IPA (II) - Rock Art Brewery

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126 Ratings

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-10-2007

Celebrate Hops! This beauty is packed full of hop flavor and all things hops. Chill to cellar temp 52-54 F Pour into a Rock Art pint glass with a generous head, grasp with authority and indulge yourself with hops.
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Reviews by Ninjabrew:
Photo of Ninjabrew
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If this beer was from 3 Floyds it would be a pale ale or maybe an IPA. I'm not sure what makes this a DIPA but I can't find it here. I suppose that could be an argument for this being a balanced beer since it is 8 percent. I do like this beer and maybe I was expecting more only because of all the great DIPA's coming out of VT, but just not a very extreme beer. Carbonation is good and drinkabilty is good too.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

The Double IPA style has quickly become a favorite among beers and the hop shortage doesn't look to have affected these highly hopped beers much. A muffled, crackling head produces thick rings of lace down the glass after each sip. Massive aroma of pungent hop oil, wildflowers, tangerine juice, slight solvent alcohol and faint, powdery aspirin. Big on smoothness with a dreamy full body. The 90 IBUs are there with a clean bitterness. Hop flavor suggests blonde tobacco, mild pine sap, spearmint and grapefruit zest. The malt is a little restrained, though there is a nice dollop of cake batter and shortbread cookie in the middle. A little yeasty middle to end, with some subtle tropical fruit--papaya, mango and passion fruit. Alcohol is pretty clean, with only a very faint solvent note. Finishes dry with a trail of clean hop bitterness and light chalky yeast.

At 8-percent ABV and 90 IBUs, this is probably one of the more balanced Double IPAs out there--balance is good but hard to get away with when it comes to this style. By far one of the most drinkable Double IPAs out today, hopheads rejoice!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy amber color with a thick tan head and lots of lacing. Intriguing aroma: floral, citrus, bread, and a little peppery at the end. Grapefruit and pine taste, more bread. I thought the malt won out, because it was a little tepid in the mouth. Still, a nice IPA.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer purchased at the Brattleboro, Vt. food co-op, no freshnes info. Pours a nice darker, rudy shade of dark honey, with a nice creamy frothy head, dark tan that leaves more then enough sticky sheeting. Nose is clearly and sweetly of pine sap and resiny hop juices. Full throttle DIPA, 90 IBUs shimmering and crunching, lots of resins and pine needle hop goodness. Very pleasant and easy to appreciate offering. Hop heads go get some.

Photo of skivtjerry
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another of the 'extreme' series from this brewery. Color is on the dark side for an IPA (double or single). Pours with a small head that doesn't persist too well. The aroma is a nice blast of American hops and malt. Taste is much maltier than most DIPA's, almost straying into barley wine territory, or maybe a double red ale, given the color. Plenty of flavor hops too but could use more aroma for this style. Mouthfeel is firm and filling. Overall, maybe not quite to style, but a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of jmz62565
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy coppery amber with a giant tan foamy head. The lacing is very good making this a real nice looking beer. The smell is a good mixture of pine,citrus,and "bisquity" aromas. The taste is a real bitter hop blast with bread yeast,citrus hops,pine,and a carmel flavor. A good beer,but the flavors don't mix perfectly. The m/f is light making this a very good beer,but not the best.

Photo of LordHammer
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. Freshness date of 04/08 on bottom of bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, with moderate head that lingers nicely throughout the glass.

Aroma is heavy on hops, pine and citrus, with the slightest hint of caramel.

Flavor follows the aroma, with lots of piney and citrus hops, and some alcohol warmth at the finish. Nicely balanced for the style, with the malt becoming more pronounced as the beer warmed.

Overall, and enjoyable IIPA that would be worth another purchase.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the brewery. Not all that balanced, it's piney bitterness. Big bubbly off-white head on cloudy grapefruit. Bitter aroma. Some soap, carbonation. Yeah, grassy. May have worked with more balance, even less hops. Understated carboantion, average mouthfeel.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep amber that borders on becoming copper colored. The frothy white head settles into a 1/8" creamy cap, and then slowly dwindles to an average collar and whispy surface coating. Thin rings of lace and short splashes are left behind on the glass.

S: Citrusy with grapefruit. Biscuity. Grassy. Not really bold, but present enough. More like the aroma from a standard American IPA (well, with a little bit more malt).

T: Surprisingly malty. Very nice caramel/toffee notes. Hops are gently raspy, citrusy, pine-like, and grassy. There's some yeasty fruitiness, and it's also a bit nutty.The bitterness doesn't appear to meet the labeled 90 IBU's, but that's a good thing. As it is, there's maltiness upfront that's then followed by accents of hops across the middle, and then more solid hop flavors in the finish, and it works well. The alcohol isn't really noticeable either except for an appropriate spritz, but it is a bit soapy in the finish... odd. Fortunately it fades fairly readily.

