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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 Dewey0603
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a deep dark red with an average dirty white head that disappears a little quickly. The smell is sweet malt and yeast. The "bisquity" aroma is very nice. The taste has alot of malt, both sweet and roasted,and a creamy bakery flavor. There is a dark fruit and a toastyness feel to this beer. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well although the aftertaste is abit watery.Not a bad beer, I would have this again and this is a pretty good brewery.

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

Dark red/brown color gives a nice glow. 1.5 finger head is off white and has good retention. Wholesome kind of smell. Woody, toasted caramel aroma. Taste has the same outdoor, camping feel to it along with some fruity malt, and unimposing citric hopping to it. Nice balance of hops and malts overall and easy to consume.

Another good red/amber. Also a good beer to get if you can't decide what you feel like.

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

Deep amber brown with a small, creamy head - decent retention as it clings to the glass. The aroma is pretty balanced - toasted sweet malts and a fruity hop character with a touch of diacetyl. Smooth malty flavor that gradually fuses with a fruity hoppiness. Mouthfeel is clean and dry - a little light

Not too shabby - pretty well balanced overall. Easy drinkin'.

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Photo of MattBrooks
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a rich, frothy, bready style head. This Red Ale started off abit misleading with the color, but one sip and the style comes shining through. Big notes of caramel and malt dominate this craft brew. A big mouthfeel was a little too much for this beer but that was really the only negative about this beer. It's clean on the finish and at a low alc content, it's pretty easy to drink a sixer of these.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GoodbyeOhio and The BestEver for the bottle!
Clear mahogany, topped with a creamy, ivory head. Excellent lacing, leaving sheets clinging to the glass. Good head retention, keeping a thick collar throughout. Sweet and grainy caramel malt aroma, a bit biscuity, with a modest piney, woody hop background. Kinda english feeling. Mild pear esters, a good ale beeriness. The flavor starts out with grainy caramel malt, the fruitiness much less present than in the aroma. Rather clean, perhaps a bit grassy with a vague sense of pear. Modestly hopped finish, maintaining a woody, slightly piney feel. The malt maintains presence, biscuity with a hint of roasted grain into the finish, softly hinting of cocoa. Grainy caramel aftertaste. Lighter medium bodied, with a somewhat watery feel, mostly up front. Perky carbonation, coupled with the watery feel, adds a transience to the mouthfeel. Not too bad. Nothing I'd make a habit out of, but it's fairly easy drinking stuff.

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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 goodbyeohio
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, part of a mix pack

crystally red pour with reduced foam ring.. creamy leaving swampy willow lacing on the glass. nose is malty, in a real dirty way. funky but rich toffee wafts rise up. lightly hopped, nothing green about this brew. real nice malting adds alot of body and beefy sweetness to this low abv brew.. hops serve as more of a spice than a bittering or sweetening agent here, as detected in the savoury finish. there's alot of fight in this midget for sure.

the aroma could really use some improvement here, but overall a drinkable, solid american red. almost as good as the trout river (but not quite).

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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 weeare138
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark red amber with a creamy 1 finger ivory head that lasts. Heavy streaks of lace are painted on the inside of the glass.
Smell is grainy malts with caramel and crystal malt, along with a light amount of hops.
Taste about the same as the aroma descriptions with a mildly sweet taste.
Mouthfeel is gritty and full bodied with a semi sweetness balancing out a mild bitterness.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great, easy sessional beer. Pours a deeper red than expected, with a thin foamy head that never quite disappears. Nose is heavy on the malts and the hops have a pleasant backstage appearance. Flavor is fill of rich malts and strong caramel and toffee tones. Hops are there, but with a very mellow presence--just to provide some balance. Mouthfeel is heavy on the tongue and a tad creamy. Slight oily slickness on the inside of the cheeks. Low ABV and not incredibly hoppy or bitter makes this a great sessional beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a nice deep reddish brown with a half inch khaki head. Bright ruby pops out when held up to the light. Aromas of sweet caramel that's a bit roasty, fruit and bready malt undertones. A nice citric hop aroma is there too. Not bad, I enjoy the fresh hop aroma.

First sip brings brings a nice toasty caramel maltiness along with a nice citrusy hop backbone. A bit of a bready aspect comes in mid sip with a good balance between bitter and sweet. An enjoyable, no frills, easy drinking red ale.

Mouthfeel is has a medium body with a carbonation that fills the mouth on the way down. Easily drinkable, yet fairly average. Would make a nice hot weather session and would be a good choice to convert those macro drinkers. Thanks to MuddyFeet and BIF20 for the chance to try this one.

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

Got grilled by McCarthy himself with this one on 4/17/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Almost a concrete-like constriction of short head with a light amount of stick. Light red hue with a bit of haze and some medium action. Humongous, sweet clover on nose with a bittering hop note and some green apple tartness. On the mouth, soda fizz is the first thing noted, unfortunately, followed by some fresh nuggat, though light, and a tickle of roast on the roof of the mouth. Medium body.

I found this to be good enough, but perhaps a bit overdue.

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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 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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Photo of far333
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut ruby color with a foamy beige head that lingers, and leaves fine lacing and rings around the inside of the glass. Smell is hoppy, but not very strong. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and slick. Flavor is light malt, but also has some cherry highlights. Reminds me of an English bitter, but has a strange sour and tangy flavor. It's a bit too bitter, and the sourness detracts from it overall.

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