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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 Double / 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.

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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 253
Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

burnt orange amber. A nice about one inch head graced the top from the very beginning, this slowly faded to reveal just a film across the top. No significant side glass lacing on this one. Decent carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. Nice overall look.

Lots of piney citrus likes hops dominated the aroma. But the story was much more complex then that. Lots of balance was present as well. Some good earthy grains and sugar were also present and well represented. Nice balanced smell nothign really blowing you down in either direction. Super smooth with a delicate underlying malt layer. Lots of sweet orange peel and sugar, a hint of some grapefruit. Very nice fresh cut grass flavor as well. Alot more complex then your typical hop bomb. Very well crafted.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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 jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed copper with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is spicy (touch of cinnamon?) with pine, citrus and alcohol. Fruity.

The taste is of spicy bitterness with malty sweetness (caramel, brown sugar) backing. It has an herbal, dry, slightly astringent, warm finish.

The carbonation a bit high, (though does settle in second half) IMO, cutting body to fuller side of medium bodied for the style. Warmth lingers.

Seems a bit higher than 8%, though DIPA's typically show warmth, so is fine. Leans towards a mild barleywine in some ways (though a hoppier one). As some DIPA's do (even more than this one), that is fine to. Bottom line - a nice strong sipper. A solid choice for the very reasonable price!

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade with someone recently, cleaning out the fridge. My first beer from this brewery. Fun.

Beer is dark amber and mostly clear with a nice head of off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is mostly piny hops with mild malt.

Its a nice medium bodied easy drinking big IPA. Thoroughly enjoyable. Its not the best DIPA I've ever had but I put it down quickly. Nice mild sweetness and piny hops, moderate late bitterness, could have done more with the IBUs but its good.

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Photo of Gavage
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy dark amber in color with a short 1" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: loads of caramel sweetness, grapefruit, and hop bitterness is easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel flavors with sharp hop bitterness, grapefruits, and a bit of pine. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start and smooth and dry at the finish. Bitterness lasts a while on the tongue.

Drinkability: decent big IPA but there are better ones out there. Alcohol levels knock this down a notch.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a nice balance of hops/malts, some citrus/pine notes. The taste is sweet, slightly bitter, malty/hoppy, nice little touch of citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty DIPA, glad I've gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger dark cream head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit and a little sweetness from the malt, some lingering bitter aftertaste. Needs more malt for a double IPA. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Tarnished burnt orange color with a light haze and a good amount of carbonation that lingers on the rise. The head is large and foamy, solid on the stay, porous, with a dull ivory tint. A sticky, splotchy broken ring encircles the chalice for lace.

S: The smell is good at first, fresh wet grass and wet citrus, but doesn’t care to stick around for long. Prominent on the open and pour it soon dissipates in strength to one of non-status.

T: The flavor makes up for the lack of aroma, with a malty substance of dry toasty base and dry citrus that gives the taste buds a run for their money. Solid show of hoppiness, dry grassy and grapefruit with a spicy flowery zing that is sharp and focused. Some alcohol detection especially upon warming coming off like cheap boozy medicinal caramel.

M: The mouthful is tingly, filled with a strong carbonation that brings a crispness. The malt base is weighty, full, turning creamy on the hold. A spicy hop bite grabs the tongues attention providing a good zing.

O: Overall spicy citrus hops with a heavy handed malt base that is definitely good for a hop fix. Bomber worthy.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from Vermonthiker. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice coppery amber color with an thick, fluffy off-white head that had great retention and lacing.

The beer had a nicely blended hop aroma and a bit of a caramel malt note in the back of the scent. The flavors were fairly typical for the style, nicely hoppy and some foundation malt for the hops to cling to.

The body was good, full and a little sticky with being heavy or gluey. Drinkability was fairly good for the style, you certainly get your hop fix. Overall, a nice example of the style, worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Middlebury Beverage, Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy bright copper brew. Head recedes ever so slowly, with heavy sticking lace. Aroma is hops, both citrus and pine character present and accounted for. Taste starts with the slightest of sweetness, then the bitterness takes stage for the duration.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, but limited slightly for me due to the intense bitterness, which I htink is a bit over the top even for the style. But that's just me, your mileage may vary. Still a very enjoyable brew overall.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep copper amber color with a creme colored foamy head, and during the pour, the carbonation bunched up in big clumps on the lower bout of my Duvel tulip glass.

