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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
rockartbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by PicoPapa on 04-22-2015

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4.09
pDev:
7.82%
 
 
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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of smm0589
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of lic217
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of whatthehull
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Bad_Fish13
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank fresh (2 weeks from packaged date) poured into a Duvel tulip glass

I expected it to be up there with HT, SOS, and 2nd Fiddle, but its not. Its simply a classic american IPA. It has a nice malt background for the american hops to play upon. Its not as hoppy as its neighboring VT hop bombs, but i truly enjoyed it. I'm super glad i tasted it first before wrecking my pallet with VT Double IPA ridiculousness. Well done Rock Art!

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this on a work trip in Vermont. Never had it before so I figured why not?

Poured into a sevilla glass. I really like the look. Pours a nice hazy honey color with a 2 finger foamy head. The head didn't last very long but it left a nice ring of foam that left nice subtle lacing.

There was not as much to the smell of the beer as I expected. Subtle notes of citrus and grass were picked up.

First sip gave me grapefruit peels followed by some hops and bitters. More sipping gave hints of floral notes and even some alcohol. The flavors left pretty quickly and you're left with a nice note of not-too-overbearing bitterness.

The body is pretty medium. There is little carbonation and it is a tad oily.

This is different than any other DIPA I've had. More on the lighter side and it was a welcomed change. Sadly I wouldn't make a trip to Vermont solely for this beer but I wouldn't turn it down if I were in the area.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 5/5/16

A: Golden orange with honey highlights - hazy - pours with a medium sized, off white head, fades to a wispy cap, maintains a small collar and leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Not markedly potent (note: this can is barely two weeks old), but nice - orange and grapefruit flesh and zest - flowery and herbal - resinous, with some pine - touch of grass- lightly dank - lightly earthy - some melon - pale malts at the base, touch of caramel

T: Orange and grapefruit flesh, rind, and zest - a touch dank and resinous - herbal, leafy, hops with a touch of grassiness - slightly above average bitterness, with some straight-up asprin bitterness that lingers - a touch of earth and spice - some sweetness with pale malts, pale grains, soft malts, some caramel and bread, some oil in the finish

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, a little oily, could finish cleaner

O: Limited? Well, of course I'll buy it...

I haven't had a Rock Art beer in a while, and I have been meaning to sample their new lineup. This would have been a show-stopper of a DIPA about 5 years ago, but the game has changed. It has some nice floral, citrus, and dank notes, but the bitterness is a bit harsh. Still worth a try. I'd place this on the same level of 14th Star Tribute, if I had to compare it to other VT DIPAs, which is a scale that does not even make sense.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice dark orange pour, clear, and ultra thin lacing.

S - Delicately spicy, melon, some tropical fruit, and floral.

T - Some spiciness, delicate tropical fruit, a touch of floral.

M - Medium body with creamy carbonation. Leaves a bit of sweetness building up on the back of the palate.

O - Mundane.

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Photo of ELS
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this beer up while vacationing in Vermont. It's a good IPA but there are so many good IPAs in Vermont that this one doesn't stand out. The hops are not memorable and slightly muddy with different tastes. The malt is a little thin but there is an underlying smoothness to this beer that reminds me of most IPAs from Vermont (which is a good thing). Not a beer I would seek out.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass. golden orange color with some body to it, very little head. Aroma is citrus and pine, very dank. piney and earthy on the palate but that quickly dissipates into slightly bitter finish. Very solid DIPA but a little bit of a let down in taste after such a nice bouquet on the nose. I put this a notch below their Twin Tips DIPA which I think is fantastic

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 once can poured into an IPA glass.

a: Hazy, peachy colored body. Lots of sediment floating about. Nice fluffy 2 finger white head.

s: Grapefruit juice, citrus rind, pine.

t: Citrus and Pine dominate the taste, especially in the finish. Hints of mango throughout. A bit watery as the malt backbone is weak. More orange and mango come through as it warms. A little sugary.

mf: The body is on the lighter side of medium. Nice dry finish compliments the fruitiness.

o: I know all IPAs are 90 and above these days but this is just a bit too weak in both balance and hop profile.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can (dated 3-1-2016) got from a friend in Vermont home on spring break from the brewery itself. Poured into a pint glass, it pours a orange Amber color that is very cloudy and appears opaque due to all the sediment visibly floating, the head is a finger of white foam that has visible pockets of carbonation and leaves behind rings of lacing, honestly looks delicious and is the best aspect of the beer in my opinion. The smell is of orange, grapefruit, mango, fruity salt water taffy, and maybe a hint of passion fruit? Don't get much of the grain bill in the nose. The taste is at first dominantly orange and grapefruit, but as it lingers you get the grain bill to smooth out the hops which is mostly a dim white flour bready flavor and a sweet apricot/date lingering aftertaste(though a little lacking).The mouthfeel is a little thicker than most dipas I've had here in Maine, has a sticky quality due to the thickness and heavy unfiltered quality of the beer, a great addition in my opinion. Overall a great offering from vt would have time and time again. The only thing I would say needs improvement is a bit more balance from the grain bill In offsetting the abundance of fruity hops bitterness.

