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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 17
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a one finger head following a medium pour. The head has settled to a thin lace after a few minute, but there is some pretty good head retention going on.

Smells of fresh sticky hop juice. A slight earthy aroma can also be detected.

Taste is similar. Very sticky and hoppy tasting and I love it. The bitterness helps mask the heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with a very low carbonation level. The hop bitterness fools you into thinking that this beer is well carbonated, but it's all hops!

Very drinkable for a DIPA of 9%.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is my fourth offering from Arcadia and without a doubt the best. Their beers all taste like decent homebrew to me, but this one is an exception. I personally like the low level carbonation, it allows you to really taste the beer.

Other Notes: As good as this beer is, it's overpriced. It's in the same vein as Double Simcoe and Dogfish 90 Minute, but it's more expensive than both.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of my SNF winnings. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer!

A- Body is a hazy orange hue that pours with an approximately 1/2 finger foamy white head with great retention. No lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is of mild strength but very brightly hoppy. Bright citrus and a hint of pine come through as well as earthy hops. Some sugary and malty sweetness can be detected as well- I am hesitant to confirm caramel malt-thought that is what it most closely resembles.

T- Initial flavor is mild but bright. Earthy hop flavor dominates with a hint of citrus hop juices in the background. The malty sweetness comes out a bit for the finish with a mild-moderate refreshing piny hop finish. The residual bitterness takes a few seconds to reach its full moderate effect after the finish.

M- Light to medium carbonation and light to medium weight smooth body.

D- This is a pretty good, drinkable DIPA. Definitely a few steps up from Hopmouth and probably the best of the Arcadia lineup I have had thusfar. ABV is undetectable. This doesn't quite shine with the big DIPAs but its a comfortable easy drinker.

Photo of tapman
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a DIPA to me. One thing hard about doing these kinds of beers is that they all look the same. I guess for this one the head could have been better, but it is very clear. Though, some bottle conditioning would have been nice for this beer, yeah? Is it filtered? How would it age with no/few yeast in the bottle?

Sweet raisin malt/dark crystal aroma with beefy, earthy, resinous hops. Smells like your hands after dividing up a lb. of fresh Magnum hops. Alcohol is very faint, which is a plus for me, and it only really shows at all when a little warmer. Could this brew use some grass or citrus? Would that hurt it or help, I can't decide.

Alcohol much bigger in the taste than the nose. Hop flavor is mellow, but buttery in the back and crisply bitter in the front. Bitterness is balanced by the higher gravity. Both hop bitterness and flavor retain nice, round, warm characters in the finish.

MFeel is heavy not syrupy, with a tinge of effervesc unfermentables ence. A pretty smooth drink for the amount of alcohol and. I wonder what the finishing gravity is on this brew...?

A solid beer, though I must confess that my knowledge of such high gravity beers is limited. I'm not a huge fan of barley wines and DIPAs, but I heard good things about this one. The fact that I like it says something to me, but I have yet o attempt a high gravity homebrew and look forward to potentialy updating my review for better or worse.

Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty. Big hazylucent orange amber with a white, soapy head.

I can smell it from across the desk. So can Vida, the boozy cat. Vet says she's not supposed to drink and, really, that makes a lot of sense, but it's kinda hard when beer smells so pungent. This cat, she hunts beer. I-I didn't teach her to do it, neither. She was like that in the shelter.

Anyhow, this is the most pungent IPA I've come across in a long while. I'm a fan of intensity, generally, and while this isn't a spectacular balance it still manages to be very strong without being in the least bit offputting, and that's a feat. Big citrus, grapefruit, heavy malt.

Tastes as it smells, only a little more intense. A little too intense, for my money. Not that I dislike intensity as a matter of course, just that this seems to be loud and noisy for the sake of being loud and noisy. Or, that's actually too harsh a way of describing it. Again, nothing here is *off*, it's just a little too big for what's there. Still pretty good, actually, big burst of grapefruit hops balanced with thick, alcoholic malt. Could maybe use some more sweet or biscuity malt complexities, to cut into the hop. Or maybe even a more complex hop profile.

