American Red Ale | Rock Art Brewery

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American Red AleAmerican Red Ale

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The unofficial name for this beer is “Super Glide”. Malty rich with a hint of spicy hops and roasted grains. This beer is one smooth ride with a clean finish! We brewed this one with American Pale, oats, flaked barley, black, chocolate, red malt, melandolin malt. American hops include Magnum, Centennial, Liberty and Crystal. Enjoy!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-21-2003

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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 192
Photo of dazdave
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper red with an inch of head. Lots of tiny bubbles rise to the surface. The nose has a definite hop smell more piney than anything else.
Dangerously delightful beer. First sips have nutty malty flavors juxtaposed to grapefruity hops right up front. Very well balanced beer. Its a pretty long lasting taste on the tongue finishing with Grapefruit. Its not overbearing grapefruit nor overly sweet. Its pretty clean and I'd say a near perfect mouthfeel. There's a small alcohol bite at the end. This is right up there with the best reds I've ever had.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, amber in color, small carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and a hint of coffee

Taste: toasted malt, toffee, and a touch of coffee

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, medium bodied, morderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised with this very good brew. I like the strong malt presence in the body. With the low abv, I could have a six.

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Photo of cwachtel
4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep amber color...almost completely brown. Fairly thin head that doesn't last very long. Nice lacing on the glass though. Not a very overpowering aroma...fairly balanced between hops and malt which carries over to the flavor. Being a fan of the more malty beers, I liked the balance...not too malty. Mouthfeel was a little thin but that adds to the drinkability.

I really liked this beer and will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with sparse off-white head.
Smell is a bit malty with some nice hop textures also present.
Taste present switha a nice firm maltiness combined with the perfect balance of hops.
Finishes with a nice taste rentention.
Truly an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Newer review:
12ozer bought as a single from Winooski Beverage, Winooski, VT. Bottled 4/04.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head, which lasts well. Laces excellently, over this deeply reddish amber brew. Aroma is of husky caramel malts, with what seems to be a tad of slight fruitiness lurking beneath. Taste is dominated by the malts husks, as the nose portended, and ends with a little hoppy bite. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is superb as well. Check this one, seemingly fresher is much better.

Original Review, 3.2, 5/25/04:
12ozer from a mixed 6-pack from Waterbury Beverage, Waterbury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" light tan head, which hung around for a bit. Laces well, over this deeply reddish amber brew. Aroma is slightly of caramel malt and a bit of hops. Taste is of malts and some sour/bitterness, which seems to not be hop-sourced. Don't know what's particularly going on there, but it's not the most pleasant mouthfeel, which kind of puts the kibosh on the drinkability as well. Does seem to improve as it warms, which is why it got the 3s even though I didn't sound very impressed. Have to give this another chance sometime, just in case.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber to red color. Nutty and malty aroma. Great malty flavor. Slight caramel taste to it. Somewhat nutty with a slight roasted quality to it. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable and easy going beer. Best amber/red ale I have had in a long time. Could be a regular in my fridge if it was sold here.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look - Sleek, patriotic labeling on the bottle. Pours yellow-brown and settles a yellow-amber in the glass. Quite fizzy with a good sized head.

Smell - Sweeter smelling ale with a promising, lingering aroma.

Taste - Smooth, creamy ale full of flavor and substance.

Mouthfeel - Has a bite that leaves very shortly after you swallow. Quite pleasurable.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, you could have your own six-pack with little to no issues. It's light on alcohol as well so you probably will!

Overall a pretty solid Red Ale.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The best red I've had so far. Pours a nice amber-red with a 1" head and leaves nice lacing. Smells of tasted and caramel malts. Taste is well-rounded and nicely balanced. Slight bitterness to it, but not hops flavor or aroma. A simple beer, but satisfying and tasty.

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Photo of Atron67
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a really foggy brown with red hues, pretty different from your run of the mill red ale. has a tan/offwhite head which built up to an inch or so but fell quickly and didn't leave much of note behind.

S- pretty solid smell, some good maltiness, slightly sweet, hop aroma is pretty noticable, which is nice, but the focus stays on the malt.

