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Whitetail Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our golden American ale has a crisp body and slightly dry, hoppy finish. This is a real treat for the beer lover. Pale, wheat and torrified wheat malts are used with Northern Brewer and Mt. Hood hops.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-21-2002)
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Reviews by thethrone:
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thethrone

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +25.4%

A - Pours a translucent golden color with 1" white head which quickly dissipates. Carbonation visible in the glass, a little bubbly lacing.

S - Lots of grass and grain in the nose, with a hint of citrus.

T - Taste follows the smell, with flavors of sweet grainy malts and citrus hops.

M - Light mouthfeel, good carbonation. Finishes crisp.

D - Very drinkable, makes a great warm weather session beer. Certainly worth a try if you like light summer beers.

10-01-2008 02:36:23 | More by thethrone
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Billolick

New York

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%

12 ouncer from Scott V at Captain Lawrence, confusing notches on the label attempt to inform me when this was bottled. Pours dull, hazy orangy, golden amber. Minor, also dull white head, that leaves fine, but just minor lacing. Peppery nose gets me interested, but the is a bit dissapointing, just some minor peppery spice, rather thin malt wise and a non-descript, grainy finish. Light, dry and refreshing, but nothing too exciting. Almost decent hot weather swiller, but not much else.

03-05-2007 02:14:56 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance: minimal head, clear, orange brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and a hint of orange

Taste: toasted malt, orange and a small hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet start with slightly bitter end, medium bodied, morderate carbonation

Drinkability: An average blonde ale that was my least favorite in the variety pack. Nothing really jumped out to me with this one. I will finish what is in the pack, but not seek it out.

12-22-2009 14:52:47 | More by tigg924
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +7%

09-08-2013 15:39:34 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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doremite

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

07-12-2013 19:47:55 | More by doremite
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-28-2013 13:47:06 | More by acurtis
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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -32.7%

"A real treat for the beer lover." Hmm.... Pours a sallow shade of gold, mellow with constant effervescence and a crisp white head that bubbles and etches unevenly... fruity and lagerish--an American style indeed--a bit of banana and straw... thin and crisp on the tongue--lingering aftertaste that holds like a pilsner... an odd mix of wheat and malts--not offensive, yet not astounding--just ODD--not sure this could compliment food... this could transition to Miller Lite quite easily--not a compliment or a complaint, but oh well....

06-08-2008 05:22:43 | More by dacrza1
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -4.3%

Rock Art- Whitetail Golden Ale

Appearance- Bright yellow with alot of floaters! Small head and no lacing.
Smell- Sweet lemon and sugary wheat.
Taste- Very light wheat with a touch of sugar. Lemon, sunflower, and apricot also detected.
Mouthfeel- Once again, LIGHT!! Mild flavor up front, watery in the end.

Overall- This Golden Ale was an easy drinker. I could easily drink several of these during a hot summer day. Nothing mind blowing here but a mild, kid friendly- mother approved BBQ beer.

11-06-2006 21:39:55 | More by NJpadreFan
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

Very pale and clear, with a fizzy white head. Ok ring of retention but no lacing. Not much to look at but it is refreshing at least. Smells mostly of light malts with maybe some cream and hidden fruity esters. Tastes thoroughly malty with mild fruit and a light bitterness that gives it some character. Slight dryness in the mouthfeel with nice sharp carbonation. Overall it has a lager feel and clarity to it.

This beer is good because its very easy to drink and its refreshing. It leaves the palate clear and ready for something far more intense to follow.

05-09-2006 22:36:58 | More by tastybeer
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.3%

10-01-2013 15:31:19 | More by Varkias41
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%

This pours a straw yellow with a large white head,not bad, but alittle on the "too yellow" side. The smell is really very light, almost no scent at all. The only smell at all is malt and lemon,but that's a real stretch. The taste is light,crisp, and malty. There are some floral and lemon flavors,but not much. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is an OK blonde,but let's face it, with a blonde you're not getting much and this beer lives up to that.

05-30-2006 01:35:25 | More by jmz62565
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UncleFrank

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +18.7%

A clear light gold/straw color fills the glass with little head action or retention. The aroma is sweet of flowers and malt and salt water taffy. The taste is smooth and sweet, slightly sticky, if that makes any sense. Finishes with a touch of hops just to balance then a kick of sweet again.

I like this beer, alot. The sweetness is not cloying or too much, which is a surprise for me since I like hops. It reminds me alot of a homebrew I once made called C-3PO Golden Ale that I have since played with the recipe too much to know what the original was. But I do remember I liked it. This is a craft beer that will go well in hot summer weather and with all my friends, beer geeks or not. Enjoy!

08-13-2003 23:03:32 | More by UncleFrank
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DarthTremens

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.3%

09-16-2012 02:56:34 | More by DarthTremens
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krantul

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

A surprisingly crisp golden ale, with a dry finish. Actually, it might be the dryest finish I've ever come across in an ale; this isn't bad in and of itself, but it was a little surprising. Fairly light in body, not a tremendous amount of either malt or hop character, perhaps a smidge of honey in the flavor. I'm not generally a big fan of blonde ales, but this one lacked some of the cloying flavors that have turned me off of the style in the past.

Not a beer I'd go out of my way for, but it has some unique characteristics.

06-10-2006 23:17:04 | More by krantul
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Franchise

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a cloudy orange tea color that leaves a white head that is pretty thick. The nose is fruity, syrup, honey, citrus, pretty nice. The taste starts watery on the palate bitterness starts this brew which has a bready tartness to it. It is then followed by a weak maltiness that reminds me of bland punch. A watery fruit body is all this brew is about pretty lackluster offering from Rock Art.

