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Belvidere Big IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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Belvidere Big IPABelvidere Big IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We brewed this one because we just can't get enough of those hops. IPA's seem to be a great choice any time of the year. They have a great malt flavor and hop profile, just what a beer connoisseur is looking for. We decided to give this one a bit more hops.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009)
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Appearane – This is a beautiful, shiny, but somewhat cloudy perfect orange in color with just the right amount of head.

Smell – The rich, orange and tangerine hops are mixed with a bit of grapefruit. The hop profile is very fruity with a faint malt backbone.

Taste – The fruity hops come out just as strong at the taste but they are mated with some leafy endive and a bit more malty flavor.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a very bitter backbone. It is lightly but playfully carbonated.

Drinkability – This was my first beer from this brewery and it is the complete package. It is highly quaffable for the experienced DIPA drinker, well-balanced, and unique. Also, the quality of ingredients is exceptional.

10-05-2012 01:22:41 | More by RoyalT
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Rock Art has arrived in Maine! Hooray!
Tully's has a selection and I compared this with American-Belgo Ale.
In a snifter the beer was a hazy amber color with a thick tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving a fair amount of lace.
Floral and citrus aroma, some malt.
Grapefruit and pine taste, good malt background.
Nicely balanced, not terribly aggressive. Good beer.

05-31-2010 22:27:23 | More by lordofthewiens
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured into a belgian chalace a nice head forms initially but dissipates to the side of the glass. A very nice lacing forms on the side of the glass

The aroma is a hint of malt mixed with pungent grassy and earth aroma

A true english style ipa hops all for bitter. It starts with a mouth full of carbonations that dissipates into bitter in the middle is a slight buttery crystal malts nice taste.

The mouth is a slight harsh in the beginning but the alcohol numbs the mouth which i enjoyed but may not be liked by all.

11-26-2010 01:16:57 | More by bishopdc0
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

22 ounce bomber, purchased at DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Pours somewhat murky, darker honey amber. The head is super creamy, nicely retentive and leaving ungodly amounts of sticky strands and splotches of lace. Quite a handsome beer. The nose is full of pine and hop resins. Delicious DIPA, aggressively hopped, with more pine shining through. Heady and tasty, with waves of hop bittering and undercoating of malt holding things together. Nicely done. Love the style and loved this one from Rock Art

03-26-2009 01:58:30 | More by Billolick
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-10-2013 04:55:28 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

This was an awesome DIPA, very hoppy and it's got a perfect deep amber color with a small head, very little lacing. You can really smell the cascades as soon as you open the bottle, and once you get it into a glass it's awesome. One of Rock Arts newest and best.

It's got a nice mouthfeel, its still quite light without being too heavy but theres really just so much complexity to it, I think I really need to have it another time just to explore it more. As it Matt says on the bottle, pair this with a nice aged cheddar for the ultimate experience!

05-23-2009 14:53:59 | More by kingcrowing
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

08-11-2012 01:00:00 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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ehammond1


3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Cloudy dark amber with a moderately sized light khaki colored head that leaves spots of lace down the glass. Appropriate yet unremarkable.

Somewhat sweet, caramel-forward aroma, especially when comparing this one to the West Coast classics. There's bread and biscuit, along with mild grapefruit hop character, and just a hint of alcohol presence.

Moderately bitter with similar bread and biscuit flavors found in the aroma, just a hint of alcohol, and malt sweetness. Well balanced, though not particularly expressive or interesting.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable enough and balanced.

07-16-2012 20:57:35 | More by ehammond1
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far333

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +4%

8.0% ABV and 80 IBU
Honey amber colored with swarms of tiny bubbles rising up to a half inch of dimpled thick foam.

Aroma of grapefruit and floral notes, plus subtle tart cherry.

Flavor of citrusy hops upfront, grainy biscuit malt. Notes of cinnamon and toffee. Well balanced mix of hops and malt, neither overpowering the other. Mild grapefruit rind bitterness lingers. ABV does not seem to make itself known in the flavor.

Full and rich, round mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation. Tasty and drinkable, but seems a bit understated for a DIPA. Based on the label this should be a hop monster, but it underdelivers.

10-21-2009 02:58:37 | More by far333
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -28%

Thanks to GoSox8787 for sending me a bottle of Rock Art Belvidere Big IPA as an extra in a recent trade.

The beer is a burnished copper amber color, darker than I would've expected, this is more of what I expect from an imperial amber. The head is very minimal a fair bit of sticky lacing, but virtually no cap of foam even with a rough pour. The beer smells very malty (too malty) with the hops very subdued and just a hint of soapy hops. The beer tastes very, very sweet up front--almost cotton candy sweet. Then there is a bit of medicinal and herbal bitterness that finishes with an astringent resinous bitterness. This is a little too syrupy for me and I would prefer a DIPA with more fresh, C-hop citrusy, floral, fruity flavor and much less of the heavy, piney notes, especially in the finish.

06-29-2011 02:08:42 | More by Soonami
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glid02

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing on the glass.

Smells of robust caramel malts with hints of bread and toffee along with light citrus and floral hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep caramel malt flavors up front with hints of breadiness, followed by citrus flavors that are more pronounced than they were in the smell. The ending is lightly bitter and leaves a small toffee flavor that lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation and goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished this one without much of a problem, but the large amount of malt flavors will probably dissuade me from drinking too many of these.

