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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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 ocelot2500
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a small, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of big citrus and piny hops.

Tastes of the big wave of hops with a solid malt base. Hops lead off with grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine. A very thick sweetness cuts through, but then the bitterness comes on the end. Caramel malts throughout with some toffee notes and toasted bread. Alcohol makes a splash at the very last moment, but is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find this to be quite good and I continue to be surprised by this brewery.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy deep orange-amber body topped by a reluctant finger of very coarse tan foam. Mediocre retention, very spotty lace. Disappointing for a DIPA.

S: Very sweet caramel malt on top of a goodly dose of flowery + fruity hops. Not bad, but a bit too sweet.

T: Even sweeter than the nose, with only the faintest hint of grapefruit joining the caramel to prove that hops are present at all when it comes to actual flavor. Bittersweet finish. Not great.

M: Creamy, highly carbonated medium body. Pretty nice.

O: Without a packaging date, it's impossible for me to be sure whether age might be to blame for this brews abundant mediocrity, and I therefore have to assume that it's always just this forgettable.


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Photo of FickleBeast
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz imperial pint glass.

Pours a very dark reddish amber color with a finger of foam on top. Aroma is quite hoppy... grapefruit and citrus.

First sip is actually hoppier than expected. This beer looked like it would be on the sweet side due to the color, but it actually finishes pretty dry with quite a hoppy rush, and long, potent, lingering bitterness. Certainly unbalanced, but IMO, a double IPA should be... there's no confusing this one with a barleywine.

All in all, a very solid double ipa.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle thanks to aapp, taken from the fridge and poured right into my Duvel tulip.

Belvidere Big IPA pours a somewhat cloudy oranger to dark amber, depending on the specific lighting. The bone colored head rises up to just under 3 fingers in height, and leaves a solid amount of lacing behind as it slowly disappears. The second pour turns the beer a totally murky light brown... there must have been a bit of yeast in the bottle, and the result is an IPA that's a color no IPA should ever be. The nose is solid, a bit of punchy grapefruit zest with a resinous piney note present as well. The flavor is just a bit of a miss for me. Everything starts out fine, there's a bit of caramel sweetness that straddles the line between bone dry west coast and more balanced east coast IPA approaches. What follows though is a scathing bitterness with not much in the way of hop payoff. I'm not one to shy away from an intensely bitter beer, but they usually are followed by a large juicy dose of hoppy flavors, but this one just seems bitter for bitterness' sake. What hop flavor there is tastes like it came from a healthy dose of Simcoe hops, which aren't really my favorites. The body is about spot on for a low end of the spectrum DIPA, on the dry side with just a little bit of presence. The carbonation is just a touch dull though. While Belvidere is a solidly brewed beer in some respects, overall it's still one of the more underwhelming imperial IPAs I've had in a while.

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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 threeviews
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a short-stemmed tulip glass.

A-Pours a slightly hazy (unfiltered) amber with a hearty, 3/4" head where a coating remained for the entire life of the glass. Noticable lacing on the glass thanks to the 8.00% ABV. Quite a bit of sediment left at the bottom of the bottle (woah, I'm thinkng lots o' hops)

S-Caramel, floral, pine dominate while only hints of citrus can be detected. Nose gets more pronounced as the fluid warms.

T-Sweet and full bodied in every way. Caramel gives way to a healthy does of pine and floral aromas make their way through the olfactory hues and then finishes to a dank, dry bitter. Complexity grows more intense as it warms.

M-Lingers on the tongue for a time (~1min) before the bitterness steps in, leaving a wealth of titivated tastebuds. Moderate carbonation which does not detract from the experience.

O-Personally, I appreciate a more west-coast style DIPA which is generally more citrusy and less malty. As an east-coast DIPA, however, this is one of the better ones that I tried. Despite the sweetness from the malt preceeding the hop presence, the overall experience is well balanced. My favorite by Rock Art still stands to be their Vermonster brew.

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Photo of gestyr
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a weisen glass

A: Pours a deep copper amber with a off-white head. Head subsides to a coating that leaves lacing on the glass. A constant stream of very small bubbles rises in the glass keeping the head intact.

S: Citrus, Pine, Grapefruit, some caramel, some malt

T: HOPS... lots of grapefruit and pine hops with slight maltiness and a subtle caramel flavor. Bitter and warming aftertaste as it goes down the throat

M: On the heavy side of medium body. Nice

O: A good solid IIPA. Balance tipped towards the hops side with enough malt backbone to make it work. I will buy again. A good beer.

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Photo of Soonami
2.72/5  rDev -28%
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 ggilman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass, twice.

Short foamy head with little retention, although it clings to the sides of the glass in bunches. Mostly clear flitered dark copper body. Floral hop nose and a whiff of candied malt. Lots of bitterness and malt up front in combination. Grapefruit bitterness, not much leaf flavor. Caramel maltiness & lots of grapefruit bitterness linger. Slick mouthfeel, dark and robust, but not thick. Not feeling the alcohol immediately. Clean, pure, soft & fresh tasting. A little too much malt for my liking.

*Paired well with black bean & chicken quesadillas.

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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 sk8man121
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into tumbler.

A: Pours a mostly opaque copper with marmalade highlights. 1-finger head dies down to an oily sheen, leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, mint and lemon balm. Fresh, wet and grassy hops. There's a lingering sweetness in the tail-end. This smells somewhat faint given the ABV.

T: Hops hops hops. Mostly sweet, sugary grapefruit, with notes of white pepper and mint in the center. Extremely bitter finish.

M: Medium carbonation. Thick and creamy. Resinous, sticking heavily to the back of the tongue.

