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

Thanks to DrDogBeer for this!
A: pours an excellent bronze color. little bit of head that drops. bone colored head
S: nice citrus. little bit of grass too
T: Grapefruit/citrus sweetness. solid matly finish, not real ABV blast, and a pretty dry finish
M: falls on the lighter side, not overpowering and refreshing
D: pretty high, all in all

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belvidere pours a cloudy dark bronze with a modest, creamy off-white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the beer and leaves behind a nice coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is more faint than I thought it would be. Notes of pine and citrus and a touch of sweet malt are detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, with a light fizz on the tongue. The flavor has a nice balance of hops and malt. It begins with some pine and a touch of orange citrus. Towards the middle caramel malt moves in. A hint of toast is also detected. It finishes bitter with a peppery bite. Once gone the pepper, caramel malt and bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, easy drinking IPA. I thought it could use more hops in the aroma and flavor, but overall it's a nice beer.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. The color is a cloudy orange/copper with about an inch of eggshell white head. Pine scent and hops are for front in the nose. A hint of fresh squeezed oranges are also present, the citrus smell reminds of a bottle of Tropicana. The taste is what I expected from this. Pine, hops and a hit of orange. Belvidere leaves a lingering bitterness on my tongue. This guy is crisps and lingers in the mouth, no problem with the carbonation and the body seems appropriate for the style. Drinks pretty easy but after a coulple sips my mouth seems to need to recover from the unexpected hop bomb. Easy to drink, but do it last.

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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 Casey10
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love a good DIPA this one somewhat reminds me of a BIG A IPA from smuttynose but not as floral. I liked this alot.

A - Hazy orange body with minimal head appropriate carbination.

S - Candy sugar, floral some citrus.

T - A bit medicinal but at the same time has a really nice flavor to it as well. It stands out and is different which is one reason why I like this.

M - Sticks with you is feel the pine and floral after feel.

D - For a bomber priced at 3.99 this rocks definately drinkable and will have again.

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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 BeerNinja007
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 22oz bomber for $3.99 at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Light brown brew reveals haze and red highlights when held to a light. A heavy pour gives an inch+ of thick tan head that settles to a thick stable layer and leaves patchy webs of sticky lace. Nose is mixed pine and citrus rind hops and a thick fruity candy sweetness. Taste is a dominant piney hop presence somewhat balanced by the same candy sweetness. Also some caramel, spices, and fruity stuff buried in there. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, which makes the carbonation soft. Finish is lingering hops, resin, and a moderate alcohol burn. A bit harsh, maybe some fusel alcohols.

I like these Rock Art brews, I think they're doing a good thing here. But having had several of their different offerings in the past week or two, they all seem to come from the same mold... same mouthfeel, same body. Different yeast and hop schedule applied to the same basic recipe? It'd be nice if they would change it up a little now and then.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple of 22oz bottles of this at the Cabot Annex in Waterbury VT ($4.59) while vacationing with Alewife. Enjoyed back in my room at the B&B on 11APR10.

Pours a murky amber, with lots of haze and some sediment. A light tan head sits up top, with a lasting, thin layer of fine bubbles covering things. Lacing is a bit spotty. There's a fair amount of hops in the aroma, which actually smells a bit like apricot jam. While the feel on the tongue is a little foamy, it's mostly smooth, and the body is medium all the way.

Flavor is very rindy, pithy and resiny. There's a touch of malty sweetness as it warms, and it's jammy like an apricot preserve. This is mostly a good representation of what hoppy bitterness is all about. Prosit!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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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 Axic10
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a amber-copper color with absolutely no head whatsoever.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops with a strong malt presence.

Taste: Not overly powerful on the hops (subdued biterness for a DIPA), actually it is more malty than anything.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: My first beer from Rock Art and I wasn't disappointed, nor was I overly impressed. I have a Vermonster in the fridge that I am looking forward to trying.

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Photo of Durge
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy deep copper color with a decent off-white head with great lacing. The aroma is heavy with a pine hop floral sweetness blend. Very full and pleasant with a curious honey medicinal-herb touch. The flavor offers lots of herbal hops and peaty caramel. There's some honey here too, a subtle sweetness buried in the bitter undertow. This is near full bodied, luscious and stick to your tongue good. Creamy, pleasantly carbonated, medium drinkability, yummy all around. Somewhat a mix between a stock ale and a DIPA. Love this stuff!

