Rock Art IPA II

Rock Art IPA IIToday I’m sitting around with the sister-in-law/brother-in-law/nephew watching some football. Earlier today we had Indian buffet for lunch with some other friends. Right now, it’s definitely a good time for a beer review.

At 80 IBUs, Rock Art IPA II promises to be a flavorful experience. I picked this bottle up in Vermont over the holidays. I’ve been pressured to drink it as the large bottle was taking up too much space in the fridge.

The beer is a burnt orange color. Pretty minimal head. Aroma is a bit fruity and sweet. The flavor is completely the opposite. The 80 IBU is pretty brutal. Hop heads – rejoice. Surprisingly, I’m not getting as much citrus as I expected. I get more of a flowery taste. The aftertaste is piney and lingers…and lingers…and lingers. In a slightly related story, my grandfather (old Vermont native, child during the depression) used to try to get us grandkids to chew on dried pine sap. He chewed it all the time. We fell for it the first time; not yummy to a 6 year old. If you like this beer, you might enjoy chewing on sap.

By now you folks know that I’m more into the sweet beers. I’ll continue sipping at this Rock Art IPA II, but you won’t find it in my fridge again.
Rock Art IPA II

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

1 thought on “Rock Art IPA II”

  1. A taste for hops can take time to develop. Don't give up. Some of the best beers are hoppy. My wife used to cringe at even the smell of hops, but can now drink (albeit a small amount) some more balanced IPAs. The piney flavor also isn't for everyone, including some serious hopheads. I'll have to pick up another bottle of that. I liked it when I tried it. Rock Art has some interesting sweeter beers too. You should visit their brewery. It's tiny, but personable.

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