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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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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 199
Photo of aforbes10
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours very clear, orangy yellow brew with a puffy white head. lots of bubbles. Metallic dry hop odor, smells slightly sour and citrusy too. Watery hop flavor. Metal that was in odor is also present in sort of a coppery form in the taste. Some raw yeast flavor and more malts than i expected. thin and a bit unbalanced. Much more like a mildly hoppy pale ale...i really think they came closer to an English IPA than an Amrican, but either way its not all that impressive.

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Photo of Jredner
2.05/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is aromaless. Ok not quite, but close enough for government work....very vaugely hoppy. Dusty brown with a massive and fluffly white head that is very bubbly. Fore is lightly hoppy...lightly malty...lightly citric and heavily boring. Put some freaking ingredients in your beer please! At least it doesn’t taste bad...it just doesn’t taste. BMC, IPA is what this is.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rock Art's IPA pours an average looking golden colour with a slight haze to it and a frothy white head that leaves a pretty good amount of residue on the glass. On looks alone, I'd say this one was a pilsner before I said IPA, but still, it looks okay overall.

The aroma is hoppy, but not overly hoppy, with a bit of bread, some fruit notes and some basic malt notes running through. I picked up some spice hints as well although they were minimal at best.

Flavour is, again, hoppy with the bread notes becoming a bit more biscuity here and fruit cutting through from time to time, with citrus coming through more so toward the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and nice and crisp overall.

This one was decent overall but not very memorable. It doesn't really fall short anywhere and I have no real knocks on it, I just wasn't overly impressed. It's a decent thirst quencher and a nice entry level type IPA, but it's not something that I'd regularly go back to. That said, it's worth a shot if you've never tried it and are looking for something less aggressive (but still well made) than many of the IPA's that are available these days...

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - the palest IPA i have ever had, a plae yellow straw coor, with a thin very lacey white head, no carbonation available

S - has the hoppy smell traditional in IPA's, but not as intense as i would assume, there is an additional musty smell i cannot place atypical of IPA's not sure if its place is in this beer's nose, but its there

T - not bitter enough in my opinion, too much roastes malty flavors, it kinda mellows out the hops, not what im looking for in an IPA, nonetheless,

M&D - ...it is easy down and has a nice flavor, just not what i would expect from an IPA, yet has a decent taste, and overall satisfactory experience

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Photo of ghostwalker
2.39/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light yellow-orange body with a modest finger of thin white head. Not much lacing to speak of. Pretty good to look at.

Smell is metallic and slightly skunked. Too bad...

Flavor is thin, bitter and acidic. This misses all of the good things about an IPA, in favor of the negative. No citrus or floral hop presence. No sweet malt. This has a distinct flavor of bitter aspirin. Not impressed, indeed.

Mouthfeel is very astringent and somewhat chalky. Thin and acidic.

Drinkability is moderate. On tap, in a pub, I would probably get used to the flavor weirdness and put down a few pints. Here, at home, I am glad that I have other, better, options.

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Photo of TrickKnee
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After hearing a lot of good things about this beer thought i would give it a try. And let me just say i was very unimpressed. I have never had a bottle beer that tasted like it came out of a can. Which it did, everyone who was drinking it tasted a distinct metal taste to the beer. No hop character at all which is most unusal for an IPA. Might try some of their other beers but will difnetly stay away from this one in the future.

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Photo of mcowgill
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a cloudy golden color with a bubbly head that dissipates very quickly.

S - barely a hop aroma to speak of, which is very surprising. There is merely a slight citrusy smell.

T - This tastes very dry and watery, not what I would expect of an IPA.

M - fairly good carbonation and mouthfeel.

D - It would be more drinkable if it were closer to an IPA. Very disapointing really.

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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 bignick
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Sunset 5/27/06. Served in a pint glass.

