Belvidere Big IPA
Rock Art Brewery

Belvidere Big IPABelvidere Big IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,820
Ranked #28,206
3.77 | pDev: 11.41%
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Belvidere Big IPABelvidere Big IPA
Notes: We brewed this one because we just can't get enough of those hops. IPA's seem to be a great choice any time of the year. They have a great malt flavor and hop profile, just what a beer connoisseur is looking for. We decided to give this one a bit more hops.
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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 258
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Out of the bomber and into my snifter, it poured a beautiful hazy orange and left the same color body. A half centimeter white foamy head concaves gently into the body. The smell had rich fruity notes up front with hops backing it up very strong. Malts were more subdued. The taste was pretty much the same. The palate was about a medium with some slight sharpness on the tongue. At 8% for the ABV, the alcohol was fairly hidden well which lead to fairly sessionable beer. Overall, this would be a hop forward double IPA, I liked it more the second time I had it.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a modest head. Lots of lacing as you enjoy it. Malt and tropical fruit in the nose. The mouth enjoys the IPA bitterness without too much hop bitterness! Yum!

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Photo of papposilenus
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 22oz. bottle, dated 01/28/16. Served in an oversized tulip.

Pours a hazy, glowing pumpkin color with a modest, short-lived head and a fairish amount of fine, sticky lacing.

Smells of clean, sweet malts, clementine, grapefruit and jungle flowers.

Taste follows the nose but the alcohol has an unfortunate tendency to manifest itself as faint diesel vapors in the sinuses.

Medium bodied, resinous, well carbonated.

Overall, a serviceable beverage. Interesting and unusual and, although I feel like I got my money's worth, I don't know that I'll revisit it.

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Photo of FFreak
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at the Dunkin Donuts in Milton for $4.59. Poured into a teku. Pours an almost clear light-amber with two finger white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a thick ring and plenty of lace. Aroma is hard to describe...somewhat earthy and resiny but with some mango and pineapple. The taste is thick with resiny but fruity hops followed by a healthy dose of malt and finishing with a bitter bite. Mouth is a little on the full side. Overall, a nice and interesting IIPA, with a bit of an out-of-the-ordinary hop profile and a little on the heavy body side, but definitely worth the reasonable price.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 26, 2015.

The pour is a murky looking copper-amber with reddish hues and a moderate of-white head that lingers and laces.

What do you want from an IPA aroma? Roasted malts, resin, floral sensations? That's what I get.

Medium to better than medium body. Almost heavy.

The flavor has a nice roasted malt character to start bu the resiny and forest hops roll in to evolve into a moderately bitter conclusion. No booze in the taste but its effects were felt in my head.

Vermont has so many good breweries tucked away in these small towns. Rock Art tends to get out more because I expect they have a distributor. But Rock Art brews are usually pretty decent.

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Photo of bobv
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for a revisit, especially since they just canned this for the first time ever.
4.06/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
bobv, Jan 14, 2015
Canned 04/09/19.
Moderate pour yields a one inch plus white head over a deep golden-orange body with some nice, sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit, slight citrus, and even slighter pine. Taste mirrors nose fairly closely with a rather soft feel. At 80 IBUs, the harsh hop bitterness is kept at bay easily by the its malt forwardness. Overall, this is pretty close to how I remember it. I'm pretty sure this was Rock Art's first Double IPA. Cheers!

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Photo of CTHomer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

A: clear; copper colored; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: really nice; a lot of grapefruit with a bit of pineapple in the background;

T: earthy up front; the fruit comes into play mid-palate, but never overtakes the earthiness; nicely bitter finish for a DIPA;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I would have liked a little more of the fruit in the taste, but very nice anyway;

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Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear oversized wineglass. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Craft Beer Cellar (Waterbury, VT).

