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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Hop RocketArcadia Hop Rocket

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BA SCORE
85
very good

356 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%


Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bashiba on 12-28-2007)
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 18:42:47 | More by Stinkypuss
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Havbeer

Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 00:00:36 | More by Havbeer
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 18:24:35 | More by mrfrancis
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 20:53:04 | More by MikeWard
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 07:22:24 | More by TMoney2591
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:29:02 | More by beerthulhu
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.74/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:40:43 | More by TreyIsWilson
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DrinkMoreBigBeers

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 22:51:34 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 08:55:39 | More by SometimesIfart
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edb7

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 03:29:04 | More by edb7
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.98/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 11:40:41 | More by tectactoe
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 10:57:15 | More by micromaniac129
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 04:06:46 | More by ThickNStout
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 22:45:16 | More by Durtdiggler
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buschbeer

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 18:51:26 | More by buschbeer
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Brenden

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:42:35 | More by Brenden
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 11:45:21 | More by jlindros
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 2nd street brew house , poured in chalice, color is coppery gold with thin head that is bright white

Smell mild citrus hops and some pale malt

Taste is very well mixed citrus and pine hops, mild pale malt background, citrus comes forth as it warms

Mouthfeel is a very bitter and cloying, but expected

Overall an average to slightly above avg DIPS, needs s
a different hop mix.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2012 02:51:59 | More by mvanaskie13
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BellsFan

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from a height of 12"+/- in an attempt to creat some head. Although my efforts largely failed some space lacing on the glass remained throughout my enjoyment of this beverage.

The nose smeled citrusy, perhaps like grapefruit.

Mouth feel is unremarkably standard but not in a bad way.

The taste is hard to place for me. It's definable citrus but beyond that is for you to decide.

Overall I am enjoying this double IPA and the 9% ABV

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 21:52:49 | More by BellsFan
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden copper color with some orange highlights in it. The smell of the beer is hoppy, it's got lots of citrus and piney notes to it on the nose. The taste is slightly sweet upfront with a floral bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was nice, higher carbonation level with a dry tingling sensation in the back end. Overall it's an impressive IPA and I would drink this one again is I came across it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 01:58:17 | More by Knapp85
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a hazed copper color with a pretty thick beige head resting on top. Retains nicely leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Hoppy and piny in the nose with some sticky resin. Touches of citrus peel and some bready malted sweetness. Hints of caramel with some alcohol heat.

Bitter and piny up front with a touch of abrasiveness. Orange and grapefruit citrus flavor in the middle. The malt backbone is fairly thick with some bread and caramel. Decent amount of sweetness towards the finish with lingering alcohol heat.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. An alright DIPA but not super balanced and easily lost in the crowd.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 23:26:10 | More by xnicknj
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, served in a tulip

An orange body, slightly hazy, with a two finger ecru cap. The head fell rather slowly and left some rings of lace around the glass.

The aroma was more balanced than I anticipated from the description on the bar menu. Pithy grapefruit, oranges, and sturdy toasted malt propping up a large amount of hops.

The flavor profile is sweet up front, with oranges and caramel hitting you first. Perfumey hops and toasted malt carry through the middle before a rush of juicy, bittersweet grapefruit and orange sweep in for the finish.

Medium bodied, chewy profile. Carbonation is on point.

This is a nice, well-balanced dipa. The hops definitely poke through and win the battle with the malt, but the malt is extremely sturdy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 20:01:31 | More by ColForbinBC
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled 11/15/2011. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, floral, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, and a touch of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas with good balance. Taste of big pine, grapefruit, orange, herbal spiciness, honey, biscuit, caramel, and pineapple. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, caramel, honey, and biscuit on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Smooth to drink at 9%, but is still a bit of a sipper. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. Nice hoppy flavors; with good balance and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:24:30 | More by superspak
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Color of deep apricot, with a rather short head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of herbal hops and not quite sure what else. Hemp? Green pepper? A bit confusing.
Taste-Dank, rough, harsh hops. Off-putting onions and garlic flavor in the finish. Not sure on the age of this bottle . My guess is that it is not fresh. This review stands until I can be sure of a fresh sample or a freshness date.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 19:33:30 | More by hosehead83
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Holland

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden straw with a slight orange, large head that becomes nice lacing and sticks to the sides with each sip.

S: orange, pine, sweet malt, and slight alcohol

T: lot of alcohol in the taste, but before that hits I get some fruity taste. It's almost belgian-like. Good hop bitterness to take away the sweetness of the malt. A bit of garlic or onion on the end - I'm guessing this is a bit older, but I don't have a date on this bottle.

M: excellent hoppiness and carbonation make it crisp even though it's a medium to medium-heavy bodied beer.

O: solid overall, but I wish it were fresher. Unless this is it...I'll have to try it some other time. Price was $4 or so per bottle at an expensive shop.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 23:34:06 | More by Holland
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85 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.