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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 RonfromJersey
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impentrable orange haze, topped by two fingers of light beige foam. Great lacing.

Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Hint of pine. As much Belgian as IPA.

Rich thick semi-sweet malt foundation. Earthy hops rise like a tide, breaking at the swallow. Nice bitterness, but not biting. Clean finish. Bit more bakery to it than most IPAs.

Substantial mouthfeel slides smoothly. Good drinkability for a big beer.

A lot of balance for a big IPA. Worth a try.

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Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 AKBelgianBeast
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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 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 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 u2carew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a frothy and sticky head. Amber in color. Sticky tight lacing.
S) Floral with earthy notes. Peach. Apple.
T) Sweet up front with earthy dirt tones. Caramel. Grapefruit. Orange. Finishes with a noticeable hop bite. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
M) Creamy. Fizzy. Medium bodied. Gritty. Slight syrupy feel.
D) A decent IPA. A good blend of malt and hops. Another please.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the creamiest IPA's I've had in awhile. Great mouthfeel. It pours a luxurious dark amber with contrasting white head. A good dose of herbal aromas and pine are noticed on the nose. Caramelly malt comes through nicely on the palate to calm down the hops, and it is far more balanced than I was expecing for an self-proclaimed extreme IPA. Very drinkable and approachable as far as IPA's go.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 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 indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I want to first give some props to Rock Art for providing craft beer to the masses at a very reasonable price. Their 22-ounce bottles are consistently a buck or two cheaper than almost all the other micros I see in the store.

This is one of their beers I've yet to try and when I saw it for $3.99 on the shelves in Brattleboro, Vermont I grabbed it without hesitation. It seemed like a great beer for a warm summer night. Ahh, hops...so refreshing!

Pours a dark amber/chestnut color. Much darker than I expected I guess. It was a bit of a surprise. This one also pours a bit thick as its weighing in fairly heavy at 8%. The head on this is nice and thick and fluffy. Everything looks pretty good.

Wow, one whiff of this is like a shot of super condensed hop liquor. Its hot and hoppy. Lots of sweet orange, mango and pineapple smells along with some pine and plenty of sweet caramel to back it all up. Smells very inviting!

The initial sip is actual sort of toasty and malty and then the bitter hops kick in. The sweetness is balanced by the fresh hop pine flavor quite well. This one has a bit of complexity for a Double IPA. Its not just a hop bomb, its very balanced and the alcohol provides a bit of heat and warmth. Love it. I can't say enough about what a great job Rock Art has done keeping their beers reasonably priced. Well done, you guys deserve some credit!

Note: A little research online turns up the fact that the picture of the hops on the label are actually the cascade hop vines grown for over 15 years by Rock Art's brewer/founder Matt Nadeau. They are also used in the making of this beer. Pretty cool.

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Photo of edchicma
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy caramel mocha with a great pillow head and lacing.
Smell is a beautiful blend of malt, hops and yeast. Taste is somewhat alcohol in nature with a decent hop presence..surprisingly not nothing more than a hint of malt. Mouthfeel is just a tad too puckery. Drinkability suffers because of this. Too bad, the appearance and smell seemed to have more to offer.

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Photo of papat444
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheRowan for throwing this in as an extra.

Bottled Feb. 2009.

Shared with my wife with our supper (pork chops with rice and cucumber salad).

Poured from a 22oz. bomber.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy, orange with a thick 2-3 finger head. Looks enticing!

Smell: Pine, malt and some muted hops which is to be expected considering the age. Don't know why but i'm getting also a mental image of caramel.

Taste: Definitely the malt overshadows the hops but there's still some hops kick left. Piney with some citrus and a hint of wood chips.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, maybe a little aggressive. Long lasting bitterness rounds it out.

Drinkability: No problems here, goes down very well. Easy to enjoy.

Overall: Hops are on the decline but the taste remains very flavorful. Some DIPA's have all hops and no taste but this beer still has good flavor despite subdued hops.

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Photo of brothercannon
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first beer review so I'm not up with the how I should format my review. I'll just wing it. I've drank more than my fair share of IPAs and this isn't the best. It is also not a bad beer. I wish I could remember how much I paid for the beer. If it costs more than $5 I won't be getting it again because there are better beers to be had for less.

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Belvidere Big IPA from Rock Art Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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