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IPA - Imperial
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4.07 | pDev: 7.37%
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5/19/20
Pours a med foamy head moderate retention, fair soapy lacing, hazy med orange-gold color but lots of yeast and protein chunks

Nose brings citrus and sweet malts, orange marmalade, some candied stone fruit, dried mango and a bit of tropical, generic fruity hop aromas and sweet candy like malt

Taste brings the sweet malts up front, again a little candy like and heavy with a little grainy and toasty notes, maybe some caramel, hops are there but seem a little old, citrus upfront but a more marmalade character again, candied dried mango, apricot, touch of generic tropical, lighter bitterness at first, then med to a bit higher bitterness on the finish, a bit of alcohol as well

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a little warming alcohol, med foamy carb

Overall seems like it would have been nicer fresh, gets a bit aged and it's only a few months old, which I know is old but a DIPA should be able to hold up

Aug 27, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried this beer off the tapper at the Hilton hotel in downtown Burlington, VT. It poured a murky amber with thin off white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had fruit peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with slight bitter fruit hop presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Oct 03, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange color that just a touch deeper then orange, sports a nice creamy two finger head that laces well.

Aroma is tropical fruits pineapple, mango with normal citrus orange, overripe pears even some light dankness underneath riding on a bready malt base. Like this it reminds of the beer last night that said it was dank, this one actually has hints of it so hopefully it will deliver more then just fruity notes.

Taste is good fruity up front tropical fruits give way to citrus hops with some earthy herbal bitterness thrown in to round it out. Not quite dank in the flavor but it does have a good alpha kick to it, unlike some NE styles. It is pretty tasty and enjoy the hop bite but could be tweaked a little to perfection my my opinion.

Mouthfeel is nice a big medium, carbonation is medium too.

Overall I like it, little bit more then you average NS style just needs a touch more added to the boil.

Aug 07, 2019
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MaxBrews from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really love this beer. Vermont IPA could be it's own category as many of the og IPAs out of Vermont feature modern hops, with an English yeast strain and malt to back it up

Far too many NEIPAs especially dipas are overly sweet and have very little hop bite. Limited access is bitter and malty, with all the great tropical flavors of Galaxy hops.

It's a nice combo of resinous pine and citrus fruit with a nice biscuity finish.

The appearance may be off putting as there are a ton of yeast floaties. But have you ever seen heady topper in a can?

This beer is a wonderful mashup of English malts, yeast and modern hops.

Apr 15, 2019
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Croth3000 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I really am basing this upon how much I l love the smell the taste of Marijuana. I'm not even a pot head but I can't begin to explain how much I love the taste of edibles and such and wish it was just a flavor you could use even without the extra awesomeness. But this stuff tastes exactly like edibles and I love this stuff so much.

Feb 28, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Some citrus and bready malt up front along with some earthy notes and a touch of tropical fruit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some citrus and then goes into the bready malt and some earthy and tropical hop notes. Finishes with lingering citrus

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid DIPA that is on the easier side to drink

Jan 18, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Orange in color with pale yellow hues on the edge of the glass. Poured with a tall, creamy, dense, bright white foam with excellent retention. Fresh citrus orange aromas with a sweet malty base, hints of lemon peel and bready malt along with light dank notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and warming feel to the end. Citrus orange hop flavors up front that transition to medium hop hop bitterness through the middle. Medium light malty backbone. Lemon zest, juucy citrus, light dank hop notes, and bready malt from the middle to the end. Pine hop bitterness and boozy heat at the finish with lingering bitterness and citrusy notes. Great look and balance with just enough malt character to offset the intense hoppiness. Feel was a bit on the thin side. Tasty and very drinkable.

Nov 29, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy orange with a finger of dense white head. Plenty of lacing left behind.
On the nose I primarily got tropical fruits, some citrus, a bit of pine.
The taste is bit more citrus forward, tropical notes and pine are there. Sweet malts also there. Nice balance, not too bitter nor too sweet. 
Medium bodied, the density of the head comes into play by giving this a creamy feel. 
Overall a tasty new one for me.

