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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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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 154
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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts, and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is light but bready with flavors of grain, a little fruit and a touch of spice. The malt character is thin as you'd expect from this type of beer and there's a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer that you could drink several of, but overall the beer just seemed rather ordinary to me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a rather small white head.

Smell: Sourish, wheaty aroma with some slight floral hints.

Taste: Sweetish, light flavor of pale malts and malted wheat. Vaguely citrusy hops with a medium bitterness. Sourish taste of cooked veggies. Dash of mineral water. Same until the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Altogether mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty dull and unimpressive.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle acquired recently in a trade. Served right out of the fridge into a pint glass. Consumed on 07/09/2008

I grabbed this one out of the fridge and immediately poured it into the pint glass. A very nice light, golden yellow ale was then presented in front of me. Very clear with a good carbonation profile. A three finger head of white fizz then came up over the top and settled down gracefully, but quickly into a broken crown that provided minimal side glass lace.

The aroma was very light, too light for me, with really no depth to it at all. Light spice perhaps, a touch of banana and a light hint of hay or grass was about it. The flavor was more of the same. Light grain notes, a hint of spice were about all there was to be found here. Dry finish led to me wanting something more to drink, but unfortunately this did little more then serves as a refreshment. Decent Mouthfeel with a good carbonation profile and a nice light touch to it. No abv concerns get this one in and down quite fast.

Overall it was an ok beer, for the style it was good, but the style leaves a lot to be desired. I don't know I would pay for this one as it really just does not seem to have enough creativity for me. Though it was not terrible by any means.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold color and crystal clear. Modest head that leaves some spotty lace.

Mostly grainy aroma. Very mild hop. Some metallic nose, like iron.

Very bitter, with a dry malt flavor. Almost astringent. Bitter swallow and aftertaste, but I don't get a sense of any typical hop flavors beyond the raw primary taste. Good body for the style--quite full with good carbonation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

Made with real venison?? Not this time, but, hey, a man can dream... Instead, it pours a clear bright brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, very light orange, and a vague idea of light sweetness. The taste brings in more of the same, though the sweetness is toned down and the orange character is amped up a bit. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation, a dry finish, and a kinda grainy feel. Overall, a generally solid brew, but a bit on the boring side, with nothing setting it apart from anything else, really.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried to get this beer to develop a head, but the best that it mustered up were wisps and a ring of bone-white foam around the edge of the glass. The nose had an unexpected buscuity quality to it. The color was a really beautiful, bright, golden yellow. It reminded me of a lot of the macro lagers. The mouthfeel was rather thin and there really was not a lot of taste to it, either. I experienced a light buscuitiness on the tongue and on the finish, but not enough to be satisfying. I'd rather have something malty over this, and I'm a self-proclaimed hophead.

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Photo of jwc215
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly hazed light golden with a thin white head that immediately becomes a very thin, swirling patch that stays around.

The smell is bready with a touch of sour. The yeast strain pulls through, Hint of mild fruitiness.

Unexpected taste for the style - sour dough, light herbal spiciness. Some candy sweetness. They tried to put a twist on a golden/blonde ale that just doesn't do it for me. The yeast comes through too much as the malt and hops are not enough. Altogether too much and not enough going on at the same time. A touch of late hops come through in the finish, but too little, too late.
Too light in body to make it work well.

Watery thin, though something lingers in the mouth. I'll put that in the "almost bad aftertaste" category.

I can see why some people will like it more than me because there is a flavor to an often near flavorless style, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me, and the body is light, even for the style. I had a second one a few days later to confirm and - I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of Billolick
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer from Scott V at Captain Lawrence, confusing notches on the label attempt to inform me when this was bottled. Pours dull, hazy orangy, golden amber. Minor, also dull white head, that leaves fine, but just minor lacing. Peppery nose gets me interested, but the is a bit dissapointing, just some minor peppery spice, rather thin malt wise and a non-descript, grainy finish. Light, dry and refreshing, but nothing too exciting. Almost decent hot weather swiller, but not much else.

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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 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 tobelerone
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear, gold colored beer with a smallish head. Not much lacing.

Aroma is very mild, light grainy malt, a touch of citric and grassy hops.

Very watery and muted flavor; mostly weak malt taste, cereal/breadiness, again, trace hoppiness, mostly of the citrus and grass variety, seems inconsequential and a bit boring.