M: Firm, medium-full body. Moderate carbonation. Dextrinous and smooth.

D: Soft and round with a firm bitterness running through it, this double IPA is more accessible than most of the drier, hoppier, and more bitter versions out there. Easily accessible. Drinkable.

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2 big foamy fingers of light tan colored head. Rich looking retention and lacing. Real nice look here. The aroma has a deep tang to it of tropical fruits and bread, wrapped in a warm fume of floral hops, spice, and piney resins.

The taste has a sticky bitterness to it, loaded with robust tropical fruit character. This is well balanced by a silky backbone of toasted caramel malts. The malts and citrus really work well here together to even this out with a healthy dose of syrupy sweetness. Long spicy finish on this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very easy and creamy texture to the carbonation, sitting on top of a more beefy and viscous feel underneath. The heat IS on with this guy, which unfortunately is the only real drawback here, giving the overall body a warm and medicinal feel at times.

Despite the overabundance of warmth, this still gets a recommendation from me. I enjoyed the full hop flavors here and I think that maybe a bottle with a bit more freshness on it might have helped hide the alcohol a little better.

Photo of irishtjb11
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got a 22 oz bomber of this, well worth the purchase. the appearance is a almost perfect with such an unfiltered look to it there are literally chunks of yeast floating around in the beer. the only thing i wish there was more of was a nice head, though it laces well; i wish there was more of a solid head this has more of a thin head that is barley stands out. the smell is quite mild compared the taste tons of floral and hop scents present. reminds me of lighter, fruitier beer but with a strong taste to back up the great smell. the taste seems to be a slap in the face next to the more floar smell. the strength of the hops is super powerful at first, yet i find them differnet (in a good way) than most of the beers ive come across. instead of the tart grapefruit taste, i get much more of a tart light fruit/floral taste. not like a dogfish or smuttynose ipa, a bit sweeter and sharper at first with a nice mellow run out. what one would expect from a dipa, it does the job, tons of hops and unbalanced in a good way. the mouthfeel is also great for a bomber, nice a smooth without any real strong notes of carbonation. this is my first rock art and surley not to be my last. foudn this beer to be powerful yet sophisticated; too often i feel i find overly hoppy beers that lack in other areas a beer needs to have. great beer, great state.

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt sunset Orange hue with an active off white head. Big tropical fruit nose with floral and honey notes and a faint alcohol scent. Lots of resinous hop leaf.

Phew, much better than the past few rock arts I've had. Tropical fruit bouquet and cinnamon raisin bread up front followed by slick effervesent hop bite. Bright citric fruits with good acidity and desecration bitterness. Just the right amount of malt to allow some kind of balance. Pretty clean and slick overall. Also pretty well done and sets itself apart by not being run of the mill. Complex but with a touch of alcohol heat.

Photo of Franchise
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Rock Art pours a deep orange. Leaving a thick tan head that stays with the beer. The first thing I notice is the spicy hops nose. The body is clear and inviting. The aroma continues slightly boozey, strong caramel notes, with a faint bready aroma, but honestly not much more going on with the nose. The taste is very smooth, a heat from the alcohol hits your throat, caramel, slight tartness, spicy hops, abound. This is a solid IIPA. Great job Rock Art.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy sunset orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of grassy and piny hops.

Tastes of hops melded with a decent malt base. Hops lead off with citrus and grass, leading to a more pine like presence. Fairly bitter with a soapy character. Malts add some sweetness, but not much and give a toasted bread depth to it along with caramel. Sweetness does not impede particularly much on the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, another solid addition to the Rock Art lineup, but it is not quite the "extreme" as advertised.

Photo of scottg
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color with a one finger white cloudy head with good retention and thick spotty lacing. Sweet citrus aromas of grapefruit and orange with complimentary malt. Up front flavors of grapefruit and pine with some chocolate malt and some vanilla sweetness. It has a medium carbonation and body, a creamy mouthfeel with a dry hoppy finish. Very well balanced and drinkable, a solid beer but not something you crave.

Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. Consumed 2/21/10
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Settles to a thin and sticky lacing. The body is hazy and deep copper in color.
S) Floral. Malty sweet. Some pink grapefruit. Orange.
T) Malty sweet up front - caramel. Orange notes. The hop bite comes in the finish and even that is mild. Hints of black pepper.
M) Medium to full body. Fairly smooth. Light fizz.
D) A well crafted brew. I'd have another.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Rock Art brewery in Morrisville into a small taster pint glass.

Identical to it's regular IPA, pale golden amber body, cloudy slightly with small rising carbonation that comes up slowly. Head is a little bit creamier though in appearance.

