Whitetail Ale | Rock Art Brewery

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Whitetail AleWhitetail Ale

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our golden American ale has a crisp body and slightly dry, hoppy finish. This is a real treat for the beer lover. Pale, wheat and torrified wheat malts are used with Northern Brewer and Mt. Hood hops.

Added by UnionMade on 07-21-2002

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Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For once it is nice to see an aggressively hoped golden ale. Beautiful color and thick head, the hop spice is apparent from the first wiff. Not too bitter, but nicely hopped to bring out the delicate malt profile. I have not enjoyed a golden ale like this in a while.

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Photo of iceball585
4.24/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale yellow color, clear, thin fluffy layer that disappeared to a thin ring around the glass

S- Citrus hops, pale malts, grains, sugary sweet smell

T- Apricots, oranges, lemons, wheat, toasted malts, grainy, bitter hops

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, oily feel left on the palate

D- Great session beer

This beer is has some good complexity to it. Although this beer looks a lot like a macro brewery light beer it still has a lot of different flavors.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-creamy, thick white head, light golden yellow body

S-grainy and some herb

T-cereal front, melon, light hop and bread notes


D-very diverse in the flavor department. Nice summer beer. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.17/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly hazy golden yellow in color. A 1" white head quickly falls to a surface foam with a few extra large bubbles. Larger than normal carbonation bubbles stick to the glass too.

Smell: the aroma is nice for a blonde as grass, mild citrus, and even some malt are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: flavor is simple and quite refreshing as some soft grainy maltiness, grass, lemon, and mild bitterness are well balanced. Lighter bodied beer.

Mouthfeel:crisp at the start. The finish is lightly dry, crisp, and refreshing.

Drinkability: superb drinkability, as this blonde has nice aroma and flavor, which is hard to find in the style.

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Photo of thethrone
4.09/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a translucent golden color with 1" white head which quickly dissipates. Carbonation visible in the glass, a little bubbly lacing.

S - Lots of grass and grain in the nose, with a hint of citrus.

T - Taste follows the smell, with flavors of sweet grainy malts and citrus hops.

M - Light mouthfeel, good carbonation. Finishes crisp.

D - Very drinkable, makes a great warm weather session beer. Certainly worth a try if you like light summer beers.

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Photo of scottum
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale gold amber with a short bright white head. Has a nice sweet malty flavor which is balanced by a crisp hopping. This ale is nice and smooth. Goes down so easy, it's hard to put the glass down. I never bought this Rock Art before because I am so in love with the other Rock Art beers I'd had I couldn't put them down. You can't go wrong with Rock Art beer!

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Photo of Shiloh
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale arrived a thin yellow colour with a very short crown leading to a thin center lace. The body is also a little thin.
Carbonation is very light and the aroma is a light fruit mash with a grapefruit lead.
Everything about this brew suggests that it would be a great "lite" beer, except the taste. This golden ale is hop heavy front to back. Cascade hops are dominent throughout.
I would suggest that this golden ale is a lot more like an IPA.
Very refreshing...Recomended.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is vry sweet with light citrus notes.
Taste is also on the sweet side, very refreshing, with a slight hop bitterness at the finish.
Nothing spectactular, but a great session beer on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.99/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - Decent label, cool artwork, the usual from Rock Art. Pours a watery, pale yellow and settles yellow-light brown in the glass. Very fizzy with a small head. Very unique looking beer.

Smell - Sweet, hearty smell. Definite scent of fruits.

Taste - Carbonated bite followed by sweet, creamy, and fruity overtones.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy during and after consumption. Aftertaste is pleasant and welcome.

Drinkability - Definitely quite drinkable, one of the more drinkable Golden Ales.

This is another good beer by Rock Art. I would definitely recommend this beer to any beer drinker, seasoned or otherwise.

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Photo of DannyS
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy yet bright orange amber with a thin, quick dissipating head that does leave some loose webs of lacing.

S - Slightly winey and spicy on the nose, with a touch of white grape sweetness and bready malt.

T - Very bready and a tad spicy, with subtle malt sweetness and minimal hop bitterness.

M - Light yet not watery, with active, foamy carbonation. Adds to it's smoothness.

