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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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85
very good

427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bashiba on 12-28-2007

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Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 201
Photo of modidia
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little too sweet for my taste..not bad, but probably won't get again. Bought on recommendation

Photo of Andewkline1
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden color as I pour a bottle into a 12oz snifter. Amazing white head that quickly goes down. The smell is almost a pineapple, sweet smell (rather unusual for an imperial IPA). Taste is sweet up front but bitter on the back end, with a slight burn from the alcohol. Definitely not a Malt bomb, but has a sweet feel that tastes like it comes from something else like honey.

Overall a very interesting beer, worth having a few but very tasty so that 9% could sneak up on you!

Photo of breakingbland
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very nice floral piney hops bouquet. The taste followed, with the floral component coming out a bit more strongly along with sweetness from the malt backbone.

Although I'm not expert or a total fan of IPAs, Imperials have caught my interest. The high alcohol content, however, limits them to certain or special occasions!

Photo of MVG7113
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It appears that since the picture of this beer was posted on the site it has received a new look. The new bottle is pretty cool, but it looks like the old one was cool also.

12 oz. Bottle poured into a 'Ball Mason Jar'.

L: Golden and transparent appearance. Poured aggressively into a 16 oz jar, a 3 finger head quickly dissipates to a lingering spotty ring with mild lacing coverage. The appearance does not take away from this beer. Having said that, it does not set it apart from relevant others in any distinct fashion.

S: A somewhat surprisingly mild smell for a 9% abv imperial IPA. Nonetheless, I want to say it has a strong caramelized pineapple-mango scent possibly with mild honey undertones. A good balance of citrusy hops and mild malts, adding a mild grassy scent underneath it all.

T: 9% abv is nearly impossible to gauge with this one. Other than a lingering warmth across the palate after swallowing, it is hard to tell it's a 'double', or 'imperial', IPA. Something about this finish is remarkably good. Hop presence is noticed over it's malty characteristics, often the case for the common IPA today. A level of the 'pineapple-mango caramelization' sticks around for the palate after already pleasing the nose. A sensational experience to say the least.

F: The lingering warmth mentioned previous is what really drives the 'feel' of this beer. The hop and malt presence does not overwhelm, or compromise any part of this beer, providing for a tremendously enjoyable brew.

O: Honestly, I had reservations before trying Hop Rocket. First, I was in the market for some of Bell's Hopslam, but apparently Bell's is uninterested in providing a decent supply for the massive demand they have produced. So Hop Rocket jumped out to me as a viable MI microbrew option to replaced my thirst for some Hopslam. Not only was this beer not my first choice, I had hesitations about Arcadia themselves, as a brewery. In fairness, I gave a lot of their beers only a small chance a few years ago when I first started drinking beer frequently. I'll have to give them a second chance, because they really proved their ability to make a solidly sensational imperial IPA. Bravo Arcadia.

Photo of dorosjim
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Far too expensive for what it is. Fruity with some nice notes but nothing mind blowing, a bit too much crystal malt which lends itself to a bit of cloying sweet flavors. Alcohol heat a bit too much and flavors just aren't well blended. Not a bad beer, but definitely not worth it's cost.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma weak - citrusy
Head small (2 cm), frothy, off white, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing good – complete rings and stalactites of small to medium bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor - slight citrusy hop flavor, slightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5
Unfortunately, since Arcadia doesn’t date their bottles, I don’t know how old this is. This was refrigerated when I bought it and was kept refrigerated until I drank it, three days later. This is definitely not even close to the reported 111 IBUs so I guess it might be old. Worth trying once – next time I’m in Battle Creek I’ll try to find it fresh.

Photo of colinmcintosh
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy light copper

Smell: Mostly grapefruit and a bit piney

Taste: A very sweet caramel flavor, almost towards butterscotch. The there is a tangerine/grapefruit/citrus taste that follows the sweet caramel. More malt than hop.

Mouthfeel: A sticky and thick-ish mouthfeel. The beer coats the mouth and hangs around.

Overall: I enjoyed the beer but it took a bit to get used to the taste. The 9% is well masked by the flavor. This is a beer to be drank by itself or paired, rather than an everyday beer.

