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Whitetail Ale - Rock Art Brewery

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Whitetail AleWhitetail Ale

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of corby112
1.02/5  rDev -68.6%
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!

corby112, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of McBeaver
1.95/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured cloudy with a thin large bubbled head. The aroma was "funky" like a sink drain, and some slight band aid. It tasted really fruity and had the same drainy flavor it had in the aroma, it also tasted strongly of vanilla. The mouthfeel was slick almost slimy. I did not enjoy this beer at all. I'm pretty sure it isn't meant to taste like this so I guess I got a bad bottle. All bad handling does is enhance the faults a beer already has though.

McBeaver, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of BigPlay1824
2/5  rDev -38.5%

BigPlay1824, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Sheepdog6
2.08/5  rDev -36%

Sheepdog6, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.08/5  rDev -36%
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.

BeerNinja007, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.1/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours extremely light yellow in color with almost no head, no lacing and well above average carbonation. Smells of floral citrusy hops, and fruits. Tastes is severely lacking with slight hop flavor. This is not good at all. Avoid this beer! Not worth your time or money.

ATLbeerDog, May 10, 2008
Photo of gfreed
2.13/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

gfreed, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of dacrza1
2.2/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"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....

dacrza1, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of BeerCosmonaut
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of krisr
2.38/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

krisr, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of potownbill
2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

potownbill, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of MarkyMOD
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of SpasmWaiter
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

SpasmWaiter, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Stunmai
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Stunmai, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

ocelot2500, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a rather small white head.

Smell: Sourish, wheaty aroma with some slight floral hints.

Taste: Sweetish, light flavor of pale malts and malted wheat. Vaguely citrusy hops with a medium bitterness. Sourish taste of cooked veggies. Dash of mineral water. Same until the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Altogether mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty dull and unimpressive.

ChainGangGuy, May 12, 2008
Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly hazed light golden with a thin white head that immediately becomes a very thin, swirling patch that stays around.

The smell is bready with a touch of sour. The yeast strain pulls through, Hint of mild fruitiness.

Unexpected taste for the style - sour dough, light herbal spiciness. Some candy sweetness. They tried to put a twist on a golden/blonde ale that just doesn't do it for me. The yeast comes through too much as the malt and hops are not enough. Altogether too much and not enough going on at the same time. A touch of late hops come through in the finish, but too little, too late.
Too light in body to make it work well.

Watery thin, though something lingers in the mouth. I'll put that in the "almost bad aftertaste" category.

I can see why some people will like it more than me because there is a flavor to an often near flavorless style, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me, and the body is light, even for the style. I had a second one a few days later to confirm and - I'll pass on this one in the future.

jwc215, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of tobelerone
2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

tobelerone, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of yen157
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden in color with some whispy head and a tiny bit of lace. Husky, grainy nose reminiscent of peanut shells. Crisp in the mouth, a lot of “grain” flavors, but not too much malt. Finish is odd and almost buttery, but not in a diacytel kind of way. More like non-stick cooking spray than butter. I could drink this again, sure, but there are probably hundreds of other “golden ales” that taste better and cost less. PASS!

yen157, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of doremite
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of rorjets
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

rorjets, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of rolltide8425
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

rolltide8425, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Ronin
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Ronin, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

rderedin, Sep 28, 2014
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Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.