IPA (II) | Rock Art Brewery

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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Celebrate Hops! This beauty is packed full of hop flavor and all things hops. Chill to cellar temp 52-54 F Pour into a Rock Art pint glass with a generous head, grasp with authority and indulge yourself with hops.

Added by Bierman9 on 06-10-2007

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 84
Reviews by Reagan1984:
Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Kudos to Channon for providing this as an extra in a recent trade.

This was MUCH better than I had imagined. BTW, I didn't imagine anything negative. It's just really good!!!

Poured a dark amber color with mostly brown highlights. I was careful during the pour as I saw a great deal of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Clarity was very good. (last pour was cloudy but creamy and delicious!) The head was 2 fingers thick and off white to beige. The lacing was just insane. As I type, I am looking at the dirtiest beer glass any of us have seen in quite some time!

Aroma was my first hint at great balance. Very fresh and floral. Lots of citrus and a great deal of fruit. There was also a very noticeable level of biscuity malts. Very nice.

The flavor was a total pleasure and surprise. Balance. Balance, Balance. This beer drinks more like a big IPA vs. a DPA. To me that's a great thing. The malt profile was wonderful and reminded me of Pliny (yes, I said Pliny) or Two Hearted. Biscuit like bread flavors, them some nice fruits.... Bang, grapefruit and some nice finishing hops bitterness.

At this point I thanks Channon and was happy that I could actually buy another bottle locally.

Sometimes trading is just about someone handing you a bottle!!

Medium body and lively mouth feel due to fresh hops and lively carbonation.

Damn, I don't have another bottle!!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

The Double IPA style has quickly become a favorite among beers and the hop shortage doesn't look to have affected these highly hopped beers much. A muffled, crackling head produces thick rings of lace down the glass after each sip. Massive aroma of pungent hop oil, wildflowers, tangerine juice, slight solvent alcohol and faint, powdery aspirin. Big on smoothness with a dreamy full body. The 90 IBUs are there with a clean bitterness. Hop flavor suggests blonde tobacco, mild pine sap, spearmint and grapefruit zest. The malt is a little restrained, though there is a nice dollop of cake batter and shortbread cookie in the middle. A little yeasty middle to end, with some subtle tropical fruit--papaya, mango and passion fruit. Alcohol is pretty clean, with only a very faint solvent note. Finishes dry with a trail of clean hop bitterness and light chalky yeast.

At 8-percent ABV and 90 IBUs, this is probably one of the more balanced Double IPAs out there--balance is good but hard to get away with when it comes to this style. By far one of the most drinkable Double IPAs out today, hopheads rejoice!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy amber color with a thick tan head and lots of lacing. Intriguing aroma: floral, citrus, bread, and a little peppery at the end. Grapefruit and pine taste, more bread. I thought the malt won out, because it was a little tepid in the mouth. Still, a nice IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer purchased at the Brattleboro, Vt. food co-op, no freshnes info. Pours a nice darker, rudy shade of dark honey, with a nice creamy frothy head, dark tan that leaves more then enough sticky sheeting. Nose is clearly and sweetly of pine sap and resiny hop juices. Full throttle DIPA, 90 IBUs shimmering and crunching, lots of resins and pine needle hop goodness. Very pleasant and easy to appreciate offering. Hop heads go get some.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another of the 'extreme' series from this brewery. Color is on the dark side for an IPA (double or single). Pours with a small head that doesn't persist too well. The aroma is a nice blast of American hops and malt. Taste is much maltier than most DIPA's, almost straying into barley wine territory, or maybe a double red ale, given the color. Plenty of flavor hops too but could use more aroma for this style. Mouthfeel is firm and filling. Overall, maybe not quite to style, but a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of prdstmnky
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy coppery amber with a giant tan foamy head. The lacing is very good making this a real nice looking beer. The smell is a good mixture of pine,citrus,and "bisquity" aromas. The taste is a real bitter hop blast with bread yeast,citrus hops,pine,and a carmel flavor. A good beer,but the flavors don't mix perfectly. The m/f is light making this a very good beer,but not the best.

