American Red Ale | Rock Art Brewery

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American Red AleAmerican Red Ale
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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 scottbrew4u
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From fridge poured to glass and it looks like a good red ale. Tan head and reddish brown color with good clarity. Head settles quickly into a fine lace. Some lace sticking to the glass but sparingly.

Robust roasted malt aroma first and then sweet caramel smell with hints of vanilla and black cherry. Noticeable earthy hops come through clean.

Smooth and medium body this beer has a slight chewiness.

Clean roasted malt backbone with flavors of biscuits, caramel, and some dried fruit. Bitter hops give this beer balance not so much adding to the flavor. Some yeast flavor contributing to the aftertaste.

Overall a drinkable red ale that can be a session beer.

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Photo of dazdave
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
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 JMScowcroft
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
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 ffejherb
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into goblet on 2/21/08.

A - Deep garnet or burgundy-colored body with 1/2-finger beige head that quickly gave way to a very thin, whispy veil and sparse lacing. Fair amount of carbonation present.

S - Sweet milk chocolate mixed with an odd herbal or medicinal hop aroma and some coffee bean notes. Some hay and barnyard funk way in the back. Just a touch of alcohol as the liquid warmed up.

T - Has some sweet caramel malt up front, but finishes with an odd medicinal bitterness that tastes dirty, for lack of a better term. I don't particularly care for the hops in this brew.

M - Very thin, watery texture with a moderately prickly mouthfeel coupled with a distinct grittiness on the palate. Finishes with a bland, dry hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - I find this only slightly better than their barleywine, which was not very good, in my opinion. Overall, not too impressed with this offering either.

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Photo of brewslut
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a goblet.

A - Dark reddish brown body, almost burnt umber in color, with small off-white head and that mostly diminished. Clear body with normal sized particles.

S - Malty dark chocolate with espresso coffee. Lightly hopped. Some earthy yeast present reminiscent of wet leather.

T - Initially light and bitter with short, dry finish.

M - Light to medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation. Metallic finish.

D - Decent offering, but I wouldn't go out of my way for another. A little too dry for my tastes.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this bottle. Heard a lot about them and label artwork was pretty cool. Huge great citrus aroma hits the nose, wow, only problem is it had no taste or flavor. Very thin with some floral bitterness in the end but overall was just average and boring. Was like French fries without the salt, good aroma but it ends there.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My Mom brought me a sixer of this on her last visit from VT.

Nice deep red-brown with a decent off white head.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts, buttered popocorn(not good), some toasted nuts, and earthy hops.

Flavor is buttery caramel and cereal malts, earthy hops, and some light metallic astringency.

Average body, mouthfeel, and drinkability.

Love ya Mom but next time bring some McNeills!

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Photo of racer2k
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small amount of head which goes away quickly. Low / medium carbonation. Dark red color

Smell: Dark malty and fruity perhaps some cherry flavor. Roasted burnt aroma.

Taste: Toasted malt taste with a light hoppy flavor. Finishes crisp with hint of cherry

Mouthfeel: Light body and clean feel.

Drinkability: Smooth easy. Good for session drinking if you like red ales

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but dark brown. No head really. Strong caramel and malt on the nose with a minor leaf tone barely hitting you.. Flavor is unbalanced. Way too much of a tang to it. Almost like some kind of citrus juice mixed in there. A bit of an odd liquid feel. Low carbonation. This is one to pass on. Lacks balance. Too tangy. Not really worth trying.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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 jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light tan, one-finger head that goes quickly to a ring and leaves a little lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Deep mahogany color. Nose is almost roasted malts. Flavor is hoppy/roasted coffee with hints of caramel. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of albern
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber, almost a porter color, and not the reddish amber I was expecting. The head is brownish and it does retain, somewhat. This is a light bodied beer that has this rather interesting charcoal taste. There is a burnt brown sugar aspect evident from the malts, a nice dryness, and a smoothness in the finish. The smell offers little to distinguish itself, the taste overall does not linger, and this makes for a rather okay outing, nothing more.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
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 jjayjaye
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and very dark amber, a bit more orange than mahogany, with a full head that fades quickly. Some lacing present. It has a slightly roast malt smell and flavor to it. Medium bodied and adequately carbonated, the mouth feel has a balanced hop characteristic. The flavor is uncomplicated yet there is a slight smoky aspect that lingers some. A reasonable drinker.