Oct 31, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 8/7/18 poured into a tulip
A: Orange with a one-finger head
S: Floral, white pepper, a bit fruity
T: Dry, herbal, pepper, a touch of pine
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: Well-made, tasty but gets lost in the crowd

Sep 06, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint canned on 8/7/18 opened on 8/25/18

The color is mostly Amber with golden highlights. Hazy, but certainly not opaque. Thick and milky foam suds hold on tight. The receding is minimal with hefty coverage. Full and thick lacing leftovers.

An amazingly bright and fruity filled hoppy dominated nose. Pineapple, black pepper, white wine like Zinn and strawberries. Honey-bready style Amber malt underneath all of the happiness.

A rather light bodied effect for a Vermont DIPA. Crispy clean, light but sweet and grainy malt has some awesome earthy tones, grainy but very light and crisp overall. Certainly not the light, golden malt from the most current New England Style ipa's, but this more Amber style malt stays very light and clean.

The hop side brings in light tropical effects, peppery and earthy citrus, grapefruit and pine mostly. Only the slightest bit earthy-funk but it's pretty gentle, not juicy or smooth but, light and clean, maybe slight grainy overall.

Compared to most of the New England style Dipa'$ available now, the complexity of hops is rather low. The balance here is very nice, as is the malty quality.

Aug 26, 2018
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digboy from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy bright gold color with a dense off white head. Aroma is weak with citrus. Taste is a blend of citrys hops and malt, a mild sweetness behind it that comes oit in the finish. Feel is a little sift with a distinct alcohol burn.

Typical VT DIPA with malt and hops and alcohol burn. Clean taste so not too bad if you like the style.

May 27, 2018
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Bobbymozz from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most underrated NEIPAs in VT. Fabulous taste smell and finish. Classic statement IPA and available without waiting in line. A winner.

May 03, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about fourteen dollars. Have had this beer before, but not for a long time. Very solid brew, super-high IBU, would definitely get again.

Apr 28, 2018
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musicsherlock from New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1/30/18
Rated 4/3/18

Pours hazy yellow-gold with 1/2" clean white head that lingers

Smells of pineapple and tangerines. Quite citrusy. Vague hint of malts

Tastes of citrus rinds...fruity yet bitter

Slightly cloying in mouthfeel but good carbonation. Some weakness in the body.

Enjoyable Hazy DIPA in a sea of NEIPAs in the heart of NEIPAs. Tough crowd.

Apr 03, 2018
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PSanger from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this beer up at an amazing beer store in Jamaica VT. Got a lot of beers from this brewery and this is by far the worst. I felt this beer was to thin and did not have any real enjoyable taste. I got some hops and a little bit of citrus but the aftertaste was not enjoyable and the smell wasn’t great either. If presented with an option go with the 20th anniversary or mosaic IPAs from this outstanding brewery.

Nov 06, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper. Foamy, medium, white head fades fast.

Smells tropical, citrus, citrus peel and herbal.

Tastes bready malt, tropical, citrus peel and pine. Finish is dry with pine ave citrus peel linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation. Not as flavorful as i thought it would be from smell.

Jul 19, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-dark hazy bronzed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing roaming all around the glass in a messy sort of fashion. The smell starts off with a nice tropical fruitiness rolling over some nice sweet onion hop oils. It lets in a nice grassiness to balance. The taste had a bittersweet citrus to tropical fruitiness and rind like qualities. The sweet onion blends in with the grassiness again. There’s no aftertaste but it does have a nice sweet onion/grassy/tropical fruitiness running over in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with an okay sessionability about it. Carbonation finishes fairly harsh, probably could have been a tad milder to allow the hops be the bitterness. Overall, for the most part, it’s a real nice DIPA, definitely different for Rock Art. I think if Rock Art tamed the carbonation just a bit, this one could be a knock out.

