Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 16
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by schoolboy:
Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A "wow" is appropriate here. I've had lots of beers like this and I like nearly all of them. This is no exception as far as liking, but it is exceptionally drinkable for the style. If it wouldn't put you under the table it is easy to see yourself drinking a few of these. They also are prohibitively expensive.

But drinking it as it was intended, one in a sitting, it definitely cuts the mustard. It has a near perfect balance of flavors, even though it is over the top in the quantity of flavors.

Despite the price, I will seek this out again and recommend it to others. It is fitting that I am drinking this out of a (badly worn) Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster pint glass! Now if I could only enjoy a couple of these and jump on Dragster...

More User Reviews:
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 oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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 brownbeer
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of sarahspat
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of mocktm
2.21/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

Photo of degerbah
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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 NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia- Hop Rocket

A- Hazy bright orange with a huge frothy head. Good messy lacing.
S- Light cremy caramel/ butter malt with a sweetened citrus aroma.
T- Creamy malt up front and center; hints of vanilla, caramel, and shortbread. Sugar sweetened citrus hops (grapefruit and nectarine) appear early but make up the back end.
M- Very thick and creamy with a touch of slick butter. Hops are sweetened and not bittering. Alc. makes this 1 warming but never overpowers. Very crisp feeling.

Overall- Sweet and easy to drink, but the flavors seem a bit subdued?!

Photo of Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - pours with an inch of frothy very light tan colored foam, sitting atop a clear burnt golden liquid. minimal sticky lacing comes and goes throughout the drink.

S - tropical - mangos, pineapple, grapefruit...hops joined by a solid amount of sweet caramel malt.

T - very sweet, hops again come across in the citrus profile, some pine as well. solid amount of malt adds a lot of balance, almost a tad too much. still plenty bitter, just done with some grace and charm. just a barely noticeable alcohol burn as well.

M - very thick body, carbonation is subtle yet tight. very creamy and goes down smooth, leaves a lingering pine and caramel aftertaste.

D - very solid, though not quite as good as it was out of a cask. a stereotypical East Coast DIPA with a ton of malt to match the hops. pretty dangerous for the ABV, goes down easy.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By just looking at the bottle, even smelling and drinking this hoppy ale, you would think it is just a very nice IPA. Pacific Northwestern hops, nice mouthfeel. Golden amber with large white head and leaving lace lines. Well malted and fairly balanced for a DIPA.Alcohol warming. Premiere Gourmet.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia's Hop Rocket pours a hazy golden-amber body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar. Short walls of lace are formed but then steadily drop back into the beer, leaving behind a patchwork of craggy threads and pockets of spots.

The aroma is hoppy but not in the usual way. It's a little vegetal, in a good way, and I pick up some chlorophyll. It's floral, resinous, mildly grassy, piney, and a bit herbal, as well as gently citrusy. It's sweetish, and I get some grapefruit rind. Interesting.

The flavor is spruce like, gently citrusy (again with some chalky rind), and sweetish with a mild note of honey. Some other fruity notes sneak in as well (apple, peach, red berries). The malt is clearly present, but it's of the basic golden and biscuity (just slightly caramel-tinged) variety. The bitterness is surprisingly subdued, but I guess the emphasis is being placed on the hop flavor and its interaction with the malt. Some alcohol is present, but it's well integrated within the malt and far from obtrusive.

A good beer. Its round and full, and balanced enough, but somehow lacking a bit of polish. Fortunately, it's unique and interesting character more than makes up for that; and I guess, to a certain extent, that lack of polish is part of its uniqueness. Worth looking for.

Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber and slighly cloudy with only a mild amount of head that quickly fades to nothing leaving some webbed lacing behind only after the first sip

S: Some citrus hop notes, but mostly pine notes which cover up some alcohol smells and caramel

T: I had some concern when smelling this one, but was very pleasantly surprised by the amount of hops present in this one. They are mostly piney but they are still resinous and pungent providing a nice bitter feel.

M: The creaminess is very nice as this one goes down pretty smooth. The heat is also not as present as it was in the nose.

D: It drinks much easier than the abv indicates although i think two would be enough

Photo of 33nickadams
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color with a sticky white head. Lots of tiny bubbles float to the top. It's a good looking beer. The smell is dominated by citrus hops (mainly orange), with a faint malty caramel background. I do pick up a peppery smell as well. The bitterness from the citrus hops is well-balanced with the caramel malt. At 9%, the alcohol is well-hidden. The body is rather heavy and well carbonated. Overall, this one ranks just below other Michigan DIPAs like Hopslam and Double Trouble. I was turned off by the $15 per 4 pack price, but it was worth getting a single of it.

