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IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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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 billybob
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a hazy golden color with a two finger white head and lots of lacing to the finish. herbal, medicinal aromas, along with some honey and clover. taste is malty and bready again with that honey clover and not that bitter grapefruit rind taste with most ipa's. mouthfeel is smooth and light to medium with good carbonation. good session beer.

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Photo of abriggs1
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good IPA but needs just a little more hop bite. The hopiness that it does have does taste very fresh and vibrant. Not the best IPA I've had but better than most. I'm a bigger fan of their double IPA. Oh yes, that stuff is amazing. IPA's are great but it's just too bad the history of it is so closely tied to British colonialism in India. Many people were probably murdered by Brits drunk on this style of beer.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I visited Rock Art's new brewery the afternoon before the VBF. The sample of four beers (plus a glass to keep) for $4 was a great, affordable introduction to a brewery that I had only tried one beer from previously. All four beers were nice, but the pungent smell and earthy taste of the IPA struck me, so I picked up an equally affordable six-pack.

A: For some reason I remember the beer being more of a golden-amber when poured from tap at the brewery, but pouring it from the bottle at home it appears as a murky amber, more brown than copper, with a fluffy, light beige head. It's hardly pale, which seems a bit off for the style. It's unexpected, but not unattractive and portends the earthiness to follow in the taste.

S: This is where Rock Art's IPA really shines--this is as strong and lovely a nose as I've smelled on an IPA. The floral-grassy hop smell is evident the minute the cap is popped off, with some pine and citrus in there, but mostly it's the strong, crisp aroma of fresh-cut grass and blooming flowers. Really wonderful and inviting.

T: Compared to the nose, the taste is a bit of a let-down, but good in its own right. Smooth and balanced between the hops so evident in the smell and the sweet, caramel malt flavor, the taste is rather earthy. It leans more toward an English-style East Coast IPA than I had expected from the nose, but there's a pleasant bitterness throughout. Good, but like the nose, it fades a bit upon sitting... the only thing keeping it from a 5.0 is that the nose fades relatively quickly after pouring.

M: A bit chewy, and more full-bodied than most IPAs, but ends dry with little aftertaste. Nice overall.

O: I think I preferred this beer when poured from the tap, but maybe that had more to do with finishing it more quickly and having it alone rather than with a meal. The smell is exquisite and the taste is quite nice, despite both fading considerably over the course of a glass when I had it with dinner last night. I'll have to drink one alone and finish it more quickly. A very nice, unusual IPA that I'd gladly pick up again, especially at the price, or order on tap.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a really nice dark amber color with a small white head. Nose is well balanced, it's got some caramel and a nice floral hoppy note.

Taste is also quite hoppy and fresh. Very well balanced like the nose. It's got a good creamy mouthfeel and it's really drinkable.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 tgbljb
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is significant for hops with a light malt background.
Taste also presents with a very restrained hop prolife, but still very enjoyable.
Leaves a nice taste sensation in the mouth.
Very easy to drink. Great session beer.

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Photo of Hoser77
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright clarity. Copper orange in color. Nice off white head, disapates quickly for an IPA. Lace lingers.

S-Slight sweet malt aroma blends well with moderate PNW hop aroma. Citrus, pine, and grassy. Very pleasant and inviting. Fruity fermentation esters. No off aromas noted.

T-Very smooth and balanced between the hops and malt. Moderate bitterness up front that lingers throughout. Slightly malty sweet. Grassy hop flavors as well. Very clean.

M-Slightly chewy, but finishes dry and crisp. No astringency. Appropriate carbonation.

D-Very drinkable and inviting. Definitely an easy 2-3 pint beer. Not a super big IPA, definitely an east coast version vs. the bigger, hoppier west coast style. An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of vtblackdog
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - cloudy amber hue with a decent head that falls back quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Nice piney hops on the nose backed up with some floral notes.

T - Bitterness is prominent followed by the piney hops.

M - Nice carbonation and medium body.

O - Great representation of an IPA, tasty, hoppy, bitter and a slight malt finish.

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Photo of scottum
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New 22oz bottle line!!!

