Monday, December 19, 2011

Rock Art American Red

Rock Art American Red is and American Amber Ale (section 10B of the BJCP style guidelines, although known simply as Red Ales in some regions). According to the brewery, this year round brew is "malty rich with a hint of spicy hops and roasted grains." It was purchased at City Market in Burlington.

Alcohol Content: 4.8%
Malts: American 2-Row Pale, Oats, Flaked Barley, Black Patent, Chocolate, Red, and Melandolin
Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Liberty, and Crystal

Medium: 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass
Price: $14.00 for a 12-pack Rock Art sampler

Aroma: The hop aroma on this one vanishes after only 5-10 seconds; However, I was quick to put my nose into it and caught the hint of spiciness (as expected) and an ever so slightly floral aroma. Shortly after, a toasty character is revealed with hints of caramel and even a very mellow chocolate aroma.
Appearance: Pours for a thin, white head that vanishes with the initial hop aroma (15 seconds at most). Carbonation appears to be moderate. Presents itself with a nice coppery brown and decent clarity - perhaps a minimal amount of chill haze.
Flavor: A mild caramel sweetness is first to roll over the tongue followed by a roasted character next, and finally a very clean bitterness sweeps in last (fits with the use of Magnum hops used for primary bittering). The bitterness complements the malt profile nicely and is fairly balanced. Unfortunately there is a strong metallic presence - I may have mishandled it and then let it sit around for a couple of weeks, undertaking the metallic cap flavor.
Mouthfeel: A rather light body, this beer is thinner than I expected and is moderately smooth. It drinks more like water and comes with a slippery or slick character.
Overall Impression: I should sample this again and re-evaluate as the metallic flavor should most likely be disregarded. The mouthfeel was also rather disappointing and did not fit with the style. Despite the off-flavors and general disregard to style, it was still one of the more drinkable beers because of its thin, light quality (complements a high carb meal). Please offer any comments to your experience as mine was lackluster!

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