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.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a nice deep amber orange. Dense tan head, but minimal. Fading quickly.

Nose is modest with some soft spice, orange, and a little hop. Nothing to massive here.

Taste is bursting with orange at first, followed quickly by absurdly dry and bitter hops. Lacking a bit in the depth department here. Again, a little hint of spice. Little sweet at the end too, almost a touch of maple or sweetened condensed milk.

Feel is just too thin. Leaves a little coating in your mouth, but the sip just feels hollow.

Big beer, but just not really well balanced. Juice is lost, hops are too big without the complexity to make it interesting. Mouth feel is the biggest let down. Oh well. On to another one...

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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 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 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 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 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 BeerLover99
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy rust/orange body, finger white head,
ok lacing

S: grassy, lemon peel, candy sugar

T: lemon grass/earthy chalky malt, slow bitter long finish

M: med body, oily mouth

O: Find Double IPA for the buck.
Great to support New England brewery.


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Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Peach-copper with a healthy amount of bubbly and creamy foam head. Good retention with non-evident lacing.

S: Grapefruit, toasted bread, toffee, slight cinnamon, and vague spices (possibly cloves & nutmeg). Underlying damp earthy tones but not pronounced. Very mellow with the aromas working very well together- Enticing.

T: Tart grapefruit, toasted bread-like malt backbone, lemon zest, bittersweet toffee, and nutty elements. Impressed at how clean, smooth, and mellow this is. Good hop-malt balance. Doesn't have the same fresh punch as other DIPA's, but this makes up for it with a well executed bitter and dry qualities.

M: Medium-light bodied with an average carbonation for the style. Attractive dry mouthfeel with a less oily character that works well here.

D: Glad I picked this up. Refreshing with the clean and dry characteristics. Have been very pleased with Rock Art offerings, and I'd say this is one of their best.

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

Nice orange body with a solid finger of white head.

Nose is piney, with some light malt to it.

Flavor is sharp pine. Only a hint of malt, in the best tradition of West Coast IPAs. I'm not getting citrus, but this is a buzzsaw of piney/ earthy hops. This reminds me of Nugget or Warrior, definitely a bitter hop, but I like it!

Mouthfeel is stripping, cleansing, aspirin-like. Almost chewy.

Overall is very good. I generally like my IPAs heavier on the citrus or tropical fruitiness, but I love the way Rock Art achieved the WC underdone malt.

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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 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 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 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 mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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 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 mavbrew
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color (typical for most IIPAs) with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The scent has a lot of piny hops that are easily smelt away from the glass. Also has some earthy malts coming through in the nose as well.

T: Taste has the piny, oily resins upfront with the bitters coming through and lasting throughout. There is also an earthy malt flavor that comes through in the middle and the finish is bitter with an earthy/grassy flavor.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. The feel is bitter of course and also an earthy feel as well.

D: There are lots of bitters, obvious with the 90 IBUs, but it's well balanced with the earthy malts. A very smooth and easy drink, but maybe a little too much malt coming through, but it's good nonetheless.

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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 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 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 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 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 Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that slowly fades to a thick surface foam. Some moderate lace develops.

Smell: light malt sweetness and a bit of grapefruit and hop bitterness.

Taste: bready malt presence with a milder than expected pine and grapefruit tones. Caramel, pears, and a nice bitterness makes up a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: heavier side of a medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. A nicely balanced big beer that a few pints can be had in a session.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light head that fades semi quickly. It's slightly hazy with a rosy orange red color.

N: Lots of chewy hops are the main focus. A strong bitterness aroma even, with some earthy chewy hops, and a slight pine, citrus, and grassy hop aroma as well. A slight malty sweetness also comes through on the nose.

T: Lots of spicy bright hops really dominate. A fresh hop bitterness with some citrus, a little spicy character, and pale hop flavors all come out. A slightly sweet malt flavor also comes through. It starts lighter on the bitterness and more on the hop flavors and maltiness. Then really starts to get bitter as the taste goes. It does hide the booze well. However, instead of having more distinctive hop flavors, its more of just pure bitterness. I would have preferred a little more back end hop flavors and aromas

M: Good thickness and body with lower than usual carbonation.

F: Finishes very bitter and pale, as well as drying off quite a bit. The dryness and bitterness accentuate each other as usual. It leaves a raw pure bitterness flavor in the mouth. Along with that is a little orange peel bitterness. That strong bitterness seems to linger for a while. It;s a pretty good DIPA, nothing that really knocks your socks off. If the world weren't littered with awesome IPAs and DIPAs this would be an amazing beer, but being the way it is I would say it's more a big fish in a world of very big fishes. A little more carbonation would have helped, as well as distinctive hop flavors rather than just a melding of bitterness, IMO.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Pearl St. while in Burlington...

Pour - goolden orange and sort of hazy almost frosty looking in the glass. Nice thick head that leaves some decent lacing all inside the glass.

Aroma - lots of floral hop smell along with powdered sugar, honey, peach and tangerine.

Taste - a mouthful of floral hops but not the excessive piney or citrusy bite I was expecting (and hoping for). This is a very smooth and deceptive double IPA as it doesn't have a big heavy hop flavor nor does it have a huge malty backbone. At 8% this drinks like a 5% IPA and is nicely balanced as such. I can't get over how smooth and easy drinking this is for the alcohol percentage and the 90 IBUs it apparently is clocking.

Overall - great IPA that certainly drinks well below its weight. This is a very floral IPA without a lot of the massive flavor profiles of others in its style category. That being said, I still really am enjoying this. Cheers Rock Art!

Would I buy more of it? - yep. This is a great beer for both the money, the ABV, the IBUs and above all the taste. Just an overall great big IPA (even though it doesn't drink like a massive IPA).

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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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IPA (II) from Rock Art Brewery
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