Nose: Malty, nutty, kinda like a sourdough bread.
Mouth: Light, crisp, clean. Malty, nutty and kinda earthy. Not much hops presence at all.
OK, first off, I LOVE golden ales! I don’t know why, I just do. This is one of my favorites too! Rock Art has a decent catalog and this was my first experience with this brewery and I’m honestly rather glad. As golden ales go they are fairly simple and straight forward. But unlike most ales, they are not overly hopped and more like a lager in that respect. They go well with pretty much anything and the remind me of fresh baked bread.
This brew does all of that. It’s a good brew with a good body, good mouth feel and great flavor. Even without a major hops presence this has a flavor profile that is very complex. The nose has a nutty aroma, very earthy. It continues into the mouth but it’s clean and crisp. The after taste is malty and slightly hoppy but not bitter at all.
This is a great late summer brew. It’s made in Vermont and it honestly reminds me of being in the Vermont woods during that magical week and the end of August when all the summer tourists are gone and the college kids haven’t come back to school yet. It is so quiet and peaceful and you can almost hear Mother Nature exhale a sigh of relief as everything relaxes before the onslaught of college students hits. It’s probably the best time to be in Vermont. There are no crowds, there are no lines anywhere. Just gobs of gorgeous late summer weather and relaxation. It’s easy going.
That’s the best way to describe this beer. It’s easy going. I like the name too. The only way you’re going to get to see a deer in the wild, especially a skittish Whitetail, is to be peaceful, calm and relaxed. If you can do that, you’ll get to see an elegant animal that is docile and relaxed. Spook them and they bolt though. It’s a simple thing and they are simple animals but elegant and graceful in their simplicity. There really isn’t much to a deer. They don’t have claws and fangs, they don’t have fancy markings, the don’t have odd features. Some have racks of antlers but, again, they are simply elegant.
That’s Rock Art’s Whitetail Ale. Simply elegant and one of my favorites!