O: Belvidere Big IPA is about as average as it gets for a DIPA. Thick and sweet, it's nice at first but becomes somewhat hard to drink. I'm not sure I will finish the bomber, but at $4, it's not a huge loss.

A fairly decent beer from a fairly decent brewery.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a very dull amber color. head is minimal, but im afraid im not using the best beer glassware here (reviewing from my folks place. however bad the glassware, good lacing and even some legs on it.

S: caramel syrup. honey. bitterness is there but not as pungent as i expected.

T: honey aroma comes through to the palate as well. bitterness is smooth but powerful. comes through towards the

M: carbonation is low and tingly. big body.

D: this one is pretty malty (perhaps overly malty) for an imp. IPA. more of an american barleywine. i also purchased a vermontster, which is an american barley, so im interested to see how that one comes across.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One pint six oz. poured into my 32 glass mug. Hazy and cloudy, golden edges with a orangey redness center. Off white almost beige filmy head.

Citrus smell, I'm thinking orange peel, pine and a wonderful sweet maltiness. Really a pleasant smelling IPA all around.

Wow! Really nice tasting! Orange peel, lemon, caramel malt, a really nice sweetness meeting a bitterness that really works; this is awesome tasting. Tastes like a imperial IPA for sure

Medium body. Feels really nice in the mouth. Light to medium carbonation. Very easy going down. No alcohol warmth.

I have never heard of Rock Art Brewery so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I tried this, this is a great beer. Very tasty with the malts and hops mixing really well together. Feels nice - I had to slow myself down because I wanted to drink it right away. I can't wait to try their Stout that I also got.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Palmej1 in an amazing box of IPAs, Thanks Jacob!

Poured from a bomber into my FFF glass.

A- Hard pour yields an inch of white foam which recedes quickly and leaves very little lacing. Color is a dark, murky amber. Right for the style.

S- Citrus. Grapefruit and tangerine backed by faint sweet malt. Smells great!

T- Oh sweet heaven! Bitter grapefruit rind exploding at the front, momentarily balanced by caramel malt with a lingering bitter finish. Very nicely done! I am really enjoying this one!

M- Excellent feel. Carbonation is spot-on and the hops provide just the right amount of oily viscosity.

D- Drinkability is good considering the 8% ABV. I am so liking the hop profile that the heat is not evident to me. The bomber is gone far too quickly.

Overall I really liked this one. Tastes like a good west coast DIPA to me. If it were available in California I'd always have a few of these in my fridge. My first beer from Rock Art and I am impressed! Recommended if you're in need of a hop fix!

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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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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 bishopdc0
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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 koopa
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY a couple of weeks ago.

Appearance: Pours a hazy slightly auburn iced tea with a 1 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Nice caramel malt dose over slightly floral and herbal hops. Very balanced if not a bit malt dominant.

Taste: Very balanced if not a bit malt dominant. The malt isn't overly sweet, cloying, or dark. Rather its a nice light caramel to toffee. The hops take a bit of a back seat but they add some needed bitterness to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: A touch thicker than medium bodied with great carbonation.

Drinkability: The balance and the carbonation make this one a sessionable Imperial IPA.

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

Got this is a trade, thanks trading world for spreading the love. Poured a deep amber, chunky head. Smell was a sweet toffee malt, with a little hop bitterness on the end. Taste was that east coast IPA, mostly sweet malty tones, but then evens out in the middle and you get some piney hops. This is very drinkable for 8%. Not to generalize, but I just tend to like the west coast IPA, fruity and piney, unlike the east coast IPA, malt dominated.

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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 AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - An orangish amber color with a one finger head that left some nice stick on the sides. Not intricate lacing but some nice designs that slid down the class as I drank it.

S - Lots of citrus on this one, grapefruit, but not bitter, maybe a little sweet pineapple. Fairly mellow for a big IPA.

T - Pretty citrusy sweet, drinks a little too hot for an 8%. A bit sugary, not particularly bitter.

M - Medium bodied, slightly undercarbonated, but works well for the almost juicy sweetness this has.

D - It's not horribly undrinkable for 8%, but it does run a little hot. Good solid beer, wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - nice amber color, not much lacing or head at all pourd into a snifter.
s - very much a citrus present, quite pleasant aroma
t - dances on tongue, has a very smooth citrus taste throughout, not one trace of harshness at all
m - good feel ,dances on tongue
d - easy to drink, very refreshing

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

A really solid and tasty DIPA

Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a medium size off white head. Head retention is fair, lacing is minimal.

Smell is fairly mild for an IPA, some grapefruit and some caramel malts.

Tastes good. Big citrus (grapefruit) presence balanced by strong caramel malts. This beer also has a woody taste like oak aged or something. In all this is a balanced IPA that stands out with strong flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. No real alcohol burn.

Drinkability is very good. This is a good, balanced IPA but still has plenty of hops kick for the hophead.

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Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at T. Brendan O'Reily's

A- Dark orange kissed copper with a medium off-white head. Head slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves thick swaths of lace.

S-Rather mild overall with notes of spicy orange rind and caramel sweetness being most prevalent. Underlying tones of pine and toasted biscuit add some depth and support.

T-Initial malt and fruity hop sweetness upfront with notes of orange, grapefruit and white grapes. Hop bitterness takes hold in the finish with a flurry of pine and earthy bitterness.

M-Medium to almost medium-heavy bodied with a decidedly thick feel. Hop bitterness lingers on and on. Does not become cloying despite the thickness.

D-A big burly beer that brings plenty of flavour to the table. Not my ideal DIPA, too much malt presence for my liking, but this is a nicely done brew my feelings aside. Certainly one worth giving a try.

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Belvidere Big IPA from Rock Art Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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