Whitetail Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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Whitetail AleWhitetail Ale

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 21.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 07-21-2002

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.
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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 148
Photo of whynot44
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy gold color with a modest foamy white head that vanishes quickly.

The aroma is grainy with hints of coriander and esters.

The taste is bready malts, some mild peppery spices, herbal hops and some apple like notes.

The body is light and fairly smooth making it easy to drink.

Overall, a decent refreshing brew, nothing special but refreshing and enjoyable for a hot day.

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Photo of 57md
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw with a thin line of head that dissipated quickly. The nose is too reminiscent of an AAL for my liking. The flavor is crisp and the finish is pleasantly dry.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*Based off week old memories*

A: Head and lacing are great. Retention is also good. Very clear golden color.

S: A bit of cereal grain. Very generic beer smelling. By that I mean its the smell that everyone recognizes as beer, nothing really obtrusive or intriguing.

T: Decent. A bit of cereal grain and just the very lightest tinge of hops. Maybe just a little bit of a pear like or appleish ester profile but its very minimal. Nothing standing out really but that's okay for the style.

M: Moderate to light body with maybe just a bit lower carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing but not a life changer or anything too interesting. A good example of a blonde ale however. Easy drinking patio beer but that's just fine.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(3.0) A: Clear straw-like amber colour with a soapy and oily head that quickly recedes.

(4.0) S: Cereals, faint bread, Belgian-like spices, and floral notes. Very aromatic with a good mix of variety.

(3.5) T: Lightly toasted grains, delicate malt backbone, lingering spices that emit a bit of heat (ginger-like), honey, and floral notes. Crisp and bitter. Good overall taste that is very drinkable and satisfying.

(3.5) M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A little oily with a generally clean profile.

(3.5) D: Very drinkable and a well done and pleasing offering from Rock Art.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear, gold colored beer with a smallish head. Not much lacing.

Aroma is very mild, light grainy malt, a touch of citric and grassy hops.

Very watery and muted flavor; mostly weak malt taste, cereal/breadiness, again, trace hoppiness, mostly of the citrus and grass variety, seems inconsequential and a bit boring.

Thin bodied with medium carbonation. Easy to drink but strangely not all that refreshing. Bland and disappointing throw-in to Rock Art’s mixed 12. More for the non-craft drinker, I’d think. Forgettable.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden blonde body with a small white, creamy head. Retention is decent. Spotty lace around the glass.

S- A light aroma consisting of pale malt, yeast bread and fruit and floral hints.

T- Starts out with some floral hops and pale malt hints. Finishes heavy with yeast bread and cereal grain flavor. A bit of fruit/raisin and citrus zest throughout.

MF- Highly carbonated light body with a somewhat creamy feel. Finishes just a tad bitter.

Pretty much what I have come to expect from Blonde Ales of this type. Solid flavor and refreshing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

Made with real venison?? Not this time, but, hey, a man can dream... Instead, it pours a clear bright brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, very light orange, and a vague idea of light sweetness. The taste brings in more of the same, though the sweetness is toned down and the orange character is amped up a bit. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation, a dry finish, and a kinda grainy feel. Overall, a generally solid brew, but a bit on the boring side, with nothing setting it apart from anything else, really.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle tonight at Regal Beagle in Brookline. Poured into a tall thin water glass. Hazy orange colored body. Thin white head. Very mediocre look. Smell was a bit fruity, but not very aromatic. Taste was nothing special either. Mostly a bit citrusy like an orange, and a lot of malt. Finishes with a surprising hint of hops on the palate though. Mouthfeel was on the watery side. I would not find myself buying this beer again. I haven't had much RAB beers, but this was not stellar.

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Photo of gfreed
2.14/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Golden? Check. Ale? Not sure: this borders on Kingfisher bear-whiz lager territory: fizzy yet bland; two steps from being soda water. Is there nothing in the Vermont beer industry that is brewed with flavor? Good to wash down something spicy, but not much more than that. I banish this beer to the same pit as Switchback.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold color and crystal clear. Modest head that leaves some spotty lace.

Mostly grainy aroma. Very mild hop. Some metallic nose, like iron.

Very bitter, with a dry malt flavor. Almost astringent. Bitter swallow and aftertaste, but I don't get a sense of any typical hop flavors beyond the raw primary taste. Good body for the style--quite full with good carbonation.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden brown, slight amount of head, sticking around the top of the glass. Has a very sharp bitter taste in the finish, tart tasting, a little watery in the beginning, has a pretty strong aftertaste, not sure if I like it. Goes down ok, not anything jumping out at me, and a little lacking in the taste department for me.