A: Moderately hazy orange-amber with 1-2 fingers of beige, frothy, sticky head with good retention and a thick stripe of lacing around the top of the glass. (4.5)

S: Hops dominate with pine, tobacco, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and floral notes, but the maltiness is not laying down with plenty of breadiness and light and medium caramel notes. (3.5)

T: Flavor is most consistent with a balanced DIPA providing more in the hops department but plenty to offer in both hops and malt. Maltiness is caramelly and bready and plays off the herbal, earthy, pine, and grapefruit/orange citrus very well. Alcohol is pretty well in the background. A good East Coast DIPA but the caramel maltiness gets a bit sweet and heavy towards the end. (4.0)

M: A bit more heft than it should have -- not cloying but the caramel malt notes get heavy by the end. Carbonation is medium and body is full. (3.25)

O: A good beer with balance, but it takes a bit of effort to get through the bottle due to the heft and thick, caramel malt flavor and feel.

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Photo of scotorum
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A purchase from my April 19-21 trip for the 4th Anniversary of Lawson's. Bought at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski on Easter Sunday.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House tulip.

a: Translucent deep orange with a half finger thick white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Surprisingly little.

t: Strong pineyish hop bite up front over a solid malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Bitterness builds.

m: Medium with good body.

o; A good DIPA,. Nothing particularly distinguished about the hop profile, but Belvidere is a pretty muscular example of the style. The lack of bottling dates makes it difficult to say how fresh this was, but I know it is at least a month old so the hop profile is not what it once was. I did not get the citrus flavors that others have noted.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a darkish orange with just a bit of golden hue. A moderate head of tan foam that fell slowly and left lace. Nose is faded a bit but still lovely. Citrus and floral hops. Softly bready malt with a touch of brown sugar on it. A ripe orange and some earthy grapefruit peel. Light pine on the nose. Taste follows the nose. The citrus is bountiful and juicy. The grapefruit comes forward as the beer warms and so does the malt. Medium - light mouthfeel which tells me that if this beer has faded off it was once near west coast IPA style of malt. Light earthy pine some woodiness and this drinks very well. The bitter is perfectly acceptable to the fruitiness in the beer. It does not exceed the other flavors but it does last a bit into the aftertaste and pleasantly I might add. A soft bit of caramel is creeping onto the palate as it warms making it drink a bit heavier as it does warm.

It's good. With a freshness date on the bottle, it may have been very good but because there isn't one, I rated what was in my glass.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my process to whittle down my cellar a bit so I can justify buying more beer, I find things that I forgot that I bought. This is one. No bottle date, but I would guess at least 6-9 months old, if not more. Really not sure. Looks a little more coppery than the usual IPA. Big ol' head too. Nice wet juicy hop nose, pretty soggy smelling. Tastes a little less hopped out though. Big malty backbone kinda mutes the hops, which don't actually balance all that well with the malt. Ends up tasting more like a hoppy amber or red ale. not a bad thing, but not what I expected. Feel is pretty thick. Leaves a decent hop bite on the finish.

Nice beer. Nothing epic. May have missed it's "enjoy by" date which could have given it some better IPA style. Not gonna go hunting for freshie though.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - It's pitch black outside, but I can see that it is hazy with an orange body. Maybe it just looks orange because the fire. there are some remnants of what looks like a white head.

Smell - It has a unique hop aroma. Sharp citrus. Grapefruit. The sharpness comes from a lemony aroma. It gets pinier as it warms. And maltier.

Taste - Much more distinct pine hop flavor. Strong caramel and a hefty dose of sweetness. Falls off from the aroma. Not much bitterness comes through the sugar.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Well carbonated. A little sluggish.

Overall - I was impressed by the aroma, but it went downhill from there. Still had no trouble finish my glass.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this from bottle and on tap and I definitely prefer the tap (surprise!). Bottle is by no means bad, its an old standby of mine.

A - Darky hazy amber. On the darker side of IPA's, with the exceptions of black "IPA's". A pint of this looks great.

S - Strong hop presence. Very citrusy, possibly even grapefruit if you want to go that far. Also clear bittering hop notes.

T - In my opinion, this is one of the better IIPA's around Vermont. Very strong American hop flavors, again citrusy, but also some bitterness at the very end. Small malt presence, and frankly, thats what I'm looking for in my IAPA's.

