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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Ratings: 192 | Reviews: 72
Photo of smcolw
2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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 DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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 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 ChappyCubsFan
2.52/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  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.

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

22oz.

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 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 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 scottum
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

IPA from Rock Art Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.