T- actually very good tasting despite the mediocre start. smooth slightly melanoidin tasting malt. smooth crisp, pretty solid malt tasting, with a little other complexity

M- medium body, stronger carbonation, though nothing heavy.

D- a solid session beer choice.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Attempt 3/4 at this variety pack that has so far not impressed me.

A - Dark ruby amber in color, looks like a brown ale even. One finger tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - Earthy hops and caramel malts. Some hazelnut and chocolate perhaps, reminds me of the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar alot! Finally a regular Rock Art with some smell to it (and hopefully flavor).

T - Mmm, I really like this. It almost makes up for the past two (IPA and Golden). Reminds me right away of a red ale I had at the Bobcat Cafe in Bristol. Earthy hops, a bit of chocolate and toffee, very bready. Has another finishing taste that I am having trouble describing but both of these reds had it. Just a great Vermont red ale taste, you'll know what I mean when you taste it. Almost a sweet, butterscotch, nutty, "woody" element to it is the best way I can describe the finish.

M - Medium with light carbonation, seems a little flat.

D - Very tasty and low abv. More flavor than the other two from the mix pack I have had and yet lower abv.

Overall, a really good red ale and probably the best brew of the mix pack so far. I like it. It seems they do not want to brew a typical version of any style they attempt, and while this may not be the perfect red ale, it is a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a thick, light-tan head with decent retention. Nose was really malty and sweet and the color was a deep red with very good clarity. Mouthfeel was full, approaching thick and there was a heavy malt presence on the tongue. Finish was likewise sweet and malty. I am not a huge fan of sweet beers, but this was pretty good and not something that I would turn down, given an opportunity to drink it again.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark red color with a thin head and a little lacing. Aroma is smooth and malty, chewy and even a tad bit smoky. Somewhat sweet as well. Taste is nice and smooth upfront with that chewiness and nice malty aftertaste. Mmm, mmm,mmm. A second sip confirms more of the smokiness that I detected that adds more of a dimension to this beer. There's some bitterness in the aftertaste as well that's just perfect.

And at 4.8%, you can't possibly go wrong with this beer. I could drink a few of these. It's definitely a great beer, especially if the only Rock Art beers you've tried are the ones in their Extreme series. This one is a surprise.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored out of the bottle a deep, wood stain brown with an off white head. Very little head and the aromas are equally subtle. A nuttiness and sweetness vaguely reminiscent of peanut butter. OK, I really liked these flavors, buttery, nutty, sweet malts and cereal malts. Deep and robust. Slightly bitter at the end when the hops kicks in. Long finish lingers on the tongue. Smooth, clean and quite sessionable. Yum!

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Photo of surprenant1138
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper red with very little head and faint lacing. Aroma is of malt, burnt pecans, chocolate, ash, and a hint of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is of a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Taste surprised me, being pretty much like th aroma with earthy hints and a grassiness...some smokiness too. I like this quite a bit.

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Photo of Liquids
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly a red ale and not an amber, but with a large foamy head that is an off white color. Aroma is pretty hoppy with pine and citrus rinds. Rather American and not very English in aroma. No malts detected...and now I'm just hoping it's not just another all-hops amber ale. Taste is really full yet mellow, balanced, smooth and sessiony. This is definitely an irish red style and not an american amber. There is that upfront tea-like? red flavor with a bit of a darker malt poking through just a little to add some complexity. It's mostly just mellowed middle of the road malt flavors, but it's not ultra sweet at all. It finishes rather dry actually. I find this style fairly distinct from ambers and browns. And there is a notable hop presence, but it's not killer. I tasted this one at room tempterature as well as slightly chilled, and it held up both ways.

This is a lot like Smithwicks, but fresher, a bit more american, and preferable. Good flavors going on here. Mouthfeel is light bodied in a sessionable way so it's very appropriate for the style. Carbonation is moderate without any ugly tang or excess zippiness on the tounge, just right. Drinabilitywise, this is overall a great beer that I would rarely imagine passing up on draft, and one that surprisingly, I could imagine buying now and again and passing to others. Not going to be enjoyable if your an "extreme beer" fiend. Think session beer done right. A good find.

