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Belvidere Big IPA - Rock Art Brewery

Belvidere Big IPABelvidere Big IPA

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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%

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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Photo of gestyr


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

22 oz bomber poured into a weisen glass

A: Pours a deep copper amber with a off-white head. Head subsides to a coating that leaves lacing on the glass. A constant stream of very small bubbles rises in the glass keeping the head intact.

S: Citrus, Pine, Grapefruit, some caramel, some malt

T: HOPS... lots of grapefruit and pine hops with slight maltiness and a subtle caramel flavor. Bitter and warming aftertaste as it goes down the throat

M: On the heavy side of medium body. Nice

O: A good solid IIPA. Balance tipped towards the hops side with enough malt backbone to make it work. I will buy again. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 23:21:31 | More by gestyr
Photo of Soonami


2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:08:42 | More by Soonami
Photo of ggilman


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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass, twice.

Short foamy head with little retention, although it clings to the sides of the glass in bunches. Mostly clear flitered dark copper body. Floral hop nose and a whiff of candied malt. Lots of bitterness and malt up front in combination. Grapefruit bitterness, not much leaf flavor. Caramel maltiness & lots of grapefruit bitterness linger. Slick mouthfeel, dark and robust, but not thick. Not feeling the alcohol immediately. Clean, pure, soft & fresh tasting. A little too much malt for my liking.

*Paired well with black bean & chicken quesadillas.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 16:20:19 | More by ggilman
Photo of jzeilinger


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep copper amber color with a creme colored foamy head, and during the pour, the carbonation bunched up in big clumps on the lower bout of my Duvel tulip glass.

S - Pine resins, oily spicy grapefruit citrus, and a honey caramel-like malt aroma. For an 8% big IPA, would like a little more going on in the nose but overall, this smells pretty good!

T - This beer won't dissapoint as it lives up to its claim on the IBU scale! Some pine shows up, is very aggressive and heavily leaning on grapefruit for the bulk of the bittering. Underneath is a caramel malt backbone trying to hold things together but gets crushed by the massive weight of the Cascade onslaught. There's also a bit of spiciness showing up. The bitterness hits the palette up front and in three ways: fast, hard, and continuously! There's no depth here at all as it's obviously brewed to really showcase the Cascade hops, and it does a fine job at that.

M - For a big IPA, the body is on the thin side, somewhat watery, produces some warming in the throat on the way down the hatch. There's an aggressive lingering grapefruit bitterness left in the mouth that goes on and on and on... The almost metallic coating is actually a little more citrus rind-like.

O - This is the biggest hop bomb of an IPA that I've had in quite awhile, probably since Moylander D-IPA and Hopsickle - seriously. In that regard, I absolutely love this big IPA because it really delivers the bitterness for us hop heads! It's WAY imbalanced and concentrates on showcasing IBU's as opposed to balance and flavor depth. The only down side that I can think of is the thin and watery body, it's really annoying for a beer of this stature. If Rock Art could just make it a little thicker...

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 21:58:30 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of sk8man121


3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a mostly opaque copper with marmalade highlights. 1-finger head dies down to an oily sheen, leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, mint and lemon balm. Fresh, wet and grassy hops. There's a lingering sweetness in the tail-end. This smells somewhat faint given the ABV.

T: Hops hops hops. Mostly sweet, sugary grapefruit, with notes of white pepper and mint in the center. Extremely bitter finish.

M: Medium carbonation. Thick and creamy. Resinous, sticking heavily to the back of the tongue.

O: Belvidere Big IPA is about as average as it gets for a DIPA. Thick and sweet, it's nice at first but becomes somewhat hard to drink. I'm not sure I will finish the bomber, but at $4, it's not a huge loss.

A fairly decent beer from a fairly decent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:53:58 | More by sk8man121
Photo of Jimmys


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

A: a very dull amber color. head is minimal, but im afraid im not using the best beer glassware here (reviewing from my folks place. however bad the glassware, good lacing and even some legs on it.

S: caramel syrup. honey. bitterness is there but not as pungent as i expected.

T: honey aroma comes through to the palate as well. bitterness is smooth but powerful. comes through towards the

M: carbonation is low and tingly. big body.

D: this one is pretty malty (perhaps overly malty) for an imp. IPA. more of an american barleywine. i also purchased a vermontster, which is an american barley, so im interested to see how that one comes across.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 03:15:31 | More by Jimmys
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One pint six oz. poured into my 32 glass mug. Hazy and cloudy, golden edges with a orangey redness center. Off white almost beige filmy head.

Citrus smell, I'm thinking orange peel, pine and a wonderful sweet maltiness. Really a pleasant smelling IPA all around.

Wow! Really nice tasting! Orange peel, lemon, caramel malt, a really nice sweetness meeting a bitterness that really works; this is awesome tasting. Tastes like a imperial IPA for sure

Medium body. Feels really nice in the mouth. Light to medium carbonation. Very easy going down. No alcohol warmth.

