Belvidere Big IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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Belvidere Big IPABelvidere Big IPA

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

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.
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Reviews by kingcrowing:
Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Soonami
2.72/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of edchicma
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 26, 2015.

The pour is a murky looking copper-amber with reddish hues and a moderate of-white head that lingers and laces.

What do you want from an IPA aroma? Roasted malts, resin, floral sensations? That's what I get.

Medium to better than medium body. Almost heavy.

The flavor has a nice roasted malt character to start bu the resiny and forest hops roll in to evolve into a moderately bitter conclusion. No booze in the taste but its effects were felt in my head.

Vermont has so many good breweries tucked away in these small towns. Rock Art tends to get out more because I expect they have a distributor. But Rock Art brews are usually pretty decent.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Tarnished burnt orange color with a light haze and a good amount of carbonation that lingers on the rise. The head is large and foamy, solid on the stay, porous, with a dull ivory tint. A sticky, splotchy broken ring encircles the chalice for lace.

S: The smell is good at first, fresh wet grass and wet citrus, but doesn’t care to stick around for long. Prominent on the open and pour it soon dissipates in strength to one of non-status.

T: The flavor makes up for the lack of aroma, with a malty substance of dry toasty base and dry citrus that gives the taste buds a run for their money. Solid show of hoppiness, dry grassy and grapefruit with a spicy flowery zing that is sharp and focused. Some alcohol detection especially upon warming coming off like cheap boozy medicinal caramel.

M: The mouthful is tingly, filled with a strong carbonation that brings a crispness. The malt base is weighty, full, turning creamy on the hold. A spicy hop bite grabs the tongues attention providing a good zing.

O: Overall spicy citrus hops with a heavy handed malt base that is definitely good for a hop fix. Bomber worthy.

Photo of SickGnar
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, warm, orangey copper with a bit of haze and a very few floaties (more of both on the second pour from bomber). Some random large bubbles rise to the smallish, slightly golden creamy head. It settles rather quickly to a ring & leaves some okay lace.

S: Rather timid, particularly for a “big” IPA. Hunting finds some Resiny & earthy hops. Some rich, sweet, caramelly malts. Rather forward spicy & peppery alcohol. Overall, not enough strength to the malts, entirely not nearly enough hops, and too much boozy alcohol – especially as it warms.

T: Bold & big all the way around. Vast amounts of resiny, spicy, & earthy notes form the core of the complex hop character. Accent notes on the front are pine and grapefruit. The middle has hints of tobacco on an herbal / leafy background. The end and finish are more of the core resin, earth, & spice notes with an increasingly woody edge & a hint of tar. Overall, the emphasis is more on very firm bitterness, depth, and back end hop character – rather than bright up front hoppiness. Robust malt backbone with lots of caramel & bread crust, toasty grain, a slightly scorched toffee / burnt cookie edge sweetness, and some hints of darker roast that blend into the “dark” hop notes. Alcohol is a tad too noticeable for 8.0% and has a peppery edge – but it works with all the other burly stuff going on in this one.

M: Medium plus & then a little bit more for body. Carbonation is a bit under-matched. Soft, rich, and smooth. Loads of texture. Some sticky, tacky sweet residual sugars. Lots of chewy dextrins. A hefty (but balanced) amount of hop oils and tannins. Quite obvious, but not harsh, alcohol warmth. Mostly semi-sweet and only going mildly semi-dry in the finish from hops and alcohol. Big & pleasant feel – very good for the heft and flavor of this beer.

D: Hearty rather than one-dimensionally hop aggressive. Not only is it not as strongly hoppy in a bright citrus and pine hop forward way like the usual west coast IPA (nothing wrong with that BTW), but its bitterness and hop character are more “dark” overall. And the malts are as well. Overall it is well integrated. And I may have an aged bottle, but this one seems a little bit like a barleywine as well as a big IPA. Either way – it is good drinking / sipping.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a small, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of big citrus and piny hops.

Tastes of the big wave of hops with a solid malt base. Hops lead off with grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine. A very thick sweetness cuts through, but then the bitterness comes on the end. Caramel malts throughout with some toffee notes and toasted bread. Alcohol makes a splash at the very last moment, but is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find this to be quite good and I continue to be surprised by this brewery.

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a frothy and sticky head. Amber in color. Sticky tight lacing.
S) Floral with earthy notes. Peach. Apple.
T) Sweet up front with earthy dirt tones. Caramel. Grapefruit. Orange. Finishes with a noticeable hop bite. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
M) Creamy. Fizzy. Medium bodied. Gritty. Slight syrupy feel.
D) A decent IPA. A good blend of malt and hops. Another please.

Photo of spittingoutteeth
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While my home state of VT has many great microbrews, they've never been known for great IPAs (with the exception of the amazing Heady Topper and Holy Cow IPAs from The Alchemist). While I had big hopes for Rock Art's IPA (II) Double IPA, I was let down immensely by the lack of hops and strong upfront alcohol taste.

I was expecting much of the same from their latest offering, the Belvedere Big IPA, but I was happily surprised by an exceptional tasting beer loaded with piney hops.

At 8.0% alcohol & 80 IBU, it's definitely for big IPA fans only. The high alcohol content is masked a lot better by the hops than the IPA (II), and the hops are a lot more upfront. You get a strong pine hop flavor up front, with the mellower citrus hops lingering in the aftertaste. It's a slightly bitter IPA (which I love, but I know turns some people off) which graces the tongue with a quick sharp tingle, and then mellows quickly to a lush but not overly sweet mouthfeel.

I am highly impressed & can see the Belvedere becoming one of my standby IPAs when I'm looking for something affordable ($3.99 for 22oz) but complex.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear reddish hue with lots of bubbles although hardly any head. Spotty lacing.

Big and malty. Lots of citrus hops do shine through, but the caramel sweetness prevails.

Starts off with just a twist of citrus. Quickly enveloped by sweet caramel malts and finishes with a weird grassy metallic flavor. Very offputting.

For as sweet as this is, it somehow has hardly any mouthfeel although carbonation levels are good.

Swing and a miss for me. Off flavors and no body. The metallic aftertaste made it impossible to get through the bomber.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

burnt orange amber. A nice about one inch head graced the top from the very beginning, this slowly faded to reveal just a film across the top. No significant side glass lacing on this one. Decent carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. Nice overall look.

Lots of piney citrus likes hops dominated the aroma. But the story was much more complex then that. Lots of balance was present as well. Some good earthy grains and sugar were also present and well represented. Nice balanced smell nothign really blowing you down in either direction. Super smooth with a delicate underlying malt layer. Lots of sweet orange peel and sugar, a hint of some grapefruit. Very nice fresh cut grass flavor as well. Alot more complex then your typical hop bomb. Very well crafted.

Photo of Axic10
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a amber-copper color with absolutely no head whatsoever.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops with a strong malt presence.

Taste: Not overly powerful on the hops (subdued biterness for a DIPA), actually it is more malty than anything.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: My first beer from Rock Art and I wasn't disappointed, nor was I overly impressed. I have a Vermonster in the fridge that I am looking forward to trying.

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Belvidere Big IPA from Rock Art Brewery
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