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bready & grainy notes, some soapy & grassy notes as this warms

T: Pineapple citric acid twang along with some pine & breadyness up front. Boozeyness takes over as this warms, along with more pineapple & cakeyness, some grapefruit as well. Finishes with with woody & pineapple hop presence & a some what out of place grainy sweetness

MF: Chewy, a touch over-carbonated, Balance is lacking a bit sweet & bitter blending somewhat awkwardly

Bot a bad DIPA, but had the potential to be much better. There was a dating code on the label, but not one character was marked even if you knew their code, One of the better beers I've had from these guys. Would revisit again if I knew I was getting bonafide fresh beer...

Photo of bashiba
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange amber color with a fluffy white head.

Smell is all grapefruity hop goodness. And I mean fresh grapefruit, like I just cut one open.

Flavor is suprisingly balanced with a big toasted malt goodness and nice light grapefruity finish, but not at all bitter.

Mouthfeel is oily and viscous with decent carbonation.

Easy to drink and tasty, a clear winner! Its almost like and imperial English IPA.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange color with a thin head, but leaves a respectable amount of lacing.

Good smell to this one, hops overload. Mostly citrus hops plus a little touch of bubble gum.

This is aggressively hopped beer. There is almost no malt presence. Citrus hops and again a little of that bubble gum that was in the scent. Very bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little soapy and despite being highly bitter up front, the finish is not as dry as I would have thought. High alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel and burning alchohol detract from the drinkability, but it is a tastey beer with good aroma and flavor.

Photo of nmyers
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big Hop head so this beer was right up my ally.

A- a nice golden color with a reddish tint to it.

S- Fruity hops aroma

T- Hops right off the bat and then a pleasant grapefruit taste.

M- very smooth with a nice hops aftertaste.

D- For me it goes down very easily, if you like hope give it a shot.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out soft and clear. Sort of a tiny little head, granted it sticks and leaves some lacing but just not as frothy and massive as I would like to see. Color is nice and that's about all I can say about it, pale copper with a soft, faded orangey brown tinge.

S: Dankness, ripe, sweet melons, tropical, citrusy fruitiness, but really this beer is about the heavy wet pillow of melony sweetness that wallops you over the head.

T/MF: Sweet, thick and boozy, less of the ripe melon is apparent here and more of a malty, loose and even a bit watery and dry which is sort of disappointing considering the aroma seemed so promising in terms of taste. This beer redeems itself a bit given some time to warm up and more of the aromas become part of the taste. Also, for as heavy as this beer is, it leaves the tongue suprisingly clean and clear after each sip, not sure how that happens.

D: This beer seems to have fallen off a bit after spending about a month in the fridge and tastes and feels a bit washed out and blander than it should normally be as previous bottles of this beer have indicated.

Photo of GRG1313
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with clear brown tones with a firm off white head.

Nose is a "clean" apple cider character with orange and tangerine undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium full with light carbonation and a nice creamy character, all of which is overshadowed by the big assertive and somewhat unique flavor profile.

Flavors are initially shocking since the initial character is a huge sweet, almost orange marmalade flavor. Sweetness tempers to honeyed malt and burnt toast.

Finish is all burnt toast bitter and creamed burnt coffee. A final hit of pine mixed coffee is long lasting and one's final impression. Hard to drink for me based on the big sweet tones that just never leave.

Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewery....

A- Poured a orange color. One finger white head that shows no retention. Soapy lacing that slides back into the glass after each sip.

S- Very big in the citrus hops. Big grapefruit aroma. Light bready malt in the middle but only comes out for a second. Hops hops and more hops.

T- Hops galore. Citrus mostly grapefuit but only thing I can taste is bold hops. Nothing but hops in this beer. Such a hoppy beer...can't say that enough.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hops and more hops on the palate and in the aftertaste. Flavor was one sided of course. Alcohol is drying on the palate after each sip.

D- A surprising good beer that I didn't mind drinking. The hops were a little much at times but only for a split second. On tap this beer is super hoppy than from the bottle.

Photo of trappistlover
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours hazy apricot color with white head. Aroma of dank hops, hard candy and a little wood or cardboard. Taste is sweet with a lemon candy note. The hops add a little bit of a sour/bitterness reminiscent of the pith of a citrus. Medium bodied with a thick texture. Bitter finish, but balanced nicely. Alcohol is hidden quite well.

Photo of CortexBomb
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

aka: 11th Anniversary Ale.

Pour is deep orange with a dusting of white head on top. Good lacing and the beer clings to the glass with some tenacity. The aroma is sweet and floral with an underlying orange and lemon citrus tinge.

Flavour starts out floral, and quickly segues into grapefruit and pine as well. Sweet maltiness while not balancing the hops completely, reins them in. A bit of an herbal kick on the finish. This is good for the type, not absolutely top tier, but certainly good.

The mouthfeel, nice and thick, good hop bitters, all around good. Drinkability, solid. It's a good representative of the style and is priced about the same as the other beers of its type that I like.

The bottom line: Hop Rocket is another well-done bigger beer by Arcadia. I personally still prefer the west side IPA's (Hopslam, Devil Dancer) but the BC brewery has done a nice job with this one, and it's definitely worth trying out if you like the style.

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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
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