Photo of lochef81
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This dipa pours a cloudy brownish copper color with a small, short lived off white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is rather sweet and malty for the style with pine and herbacious hops merely supporting the maltiness. The mouthfeel is sticky and coats the palate almost a little too much. Flavors are malt driven and seem closer to a Brandywine than a dipa. The hops are present but not in their bitter gloriousness like I had expected. There is no date on the bottle but I am guessing that this was not super fresh. Would like to try a fresher bottle because, if hopmouth is any indication of Arcadia s abilities with hops, this should be much better.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with slight yellowish off white head and plenty of lace. Aroma of pine, herb and grapefruit. In the taste, grapefruit, resin, sap and a sweet caramel like malt. A bit of alcohol is noticed. Medium bodied, well carbonated brew. Overall, a solid double ipa that gets the job done.

Photo of Havbeer
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arcadia hit the nail on the head with this one. I ordered a pint of this beer at the local tavern, and asked for a second. The color was light and clear with about a finger and a half of head . . . and then a taste . . . and POW!!! Hop Rocket lit up my taste buds like no other Arcadia beer has before. I will be looking for this one in the bottle. Cheers!

Photo of mrfrancis
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a brilliant, hazy golden amber with a very thin, quickly dissipating white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, sweet cream, grass, fresh herbs, kumquats, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, spruce, and pine mingle with a hint of peppery alcohol.

T: Incredibly strong notes of caramel, toffee, sweet cream, brown sugar, biscuit, honey, grass, fresh herbs, kumquats, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, spruce, pine, and cedar give way to an astringent, prickly hit of alcohol that imparts a brief sensation of white pepper. The finish is peppery and bitter with alcohol, white pepper, spruce, pine, cedar, lemon, grapefruit, and caramel flavors vying for dominance.

M: Full in body and initially slick, though a sticky, resinous sensation establishes a firm grasp on the palate by the fade. Carbonation is a little too sluggish and too unobtrusive compared to some of the higher rated DIPAs currently on the market. Alcohol presence is very intense. This is definitely a sipping beer, and taken in that context it is fine, but the oddly lacking carbonation is a bit of a concern for me. Perhaps there is something wrong with this bottle.

O: I was looking forward to trying a DIPA that put the Summit hop varietal on display, as it is one of my favorite varietals, and since many of the brewers and beer geeks I have spoken with tend to view it as the hop one uses when one cannot procure Simcoe, I wanted to see how it fared in a big beer more or less on its own. This beer is not bad, and I do admit that I am probably being rather harsh as my expectations were high, but it never really pulls everything together no matter how hard it tries. Still, this is far from a bad DIPA-it is just that there are far better examples of the style on the market that are readily available year round. The next time I see this, though, I am buying another bottle just to see if there is something a little off about this one.

Photo of MikeWard
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No bottled date that I could find, though there was an unnotched area on the side of the label with A-G, 1-6

Poured a cloudy orange amber color, with thin head, however the head did retain throughout. Very minimal lacing. Any carbonation was impossible to detect due to the bodies cloudiness.

Smell was all sweet, booze, and malts. Unable to detect any hop smell at all. This one may be past it's prime.

Taste, well this gets a bit tricky. It wasn't completely unpleasant, just not what I bargained for. No hop taste all all, came off almost barleywine-ish (hah, a new word!) quite warming and sweet. If it was a cold winters day, I might enjoy it, just not in the dog days of August.

Mouth was slightly syrupy, as you might expect. No tingling sensations at all. Some sweet caramel.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment. If you reach for something called Hop Rocket, you expect to find at least some hop signature, even if it were 6 months from bottling date. (Which is impossible to tell when the brewery doesn't date the bottle). Would be interesting to try one fresh out of the brewery. And it might be interesting to try one after cellaring for a year, though surely better options are available for that.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Is that a Hop Rocket in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear auburn topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, mild ruby red grapefruit zest, greens, and a bit of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with a balance mostly being maintained throughout, though the caramel, joined by a bit of buttery biscuit, wins out in the end. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent DIPA, but not one that really excites me in any way.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Glass consuming display of micro-effervesce fills a tarnished orange body that had a slight misty haze to it. A cream colored 1 inch head shows resilience while providing a sheet coat lacing.

