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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light copper body low bitterness with good hop flavor. This is my impression of what the English troops may have been drinking when they occupied India. The pale ale they drank had mellowed considerably. The wooden casks had spent many months traveling on ships and long inland journeys to the troops, where they were then tapped and enjoyed.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a brownish gold and maintained a good haziness in the body. There was a lot of carbonation and it took a good three minutes before the head dissipated. Bubbles formed around the head on the sides before the head dissipated. Once it settled a small mushroom cap of a head centered in the beer. The smell was the pine and the hops with some spices in the background. The taste was the hops with the spices in the background. Some bready malts came out in the taste along with a slightly sweet aftertaste. The palate was a light to medium and mainly drinkable, decently balanced. Overall, pretty good for the style, I’d have it again.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

very hazy lots of foam on the head, appears heavily carbonated, leaves some lacing. nice light citrus and floral scent. taste is a bit odd in my opinion, also feels overcarbonated. overall a decent ipa, but there are definitely better options.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.25] The beer is a brownish orange color. My pour formed a lot of head 2-3 fingers. The head is white and comprised of irregular bubbles. The bottle lacks an ABV listing. I did find a born on data 02/02/2015 (so this is pretty old).

S: [4.00] Fruity, citrus, pine, pineapple, tropical fruit.

T: [3.00] The taste is way more muted than the nose. I am getting a lot of malt backbone and much less of the hoppiness from the nose. I am getting almost a salty taste in there.

M: [3.00] Pretty carbonated. Bitter drying on the tongue.

O: [3.25] The smell implies yummy tropical hop flavor. The mouthfeel feels like a high IBU dryness. None of that translates to the taste. It is muted and underwhelming. As noted this was on the shelf a long time and may have lost its edge. Frustratingly there is no ABV listing too. I won't drink this again.

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Photo of 57md
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a murky light copper with about a finger of head. The nose was nicely hoppy and seemed to indicate that this would be a pretty hearty IPA. Unfortunately, it was neither hearty nor terribly flavorful. This seems to be an attempt at brewing an English IPA but it was not terribly malty and the heavy yeasty presence overwhelmed the hoppiness.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Foamy white head, plentiful lacing.

Citrus smell, hazy look.

Lacks balance in the taste. Not enough backbone to support the hops, which provide some mouthfeel to an otherwise bland flavor. Has a taste of an unfinished brew.

Even as a session IPA, I'm left wanting something more - spice, malt, something.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, with May notched out on the bottle label.

appears hazy rusty orange color, with off-white head that fades. smells a bit of earthy hops, just okay. tastes slightly sweet, malty. hops build, finishes slightly bitter. medium body, higher carbonation. maybe it was better when fresh, but just "meh" right now.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 29, 2013.

It has a medium amber-copper pour with a haze and a big lingering off-white head.

The aroma is earthy and floral with hops along with biscuit malts and a little sweetness. It smells fresh and clean.

The body is medium with a little acidity.

The taste has a nice dose of floral and earthy hops like the nose but they balance appropriately with the pale malts and sweetness. This is an English IPA so it is not meant to be hopped up. So in this regard Rock Art put together a fine and drinkable IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly chill hazed medium peach color with a decent sized white head that recedes slowly leaving lots of sticky lace in its wake. Smells of light bready and toffee malt sweetness with grapefruit and lemons hop aromas. The flavor is bready malt with a solid shot of old school ipa citrus. Lots of citric hop bitterness and flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost tart mouthfeel. Nice citrus forward IPA that reminds me a lot of Harpoon. I could drink this regularly

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Photo of greenengineer
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stemless wine glass. Served liquor store refrigerator temperature.

A- cloudy orange, a little off putting. Big natural foamy bubbles, turn in to nice lacings. + for the head, - for the color.
S - clean hoppy aroma hits you right away
T - hoppy bitterness is nice without being overpowering. Hint of clove.
M - a little on the thin side
O - decent drinkable IPA, + for Vermont

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Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a room-temp Imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a billowy 2-finger head that fades to a thin film, hangs in there. Bubbles slowly rise through the sediment, culloid-like. If not for its minimal lacing at most, I'd rate it higher here.

S-Truly smells like a good English beer, musky malt funk, bitter hops, a touch of honey perhaps.
A mellow blend.

T- Slightly sweet and bready malt with mild floral hop flavor.

M- Well carbonated, medium body. The slightly sweet start is taken over by the mildy bitter hop finish. The hops don't overpower but they have staying power.

O- Americanized English pale ale done right. Drinkable and understated.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Bottle conditioned. Attempted to leave yeast in bottle but still got several floaties. Pours hazy amber with a huge fizzy head. Aroma is not great. Kind of effervescent, with a stale bready aroma.

