American-Belgo Style IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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American-Belgo Style IPAAmerican-Belgo Style IPA
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.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 51
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.29/5  rDev -38.8%
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 SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -2.7%
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 +10.2%
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 +6.1%
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 jzeilinger
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
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 -14.7%
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%
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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Photo of kingcrowing
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a rock art tulip.

Pours a deep amber with a small white ring of bubbles, really no head. Nose is sweet and spicy with a light maltiness.

Taste is a bit flat, it's light and a bit syrupy. Taste is a bit bitter but the belgian yeast is a stronger flavor. I'm not sure if it's just this bottle or the batch but it's not as good as when I've had it on tap in the past.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this with my wife.

The look is amber with a decent head to start it laces the glasses edge.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with a yeast to back

The taste is a mix of sweet malt, hops and a belgian yeast typical to this beer style. Malt to start then citrus comes with a dry yeast finish worth the price

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a hybrid weizen-pilsner glass.

A: Very cloudy, orange-tinged gold with a huge, three-finger head of frothy, creamy, off-white foam which left great lacing and retained its density well.

S: Loads of tropical fruit aromas, citrusy hops and a spicy yeast scent which imparted more fruitiness and a minty zest.

T: Sweet, juicy malts up front with a lush fruit profile; oranges, lemon, mango and pear team up to form the sweet, juicy malt center. Herbal and tangy hops and spicy, Belgian yeast spices team up to deliver a drying, bittersweet finish.

M: Lush and sweet but not syrupy; a medium-full bodied IPA with a lot of fruity malts crammed in.

O: A really nice Belgian IPA in that it wasn't overly dry or spicy just as it wasn't too sweet, cloying or aggressively hopped with American varietals. The 7.5% ABV is masked very well with those sweet, juicy malts and spicy Belgian yeast particles. I'd pick it up again for sure, just nice and refreshing.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a burnt orange that is surprisingly hazy with noticeable carbonation.

S - Smells of tropical fruit: apricots, grapefruit and pineapple coupled with a balanced "spicyness" from the belgian yeast.

T - The taste is a combination of those aforementioned fruits followed by nicely balanced piney finish.

M - Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

D - A very nice example of the style. I would like there to be more hop character in the finish adding complexity to this brew.

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Photo of Buggies
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper orange. Thin head with thin ribbons of lacing. The aroma is interesting. Give it a swirl and you get pineapple. But pine and grapefruit there too. Just a hint of spice and a little caramel to?

Tastes good. Slightly sweet. Mostly citrus and sorta fruity. Just a bit of spice there too from the yeast. Carbonation is good. Nice slight bitter finish too.

Overall, it was a nice treat. My father-in-law (Vermont native) sent me this in the mail. Worth a try.

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Photo of nkersten
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an EXTREME(!!) bottle into Saison DuPont glass. Color is golden orange with a two finger white head that fades to a cap with great lacing. Smell is hoppy, lots of pine and belgian yeast esters, sweet malt, candy sugar. Taste is bitter, not a lot going on with the hop flavor, some pine-sol, spicy yeast, sweet pale malts. Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. Good balance of flavors but I would have like the hop profile to be a bit more complex. An average example of the style at best.

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Photo of berley31
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a moderate-large off-white head that stuck around for awhile and then faded to a 1/8-finger film. Body is dark orange/light copper and very hazy.

S: Some sweet malt character in the aroma, with lots of citrusy hops (grapefruit dominant), and also a touch of spiciness.

T: Flavor is definitely a bit different; I can see where the Belgian/American distinction comes from. Citrusy, spicy hops, with some Belgian spices coming through as well. Hop bitterness is medium, balanced well with the malt character.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate-high carbonation.

D: An interesting beer... the flavors clash a little bit, especially as the beer warms, but it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer, w/o freshness info being offered, purchased during a recent Vt. visit.

Pours hazed darker tangarine, under a fluffy/velvety medium tan head, that stays at the 1/4 inch level, before slowly going to a thicker tiny bubble film, collar and more then ample amounts of fine bits of lace.

Pinapple nose, with some powdered sugar and malt in the backgound.

Tasty and enjoyable "American-Belgo style IPA" notes of lime and pinapple infused hops, up front, some super smooth malty notes flow in later. Not bad stuff, but lacks the depth of flavors and intrigue of the well loved all stars of the style.

I will no doubt pick up more of this when I am lucky enough to be back in the gren mountain state.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Slight grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit and hints of caramel, some lingering bitter aftertaste. Slightly sweeter than their Belvidere. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this bomber from Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT for $3.99. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Cloudy dark gold brew with chunks of sediment floating around generates a stable 2" cake of beige foam. Nose is a fantastic and intense mix of honey, pine and citrus hop, belgian spices, yeast. The nosefeel is thick and sweet, but the hop and spices keep it dry, so the honey is more like honey comb. Some florals, tannins, and a touch of boozy cognac develop as it airs. At this point the head has settled most of the way, but has left a big mountain range on one end of the glass and a ton of globby lace on the glass.

The taste leads off with a strong bite of citrus rind and pine hop, dry clove and ginger, and a bit of lactose. Some florals, honey comb, styrene, and a significant peppery booze make up the mid-palate. The finish is long with burnt plastic, some horribly bitter herbs, and alcohol. The feel is completely and offensively dry throughout, so astringent and chalky that it makes my teeth feel gritty. It is medium bodied with light but somewhat sharp carbonation.

