IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 193
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really like a lot of this breweries beers.. this one though? To me it's a clunker. Taste upfront you think its gonna be great but all of the nice hoppiness and bitterness is completely subdued once you fully taste it. Tastes like an average pale ale at best.. not sure what they were trying for with this one. Almost like an IPA-light.. which is weird because I found a lot of their other beers to be well above average. Drinkable, but definitely a sub-par IPA... still a solid mixed pack though. (496 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.61/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has the appearance of a hefeweizen: Cloudy and golden. The head is white with some okay lace.

Mild aromas with lower than expected hop smell. Slight sour cream smell. Low malt. Not to style on the profile.

This is a very dry IPA. The taste is grainy. The hop bitterness common to the style seems to be missing; this is all malt, but one dimensional. There are notes of dry apricot.

Clearly, this one missed the expectations of an IPA. (453 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a towering white head that slowly subsides to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with some citrus hop aroma. It's light with a bit of bisquit malt character. The taste is decent. It has a mildly bitter hop bite that accompanies pale and bisquit malt flavors. It goes down easy and finishes with some yeasty esters. The mouthfeel is quite nice. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good IPA. It certainly is an easy drinker and it has a fair amount of malt complexity. Recommended. (578 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of weeare138
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly chill hazed medium peach color with a decent sized white head that recedes slowly leaving lots of sticky lace in its wake. Smells of light bready and toffee malt sweetness with grapefruit and lemons hop aromas. The flavor is bready malt with a solid shot of old school ipa citrus. Lots of citric hop bitterness and flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost tart mouthfeel. Nice citrus forward IPA that reminds me a lot of Harpoon. I could drink this regularly (510 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold color with a small, creamy white head; clingy brussels lace. Aroma is extremely floral hops and spice; flavor is the same, all super flowery stuff - what type of hops are used in this one? The brewery website doesn't specify. Beats Flower Power at it's own name, or at least at its own game. Kind of west coast in style. Drinkable; alcohol is not detected. Perfect for those seeking a flowery IPA with restrained bitterness. Finish is quite short; dry, not overstaying its welcome.

Had this back to back with Flower Power tonight and found it lacking a little in comparison with what is admittedly one of the best IPA's in the country. Not quite as rounded, balanced, or delicious. A little bit one-note but still quite good! The intensely flowery aspect of this beer is a little bit odd and not like other floral IPA's..not exactly sure what's going on here..like Jasmine flowers or something. Would have liked to do a back to back with Elysian's Jasmine IPA. Hmmm...check it out, see what you think. (1,012 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber with slight chill haze, it was topped by a fine, white head that produced plenty of lace. Mild pine aroma and flavour. Refined grapefruit, cascade aroma with a graham cracker malt sweetness. Leafy spearmint flavour appears as it warms. Great balance. Round mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, some dryness from hops. This is a very subtle IPA. Some of the hop character would be lost if served too cold and would be missed if consumed too fast. This one takes a bit of contemplation to fully appreciate it. Thanks again northyorksammy! (543 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden appearance. Bubbly ivory white head. Retention and lacing are adequate. Aroma is very sprucy. A very light undelying of toasted malt aroma is perceived as well. The taste is big on the piney, sappy notes. A little citric and a little rind like as well. Not real big on the bitterness or lingering bitterness. Malt backbone is adequate at best. Mouthfeel is just a little on the flat side. Body about medium. Average at best IPA. I wouldn't buy this one again. (471 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An elegant dark copper color with a scant off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is a very grassy caramel malt, pretty edgey. The flavor is the same, a bit harsh with grass hop and lemon edges. Medium-light bodied with decent carbonation for a pleasantly lively feel. It's pretty easy drinking and a fairly different variety of IPA. Not the most delicious version though, not in my hop wheelhouse, but reasonable. (416 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, with May notched out on the bottle label.

appears hazy rusty orange color, with off-white head that fades. smells a bit of earthy hops, just okay. tastes slightly sweet, malty. hops build, finishes slightly bitter. medium body, higher carbonation. maybe it was better when fresh, but just "meh" right now. (321 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark amber body, cloudy with chunks of yeast (who knew a 12oz IPA would be bottle conditioned?), under a finger of soft, ultra-fine eggshell foam. Ok retention, sheets of delicate lace. She's got an ugly body, but damn if that wasn't some fine head. Let's say it evens out.

S: Pine resin, light citrus, and plenty of caramel. Pretty standard, but quite pleasant ... at first. As it warms, though, it takes on some unpleasant notes of wet dog, dirty grass, and harsh grapefruit. Not good.

T: Hmm. Bitter piney hops, cloying malt, and some rather unappetizing yeast chalkiness. Overly bitter, astringent finish. Not terrible, but definitely not a good IPA.

M: Medium body, with plenty of late-developing carbonation. Pretty solid.

O: Underwhelming. I'm very glad I got a single instead of a six-pack. Not recommended.

Cheers! (864 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback specialty glass on 12/22/07. Bottled on date: Sept. 19, 2007

A - Poured a clear amber body with healthy one-finger rocky white head. Lots of active carbonation. Good head retention and decent lacing.

S - Quite a malty nose for an IPA. Lots of fresh baked bread and a mixed bag of hops, with hints of citrus, grass and floral notes. Not as aromatic as most IPAs.

T - Big bready malt flavor with some bitter grapefruit, lemon zest and grass clippings. Pretty crisp for an IPA... more like a pilsner, IMO. Finishes up moderately bitter with a baked bread taste coming through at the end.

M - Light to medium body with watery texture and lively carbonation. Crisp, bitter finish of average length.

D - Drinks more like a pale ale or even a pilsner than an IPA. Nice malt presence, but hops are fairly mild. Easy to drink and tasty, but pretty middle-of-the-road. (900 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +18%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored. A small thin head, tan. Lightly carb'd and some yeasty sediment. Aroma is pleasent smelling citrus hops and a good sweet caramel malt base. Taste is light hops and malts. Not overbearing in any sense. Finishes smooth and dry. Pretty good since the last two beer s from these guys was abit waning. I think this brewery is over extended. (350 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden color with a nice foamy head and some great lacing. Low aroma-some hops in there but not much of anything to speak of. Average flavor. Slight maltiness with a dash of hop flavor and bitterness. Am I expecting too much with all the hoppier beers out there? I dont think so-I liken this more to a British IPA. Decent body-pleasant creaminess to it. Rather average overall. I look forward to trying their Double IPA for comparison. (440 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gave a sixer a shot! Out of my bottle this beer was a deep gold color with some amber highlights. Towering head of white foam displayed nice retention and lacing. The nose was pleasant, citrus hops and pale malts with a little spice. The flavors were also fairly straight-forward, citrus hops up front, grapefruit and lemon zest followed by the pale malt backbone. Not complicated but well balanced with a crisp finish. Light to medium body and an average mouthfeel. (466 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Rock Art mixed 12

A- Brownish gold, a tiny bit hazy but still translucent. Lots of carbonation can hear head sizzle a a lot. A little over a finger of head that dissipates decently fast.

S- Piney hops, spices, a little bit of a sweet honey smell.

T- Hops, light spices, a little sweet, a little bit of bready malts. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

M- medium bodied, drinkable, decently balanced.

O- Like all the rock art beers I've had this had a bready malty taste. As far as IPAs go for microbreweries, I'd rank this right around average. Hops aren't too robust, decent balance between spices and sweetness for an IPA. (637 characters)

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IPA from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.