I have never heard of Rock Art Brewery so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I tried this, this is a great beer. Very tasty with the malts and hops mixing really well together. Feels nice - I had to slow myself down because I wanted to drink it right away. I can't wait to try their Stout that I also got.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 05:43:38 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of Sideswipe


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Palmej1 in an amazing box of IPAs, Thanks Jacob!

Poured from a bomber into my FFF glass.

A- Hard pour yields an inch of white foam which recedes quickly and leaves very little lacing. Color is a dark, murky amber. Right for the style.

S- Citrus. Grapefruit and tangerine backed by faint sweet malt. Smells great!

T- Oh sweet heaven! Bitter grapefruit rind exploding at the front, momentarily balanced by caramel malt with a lingering bitter finish. Very nicely done! I am really enjoying this one!

M- Excellent feel. Carbonation is spot-on and the hops provide just the right amount of oily viscosity.

D- Drinkability is good considering the 8% ABV. I am so liking the hop profile that the heat is not evident to me. The bomber is gone far too quickly.

Overall I really liked this one. Tastes like a good west coast DIPA to me. If it were available in California I'd always have a few of these in my fridge. My first beer from Rock Art and I am impressed! Recommended if you're in need of a hop fix!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 06:32:02 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of xnicknj


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into large snifter glass. review from notes.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber and orange. It quickly forms a bubbly, tan hued head about one finger high, leaving some streaks of lacing around the glass.

Hops, spice, and a little fruit penetrate the nose, as the beer starts to signal the alcohol content before sipping.

Bold flavors with heavy bitterness dominate the palate, as a strong malt backbone with hints of caramel handle the back end. The heavy amounts of citrus and pine hops are obvious. Heavier alcohol is clearly present, and continuously warms the palate during the finish with bitterness.

Medium bodied and sticky, nice carbonation. The alcohol content could be masked better, and the heavier malt base seems to outdo the hops at times, but this still drinks fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 07:39:50 | More by xnicknj
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is quite inviting; boat load of grapefruit and floral hops. No malt profile from the nose.

The taste is crazy amounts of west coast citrus and piney hops. I was quite surprised based on the ratings because they indicated this would be more east coat centric. Way way way too bitter for my preference. Honestly i had too pass this along to a friend to finish because it is way too hoppy and bitter. Flavors have a subtle background of grainy biscuit malt but not enough to be overly identifiable. Way way way too bitter IMO.

Overall I appreciate Rock Art's attempt to make a "different style beer here but this misses huge in my opinion. I can barely consume half of the 22 oz that i purchased because of the horrendous bitterness, gross. I would rather chew on a lemon.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:46:03 | More by claspada
Photo of bishopdc0


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 01:16:57 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY a couple of weeks ago.

Appearance: Pours a hazy slightly auburn iced tea with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Nice caramel malt dose over slightly floral and herbal hops. Very balanced if not a bit malt dominant.

Taste: Very balanced if not a bit malt dominant. The malt isn't overly sweet, cloying, or dark. Rather its a nice light caramel to toffee. The hops take a bit of a back seat but they add some needed bitterness to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: A touch thicker than medium bodied with great carbonation.

Drinkability: The balance and the carbonation make this one a sessionable Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 00:51:43 | More by koopa
Photo of chickencoop


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this is a trade, thanks trading world for spreading the love. Poured a deep amber, chunky head. Smell was a sweet toffee malt, with a little hop bitterness on the end. Taste was that east coast IPA, mostly sweet malty tones, but then evens out in the middle and you get some piney hops. This is very drinkable for 8%. Not to generalize, but I just tend to like the west coast IPA, fruity and piney, unlike the east coast IPA, malt dominated.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:07:34 | More by chickencoop
Photo of drabmuh


4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 18:13:31 | More by drabmuh
Photo of AgentZero


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - An orangish amber color with a one finger head that left some nice stick on the sides. Not intricate lacing but some nice designs that slid down the class as I drank it.

S - Lots of citrus on this one, grapefruit, but not bitter, maybe a little sweet pineapple. Fairly mellow for a big IPA.

T - Pretty citrusy sweet, drinks a little too hot for an 8%. A bit sugary, not particularly bitter.

M - Medium bodied, slightly undercarbonated, but works well for the almost juicy sweetness this has.

D - It's not horribly undrinkable for 8%, but it does run a little hot. Good solid beer, wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 05:22:32 | More by AgentZero
Photo of biglobo8971


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

a - nice amber color, not much lacing or head at all pourd into a snifter.
s - very much a citrus present, quite pleasant aroma
t - dances on tongue, has a very smooth citrus taste throughout, not one trace of harshness at all
m - good feel ,dances on tongue
d - easy to drink, very refreshing

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 02:30:03 | More by biglobo8971
Photo of JayQue


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

A really solid and tasty DIPA

Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a medium size off white head. Head retention is fair, lacing is minimal.

