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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 202
Hads: 437
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | 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: 202 | Hads: 437
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish amber with a decent sized crème head that falls to nothing fairly soon. Nose is sticky piney hops. Smells thick like syrup. Flavor is thick, acidic, and oddly fruity hops. The fruit quickly goes away and you are left with a full and robust tone. Feel is smooth. Nice carbonation. This is as drinkable as any other DIPA I've had before. Extremely well balanced.

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

pours a brilliant golden with a off white head that dropped to a few small stray bubbles.
the aroma is hops hops and more hops, citrus, resinous, malty sweet underlaying.
the flavor is malty followed by a firm bitterness citrus, resinous, caramelized malt.
wow this is a great beer jolly good show wig's and josh!

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

12oz bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!).

Poured a medium orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, some floral hops, and earthy. Tastes of oranges, grapefruits, and caramel. Nicely balanced. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

Notes from 2/6/08

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger egg white head forms and gently recedes. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: A great balance of citrus, floral, and pine hops with sweet and bread caramel malt.
T: Again, there is a great balance between the hops and malt. Chewy citrus and piny hops. A light grapefruit bitterness. Plenty of sweet caramel malt. Bread and biscuit. This is great.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp, smooth and dry. The alcohol shows a little. One bottle is plenty, but a great bottle to sip on.

This completely surprised me. First, I did not know this was a DIPA. So, when I found that out, right of the bat I was thinking this was going to be an unbalanced mess of bitter grapefruit (which I find boring). This had a ton of hops, but very well balanced with the malt. Not a lot of breweries make a DIPA like this. Highly recommended.

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

A hazy golden orange color boday with a thick fluffy light tan head, long lasting ,and leaving tuns of sticky lace. Aroma of big pungent hops,citrus,floral,spicy,and pine, a sweet sugary malt scent,and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is much the same, very hoppy and bitter, a nice fruity taste some orange, grapefruit and pineapple,toffee and hints of apple,and honey, quite a sweet malty backbone,but I like it, the alcohol is well hidden in the flavor, maybe the resiny pine finish is covering it up. Well carbonated, slick slightly oily mouthfeel. This is a very good try, and a nice brew,better than expected. Arcadia does a nice job.

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Photo of Havbeer
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (notched G-3) into a Foothills pint glass. Many thanks to my homebrewing buddy's wife's brother (whew!) for lugging a sixer of amazing Michigan brews down my way.

Arcadia Hop Rocket pours a brilliant, rust-copper color with a core of shiny gold. A towering inch of limestone head drops quickly, but forms a stubborn cap of tightly-packed bubbles that cling to the inside of the glass and drape sticky lace. Big backbone of toasted caramel malts forms the bulk of the aroma, but sharp citrus & resinous, fresh hops notes dart in and out of the sweetness. Fruity, too, with suggestions of tangerine, mango, and papaya.

Whoa momma! This is one tasty IIPA...juicy & fruity, like a delicious conglomerate of melted Starburst and Skittles. The malts are crisp and English, with toffee and biscuit, but the hops...oh my, the hops!! What did Arcadia do to this beer? Juicy, resinous, piny, candy-drizzled, fresh, and bitter all at once! Beautiful hopping technique...I must learn it. A gentle kiss of booze mingles with more fruitiness on the finish. Slick, almost syrupy mouthfeel, but thins out towards the end. A bit under-carbonated, but still very well put-together. All in all, Hop Rocket is an utterly unique IIPA, combining the Pacific Northwest hopping style with a boat-load of fresh English malts. Did I mention the 9% was well-hidden? Fantastic beer.

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Photo of matjack85
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yikes, $3.29 for a single 12oz brown bottle of this stuff at Sal's in Addison,IL. Definitely not a cheap beer as this works out to nearly $20 a 6 pack.. Hope the taste will justify the price. Retarded botching system for the freshness date as the side label has letters A thru G and numbers 1 thru 6 on it. My bottle is notched D and 4 for whatever good that does me. The web site says this beer will actually improve with age, so maybe the born on or freshness date isn't that important anyway.

The beer poured a cloudy dark orange color with only 1 finger of off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. A decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass with each sip.

Big hop smell - a mix of tangerine-like citrus and piny hop aromas.

