Jasmine Pale Ale | Rock Art Brewery

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Jasmine Pale AleJasmine Pale Ale

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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
This mysterious ale calls upon centuries of brewing and human intrigue with natural herbs. In days gone by, these beers were conjured up for many reasons and occasions. Folks consumed various natural herbs in many forms, and beer was one. It was thought that these herbs had qualities that complement everyday life. Today's connoisseur is finding that a swing back to the way it used to be is a natural cycle of life. Some of our modern ways could use a little tweaking and taking a step back into the world of Herbs is a great way to start. Enjoy this amber ale with nice malt sweetness and just a hint of Jasmine and hops.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

some may call this too heavy on the jasmine, I call it just right. it reminds me of india, in a good way, and the only other beer ive had so infused with jasmine is the ipa from elysian. this is an amber at heart, pouring a deep rust to copper color, with a short lived but thick off white head. the nose is fresh jasmine flowers, spring time pollens, and that hint of perfume without choking me out. the malt adds some sweetness, and at first I wanted this to be a blonde beer not a red one, but the depth of the red malts grew on my. the flower is potent and right up front in the taste, all the way through to the finish. maybe too bright for some, but I think its really cool how well the flowers compliment the malts, and how symbiotic it all seems to be, especially for such a strange and pungent brew. one of the better rock art beers ive had so far, and the feel is good too. enough carbonation over a fuller body makes a spring flavor relevant into early fall. this is a challenging beer, but worth seeking out. I most enjoyed the creativity here, very well put together.

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Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber color with a modest head; neither the retention nor the lacing were particularly notable

Smell: Bready, with hints of jasmine and butterscotch

Taste: Opens with a very bready flavor that has a hint of toffee sweetness; by mid-palate, the lemon and jasmine arrive to produce a touch of bitterness and herbal flavor; the butterscotch element lingers into the finish, however

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks crispness

Overall: This beer could really benefit from a re-working of the recipe to add a few more IBUs as well as more jasmine; it's a bit to subtle and sweet for its own good

Thanks, Bendurgin, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of caramel malt with some very subtle notes of jasmine and some floral hops. Taste is also dominated by some medium full caramel malt with some very subtle jasmine and some floral and lightly bitter hops. I would have expected more dominant jasmine notes but still very enjoyable and easily quaffable.

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Photo of jlindros
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light pasty white fizzy head that barely reaches 1/4 finger but does sit with a nice head covering, no lacing, mostly clear slight particulate floating in it, lighter golden orange color.

Nose has some light bready malts, hint of yeast, light jasmine and floral tea but lighter than expected, hint of a sweet malt, with a bit of a flowery aroma, but still very light and muted.

Taste starts with grainy malts, a stale tasting wheat like, lighter jasmine flavor with a light floral tea and flower petals, almost like chewing on flower petals, little yeast as well through that, with a watery tea, very little malts overall. Finish is a bit drier, light lingering jasmine and a bit of grainy but watery tea.

Mouth is quite light bodied, lighter carb too.

Overall it's not a very good beer. Way too light in everything, very little grain and malt, very little jasmine even, more like a watered down tea, oh yeah and it's very watery, pretty much like drinking flavored water.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and orange-gold color. Thin head that leaves a smattering of spotty lace.

Very mild aroma; I can barely detect hop

Elements of green tea and saffron; very attractive and subtle. A dry finish with soft hop in the background. Light malt flavors. Some pepper and cinnamon also. High level of carbonation with a thin body.

This is a perplexing beer, but it does taste good.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Off-white head settles relatively fast, leaving a light dusting on top of the brew. Hazy, orange / light icetea body.

S – Light and floral. Orange, chamomile, ginseng, moss. Semi-tart.

T – Bright acidity with green grass, lavender, and dandelion. Semi-tart and leafy bitter finish.

M – Relatively soft with a light body and ok carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Hardly a two finger off white head, settles to a fine puck, and thin collar. Body is a dark orange amber, large cola bubbles glance the sides of the glass. Not too much lively character here.

Nose is a dense herbal floral sense, the sugar malt nose comes through with a bit of grass action. Mostly though, very clean, and very neutral. Nothing offensive but this isn't very engaging either.

Mouthfeel is almost like tap water. Fleeting very wet palate without a quench. However, flavor is there with a good floral boost. But this body is so weak it just is not carrying the flavor forward. Malt action, weak. Hops, non existent. Soda and cola like flat carbonation, in there in spades.

This beer has potential but it's being completely wasted. I get a sense of hints of really good things behind this, but the building blocks are just not even there to build a real solid good beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle:

Pours light copperish amber with an off-white head that stays for a bit before becoming a vanishing wisp. Lacing follows a bit but doesn't stick.

The smell is medicinal/floral. Jasmine predominant. A hint of grainy malt backs it up.
Jasmine candle comes to mind.