4.4/5

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Photo of farrago
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Basic finger deep head, just off-white, mix of bubble sizes but retains density and retention, the lacing is more rounder and random splotches than longer streaks. Unusual amount of sediment and outright chunks floating throughout the liquid, causes the orange-yellow liquid to become fully opaque, in spite of this you can easily see the activity in the carbonation bubbles. Large-scaled nose, on the sweeter side with pink grapefruit, tangelo citrus, pine sap and wet tea leaves, the fruit too is expressive, pineapple, nectarine, mango and apricot, nothing especially leafy nor grassy about it, not inclined to slash about. Full-bodied, on the clingy, sappy side, glues itself to your cheeks. The carbonated prickle helps create a sense of motion. Fruit forward with emphasized apricot, peach, papaya, guava flavors, minimal tartness. In turn the pink grapefruit citrus sweet if not outright sugary. Pine, cocoa, challah bread and nougat keep the sweetness on parade. At the last second it does come up with a bitter twist so the finish is semi-clean. Has good drinkability and just needs to have a more open knit to approach a more superlative status.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really like this. Wonderful smell of citrus and floral notes. Bit of bitterness but not overwhelming...just tart. Great chewy mouthfeel. Would be cool to try this again in the future.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 01/19/16

L- The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a 3 finger fluffy white head. The lacing is excellent and lasting.
S-As the can states the nose is primarily citrus with some sweet papaya/mango.
T-The citrusy flavor is well balanced with the tropical papaya flavors. The beer has a minimal bitterness in comparison to other DIPA's.
F- The feels is fairly light with a excellent level of carbonation. The beer is incredibly easy to drink, and mine will be finished before this review is done. About as easy-drinking a DIPA as you will find.
O- Another great DIPA from Rock Art. I may like this one even better than Nawch Hopper which I thought was excellent. Kudos Rock Art.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass canned on1/5/16. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a 2 finger sticky off white head that leaves behind plenty lace.

Smell is mango, papaya, passion fruit, pine, apricot, and grapefruit.

Taste follows very balanced, nothing dominates and the grapefruit and pine linger awhile after each sip.

Mouthfeel is above medium, the right amount of life, a little dry on the tongue, and very easy drinking.

Overall another top notch Vermont IPA, that I hope to drink again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Clear, copper amber pour from a 12oz into a tulip. The head is creamy and thick rising up to just about one finger with good retention. Second pour reveals haze and suspended flecks. Lacing is plentiful in the form of webs.

S- Generally hoppy without too many specifics to point out as citrus, pine and floral tones come to mind in fairly equal proportions. Just a touch towards the fruit side from those hops. Yeast is mostly quiet and malts hint at a slight caramel feel.

T- Generally balanced bouquet of hops up front but here it is a bit easier to pick out some specifics like orange, grapefruit, earthy mango, floral, pine resin, herbal and tangerine. Overall still a bit just "hoppy" after each sip. Sweetness comes out but without much of a caramelized feel or interruption to the hops.

MF- Medium-thick bodied overall and a texture somewhere between foamy and puffy. The carbonation level is moderately high while the finish brings on both sweetness and bitterness.

Citrus with a touch of pine and tropical fruits all wrapped up pretty tightly together into a very balanced hop bill.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a sonic. Pours a bright orange hue with a hazy clarity and a tight, quarter inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid froth. Nose expresses candied tangerines. Taste is somewhat dull - fruit in the nose all but disappears in the flavor profile. There's also a light biscuity presence and a slight floral hops character at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a trace of oiliness and a subdued carbonation. Overall - meh. Fairly dull and not much to the malt bill or hops profile.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; sheets of lacing;

S: really nice - pineapple, grapefruit, mango; pine in the background;

T: grapefruit for a moment, then pine mixes in and is dominant through the finish; mildly bitter at the end;

M: medium bodied; low to moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: really good; complex flavors and aroma;

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Photo of SFC21
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/3/15. Poured into a teku. Appearance is hazy and golden. Smell is floral and fresh peeled orange. Grassy, floral flavors with light hints of citrus. Feel is amazingly light for a DIPA. Dangerously drinkable for 7.5%.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a time when people are looking at Rock and wondering just what is up with this brewery these days, the fine folk up there in Morrisville bring us a DIPA that says "we're not going away into the night."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was bronzed orange color with a thin wisp of a white little head that immediately dissipates. Messy lacing slides into the glass.
The smell bombards my nose with sweet onion, freshly cut grass, lingering lemon rind and resinous pine to blast into a luscious blend unyielding to the lupulin threshold. Is my nose starting to hurt with this chock full of hops coming at me? But a nice sweet little bit of honey slides in for the balance as it warms.
The flavor seems to be hell bent on a bitter spirited gaze bursting on my tastebuds through the hops. But sweet onion and honey do make a nice presence to balance.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation seems to run nice and low allowing the bitter qualities to hit just right on my tongue.
Overall, Rock Art, a brewery that doesn't always push out the best product gives us a DIPA that says hey, we're not done brewing yet.

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