Vermont Hop Harvest | Rock Art Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 30
Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Do love me a well done APA, hopefully this isn't too piney or earthy, although that could be OK too if done the right way. Rock Art still has the ability to surprise me with a good beer here and there,

Pours a nice fluffy white 2 finger head with some big bubbles that pop quickly, fades at a med to slower pace and leaves nice spotty lacing, mostly clear slight hazy orange slight amber hue color.

Nose is interesting, mostly floral hops, little fruity as well with hint of peach and apple like fruits somehow, touch of grassy hop, there's also an interesting honey aroma that seems to pop up quickly then disappear, a bit of citrus comes through with a mild sweet malt base, and hint of candied orange peel.

Taste is a little light, well it just seems that way since the malts are almost non-existant, it's more like hop water. Hops are plenty though, again floral and grassy, mostly grassy and a little leafy, but also brings mild citrus components, and just a touch of pine resin, fairly juicy hop character too. The bitterness starts light but ramps as there is no malt to keep it balanced, as it finishes and dries even more, it gets quite bitter, and makes me want to keep sipping and not even put the glass down. It's kinda refreshing in that sense.

Mouth is lighter bod, lots of carbonation, enough that gives a nice aroma, but seems to get in the way of the flavor a bit.

Overall not bad, nice hop component for sure, floral, grassy, with hints of citrus and very light pine resin, the bitterness is nice overall for an APA with mild bitterness in the middle, and a big bitter finish that gets washed away with each new sip. The malts are the only real let down, they're pretty much not there and the beer has very little body because of it, so it gets a little lost and hops just smash everything, also the carbonation is a little much. Otherwise a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper coloring with a ton of carbonation bubbling and a filmy, frothy, bright white head that clings and settles into a surface coat. Aromas of pine resin, grapefruit tart, spice, floral highlights, and a bitter undertone. Smells great! Flavors are bitter forward, with a blast of resin, pine tassel, and tangy toffee in the backbone, with a spice build towards the end of the palate that also carries a grassy tone. Grapefruit tart also builds, with a tangy and bitter dry aftertaste. Very balanced throughout, with a solid bitterness into the finish. Dry, bitter, and slightly spiced finish. Great beer.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fall '11 enjoyed Feb '12

A: Harvest moon orange with a pink, red, and peach hues. 1" head from half the bottle gently poured. Floaties in suspension. High marks for uniqueness of color.

S: Well I can barely breathe out of my nose, but I can still tell that this smells like a malty IPA, not floral.

T: Neutral hop presence initial which subsides slowly then is ambushed by a mild fruity hard candy/cough drop flavor which is unique, very nice, and super convenient for my cold right now. Further enjoyment of this beer makes me realize that there is truly a great balance between malts, hops, smoothness, and the candy flavor. Upgrade 3.5 -> 4.0

M: Low carbonation. Silky mouth feel on a hoppy pale/ipa, now that's something you don't see everyday.

O: Unique for sure, albeit all in subtlety.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a vibrant copper color with a generous three fingered soapy head and light carbonation.

S - Slightly grassy, earthy, overall much weaker than I anticipated and a little soapy.

T - Slightly floral, grassy, and a nice citrus bite.

M - Light medium body and leaves a lemon grass aftertaste that's intermingled with grapefruit. The aftertaste lingers, but in a very refreshing way.

O - A very nice pale ale with a substantial bitterness for the style.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Rock Art tulip. I've heard some good things from fellow VT BA's, so I'm excited to give this a shot!

Pours an almost brown color with a large off-white head along with a slew of clingy lacing that slowly dies down. As the cap pops off, the cascade hops come right out, once settled down in the glass for a bit the caramel malt starts to rear its head, it's earthy and a bit grainy, but fairly well balanced for an APA.

I'm getting a big of homebrew astringency here, it isn't killing it and I can't totally put my finger on it, maybe just too grainy? Anyways, it's still delicious, hops are bright and tasty, the mouthfeel is full and smooth, with fantastic carbonation - crisp and clean with a slightly bitter finish.

Very well done, another welcome addition to the Rock Art line up!

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Photo of Brad007
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As it says on the bottle, this beer is made with hops that are grown and harvested in Vermont.

Pours a nice mix of amber/gold/copper with a white head into my pint glass.

Dry hopped Cascade hops greet the nose with that earthy/minty aroma.

Wow, very hop-centric with just a hint of buttery malt. Not quite an IPA but you'd never know from the hop blast. Minty, piney hops.

Lingering cascade hoppiness is what I'd use as a descriptor. Very nice.

You have to try this. It's very fresh and one of Rock Art's best beers!

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Vermont Hop Harvest from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 30 ratings