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832. Rock Art Brewery Limited Access

Rock ArtRock Art decided to have a little fun naming their new DIPA. If you have visited Rock Art or Lost Nation in the past several months you know there has been a significant road construction project near their facility. The project is complete and instead of driving right by Rock Art, Route 100 now brings you behind their building. If you are not paying attention you can easily drive right past. This is why they decided to call this beer Limited Access and put a map to the brewery on it.

Limited Access is another great Vermont double IPA in a 16 ounce can that might be overlooked by those seeking Heady or Sip of Sunshine. Slightly hazy orange in color with a really nice mix of pine, grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Taste follows with just enough of a malt presence to let the hops shine through. Very easy to drink for a DIPA with a nice amount of carbonation and reasonable bitterness.

Do not overlook this beer.

Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 75
Brewers Website: Rock Art Brewery
Brewers Description:

475. Rock Art Brewery Saison

Rock Art SaisonI grabbed  a growler of this on one of my recent trips to Vermont. After stopping at the brewery and tasting several beers I opted for this saison over some their bigger beers as it is 64 ounces and I was planning stops at The Alchemist and Hill Farmstead in addition to Rock Art.

I believe this is a brewery only beer as I cannot find much info about it online and it is not even listed on Rock Art’s website. Saisons are quickly becoming one of my favorite summer time styles as a lot of breweries are adding them to their line up.

This one from Rock Art is a fairly simple version of a saison with no funk like you often get from Oxbow and others. The color is typical, pale orange, nice white head. Aroma has a bit of fruit and earthy yeast but nothing too exciting. Taste follows with some mild spice, a very slight bitterness but a clean finish that leaves you wanting more.

Rock Art’s Saison would be a great introduction to the style for beer drinkers looking for something new. If you enjoy this one then you can move on to some of the more daring saison from other breweries. 
Very drinkable
Cons: Quite simple
Alcohol Content: ??% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Rock Art
Brewers Description:  

274. Rock Art Brewery The Vermonster

This is a BIG beer and I made the mistake of choosing it as my first beer on a hot afternoon not realizing it was 10% ABV and thick. I guess I should pay attention to the labels when I open a bomber.

The beer pours a dark brown with a huge head. Aroma is sweet and slightly boozy, not terribly excited by the smell coming from this one. Lots of bitterness to start before the sweet malts attempt to balance things out. They end up losing the battle and the hops kick back in with even more bitterness in the finish. Beer improves as it warms slightly. Overall not a bad beer but not for the faint of heart and be sure you know what you have before you open the bottle.
Pros: Huge flavor
Cons: Almost too much
Alcohol Content: 10% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Rock Art
Brewers Description: We brewer THE VERMONSTER with 110 pounds of malt per barrel and jacked up the pour into a wide mouth thin glass goblet. For an amazing pairing get some Smoked Gouda from Taylor Farm Cheese and a friend!

207. Rock Art Brewery American-Belgo Style IPA

I had no idea what to expect with this one, what is an American-Belgo Style IPA?? Apparently it is an IPA using Belgian yeast to give it a mix of 2 entirely different styles. The beer pours a copper color with very little head which disappears almost immediately. The photo here is after an aggressive pour and you can see almost no head. Aroma was great with lots of yeast and fruit. Taste seemed a bit off with the mix of the Belgian yeasts and hops. I enjoy Belgian style beers and I enjoy IPAs just not sure I enjoy them mixed together. Certainly not a bad beer but if you want a Belgian beer get one, if you want a double IPA get one – no reason to try to get them in the same beer.
Pros: Unique
Cons:  Odd combination of styles
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 3 / 5
Brewers Website: Long Trail
Brewers 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.

142. Rock Art Brewery Mountain Holidays in Vermont Bock Lager

This was my first beer from Rock Art so I really had no idea what to expect from them. I was slightly disappointed with the pour as there was no head at all however there was a fair amount of carbonation so I don’t think the beer was flat. Color is a very dark red almost brown but not quite. Aroma is slightly sweet with a fair amount of caramel malt. Taste was smooth and very easy to drink with a lot of carbonation – not excessive but approaching it. Almost no bitterness and not really what I think of when I drink a bock. Overall not a bad beer but I am sure other offerings from Rock Art will be better than this one. Bottle art is nice and will add to my collection of bombers.
Pros: Great color
Cons: Minimal head, lots of carbonation, thin
Alcohol Content: ?? ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Rock Art Brewery
Brewers Description: Our delicious bock lager was brewed with lots of rich, sweet caramel malts and delicately balanced with the finest Bavarian Hallertau hops. For all holiday occasions, drink up the good life! This holiday bock will be available in some of your favorite restaurants and in specially packaged 22 oz. bottles in stores in time for the holidays (limited to 230 cases). We will have a limited number of hand bottled 1 liter flip top bottles specially packaged for the holidays This bottle will be limited to 72 hand numbered bottles available at the brewery only.