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IPA (II) - Rock Art Brewery

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124 Ratings

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-10-2007)
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-30-2011 19:05:42 | More by jenray
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New York

5/5  rDev +33%

11-27-2011 23:14:59 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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5/5  rDev +33%

11-15-2011 18:00:15 | More by paulmcm
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South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

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

08-07-2011 04:41:40 | More by mikesgroove
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New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

07-07-2011 15:37:16 | More by angrybabboon
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a dark amber color (typical for most IIPAs) with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The scent has a lot of piny hops that are easily smelt away from the glass. Also has some earthy malts coming through in the nose as well.

T: Taste has the piny, oily resins upfront with the bitters coming through and lasting throughout. There is also an earthy malt flavor that comes through in the middle and the finish is bitter with an earthy/grassy flavor.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. The feel is bitter of course and also an earthy feel as well.

D: There are lots of bitters, obvious with the 90 IBUs, but it's well balanced with the earthy malts. A very smooth and easy drink, but maybe a little too much malt coming through, but it's good nonetheless.

04-15-2011 00:55:35 | More by mavbrew
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

A - Pours a gorgeous clear, copper color with massive amounts of carbonation, and a large two fingered cream colored billowing, rocky head.

S - Pine, some grapefruit citrus, and mild caramel malt. The aroma isn't as big as this beer suggests, but still, better than most.

T - Massive amounts of graprefruit and pine with a small malt backbone. There's also a minty and tobacco presence. The tip of the tongue is hit immediately with a grapefruit/pine one/two and then gently subsides for a brief moment to let the malt somewhat come up for air. After that, there's a tidal wave of pine and grapefruit bitterness that comes crashing in on the palette and rides it "past" the end. After this beer goes down, the throat is warmed by the alcohol and the mouth covered with a slick coating of bitter tropical fruit that sits, and sits, and sits, reminding you of the hoppy wave the jjust slapped you. It's not for the faint of heart and people who aren't hop addicts probably won't appreciate this beer so much.

M - Heavier side of medium body, and gentle carbonation on the tongue.

D - Very good.

This is a totally UN-balanced beer and is definitely geared towards the hop heads. Personally, I really like this brew and it's really nice to see something finally come off the East Coast that rivals the hop bitterness of a West Coast IPA. Very nice job!

03-01-2011 01:57:39 | More by jzeilinger
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New Hampshire

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%

Picked up this bomber last week at the Quechee Gorge Villiage store in Queechee VT for $3.49. No date/ code noticed. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Clear caramel/ light copper brew gives a thick foamy 1" of ivory head. A bit dark for the style. Head eventually settles to a thick meniscus along the glass that leaves decent lace.

S: Clean semi-sweet body with a good dose of lemon and grass hop. A minor plasticy styrene note is also present.

T: Very similar to the smell... semi-sweet body, mostly clean, just a hint of caramel. Fairly pungent hop flavor, straight lemongrass and nothing else, not very diverse. Styrene note is more prominent than it was in the smell, tastes like biting into a styrofoam cup. As it warms a separate litsea (think Lemon Pledge) note resolves from the main lemongrass bomb.

M: Moderately thick and a bit sticky. Finishes dry and leaves a thick feeling on the mouth. Lingering lemongrass hop.

D: Meh, not a great DIPA. Price is very low, but I'll opt for other (better) Rock Art brews at the same cost.

01-26-2011 00:28:17 | More by BeerNinja007
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4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

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!

09-20-2010 17:15:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

Pours a dark cloudy amber color with a large creamy head.

Huge bready malts in the nose, malts dominate. Not much hop aroma there, some sweet caramel malt scents as well.

Big bready malts with a bitter finish. Citrusy grapefruit hops with a little pine as well. Very malty double IPA, possibly the most malty version of the style I have encountered.

Thick, full, and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkablility is not anything special, a very average double IPA.

04-30-2010 18:23:42 | More by pmccallum86
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

03-22-2010 22:06:57 | More by u2carew
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that slowly fades to a thick surface foam. Some moderate lace develops.

Smell: light malt sweetness and a bit of grapefruit and hop bitterness.

Taste: bready malt presence with a milder than expected pine and grapefruit tones. Caramel, pears, and a nice bitterness makes up a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: heavier side of a medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. A nicely balanced big beer that a few pints can be had in a session.