Photo of n0315
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp golden color with a little bit of head retention. Smell of hops permeates off of the glass, a welcome sign of a good IPA. Taste was a good amount of bitterness with what I think was a bit of floral accents. Mouthfeel wish medium-bodied. Drinkability was good, but a few too many of these and you're going to have trouble getting back into your car. Good example of an IPA with maybe a bit of a twist. Worth trying.

Photo of JTahoe
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in goblet at the Ginger Man, NYC.

A - Pale brassy orange, sudsy white head with decent slow melting lace.

S - Biting floral hops, burnt caramel, wet dog

T - Smooth slightly sweet floral character upfront followed quickly by sharp citrus and pine bite and tangy fruitiness. Decent amount of sweet caramel malt and grains.

M - Medium body, slightly oily. Moderate-low carbonation.

D - Nice; an interesting take on the style.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber appearance with a small white head. Smell is a good blend of hops and malts, more malt than I expected. Reminds me of a nice English ale. Taste is just the same, a nice English ale but with an American hop bite. The malts hold more presence over the hops. Overall a good beer and a great blend of two styles of beer.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, golden beer with a chill haze, Hop Rocket puts up a pale yellow, modest fine head that lingers a long time, depositing a thin film of lacing on the glass.

Spicy pine resins are strong, followed in equal parts by lemongrass and grapefruit. While there is little complexity here, the hop aromas pack quite a punch.

No surprise, the flavors are hop-centric with a moderate bitterness. There is a hint of malt in the background, but this really is about the hops. There is a light, almost non-existent finish.

Hop Rocket is a cleansing, medium-bodied beer with a silk texture and prickly carbonation. The alcohol is well kept, yet still welcome.

Easier to consume than one might expect from an Imperial IPA, this beer does well on its own and would stand up to strong flavored foods.

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 hckyfn9999
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, firey orange color with about a finger and a half of thick white head that has good retention and leaves a lot of lace. Aroma is of sweet caramel, toated malt, fruit, and citrus.

Taste is features more citrusy hops, mostly in the form of grapefruit and bitter grapefruit rind. There is other fruitiness present too along with a little pine. Some pale malt is noticeable in the background. The hops are definitely up front here, though I am left wanting just a little more from them in both flavor and bitterness. The 9% is pretty well hidden here, and the beer is full bodied with a nice carbonation level.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the fourth Arcadia beer I have tried. So far, the best one I have had was their Pumpkin Ale. This is another IPA from them, and possibly the least English tasting of all their beers I have had. Here is my review:

A: Pours a hazy, golden amber. Head is pretty small but lacing is decent.

S/T: The aroma is very bittersweet. Lots of grapefruit hops. Taste is much hoppier than their Hopmouth DIPA. Lots of grapefruit and malty sweetness. There is also an armpit like character in there, which is slightly offensive. This tastes a lot like the Mendicino Imperial IPA, but with a fuller flavor. A far cry from Founders Double Trouble or Bells Hopslam, but easily the best beer I have had from Arcadia.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It leaves a juicy feeling in your mouth. Drinks very well. Probably could drink a couple in a row.

Arcadia has been pretty unimpressive so far, but this is the best I have had from them yet. Nothing outstanding, but still a solid IPA. I am impressed how different this is from their other DIPA, Hopmouth. Worth checking out.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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 eternaljester81
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into Chimay goblet as a cloudy amber, almost honey-like color, with a thin head. Sticky lacing is persistent through the finish.

S - Hops and alcohol, with some mildly sweet undertones. There's something a little off, and possibly medicinal in the nose.

T - Some sweetness, but mainly oily hops. The finish is laced with alcoholic warmth, and a lingering slight bitterness. I enjoy a hugely hopped brew, but there's something different here.