D - Definitely in the session beer range with it's 5% ABV and far from overpowering flavor.

Overall - A refreshing, simple blond ale from those nutty brewers in Vermont. Yummy.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice yellow with an off white head and a little lacing
S- Malt, sugar, corn, wheat, a touch of hops
T- malty, more hops than the smell let off, a little bit of sugar, refreshing
M- good carbonation, this one was cold
D- very nice, mild, low abv, nothing too crazy

a nice session beer, nothing groundbreaking here, but not a bad beer... a good gateway beer

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Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the only available vessel at a picnic, a plastic solo cup, the color seems to be a light amber with a whispy off-white head and decent lacing, if plastic can be any judge. The aroma is a mild citrus and avocado wheat and pepper, nice. The taste is crisp sweet wheat and rice with a mild peppery malt. Hints of plum and cantelope. Smooth and pleasant and very drinkable. Decent and fairly unique.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.84/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear light gold/straw color fills the glass with little head action or retention. The aroma is sweet of flowers and malt and salt water taffy. The taste is smooth and sweet, slightly sticky, if that makes any sense. Finishes with a touch of hops just to balance then a kick of sweet again.

I like this beer, alot. The sweetness is not cloying or too much, which is a surprise for me since I like hops. It reminds me alot of a homebrew I once made called C-3PO Golden Ale that I have since played with the recipe too much to know what the original was. But I do remember I liked it. This is a craft beer that will go well in hot summer weather and with all my friends, beer geeks or not. Enjoy!

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear, pale gold with a short, fine, white head. Good retention and the lacing was pretty solid on the glass. Mild toasty malt aroma with grassy/floral hops - smells refreshing. Balanced towards bitterness, this beer had a lot more flavour than I expected. Toasted malt, grassy hops, a bit of caramel and butterscotch were followed by a slightly spicy and floral hop finish. Light bodied with a bit of creaminess, moderate carbonation, and an off-dry finish. Not a bad beer at all. Fairly mild overall, but there is still a lot going on in the flavour department. My only complaint is that the flavours seem just a little weak. It's an easy drinker, likely an excellent session, and tastes great in the summer.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Barely hazy, warm golden with a medium size white head. Okay retention and pretty alright for lace.

S: Fresh milled grain with a honey sweetness. Light fruit esters in the background. Perhaps a ghostly hint of diacetyl? A bit of leafy hops. But mostly the fresh milled malted barley with a honey sweetness. Quite inviting.

T: Leafy, grassy, herbal hops that are a fair bit stronger than in the nose, but it is still balanced to the malts. Very nice fresh milled malted grain is the backbone and highlight. Rounded honey sweetness, hints of fruity esters, a very faint touch of diacetyl, and a background doughy yeast note fill out the flavor.

M: Medium body with matched carbonation. Smooth with a balanced finish. Normal, to-style, and a solid mouthfeel.

D: A nice Blonde that leans a bit into Kolsch territory. A light honey sweetness, soft fruity esters, balancing and mildly charactered hops – but above all, the super nice fresh milled grain. It won’t beat you over the head with anything, but this is a really nice beer.

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Photo of Tomas77
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a mixed 12pk.

Aroma-Purfumy, toasty, light fruit notes like white grapes and spicy make up the aroma in this brew.
Appearance-Pours golden with brilliant clarity. Thin but dense white head with lace that sticks nicely to the sides of the glass. Lots of bubbles signaling lots of co2.
Flavor-Toasted malt with slight carmel notes and some spicy phenols that give it a peppery mouthfeel. A little minerally mid-palate. Again perfumy hop flavor like the aroma had. Herbal. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel-Medium body. Medium high carbonation. More spicy than bitter but very dry. Low alcohol.
Not a bad beer. I would partake in a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a touch of cloudiness... nice head to it with lots of lacing, pretty surprised for a blonde ale. Smell of some sharp hops, very pilsener like. Nice body to the taste, almost a Saaz sort of taste to the hops. Finishes very smooth and clean, lots of wetness to it.. no dry finish. Wow, I must say I liked this a lot.. usually I don't like blonde/golden ales but this one has some good flavor and a nice body/mouthfeel to it... kudos Rock Art!

