IPA (II) | Rock Art Brewery

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3.76 w/ 130 ratings

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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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Butterscotch color with sparse carbonation. 1/2 finger, light head. Looks pretty decent.

Lots of oily grass on the hop profile. Malt backbone has a little oil to it with some salt.

There's a slight floral tone to the hops along with a fair amount of grass. Malt has a lot of caramel but it's overshadowed. A little disjointed but enjoyable. Also there's a touch of earthiness.

Palate has a lot of grass and sweet malt sort of like that Turkish Delight candy stuff...wait...that's it...sesame! Slight floral hop perfume comes off with warmth. Still a bit disjointed.

It's amazing how the palate can evolve. I could drink an offering like this maybe a year ago and enjoy the hell out of it probably. Once you sit down and think about it every little nuance and fault comes to mind. There are a lot of layers to this and it's a decent quaff but there's little synergy here - for the style there are better offerings available. Still, not bad.

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

From their Extreme Series came this beefed up brew. Out of the bomber it was a cloudy orange amber color with an off-white head. Decent retention but good lacing. The aroma was boldly hopped, pine, citrus and some floral notes. AS it warmed the aroma leaned more towards the citrus side. The flavors were at first all hops as well, bitter and punchy with the 8% alcohol 'heat' in the middle. But as it approached room temp an earthy malt character became more evident and helped to balance. The medium body and smooth carbonation helped to make it very approachable for a Double IPA/Imperial IPA.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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 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 DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 almychristopher
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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 Derek
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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 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 NEhophead
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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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 tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Durge
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
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 ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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 JMScowcroft
2.48/5  rDev -34%
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 YankChef
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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 cyberquog
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served out of a bomber purchased in Stowe VT.

Appearance: Hazy amber. moderate head when poured, pretty good lacing and head retention.

Smell: hops, flowers, and more hops.

Taste: Sweet at first with a very hoppy follow through and a warming alcohol finish. Hops are very pronounced and play well but still overwhelm the sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Pretty mild carbonation with a nice texture, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Bitter hops take away from drinkability, but a bomber goes down easy enough.

Recommended for hop heads, maybe not so much for those looking for more balance. But what do you expect from a double IPA?

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

Bottle. Poured a cloudy orange color with a thick white head. Nice lacing. Decent aroma, although not as pungent as I would have expected. Mouthfeel is nice. Flavor is a nice bitter hoppiness with some citrus and pine to it. Hoppy finish. A pretty good Impy IPA.

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

Another beer from the extreme series from rock art, and yet another winner.

Summary- an almost 90-minute IPA clone... Not quite as extraordinary in some respects, but it isn't too far off the mark. Seems like it would be closer in taste if not for the 8% ABV cap in VT. 4's across the board.

Appearance- Pours a nice clear amber akin to a grade b honey with more clarity (initially). Kicking the rest of the bottle into my imperial pint glass revealed that this beer is unfiltered- it really clouded up. Some decent head from the pour, but it vanishes fairly quickly without much lacing.

Smell- I'll admit, I'm getting over a cold at the time of this review, but I'll give it a shot anyway- just might be more lacking than normal. very hoppy as expected- on the citrusy side of things, with some apple notes. Some malt backbone is definitely evident as well as some underlying alcohol esters.

Taste- Certainly the overwhelming theme here is the high hop content, but surprisingly this is well balanced with plenty of malt. Here's where the 90-minute IPA comparison comes from.

Mouthfeel- not too shabby. a little dry with the yeast addition, but that can be controlled.

Drinkability- easily quaffable, but take your time since it's 8%.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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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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 ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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 BeerTruth
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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 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 scottum
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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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IPA (II) from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 60.8% out of 100 with 130 ratings
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