M - Surprisingly thin for for an 8% IPA. I wish it had a little bit more body.

O - This is a daily drinker of mine. Im always trying new beers and love lots of different breweries around Vermont but when I just want a damn good beer that I know I am gonna be really happy with, I go with this one.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, no date

hazy orangish rusty color. nice off white head. long lasting head with good lacing. earthy, piney, grassy hops. a touch of caramel sweetness. better taste. starts malty, big, long, bitter hoppy finish. mouthfeel is a bit sticky. medium carbonation. nice imperial IPA

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a league below some of the best india pales in Vermont, but still a fine glass of ale. it is cheap enough too, at about 5 bucks a bomber, well worth that price. the pour is a rich copper color, with some lighter honey reflections and a bold inch of lasting white head. there is a ton of fish food sort of yeast suspended here, settling out slowly. not my favorite visual element for this style. good nose, big resinous hop profile, lots of oils and quite a sturdy malt base. there is nothing in the flavor though that sets this one apart. no interesting hop nuance, no curious yeast, just a straight forward double ipa, a damn good one, but one it feels like ive come across before. fuller body, one is enough for me, but the buzz is nice and mellow. rock art makes some excellent beers, and this is one of them, it just doesn't have anything to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty east coast on its interpretation of a dipa. Resin and earthyness are mostly what's going on here. Mild spice. The hops on the label are Cascade; not sure if that's in the beer too. Decent enough, I guess. Nothing really mind blowing or inspiring.

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Photo of brewtus
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a trip to Killington, we don't get it in columbus and I couldn't turn down a local double IPA.

Poured unto a wine glass from 22oz bottle. Pours orange with a single finger white head that sticks to the side if the glass.

Smells hoppy, bready, citrus, typical IPA smells but nothing stands out really.

Taste isn't as hoppy as I expected but the hops were prevelant immediatly. Has a well balanced malt flavor but doesn't taste like an imperial or double really. I get a lot if citrus and grapefruit. I get some peanut taste too.

Overall this was alright. It's very easy drinking and tastes more like an American Pale Ale. It very average.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It a copper color with some haziness to it, but you can see bubbles slowly moving up through the glass.

Smell: Faint citrus and grapefruit aromas, followed by bready and caramel malts.

Taste: There is a plethora of hop bomb flavors that make up the 80 IBU's. Caramel and bready notes in there with some lingering mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, lingering bitterness, and easy to enjoy.

Overall: Pretty solid score for 4.39 at Oak Hill in Scarborough, ME. The 8% is not even noticeable too. A bit of lingering bitterness that is easily bearable. Hopefully they move bottles of this on my next trip to OOB.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearane – This is a beautiful, shiny, but somewhat cloudy perfect orange in color with just the right amount of head.

Smell – The rich, orange and tangerine hops are mixed with a bit of grapefruit. The hop profile is very fruity with a faint malt backbone.

Taste – The fruity hops come out just as strong at the taste but they are mated with some leafy endive and a bit more malty flavor.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a very bitter backbone. It is lightly but playfully carbonated.

Drinkability – This was my first beer from this brewery and it is the complete package. It is highly quaffable for the experienced DIPA drinker, well-balanced, and unique. Also, the quality of ingredients is exceptional.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy off white head. there was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured piney hops and a balmy caramel.

The taste consisted of full on caramel malts adorned with waves of resinous piney hops which lingered well past the finish.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual hop spice.

Overall a balanced DIPA. Very flavorful.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Hazy amber with a tall and marshmallow-like eggshell coloured foam head. Very long lasting retention with streaky lacing. Attractive.

(4.0) S: Hops! Wet pine needles, very tart grapefruit, sour lemon zest, baked bread, honey, and a bit like moth balls (in a good way). A pungent bitter and earthy hop aroma dominates this with a complimentary mellow bread backbone. Very good.

(4.0) T: Pine, grapefruit rind, apple, spices including nutmeg, honey, and a very nice and robust baked bread backbone. The finish reminds me of a honey oat bread loaf. Incredibly bitter upfront but the malt kicks in on the backend to leave a smoother finish. This is good stuff.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very oily and velvety with a chewy texture. Bitter qualities leave your tongue feeling dry and on cloud 9.