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Photo of almychristopher
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice golden color with a white head that fades to lacing... little bitas clinging to the glass, but not overly so. the aroma is reminds me of a german pilsner wjth an extra bit of hops in the back. the taste follows with a nice malt flavor and some sort of barely there sort of citrus hop flavor.... the light flavors finish dry and with the carbonation and the light body that makes this a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a sampler case.

A: Poured into glass and bubbly white head rose up half an inch and quickly faded to a nearly non existent spattering of bubbles. Golden-yellow color with some haziness to it.

S: Sweet, honey and bitter citrus hop aroma with a bit of roasted malt in there.

T: Apricots and toasted honey malt are the main two flavors I perceive. A bit of a wheat flavor and some citrus from the hops. Almost a lemon zest kind of citrus. Also herbal hop flavor in the background. A bit of spice from the yeast adds a nice touch to the flavor profile.

M: Medium body with slight creamy feel and fairly moderate carbonation.

D: Refreshing taste and crisp aftertaste make this a good lawnmower beer. Good clean flavors with fresh tasting hops in this one. Easy to enjoy a few of these served cold. Paired well with spicy stir-fry.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear see-through straw yellow. Some sporadic lace. Only a film of head.

The smell has some lagery malt, and barley, but it's lagery and light. A nice accent of flowery pilsnerish hop. Some bready yeast.

A little funk in the malt flavor, but in a good way. Some toasted malt flavors. The hop is a nice finishing flavor. The flowery hop is unexpected. Good for style. Minor wheaty flavor.

The feel is watery and with a minor film. It's very easy-drinking, but with enough flavor to enjoy a lot of. Better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a golden ale far better than most, i am afraid this is way underrated here on BA. its a little different than the flavorless yellow water people seem to prefer in the style. it has some real malt flavor to it, maybe some oats or some toasted malt too, on top of the pale stuff, there are some layers here, and while its not the best beer from rock art, it certainly is better than its ratings and is always welcome in my fridge when the weather is hot. clear and shiny in the glass, but i like it best ice cold from the bottle. its refreshing stuff, fresh, and with more flavor than most of these, a slight bitter grassy hop note to the back end, nice and dry, and with a little more body than is common too. great carbonation, a slightly bready flavor running through it, and something that is easy to drink by the six pack. a nice break from the heavy ipa of vermont, something a little lighter but real well done. not sure why folks dont like this more, it has everything i need in the style. rock art is too often forgotten about with all the new and sexy beer coming out of vermont, these guys still make great beers.

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Photo of bultrey
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A summer drinker to be sure -- poured out of a bottle purchased as part of a Rock Art 12-pack at the beer and smoke shop in Bennington VT. Very pale yellow color, minimal head, but nice tight carbonation. Smells a little bit musty, with a touch of honey and citrus. That same musty flavor hits up front, followed by a solid lemon/lime rind citrus bitterness, and a slightly biscuity malt, then bitter finish. Reminds me alot of Hop Sun from Southern Tier, only not quite as good. Still, I would easily knock back three or four of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. It is a good, "utility" beer. Nice flavorfull, yet refreshing and rather drinkable.

Pours a light golden in color. It kinnda respebles a "fizzy yellow beer". Not totally, but you definately get that feel from it. Has a grassy nose as well. There is some white head, but almost no lacing

Taste is pretty enjoyable. Slightly malty, with a nice hop finish. It also has a very clean, and crisp finish.

Very drinkalbe, I would recomend giving this to BMC friends

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale/pilsner malt scent along with a dry, fruity yeast aroma. The hops are light, but do provide adequate bitterness. The taste is decent. It has a light, and bitter flavor that boasts of pilsner malts and grassy hops. It goes down easy, yet it lacks any real malt character. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer, but it's not the most interesting beer. It lacks malt character. A little more pale malt with a touch of Munich malt and these guys would really have something. All in all, not bad.

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Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, clean faded gold - thin bleached white head. Airy sweet malt aroma with some grassy hops and musty grain. Tastes of sweet wheaty malts, grains, and dry earthy hops. Lingering muffled citrus tartness and a dry, mild bitterness.

Easy to drink and unobjectionable. This would be good on a hot summer day.

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Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
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