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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Photo of fitzy84
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought up at Vermont at a cider mill store in Waterbury, VT. The beer pours with a murky, more brown than amber-red color and a thin head. Aromas include a good piece of malt mixed with dark fruits, caramel, a bit of a bread. Taste is a little bittersweet from a bready malt flavor and some minor spice. Nice carbonation to this beer; helps to give a good crispness to its body. Overall, I enjoyed the mouthfeel the most to this beer.

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Photo of whynot44
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper/amber color with a small off- white head that disappears quickly.

The aroma is toasty malt with a hint of caramel.

The taste is toasted bread with just hints of caramel and chocolate, mild earthy hops check in at the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and decently drinkable.

Overall, a very decent red ale.

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Photo of 57md
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rusty copper in color (I know that copper does NOT rust).

The finger of head dissipated rather quickly. The nose was malty and the flavor is malt forward. The finish is a bit weak, which is a bit of a downer.

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Photo of argock
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. April and 28 are notched on the side of the label. Purchased at Craft Beer Cellar (Waterbury, VT).

A: Clear burnished amber with 1-finger of beige, quickly receding head that does not leave lace. (3.25)

S: Fairly fruity yeast esters with toasted caramel malt. This reminds me of an estery Irish Red Ale with the toasty malt character. Hops are not very prominent and mostly floral and earthy. (3.5)

T: Flavor is interesting and again carries from that Irish Ale with big yeast character in the aroma. The caramel maltiness is most prominent and get some fruit accents from the yeast with some orange and berry notes. The hops are mainly herbal, floral, and earthy with light bitterness. No alcohol character. (3.75)

M: A bit too thin with light body bordering on watery with moderate carbonation. (3.25)

O: A pretty middle of the road amber ale, but it has some interesting yeast flavors you don't get every day. Unique idea to take a twist on the Irish Red Ale style.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A deeper amber color. Very, very clear. Minimal head but pretty decent lacing.

S: Malts dominate the nose. Bready, caramel, and toast are adjectives that all come to mind.

T: Once again the malts are the forefront of the beer. I feel like the focus is more on the bready/toasty characteristics , which personally I like, and they avoided that generic overdone gummy caramel character that far to many ambers have. That being said there's a bit of caramel but its not overdone.No real hops to be found which is somewhat of a let done but it still does a good job focusing on the malt. Perhaps a touch of fruity esters. Bitterness is appropriate.

M: Fairly low carbonation which is nice and makes it easy drinking. The body medium.

O: A good beer. It would have been much nicer with some decent hop profile, even the typical cascade would have been nice. None the less a good transition beer and its pretty easy to drink a few.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a smallish off white head that doesn't stick around very long. The aroma is quite malty with lots of caramel and toffee with hints of chocolate and a faint earthy hop deep underneath. The flavor follows the aroma quite well with toffee and caramel in the foreground and hints of chocolate and earthy hop bringing up the rear. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light syrupy mouthfeel. Decent beer, feels like a brown ale at times, but it's a nice gateway style beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to find this at the local big-box restaurant so I had to try (anything would be better than a Bud, right?)

Appearance was nice - slightly red hue on dark beer with a beautifu cream-colored head. The head was thick, had some staying power and with decent lacing. Smell was mostly hoppy but good. Mouthfeel was above normal for me, the carbonation was about right but it felt a tiny bit watery - no big deal though. The taste was good (a nice selection on a two-for-one night). There was some fruit in there I couldn't pick out and the barley mixed well with the hops. Overall, it wasn't spectacular but it was definitely better than the other selections they had on tap. On its own, it is a pretty good beer. I'll be sure to look for it in the beer aisle next time.

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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 FickleBeast
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a half finger of foam that dissipates quickly without lacing. Aroma is somewhat malty, stale bread, plum, and a kiss of earthy hops.

First sip is pretty straightforward - a hint of malty sweetness, a touch dry, and finishing with a bit of metallic twang. Overall, pretty straightforward - not a ton of flavor or anything that really excites the palate. Hop flavor is muted, and there is a slight bitterness in the finish.

