IPA (II) | Rock Art Brewery

very good
84 Reviews

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

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 JMScowcroft
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Look - Pours pale yellow and settles yellow-amber in the glass. Cloudy, little fizz with barely any head.

Smell - Just opening it you are overwhelmed with hops. There IS such a thing as too much hops, and I know the bottle says "Extreme", but it's still a bit much and it takes away from the quality of the brew.

Taste - Bitter, super hops followed by a second of creaminess, then overwhelmed again by more hops. I gave it average here because while it was creamy it was good.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, hoppy, and sour. Stays with you for quite some time. Not pleasant.

Drinkability - The 8.0% is obvious here, unlike Rock Art's other brews. It hits you hard similar to a cheap drunk, and makes it very difficult to want to finish this or have another one. Definitely do not have this on an empty stomach...

Rock Art usually has incredible beers, in my opinion. Here I just don't get what they are doing, and I feel they missed the mark. They seem to be taking the "Extreme" too seriously here and not focusing on taste, balance, and overall quality.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.55/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

22oz, 8% 90 ibu. yellow label. info on the label is all about food pairings (sharp cheddar and chili, how clever..), nothing about the hops or beer itself.

pours thick, looks nice. golden brown with orange, slightly hazy. thick, frothy head and lots of sticky lace chunks. smells like a pine cone dipped in honey. smells like someone went a little nuts with the centennials. homebrewy nose.

first sip starts nice enough, woody, a hint of orange peel, dry with just enough malt and body.. the pine starts following through, and it's spicy. wait a minute, it's not stopping. quickly becomes a mouthful of dirt and ass. leaves you with an earwaxy, dry, extremely unpleasant bitterness after each sip that does not go away. personally, i am not the biggest fan of centennials, and enjoy them most when used on a smaller, single ipa scale (two hearted, etc.).. well, this is a ridiculous c-bomb that is virtually undrinkable to me.

i might not be able to finish this beer. i would say recommended for those of you who love the dryness and overall profile of centennial hops and can handle it in copious.. no, excessive amounts.

otherwise, this beer is an f'ing disappointment after the stellar ? riddler ?.

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Photo of txex97
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wet barnyard taste. Grassy and dry. Easy pour had more sediment than my 1st few batches of home brew. 90 IBU but wouldn't know it by taste. Has a familiar American Lager thing going on. Overall drinkable but definitely not a West Coast IPA that I'm used to. Still don't understand why a Vermont brewery has Southwest artwork on its label. I'd give this beer an overall C. Good effort but needs more homework.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. 90 IBUs is too much for me. There are better double IPAs like Stoudt's or Speakeasy's Double IPA. $3.49 for a 22oz bottle from Cabot Quechee Store Quechee, VT.

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Photo of VtBeerRun
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly this is an average beer all around. Nothing really wrong with the beer, but just nothing outstanding about it. Would I drink it again? I would if it was given to me, but I wouldn't go out seeking it, there are better Rock Art beers that I would look for before this one. I come to expect the unique, the bold from Rock Art, and I would say, well this is average. Looking forward to the next attempts by Rock Art on this one.


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Photo of pmccallum86
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cloudy amber color with a large creamy head.

Huge bready malts in the nose, malts dominate. Not much hop aroma there, some sweet caramel malt scents as well.

Big bready malts with a bitter finish. Citrusy grapefruit hops with a little pine as well. Very malty double IPA, possibly the most malty version of the style I have encountered.

Thick, full, and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkablility is not anything special, a very average double IPA.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1435th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

No bottle date
Thanks to Rudzud & jlindros for this one

App- I liken this to a apple cider color with caramel color. Completely unfiltered. On the first pour its a small white head and on 2nd its a bit more fluffy and quick. Zero cling and lace. When all is settled, looks like pine-sol in a glass. Bit let down.

Smell- Its got potential if recipe is tweeked. If this is desired end aroma, needs some work. The hops are there but really has a ton of pine behind it and something like a lager. Just odd pairing for what I assume they were going for.

Taste- From the first sip I struggled to finish. It wasnt VERY bad, just gave me a meh feeling. Not something I wanted to finished. It had some hops behind it, but overpined and had some off adjunt, malty awkward flavor.

Mouth- A very oily lighter medium body with a low carbonation. This was the best part of the beer. For some reason the oilyness works. Residual hoppy pine.

Drink- This was an extra and while I thank the guys this was just meh for me. Ill have to think twice about other rockart brews.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a small, soapy off-white head.

Smell: Pungent, redolent hop aroma of citrus and freshly-squeezed spruce juice.

Taste: Near-absent caramel malt character with a brief, fleeting sweetness. Flavors of grapefruit and spruce shavings. As for the bitterness, well, it's evident. Hell, it's unmistakable! As is the lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A brash, almost cheeky double IPA. Yep.

