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IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of dave00100
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of CB_Crowe
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of MarkSmithVT
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of billybob
4.28/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a hazy golden color with a two finger white head and lots of lacing to the finish. herbal, medicinal aromas, along with some honey and clover. taste is malty and bready again with that honey clover and not that bitter grapefruit rind taste with most ipa's. mouthfeel is smooth and light to medium with good carbonation. good session beer.

Photo of patrick802
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of balinor
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of abriggs1
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good IPA but needs just a little more hop bite. The hopiness that it does have does taste very fresh and vibrant. Not the best IPA I've had but better than most. I'm a bigger fan of their double IPA. Oh yes, that stuff is amazing. IPA's are great but it's just too bad the history of it is so closely tied to British colonialism in India. Many people were probably murdered by Brits drunk on this style of beer.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I visited Rock Art's new brewery the afternoon before the VBF. The sample of four beers (plus a glass to keep) for $4 was a great, affordable introduction to a brewery that I had only tried one beer from previously. All four beers were nice, but the pungent smell and earthy taste of the IPA struck me, so I picked up an equally affordable six-pack.

A: For some reason I remember the beer being more of a golden-amber when poured from tap at the brewery, but pouring it from the bottle at home it appears as a murky amber, more brown than copper, with a fluffy, light beige head. It's hardly pale, which seems a bit off for the style. It's unexpected, but not unattractive and portends the earthiness to follow in the taste.

S: This is where Rock Art's IPA really shines--this is as strong and lovely a nose as I've smelled on an IPA. The floral-grassy hop smell is evident the minute the cap is popped off, with some pine and citrus in there, but mostly it's the strong, crisp aroma of fresh-cut grass and blooming flowers. Really wonderful and inviting.

T: Compared to the nose, the taste is a bit of a let-down, but good in its own right. Smooth and balanced between the hops so evident in the smell and the sweet, caramel malt flavor, the taste is rather earthy. It leans more toward an English-style East Coast IPA than I had expected from the nose, but there's a pleasant bitterness throughout. Good, but like the nose, it fades a bit upon sitting... the only thing keeping it from a 5.0 is that the nose fades relatively quickly after pouring.

M: A bit chewy, and more full-bodied than most IPAs, but ends dry with little aftertaste. Nice overall.

O: I think I preferred this beer when poured from the tap, but maybe that had more to do with finishing it more quickly and having it alone rather than with a meal. The smell is exquisite and the taste is quite nice, despite both fading considerably over the course of a glass when I had it with dinner last night. I'll have to drink one alone and finish it more quickly. A very nice, unusual IPA that I'd gladly pick up again, especially at the price, or order on tap.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
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 Mattgruv
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Wyatt_Sasser
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a room-temp Imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a billowy 2-finger head that fades to a thin film, hangs in there. Bubbles slowly rise through the sediment, culloid-like. If not for its minimal lacing at most, I'd rate it higher here.

S-Truly smells like a good English beer, musky malt funk, bitter hops, a touch of honey perhaps.
A mellow blend.

T- Slightly sweet and bready malt with mild floral hop flavor.

M- Well carbonated, medium body. The slightly sweet start is taken over by the mildy bitter hop finish. The hops don't overpower but they have staying power.

O- Americanized English pale ale done right. Drinkable and understated.

Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New 22oz bottle line!!!

Pours a clear amber well filtered with a nice white head. Nice malt bite which kind of slides into a crisp hop counter-bite. Mouthfeel is thin and smooth. It's fantastic that another great Vermont IPA has risen to the would of the bottle. I hope to see more Rock Art bombers in the future!

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is significant for hops with a light malt background.
Taste also presents with a very restrained hop prolife, but still very enjoyable.
Leaves a nice taste sensation in the mouth.
Very easy to drink. Great session beer.

Photo of Hoser77
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright clarity. Copper orange in color. Nice off white head, disapates quickly for an IPA. Lace lingers.

S-Slight sweet malt aroma blends well with moderate PNW hop aroma. Citrus, pine, and grassy. Very pleasant and inviting. Fruity fermentation esters. No off aromas noted.

T-Very smooth and balanced between the hops and malt. Moderate bitterness up front that lingers throughout. Slightly malty sweet. Grassy hop flavors as well. Very clean.

M-Slightly chewy, but finishes dry and crisp. No astringency. Appropriate carbonation.

D-Very drinkable and inviting. Definitely an easy 2-3 pint beer. Not a super big IPA, definitely an east coast version vs. the bigger, hoppier west coast style. An excellent example of the style.

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of tdexterc
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of vtblackdog
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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 plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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 greenengineer
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stemless wine glass. Served liquor store refrigerator temperature.

A- cloudy orange, a little off putting. Big natural foamy bubbles, turn in to nice lacings. + for the head, - for the color.
S - clean hoppy aroma hits you right away
T - hoppy bitterness is nice without being overpowering. Hint of clove.
M - a little on the thin side
O - decent drinkable IPA, + for Vermont

Photo of Brad007
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this a long time ago before I started officially reviewing beer. The recipe has changed a bit though but I'm glad I can review it.

Pours a nice mild amber color with a fluffy head into my glass. Not quite pale but not far off either.

Aroma is a good mix of grassy and citrusy hops. Sweet, buttery malt pokes through.

The taste packs a hop punch with a good dose of piney and citrusy hops to please the hophead. Not much of the malt, which is appropriate in an americanized IPA.

Plenty of lingering hops too. Just a bit of sweet malt. Otherwise, this is all for the hopheads.

I like it. Goes well with my pizza with red pepper flakes on it.

Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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IPA from Rock Art Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.