American-Belgo Style IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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American-Belgo Style IPAAmerican-Belgo Style IPA

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is an American IPA fermented with our house strain of Belgian yeast. The beer has a soft copper body, malty and balanced with 70 IBU from our Columbus bittering hop addition. The hops then transition into flavoring hop additions during the last 30 minutes of brewing. At the end of the brew we add buckets full of aroma hops and ferment at a warm temperature. Then to capture even more hop flavors and aromas we poured more buckets full of hops directly into the beer (dry hop) and allow the beer to rest and absorb all the delicious hop goodness.

Added by imagineiii on 07-24-2009

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Photo of epyon396
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fastestmanalive
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.29/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

What a glob of a mess. Boozy with an odd sweetness and an earthiness in the mix as well. It's just. Eh. There is no defining Belgian aspect or hoppy influence going on. This does not work. At all. Waste of time, money, and my liver. Haven't had a drain pour candidate like this for some time now.

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Photo of mkeene78
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of MarkSmithVT
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark golden to more so light copper with a strong bit of amber hue. A tough hazy with plentiful multi-size floaties. No rising bubbles. Slightly golden off-white head that is smallish even after an aggressive pour. The head quickly settles to a skimpy skim. Not much for retention and minimal lacing.

S: Floral. Both from hops and from yeast / alcohol. Slight fruity esters. Hops are also just a bit citrus. Light and vague phenol / alcohol note. Doughy and sweet malts. The right aspects but a bit out of synch. Fair strength.

T: Hops are still floral but richer. They take on a good herbal backbone. In the finish they are more pine & resin & and a bit dank – especially as is airs and warms. Some tropical fruit flirts in as well. Citrus is more fruity & juicy than rind bitterness. Although bitterness overall is firm. Malt backbone is a mix of doughy & toasty with a good bit of caramel / crystal sweetness. Belgian notes are softly phenolic with a hint of yeasty & earthy funk.

M: Just a hair over medium body with carbonation softly balanced. Sticky sugars, chewy dextrins, and hop tannins are all there – but uninspired. Sweet to semi-sweet overall with a fair bit of hop drying in the finish. Ghost hint of alcohol warming.

D: 2/3 IPA and 1/3 Belgian. A fair take on the style. Nothing great, but nothing wrong. It just doesn’t go anywhere special. It finds the right notes – but nothing more – However it has a little trouble putting them all together. For the $ in VT it is a good buy.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky coppery-ice tea coloring has a frothy/bubbly head that was thin and off white. Nice suspension of fine micro-particles float about in the light carbonation, A thin film band encompasses the glass.

S: The aroma showed light citrus, light toasted munich malts with a light floral scent from the Columbus hops. A bit disappointing strength wise considering the build up from the label of massive hop infusions and dry hopping of Columbus hops, which happen to be one of my favorites as well. (see Anderson valley hop ottin for hows it done aromatic wise).

T: Dry toasted caramel/munich grains with some pungent flowery Columbus hops. Toasty warm citrus shows up but it is clearly the smooth flowery hopping of the Columbus hops that steal the show here. Floral tulips with a great toasted malt base balances things out. The Belgian yeast is hard to pick up on with the toasted malt base and especially the use of Columbus hops, but slight signs of wet grains and a light musky nature could be had for those paying close attention. Intermittent flashes of herbal and spicy notes along with oregano and some dried woodsy oranges also were observed.

M: The mouthful was medium-full, malty with a warm toasted caramel-citrus warming the tongue along with some pungent flowery Columbus hops adding glow. Nice residual maltiness and flowery hop cone particles are left coating the tongue.

O: A great drinking ipa, especially if you’re a fan of Columbus hops. The nose was a bit weak for my liking but the flavor was smooth with a clean bittering, balanced with a good malt presence and a toasty warm reception. Drinkability was very good and smooth. While I would of loved to savor the pungently nature of Columbus hops more so on the nose, do not let this stop you from experiencing this beer, as the flavor is the main concern here for enjoyment good for multiple takings.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light yellowish copper color, clear but with lots of smallish floating particles. The head is fair, off-white, with good lacing. The aroma offers a delicate bubblegum clove cinnamon with pear sweetness. Really different and enjoyable. The taste buds detect a grainy peat-like base with a clovey citrus hop. Very pleasant and highly drinkable. It’s medium body at most and presents a smooth, lightly carbonated feel. Very nice stuff, a mild Belgian-esque variation that should be liked by most any beer fan.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant IPA. Good flavours and craftmanship to keep it balanced between distinct hoppiness coming through at 70 IBU and malty-yeasty Belgian component. Nice mouthfeel. Very good drinkability, excellent with food. Citrus hoppy aroma.Melon, spice.

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Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear to semi-hazy golden orange color, barely any head, and a sloppy large bubbled lacy ring around the top. Carbonation? None.

S - Predominantly grassy herbs with some grapefruit bitterness and spicy, yeasty malt.

T - O.K., things are getting better because so far, it wasn't looking good for this beer. There's a little carmel swettness underlying throughout the sip and does little more than to lend a small amount of support to a decent dose of hops. Bitterness stays fairly constant throughout with a minty mixture of grapefruit citrus, grassy herbs, spicy yeast, and pine. Taste is pretty one dimensional and the finish sucks the spit right off your tongue.

M - Light medium body and leaves a thick coating of spice, yeast, and piney grass. The aftertaste lingers and eventually it evolves into a peppery grapefruit rind sensation.

O - I've really enjoyed the stuff from Rock Art but this one isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to SFLPunk for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a snifter.

Pours a somewhat-hazy light copper color. No head. A hard pour didn't really yield anything at all. A few swirls got a very thin collar, but that quickly faded too.

The nose brings some light caramel and bread notes plus some faint earthy hops. Light citrus and a moderate yeast presence. The hops stand out a bit more in the flavor, but are mostly muddled in with the Belgian yeast. Light spice and pepper plus a modest bitterness in the finish. Light body and good carbonation. Nothing other than the appearance is too flawed, but it doesn't quite come together and nothing is in this beer's showcase.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a Rock Art fan and I am a fan of Belgian IPAs so I am excited about this beer...also it was only $4 in VT so that is nice too.

Pours a dark golden, peach color with thin but lacy head.

Aroma is a bit of Belgian yeast funkiness combined with sweet oranges, lemon, grapefruit and some spiciness. Very aromatic. Love it.

First sip and this one is spicy and Belgiany much more than hoppy. Its definitely getting a lot more flavor from that yeast than the hop additions. That being said its got a nice bite and some citrus flavors that are quite refreshing.

Overall I like this beer. Its in a category of its own in my opinion but man is it good. Not so much an IPA but something like a hopped up Belgian golden. Whatever you categorize it as its a damn good beer.

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American-Belgo Style IPA from Rock Art Brewery
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