Pours a clear amber well filtered with a nice white head. Nice malt bite which kind of slides into a crisp hop counter-bite. Mouthfeel is thin and smooth. It's fantastic that another great Vermont IPA has risen to the would of the bottle. I hope to see more Rock Art bombers in the future!

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just came available in PA recently and first had it with some others from Rock Art at the Split Rock brewfest last week. I tasted another tonight to take some notes on.

This IPA pours a nice rich gold color with a very bubbly head that maintains. The smell is of an average hop character, not too much but maybe not enough. The taste continues the medium hop character of the smell. After the initial hop taste it trails off of your tongue pretty quickly and leaves no real aftertaste. I let this one site for awhile and took another try on it after it warmed up a bit and I could taste more citrus tones to it, orange and grapefruit. I think it improved with a bit of time out of the fridge.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a finger and a half foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was a mild grapefruit, lemon and grassy hop aroma.

The taste was light and refreshing. A nice citrus hop spice. Finished on the dry side. Mild biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was good. Excellent carbonation and crispness.

A very, very drinkable AIPA. Lighter in color and body than most, but was very flavorful.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Brad007
3.92/5  rDev +16%
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 ppoitras
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" white head over the light golden amber brew. Head hangs around quite some time, but lacing is little foamy bits here and there, could be better. Aroma is lemony, fruity, slightly piney hops. Taste follows the nose well, with a scant bit of malt present. Seems a bit light in most areas for an AIPA, but we'll overlook it. Mouthfeel is lip-smacking yet smooth, and this is quite drinkable. Very approachable, perhaps a good crossover brew for newbies, or just a nice cool-off brew for the summer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a towering white head that slowly subsides to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with some citrus hop aroma. It's light with a bit of bisquit malt character. The taste is decent. It has a mildly bitter hop bite that accompanies pale and bisquit malt flavors. It goes down easy and finishes with some yeasty esters. The mouthfeel is quite nice. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good IPA. It certainly is an easy drinker and it has a fair amount of malt complexity. Recommended.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber with slight chill haze, it was topped by a fine, white head that produced plenty of lace. Mild pine aroma and flavour. Refined grapefruit, cascade aroma with a graham cracker malt sweetness. Leafy spearmint flavour appears as it warms. Great balance. Round mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, some dryness from hops. This is a very subtle IPA. Some of the hop character would be lost if served too cold and would be missed if consumed too fast. This one takes a bit of contemplation to fully appreciate it. Thanks again northyorksammy!

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
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 tobelerone
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of DannyS
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer mug.

A - slightly dark, hazy amber with a head that fizzes up quick but goes back down almost as quickly.

S - slightly peppery fruit and pine, with a floral, slightly dusty backing.

T - Mild on the bitterness, and somewhat quiet on palate. The grapefruit and pine are the most noticeable, with slightly sweet fruity notes backing it up.

M - Very crisp and light for an IPA. Almost confusing.

D - This might be a bottle that's a tad past the recommended date, but this was very drinkable for an IPA.

Overall - I really need to grab a perfectly fresh bottle of this somewhere. It has potential to be really great, but as it stands, it's still pretty good.

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Photo of tayner
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no date, stored in a cold DBF

Poured a very cloudy gold/yellow with a huge white pillowy head that laced and fell to a thick ring.

Smell was very pale malts and light hop nose, not any bold smells.

Taste was a sweet hop up front, not as bitter as a west coast IPA, so i preferred it. There was a very light pale malt backbone but it was secondary. The overall taste was very light and nothing dominating, but at the same time balanced.

The mouthfeel seemed a bit watery for me, almost like a pale ale with none of the normal tongue coating components i would expect from the extra hops in an IPA

This is a good session beer if it could be had local, even for me, one who does not drink alot of this style.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | 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 light amber color. The head is a fluffy, dark white color, small bubbles, stupendous retention and thin abundant lacing.
Smell: The aromas are orange, pine resine and muted grapefruit.
Taste: The flavors are sweet grapefruit (wonderful), toast and watery roasted coffee.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp, with a thin body.
Drinkability: This beer is rather drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
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 skivtjerry
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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 57md
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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 hmph
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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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