S - Pine resins, oily spicy grapefruit citrus, and a honey caramel-like malt aroma. For an 8% big IPA, would like a little more going on in the nose but overall, this smells pretty good!

T - This beer won't dissapoint as it lives up to its claim on the IBU scale! Some pine shows up, is very aggressive and heavily leaning on grapefruit for the bulk of the bittering. Underneath is a caramel malt backbone trying to hold things together but gets crushed by the massive weight of the Cascade onslaught. There's also a bit of spiciness showing up. The bitterness hits the palette up front and in three ways: fast, hard, and continuously! There's no depth here at all as it's obviously brewed to really showcase the Cascade hops, and it does a fine job at that.

M - For a big IPA, the body is on the thin side, somewhat watery, produces some warming in the throat on the way down the hatch. There's an aggressive lingering grapefruit bitterness left in the mouth that goes on and on and on... The almost metallic coating is actually a little more citrus rind-like.

O - This is the biggest hop bomb of an IPA that I've had in quite awhile, probably since Moylander D-IPA and Hopsickle - seriously. In that regard, I absolutely love this big IPA because it really delivers the bitterness for us hop heads! It's WAY imbalanced and concentrates on showcasing IBU's as opposed to balance and flavor depth. The only down side that I can think of is the thin and watery body, it's really annoying for a beer of this stature. If Rock Art could just make it a little thicker...

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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery amber color, decent frothy off-white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is a huge whiff of sweet carmel and biscuty malts blended with a strong grapefruit and earthy hop presence. Taste is dictated by scent with big and bold carmel and biscuity malts flavors supported by big grapefruit and earthy hops. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Medium bodied, oily and coating. Good dIPA which leans heavily toward the DFH 90 Minute end of the dIPA spectrum.

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Photo of Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper/amber color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is strong upfront with piney hops, a bit of alcohol warmth and a hint of the malt backbone.

Taste is strong and full of piney hop bitterness upfront. Lots of alcohol warmth shows up at first. Malt is hard to detect. Feels somewhat boozy.

Mouthfeel is mostly alcohol warmth and a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Could be drinkable but only with some age on it. As with some of their other bigger beers, Rock Art's extreme series needs to be properly aged before they are able to be truly appreciated. It's definitely not drinkable enough at this age but over time it should mellow out.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at American Flatbread's Real Ale Extravaganza. Poured a hazy burnt orange with a half inch, creamy, off-white head. Nose was subdued, but some grapefruit notes. Tasty, but very mild. Some citrus on a malty background - picked up some cascade hops, but finish was a little bready. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy; just shy of medium-bodied. Not really to style, but man was this easy drinking. Alcohol was well-hidden and I really found myself digging this brew on cask. Interested to see how it compares out of the bottle.

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Photo of claspada
2.52/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is quite inviting; boat load of grapefruit and floral hops. No malt profile from the nose.

The taste is crazy amounts of west coast citrus and piney hops. I was quite surprised based on the ratings because they indicated this would be more east coat centric. Way way way too bitter for my preference. Honestly i had too pass this along to a friend to finish because it is way too hoppy and bitter. Flavors have a subtle background of grainy biscuit malt but not enough to be overly identifiable. Way way way too bitter IMO.

Overall I appreciate Rock Art's attempt to make a "different style beer here but this misses huge in my opinion. I can barely consume half of the 22 oz that i purchased because of the horrendous bitterness, gross. I would rather chew on a lemon.

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Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into large snifter glass. review from notes.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber and orange. It quickly forms a bubbly, tan hued head about one finger high, leaving some streaks of lacing around the glass.

Hops, spice, and a little fruit penetrate the nose, as the beer starts to signal the alcohol content before sipping.

Bold flavors with heavy bitterness dominate the palate, as a strong malt backbone with hints of caramel handle the back end. The heavy amounts of citrus and pine hops are obvious. Heavier alcohol is clearly present, and continuously warms the palate during the finish with bitterness.

Medium bodied and sticky, nice carbonation. The alcohol content could be masked better, and the heavier malt base seems to outdo the hops at times, but this still drinks fairly well.

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Belvidere Big IPA from Rock Art Brewery
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