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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 smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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 +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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Photo of horshack7
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
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 -13.9%
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 +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 donkeyrunner
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +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 SickGnar
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -31.1%
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 -20.7%
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 +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 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 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 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 surprenant1138
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark golden copper color, which is unusual for an IPA. Creamy white head about one inch with slowly dissipating lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, some spice: light on aroma for an IPA. Mouthfeel is of a medium body, and tastes of of nice citrusy-lemon hops, some piney taste, and spicy. Not bad for a mix twelve pack beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
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 murky dark amber color with a 1/2 inch of thick, frothy head. Aroma is grassy, caramel, and earthy. Taste is just like the aroma. Mostly caramel along with grass and earthiness. Slightly floral as well as a small amount of citrus. Somewhat bitter. Small amount of piney hops. This isn't quite what I expected from an IPA, but I still like it. Overall, its worth having again, but doesn't taste like most IPAs.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a hazy dark amber with two and half fingers of foamy white head and some nice laving left on the glass.

The smell is pretty floral hop in aroma. There is a heavy grassy aroma that is live smelling fresh flowers and is like a fresh spring day.

The taste is bitter with some nice resiny hop flavor that has a slight citrus flavor with a floral hop flavor. There are some sweet flavors that is from the malts but is teased by a slight lemon flavor.

The feel of this beer is lighter then expected, is medium to light-medium feel and is quite refreshing. It goes down easy and has a nice clean feel. There is no hanging aftertaste to make you feel worn. A pleasant IPA that would go great in warm weather.

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Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An elegant dark copper color with a scant off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is a very grassy caramel malt, pretty edgey. The flavor is the same, a bit harsh with grass hop and lemon edges. Medium-light bodied with decent carbonation for a pleasantly lively feel. It's pretty easy drinking and a fairly different variety of IPA. Not the most delicious version though, not in my hop wheelhouse, but reasonable.

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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 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 zoso1967
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice orange amber color with a surprising amount of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The head is a slightly off white foam that has great staying power and leaves decent lace.

The aroma is nicely hoppy, and lemon and pine are the dominant hop aromas. There also seems to be a bit of spice in there as well. There are some nice underlying malty notes that have the classic biscuity pale ale quality.

The flavor follows up the nose, but is surprisingly unbalanced. I mostly am getting pine flavors from the hops, with just a touch of lemon and a bit of mintyness. The malt is there, but seems fairly buried by the hop load and is just holding up a fairly firm bitterness. There are also some grainy flavors that are not necessarily welcome in an IPA. I have to make this clear, this is not a super hopped IPA, it just seems like the malt bill is not quite sweet enough.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and the finish is very dry. There is a bit of a medicinal grainy aftertaste on my tongue that is not all that pleasant.

This is a fairly drinkable IPA, and not bad by any means, but it seems to be fairly average. I am a big rock art fan and I love their bigger beers, but this one just left me wanting.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really like a lot of this breweries beers.. this one though? To me it's a clunker. Taste upfront you think its gonna be great but all of the nice hoppiness and bitterness is completely subdued once you fully taste it. Tastes like an average pale ale at best.. not sure what they were trying for with this one. Almost like an IPA-light.. which is weird because I found a lot of their other beers to be well above average. Drinkable, but definitely a sub-par IPA... still a solid mixed pack though.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber color and appears hazy, with a two finger foamy white head. Appears unfiltered, interesting.

S - Fruity mostly, with some nice earthy and floral hops.

T - Fruity and hoppy up front. This really tastes like your standard Belgian ale to me. Nice malt backbone and citrus finish. Tastes more like a Hefe or Belgian than an IPA...

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Fairly drinkable.

Overall, not a good representation of the IPA style but not bad either. Reminds me more of a hefeweizen or Belgian ale as others have noted. Was looking forward to a nice IPA too, this is the second disappointing beer from this mix pack so far...

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