of a can. Which it did, everyone who was drinking it tasted a distinct metal taste to the beer. No hop character at all which is most unusal for an IPA. Might try some of their other beers but will difnetly stay away from this one in the future.

Photo of mhs413
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good option when I want a break from the big ones. Happy to fill a growler with it when I see this go-to available.

Photo of board45
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Ridge Runner pours a golden color with a large white head that disapates quickly. There is little to no lacing. The aroma is very much of copper, and apple juice. The taste isnt far different. At first you get a blast of apple juice then peach with a copper middle. The finish is bitter with next to no pine. This didnt seam much like an IPA, more like a mellow pale ale. This didnt coat my palate at all. It went down, got a bit of flavor, then left quickly. I wouldnt go out of my way to get another one.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a cascading ecru head that almost ran out of my glass. Had to let it sit for a few before getting the whole bottle in there. Despite the foamy fireworks the head quickly collars and only deposits a dab of lasting lace.

Alluring aroma of peach and citrus candy hops and grass. Very malty.

Taste, again, is very malty. Peach ring candy and grass with bitterness. The hops carry such a hefty malt wingman that they're almost overshadowed. So malty sweet I would have thought 8% instead of 5%. A balanced IPA? Tiny in back.

Certainly enjoyable despite the dirty "balanced" word. I'd like to see the hop bill upped to make the first sessionable DIPA.

Photo of ppoitras
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" white head over the light golden amber brew. Head hangs around quite some time, but lacing is little foamy bits here and there, could be better. Aroma is lemony, fruity, slightly piney hops. Taste follows the nose well, with a scant bit of malt present. Seems a bit light in most areas for an AIPA, but we'll overlook it. Mouthfeel is lip-smacking yet smooth, and this is quite drinkable. Very approachable, perhaps a good crossover brew for newbies, or just a nice cool-off brew for the summer.

Photo of TangTKE402
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. This beer is thick, hazy, and pumpkin pie in color, with a woah-thick, 3-finger ecru head. Opaque in its unfiltered haziness, with some sediments and yeast at the bottom.

S: Musty hops over malted barley hit the nose on first whiff. Earthy, with grass and dirt notes, and an under-riding malt sweetness that reminds me faintly of toffee. Fair to middling nose.

T: Earthy and sedimentary on the tongue, with some hop character on the swallow, and a bitter, mossy finish. Taste is quite natural (in an "earthy" sense) and has a lot of rustic notes to it. Aged wood pallets, hay, dirt, rocks from the creek, sediment: all of these flavors mingle on the tongue in this beer, along with some malted sweetness and a bitter, chewy aftertaste.

M: Chewy and substantial enough in the mouth, with a grainy, woolen after-feel. The feel is a big part of the experience with this beer, as it can, at times, feel like you've taken a big bite of nature and chewed on it for a while. This could be positive or negative, depending on your tastes.

O: A fair offering, but not one that sticks out for the right reasons. The hops are mostly felt in the bitter, bone-dry aftertaste, and the unfiltered nature lends it to be too chewy for a session beer. I would look for other offerings first, but wouldn't be upset if this was the best on tap.

Photo of ghostwalker
2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light yellow-orange body with a modest finger of thin white head. Not much lacing to speak of. Pretty good to look at.

Smell is metallic and slightly skunked. Too bad...

Flavor is thin, bitter and acidic. This misses all of the good things about an IPA, in favor of the negative. No citrus or floral hop presence. No sweet malt. This has a distinct flavor of bitter aspirin. Not impressed, indeed.

Mouthfeel is very astringent and somewhat chalky. Thin and acidic.

Drinkability is moderate. On tap, in a pub, I would probably get used to the flavor weirdness and put down a few pints. Here, at home, I am glad that I have other, better, options.

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