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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 16
Gots: 16 | 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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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.

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

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...

Photo of Ricochet
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Don't know why but the Hop House in Pitt, PA had this listed as "Hop Mouth", but I'm sure it was this. It was a double IPA with the same ABV and from Arcadia, so here goes:

A: Cloudy, dark orange with no head and no lace with some light coming through. Beer soup.

S: Sweet. Very fruity. It's liquid hops. Not candy like. A hop head's dream.

M: Yep. Bitter. Actually, it was a bitter wash but smooth in the swallow and a creamy, fruity aftertaste. Balanced.

T: Carrot sticks, raisin, slightly citrus leaning to grapefruit but not defining. Candy note on top. Smooth flowing profile that mixed perfectly with nothing too extreme or sticking out. Wow. Even the alcohol was muted. Perfect.

D: Tricky. So good and smooth, I wanted another but the ABV meant this was the last beer of the night.

Overall, wow. One of the best I've tried.

Photo of HiAIPA
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of dspoonrt
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
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...

Photo of canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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 plaztikjezuz
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of Havbeer
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

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.

Photo of matjack85
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of Atlas1
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of dickroop
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of EmptyPockets
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

9%
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!

Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.