First sip is malty, but finishes super dry. Hop flavor is not present like it should be in an IPA. Almost an asprin like bitter finish. Other than a faint malty sweetness, I'm not getting a lot of flavor from this beer.

I really don't enjoy this beer. It is a poor representation of an IPA, and really isn't a good Pale Ale, or any other beer style either.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Rock Art Brewery Morrisville.

Pale golden amber body, fairly clear. Thin head presented off white. Very slow rising carbonation coming from the bottom. Pretty decent.

Bouquet has a mild malty sweetness. Faint toasty brown bread, and airy. Light. Hop angle not very present it seems.

Taste brings a mild hop presence more so than on the nose in the mid palate. Fairly wet body though, with toasty malts. Extremely light palate, more like a hammered pale ale, and tone of crispness in the feel interestingly.

It's ok but not too memorable.

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Photo of hmph
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade with robtobfest, thanks again for the generous box(es)!

A - really pretty peach color with a large head of initial thick foam which slowly subsides but never vanishes

S - a sweet hop smell on the nose with a good bit of fruitiness to it, some malt is present but never dominating

T - a kind of gravel like hop bite up front with sweeter more floral notes making there way in midway through the taste leading to a bitter dry finish

O - Not bad, nothing to go crazy over but if it was readily available and reasonably priced I would definitely not hesitate to keep a six pack or two in the fridge.

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Photo of horshack7
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: On top is a very thick and very rocky head two fingers in height. Underneath is a hazy copper colored beer.

Aroma: Grapefruit, light piney notes. Minor buttery bits in the nose. Twinges of apricot with a slight tart aroma.

Taste: Decent carbonation on the palate. Tropical fruit and grapefruit notes. Biscuity texture with a light dry finish.

Notes: Well it's decent but I would not recomend to someone looking for a good American ipa. Cheers.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. This beer is thick, hazy, and pumpkin pie in color, with a woah-thick, 3-finger ecru head. Opaque in its unfiltered haziness, with some sediments and yeast at the bottom.

S: Musty hops over malted barley hit the nose on first whiff. Earthy, with grass and dirt notes, and an under-riding malt sweetness that reminds me faintly of toffee. Fair to middling nose.

T: Earthy and sedimentary on the tongue, with some hop character on the swallow, and a bitter, mossy finish. Taste is quite natural (in an "earthy" sense) and has a lot of rustic notes to it. Aged wood pallets, hay, dirt, rocks from the creek, sediment: all of these flavors mingle on the tongue in this beer, along with some malted sweetness and a bitter, chewy aftertaste.

M: Chewy and substantial enough in the mouth, with a grainy, woolen after-feel. The feel is a big part of the experience with this beer, as it can, at times, feel like you've taken a big bite of nature and chewed on it for a while. This could be positive or negative, depending on your tastes.

O: A fair offering, but not one that sticks out for the right reasons. The hops are mostly felt in the bitter, bone-dry aftertaste, and the unfiltered nature lends it to be too chewy for a session beer. I would look for other offerings first, but wouldn't be upset if this was the best on tap.

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Photo of skivtjerry
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium size sticky head that lingers well and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Hazy light copper color.

S: A slightly dank dose of "C" hops up front gives way to grass and a little sweet malt.

T: Hits you quick with citrusy and grassy hops, then malt enters but never takes over. Hops return for a dry bitter finish. Maybe just a little too much crystal malt?

M: Medium-high carbonation, medium-light body. Starts out seeming like it might be a little heavy bodied for a session IPA but the dry finish takes care of that. Yes, balanced, but still emphasizing the hops.

O: A well made easy drinking beer that satisfies hop cravings without wrecking your tongue or giving you too much alcohol, not in the company of some of the insanely good IPA's coming out of VT but still very enjoyable and very reasonably priced.

edit: I believe the recipe has changed in the last year or 2 so keep that in mind when reading older reviews.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a cascading ecru head that almost ran out of my glass. Had to let it sit for a few before getting the whole bottle in there. Despite the foamy fireworks the head quickly collars and only deposits a dab of lasting lace.

Alluring aroma of peach and citrus candy hops and grass. Very malty.

Taste, again, is very malty. Peach ring candy and grass with bitterness. The hops carry such a hefty malt wingman that they're almost overshadowed. So malty sweet I would have thought 8% instead of 5%. A balanced IPA? Tiny in back.

Certainly enjoyable despite the dirty "balanced" word. I'd like to see the hop bill upped to make the first sessionable DIPA.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy brown/gold colored body that had a small white head that died after three minutes. There was a lot of carbonation.

S: pine and the hops with some spices in the background.

T: hops with the spices in the background. Some bready malts came out in the taste along with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

M: light to medium and mainly drinkable, decently balanced.