Mmmm, this is delicious. At 111 IBU's there's no mistaking that this is a definite hop rocket. But while the citrus and piny hops dominate the taste, there is enough malty sweetness in here to balance it out, Toffee-like sweetness and biscuity malt flavors blend nicely with the huge hop presence.

This is a smooth, creamy, and full bodied beer with only medium carbonation. Definitely a sipping beer.

It's a little to thick to be a session beer, but I could definately go for another one despite the 9% alcohol level which is hidden pretty well. Another winner from Arcadia.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer guy at Rodman's recommended this. I assured him that anything called "Hop Rocket" was bound to be an easy sell with me.

Poured into a DFH barrel pint glass, the Rocket appears a bright amber/orange color, but cloudy with specks of yeast sediment floating around. Had I known this was a bottle-conditioned beer I would have taken greater care with the pour (hint: give us a heads-up, Arcadia!). Still, it's nice looking and delivers a frothy two-finger head of foam that dies down over time but leaves behind good lace. The nose is alive with hops. Effervescent pine and deep citrus abound. Sweet and malty, but sharp and assertive. This beer smells like freshly squeezed hop juice. Whoa, this one also really packs a serious mouth punch too. Sweet and tangy up front, the Rocket really hits hard and fast. For a brief minute, you could almost mistake this for grapefruit juice. But that quickly fades, and you soon know you're drinking a damn fine double IPA. Big on citrus and pine again, but it also serves up a healthy portion of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth.

A totally drinkable beer, no matter how big it is (how big is it, by the way?). Goes down easy, maybe too easy, and doesn't offend with any over-the-top alcohol aftertaste. Really good beer here. Find it and drink it down.

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Photo of dickroop
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arcadia Hop Rocket - the label doesn't indicate ABV or style, and the label notching is cryptic - you can't tell what G-3 means whether it was born in 2007 or 2009. Boo hiss.

This brew poured dark golden, cloudy, like ice tea. There wasn't much head but it showed a little lacing. The aroma was a knockout. Citrus (grapefruit)- yes, strong and good, WOW. Apricot flavor notes.

The taste first struck me as complex and delicious. Hope dominate, it was musky, sweet, seemingly well balanced (for a hophead). Alcohol presence was noticeable (later I discovered this is a DIPA? w/ 9.0% ABV?). The malt flavor? maybe a little bready, but mostly absent. Mouthfeel was crisp, bubbly, light- to medium-bodies, some alcohol burn.

Overall this came across very well. While the malt flavors get seriously slighted, the hops part of the brew is stellar. I enjoyed this brew w/ my lunch, it was good to start, but by the end the heavy alcohol presence got old. One is enough of these, but it gives a nice buzz and it's tasty. Can't ask for much more.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy amber color with one finger of off-white head. The retention was moderate as a collar and the lacing in streaks. The aroma was quite complex, I detected pine, citrus, resin, caramel malt, hints of mustiness and wood. The flavors were equally complex and impressive. I tasted lots of orange peel, lemon zest, pine and a general tangy and tart profile provided by the citrusy hops. The pale and caramel malt backbone was solid. Balanced yet aggressive. I really thought it was delicious and the alcohol well-hidden. The mouthfeel was silky, the body full and the carbonation medium. I'd love to have more of this one; highly recommended.

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Photo of joe1510
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

111 IBU

Got this as an extra in a recent trade with Hoppymeal, thanks a bunch Derek! Hop Rocket enters my pint glass a burnished copper and appears slightly hazy from the bottle conditioning. A clean white two finger creamy head grew on the pour and eventually fell to a solid crown leaving lines of lacing on its way down.

I was teetering between a 4-4.5 on the smell but after repeated inhaling I have to go with the higher rating. There's a strong caramel maltiness that makes up a respectable canvas for the showcase that is hoppiness. The hops bring an enjoyable candy like apricot sweetness that meets up with a big resinous quality. I really dig IIPAs that have this kind of hop combo.

The flavor follows suit. There's a big hoppiness throughout but enough caramel maltiness to keep things from running wild. Surprisingly there's not a lot of bitterness like I was expecting from the aroma. Like I said earlier this is the hop combo I really appreciate in IPAs or IIPAs.

Arcadia did a great job with the mouthfeel of this beer. There's a medium body that's incredibly silky. There isn't a hint of stickiness like I find in so many other examples.

This is a dangerous drinker to be sure. Weighing in at 9% and without a trace of alcohol you could get in trouble with this beer. It drinks more like an IPA than an IIPA.

