IPA (II) | Rock Art Brewery

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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
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 thespaceman
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with brownish highlights, very cloudy, lots of sediment noticeable, small frothy head, lacing and retention are decent.

Smell: Grapefruit and citrus are here, a strong maltiness is here as well, sweet to the nose, hop oil, this one has your particular DIPA qualities, strong scent of hops and caramel malt. Nice balance of floral aromas here, a tinge of esters sneaks it way in here as well.

Taste: A classic case of hoppiness meets maltiness, balanced to the T, lots of IPA qualities here, sweet grapefruit, a tinge of some sour mango and plum, followed by a thick, biscuit-like malt profile, smooth and decadent. The hops are the real star of the show, finishing this brew with a strong flavor of citrus like properties. Alcohol is somewhat present on the finish which really caps of this beer perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation isn't too strong, probably because the malt smooths the feel of the mouth, bitter on the tongue, yet stands strong due to it's medium bodied structure.

Drinkabilty: At $3.99 a bomber, this is more than a deal, this is insanity. This is a wonderful DIPA that displays all the right characterisitcs, it's got hops and plenty of malt sweetness to back it up. A great brew thats well underpriced that should be tried by hop and malt lovers alike. Grab a couple of these if you see it.. very sessionable.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, clear amber/orange with an off-white two finger head. Smells of biting, spicy hops dominate the nose. First sip is smooth with a piney hop bitterness morphing to a floral hop finish. There is plenty of malt here to support the 90 IBU hops. This is what a DIPA should be. There is no mistaking this beer for an American BW. No sir. This is the real deal. A DIPA that is truly flawless.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was pleasantly surprised to see this in on the shelf today.

Beer pours a really nice amber color with a thick, foamy head that doesn't fade easily. Hop aroma is pretty good with citrusy hints and hints at the bitterness. So far so good. Taste is not quite as bitter as there seems to be more of a malt element to this beer. A second sip confirms the bitterness, which leaves a dry mouthfeel and again, a lot of maltiness. A warm alcohol feel is also apparent.

For the style, I would say this is better than Magic Hat's effort for sure. There's more of a balance between hops/malt and the malt just shines through more. Could use more hoppiness overall but still interesting. When compared with Rock Art's original IPA, I like this one better, even though it's a DIPA by style.

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Photo of irishtjb11
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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 ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Middlebury Discount Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head lasts well, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is moderately intense, sweet with ample pine character. Taste begins malty, gives way promptly to the pine hops, which takes over and carries along to the close, where the alcohol warmth comes into play, with some gum numbness thrown in. That said, flavor is well-balanced for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Sort of a gateway DIPA, if you will.

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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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 UA8
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy burnt orange with a one finger tall beige head.

S- Grapefruit galore here. Hints of rock candy and pine in the back ground.

T- Leads with citrus balanced by malts, midpalate brings in a bit more bitterness with a touch of floral notes and rind. Finish is good and bitter with a hint of pine and citrus rind. This is one heck of good DIPA for such a small brewer.

M- Medium body with nice and soft moderate carbonation.

D- A great success for Rock Art this thing delivers for the hop bomb lovers and the hop flavor lovers alike. Definitely recommended. Lol 8.0% like all the other Extreme beers I'm pretty certain these range over and around not all 8.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a gorgeous clear, copper color with massive amounts of carbonation, and a large two fingered cream colored billowing, rocky head.

S - Pine, some grapefruit citrus, and mild caramel malt. The aroma isn't as big as this beer suggests, but still, better than most.

T - Massive amounts of graprefruit and pine with a small malt backbone. There's also a minty and tobacco presence. The tip of the tongue is hit immediately with a grapefruit/pine one/two and then gently subsides for a brief moment to let the malt somewhat come up for air. After that, there's a tidal wave of pine and grapefruit bitterness that comes crashing in on the palette and rides it "past" the end. After this beer goes down, the throat is warmed by the alcohol and the mouth covered with a slick coating of bitter tropical fruit that sits, and sits, and sits, reminding you of the hoppy wave the jjust slapped you. It's not for the faint of heart and people who aren't hop addicts probably won't appreciate this beer so much.