Jun 08, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy pale yellow orange with a thin white head.

Aroma is an intense orange tangerine combo that's delicious.

Taste is a lot more of the orange with bitter pithy peel.

Delicious beer.

Feb 27, 2017
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can dated 1/10/17. This is my first Rock Art beer. While this doesn't stack up to some of the hazy DIPAs coming out of Vermont, it is a solid effort and would hold its own if not surrounded by Hill Farmstead, Alchemist, Lawson's, Foley Bros., and Fiddlehead. Rock Art did a nice job with this one.

Feb 24, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can...1-10-17 on the bottom..

Pours heavily hazed, a nice warm shade of darker orangy amber, moderate cap, going to a fine bubble film, thin collar and leaving nice looking fine sheeting all over the glass.

Earthy, herbal and mildly citric sniff..smells fresh and lively

Tasty, boldly flavorful and full of interest....some citrus, some tropical, some resiny notes...put it all together and you get a complex, well crafted and thoroughly worthy and well worth seeking out can of DIPA

Feb 21, 2017
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smm0589 from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can

A: Rich light copper color. Definite haze but limited sediment swirling.

S: Lots of tropical fruit. Dank hop backbone with passionfruit, mango, slight apple, and a touch of bubblegum.

T: Heavy on tropical fruits. Malt sweetness balances an aggressive dry-hopping. Very well balanced with almost no kiss of alcohol and a super clean finish.

F: Balanced creaminess. Has the hallmarks of a classic unfiltered DIPA without straying into chewy territory.

Overall a damn good DIPA from Rock Art. Might surprised to love this as much as I did.

Jan 16, 2017
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lic217 from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Very cloudy light orange, big fluffy head
Smell:Big tropical hops
Taste: tropical and citrus hops, a little sweet at start ends with an assertive piney bitterness
Feel: A little thin, resin coating onmouth
Overall: Very good double IPA

Jan 15, 2017
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whatthehull from California

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass from a 16.9 oz can

A - pours a near swampy opaque golden orange with little off white head and some sticky legs lacing

S - Extreme hop up front lots of citrus, some very dank, very sweet, nice booze note, peach, mango, island/tropical fruit flowers, sweet and dry malts/grains, very clean, lots of green earth, smells of a perfect fresh spring day, grassy, baking yeast and it smells and taste of west coast style and better than a lot of west coast IPAs.

T - the nose is a lot more dense than the taste. A bit on the watery side but, lovely indeed. pineapple, peach, mango, lots of pine, citrus rind, baking yeast, fresh cut grass, lots of flowers, soil, extremely bitter, tons of dry and roasted grains/malts and more hops.

M - Medium minus body, great balance, nice complexity, medium carbonation, medium plus acidity and a hop bomb from beginning to end.

D/O - Very dry, hoppy with a slight malt at the tail end and very refreshing. More of your "down to earth" DIPA, simple but fantastic. The only not upside is the ale is a bit watery and that does change the outcome of my rating but still an awesome beer for sure. Must drink fresh for sure but well worth it. If this is available on tap, I bet it is even better than out of the can.

Final thoughts - Not sure of the price as it was a gift. The ABV is 7.5% and that is pretty swell indeed.

Oct 24, 2016
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Bad_Fish13 from Louisiana

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper and slightly hazy. 1 finger head. Decent lacing. Smells grapefruit and pine. Overall taste is fantastic and juicy with a small malt bite on the back end. I enjoyed this beer a lot, even compared to most NE bombs. Don't expect it to be Heady Topper, but a nice IPA all around.

Aug 08, 2016
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daudelin2000 from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was starting to lose faith in Rock Art the past several years. I felt like so many Vermont breweries were evolving and putting them in the rear view mirror. However, recently, they've come out with some great brews including Limited Access. Great name, great beer, and even better that it's showing up in cans now. Looking forward to what Rock Art has planned in the near future.

Jul 16, 2016
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 292 ratings