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Photo of bort11
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. White head stands a finger's width. Not a lot of lacing. Color is a orange/amber with a slight haze.

Smell is a full citrus hops character. Lots of grapefruit. Taste is also a straightforward grapefruit citrus. Mouthfeel is a little sticky.

The label says it's "Extreme", but I would disagree with that. This seems more of a middle of the road IPA/APA than a double IPA. ABV just barely qualifies it for a IIPA, and the IBU at 90 is not that extreme. Not a bad IPA, just a weak IIPA.

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Photo of Derek
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber-brown, off-white head, very little retention, good lacing.

S: Piney, Grapefruit, alcohol, grainy biscuits.

T: Piney, minty, metallic, floral-soapiness, biscuity, modest bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, dry alcohol finish.

D: Average for a DIPA.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bomber last week at the Quechee Gorge Villiage store in Queechee VT for $3.49. No date/ code noticed. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Clear caramel/ light copper brew gives a thick foamy 1" of ivory head. A bit dark for the style. Head eventually settles to a thick meniscus along the glass that leaves decent lace.

S: Clean semi-sweet body with a good dose of lemon and grass hop. A minor plasticy styrene note is also present.

T: Very similar to the smell... semi-sweet body, mostly clean, just a hint of caramel. Fairly pungent hop flavor, straight lemongrass and nothing else, not very diverse. Styrene note is more prominent than it was in the smell, tastes like biting into a styrofoam cup. As it warms a separate litsea (think Lemon Pledge) note resolves from the main lemongrass bomb.

M: Moderately thick and a bit sticky. Finishes dry and leaves a thick feeling on the mouth. Lingering lemongrass hop.

D: Meh, not a great DIPA. Price is very low, but I'll opt for other (better) Rock Art brews at the same cost.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If this beer was from 3 Floyds it would be a pale ale or maybe an IPA. I'm not sure what makes this a DIPA but I can't find it here. I suppose that could be an argument for this being a balanced beer since it is 8 percent. I do like this beer and maybe I was expecting more only because of all the great DIPA's coming out of VT, but just not a very extreme beer. Carbonation is good and drinkabilty is good too.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle into a pint glass.
A: Amber orange colored brew, fluffy white head, about two inches on the first pour. Some pretty lacing rings down the glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles scoot up the sides of the glass. Head settles to a nice thin layer atop the beer.
S: Full but not too sweet caramel malt scents dominate at first, then give way to a fruity/floral hop smell, definitely on the leafy/grassy side of the hop spectrum. Later whiffs reveal some more oily hops and perhaps a bit of alcohol underneath?
T: Oily and slick hops lead the flavors and really persist throughout. Middle brings in some of the nice subtle malt tastes, but the finish is an offkey mix of warming alcohol and more oily hops. Overall, it's quaffable and certainly strong enough to merit the title of Douple IPA, but not altogether pleasing. I didn't have trouble finishing this bottle, but I don't feel like having any more.
M: Mostly fine, good hop nip in the middle. But the finish is quite alcoholic and bitter. Interestingly, this somewhat fades with the second and third pour (lots of head), so credit given for that phenomenon.
D: For a really beautiful-looking beer, this wasn't quite what I hoped it would be. It's somewhat tasty and fairly enjoyable, but the lingering alcohol feel & taste are just too much to bear.

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Photo of DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy peach/orange colour with a two finger cap of whitish bubbles. As the cap settled, lots of thick lace was left behind. Head retention was fair to good for the style. The aroma was heavy on hops up front - a little pine, a little grapefruit, sort of catty. Caramel was evident as it warmed and it was a bit earthy too. Bitterness was quite restrained, perhaps too light to provide balance. Malt was mostly caramel and biscuit, hops were piney and grassy with a little citrus towards the end. Herbal mintiness appeared towards in the finish, along with some lingering alcohol warmth and mild bitterness. Decent texture, ample yet creamy carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, not overly hoppy or bitter. So more of a gateway DIPA rather than a hop bomb.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Beer4Baltimore
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle gently poured into a 22 ounce glass. No date.
A - fall orange color and clearly unfiltered. Heavily sedimented with flakes that rain down in the gentle bubles. Thin head that lasts but with little lacing.
S - mild grapefruit with a slight funk behind it. Heavily malted akin to a barleywine. The earthy funk is enjoyable but not expected.
T - mellow hops with a distinct sweetness and pronounced dryness.
M - smooth, thick and oily with a lingering bitter aftertaste.
Not quite what I expected from the style but the slight funk saved it for me.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a orange/amber color with a lot of haze, smally wimpy head. Not a bad looking beer by any means, but not a stunner.
Very grapefruit smelling beer, no piney hops to be found here, all citrus, all the time. Straightforward citrus hops taste too, hits all the expected notes. Seemed kind of weak to me though, maybe it just doesn't live up to the big name DIPA's out there. It's a fine effort and all, there are just a lot of better options out there. Glad I tried it, glad to move on as well.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky amber with brownish hues. A quarter inch head of white fell quickly to reveal a few errant dots of lacework and a somewhat placid surface.