Not one of the better beers I've had from Rock Art, a bit underwhelming, and nondescript.

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Photo of krisr
2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Golden color, decent head.

Smelled slightly citrusy, faint malt character.

Tasted very bitter, unbalanced.... Odd as the IBUs are low.

Moutfeel was harsh.

This beer was not so balanced, and I don't think I could drink more than a one, if that.

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Photo of u2carew
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.18/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sampled on Feb 20th, 2010, reviewed from notes I found scrawled on a piece of scrap paper. On-tap at Pacific Rim in Burlington VT. Memorable enough (in an unflattering way) that I have no trouble filing in the blanks.

A: Light yellow brew with a nice 1" of rocky white foam. Good retention and huge lacing.

S: Raw grains, lemon, honey, warm spices (ginger?). Fairly thin but has some complexity.

T: Very light and bland, not much to note. Light lemon and grassy flavors. Soapy baking soda finish is very unpleasant.

M: Very thin and overly carbonated.

D: Good as a palate cleanser when paired with spicy food, but not enjoyable for its own sake. Def. will avoid this in the future.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this one at the Equinox Resort's Marsh Tavern in Manchester Village, VT. Served in a tall pilsner glass.

Pours a pale yello with big white head that disappears quickly. Looks like any normal beer so far. Smell is light, with essentially just hops and nothing really to balance - has a rice nature to it that reminds me of Kirin.

Flavor has way too much of the rice - but also is overbalanced on the hops and not a whole lot in the way of flavor. It isn't bad though, its just a lacking, and not what you'd expect from a craft brew. Body is light, and its fine to drink, but nothing worth multiple drinks.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-creamy, thick white head, light golden yellow body

S-grainy and some herb

T-cereal front, melon, light hop and bread notes


D-very diverse in the flavor department. Nice summer beer. I would drink this again.

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Photo of alexgash
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear pale golden straw body. Small, gauzy, eggshell-white head. Not much lacing. Mild nose of biscuit malt, a bit of cereal (rice, maybe corn). A hint of citrus and grassy hops. Lightly toasted malts, with hints of grain up front. Slight mineral water bitterness mixed with a whiff of citrus hop flavor. Doughy cereal malts fill in with a mild sweetness. Mild grassy hop bitterness in the finish with some latent fruitiness. Light body with a sparkly feel. A very mild ale (as a blonde should be) that might appeal to macro drinkers looking to convert or drink locally (if they live in Vermont!). Not bad, but pretty forgettable.

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Photo of potownbill
2.46/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Borderline drainpour. I decided to finish the bottle, but did ask myself a few times whether the calories were worth an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill.
Appearance: frothy white head that dissipated quickly, leaving some lacing. Orange-yellow color.
Mouthfeel: Thin, somewhat watery.
Smell: Grainy, a little buttery, but not very pleasing.
Taste: Some maltiness, but more on the side of an American Adjunct Lager than a Blonde Ale.
Drinkability: Not very.
This is a good brewery, and I have enjoyed other beers, but this one misses the mark.

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Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of corby112
1.03/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear watery pale golden yellow color with no head whatsoever. Unimpressive to say the least so far.

Lots of corn, rice and other skunky adjunct grains. I can't even pick up any malt character and there is also an astonishing lack of hops. It kind of smells like the floor of a fraternity house.

The flavor of this beer would best be described as if they took some alcohol then some dirt in there followed by some industrial cleaning chemicals. This beer actually made me feel ill. Possibly the worst beer I've ever had. Complete drainpour. Avoid at all costs!

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden in color (shocking) with a small white foamy head that quickly disappeared.

S - Slightly bready and spicy. Slight malt presence, no hops that I can detect. Smells like a wine almost.

T - Toasted malts with minor flowery hops to finish. Nothing really stands out in my opinion, tastes a bit bland. This tastes like someone's first homebrew if they didn't use enough ingredients.

M - Light with moderate carbonation.

D - Very sessionable but lacks any real flavor.

Overall, pretty disappointing. I've come to expect good things from this brewery, at least from the big beers I have purchased. Let's hope the rest of the variety pack makes up for this.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this out of the Rock Art variety case that I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy light gold color. The head is a finger tall, white in color, poor retention, ok lacing and the tiniest of bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are very spargy, pale malt and sweet caramel.
Taste: The flavors are orange peel, bananna and wheat.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a thin to medium body.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.