Well, this beer has some potential, but unfortunately it really falls short of being great. It just doesn't have a ton of flavor. No real off flavors but that's not a glowing endorsement.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep maroon roasty red. Some white foam atop but very thin. Deep malty smell, some caramel. Sweet toasty caramel. Good flavor that fades out without any real bite. Pick up some hop in the aftertaste. Lighter mouthfeel.

Good, but not remarkable.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber color. No lace left by a wispy collar of retention. Patriotic bottle.

Aroma is floral hops, caramel malts and toast. Taste is toast and sweet caramel up front with more bread crust and a mild hop bitter in back.

Standard fair for the style but not flawed in any aspect either. I like the addition of the bread crust malts to play with the sweet and bitter balance. Good body for 4.8%. A bit tinny in back.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Rock Art mixed 12

A- reddish-gold amber. Very slight reddish-brown off white head. A little bit above average carbonation.

S- smells kind of like a pale ale with light smell of oats, barley, and caramel.

T- light spice hops, oats, barley, light caramel sweet finish.

M- medium bodied, easy to drink, average carbonation.

O- This beer was kind of similar to their barley wine only a little bit lighter with a little bit of light spiced hops. Could use some more pronounced flavors.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In my quest to sample 400 beers this year, I tried this one.
Pours a reddish copper color with a a hazy body, mild carbonation and, even with a viqorous pour, very little head.
Aroma is malt forward, being an amber/red ale. Hops are minimal at best. Taste is malty with some sutle spiciness. Think corrinder here. There is also some nuttiness and husks too, and no hops. Drinks pretty smooth and of medium weight. Probably better at the brewer when fresh.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly tawny robust copper with a bit of haze & a fair number of big bubbles rising to the medium size light khaki head that quickly falls to a skim, but keeps a ring and leaves a few pretty good splotches of lace.

S: Smell far less robust than it looks. Light nutty malts, faint toasty grain, & a hint of caramel sweetness. Rather light and clean – even as it warms.

T: A Decent robustness to flavor. Plentiful nutty malts are pretty dry and steely. Only super faint hints of sweetness and caramel. Just slightly stronger is a vaguely chocolate roast note that grows as it warms. Hops provide medium bitterness. Mostly herbal with a soft bit of citrus & spice up front and through the middle it fades to tobacco and then some slightly soapy resin in the finish.

M: Just the slightest bit over medium body and average carbonation with a soft feel. Fair bit of texture and chew, but minimal sweetness. Attenuated quite enough for hops to take it a tad drying.

D: Balanced, a bit nuanced, & reasonably robust. Doesn’t depend on loads of hops or load you down with lots of thick sugary, caramelly malts. Quite a well rounded, tasty, and drinkable brew. Solid, but not special.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark reddish-gold colored beer. Very clear. A big off white, soapy head that falls fairly quickly to about a quarter of the size. Tiny bubbles rush to the top. Looks well carbonated. Not much lace; what's there slips down the sides of the glass. Still, an attractive beer due to its color and clarity.

Aroma is moderately full but simple in character - just some toasty malt with the faintest hint of the hops underneath. Taste is also dominated by full-bodied, toasty malt with light sweetness and undercurrent of flowery hops. There's a subtle but distinct floral note here that reminds of me of this brewery's IPA; it may not be the same varietal but it at least feels like there's a definite Rock Art hop profile favored by the brewers.

Overall the taste of this beer is a bit more interesting than the nose lets on but it's certainly not super complex. Medium bodied and carbonated with a clean, short finish. Tasty and drinkable. The mouthfeel is fairly lively, with just a little bit of creaminess that pairs well with the carbonation.

Not bad, not great. Would love a bit more balance in favor of the hops.

