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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Hop RocketArcadia Hop Rocket

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very good

202 Reviews
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Reviews: 202
Hads: 438
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 21.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: bashiba on 12-28-2007

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Reviews: 202 | Hads: 438
Reviews by DrinkMoreBigBeers:
Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of MVG7113
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to try this brew from my old stomping grounds,poured a slight hazed peach-like color with a thinner but well sustained white head.Lighter aromas for such a big hopped up brew I picked up some citrus and tangerine aromas with a hint of caramel malt,very fresh tasting with a good hop punch but it leans in the fruit side of a flavor profile.Overripe peaches and tangerine flavors with a little citric sting overtop of sweet biscuit malt,it goes down way to easy for its listed ABV.A nice change of pace DIPA and dangerously drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Goose Island IPA glass.

Apperance- great, pale orange with a quarter inch off-white head.

Aroma- bursting with bright grapefruit and tropical fruit notes(pineapple,tangerine). Great showcase of American hops.

Taste- More of the same, with great citrus(think hopslam meets maharaja). Not a lot of malty notes but doesn't affect the balance.

Drinkability- The finish has a fair amount of bitterness from the hops and alcohol but remains quite drinkable. I could drink a few of these. It's underrated in my town.

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Photo of dmheinz57
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, that came is a costly ($15 and change) FOUR pack! Shesh...this one poured semi cloudy dark honey/apricot amber, medium tan low lying head, leaving fine and scattered lacing. Fruity and pleasant hop filled nose. Full flavor brew, moderate under coat of sweet malt, dominated by a better then average hop assault. Grainy,resiny and at the same time flowery hop jolt quite evident and carry the freight here. Pleasant to my hop loving tastes. Nicely done, the only factor that will keep me from enjoying plenty more of this stuff is the price.

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Photo of KolbMarley
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of sarahspat
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. The beer is a cloudy amber color, but seems to clear up after a while. Sizable, bone-white head which fades pretty quickly. This brew leaves behind no shortage of beautiful lacing as you drink.

Nose does not disappoint the hoppy expectations. Strong influence of candied pineapple and citrus. To smell this beer is really a treat. No sign of alcohol, just sweet, delicious fruit.

There is a lot of hop flavor packed into this brew for sure. Pine resin up front; then apple and very sweet candied pineapple... for a second in the middle, you almost forget that you are drinking a beer. The fruit flavors just that powerful... but before you have time to make yourself at home, it punches you in the face with delicious bitterness again. The finish is crazy bitter and dry and stays on your tongue forever! In short, it's everything you would expect from a beer with a moniker like this. No sign of malt in the flavor. The extreme dryness and bitterness hurt the drinkability, but the mouthfeel is smooth and light, which helps it go down.

Can I be real for one second? I mean, really real? This might be the most bitter beer I've ever tasted. I actually love Arcadia's DIPAs. Hopmouth is also amazing...maybe a little better than this one. IMO, I think it's what they do best. I would have this beer again, but I don't know if I would necessarily seek it out. It's great if you're looking for a hop fix, though, that's for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mocktm
2.21/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From bottle, has an area for date notching, but I guess the machine missed this one as nothing is marked.

Pour is dark golden orange, off white head forms and then quickly fizzles out. Appears a little flat, no lacing or carbonation bubbles.

I'm not liking the aromas on this one, pure skunk weed pureed with onions and booze. No citrus presence what so ever, really off putting.

As with the nose, literally tastes like I'm liking the side of a hill. Just overwhelming grass with overbearing alcohol presence on top of it. No balance what so ever, the malt backbone is completely missing in action, as is any lemon and grapefruit. Has a really unpleasant after taste that lingers around as well.

Pretty full bodied, but rather flat with a syrupy consistency. Just not an easy drinker.

I'm only three sips in but I don't think I'll be able to stomach this one, probably a drain pour. Maybe chalk it up to a bad bottle, but I don't think I'll ever trade for another one to really find out.

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Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of JIMTRK16
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of tappangordo
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bingja18
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of degerbah
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangey brown with about a half inch of head. The head dissapaes quickly leaving a light residue around the rim of the glass. The aroma us overwhelmingly hoppy with little else evident other than the nose smashing hoppiness. The taste is very boozey with a crude ultra-sweet taste that is quickly tossed to the rear by the massive hop bitterness. The initial sweetness is somewhat hard to get past and doesn't improve the beer at all. Some DIPA's are balanced, this seems like t tries to be more balanced, but instead has warrinf parts malt and hops.

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.