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Whitetail Ale | Rock Art Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,133
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
154
pDev:
16.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
Gots:
9
Trade:
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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
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 +15%
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 zestar
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
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 PhineasMcClintock
3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
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 woodychandler
2.91/5  rDev -10.7%
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 mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
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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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
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 InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Billolick
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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 jwc215
2.65/5  rDev -18.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Gavage
4.17/5  rDev +27.9%
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 tobelerone
2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
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 outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +11%
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 tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Whitetail Ale from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 154 ratings
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