This is a merely ok IPA. There is nothing that really distinguishes it from others, nor are there glaring flaws. It is a pretty basic ale with a hop backbone, although in this case the hops are not overpowering. There is also a slight malt backbone, but the beer is pretty simple on the whole.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.89/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a yellow straw with a smallish head that's gone in a hurry. The smell is a typical IPA smell, a real strong citrus aroma. Grapefruit and tangerine are both present in this beer. The nice smell makes up for the poor apperance. The taste is very weak and watery. The hop flavor is very slight with almost no bitterness. This tastes almost like a light beer. The m/f is light with a real watery feel to this. This isn't a good American IPA, it's very subdued, I almost wonder though, if this is more true to way IPA's are supposed to be? This isn't what other US brewers are doing now and it seems weak.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a slight half finger white head that doesn't retain very well.
S: Slight grapefruit hop aroma up front but tails off. Wheaty maltyness can be detected with quick sniffs.
T & M: Slight hop taste, but not very pronounced--kind of watery. Lemon and a fairly noticeable grapefruitlike taste with a good bitter aftertaste, though it trails off. Seems to me like this is more of a summer ale. The light tasting freshness that this beer has makes it an ideal, hot summer day brew. Slick through the mouth. Bitterness is more towards the side of the mouth and not very biting.
D: Drinkable, but there are others out there that are better. Definately worth a try as it's a very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of smcolw
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has the appearance of a hefeweizen: Cloudy and golden. The head is white with some okay lace.

Mild aromas with lower than expected hop smell. Slight sour cream smell. Low malt. Not to style on the profile.

This is a very dry IPA. The taste is grainy. The hop bitterness common to the style seems to be missing; this is all malt, but one dimensional. There are notes of dry apricot.

Clearly, this one missed the expectations of an IPA.

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

small but nice head. Cascade, bitter, malt spiceyness. Piney,Minty, like spearmint. Good with food. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Change of pace unique IPA. Must be appreciated and drunk slowly, not like a big dose for hopheads. Fresh 750 ml. from Vermont.

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Photo of weeare138
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a light gold with a small white cap and little lacing.
Smell is florally and soapy with light malt in the background.
Taste is light and soapy with nothing fantastic jumping out.
Mouthfeel is light, fizzy, and weak.
Drinkability...nothing special going on this this one.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer finished 10th out of 12 beers in our IPA blind taste test of New England and Mid-Atlantic IPA's. I remember trying some Rock Art beers at the 2002 Vermont Brew Fest, and nothing from Rock Art Brewery left an impression on us.

This beer poured very light yellow, almost white. I thought I was pouring a Bud Light. Not much head and lacing. The bold hops taste of an IPA was almost non-existent, which sounded off an alarm with my tastebuds. It had some fruitiness taste and some underlying malt, but I could not get past the blandness.

Everyone felt the same about this beer. It was a dud.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rocky white head that fades to a semi-intact sheet of large bubbles. Some patches of weak of lace. Glowing, light peach in color with a chill haze.

Light pine, hop resin, and bubblegum aromas. Semi-sweet toasted malt character. The hop profile has a lighter citrus quality that is inviting yet not bold like a 'hop monster'.

This IPA starts with an oily pine and grapefruit flavor, but this immediately falls apart to a bland wheat taste. The malt character adds a hint of sweetness to this airy wheat flavor. A slightly dark bitterness finishes the sip, but it definitely does not come from the hop presence; rather the odd mixture of corn, wheat, and grains.

Lighter than medium bodied; very airy. Too light and thin on the palate for an American IPA.

A bland IPA with an adjunct-flavored bitterness and aftertaste. This is surely one to pass on.

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Photo of board45
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Ridge Runner pours a golden color with a large white head that disapates quickly. There is little to no lacing. The aroma is very much of copper, and apple juice. The taste isnt far different. At first you get a blast of apple juice then peach with a copper middle. The finish is bitter with next to no pine. This didnt seam much like an IPA, more like a mellow pale ale. This didnt coat my palate at all. It went down, got a bit of flavor, then left quickly. I wouldnt go out of my way to get another one.

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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 merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber that I purchased somewhere in Vermont, on 7/25/04. Pours a hazy, straw yellow body, with a two finger, snow white head that lasts a few minutes before leaving some minimal, patch lace.

Aroma is lemony citrus, with an assertive essence of pine resin in the background.

Mouthfeel has explosive carbonation and a light body.

Taste is bitter citrus rind, with a soft malt balance. Some pear flavors emerge at room temperature and add a note of complexity. Some buttery notes are noted, suggestive of Ringwood yeast.

Overall, a nice session ale that is pleasantly refreshing on a summer day, and goes very well with an extra sharp Vermont cheddar.

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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 Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden appearance. Bubbly ivory white head. Retention and lacing are adequate. Aroma is very sprucy. A very light undelying of toasted malt aroma is perceived as well. The taste is big on the piney, sappy notes. A little citric and a little rind like as well. Not real big on the bitterness or lingering bitterness. Malt backbone is adequate at best. Mouthfeel is just a little on the flat side. Body about medium. Average at best IPA. I wouldn't buy this one again.

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