The taste is of light malt - slightly bready. Jasmine more than a "hint", though not overbearing either. Some water comes through. There is just a slight hint of hops to keep it from being too sweet or herbal/floral. Finishes with an herbal dryness.

Light-bodied, with mild carbonation, it is on the border of watery.

A light pale with a jasmine/herb character. Different.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity, herbal aroma. The flowers really contribute quite a bit of character. The taste is average. It has a quaffable pale and caramel malt flavor, but the jasmine offers up a tart, herbal character that's pretty intense. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent beer. I'm not a huge fan of gruits or herbal beers. This proves to be no exception.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to garlicfire for this beer.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, some hops in there, flowery. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very little hop note, picking up the jasmine. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of liamt07
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 650ml into some tulips.

Murky orange, with a thin offwhite head. Whisps of retention. Nose has some apricot, mango, grains and a bit of character that perhaps suggests slight oxidation. Taste has a weird grainy character, light spice, sweaty socks, and an odd stinky finish. Herbal and soapy notes come through as well. Watery feel, light carbonation. Not pleasant to consume, and I'm not sure what went wrong here. Wouldn't revisit this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 2, 2013.

It pours copper-amber in color with a long-lasting white head and a lot of upwardly mobile carbonation. Clean, crisp hop note. Good clarity.

The body is light for the most part and slightly creamy.

The taste is alive with jasmine and herbs with the slightest of pale malts. The hops come up at the finish in a clean, refreshing way. But this beer is definitely an acquired taste.

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Photo of rudzud
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up from the brewery while on a beerventure with BPK59. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light amber golden hue with a one finger creamy white head that fades to leave a thin thin cloud and light lacing.

S - Very light aromas. Almost potpourri aromas here with light jasmine and tea qualities. Lots of biscuits here, bready malts and caramel.

T - Taste is sweet, caramel, along with bready malts. Faint herbal notes, jasmine, tea like notes. Its not bad, just well, not very enjoyable. The flavors are there, but they dont really work. Like really watered down tea.

M - Lightly carbonated but still thin and watery.

O - Overall unimpressive beer here. Very light and watery. When I want watery beer I'll stick with the High Life thank you very much.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin layer white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Hazy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet flowery nose. Flavor is sweet, flowery and hints of hops, not nearly as hoppy as an APA. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Middlebury Discount Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the cloudy golden amber brew. Head actually lasts well, with very sticky lacing. Aroma is floral with an undercurrent of grassy hops. Taste is lightly of pale malts upfront, with dominant citrus next, with floral coming hand in hand with the lemon. Mouthfeel is soft on the tongue, and drinkability is not bad, but overall this one wasn't quite my cup of tea. Execution seemed to come across pretty well though.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, red/brown in color, minimal head, high carbonation, sediment is present

Smell: florals, bread, and citrus hops

Taste: the jasmine florals are very present throughout, bread, citrus hops, and tea also present

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter, medium light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: This may be one of the most floral beers I have ever had. It feels like I am drinking flowery tea. An interesting take with low ABV, I could have a couple.

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Copper-amber color with lively carbonation and a nice two-finger head.

Aroma: Floral/herbal aroma with a strong malt kick. The Jasmine adds a floral, woodsy aroma to this beer.

Taste: Floral and woodsy upfront with a decent malt bite. Smooth. Soft. Very light on the tongue. Very different from a typical pale ale. The jasmine acts more as a replacement for hops.

Mouthfeel: Floral, herbs, sweet and light. Smooth. Some maltiness but the jasmine tends to overwhelm that by a bit.

Drinkability: Drinkable and a different take on a pale ale. May not be for everyone because of the jasmine.

Verdict: Let's see: Light, drinkable, aromatic and a very nice spring beer. You should check it out.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass the beer was a hazy amber color with a thin white head.

It had a very sweet, perfumey, floral aroma. A little sweet malt.

A sweet floral taste. I felt like I was drinking a bouquet. A little bit of bread, and a kiss of hops.

An OK summer beer. For me it was too much on the sweet side.

I drank the bottle and won't be looking for any more.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Jasmine Pale Ale has a thin white head that quickly dissapears. Very hazy honey color.

Smells like jasmine. Actually it smells like fabric softener.

Wierd beer. First it's great: jasmine, honey and ginger with a green tea flavor (Crystal Light green tea, not actual green tea which tastes like sock sweat). Gentle and clean it feels like the first day of spring. Has a cloying sweet aftertaste that gets obnoxious though. After a while, however, it just tastes like stale ginger ale. This was consistent with both glasses and really kills any drinkability.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this new one at the store and decided to try it out. This bomber poured out a hazy orange color with visible sediment in the liquid. Fluffy whitehead at first but it did not retain this well nor was the lacing all that great. The aroma was decidedly floral, jasmine of course plus floral hops and some citrus. The flavors were again floral with the addition of pale malts and lemongrass. Reminds me of a field of wildflowers, semi-sweet, earthy and green. The mouthfeel is really quite smooth and enjoyable. An interesting take on a Pale Ale and though it's not a favorite I appreciate its uniqueness.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber

This is a murky, orange-hued honey color and a darker shade toward the top of the glass. The off-white head dissipates pretty fast, looks lively at first then becomes less active.

