Belvidere Big IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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Belvidere Big IPABelvidere Big IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
rockartbrewery.com

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.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
255
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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 Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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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Belvidere Big IPA from Rock Art Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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