M - Heavier side of medium body, and gentle carbonation on the tongue.

D - Very good.

This is a totally UN-balanced beer and is definitely geared towards the hop heads. Personally, I really like this brew and it's really nice to see something finally come off the East Coast that rivals the hop bitterness of a West Coast IPA. Very nice job!

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Photo of scottum
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy deep amber color with a huge off white headskie. Large hop nose leads the flavor assult. The bitter bite does well balancing what clearly is a large malt bill. Hops overwelm the brew, but is that a bad thing? Not really because of the style. Goes down smoothly. I'll have another, but I'd rather a hopped up Rock Art ESB.

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Photo of Durge
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very cloudy iced tea color with lots of carb, thin but solid off-white head and moderate lace. The aroma is full and sweet with lots of malt candy and mild floral hops, very apetizing. Very notable but pleasantly mellow floral hops flavor. Beautiful mouthfeel with a pleasant alcohol theme. Drinkability is decent, quite tastey.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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 skivtjerry
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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 almychristopher
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice golden yellow with a white rocky head. the aroma is nicely balanced arrangement of floral hops and crystal malt. the taste is once again a very piney with a good balance of malt. it has a nice medium body with adequate carbonation... a very drinkable double IPA.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light copper color with a solid two fingers of white frothy head that doesn't seem to ever go away. Nose is fruity and hoppy, although moreso the latter. Taste is solid. Not an overpowering hop DIPA bite, like some have. This one goes down pretty smooth. Lots of fruity hops, an intense bubble-gum sweetness in the middle as well. Feel is full-bodied and solid with good carbonation. This one I guess I might count this one as more of an IPA than a DIPA, but that doesn't affect it's flavor, which is interesting and original. Good one to try.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Stunner97
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark cloudy brown brewski with moderately white head, very delicously looking in appearnace

Smell- Smell is overwhelmingly strong and good, great sweet malts ridiing so crazy over the whole odor, slight hoppiness back kick, caramel apples and tones of sugars hops, incredible in odor one of best i ever smelt

Taste- very hoppy and deliciously bitter on this double ipa, no complaints here a great beer, a good mix between a freaking crazy hop bomb and malt background, a good flavor mix

Mouth- moderate to average feel, full bodied for sure

Drinkabiltity- amazing beer to enjoy as session though probably way high in % of alc to really be one, An overall good beer that at a cheap price Im going to have to try a few more times and see for sure where i stand on it

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 jtierney89
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is decently balanced with a strong hops bitterness up front that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is on the thin side for the style, but is hearty enough to provide some substance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, there are certainly better 2IPA's out there but this is still a solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold/light amber and completely clear. Impressive rocky head that leaves clumpy lace on the glass.

Beautiful floral hop aroma--not bitter, more sweet. Low malt aroma.

Very nice malt base, but the swallow and aftertaste is largely bitter from the generous hop amount. Solid base with a modest level of carbonation.

A delicious IIPA offering--not the best, but nearly so.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy copper with a 1+ finger off-white head. nice lacing

S: pine, oily hops, faint orange and caramel

T: piney, citrus is more pronounced in the taste than the aroma suggests. a little herbal quality. strong malt backbone

M: medium bodied, crisp with a fairly high amount of carbonation

D: highly drinkable

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and Carapils malts along with a very nice hop bouquet. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth malty flavor that lends itself well to a more than adequate hop taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking double IPA. It's well balanced and quite flavorful.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml and Bounty628 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malty notes, some citrus, with plenty of pines. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, with some citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty nice DIPA.

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Photo of NEhophead
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Pours a cloudy, light copper with golden highlights beneath somewhat of a rocky white head. Big pine nose with a decent amount of hop oils. Whaffs of malty alcohol. Caramel malts with a smooth base that are enveloped by a juicy, pine-filled hop bite. The hop character isn't heavy, but it certainly packs a citrus, oily punch. Medium bodied; smooth and slick at times. Pleasantly surprised as Rock Art tends to sacrifice flavor for abv at times. One of my favorite Rock Art offerings to date.

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