S: Sweetened grapefruit, flowery citrus, but the strength leans on the lighter side. Flat complexity no spark of interest.

T: Flavor had a good level of hop induction, dry toastiness, and dry citrus. The ibu's come on strong particularly on the finish. Some bright wet lemony notes interject at the start while a dry hopping of lemon finishes out with a hint of dried lime.

M: toasty warm with a specialty malt base and a noticeable mention of alcohol. The alcohol is fairly well hidden except on longer more savoring holds.

O: Big dry hop blast ends with a sturdy amount of specialty grain depth. pretty decent with exception of weak nose.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head. Nice amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nose has a nice mix of piney hops and sweet citrus.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice mix of citrus and heavy caramel malts. Hops really come through in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable throughout.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel.

O - A decent DIPA. Definetly worth trying.

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date on bottle says 1/29/13

A - Poured a nice 2 finger white head with a crystal clear light golden amber body. Appears well carbonated.

S - Nice and balance hop malt aroma. Hops are earthy, mango, citrus, a slight pungent hop aroma of simco, this is balanced with malty sweetness of caramel. Very pleasant to smell.

T - Lots of hops right up front of pungent dank hops, lemon rind, a floral flavor, slight mango, additional malt sweetness to balance this one out. Not as citrusy as the smell was. The heat can be felt on the back of the throat.

M - This is a full bodied fluffy soft feeling chewy brew. Very nice but the hop bitterness is agressive on the palate and you will notice after a while. High carbonation balance this creamy fluffy mouth of this.

O - This is a great beer to have once in a while, and is a definite unique brew; every hop head should seek this one out. It is pricey but has some stand out qualities. Not my favorite hops, but still delivers a massive amount of hops. Try one and see what you think. Cheers!

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours an impenetrable copper with a slowly forming moderately quickly disappearing white head. Leaves no lacing.

S - A lot of grapefruit and pineapple up front, quite a bit of mango in
the middle and some alcohol on the tail end.

T - Loads of grapefruit at first, followed by some extreme malt, and a bitter alcoholic finish. A bit watery as well and pretty choking.

M - Medium creamy body with almost no carbonation.

O - Overall, this was lacking any true pleasant flavors. Too malty and too much of an alcoholic finish. At $4.99 for a 12oz bottle, i'd pass in the future. A definite disappointment, although I'm not surprised since it's from arcadia. A disaster of an IPA

Photo of edb7
2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The name made me wanna try it, the color looked good, and then everything fell apart. It poors a cloudy orange with head that is minimal and does not persist. The smell is overpowered with alcohol. I know it is 9%, but I have had some great hop concoctions in the same ballpark with no alcohol odor or taste. Hints o' pine are there too. The taste follows suit with the odor, which starts with a weak pine citrus leaving a sharp alcohol flavor on the tongue at the end. I drank the entire 6 pack, but would not buy again.

Photo of tectactoe
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber-orange color with a quickly dispersing white head. The beer looks and pours quite thick. The aroma is very hoppy, full of citrus and pine. The first sip hits you with a pretty sharp bite - very warm and spicy. Big mix of peppercorns, spices, and heavy, dank, hop resin. Slight rubbing alcohol aroma comes out as the beer continues. Some sweeter malts come out at the finish along with more citrus, but the beer leaves a very bitter taste on the tongue. Medium carbonation, and a thick, gritty body.

Very harsh, even for a 9% ABV, the "alcohol" taste is too prominent. Very "spicy" and not so much smooth. Gets worse as the beer gets warmer. I was slightly disappointed in this one, I had much higher expectations. Not my tastes.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has an orange amber color and is hazy, there is some sediment in the beer. A small white head was produced, fsading to a collar.
Aroma is much hops of course, in the floral, resiny style. Some malts and alcohol too.
Standard sweet caramel malts set the stage for the hops though abit under performing in my opinion. The hops have sutle floral and resin notes and one can pick out hints of grapefruit too. But the flavors are weak or washed out a tad.
To me this is just an average beer, especially in the overloaded DIPA catagory.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Beer Baron (Detroit, MI). 14.99/ 6 pack. No bottling info. Served in a Red Brick snifter. 

