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 kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Ninjabrew
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
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 -20.2%
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 whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Kiniey01
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of paulmcm
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -10.1%
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 +1.1%
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 +11.2%
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 -15.4%
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 +9.6%
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 -19.4%
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 -7.4%
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 -2.1%
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 -1.1%
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 -2.9%
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 +8.2%
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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Photo of Casey10
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +11.7%
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 -2.9%
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 +3.2%
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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IPA (II) from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 60.8% out of 100 with 130 ratings
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