Belvidere Big IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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Belvidere Big IPABelvidere Big IPA

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

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Reviews by SickGnar:
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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock Art has arrived in Maine! Hooray!
Tully's has a selection and I compared this with American-Belgo Ale.
In a snifter the beer was a hazy amber color with a thick tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving a fair amount of lace.
Floral and citrus aroma, some malt.
Grapefruit and pine taste, good malt background.
Nicely balanced, not terribly aggressive. Good beer.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a belgian chalace a nice head forms initially but dissipates to the side of the glass. A very nice lacing forms on the side of the glass

The aroma is a hint of malt mixed with pungent grassy and earth aroma

A true english style ipa hops all for bitter. It starts with a mouth full of carbonations that dissipates into bitter in the middle is a slight buttery crystal malts nice taste.

The mouth is a slight harsh in the beginning but the alcohol numbs the mouth which i enjoyed but may not be liked by all.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, purchased at DeCiccios in Ardsley, NY. Pours somewhat murky, darker honey amber. The head is super creamy, nicely retentive and leaving ungodly amounts of sticky strands and splotches of lace. Quite a handsome beer. The nose is full of pine and hop resins. Delicious DIPA, aggressively hopped, with more pine shining through. Heady and tasty, with waves of hop bittering and undercoating of malt holding things together. Nicely done. Love the style and loved this one from Rock Art

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was an awesome DIPA, very hoppy and it's got a perfect deep amber color with a small head, very little lacing. You can really smell the cascades as soon as you open the bottle, and once you get it into a glass it's awesome. One of Rock Arts newest and best.

It's got a nice mouthfeel, its still quite light without being too heavy but theres really just so much complexity to it, I think I really need to have it another time just to explore it more. As it Matt says on the bottle, pair this with a nice aged cheddar for the ultimate experience!

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Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev -12%
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 far333
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.0% ABV and 80 IBU
Honey amber colored with swarms of tiny bubbles rising up to a half inch of dimpled thick foam.

Aroma of grapefruit and floral notes, plus subtle tart cherry.

Flavor of citrusy hops upfront, grainy biscuit malt. Notes of cinnamon and toffee. Well balanced mix of hops and malt, neither overpowering the other. Mild grapefruit rind bitterness lingers. ABV does not seem to make itself known in the flavor.

Full and rich, round mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation. Tasty and drinkable, but seems a bit understated for a DIPA. Based on the label this should be a hop monster, but it underdelivers.

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Photo of Alycrocker
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Soonami
2.72/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to GoSox8787 for sending me a bottle of Rock Art Belvidere Big IPA as an extra in a recent trade.

The beer is a burnished copper amber color, darker than I would've expected, this is more of what I expect from an imperial amber. The head is very minimal a fair bit of sticky lacing, but virtually no cap of foam even with a rough pour. The beer smells very malty (too malty) with the hops very subdued and just a hint of soapy hops. The beer tastes very, very sweet up front--almost cotton candy sweet. Then there is a bit of medicinal and herbal bitterness that finishes with an astringent resinous bitterness. This is a little too syrupy for me and I would prefer a DIPA with more fresh, C-hop citrusy, floral, fruity flavor and much less of the heavy, piney notes, especially in the finish.

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Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing on the glass.

Smells of robust caramel malts with hints of bread and toffee along with light citrus and floral hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep caramel malt flavors up front with hints of breadiness, followed by citrus flavors that are more pronounced than they were in the smell. The ending is lightly bitter and leaves a small toffee flavor that lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation and goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished this one without much of a problem, but the large amount of malt flavors will probably dissuade me from drinking too many of these.

Overall this was a unique and tasty take on the DIPA. Worth a shot.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock Art- Belvidere Big IPA

A- Dark brownish orange with a huge fluffy white head. Thick lacing down the pint glass.
S- Sweet fruitiness with hints of caramel, pine, and citrus.
T- Thick sweet fruit; grapes, orange, citrus with a decent carmelized maltiness. Earthy grassy pine hops kick in near the end.
M- Thick and sweet up front with a thick fruity malty body and a dry oily bitter hop finish.

Overall- Big pungent flavors with a good mild/ mellow feel. Nice and drinkable for a DIPA. Definitely pick up a bomber of this!

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Photo of Varkias41
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

A very beautiful red and brown hued amber color looks zippy and very healthy with a robust, well-retained dark-tan colored head. Thick with good remainder of lace and foam to keep this lively.

a huge malty sweetness hits the nose first, caramel and dank, dark fruits pop out right off as it blends together to give off a sweet, fruity but mostly malty aroma. There is subtle musty notes, spice way down deep. a very complex aroma.

This is a hefty, medium bodied 2X IPA, the feel is exciting with a smooth finish and a long, semi-dry bitter finish. The hops really dominated the flavor. The aroma is very malty-sweet, but the flavor is NOT. It's all about a big, Herbal, spicey, and peppery hop complexity. The malt is just for some balance here and the heat rides in just at the right time to deliver a nice warming effect and adds complexity in the finsih. The flavor in one word is: heartiness. There is no Pineapple or strawberries in this hop flavor, just herbs and spices...this is not for the folks who crave the bitter, West-coast hop style!

a unique hop flavor.

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Photo of alamode
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to mmrmngjckt for the bottle.

Pours a clear dark ruby red with a nice white head that retains very well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is full of old IPA malt aromas with minimal strength as far as a hop profile is concerned.

As i feared from the start this one has pretty much turned into a malt bomb. There is some hop bitterness left, but not anywhere near enough to balance this out. at only about 6 months old this one shouldn't be quite as aged as it seems, but alas, it is. Rock candy like malt bomb.

Mouthfeel is about where it should be, but does seem a bit heavy for the 8% abv.

Drinkability is ok but far from strong due to too much age, too viscous of a mouthfeel, and just plain old IPA musty malt seeping through.

Overall, i really hate to knock on this one, as i know it has more age than it should, but that being said, this should be considerably better than it is, even at this age. Quite the malt bomb. I would love to try it fresh, but as it sits, its that classic old IPAness. Drinkable, but just want to finish it and move on.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brewery has been picking it up a notch, as noticed again by this creation. High quality very hoppy 1.5X ipa. Hops are in your face, right there and clearly 80 ibu but yet so drinkable if you are a hop fan. Bitterness is simple orange citrus, perhaps a little grapefruit, and well malted.Simple and effective.Great drinkability.

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Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of CraigMack61
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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 MPPHISH
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Belvidere Big IPA from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 255 ratings