Thin bodied with medium carbonation. Easy to drink but strangely not all that refreshing. Bland and disappointing throw-in to Rock Art’s mixed 12. More for the non-craft drinker, I’d think. Forgettable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy gold with a weak bubbly white head that dissolves quickly.
Smells grainy and malty with a shredded wheat aroma.
Taste is like the smell...grainy with some malt, bitterness, and there is that shredded wheat thing again.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and effervescent with some hits on the middle, back, and sides of the tongue.
Drinkability is okay but I wouldn't run back to find it.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a four finger finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is honey and some bitterness from the hops. Hints of a soapy finish. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Gillingham's Woodstock, VT.

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Photo of corby112
1.03/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear watery pale golden yellow color with no head whatsoever. Unimpressive to say the least so far.

Lots of corn, rice and other skunky adjunct grains. I can't even pick up any malt character and there is also an astonishing lack of hops. It kind of smells like the floor of a fraternity house.

The flavor of this beer would best be described as if they took some alcohol then some dirt in there followed by some industrial cleaning chemicals. This beer actually made me feel ill. Possibly the worst beer I've ever had. Complete drainpour. Avoid at all costs!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer from a mixed 6-pack from Waterbury Beverage, Waterbury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head, which didn't have much staying power. Laces okay over light straw brew. Aroma is slightly of pale malts and hops. Taste is pale malts and some hops bitterness. Seems kind of uninspiring for the taste buds. Nothing bad, but nothing to write home about, really. Mouthfeel is fine, and the drinkability is of the hot weather/thirst-quencher variety. An all-day drinker, if that's all you want.

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Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, clear, orange brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and a hint of orange

Taste: toasted malt, orange and a small hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet start with slightly bitter end, medium bodied, morderate carbonation

Drinkability: An average blonde ale that was my least favorite in the variety pack. Nothing really jumped out to me with this one. I will finish what is in the pack, but not seek it out.

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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 Brad007
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a very thin head. Aroma is sweet and malty upfront. Taste is somewhat sweet, light and crisp. Leaves an interesting malt aftertaste. Somewhat bland but solid. A second sip confirms much of what I said except that aftertaste is now somewhat bitter. A decent session ale but not much beyond that.

One of Rock Art's three signature beers (along with RidgeRunner and American Red) before they started putting out the Extreme Series.

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden blonde body with a small white, creamy head. Retention is decent. Spotty lace around the glass.

S- A light aroma consisting of pale malt, yeast bread and fruit and floral hints.

T- Starts out with some floral hops and pale malt hints. Finishes heavy with yeast bread and cereal grain flavor. A bit of fruit/raisin and citrus zest throughout.

MF- Highly carbonated light body with a somewhat creamy feel. Finishes just a tad bitter.

Pretty much what I have come to expect from Blonde Ales of this type. Solid flavor and refreshing.

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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 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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Photo of alexgash
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear pale golden straw body. Small, gauzy, eggshell-white head. Not much lacing. Mild nose of biscuit malt, a bit of cereal (rice, maybe corn). A hint of citrus and grassy hops. Lightly toasted malts, with hints of grain up front. Slight mineral water bitterness mixed with a whiff of citrus hop flavor. Doughy cereal malts fill in with a mild sweetness. Mild grassy hop bitterness in the finish with some latent fruitiness. Light body with a sparkly feel. A very mild ale (as a blonde should be) that might appeal to macro drinkers looking to convert or drink locally (if they live in Vermont!). Not bad, but pretty forgettable.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rock Art Whitetail Ale pours a very clear light golden color with lots of tiny bubbles floating inside. A very small white head forms on top and quickly dissolves to a thin ring on the surface. The aroma is mainly toasted malt with a hint of chocolate and some floral hops mixed in.

Each sip of this thin to medium bodied beer has a firm fizz that impacts the middle of the palate. The flavor begins with some biscuit and toasted malt that gives the beer a nice sweetness. In the middle the hops move in with a taste of lemon citrus. It finishes dry with some notes of grass. With each sip the toasted malt flavor is present throughout and balances out the hops very well.

This is a very drinkable beer and quite tasty. It reminds me somewhat of a European pilsner. A great brew for a hot summer day.

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Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
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