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Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks cookin420 for this one.
Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Golden with red highlights, it has a rather small white head with little retention.
Hoppy aroma, fruity, with some caramel and possibly even honey notes. Well balanced taste, a moderate hoppy bitterness along with some caramel sweetness. Easy to drink, went well with a light summer meal. Well, light to my standards. Well done.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red with an orange tinge. Clear but tons of carbonation. Light layer of foam.

The smell is well-balanced. Nice, grassy hop at first, then a roasted bitter malt. The foundation of a smooth red but with a surprising hop addition. Excellent smell.

The taste is a heavy burnt malt dominating. The hops are but a spicy accent, although they get more woody with warmth. It finishes on the roasted bitter side.

The feel is smooth but also bubbly. It's a very solid red ale with a little something extra.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to imagineiii for the chance to try this bottle.

A - deep reddish brown color with a nice offwhite head.
S - light malts and a light citric hop note.
T - caramel malts, light hop bite, a hint of grains.
M - light bodied, nicely carbonated with a clean finish.
D - nice session / dinner beer.

paired with a gumbo soup and a baked potato with salsa. Worked well for me. I'd definitely order on tap if it was available.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Bud pint glass (yikes!).

A: Pours a medium-copper amber color with a two-finger head of white foam and a very nice clarity. The head leaves some decent lace and carbonation is fair.

S: Smells sweet, bready and malty with a hint of hop leaf oil.

T: Taste is sweet roasted caramel malt layered under richer cereal malts and grain. Just a nice, all-around malted brew with a slight but noticeable hop backbone to even out the sweet with a shade of bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very easy drinking.

D: A very good session ale and a nice pick for someone or some dish which requires a lighter drinking, complimentary ale without getting into stronger flavors or ABV, or a lighter blonde lager or ale which might lose out in flavor.

I can see why this brew is unofficially dubbed "Super Glide." Very easy drinking, satisfying to the general beer drinker, but not outstanding for the style. Very good malt profile, though, and possibly one of the best year-round brews from Rock Art.

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Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear burgandy color with a healthy 2" head. Nice lacing developed through the drink.

Smell: the aroma was weak, as only a hint of caramel was detectable.

Taste: this brew had a decent malt backbone, featuring bread and caramel. Bitterness was very light, and there was a hint of a peppercorn or two lingering around.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and finish. Caramel lingers on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: A very drinkable red ale due to the nice maltiness.

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Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not all that red in color, more like Coca Cola. Thin head that drops off quickly. The aroma is a definitively sweet malt with a touch of orange citrus, maybe a little chocolate. The flavor is tangy, a bit watery with a fine carbonation. This flattens out before too long and grows more bitter.Remains quite drinkable though. Not the flavor you would expect with a Red Ale. This is a little smokey. Carbonation could be improved a bit. Interesting.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a pint glass .

A-Pours a clean and bubbly red color, a touch amber and a touch of brown. A 1-plus finger head that tapers to a lasting film leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Toasted bready malts, spicy hops.

T- Big bready malt and grain backbone. A hint of chocolate and caramel.

M- Malts and oats give this brew body. It's crisp and carbonated. None of its flavors show any sweetness, it finishes dry and mild.

O-This beer looks big and flavorful and it just about measures up. It could use a flavor kick but does not suffer from the 'sticky-sweet' Red Ale stigma , a big plus. Smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rock Art- American Red Ale

This is the 2nd of the 3 beers I bought from Rock Art.

Appearance- Dark ruby red with a decent foamy head. Heavy lacing on the inside of my glass.
Smell- Strong smokey malt with hints of caramel.
Taste- Smokey caramel malt with a hint of earthy hops.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth and dry up front with a big caramel finish.

Overall- I wasn't expecting much but this beer really grew on me as I downed my pint. The flavor started to come out after the 3rd to 4th sip. The beer finished strong. This can be drunnk quickly though. I'm gonna bring a 6er of this in my pack on my up coming hike in Northern PA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/17/2011 at Yard House in Dedham, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops some fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit. Then a decent hops presence comes in. The malt character is heart but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of scottum
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served a very deep red amber with a short lacy head. Malty for a red, but the hop bite is still where one would expect it to linger. Very smooth and quite the easy to drink brew. Certainly a solid brew to tip back for a few houurs when in VT. A good warmup for the bigger of Rock Art's beers.

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