Aromatics are filled with pungent pine and grapefruit, with hints of peach, malt, and wet cardboard.

Medium bodied and crisp. Slightly syrupy with lightish carbonation.

An aggresive bitterness and earthy resins start the palate. Plenty of bark-like pine sap, with grapefruit zest and hop pellets.
Wet paper steps forward along with some warming alcohol, and plenty of roughish bitterness continues.

Finishes with lingering wet cardboard, oxidized hop pellets, and bitterly drying.

No bottle date found, but this ones not tasting too fresh and reaks of old pellets.
Some fresh, whole hops would make a world of difference.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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 rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly copper tinted amber, minimal cap of big, off-white bubbles. Scent contains lots of caramel malts with some toast, grassy hops lead before citrus and pine present themselves, lightly earthy. Taste begins with more malt than hops, again slightly nutty and caramely, hops are present in quantity due to the bitterness, but more grassy and earthy with only splashes of pine and citrus. Medium bodied, slightly high in carbonation, creamy. Malt forward DIPA without a lot of solid hop character.

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Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gillard for this brew.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with hints of copper showing thru. Average head with good retention.

S: Sweet caramel malt up front with hints of bitter hops and crused aspirin.

T: Nice sweet malt character with a nice balance of citrus and pine. There is a slight metallic tinge to this one as well that I could do without.

M: Medium in body.

D: Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of YankChef
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber,bottled Oct. 23 2007 poured into a portsmith tulip

Appearance: poured a brownish amber with red hues. 1/4-1/2 inch creamy white head that clings to the top well.

Smell: Faint aromas of orange and peach upfront with the aroma of hop flowers and an almost resiny, syrupy aroma (it is from vermont) Also a pretty strong pine aroma.

Taste: The taste is upfront slightly sweet and almost lagerish, it then fades to a bitter hop bite, although not terribly pronounced. The IBU's hit the center of the tounge on the finish and leaves a bitter grapefruit flavor.

Overall: A decent beer that is somewhat lacking in complexity, almost doesnt even taste like a IIPA. Rock Art is new though im sure they will improve in time.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a rich amber hue with a nice two finger fluffy off-white head that slowly dies down to a nice layer. Stickiness is damn good, lacing is all over the place. Smell is pretty dull for the style. Dirty earthy hops mix in with a good caramel malt. Very little grapefruit in the nose, but it's there. First flavor I detect is a sugary caramel malt which is quickly taken over by the lime-ish hop bite. A different twist on the DIPA style with lower than normal abv. and maltier than usual flavor. I guess this is Vermont's way of brewing up a DIPA. This would never stand up to a westcoast DIPA, but that's ok. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a chewy character to it. Carbonation is mild. Drinkability is pretty good, but not the greatest. Good attempt from Rock Art, but I've definitely had better.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a 22oz bomber. Label notes it has 8.0% abv and 90 IBUs, and adds some food-pairing suggestions. Oddly, no info on what goes into this bier, and no freshness info either.

Poured into an imperial pint, IPA II has a color which is sort of a combo of copper and apricot. There's slow carbo rising within, and a slight bit of haziness. Head is off-white and thin, creamy and clinging to the edge of the glass, leaving a decent trace of lace behind. Nose is on the mild side, with some fruity aromas being the main component of what is detectable. Body is solidly medium; no more, no less. Liquid glides silkily over the tongue, with a light, airy feel. Good mouthfeel, in the final analysis.

Flavor? Well, starts off in a sort of off-putting manner. Comes across with a bit of toasty malt, producing an ever-so-light sweetness. Soon after comes the hoppage. And it's a different hoppage than I expected, with a lot of fruity characteristics. I'm getting some apricot, peach, mango.... sort of tropical stuff. It does have some resiny aspects, but not enough to my liking. I do like it a bit more than my initial impression, though it's an odd combo of flavors. The fruity hoppiness lingers decently, coating tongue and throat. Not one of the best DIPAs I've had, and it doesn't warrant any accolades, though not a savaging for that matter.

Received a bomber of this and a bomber of McNeills Imperial IPA from Artied2. With the quality issues of the latter (Mc's), I expected Rock Art to be the better bier. I was wrong, by a lot. Oh well.... drink and learn....


overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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IPA (II) from Rock Art Brewery
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