This is my favorite from Arcadia so far. There's a surprisingly drinkable IIPA with a great hop presence. I noticed this is their 11th anniversary brewing, I hope it's made into a year round offering because I know I'd pick it up. Thanks Derek!

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

Chill-hazed burnt orange with a neat two fingers of manilla folder yellow. Glowing appearance in this SA BA glass. Aromas of a pina colada, pink grapefruit, toasted baguette. Fruity sweet up front with fresh pineapple & tart nectarines. Pleasant hop flavors of zesty citrus, pepper, piney spruce. Bright fruit and oily pine hop oily mouthfeel. Alcohol twinge felt in the mouthfeel, but not too harsh. And surprisingly, not real bitter. Just enough bitterness to off-set the sweetness.

Pretty complex and interesting, to say the least. Not sure if I could have another right now, but I would certainly have again.

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Photo of Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of nmyers
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of mwa423
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautifully clear golden color with only slight head despite the growler only having been poured 4 hours ago.

S - Sweet hops, pineapple, grapefruit, every other tropical fruit mix you can think of, and some pine.

T - The hop profile reminds me a lot of the juice left over from canned pears or fruit cocktail. There is less of the pineapple and grapefruit hops and more of harsh alcohol taste. Some sweet malt rounds it out.

M/D - Mouthfeel loses a bit because everything is on the extreme end with the tongue burning hops and tongue curling alcohol. As for drinkability, it drinks exactly like you would expect an average 9% IIPA to drink, very boozy and very harsh.

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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 ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HopCat. Snifter arrives a hazed golden orange, lacing down the side.

Smell and taste have similar hop profile to Founder's Double Trouble: pineapple up front, lemon and grapefruit through the middle and a strong bittering hops presence in the finish. I would say that this one has a slighty more acrid finish and a slightly brighter entry, though only slightly. Light, if barely noticeable malt profile.

Hides the ABV well though you feel it after. A very bright DIPA, could be a little more refined though.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- The nice reddish-orange beer poured with a 1-1/2 finger off-white head. Eventually the head turned to a solid lace that left great sticky spots on the side of the glass. The medium carbonation was interesting as there were a bunch of tiny bubbles appeared to be suspended along with much bigger ones that floated to the top.

S- Initially, it was as if I put my nose into a hop bag. There was a strong aroma of earthy hops. Pine, floral, and citrus scents all seemed to be represented. On second sniff, there were delicate malts that brought some balance. There were more alcohol tones later.

T- There was more balance in the flavor than the aroma would suggest. There were definite citrus tones from the hops, but there were also loads of sweetness from the malts. I picked up nice hints of caramel.

M- It had a dry effect from the generous hopping and light carbonation.

D- I'm not gonna' slam it, but its smooth enough to enjoy 1 or 2 in a sitting.

Overall- It's no hop bomb. Bitterness is present, but it's very approachable.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper/gold with orange hues. Thin white head with good retention and excellent laceing. Aroma id of tart citrus and hops. Body is on the heavy side and carbonated.Taste is of bittersweet fruits. Grapefruit and orange mostly. Little bit of piney finish. Excellent!

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Photo of tadowdaddy
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange with some slight red hints mixed in. Head is mediocre at about 1/2 of an inch. However, retention is pretty good. Lacing is very thick and milkshaky on the sides of the glass.

S- Very fruity, grapefruit and some spices. Get a little bit of allspice in this one.

T- Initial caramel and toffee malts and then boom, a huge citrus (grapefruit and some lemon) hop explosion. Very bitter upon swallowing it. Not really balanced at all. Huge hop profile on this beer. Get it from about 1/2 second after it being in the mouth until about 5 mins after you swallow it.

M- Thick, very well carbonated. Huge aftertaste makes my mouth pucker and I love it.

D- Not a session beer but one to enjoy. You can definitely drink a couple of them. Glad I found it!

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Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with red highlights. It had a small, khaki head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - A very strong aroma with notes of pine, citrus and bubblegum. Burnt toast malt is hidden underneath those aromas.

T - It had a strong pine flavor with grapefruit and orange kicks. A nice burnt toast maltiness balanced it out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a subtle alcohol warmth. A medium-bodied DIPA.

D - This is quite good. I like it much more than HopMouth which seems to lack balance. This one is very well done.

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