1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

IPA - Rock Art Brewery

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

155 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 155
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 155 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tayner


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no date, stored in a cold DBF

Poured a very cloudy gold/yellow with a huge white pillowy head that laced and fell to a thick ring.

Smell was very pale malts and light hop nose, not any bold smells.

Taste was a sweet hop up front, not as bitter as a west coast IPA, so i preferred it. There was a very light pale malt backbone but it was secondary. The overall taste was very light and nothing dominating, but at the same time balanced.

The mouthfeel seemed a bit watery for me, almost like a pale ale with none of the normal tongue coating components i would expect from the extra hops in an IPA

This is a good session beer if it could be had local, even for me, one who does not drink alot of this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 22:28:18 | More by tayner
Photo of ffejherb


3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 20:22:55 | More by ffejherb
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 21:43:59 | More by abriggs1
Photo of lackenhauser


3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 00:05:16 | More by lackenhauser
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 02:18:16 | More by billybob
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 23:34:45 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Luchman


2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A very pale, clear, yellow/gold color with a faint, white “head” on the top. Looks like a pilsner or light lager to me..

S: Some slight pineapple comes to mind and maybe some slight citrus with some mildly sweet caramel malts.

T: Very bland. Has a weird LIGHT hoppiness to it with some bread notes and slight malts. I still get that pineapple, but very subtle and “off-like” with some apple. Maybe even a tad bit sour? Unlike any IPA I have had… In a boring sort of way. Bitterness is there, but very very slight. Ends some what dry with the taste lingering in the mouth.

M: Mouthfeel is alright. Medium to light carbonation with a medium body that goes down pretty clean and refreshing.

D: Drinkable? Very, only because of its nothingness. Very bland and stale and yet clean. Nothing very nasty or offensive, just very unlike the style and very unmemorable. I wouldn't pick this up again nor would I advise any body else to.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 04:16:45 | More by Luchman
Photo of aforbes10


2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours very clear, orangy yellow brew with a puffy white head. lots of bubbles. Metallic dry hop odor, smells slightly sour and citrusy too. Watery hop flavor. Metal that was in odor is also present in sort of a coppery form in the taste. Some raw yeast flavor and more malts than i expected. thin and a bit unbalanced. Much more like a mildly hoppy pale ale...i really think they came closer to an English IPA than an Amrican, but either way its not all that impressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 17:02:51 | More by aforbes10
Photo of Jredner


2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 21:31:49 | More by Jredner
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 04:26:17 | More by guinness33
Photo of sinstaineddemon


2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - the palest IPA i have ever had, a plae yellow straw coor, with a thin very lacey white head, no carbonation available

S - has the hoppy smell traditional in IPA's, but not as intense as i would assume, there is an additional musty smell i cannot place atypical of IPA's not sure if its place is in this beer's nose, but its there

T - not bitter enough in my opinion, too much roastes malty flavors, it kinda mellows out the hops, not what im looking for in an IPA, nonetheless,

M&D - ...it is easy down and has a nice flavor, just not what i would expect from an IPA, yet has a decent taste, and overall satisfactory experience

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 00:47:05 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of ghostwalker


2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 23:00:48 | More by ghostwalker
Photo of TrickKnee


2.53/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 14:25:30 | More by TrickKnee
Photo of mcowgill


2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a cloudy golden color with a bubbly head that dissipates very quickly.

S - barely a hop aroma to speak of, which is very surprising. There is merely a slight citrusy smell.

T - This tastes very dry and watery, not what I would expect of an IPA.

M - fairly good carbonation and mouthfeel.

D - It would be more drinkable if it were closer to an IPA. Very disapointing really.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 21:58:21 | More by mcowgill
Photo of plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 02:26:37 | More by plaid75
Photo of bignick


3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2006 06:30:54 | More by bignick
Photo of jmz62565


2.83/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 05:36:36 | More by jmz62565
Photo of bjohnson


3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a slight half finger white head that doesn't retain very well.
S: Slight grapefruit hop aroma up front but tails off. Wheaty maltyness can be detected with quick sniffs.
T & M: Slight hop taste, but not very pronounced--kind of watery. Lemon and a fairly noticeable grapefruitlike taste with a good bitter aftertaste, though it trails off. Seems to me like this is more of a summer ale. The light tasting freshness that this beer has makes it an ideal, hot summer day brew. Slick through the mouth. Bitterness is more towards the side of the mouth and not very biting.
D: Drinkable, but there are others out there that are better. Definately worth a try as it's a very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 23:25:09 | More by bjohnson
Photo of smcolw


2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 23:23:37 | More by smcolw
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 02:53:40 | More by ggaughan
Photo of DrJay


3.83/5  rDev +15%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 03:37:26 | More by DrJay
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 05:52:48 | More by Sammy
Photo of weeare138


2.73/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 17:59:03 | More by weeare138
Photo of ChappyCubsFan


2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer finished 10th out of 12 beers in our IPA blind taste test of New England and Mid-Atlantic IPA's. I remember trying some Rock Art beers at the 2002 Vermont Brew Fest, and nothing from Rock Art Brewery left an impression on us.

This beer poured very light yellow, almost white. I thought I was pouring a Bud Light. Not much head and lacing. The bold hops taste of an IPA was almost non-existent, which sounded off an alarm with my tastebuds. It had some fruitiness taste and some underlying malt, but I could not get past the blandness.

Everyone felt the same about this beer. It was a dud.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 16:01:02 | More by ChappyCubsFan
Photo of NEhophead


3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rocky white head that fades to a semi-intact sheet of large bubbles. Some patches of weak of lace. Glowing, light peach in color with a chill haze.

Light pine, hop resin, and bubblegum aromas. Semi-sweet toasted malt character. The hop profile has a lighter citrus quality that is inviting yet not bold like a 'hop monster'.

This IPA starts with an oily pine and grapefruit flavor, but this immediately falls apart to a bland wheat taste. The malt character adds a hint of sweetness to this airy wheat flavor. A slightly dark bitterness finishes the sip, but it definitely does not come from the hop presence; rather the odd mixture of corn, wheat, and grains.

Lighter than medium bodied; very airy. Too light and thin on the palate for an American IPA.

A bland IPA with an adjunct-flavored bitterness and aftertaste. This is surely one to pass on.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 17:00:43 | More by NEhophead
IPA from Rock Art Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.