Friday, December 9, 2011

Rock Art India Pale Ale

Rock Art IPA is an English India Pale Ale (section 14A of the BJCP style guidelines). The website suggests this beer has been cask conditioned for a long period of time - if not, this is still a more mellow IPA and a must try!

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

Aroma: Contains a strong floral aroma similar to freshly cut flowers along with grassy/ piney notes. There are also some fruity citrus characters in the presence of a sweet caramel & toasty aroma.
Appearance: Poured for a great looking tan/ light brown head about one finger high with good retention. Just a bit hazy with tiny particles floating throughout the glass - yeast sediment in the bottle as well. Presents a nice glowing copper to golden amber in color. Carbonation looks strong.
Flavor: This is a well balanced beer with a distinctive sweet malty presence upfront and a mild spicy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. While sipping, it offers a floral taste along with some fruity citrus qualities. Toasty and caramel notes throughout.
Mouthfeel: A moderately high carbonated beverage with a smooth, medium body. Also a slight warming sensation and some drying in the aftertaste (in the presence of sweet toffee-like characteristics). No Astringency.
Overall Impression: This IPA is well balanced and certainly very drinkable. Although it is a little darker than expected, it still presents itself nicely. I would recommend this IPA over many others - it is neither too bitter nor dry.

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