Limited Access | Rock Art Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,855
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
281
pDev:
7.35%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
106
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 281
Photo of MaxBrews
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Croth3000
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of IronLover
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of digboy
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Bobbymozz
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of PSanger
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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%
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 +6.6%
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 +7.4%
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 -4.7%
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 +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.

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Photo of Bad_Fish13
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.2%
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%
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%
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 -7.1%
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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Limited Access from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 281 ratings