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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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 brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky head that laces the pint glass nicely

Smell: Caramel malt, piney hops and fusel alcohol

Taste: The caramel backbone is clearly in evidence on the opening, but the bitter, piney hops make an appearance almost immediately, adding some fruity tones and fusel alcohol; after the swallow, the flavor profile is surprisingly balanced though it nods toward the bitter side in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; slightly resinous

Drinkability: While I have held onto this bottle a bit longer than I should have, it is still drinking nicely though it has lost some of the hop flavors it would have had when fresher

Thanks, imagineiii, for the opportunity

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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 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 Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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 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 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 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 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 jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter:

Pours orange amber with a thin white head that quickly becomes a thin patch and a wide ring.

The smell is of bitter grapefruit - boldly citric.

The taste is of big bitterness - grapefruit with a touch of aspirin. 90 IBU's - no doubt. Doesn't have much of the sweet touch common in Imp. IPA's, though alcohol does show its hand pretty clearly, and there is a late touch of maltiness which grows a bit as it progresses. Still, this is a bitter one - not something I would normally complain about - and I'm not complaining, but as hoppy as it is it seems to miss that rounding/complex "something" that would really do this style right.

The feel is surprisingly thin - not fall apart thin, but there is a thinness to it for the style.

Good for a "hop fix", but not one of the chewier, full-bodied, more complex DIPA's out there.

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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 GClarkage
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/28/08- Purchased at the Cabot Cheese Store in Quechee, VT.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no visable freshness info. Poured into my Stone Ruination 20oz mug.

Appearance- Clouded and medium murky rust orange colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head upon pour and a nice thick frothy rim that remains for the duration. Leaves behind nice lace patches and streaks.

Smell- The only real drawback to this beer is the nose...quite frankly, there is none...or virtually none. I sniffed and sniffed and just got a small touch of toasted malt and that's it.

Taste- Kinda of strange malt flavor for a DIPA. Reminds me of an English style malt. Very toasted and earthy with some dirt aspects. The hops are a bit behind the malt, but have a nice grapefruit pith flavor.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation level with lessens as the beer is consumed. Does leave a nice lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- If there was such a category as English Double IPA, I would put it in that category. Interesting flavors and tasty.

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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 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 biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blurred orange with flashy copper overtones; it has both the depth in colour and haze in complexion that is to be expected for a beer this style and strength. Near microscopic sized bubbles flutter about whilst a solid khaki stained head imprints its mark around the circumference of the glass.

I wonder if the '(II)' in the 'Rock Art IPA (II)' stands for double malt? This certainly smells more extra malty than it should extra hoppy. Not to say that it isn't hoppy (it is) but there is a hefty amount of caramel upfront. Don't get me wrong though, I like that - just not as much as I enjoy the pine-laced aroma of citrus, mushy pineapple and seething coconut that underlay it.

The taste delivers on both hoppy and malty ends, with the scale slanting toward the malt side of the spectrum. I think it'd be accurate to describe it as: charred caramel infused with grapefruit pith and orange peel. It strikes a nice balance but doesn't have the intensity needed for the style. However good it does indeed taste, it still leaves some to be desired for a DIPA.

It's a good thing for the extra malt, considering you might feel short-changed on the hops. That astringent taste of green, leafy remnants produces some bitterness, but little mouthfeel otherwise. As it warmed, it was the sticky malt base which came forward. Its delicious sweet and gooey presence added a lot of nice texture and definitely engages you to keep drinking.

I think I understand now why Rock Art didn't put the extra 'I' directly into the 'IPA'. Considering the (relatively) modest level of hopping and the near complete absence of alcohol, this beer really drinks far more like a regular IPA. And as such it would be incredibly quaffable - but as a DIPA, there's little chance it will scratch your itch.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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