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Photo of LordHammer
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. Freshness date of 04/08 on bottom of bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, with moderate head that lingers nicely throughout the glass.

Aroma is heavy on hops, pine and citrus, with the slightest hint of caramel.

Flavor follows the aroma, with lots of piney and citrus hops, and some alcohol warmth at the finish. Nicely balanced for the style, with the malt becoming more pronounced as the beer warmed.

Overall, and enjoyable IIPA that would be worth another purchase.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the brewery. Not all that balanced, it's piney bitterness. Big bubbly off-white head on cloudy grapefruit. Bitter aroma. Some soap, carbonation. Yeah, grassy. May have worked with more balance, even less hops. Understated carboantion, average mouthfeel.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep amber that borders on becoming copper colored. The frothy white head settles into a 1/8" creamy cap, and then slowly dwindles to an average collar and whispy surface coating. Thin rings of lace and short splashes are left behind on the glass.

S: Citrusy with grapefruit. Biscuity. Grassy. Not really bold, but present enough. More like the aroma from a standard American IPA (well, with a little bit more malt).

T: Surprisingly malty. Very nice caramel/toffee notes. Hops are gently raspy, citrusy, pine-like, and grassy. There's some yeasty fruitiness, and it's also a bit nutty.The bitterness doesn't appear to meet the labeled 90 IBU's, but that's a good thing. As it is, there's maltiness upfront that's then followed by accents of hops across the middle, and then more solid hop flavors in the finish, and it works well. The alcohol isn't really noticeable either except for an appropriate spritz, but it is a bit soapy in the finish... odd. Fortunately it fades fairly readily.

M: Firm, medium-full body. Moderate carbonation. Dextrinous and smooth.

D: Soft and round with a firm bitterness running through it, this double IPA is more accessible than most of the drier, hoppier, and more bitter versions out there. Easily accessible. Drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2 big foamy fingers of light tan colored head. Rich looking retention and lacing. Real nice look here. The aroma has a deep tang to it of tropical fruits and bread, wrapped in a warm fume of floral hops, spice, and piney resins.

The taste has a sticky bitterness to it, loaded with robust tropical fruit character. This is well balanced by a silky backbone of toasted caramel malts. The malts and citrus really work well here together to even this out with a healthy dose of syrupy sweetness. Long spicy finish on this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very easy and creamy texture to the carbonation, sitting on top of a more beefy and viscous feel underneath. The heat IS on with this guy, which unfortunately is the only real drawback here, giving the overall body a warm and medicinal feel at times.

Despite the overabundance of warmth, this still gets a recommendation from me. I enjoyed the full hop flavors here and I think that maybe a bottle with a bit more freshness on it might have helped hide the alcohol a little better.

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Photo of irishtjb11
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got a 22 oz bomber of this, well worth the purchase. the appearance is a almost perfect with such an unfiltered look to it there are literally chunks of yeast floating around in the beer. the only thing i wish there was more of was a nice head, though it laces well; i wish there was more of a solid head this has more of a thin head that is barley stands out. the smell is quite mild compared the taste tons of floral and hop scents present. reminds me of lighter, fruitier beer but with a strong taste to back up the great smell. the taste seems to be a slap in the face next to the more floar smell. the strength of the hops is super powerful at first, yet i find them differnet (in a good way) than most of the beers ive come across. instead of the tart grapefruit taste, i get much more of a tart light fruit/floral taste. not like a dogfish or smuttynose ipa, a bit sweeter and sharper at first with a nice mellow run out. what one would expect from a dipa, it does the job, tons of hops and unbalanced in a good way. the mouthfeel is also great for a bomber, nice a smooth without any real strong notes of carbonation. this is my first rock art and surley not to be my last. foudn this beer to be powerful yet sophisticated; too often i feel i find overly hoppy beers that lack in other areas a beer needs to have. great beer, great state.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt sunset Orange hue with an active off white head. Big tropical fruit nose with floral and honey notes and a faint alcohol scent. Lots of resinous hop leaf.