Nose is quite interesting. Large mint hop angle bitter, sweet herbal notes. Light sugars mix in there a bit also. Quite nice and unique.

Taste has mild grain upfront, faint and dry. Mild hop bitterness seems to mix with the mint action as well. Same wet palate as the regular IPA, with a lingering herbs of green tea.

Overall much like the IPA but better and a great herbal and mint flavor. I could drink this again.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich amber in color with a light haziness to it. A nice head of white, perhaps two inches in height rose up from the bottom of the glass and settled down with some decent lacing along the sides. Nice aroma of orange, thick, pungent and sweet with a nice malted backbone that really gave it some nice balance. Smooth, easy flavor here with all the abv non existent and really well done. Rich orange and pineapple flavors, buttery, biscuit like malt notes mid palate and a nice thick, medium feel that was accented nicely

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 2/25/11

Appearance: Somewhat amber, more red than the typical golden orange I expected for the style - white head, unimpressive lacing

Smell: Pale and caramel malts, some piney hops - really not that impressive

Taste: Straight-up bitter with some pine - not a lot of citrus here, but some lingering grapefruit and lemon - malts are on the toasted side - very caramel, as the color would suggest - definitely good and kind of balanced, but honestly tastes more like a super-bitter IPA than a DIPA

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, kind of sticky but very drinkable

Overall: Mild, not bad

I have had this a couple times, and I still do not know what to think of it. It dances on the line between IPA and DIPA. It's good for what it is, but I think it has the potential to be so much more. Rock Art makes some excellent beers, and sadly this is not one of them.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Butterscotch color with sparse carbonation. 1/2 finger, light head. Looks pretty decent.

Lots of oily grass on the hop profile. Malt backbone has a little oil to it with some salt.

There's a slight floral tone to the hops along with a fair amount of grass. Malt has a lot of caramel but it's overshadowed. A little disjointed but enjoyable. Also there's a touch of earthiness.

Palate has a lot of grass and sweet malt sort of like that Turkish Delight candy stuff...wait...that's it...sesame! Slight floral hop perfume comes off with warmth. Still a bit disjointed.

It's amazing how the palate can evolve. I could drink an offering like this maybe a year ago and enjoy the hell out of it probably. Once you sit down and think about it every little nuance and fault comes to mind. There are a lot of layers to this and it's a decent quaff but there's little synergy here - for the style there are better offerings available. Still, not bad.

Photo of Casey10
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up while in MA glad I was able to pick up as not yet available in Maine.

A - Hazy orange with a wispy head nice lacings on the side of the glass.

S - okay light malts some pine kind of light for a DIPA.

T - Pine some citrus notes not bad not overwhelmed but it is good.

M - leaves a nice afterfeel again the pine and a bit of the citrus sting after drinking.

D - Would like to try a bit fresher to see if there is a difference. Not bad and will try again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is decently balanced with a strong hops bitterness up front that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is on the thin side for the style, but is hearty enough to provide some substance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, there are certainly better 2IPA's out there but this is still a solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter:

Pours orange amber with a thin white head that quickly becomes a thin patch and a wide ring.

The smell is of bitter grapefruit - boldly citric.

The taste is of big bitterness - grapefruit with a touch of aspirin. 90 IBU's - no doubt. Doesn't have much of the sweet touch common in Imp. IPA's, though alcohol does show its hand pretty clearly, and there is a late touch of maltiness which grows a bit as it progresses. Still, this is a bitter one - not something I would normally complain about - and I'm not complaining, but as hoppy as it is it seems to miss that rounding/complex "something" that would really do this style right.

The feel is surprisingly thin - not fall apart thin, but there is a thinness to it for the style.

Good for a "hop fix", but not one of the chewier, full-bodied, more complex DIPA's out there.

Photo of soupyman10
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light copper color with a solid two fingers of white frothy head that doesn't seem to ever go away. Nose is fruity and hoppy, although moreso the latter. Taste is solid. Not an overpowering hop DIPA bite, like some have. This one goes down pretty smooth. Lots of fruity hops, an intense bubble-gum sweetness in the middle as well. Feel is full-bodied and solid with good carbonation. This one I guess I might count this one as more of an IPA than a DIPA, but that doesn't affect it's flavor, which is interesting and original. Good one to try.

Photo of ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Middlebury Discount Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head lasts well, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is moderately intense, sweet with ample pine character. Taste begins malty, gives way promptly to the pine hops, which takes over and carries along to the close, where the alcohol warmth comes into play, with some gum numbness thrown in. That said, flavor is well-balanced for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Sort of a gateway DIPA, if you will.

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IPA (II) from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.