07-24-2006 19:34:25 | More by Franchise
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +14.1%

A: Barely hazy, warm golden with a medium size white head. Okay retention and pretty alright for lace.

S: Fresh milled grain with a honey sweetness. Light fruit esters in the background. Perhaps a ghostly hint of diacetyl? A bit of leafy hops. But mostly the fresh milled malted barley with a honey sweetness. Quite inviting.

T: Leafy, grassy, herbal hops that are a fair bit stronger than in the nose, but it is still balanced to the malts. Very nice fresh milled malted grain is the backbone and highlight. Rounded honey sweetness, hints of fruity esters, a very faint touch of diacetyl, and a background doughy yeast note fill out the flavor.

M: Medium body with matched carbonation. Smooth with a balanced finish. Normal, to-style, and a solid mouthfeel.

D: A nice Blonde that leans a bit into Kolsch territory. A light honey sweetness, soft fruity esters, balancing and mildly charactered hops – but above all, the super nice fresh milled grain. It won’t beat you over the head with anything, but this is a really nice beer.

12-21-2011 02:08:21 | More by SickGnar
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ocelot2500

Arizona

2.58/5  rDev -21.1%

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a tight white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of grainy malt with a bit of an herbal note. Nose is very faint.

Tastes of grainy malts with some hops. Malts lead off with bread and some sweetness. This gives way to a bit of fruits and some tartness. Slight hop notes show up and add some herbal qualities. Everything feels underdone and too light to me.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite the disappointment from a brewery that is capable of more.

01-15-2012 01:09:16 | More by ocelot2500
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BrewinHeadBanger

New York

4/5  rDev +22.3%

11-27-2011 23:15:42 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz. Long neck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head - white, bubbly. Settles quickly to a thin lacing on top and semi-sticky on the sides. Clear body. Golden in color.
S) Light notes of citrus fruit and nuts. Floral aromas linger in the mix.
T) Grainy with sharp hops tones initially, but once then the palette mellows and allows the malt to come through. The malt is subtle, but still in the mix. Finishes dry and with a hop bite.
M) Light bodied. Crisp. Fizzy. Dry.
D) A decent brew. Nice for a hot summer day like today.

06-24-2010 01:03:38 | More by u2carew
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

This beer pours a clear gold with minimal head and no lace. It's aroma is of citrus, some apple, dough, and hints of grapes. The flavor leads off with caramel apple followed by lemon and a bit of Mt. Dew with a dry and smooth finish. The mouthfeel is light and drinkable. Rock Art Whitetail Golden Ale is a decent beer, recommended.

11-13-2011 03:53:19 | More by B967ierhunter177
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wedge

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +10.1%

Bright, clean faded gold - thin bleached white head. Airy sweet malt aroma with some grassy hops and musty grain. Tastes of sweet wheaty malts, grains, and dry earthy hops. Lingering muffled citrus tartness and a dry, mild bitterness.

Easy to drink and unobjectionable. This would be good on a hot summer day.

04-27-2006 03:13:47 | More by wedge
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Twelve ounce bottle acquired recently in a trade. Served right out of the fridge into a pint glass. Consumed on 07/09/2008

I grabbed this one out of the fridge and immediately poured it into the pint glass. A very nice light, golden yellow ale was then presented in front of me. Very clear with a good carbonation profile. A three finger head of white fizz then came up over the top and settled down gracefully, but quickly into a broken crown that provided minimal side glass lace.

The aroma was very light, too light for me, with really no depth to it at all. Light spice perhaps, a touch of banana and a light hint of hay or grass was about it. The flavor was more of the same. Light grain notes, a hint of spice were about all there was to be found here. Dry finish led to me wanting something more to drink, but unfortunately this did little more then serves as a refreshment. Decent Mouthfeel with a good carbonation profile and a nice light touch to it. No abv concerns get this one in and down quite fast.

Overall it was an ok beer, for the style it was good, but the style leaves a lot to be desired. I don't know I would pay for this one as it really just does not seem to have enough creativity for me. Though it was not terrible by any means.

07-11-2008 22:56:58 | More by mikesgroove
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

I've sampled 3 or 4 brews from Rock Art and have enjoyed them all until the Whitetail, which isn't bad, but very average and fairly bland.

It pours a crisp golden colour with a minimal head that dissolves rather quickly for an apperance that is fairly typical for the style overall.

The aroma is a nice, but basic, mix of a chalky sweetness and malt with a touch of hops throughout.

Flavour here consists of a touch of caramel and a touch of butter with some hop flavouring at the finish. There is a nice malt backbone throughout that holds the balance well. Mouthfeel is average, being light to medium bodied and somewhat crisp.

Overall...eh. I wouldn't turn one down, but am probably picking up something else at the store if the selection is even somewhat decent.

05-03-2006 21:03:41 | More by SixpointJMH
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bultrey

New York

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%

A summer drinker to be sure -- poured out of a bottle purchased as part of a Rock Art 12-pack at the beer and smoke shop in Bennington VT. Very pale yellow color, minimal head, but nice tight carbonation. Smells a little bit musty, with a touch of honey and citrus. That same musty flavor hits up front, followed by a solid lemon/lime rind citrus bitterness, and a slightly biscuity malt, then bitter finish. Reminds me alot of Hop Sun from Southern Tier, only not quite as good. Still, I would easily knock back three or four of these on a hot summer day.

12-05-2005 23:48:52 | More by bultrey
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SpectralAbyss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +7%

09-18-2012 03:06:39 | More by SpectralAbyss
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Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.