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Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this brew at a friend's house, just before relocating to Europe. It's a deep, reddish-amber color with a nice white head. The lace is respectable, and the aroma is more malty than expected. Hop aroma is restrained, while a little roasted and toasted malts shine through. The intensity of the aroma, however, is a bit light. The flavor is similar. Mildly sweet and drinkable. The carbonation is relatively low, and the beer is nicely balanced between sweet and dry. It's a good, but somewhat unremarkable beer. I'd have it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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 tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
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 Stimack
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

His brew poured to a brownish color, surprising since it says it is a red ale. Has a nice sized light tan head of tightly formed bubbles and seems to have great retention as it left some nice thick lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma has a sweet note to it with a scent of caramel and a hint of hops. The flavor comes across almost like a brown ale, some toasted notes come to mind first. Nice malt flavors that seem to give toffee and/or caramel flavors. At the tail end I seem to be picking up some hop flavors that do leave a little bitterness at the back of the mouth. Overall I think that this is a pretty good brew, One I would get again.

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with a red hue. Thin tan head,with decent retention,and lacing. Smell is of dark sweet fruit. Body is on the light side with some carbionation. Taste is of dark fruit,and honey. Nice little kick in the finish. Refreshing,and smooth. Try it!!

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Photo of jwc215
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep crimson/mahogony with a one-finger head that descends to a thin creamy heat. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of toffee with a citric hop background. Would be decent, but for a doughy yeast aroma mixed in that throws it off.

Sour upfront. Toffeeish. Malty with little of the hop presence that was in the aroma, except that something is balancing it out. Toasty notes. The yeast strain, which doesn't seem to go so well here, tends to peek through a bit too much.

It falls apart too much in the feel, which is overly watery and thin. Flavor vanishes money in my pocket in a beer store. Decent carbonation and even texture, but nothing is left after swallowing.

Overall, it was easy enough to finish the one, but nothing would make me want more of it. Thin with just a bit too much yeast coming through. A fleeting memory of a brew.

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Photo of flexabull
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really dark amber color, almost brown, and with a nice big white head.

Aromas are of roasted malts, cereal grains, and a little bit tea like.

Flavor is similar to iced tea, a bit sweet, tart, and slightly hoppy and crisp on the finish.

Mouthfeel seems ok, nothing special though. Kind of lean.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a very average beer, nothing special, but it's decent, and certainly non offensive in any way. Just not something I would seek out.

Thanks for the bottle jpagewatts. (B'day 07)

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Photo of JMD71
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled & reveiwed 1/13/07:

Ap: Hard pour raises almost no head & the small head receded immediately. Nice ruby red color with medium carbonation. Looks placid....

Ar: Dark bing cherries, black cherry syrup, slight burnt toast & roasted malt aroma. Nice combination. Smells promising.

Ta: Toasty aroma dominates in the flavor. Nice! Roasted malt finish with slight hop balance. Bitterness & hop flavor minimal, as expected. Very minor cherry flavor noted.

Mo: Light bodied. Refreshing & clean on the palette. Crisp. Carbonation perfect.

Dr: Easy drinking. Refreshing. Good session beer!

Comments: Very good red ale! Goes down very smooth & easy.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Fish113d
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brownish red color (burnt copper- is that a color) with a slight oily surface layer of tan head that tends to cling to the edge of the glass nicely.

Aroma is mainly of toffee or caramel malts with just a bit of floral hoppiness. Rather sweet underlying aroma here. Basic for the style.

Sipping reveals a bit of a smoke flavor followed by a rather sweet toffee taste (burnt toffee). The body is rather light and just a tad bit of hops comes into play, but not enough to shake much of a stick at.

Again, body is rather light and drinkable. A nice autumn choice. No alcohol detected and rather easy to drink. Just sweet enough for the style, and just enough hops to help it balance making it very drinkable.

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Photo of Liquids
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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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