As the numbers should clearly show, I found the look and smell to be absolutely phenomenal, but the taste and feel were an awful train wreck. Way way too dry. A hugely complex beer, just about every astringent thing I can imagine, but it seriously needs some sugar and malt to balance it. As is, it's damn near undrinkable.

I was really hoping this would be a good brew because BIPA is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange color with copper and brown side lighting. Head is foamy and soft, but retains very well. Little lacing.

Big aroma, I'll try to include all that I notice: bubble gum, clove, orange blossom, grass and hay, pepper, Jolly Rancher. Terrific.

Tons of pepper and biting bitterness on the tongue. Astringent and boozy. Thin mouthfeel doesn't help. Orange blossom turns into Orange-Glo cleaner, well-spiced. Big letdown from the outstanding aroma.

Lots of citric flavor, especially grapefruit and orange, but the sweetness of the malt just does not do any justice to the balance and drinkability. Far too bitter without the commensurate hop flavor notes.

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Photo of cpanossian
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold pour with a high head and lots of foam along edge with lacing.

Aroma starts like a Chimay but ends up like a Weizen.

Taste is high in bitter alcohol and strong stinging hops.

Flavors improve as it warms up, but leaves you with a powerful hoppy aftertaste.

Don't really get the "Belgo" part of this. More like a plain strong IPA.

Can't do more than one bottle in a session, preferably with a meal.

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Photo of philbe311
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm always excited to try a new Belgian IPA...

A - Three fingers worth of a slightly billowing rich creamy milkdy off-white head with a couple of very large chunky bubbles sitting atop... Solid retention with the top turning rocky as it settles a little... A rich light to medium coppery bronze with some orange undertones... Some micro bubbled sluggish carbonation can be seen under close examination... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - The smell is that of an American IPA with little or no traces of is Belgian lineage... A very nice hop profile of pine, grass, and just the slightest kiss of citrus... A solid graham cracker like malty base... A touch of spiciness... A nice aroma all the way around, but a tad off for the style...

T - The palette is an exact replica of the nose... A well blended mix of hops... Mostly piney with some grassiness and grapefruit mixed in... A strong slightly spiced malt backbone... Again, absolutely zero in terms of Belgian yeast...

M - Clean... Crisp... Exceedingly smooth... Minimal carbonation... Lush... A slightly pungent finish... Goes down quite easily sip after sip...

D - A very good brew from... However, definitely more of an American IPA rather then a Belgian IPA, as such there has to be a small deduction in overall drinkability... Still something I would gladly welcome in my glass at any point in the future.... This was my first Rock Art offering and I'm quite excited to try some more of their offerings....

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Photo of JayQue
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very Nice. My first Rock Art beer...brought back for me from Vermont with 24 other Vermont beers by a friend. Pours a good-looking very hazy orange color with a nice big off white head. Head retention is very good and there is thick, 3-D lacing on the glass and a lot of sediment.

Smell combines strong grapefruit hops and a hint of Belgian yeast. The taste is great...West Coast IPA meets Belgium. The predominant flavor is citrus hops but this is a "balanced" beer. The balance is not maltiness, instead the hoppy presence is flattened and made more dry by Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is just right for an IPA, mostly crisp but richer and more subtle in the finish by the Belgian aspects of the beer.

Drinkability is good. I am feeling the effects of one bomber, but if someone gave me another one I would cheerfully finish it.

I can't wait to try the ESB, DIPA and the "Vermonster" Barleywine.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy copper with an inch-plus head of thick white. Plenty of retention and ripped lacing all the way through.

Aromatics are mildly pungent and yeasty. Grassy, spicey, and clovey. Hints of toasted biscuits and wet hay with loads of phenols and citrus.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Snappy and zesty.

Grapefruit and orange zest with pepper-dusted cloves lead off the palate. A pressing bitterness steps up along with a mild astringency and warming alcohol. Plenty of citrus, spice and cut grass follow through.

Finishes with lingering spicy citrus, biscuity malt, and a hefty bitterness.

Tasty enough, but less bitterness and more hop flavoring and aroma would really make this one irresistable.

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Photo of notdan
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from brewery, picked up a couple months ago but didn't get around to it for a bit.

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper with a medium off-white head that settles to a skin over the beer. Leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

Smells of... hops (apparently they haven't disappeared), banana, bit of pine, lime, touch of alcohol. Not much spice.

First sip combines a buttery sweetness with citrus hops, then some caramel and fruity flavours (apple, maybe a touch of cherry). Finishes smooth with a slight tingle from the carbonation.

Tasty and easy drinking strong IPA, but not as Belgian as I expected. The spicy yeast I was hoping for didn't come through.

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Photo of ericj551
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rock Art American Belgo IPA pours a hazy orange red with a fluffy off white head that doesn't fade. The aroma is sweet, sappy pine with tons of interesting fruity esters and herbal, slightly citrusy hops. Piney bitterness rides upfront in the flavor, leading into fruity esters that are subdued compared to the flavor. Earthy, slightly floral bitterness comes through in the finish, with plenty of resiny pine that lingers for quite a while.

I'm glad to see Rock Art in Maine, and at a very reasonable price.

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American-Belgo Style IPA from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 51 ratings