Pours orange tinged but clear gold with about 2 fingers head and leaves nice thick patches of lacing. 

Smells like dank hops. Onion, garlic, sock and cat piss along with grapefruit and sweet tarts. That may not sound inviting but it's actually a pleasantly intriguing blend. 

Taste is dominated by those dank hops. Bold sour garlic and onion hoppyness leads. Bitter citrusy grapefruit is in there too. It's a bit one sided but it hides the alcohol and tastes pretty good. 

Medium full feel with light carbonation. Long dry sour bitter aftertase with a faint alcohol "cooling" effect. 

A bit of marketing drew my attention to this one at the store, comparing it's self to Hopslam. Not even close. This is more along the lines of a Devil Dancer with it's sour dank hops (without getting quite as intense). I won't have a problem finishig off the 4 pack and I wouldn't mind trying it on tap but it was ultimately lacking something special to make it great.

Photo of Durtdiggler
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber in color, minimal white head and lacing. Well carbonated. Poured from bottle dated 2/20/12 from whole foods.

Orange rind, caramel aroma. No hints of pine, floral or complexity.

Taste is disappointing. It's hoppy but in an earthy way though has a good malt backbone. Its very bitter but complexity is underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium, finishes very clean.

Overall disappointed in this one. Much better options available. Perhaps I had a bad bottle. See what the rest of the 4 pack holds and change the review.

Photo of buschbeer
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip

A - It pours orange/amber with golden highlights. It has an inch of off white head that settles to a skim.

S - The smell is different. The first thing I got was skunk weed. I also got some caramel malt and citrus, but that weed smell in always present.

T - The taste is different, too. I get some metal, caramel malt, and some bitter juniper.

M - Medium

O - This is not a beer in this style that I like. I keep getting these metallic and skunky hops flavors and smells. I hate to say that I don't like a beer from Arcadia, but I do not like this one.

Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pure white head grows to a finger and a half over a cloudy, deep burnt orange-colored brew. It sits for awhile and settles to a heavy foam, leaving good lacing behind on the glass.
There's some fruitiness in the aroma, a fresh, raw hops bouquet offering citrus and herbal qualities as well as a leafiness. Malts are also evident, adding a bit of caramel. Alcohol sneaks in a bit and lingers. A bit of yeast, but not too much to be off-putting, is also detectable.
The flavor is where everything opens up. This is definitely a DIPA; not a tongue-numbing, overly abrasive one, but just as hoppy and flavorful as the great ones. Malts offer great support for excellent balance, offering some caramel sweetness while still allowing the hops to be showcased as the main feature. Lots of ripe fruits (apricot, etc.) come out under citrus and herbal flavors. A leafy greenness is also present through every sip. It's raw but refined, and fresh. There's something like spruce tips as well and just a touch of mint. Alcohol is evident without taking over or distracting. I would never suspect 9 %.This is a great beer.
The mouthfeel remains lively and active, opting for crispness but not denying a smooth flow.The body is medium. It leans dryer heading into the finish.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with light notched lacing, hazy pinkish orange red colored beer.

Nose candied orange hops, light floral and earthy hops, has that aura of big bitterness, slight sweet malts, reddish caramel malts, light fluffy malt, light toasty biscuit malt, hint of booze.

Taste bit of sweetness, caramel malts, toffee, light biscuit and fluffy malts, and slightly juicy malt. nice bitter bite but not quite dipa level of bitterness just malts and sweetness. Hops again bring candied orange, hint pine and earthy hops. Finish add a bit more bitterness, slightly sticky but drier, lingering candy orange hops, hint of booze and sweetness.

Mouth is bigger bodied, decent carb, just a touch of warming booze.

Overall not bad, bitterness is a bit lighter but balanced with the sweetness and malt level, a bit on the sweet side but hides the booze well, hops aren't the best profile either which i think it could have used a lot more hops all around, plus more flavorful and aromatic style hops not just bittering.

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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.