Overall this was a unique and tasty take on the DIPA. Worth a shot.

03-30-2009 20:32:04 | More by glid02
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

Rock Art- Belvidere Big IPA

A- Dark brownish orange with a huge fluffy white head. Thick lacing down the pint glass.
S- Sweet fruitiness with hints of caramel, pine, and citrus.
T- Thick sweet fruit; grapes, orange, citrus with a decent carmelized maltiness. Earthy grassy pine hops kick in near the end.
M- Thick and sweet up front with a thick fruity malty body and a dry oily bitter hop finish.

Overall- Big pungent flavors with a good mild/ mellow feel. Nice and drinkable for a DIPA. Definitely pick up a bomber of this!

07-29-2009 21:26:21 | More by NJpadreFan
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Varkias41

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%

10-01-2013 15:27:10 | More by Varkias41
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

A very beautiful red and brown hued amber color looks zippy and very healthy with a robust, well-retained dark-tan colored head. Thick with good remainder of lace and foam to keep this lively.

a huge malty sweetness hits the nose first, caramel and dank, dark fruits pop out right off as it blends together to give off a sweet, fruity but mostly malty aroma. There is subtle musty notes, spice way down deep. a very complex aroma.

This is a hefty, medium bodied 2X IPA, the feel is exciting with a smooth finish and a long, semi-dry bitter finish. The hops really dominated the flavor. The aroma is very malty-sweet, but the flavor is NOT. It's all about a big, Herbal, spicey, and peppery hop complexity. The malt is just for some balance here and the heat rides in just at the right time to deliver a nice warming effect and adds complexity in the finsih. The flavor in one word is: heartiness. There is no Pineapple or strawberries in this hop flavor, just herbs and spices...this is not for the folks who crave the bitter, West-coast hop style!

a unique hop flavor.

03-14-2009 20:11:21 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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alamode

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20%

12-14-2011 05:20:12 | More by alamode
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.3/5  rDev -12%

thanks to mmrmngjckt for the bottle.

Pours a clear dark ruby red with a nice white head that retains very well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is full of old IPA malt aromas with minimal strength as far as a hop profile is concerned.

As i feared from the start this one has pretty much turned into a malt bomb. There is some hop bitterness left, but not anywhere near enough to balance this out. at only about 6 months old this one shouldn't be quite as aged as it seems, but alas, it is. Rock candy like malt bomb.

Mouthfeel is about where it should be, but does seem a bit heavy for the 8% abv.

Drinkability is ok but far from strong due to too much age, too viscous of a mouthfeel, and just plain old IPA musty malt seeping through.

Overall, i really hate to knock on this one, as i know it has more age than it should, but that being said, this should be considerably better than it is, even at this age. Quite the malt bomb. I would love to try it fresh, but as it sits, its that classic old IPAness. Drinkable, but just want to finish it and move on.

09-27-2009 04:11:28 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

This brewery has been picking it up a notch, as noticed again by this creation. High quality very hoppy 1.5X ipa. Hops are in your face, right there and clearly 80 ibu but yet so drinkable if you are a hop fan. Bitterness is simple orange citrus, perhaps a little grapefruit, and well malted.Simple and effective.Great drinkability.

12-11-2011 00:02:11 | More by Sammy
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brokentee

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-25-2013 01:15:38 | More by brokentee
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CraigMack61

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

08-16-2014 21:21:41 | More by CraigMack61
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.44/5  rDev -8.3%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - It's pitch black outside, but I can see that it is hazy with an orange body. Maybe it just looks orange because the fire. there are some remnants of what looks like a white head.

Smell - It has a unique hop aroma. Sharp citrus. Grapefruit. The sharpness comes from a lemony aroma. It gets pinier as it warms. And maltier.

Taste - Much more distinct pine hop flavor. Strong caramel and a hefty dose of sweetness. Falls off from the aroma. Not much bitterness comes through the sugar.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Well carbonated. A little sluggish.

Overall - I was impressed by the aroma, but it went downhill from there. Still had no trouble finish my glass.

10-26-2013 11:41:23 | More by Alieniloquium
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MPPHISH

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-05-2014 19:24:31 | More by MPPHISH
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

Pours a cloudy caramel mocha with a great pillow head and lacing.
Smell is a beautiful blend of malt, hops and yeast. Taste is somewhat alcohol in nature with a decent hop presence..surprisingly not nothing more than a hint of malt. Mouthfeel is just a tad too puckery. Drinkability suffers because of this. Too bad, the appearance and smell seemed to have more to offer.

07-02-2009 00:05:45 | More by edchicma
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20%

09-01-2012 17:21:23 | More by dtx00
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-02-2014 03:04:46 | More by erialbill
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -12%

Semi-hazy orange hue with a big 3 finger head which is dissipating semi-quickly. From an arms length away the beer is already letting off some wonderful aromas.

Big piney and grilled pineapple aroma. Smells like tropical paradise with underlying notes of sweet candy.

Huge malt body. Covers up the 80 IBU's nicely. Sweet juicy citrus flavor up front followed by a piny hop presence. Not really a whole lot going on flavor wise but it does what it should nicely.

Juicy but cuts out dry with a lingering pine finish. Sticky leftover sweetness. Definitely drinkable. Good showcase of the cascade hop.

01-06-2012 05:24:51 | More by jtierney89
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Belvidere Big IPA from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.