M - Thick, creamy, oily, and quite smooth.

D - One of these is enough, and not just because of the high ABV. As previously mentioned, there's something to this brew that doesn't sit right with me.

At almost $14 a four-pack, Hop Rocket was a bit of a disappointment. It's not bad really, but Arcadia Ale's Hopmouth is a much better beer in a similar style, and cheaper at that.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with decent head and lace.
The aroma of hops,malts,and grapefruit.

The taste starts off with mild hops,some bitterness and a good dose of malts with a lingering fruit hint.

This feels a bit creamy with medium body and smooth carbonation. Still,syrupy and oily finish not the best.

Notes: A good beer with good flavor.

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 kegger22
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, dark orange with a modest head that quickly faded to a collar. The aroma was citrus hops. The taste was lightly citrus with a malty backbone. The feel was medium bodied with mild carbonation. Drinkability was good. Not the overpowering hop monster that you would expect from a beer named hop rocket, but well balanced and enjoyable none the less.

Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aug 2, 2009
In bottle at Foran's in Detroit on the July 24th weekend. Incredibly easy to drink considering the abv%. Quite a delicious drink. Just wish that I had got more of this while I was there. Wish this was more regular then just a anniversery beer.

Photo of MDekker
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served in a nice stemmed glass with the Arcadia logo. It formed a decent head that it maintained throughout. It was a coppery gold color.

S: The aroma was fresh fresh fresh - hops, pine, citrus, fruit - just a load of aroma.

T: Similar to the smell, like grass, fruit, and it even tasted like you think hops should taste. The alcohol was hiding, but the flavors lingered like crazy.

M: Warm, very little carbonation, as you'd expect when it's on cask, but very smooth. Quite nice.

D: A good balance between serious flavor but easy drinking. The alcohol would eventually catch up to you, but it was a nice brew.

Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) Pours with a two finger head, then settles to creamy lacing around the edge of the glass. Lacing is thin and sticky. Hazy. Copper in color.
S) Peach. Apricot. Tropical fruit. Light earthiness. Malty sweet aroma.
T) Mellow caramel sweetness up front. Hop bite from the beginning through on into the aftertaste. Other notes of black pepper, banana, and orange peel.
M) Medium bodied. A slight syrupy feel. Fairly smooth minus the hop bite. CO2 is light and fizzy.
D) A well crafted brew. Tasty. I'd have another.

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 Tromba
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light copper. White head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer on top with a little bit of light lacing.

S: Faint hops - smells like a traditional english pale.

T: English malts and alcohol provide some sweetness up front, followed by lots and lots of hops. Some caramel notes.

M: medium bodied (could be considered medium-heavy). Moderate carbonation. Not quite a clean finish - a little syrupy, but not in a bad way.

D: Pretty serious ABV, but still more drinkable than you might expect from a double IPA. Good beer.

Photo of Oldscramch
4.84/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Arcadia's Hop Mouth, which I think is fairly tasty, but I had an opportunity to try this at the Michigan Brewer's Guild Summer Beer Fest this past weekend in Ypsilanti. I bought the Hop Mouth at my local market on a whim but now I realize I should I have bough the Hop Rocket. In any case, my next IPA purchase will be this beer.

Note: I tasted this in a small sample cup, your mileage may vary.

A: Orange with a small to medium white head.

S: Citruses, bold, hoppy. Like Grapefruits.

T: VERY citrusy. Just as hoppy as it smells, and more grapefruity. Only light aftertaste that makes you want another drink!

M: Clean, crisp.

D: I could drink these all day, and would if I didn't have anywhere to be later in that day.

Photo of ppoitras
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head falls gradually, with lasting lace. Aroma is juicy citrus with an undercurrent of sweet and alchol. Taste is sweet for a second, goes puckeringly lemon in the middle, and tries to close, but whatever is there has no chance of beating down the citrus tartness. Mouthfeel is a little chalky, and drinkability is ok. Not quite what I was expecting.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.