IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
rockartbrewery.com

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.

Added by Bighuge on 10-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
200
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
14.5%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
15
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of kevgod
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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 nrs207
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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 kb2250
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tdexterc
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of ngingras
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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 ATPete
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of dave00100
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

Cheers!

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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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IPA from Rock Art Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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