Very floral nose, sweet parfume and rose buds, slight citric scent. Not much else.

A slightly bitter and very floral taste overpowers everything, it's taste just like sweet, small flowers in bloom with onnly a hint of light malt crispness. I'm getting gummy bears right at the end. The feel is actually really thin, loses it's crispness fast and really is lifeless.

I enjoy the uniqueness, this was an idea my girlfriend had for a batch of beer, only she wanted to add some lilacs!!! This one is pretty weak though.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a light amber hue with a slighty foggy appearance. The one finger white rocky head quickly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. The stickiness is there but pretty weak. Smell is lightly floral (duh), with a hint of lemongrass. Weak pale malt aroma with a white bread scent as well. The nose with this beer is just kinda "meh". Flavor begins with a honey and caramel malt sweetness up front with a gritty hop dryness. Flower sugars and bready pale malt can be detected as well. I could use some more citrus hops on the tongue, it just doesn't satisfy my hop preference for this style. Fluffy feel with a light body but overall is a bit watery. Carbonation is pretty subdued. Interesting beer, but nothing I'd seek out. How can I not try this beer though for only $3.39 a bottle?

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Photo of u2carew
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a foamy head then settles quickly to no head. No lacing. Hazy. Orange brown in color.
S) Malty notes. Definitive Jasmine / floral aroma. Hops mixed in - balanced well.
T) Floral and fruity from start to finish. Very mellow malty-ness. Hops are dominated by the Jasmine and not nearly as noticeable.
M) Light fizziness. Medium bodied. An alcoholic effervescence.
D) A decent pale ale. The creative touch with the Jasmine is nice.

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Photo of everetends
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found a review from when I was in Vermont earlier this year, figured I should log it. Had a pint of this at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.

A: Pours an actual copper color, medium amber. Came to me with little head off the pour and that which was there didn't have much retention. Lacing was a bit sticky and somewhat impressive considering the head and retention. Carbonation is actually pretty active on this one. Not bad.

S: Smell is . . . wait for it . . . Jasmine. Lots of smooth, sweet, flowery jasmine. This beer overall has a very earthy nose. Grass, earth, floral hops, and of course the jasmine. Citrus and floral hops can be sniffed out and also some sweet malt on the back end.

T: Taste is also of the jasmine, but it isn't too crazy or perfumy in the taste. Lots of earthiness again in the flavor with grass, citrus and jasmine showing up. Citrus must be coming from the hops, little bit of lemon and grapefruit poking through. Honey and light caramel can be tasted in the malt profile. Very nice.

M: This was a medium bodied brew that had a somewhat slick feel to it. The carbonation was a bit too high for me, but it did make it somewhat refreshing and thirst quenching (this may have been their approach). Aftertaste is mostly flowery and jasmine which at times was a bit much when lingering.

D: Not a bad brew. I couldn't say that I would want more than one in a sitting, but I am not into flowery beers too much. It was tasty and different, and I give credit to Rock Art for that. I just wouldn't want to sit back and drink a few of these on a hot day, I could think of far better beers to do that with. This might be good as an after dinner or a desert brew IMO. Still solid and worth giving a go.

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Photo of lpayette
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I always look forward to trying the special releases from rock art. Interesting how this one didn't get the "Extreme Series" label on it, but rather a picture of the pretty flower on it instead... make no mistake though, any beer that is both brewed and "dry-flowered" with jasmine makes the extreme cut for me... still, I like the way rock art has decided to market this. On a side note, I wouldn't classify this as an american pale ale... I think herbed/spiced fits much better.

Color is a bit surprising from the name (also see comment above). This is not so much pale as it is cloudy orange/amber, much like a light orange blossom honey. Head is small and struggles to produce lacing.

Smell is very flowery. I don't know what jasmine smells like from any past experience, but I can certainly distinguish it now after having this beer. Almost a grassy smell as well, just a very small hint of hops, and some semi-paleish malt.

Taste is much of the same with perhaps for me, just a bit too much jasmine and not quite enough malt. I think the addition of some honey- just a bit would be an interesting experiment, and one that would help balance this out a bit more... not that I would call this out of balance- but the jasmine is just a bit too much for me, and I think a sweeter base would serve this beer well. The occassional hint of grains comes through. A bit of lemon/lemon rind in the finish. Meh- not quiite sure what to think of this.

The mouthfeel is really quite good with it being light as expecting, having ample carbonation, and just a bit of a lingering jasmine aftertaste.

I don't know about this one. I think this is beer that most people will either love or hate. I had a hard time drinking this one though, and probably won't be revisiting it for a while. Still, I have to admire the attempt to brew something that is very unique. Keep up the good work Rock Art.

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