Smell is fairly mild for an IPA, some grapefruit and some caramel malts.

Tastes good. Big citrus (grapefruit) presence balanced by strong caramel malts. This beer also has a woody taste like oak aged or something. In all this is a balanced IPA that stands out with strong flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. No real alcohol burn.

Drinkability is very good. This is a good, balanced IPA but still has plenty of hops kick for the hophead.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 21:40:01 | More by JayQue
Photo of Deuane


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at T. Brendan O'Reily's

A- Dark orange kissed copper with a medium off-white head. Head slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves thick swaths of lace.

S-Rather mild overall with notes of spicy orange rind and caramel sweetness being most prevalent. Underlying tones of pine and toasted biscuit add some depth and support.

T-Initial malt and fruity hop sweetness upfront with notes of orange, grapefruit and white grapes. Hop bitterness takes hold in the finish with a flurry of pine and earthy bitterness.

M-Medium to almost medium-heavy bodied with a decidedly thick feel. Hop bitterness lingers on and on. Does not become cloying despite the thickness.

D-A big burly beer that brings plenty of flavour to the table. Not my ideal DIPA, too much malt presence for my liking, but this is a nicely done brew my feelings aside. Certainly one worth giving a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 12:58:22 | More by Deuane
Photo of zoso1967


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium rusty amber with a nice parchment head that has great staying power and leaves good lace. The aroma is wonderfully hoppy. Lots of pine and grapefruit, with just a touch of spice. It is accentuated by a nice caramel malt profile. The flavor is that of a very well balanced IPA. The hops are still prominent, with all of their piney and bitter white grapefruit power put on showcase. This beer has a strong bitterness that really accentuates the hops. The malt character is very caramely with some toffee notes, and adequately supports the hops. It also gives the citrus that sort of candied character that you find in many east coast and midwest IPAs. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth with a good amount of carbonation, but the finish is a bit bitterific and drying. Pretty darn drinkable and a very tasty double. I am glad I finally found a place that regularly carries Rock Art!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 01:01:43 | More by zoso1967
Photo of PSUDREW


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrDogBeer for this!
A: pours an excellent bronze color. little bit of head that drops. bone colored head
S: nice citrus. little bit of grass too
T: Grapefruit/citrus sweetness. solid matly finish, not real ABV blast, and a pretty dry finish
M: falls on the lighter side, not overpowering and refreshing
D: pretty high, all in all

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:56:16 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of WanderingFool


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belvidere pours a cloudy dark bronze with a modest, creamy off-white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the beer and leaves behind a nice coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is more faint than I thought it would be. Notes of pine and citrus and a touch of sweet malt are detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, with a light fizz on the tongue. The flavor has a nice balance of hops and malt. It begins with some pine and a touch of orange citrus. Towards the middle caramel malt moves in. A hint of toast is also detected. It finishes bitter with a peppery bite. Once gone the pepper, caramel malt and bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking IPA. I thought it could use more hops in the aroma and flavor, but overall it's a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:00:07 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Bendurgin


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. The color is a cloudy orange/copper with about an inch of eggshell white head. Pine scent and hops are for front in the nose. A hint of fresh squeezed oranges are also present, the citrus smell reminds of a bottle of Tropicana. The taste is what I expected from this. Pine, hops and a hit of orange. Belvidere leaves a lingering bitterness on my tongue. This guy is crisps and lingers in the mouth, no problem with the carbonation and the body seems appropriate for the style. Drinks pretty easy but after a coulple sips my mouth seems to need to recover from the unexpected hop bomb. Easy to drink, but do it last.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 22:24:15 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of lordofthewiens


4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 22:27:23 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Casey10


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love a good DIPA this one somewhat reminds me of a BIG A IPA from smuttynose but not as floral. I liked this alot.

A - Hazy orange body with minimal head appropriate carbination.

S - Candy sugar, floral some citrus.

T - A bit medicinal but at the same time has a really nice flavor to it as well. It stands out and is different which is one reason why I like this.

M - Sticks with you is feel the pine and floral after feel.

D - For a bomber priced at 3.99 this rocks definately drinkable and will have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 00:42:25 | More by Casey10
Photo of beertunes


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from Vermonthiker. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice coppery amber color with an thick, fluffy off-white head that had great retention and lacing.

The beer had a nicely blended hop aroma and a bit of a caramel malt note in the back of the scent. The flavors were fairly typical for the style, nicely hoppy and some foundation malt for the hops to cling to.

The body was good, full and a little sticky with being heavy or gluey. Drinkability was fairly good for the style, you certainly get your hop fix. Overall, a nice example of the style, worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 23:06:59 | More by beertunes
Belvidere Big IPA from Rock Art Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.