O: pretty good for the style, I'd have it again.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Rock Art mixed 12

A- Brownish gold, a tiny bit hazy but still translucent. Lots of carbonation can hear head sizzle a a lot. A little over a finger of head that dissipates decently fast.

S- Piney hops, spices, a little bit of a sweet honey smell.

T- Hops, light spices, a little sweet, a little bit of bready malts. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

M- medium bodied, drinkable, decently balanced.

O- Like all the rock art beers I've had this had a bready malty taste. As far as IPAs go for microbreweries, I'd rank this right around average. Hops aren't too robust, decent balance between spices and sweetness for an IPA.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored. A small thin head, tan. Lightly carb'd and some yeasty sediment. Aroma is pleasent smelling citrus hops and a good sweet caramel malt base. Taste is light hops and malts. Not overbearing in any sense. Finishes smooth and dry. Pretty good since the last two beer s from these guys was abit waning. I think this brewery is over extended.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darkly peachy amber that is a bit hazy from floaties more so than actual cloudy haze. Slightly golden off-white head of medium-large size that turns rocky as it settles. A few lazy bubbles are visible. Pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Steely caramel & slightly bready malts with some sweetness. Hops are a bit shy – sort of vague pine and citrus. Just fair for umph.

T: Quite a bit more hop forward. Rustic and grassy overall – also herbal and resiny in a floral way with hints of citrus flirting in and out of the mix. Some fruity notes too – perhaps from esters and perhaps from hops – generally tropical. End and finish are rind and resin – and more firmly dank. Pale base malt with touches of caramel, bready / toasty grain, and a soft sweetness. Hint of spicy alcohol.

M: Medium body with average/medium carbonation. Some residual sugars and a fair bit of hop tannins. Hop drying that is a bit coarse.

D: A fair IPA in the American style. Seems slightly dis-jointed though. A tad coarse and rustic with a rather weak nose. For all that, I drank the glass down with ease. But I would be looking for something else for the next round.

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Photo of tkepx182
2.33/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: It is a light amber color. clear with a pure white head that quickly dissipated

S: Standard Hop smell, with a little bit of barley bread thrown in

M: light carbonation, smooth or finished feel. It left the normal dry taste in the mouth.

T: The hoppiness comes through the beer and covers up just about everything else. It is a standard IPA with a strong hop after taste that follows the dryness in the mouth

O: It is not a stand out IPA, Normally would have expected more from Rock Art. Very disappointed

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Photo of woosterbill
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark amber body, cloudy with chunks of yeast (who knew a 12oz IPA would be bottle conditioned?), under a finger of soft, ultra-fine eggshell foam. Ok retention, sheets of delicate lace. She's got an ugly body, but damn if that wasn't some fine head. Let's say it evens out.

S: Pine resin, light citrus, and plenty of caramel. Pretty standard, but quite pleasant ... at first. As it warms, though, it takes on some unpleasant notes of wet dog, dirty grass, and harsh grapefruit. Not good.

T: Hmm. Bitter piney hops, cloying malt, and some rather unappetizing yeast chalkiness. Overly bitter, astringent finish. Not terrible, but definitely not a good IPA.

M: Medium body, with plenty of late-developing carbonation. Pretty solid.

O: Underwhelming. I'm very glad I got a single instead of a six-pack. Not recommended.


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Photo of Brad007
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this a long time ago before I started officially reviewing beer. The recipe has changed a bit though but I'm glad I can review it.

Pours a nice mild amber color with a fluffy head into my glass. Not quite pale but not far off either.

Aroma is a good mix of grassy and citrusy hops. Sweet, buttery malt pokes through.

The taste packs a hop punch with a good dose of piney and citrusy hops to please the hophead. Not much of the malt, which is appropriate in an americanized IPA.

Plenty of lingering hops too. Just a bit of sweet malt. Otherwise, this is all for the hopheads.

I like it. Goes well with my pizza with red pepper flakes on it.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold color with a small, creamy white head; clingy brussels lace. Aroma is extremely floral hops and spice; flavor is the same, all super flowery stuff - what type of hops are used in this one? The brewery website doesn't specify. Beats Flower Power at it's own name, or at least at its own game. Kind of west coast in style. Drinkable; alcohol is not detected. Perfect for those seeking a flowery IPA with restrained bitterness. Finish is quite short; dry, not overstaying its welcome.

Had this back to back with Flower Power tonight and found it lacking a little in comparison with what is admittedly one of the best IPA's in the country. Not quite as rounded, balanced, or delicious. A little bit one-note but still quite good! The intensely flowery aspect of this beer is a little bit odd and not like other floral IPA's..not exactly sure what's going on here..like Jasmine flowers or something. Would have liked to do a back to back with Elysian's Jasmine IPA. Hmmm...check it out, see what you think.

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IPA from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 200 ratings