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IPA (II) | Rock Art Brewery

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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 Casey10
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up while in MA glad I was able to pick up as not yet available in Maine.

A - Hazy orange with a wispy head nice lacings on the side of the glass.

S - okay light malts some pine kind of light for a DIPA.

T - Pine some citrus notes not bad not overwhelmed but it is good.

M - leaves a nice afterfeel again the pine and a bit of the citrus sting after drinking.

D - Would like to try a bit fresher to see if there is a difference. Not bad and will try again.

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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 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 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 ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into 1L Hacker Pschorr stein.

A- Pours golden amber with a generous head that sticks around. Good lacing throughout.

S- Smells delicious. Hops dominate, but I can detect a malt sweetness. I swear I can smell the alcohol, although at 8%, this is not too strong a DIPA.

T- ...Different. Not nearly as bold as some other DIPAs, but it's nice. Hop bitterness plays on the tongue. Flavor profile works the whole tongue, and imparts a nice malt on the palate when you swallow. A refreshing change from the standard DIPA- hops are blended well with the malts, leaving a much better balanced beer than most DIPAS. Not a hop bomb, like most. I'm intrigued by the aftertaste- the beer is muted as first sip, but leaves about a whole lot of flavor after it goes down. Very unusual.

As I get 1/2 way through, I taste a nuttiness in the malt that reminds me of Newcastle Brown Ale. I have to remind myself that this is a DIPA from Vermont.

M- Nice, this beer works the gamut and ends strong. Good carbonation.

D- I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. A departure from your usual DIPA, this one, while subdued, is very well-balanced and a welcome change of pace from 'hop bombs'. Not that I don't love my hops, It's just nice to see them in check from time to time. Not your tipical DIPA, and most definitely a tasty beer. I'll have to try more from this brewery in the future.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark copper color with a finger of white head and some nice looking lacing.

S: Big malt nose for a double IPA. A touch of hops as well. Very much as east coast IPA. Some floral hops with a touch of citrus but much more on the grassy side.

T: A well balanced DIPA. Maltier than most but enough hops to keep you interested. More bitter than anything else but there is more than enough malt to balanced things out.

M: A touch on the heavier side from all the malt.

D: For the price this is a great beer. Enjoyable though not as hoppy as I would like. I want more floral and citrus but this is a well crafted beer.

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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 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 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 OtherShoe2
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a light head that dissipated quickly. Some lacing. I wish the head was bigger.

Smells of citric hops and a little fruitiness dominate.

Nice layers of flavor. Hop bite right up front, with a layer of malt sweetness, with some dried fruit notes, and maybe some bread elements. There is also a leafy/grassy edge to this that I can't put my finger on. Warming alcohol is there as well, although I think it is fairly well hidden by the strength of the hops.

This one is mouth coating and a little slick.

Overall, pretty good. I don't find this to be a super easy drinker, but a wonderful sipper. Absolutely worth a try.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top with a sticker on the bottom that read Oct 2008.

Appearance: Medium amber/brown with an inch of sudsy white head that left a good amount of lacing on my oversized pilsner glass (Carlsberg).

Nose: Candied fruits and dried fruits all around: figs, oranges, ruby red grapefruit. Also, grapefruit zest, pine cone, and a little mossy/earthy note.

Palate: Big mouthfeel with caramel malt and bitter hops competing for first billing. The grapefruit is on the palate as well, some quick tropical notes, with some sweet lemon and a little thai lemon leaf/wet grass type taste. The finish is dry, bitter with a nice astringency.

Notes: The nose shows no signs of slowing down, but the freshness of the hops is starting to fall away from the palate, leaving just the bitterness aspect and some leafy flavors. It may be starting to show a little oxidative characters, but not to the beers detriment. A great big IPA and most assuredly worth the humble price. More body (more malt) than the Belvidere Big IPA they just released. The Belvidere is running lean and just to showcase the hops. This is a little more "balanced" if you can say that about a Double IPA.

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

Deep amber with a quickly disappearing head.
Smell is tropical fruity alcohol and huge floral hops.
Taste is very sweet-candy-malty , and fruity
( papaya, mango, pineapple) with a rush of citrusy hops and a surprizingly dry and bitter, almost astringent finish.
Mouthfeel is just right for this DIPA....medium to full, with gentle carbonation.
Pretty drinkable and a nice deal ! ( $4 bomber )

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

This offering from Rock Art pours a deep orange. Leaving a thick tan head that stays with the beer. The first thing I notice is the spicy hops nose. The body is clear and inviting. The aroma continues slightly boozey, strong caramel notes, with a faint bready aroma, but honestly not much more going on with the nose. The taste is very smooth, a heat from the alcohol hits your throat, caramel, slight tartness, spicy hops, abound. This is a solid IIPA. Great job Rock Art.

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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 BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange color with a tight, effusive foaming cap. Retention is perfect, with enough of a head to be both impressive and drinkable almost right from the get-go. Fabulous lacing; another great looking beer from Rock Art - consistently impressive.

Nose is strong enough, definitely hop-centric but I feel there's enough balance at least in the nose. Pale, biscuity malt with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Pine and citric bitterness in the flavor is actually offset really well by the breadiness of the malt, and gives the impression of balance. Really the hops do take over and carry through the palate long after the malt is gone, but still this is a balanced ale for style. Sweetness is kept in check but bitterness doesn't run rampant: impressive.

Smooth mouthfeel; alcohol rears its head just a bit here in the finish, but not much. I'm not as down as some other reviewers on the mouthfeel end - such a strongly hop-centric style is going to have chewiness issues.

I'm down with this one - the third Rock Art beer I've had and the one I like the best. I might not go back to it much or often, but for the price I enjoyed this ride.

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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 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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IPA (II) from Rock Art Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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