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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 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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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 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 strengthdoc
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out of the bottle to yeild a nice head of foam. The aroma was light and had a citrus/orange component. The beer was light honey in color and slightly hazy. There was a mildly sweet taste at first, then came a very mild orange hop taste in the finish. The beer was pretty good, but it actually reminded me a little more of a heffeweizen than a traditional American IPA.

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Photo of currysage1
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow/orange with a big swirl of yeast from the bottle, foamy pure white two finger head, slowly creeps down to a thin coating surrounded by a ring and some good lacing.

Smell is of pine resin, mixed in with astringent citrus more on the grapefruit side, and orange-ade, very American. Malt background is there but drowned out by the hops.

Taste is of a lighter pine than in the nose, definate orange-ade, orange-drink flavor, good peppery spiciness to the middle, cools down with a light malt finish with some residual hops.

Feel is a little on the thin side, and the carbonation is also a bit much for the style, maybe a bit too aggressive, stings the tongue.

I have to say I'm not sure as to why this brew has a low score, it seems to me like an average to good IPA, I'll buy this again.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gave a sixer a shot! Out of my bottle this beer was a deep gold color with some amber highlights. Towering head of white foam displayed nice retention and lacing. The nose was pleasant, citrus hops and pale malts with a little spice. The flavors were also fairly straight-forward, citrus hops up front, grapefruit and lemon zest followed by the pale malt backbone. Not complicated but well balanced with a crisp finish. Light to medium body and an average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Tim2000
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, label indicates bottling date one month ago.

Pours a golden yellow with a huge white head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Very resinous aroma with apricot notes.

Lots of fruit, peaches and apricots, with piney/citric hops that disappear very quickly. Slightly tart, but some sugar as well for a sweet-and-sour effect.

Very thin body, almost watery with high carbonation.

While not unpleasant, this isn't what I generally expect from an IPA. Serious lack of malt flavours and body.

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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 dacrza1
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thick, pillowy head on an extremely light, tawny body that leaves cirrus tracings--explosive, effervescent, like dragon's breath.... what to make of this? Active and aggressive... Hops, yes: light and fragrant, and pleasing... FLAT as an IPA gets (and the rest of the sampler is fine), with straw and some fruitiness exist in the beguiling body... light and soft on the tongue--very unassuming, almost retreating in its presence--and that is not a compliment...overall, an average appreciation of the style--drinkable without the fanfare of spruce trees or crunchiness at every sip... not bad...

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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 ffejherb
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback specialty glass on 12/22/07. Bottled on date: Sept. 19, 2007

A - Poured a clear amber body with healthy one-finger rocky white head. Lots of active carbonation. Good head retention and decent lacing.

S - Quite a malty nose for an IPA. Lots of fresh baked bread and a mixed bag of hops, with hints of citrus, grass and floral notes. Not as aromatic as most IPAs.

T - Big bready malt flavor with some bitter grapefruit, lemon zest and grass clippings. Pretty crisp for an IPA... more like a pilsner, IMO. Finishes up moderately bitter with a baked bread taste coming through at the end.

M - Light to medium body with watery texture and lively carbonation. Crisp, bitter finish of average length.

D - Drinks more like a pale ale or even a pilsner than an IPA. Nice malt presence, but hops are fairly mild. Easy to drink and tasty, but pretty middle-of-the-road.

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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 lackenhauser
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden color with a nice foamy head and some great lacing. Low aroma-some hops in there but not much of anything to speak of. Average flavor. Slight maltiness with a dash of hop flavor and bitterness. Am I expecting too much with all the hoppier beers out there? I dont think so-I liken this more to a British IPA. Decent body-pleasant creaminess to it. Rather average overall. I look forward to trying their Double IPA for comparison.

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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 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 Luchman
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A very pale, clear, yellow/gold color with a faint, white “head” on the top. Looks like a pilsner or light lager to me..

S: Some slight pineapple comes to mind and maybe some slight citrus with some mildly sweet caramel malts.

T: Very bland. Has a weird LIGHT hoppiness to it with some bread notes and slight malts. I still get that pineapple, but very subtle and “off-like” with some apple. Maybe even a tad bit sour? Unlike any IPA I have had… In a boring sort of way. Bitterness is there, but very very slight. Ends some what dry with the taste lingering in the mouth.

M: Mouthfeel is alright. Medium to light carbonation with a medium body that goes down pretty clean and refreshing.

D: Drinkable? Very, only because of its nothingness. Very bland and stale and yet clean. Nothing very nasty or offensive, just very unlike the style and very unmemorable. I wouldn't pick this up again nor would I advise any body else to.

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