American-Belgo Style IPA | Rock Art Brewery

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American-Belgo Style IPAAmerican-Belgo Style IPA
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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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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by SickGnar:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock Art is newly arrived in Maine. I had this one right after drinking their Belvedere IPA. This one is a really good beer.
In a tulip glass it was a hazy copper color with a thick, persistant tan head. Plenty of lace.
Belgian yeast aroma, funky and outdoors. Sweet malt. Floral.
Mostly pine taste, a little citrus. Some malt.
Clean mouthfeel. Very pleasant.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 BrewinHeadBanger
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Tight, creamy and sticky. Mellow haze. Some sediment. Upward carbonation. Amber in color.
S) Banana. Wheat. Butter. Apple.
T) A light caramel sweetness up front then moves to a wheat and hop infusion. Floral. Alcohol.
M) Gritty. Brisk CO2. Alcohol effervescence. Tannin feel.
D) A well crafted brew. True to form.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 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 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 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 epyon396
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer will help me explore Rock Art a bit more. I've tried a handful of their brews in the past and really haven't been a fan until now. This beer has changed that. Poured a thick lightish brown that looks similar to a good apple cider type color. Very hazy, no clarity at all with a white head, with very good lacing. The smell is good, but just smells like a regular IPA, a slight hint of Belgian yeast at the end. The taste is what caught me off gaurd the most, it's very good. I didn't know it was "American-Belgo" style IPA, I thought it was just a Belgian IPA. Let me tell you the name explains it all. It tastes like they use American Hops with Belgian yeast/malts. It tastes as if they use both citrus and pine hops which follows the initial taste of the malt. The malts arn't too strong. The mouthfeel and drinkablility are good, well above average. This was a very unique beer I'm glad I tried it, by far the best Belgian IPA I've had.

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

Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of bminor7
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at American Flatbread in Burlington on 3/13/2010.

This is my first cask ale, so I'm likely affected by the fact that I don't know what to expect. This beer seemed quite subdued by any standards I had. I'm one for Chouffe's Tripel/IPA, but this is quite different than other Belgian/American hybrid offerings, as some have noted. The appearance was amber, clear as a bell, with a very creamy-looking head that lasted only a short while. The carbonation was low, and the temperature a bit warmer than what I was used to. The nose was almost undetectable. The taste was delicate at best, no doubt a local- or lower-output craft operation at work, but a good balance of what it was trying to achieve. Again, not strong flavors, but respectable combinations of lighter malts, piney hops, and a touch of belgian yeast. No doubt a different experience from the bottle.

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