(4.0) D: Rock Art continues to impress me with their reputable line of Extreme offerings. Not up there with Vermonster but not that far behind either. A solid and very hoppy IPA that I would easily indulge in again.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber pour witha nice 2 fingers' worth of head (off white) and great lacing. smells of pine, honey, caramel, grass, grapefruit. the taste is of a toasty garlic bitterness up front followed by an earthy bitterness, a citrusy grapefruit bitterness as well for the finish. medium body with a very nice cream feel, moderate carbonation.. bitter and refreshing.
this is a solid dipa all around. strong on the bitterness but not overwhelming to the point where you can't taste anything but hops. surprisingly refreshing which is definitely helping me cope with the 2 laps we just ran around the park.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Cloudy dark amber with a moderately sized light khaki colored head that leaves spots of lace down the glass. Appropriate yet unremarkable.

Somewhat sweet, caramel-forward aroma, especially when comparing this one to the West Coast classics. There's bread and biscuit, along with mild grapefruit hop character, and just a hint of alcohol presence.

Moderately bitter with similar bread and biscuit flavors found in the aroma, just a hint of alcohol, and malt sweetness. Well balanced, though not particularly expressive or interesting.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable enough and balanced.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear reddish hue with lots of bubbles although hardly any head. Spotty lacing.

Big and malty. Lots of citrus hops do shine through, but the caramel sweetness prevails.

Starts off with just a twist of citrus. Quickly enveloped by sweet caramel malts and finishes with a weird grassy metallic flavor. Very offputting.

For as sweet as this is, it somehow has hardly any mouthfeel although carbonation levels are good.

Swing and a miss for me. Off flavors and no body. The metallic aftertaste made it impossible to get through the bomber.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, warm, orangey copper with a bit of haze and a very few floaties (more of both on the second pour from bomber). Some random large bubbles rise to the smallish, slightly golden creamy head. It settles rather quickly to a ring & leaves some okay lace.

S: Rather timid, particularly for a “big” IPA. Hunting finds some Resiny & earthy hops. Some rich, sweet, caramelly malts. Rather forward spicy & peppery alcohol. Overall, not enough strength to the malts, entirely not nearly enough hops, and too much boozy alcohol – especially as it warms.

T: Bold & big all the way around. Vast amounts of resiny, spicy, & earthy notes form the core of the complex hop character. Accent notes on the front are pine and grapefruit. The middle has hints of tobacco on an herbal / leafy background. The end and finish are more of the core resin, earth, & spice notes with an increasingly woody edge & a hint of tar. Overall, the emphasis is more on very firm bitterness, depth, and back end hop character – rather than bright up front hoppiness. Robust malt backbone with lots of caramel & bread crust, toasty grain, a slightly scorched toffee / burnt cookie edge sweetness, and some hints of darker roast that blend into the “dark” hop notes. Alcohol is a tad too noticeable for 8.0% and has a peppery edge – but it works with all the other burly stuff going on in this one.

M: Medium plus & then a little bit more for body. Carbonation is a bit under-matched. Soft, rich, and smooth. Loads of texture. Some sticky, tacky sweet residual sugars. Lots of chewy dextrins. A hefty (but balanced) amount of hop oils and tannins. Quite obvious, but not harsh, alcohol warmth. Mostly semi-sweet and only going mildly semi-dry in the finish from hops and alcohol. Big & pleasant feel – very good for the heft and flavor of this beer.

D: Hearty rather than one-dimensionally hop aggressive. Not only is it not as strongly hoppy in a bright citrus and pine hop forward way like the usual west coast IPA (nothing wrong with that BTW), but its bitterness and hop character are more “dark” overall. And the malts are as well. Overall it is well integrated. And I may have an aged bottle, but this one seems a little bit like a barleywine as well as a big IPA. Either way – it is good drinking / sipping.

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Belvidere Big IPA from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 258 ratings