02-20-2010 19:21:39 | More by Gavage
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

A: Pours a light head that fades semi quickly. It's slightly hazy with a rosy orange red color.

N: Lots of chewy hops are the main focus. A strong bitterness aroma even, with some earthy chewy hops, and a slight pine, citrus, and grassy hop aroma as well. A slight malty sweetness also comes through on the nose.

T: Lots of spicy bright hops really dominate. A fresh hop bitterness with some citrus, a little spicy character, and pale hop flavors all come out. A slightly sweet malt flavor also comes through. It starts lighter on the bitterness and more on the hop flavors and maltiness. Then really starts to get bitter as the taste goes. It does hide the booze well. However, instead of having more distinctive hop flavors, its more of just pure bitterness. I would have preferred a little more back end hop flavors and aromas

M: Good thickness and body with lower than usual carbonation.

F: Finishes very bitter and pale, as well as drying off quite a bit. The dryness and bitterness accentuate each other as usual. It leaves a raw pure bitterness flavor in the mouth. Along with that is a little orange peel bitterness. That strong bitterness seems to linger for a while. It;s a pretty good DIPA, nothing that really knocks your socks off. If the world weren't littered with awesome IPAs and DIPAs this would be an amazing beer, but being the way it is I would say it's more a big fish in a world of very big fishes. A little more carbonation would have helped, as well as distinctive hop flavors rather than just a melding of bitterness, IMO.

02-01-2010 02:17:01 | More by jlindros
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Picked this up at Pearl St. while in Burlington...

Pour - goolden orange and sort of hazy almost frosty looking in the glass. Nice thick head that leaves some decent lacing all inside the glass.

Aroma - lots of floral hop smell along with powdered sugar, honey, peach and tangerine.

Taste - a mouthful of floral hops but not the excessive piney or citrusy bite I was expecting (and hoping for). This is a very smooth and deceptive double IPA as it doesn't have a big heavy hop flavor nor does it have a huge malty backbone. At 8% this drinks like a 5% IPA and is nicely balanced as such. I can't get over how smooth and easy drinking this is for the alcohol percentage and the 90 IBUs it apparently is clocking.

Overall - great IPA that certainly drinks well below its weight. This is a very floral IPA without a lot of the massive flavor profiles of others in its style category. That being said, I still really am enjoying this. Cheers Rock Art!

Would I buy more of it? - yep. This is a great beer for both the money, the ABV, the IBUs and above all the taste. Just an overall great big IPA (even though it doesn't drink like a massive IPA).

01-28-2010 04:53:08 | More by indiapaleale
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

01-22-2010 12:06:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

01-17-2010 01:39:15 | More by Casey10
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

A- Pours a hazy burnt orange with a one finger tall beige head.

S- Grapefruit galore here. Hints of rock candy and pine in the back ground.

T- Leads with citrus balanced by malts, midpalate brings in a bit more bitterness with a touch of floral notes and rind. Finish is good and bitter with a hint of pine and citrus rind. This is one heck of good DIPA for such a small brewer.

M- Medium body with nice and soft moderate carbonation.

D- A great success for Rock Art this thing delivers for the hop bomb lovers and the hop flavor lovers alike. Definitely recommended. Lol 8.0% like all the other Extreme beers I'm pretty certain these range over and around not all 8.

12-04-2009 02:14:44 | More by UA8
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky head that laces the pint glass nicely

Smell: Caramel malt, piney hops and fusel alcohol

Taste: The caramel backbone is clearly in evidence on the opening, but the bitter, piney hops make an appearance almost immediately, adding some fruity tones and fusel alcohol; after the swallow, the flavor profile is surprisingly balanced though it nods toward the bitter side in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; slightly resinous

Drinkability: While I have held onto this bottle a bit longer than I should have, it is still drinking nicely though it has lost some of the hop flavors it would have had when fresher

Thanks, imagineiii, for the opportunity

10-31-2009 22:03:46 | More by brentk56
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

10-22-2009 16:12:46 | More by Kegatron
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from 22oz bomber into 1L Hacker Pschorr stein.

A- Pours golden amber with a generous head that sticks around. Good lacing throughout.

S- Smells delicious. Hops dominate, but I can detect a malt sweetness. I swear I can smell the alcohol, although at 8%, this is not too strong a DIPA.

