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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bashiba on 12-28-2007)
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Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at the magnificent Sun Singer, and it's a winner. A thick, durable finger of white head rests atop an amber body, with rings of lace decorating the Yankees pint glass. Lots of fruit interspersed with heavy hops dominate the smell. The taste is terrific, very citrusy and very hopped. I detect peach, orange, and apple--wonderful. Well balanced and carbonated, this is delicious and easy as honey to enjoy.

A genuine treat, this is easily one of my favorites from Arcadia. Excellent DIPA.

Gehrig, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of beerphan
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap -> pint
winter 2007

Arrives a slightly opaque orange amber with a tight lasting white head that deposits some spider webbed lace.

Nose: Hops, pineapple, thick hop pellet aroma, intense

Full thick body. Overwhelming hop flavor, sour pear, pineapple, pellets again. A solid malt backbone doesn't really interfere with what the brew is about: hops. Good lingering bitterness that is fruity and floral.

Wow, easy to drink for you hopheads out there. This one is a must try. Lucky enough to find it on tap @ Mad Mex in Cranberry, and at happy hour taboot, $3 a pint hell yeah.

beerphan, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of lamarr04
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep orange with thin head that quickly dissipates

S: strong grapefruit and floral from the hops

T: aroma bleeds through to taste which leads with citrus, followed by a fairly weak malt backbone. much weaker on the malt than in hopmouth

M: pretty light mouthfeel for the style, light carbonation, slick finish

D: very drinkable for the style, less syrupy than a lot of DIPA

lamarr04, May 10, 2009
Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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...

schoolboy, May 02, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a nice hops presence comes in and although it's a little weak for the style (despite the name) it still works quite well for this beer. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong but disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of dspoonrt
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Rocket pours a hazy burnt orange color with a super thin layer of head that dissipates immediately.

The attractive look of the beer is complimented by a wonderfully hoppy nose. The potency of the alcohol is present in the smell of the beer. Also, a citrusy aroma, probably from the hops, comes through toward the end.

There is a pleasant tartness and complexity in the taste of the beer. A wave of hops assaults the palate, but is balanced nicely by some malt and the prominent taste of the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very thin. This beer is smooth and drinkable despite the high alcohol content. The beer is also noticeably carbonated, appropriate for a beer named after a rocket.

Overall, this is a delicious and fragrant ale, one that I could drink again and again.

dspoonrt, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of HiAIPA
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Uncle Beer.

Appearance - Nice orange yellow.

Smell - Fantastic smells of citrus, tangerine, orange, grapefruit.

Taste - Quite enjoyable. Not overpowering, not overly malted or a hop buzz saw either.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light and quaffable. This could be a session beer for me, it wasn't too heavy.

Drinkablity - Wow, tasted light and peppy for 9% for sure. Not as heavy as Big A IPA although reminded me a lot of that.

Definitely would drink more of this.

HiAIPA, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tracked down a bottle, let's see how it compares to the draft serving.
Label notched B2, packaged 12/31/2007.

Poured into an Arcadia glass with a good finger of off-white foam. Color is a deep and hazy orange, with visible sediment dancing around lazily. Toward the very bottom of the glass/meniscus, the color lightens into a golden shade. Spotty lace, foam fades to a skim after 5 minutes.

Rich resiny hops in the aroma, fresh grapefruit, apricot, backed by some herbal character. Feel is luscious, savory hop oils blend with a touch of caramel maltiness, followed by a deep herbal bitterness that lingers in the finish. Juicy, but not without the leafy, earthy bitterness of the ever-present load of green hops. Not especially abrasive or as tongue-stripping as some American DIPAs. Several could be had in a sitting, but the hidden alcohol could catch up to you.

Overall I was very impressed with this, Arcadia's best offering yet...

emerge077, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this sample.

Pours an orange gold brown with a big head. This is a hoppy beer alright with big nose and a big mouthfeel. The beer is very balanced quite like Great Divides version with the rounded finish keeping the hops in check. It's nice when DIPA's have there own taste that almost puts them with old ales and barely wines in complexity and bigness.

canucklehead, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Havbeer
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Havbeer, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-nice orangish copper color slightly cloudy (very slightly) with almost none of a very white head

S-great floral aroma with hints of citrus and grapefruit, bombards you with hop aroma!

T-strong taste of grapefruit up front with a piney hop backbone and very little bitterness

M-very smooth and a little syrupy in a good way with a fair to moderate amount of carbonation

D-pretty drinkable for being so strong, it goes down relatively easy; but the bitterness from the hops towards the end slightly takes away from drinkability; but not much

cpetrone84, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a gorgeous amber color with some nice orange hues. There is a nice .5 inch head that is off-white and recedes quickly to a thin film and a ring around the tulip.

S - Nice sweet grapefruit aroma with nice complementary citric aroma. Hint of pine and nice oily hop resin. The smell is delicious, hints of honey as well.

T - Very delicious. Sweet and citric grape fruit hints initially from the hops and some nice caramel like flavor from the malt. Followed by a nice grainy and biscuit like character after the sweetness. The last part of the beer is a very strong and dry bitterness that is very refreshing and cleansing. Very nice beer. Good distinct flavors that last. As the beer warms a nice boozy sweetens comes out that is actually very welcomed.

M - Nice light to medium body with a great hop bite to it. Especially in citrus character and bitterness.

D - Very good drinkability even for the Hop flavor and the ABV. Then again my taste buds are very hop friendly. Good stuff.

JoEBoBpr, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Billolick, May 10, 2008
Photo of matjack85
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

matjack85, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

plaztikjezuz, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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

hopdog, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

champ103, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

WakeandBake, May 19, 2009
Photo of Atlas1
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Atlas1, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

thekevlarkid, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

wagenvolks, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

RustyDiamond, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of JIMTRK16
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of mikey711
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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

mikey711, Feb 22, 2010
Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.