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Photo of Doshkin
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - nice read/orange tinted amber color. little head that reduced quickly, but left a visually appealing film of bubbles for the duration of the consumption. best part of the beer is its looks

s - slightest bit of caramel sweet malts. mostly bready with a touch of floral hops. decent smell, but weak overall

t - taste wasn't very strong either. kind of watery, in fact. matches smell overall, with more emphasis on the bitterness of the hops. the majority of the hops must have been added at the beginning of the boil for this brew because it is quite bitter, with less hopiness in the taste, and even less in the smell.

m - definitely the second best part of the beer. good carbonation, easy to drink, pretty smooth.

o - Rock Art Brewery, i have not been impressed with the only two beers i've ever had from you. i might try one more, but if that one doesn't redeem these first two below average beers, i will be giving up on you.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber in color, clear showing carbonation, head dissipated rapidly

S: has a mild hoppy smell with a little flower smell to it

M: It has a smooth feel over the tongue

T: The main taste of the beer is hops. It is not as strong as an IPA, but good none the less

O: It is a good beer that was better then expected. The hopiness was a surprise but not a bad one. Definitely a drinkable beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

orange tinted amber color being presented before me. Little in the way of head, maybe an inch at the top at first, but settling down quickly thereafter. No noticeable side glass presentation, and only marginal carbonation visible.

The aroma was rather weak to be honest, no where near the robust smell I was looking for. Light malt notes, somewhat bready with a healthy dose of grain thrown in. The flavor was more of the same, just too light to really make an impression on me either way. Some light off fruit notes were notices, but again unremarkable. Decent carbonation kept it feeling lively, but to be honest it was just too thin to really pull it all together for me.

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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 cbutova
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red body with a tiny white ring atop the beer. Not much in the way of head or retention really, just a frothy cloud in the middle of the beer. Small ring leaves some spotty lace.

S- Caramel and slightly roasty and nutty malt along with a some citrus and floral hop notes.

T- Roasty malt comes through more here along with a nutty and caramel feel. Hops are certainly present lending earthy, floral and citrus hints.

MF- Highly carbonated light body, somewhat watery overall. Fairly bitter finish.

Malt profile is kind of like a Brown ale, quite a bit roasty and nutty. Hop profile is like a New England IPA, but in this case it makes sense, enough to balance the flavor and make this a pleasant beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date notched at Mar. Pours a dirty copper color with very minimal head. Aroma is of toasted malts, earth, and cereal. Taste is like sweet cereal and earthiness. Malt flavor all over this one. Some brown sugar and cinnamon notes. Very drinkable. Pretty decent beer to find in a mix 12 pack. I probably wouldn't buy a six pack of it but I would have it again on tap. Overall, its a decent Amber and I enjoyed it.

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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 thain709
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The body was a clear, copper color with a small, thin, white head...there was some decent retention...almost a solid cap...nice lacing

S - Caramel and toffee aromas are jumping out with hints of roasted malt...there are some dark fruits lingering in the background

T - The malts are sweet in flavor with caramel and toffee flavors leading the way...the malt switches to a roasted, chocolate flavor towards the middle of the beer...there is an earthy hop finish that brings in a bit of bitterness

M - Medium bodied...the finish is earthy and bitter but it doesn't pair well with the other flavors in the beer...a bit thin at sometimes

O - Things really started out good for this beer...great look, decent smell, and flavors that worked together...but as soon as you swallowed that flavors that were left and came back just didn't work for was just okay for me

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Photo of gfreed
2.31/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another blah beer from Rock Art and, I'm afraid, another black eye for the VT beer club. Although this one has little aroma beyond soap, it manages to burp up a little caramel flavor after stagnating in a glass for about 20 minutes. Still, it's not worth the wait. If you must drink a Vermont amber, drink the one from Otter Creek.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a reddish brown color with a very thin off white head. Head did't last long and only clung to the sides a bit. Aroma was very stout like. Malty, with a touch of chocolate. Taste was malty, a bit on the roasted side. Flavor was a tad earthy, with a touch of better, but was well balanced. Felt watery in the mouth. Carbonation was good, and it wasn't overly thin, but yet still felt watery. Nicely easy to drink, enough flavor to keep it interesting.

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American Red Ale from Rock Art Brewery
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