Phew, much better than the past few rock arts I've had. Tropical fruit bouquet and cinnamon raisin bread up front followed by slick effervesent hop bite. Bright citric fruits with good acidity and desecration bitterness. Just the right amount of malt to allow some kind of balance. Pretty clean and slick overall. Also pretty well done and sets itself apart by not being run of the mill. Complex but with a touch of alcohol heat.

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Photo of Franchise
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Rock Art pours a deep orange. Leaving a thick tan head that stays with the beer. The first thing I notice is the spicy hops nose. The body is clear and inviting. The aroma continues slightly boozey, strong caramel notes, with a faint bready aroma, but honestly not much more going on with the nose. The taste is very smooth, a heat from the alcohol hits your throat, caramel, slight tartness, spicy hops, abound. This is a solid IIPA. Great job Rock Art.

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Photo of mkirkland80
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Chilly_E
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy sunset orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of grassy and piny hops.

Tastes of hops melded with a decent malt base. Hops lead off with citrus and grass, leading to a more pine like presence. Fairly bitter with a soapy character. Malts add some sweetness, but not much and give a toasted bread depth to it along with caramel. Sweetness does not impede particularly much on the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, another solid addition to the Rock Art lineup, but it is not quite the "extreme" as advertised.

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Photo of scottg
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a medium amber color with a one finger white cloudy head with good retention and thick spotty lacing. Sweet citrus aromas of grapefruit and orange with complimentary malt. Up front flavors of grapefruit and pine with some chocolate malt and some vanilla sweetness. It has a medium carbonation and body, a creamy mouthfeel with a dry hoppy finish. Very well balanced and drinkable, a solid beer but not something you crave.

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Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. Consumed 2/21/10
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Settles to a thin and sticky lacing. The body is hazy and deep copper in color.
S) Floral. Malty sweet. Some pink grapefruit. Orange.
T) Malty sweet up front - caramel. Orange notes. The hop bite comes in the finish and even that is mild. Hints of black pepper.
M) Medium to full body. Fairly smooth. Light fizz.
D) A well crafted brew. I'd have another.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Rock Art brewery in Morrisville into a small taster pint glass.

Identical to it's regular IPA, pale golden amber body, cloudy slightly with small rising carbonation that comes up slowly. Head is a little bit creamier though in appearance.

Nose is quite interesting. Large mint hop angle bitter, sweet herbal notes. Light sugars mix in there a bit also. Quite nice and unique.

Taste has mild grain upfront, faint and dry. Mild hop bitterness seems to mix with the mint action as well. Same wet palate as the regular IPA, with a lingering herbs of green tea.

Overall much like the IPA but better and a great herbal and mint flavor. I could drink this again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich amber in color with a light haziness to it. A nice head of white, perhaps two inches in height rose up from the bottom of the glass and settled down with some decent lacing along the sides. Nice aroma of orange, thick, pungent and sweet with a nice malted backbone that really gave it some nice balance. Smooth, easy flavor here with all the abv non existent and really well done. Rich orange and pineapple flavors, buttery, biscuit like malt notes mid palate and a nice thick, medium feel that was accented nicely

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 2/25/11

Appearance: Somewhat amber, more red than the typical golden orange I expected for the style - white head, unimpressive lacing

Smell: Pale and caramel malts, some piney hops - really not that impressive

Taste: Straight-up bitter with some pine - not a lot of citrus here, but some lingering grapefruit and lemon - malts are on the toasted side - very caramel, as the color would suggest - definitely good and kind of balanced, but honestly tastes more like a super-bitter IPA than a DIPA

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, kind of sticky but very drinkable

Overall: Mild, not bad

I have had this a couple times, and I still do not know what to think of it. It dances on the line between IPA and DIPA. It's good for what it is, but I think it has the potential to be so much more. Rock Art makes some excellent beers, and sadly this is not one of them.

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IPA (II) from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 130 ratings