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Belvidere Big IPA - Rock Art Brewery

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Belvidere Big IPABelvidere Big IPA

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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:
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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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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 StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a league below some of the best india pales in Vermont, but still a fine glass of ale. it is cheap enough too, at about 5 bucks a bomber, well worth that price. the pour is a rich copper color, with some lighter honey reflections and a bold inch of lasting white head. there is a ton of fish food sort of yeast suspended here, settling out slowly. not my favorite visual element for this style. good nose, big resinous hop profile, lots of oils and quite a sturdy malt base. there is nothing in the flavor though that sets this one apart. no interesting hop nuance, no curious yeast, just a straight forward double ipa, a damn good one, but one it feels like ive come across before. fuller body, one is enough for me, but the buzz is nice and mellow. rock art makes some excellent beers, and this is one of them, it just doesn't have anything to make it stand out from the crowd.

Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty east coast on its interpretation of a dipa. Resin and earthyness are mostly what's going on here. Mild spice. The hops on the label are Cascade; not sure if that's in the beer too. Decent enough, I guess. Nothing really mind blowing or inspiring.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade with someone recently, cleaning out the fridge. My first beer from this brewery. Fun.

Beer is dark amber and mostly clear with a nice head of off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is mostly piny hops with mild malt.

Its a nice medium bodied easy drinking big IPA. Thoroughly enjoyable. Its not the best DIPA I've ever had but I put it down quickly. Nice mild sweetness and piny hops, moderate late bitterness, could have done more with the IBUs but its good.

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed copper with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is spicy (touch of cinnamon?) with pine, citrus and alcohol. Fruity.

The taste is of spicy bitterness with malty sweetness (caramel, brown sugar) backing. It has an herbal, dry, slightly astringent, warm finish.

The carbonation a bit high, (though does settle in second half) IMO, cutting body to fuller side of medium bodied for the style. Warmth lingers.

Seems a bit higher than 8%, though DIPA's typically show warmth, so is fine. Leans towards a mild barleywine in some ways (though a hoppier one). As some DIPA's do (even more than this one), that is fine to. Bottom line - a nice strong sipper. A solid choice for the very reasonable price!

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Gavage
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy dark amber in color with a short 1" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: loads of caramel sweetness, grapefruit, and hop bitterness is easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel flavors with sharp hop bitterness, grapefruits, and a bit of pine. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start and smooth and dry at the finish. Bitterness lasts a while on the tongue.

Drinkability: decent big IPA but there are better ones out there. Alcohol levels knock this down a notch.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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 jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger dark cream head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit and a little sweetness from the malt, some lingering bitter aftertaste. Needs more malt for a double IPA. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a nice balance of hops/malts, some citrus/pine notes. The taste is sweet, slightly bitter, malty/hoppy, nice little touch of citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty DIPA, glad I've gotten a chance to try it.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Middlebury Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy bright copper brew. Head recedes ever so slowly, with heavy sticking lace. Aroma is hops, both citrus and pine character present and accounted for. Taste starts with the slightest of sweetness, then the bitterness takes stage for the duration.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, but limited slightly for me due to the intense bitterness, which I htink is a bit over the top even for the style. But that's just me, your mileage may vary. Still a very enjoyable brew overall.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy off white head. there was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured piney hops and a balmy caramel.

The taste consisted of full on caramel malts adorned with waves of resinous piney hops which lingered well past the finish.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual hop spice.

Overall a balanced DIPA. Very flavorful.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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 chippo33
4/5  rDev +7%

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Belvidere Big IPA from Rock Art Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.