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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!

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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 me...it 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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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got a 12oz single today at Dan & Whit's in Norwich VT, I think it was $1.89 +tax/deposit. Bottled on date has two notches, one for Jan and one for May, and no year, so not too useful. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This dark sepia brew gives a decent 1/2" of tan head that settles to a thin frothy and stable layer with some larger bubbles and a good meniscus around the glass. Nose is pretty faint, just a bit of warm toasty malt. The taste has a great bit of mixed inky hop with a moderate body of toasty malt. Feel is mostly dry and the finish is very dry, astringent. Drinkability is lessened by the harsh dry finish, makes my teeth feel gritty.

I like a lot of Rock Art's beer, but this one falls short.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at tavelino in westborough, MA.

A: Fluffy 1/2 finger head fades at a medium pace with semi hazy dark molasses brown color.

N: Nice malts, toasty, a little roast, touch of caramel too. Some might earthy bitter hops as well. Also a slight creamy aroma. Nice toast and malt, but lackin more hops and too creamy, but some hints of smoked malt add to it.

T: Starts with more malts, some toasty malts, creamy with more roast, smoked malts, little chocolate too. Slight buttery with more light earthy bitter hops. A little fruit with touch of tangy that probably shouldn't be there.

M: Mouth is semi creamy medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes with some grassy and earthy mild bitterness. Some lingering smoke and toasty malts, as well as some of the slightly tangy fruit. A little sticky sweetness and medium dry.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is dark red, almost maroon with a finger or two of foamy white head that last for a short while. Not much in the way of lacing on the glass.

The smell is caramel with a slight toffee flavor and reminded me of a sundae without the ice cream.

The taste is has a nice malty flavor that is sweet with more caramel and toffee flavors. A creamy somewhat chocolate flavor is just on the edges and is only there ever so slightly.

The feel of this beer is medium and goes down well. Not a bad red ale, it pretty drinkable but is a little too creamy at times but overall not a bad beer.

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

Reviewed from my notes. Poured from a chilled bottle into a pint glass. It is a clear yet dark red liquid. A small tan foam head sits on top. I can see a few carbonation bubbles rising. I can smell toffee malts and a few earthy hops. It beer is pretty cold, so I think the aromas may be stronger and more nuanced at cellar temperature. The flavor has toffee and caramel sweet malts. It reminds of the filling of a quality chocolate--but without all of that sweetness. Some tangy bittering hops appear as I swallow, but I can still taste the malts as well. Both flavors linger but don't overstay their welcome. It is a nice flavor. It isn't very sticky or leave behind much of a coat. It has a medium body and low carbonation. It is a quality mouthfeel, but not outstanding. Overall the beer is very drinkable. I have had a number of these in a sitting and will again. It's another fine red ale that I am glad is now available in my area.

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Photo of Casey10
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I felt this was just a above average for the style as have had a Zoe from Maine beer company as well as nugget nectar.

A - chesnut brown with a minimal head

S - nutty definate malts.

T - some accidity again kind of nutty taste.

m - a little tingly not bad nothing stands out though.

D - not bad again, its okay and would not turn it down.

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Photo of u2carew
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. Long neck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a thin film on top. Ruby in color with some brown hues. Enough light shines through to see the upward carbonation. Lacing is thin and fairly sticky.
S) The expected malt aromas are subtle. There are hints of tree fruit apple and plum.
T) The malts are not robust but present. Lightly toasted caramel. Hops are present about midway through and come up a little stronger in the finish.
M) Medium body on the thin side. Fairly smooth. Dry in the finish.
D) An alright brew not one to brag about.

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Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent start to the head but it settles to a single layer of bubbles. Leaves good, spotty lace. Brown color; quite dark for an amber. Clear.

Malty aroma. Low level hop smell. Interestingly, there is whiff of alcohol. I've never experienced this in a beer with this level of ABV.

Very astringent--dry and bitter. The swallow is quite harsh and the aftertaste dies quickly. No notable hop. Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall, it has the wrong combination to win me over.

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Photo of silentjay
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

red, white and blue color scheme on a pretty boring bottle.
pours a lot darker than I would have thought a transparent brown with a bit of a red tint. small head, with little lacing.

smells like burnt caramel and toast. not appealing, though.

tastes more like a red than the appearance or aroma, but still the burnt malt comes through most. Not a lot of hops to speak of. a touch of watery coffee and butterscotch. tastes like a half and half mix of Killian's and Newcastle, yet a bit stronger. Maybe a watered down smithwicks with more of a burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and unimpressive. carbonation is ok, but overall its very watery.

Drinkability is average at best. I'm getting through the bottle, but I'm not enjoying it.

Not what i was expecting, much worse. I thought an American Red would be a hoppy red, but this is like half red ale, half brown ale. I like browns, I like reds, but this combination just doesn't work for me.

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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 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 treehugger02010
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 brown, dark amber color. The head is a tan color, 2 fingers tall, great retention, great lacing and small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are earthy hop, caramel and malted milk balls.
Taste: The flavors are earthy hops, malted milk balls and some chocolate.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty thin.
Drinkability: This beer is pretty good.
Don't drink and review.

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

Finally, a chance to have some Rock Art brew again. Poured this 12 oz bottle into my favorite pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy rusty brown with almost no head. What little head there is does leave a thin collar and a few loose dots of lacing.

S - Toasted malt mainly with a toffee backing.

T - Slightly malty sweet with a toasty bitterness. Finishes very bready.

M - Thin, but not watery. Enough weight to prevent that, and the carbonation is medium-high.

D - Modest ABV and decent flavor. Sessioning is definitely a possibility if this one appeals to you

Overall - The first Rock Art beer I've had in a long time, and while it's not absolutely amazing, it satisfied.

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

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. Thanks Tim! The ale appears a clear amber color with about an inch of lingering off white foam. Notes of sweet caramel malts, lightly toasted grain, cereal, slightly spicy, grassy hops. About medium bodied and amply carbonated. Decent balance though and worth a try.

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Photo of mobud
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip pint

A-Dark copper penny with small white head. Light carbonation.

S- Very malty sweet

T- Very bright. Sweet malt with a rye bread finish.

M- Medium

D- A good middle of the road beer. Enjoyed it with a spicy sausage and it paired well. Would be glad to get more of this beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep red, nice head and lots of lacing to it. Smell is sweet, some caramel notes in there. Taste is sort of light bodied, nice mouthfeel to it though. Mostly malty taste, not much for hops here. I'm a big fan of Red Ale's.. probably my favorite style actually, but the lack of hops in this one kinda let me down. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed all 3 in the mixed 12 pack, but they were a little boring taste wise. Easy to drink, smooth, no frills.. solid beer.

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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 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 Jettanbass9
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I really wish I could break this beer down into A, S, T, M, D but i can't. This beer is extremely simple. Too simple.

There are no off flavors, nothing that would make it a drain pour however, the beer seems overattenuated, lacks body aroma, and a hearty flavor that an Amber should.

Hop flavors are very light but present as is the caramel malt. The only thing this has going for it is its drinkability. It's light body unassertive flavors could make for a decent brew, if you plan on getting surly.

All in all, it misses the mark in the style BUT isn't a bad brew if you are looking for some decent swill.

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Photo of corby112
2.26/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a very thin white head that quickly dissapears. Weak aroma with faint hints of malt and hops and not much character. Very watered down with subtle maltiness and a slight dry hoppy finish. Weak interpretation of the style.

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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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American Red Ale from Rock Art Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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