T- ...Different. Not nearly as bold as some other DIPAs, but it's nice. Hop bitterness plays on the tongue. Flavor profile works the whole tongue, and imparts a nice malt on the palate when you swallow. A refreshing change from the standard DIPA- hops are blended well with the malts, leaving a much better balanced beer than most DIPAS. Not a hop bomb, like most. I'm intrigued by the aftertaste- the beer is muted as first sip, but leaves about a whole lot of flavor after it goes down. Very unusual.

As I get 1/2 way through, I taste a nuttiness in the malt that reminds me of Newcastle Brown Ale. I have to remind myself that this is a DIPA from Vermont.

M- Nice, this beer works the gamut and ends strong. Good carbonation.

D- I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. A departure from your usual DIPA, this one, while subdued, is very well-balanced and a welcome change of pace from 'hop bombs'. Not that I don't love my hops, It's just nice to see them in check from time to time. Not your tipical DIPA, and most definitely a tasty beer. I'll have to try more from this brewery in the future.

06-07-2009 23:05:14 | More by ShogoKawada
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Very dark copper color with a finger of white head and some nice looking lacing.

S: Big malt nose for a double IPA. A touch of hops as well. Very much as east coast IPA. Some floral hops with a touch of citrus but much more on the grassy side.

T: A well balanced DIPA. Maltier than most but enough hops to keep you interested. More bitter than anything else but there is more than enough malt to balanced things out.

M: A touch on the heavier side from all the malt.

D: For the price this is a great beer. Enjoyable though not as hoppy as I would like. I want more floral and citrus but this is a well crafted beer.

05-24-2009 17:43:45 | More by aerozeppl
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

04-03-2009 02:04:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.4/5  rDev +17%

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with brownish highlights, very cloudy, lots of sediment noticeable, small frothy head, lacing and retention are decent.

Smell: Grapefruit and citrus are here, a strong maltiness is here as well, sweet to the nose, hop oil, this one has your particular DIPA qualities, strong scent of hops and caramel malt. Nice balance of floral aromas here, a tinge of esters sneaks it way in here as well.

Taste: A classic case of hoppiness meets maltiness, balanced to the T, lots of IPA qualities here, sweet grapefruit, a tinge of some sour mango and plum, followed by a thick, biscuit-like malt profile, smooth and decadent. The hops are the real star of the show, finishing this brew with a strong flavor of citrus like properties. Alcohol is somewhat present on the finish which really caps of this beer perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation isn't too strong, probably because the malt smooths the feel of the mouth, bitter on the tongue, yet stands strong due to it's medium bodied structure.

Drinkabilty: At $3.99 a bomber, this is more than a deal, this is insanity. This is a wonderful DIPA that displays all the right characterisitcs, it's got hops and plenty of malt sweetness to back it up. A great brew thats well underpriced that should be tried by hop and malt lovers alike. Grab a couple of these if you see it.. very sessionable.

03-06-2009 04:47:59 | More by thespaceman
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance- dark cloudy brown brewski with moderately white head, very delicously looking in appearnace

Smell- Smell is overwhelmingly strong and good, great sweet malts ridiing so crazy over the whole odor, slight hoppiness back kick, caramel apples and tones of sugars hops, incredible in odor one of best i ever smelt

Taste- very hoppy and deliciously bitter on this double ipa, no complaints here a great beer, a good mix between a freaking crazy hop bomb and malt background, a good flavor mix

Mouth- moderate to average feel, full bodied for sure

Drinkabiltity- amazing beer to enjoy as session though probably way high in % of alc to really be one, An overall good beer that at a cheap price Im going to have to try a few more times and see for sure where i stand on it

03-04-2009 08:09:28 | More by Stunner97
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a hazy amber with a light head that dissipated quickly. Some lacing. I wish the head was bigger.

Smells of citric hops and a little fruitiness dominate.

Nice layers of flavor. Hop bite right up front, with a layer of malt sweetness, with some dried fruit notes, and maybe some bread elements. There is also a leafy/grassy edge to this that I can't put my finger on. Warming alcohol is there as well, although I think it is fairly well hidden by the strength of the hops.

This one is mouth coating and a little slick.

Overall, pretty good. I don't find this to be a super easy drinker, but a wonderful sipper. Absolutely worth a try.

02-26-2009 13:04:07 | More by OtherShoe2
IPA (II) from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.