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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | 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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

brownbeer, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tyson for my box of Michigan goodies.

A - Bright oramgish-brown with a foamy dirty white head. Head is about a finger in thickness and just sits there. Rings of lace left down the glass as it is consumed.

S - Biscuity malt and a strong hop aroma of fresh pine. As the beer warms some juicy fruit notes come through, mainly tropical aromas.

T - Sticky sweet initially before a big hop presence comes in. Lots of pine and citrus mixed together. The sweetness is mainly biscuity. Excellent mix of sweet and bitter.

M/D - Medium bodied and very sticky in the mouth. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable but not ostrong.

ckeegan04, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a slight frothy cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous piney hop and not much else.

The taste consisted of an herbal and orangy hop. There was a moderate sweet malt and a lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was full and typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward DIPA.

plaid75, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Sammy, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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 IBUnit63
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, Bobby picked this one out when he accompanied me to Julio's. A 5-year-old sees a rocketship - whaddya expect? 12 oz. poured into a small water glass. Decent "pffft" from the pop of the top. BBD code says G3...whatever the &*(% that means...

In a very small glass, a next-nigh full-finger head is scarce, but this just about brings it. Clear honey-caramel body is cool but for a true IPA I would expect a little more depth...almost a bit of haze even...but this one looks solid.

There's a nice amount of hop flora and creamy caramel maltiness. There's a soupiness or stewiness to this though - a little bit of peppery spice with some vegetables in here - it smells like gumbo on deep background...okra?! Stuffed peppers? Yeah, that's it...but it's good! Am confused but enjoying this. Even so, it almost strengthens with warmth so it's definitely a bit of an issue.

Definitely stuffed peppers. OK, the thrill is gone. I can get the caramel (light) maltiness with some sweet booze and some floral yet grassy hops...but that stuffed pepper deal is kinda weird. Overall it's adequate but this salty rice, tomato, ground beef and pepper deal (with even a hint of red pepper spice) is a little too much to handle. OK, it mellows out after a while but it's still there.

Despite the stewed/broiled Italian food taste (and I love Italian food), the hop and carbonation bites are nice. It has a hefty, stewy bent of course but the finish has a latent sweetness to it. Not too bad at all - with a little warmth the flora comes out. If you can ignore the scent the palate feel is pretty solid.

OK, any time any beer tastes like stuffed peppers there's a flaw involved. Duly noted. Still, it drinks at normal pace for an IPA/DIPA. It's clear yet husky...and even with the weirdness it drinks reasonably well. Ever since a 2-week-old Sculpin showed its flaws I've been gun-shy with IPAs. This ain't helpin'...with the exception of Stone IPA or 2H...or maybe Sweetwater IPA...I'm guessing I may need to drink them out of the tap, or out of a Masala Mama growler...or not at all!

IBUnit63, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, believe I picked this up in Buffalo.

Pours a mostly clear dark amber/orange highlights, thick off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, few chunks floating around in there, kind of look like whole hops. Smell is nice, alcohol and caramel, lots of floral, grapefruit, oranges, lightly piney, a bit of sugar, some biscuity malt, quite a bit of fruit, apricots, lots of good hoppiness. Taste is nice, sherry and floral, grapefruit, some pinesol, alcohol hops out, biscuits, caramel, a bit raw but I like it, some citrus like acidity, not as bitter as I would like, but good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some heat going down. Little hot and a little raw but not a bad DIPA.

Viggo, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

ritzkiss, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of wnh
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear, bright orange with reddish tint. One finger of foamy cream colored head, which leaves great sticky lacing as the beer is consumed. Looks delicious and refreshing.

Nose is a clean blend of grapefruit and pine. Sweet aroma from the citrus hops, but I'm having trouble detecting anything specific from the malt.

The grapefruit and pine blend from the nose presents itself in the flavor as well, and manages to be sweet and bitter at the same time (as opposed to a back-and-forth sweet and bitter sensation). Earthy and spicy hop notes quickly follow the grapefruit and pine, giving this beer a quite complex hop character. Herbal hop notes show up toward the end of the glass, with sweet malt coming in eventually. Though I can't detect much of anything specific in the way of malt, I can only assume that this has a solid malt backbone upon which to display the hops, as Hop Rocket manages to be incredibly hoppy without being overpoweringly so. Short, bitter finish.

Body is on the thin side, disappointingly, and ever-so-slightly mouth coating. Flavor lingers minimally but pleasantly. Pretty drinkable for the style. The hops are enticing, but they begin to overwhelm toward the end of the glass. This doesn't hurt this single glass of beer, but I'd be hard pressed to have another right after it.

wnh, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of sliverX
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a deep cloudy copper orange with a cream colored head that was very thick then faded to a film that laced well
smell was a very citrusy hops somewhat balanced out by a good amount of caramel malt
taste very bitter citrus and pine hops throughout
mouthfeel was somewhat thick and actually kind of creamy
drinkability this is the perfect hop bomb to me

sliverX, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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 HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An extra received from calise1122. My girlfriend saw the label when I pulled the bottle out and remarked that the rocket on the label was somewhat phallic. I'm not sure if it was the brewer's intention to put a rocket on the label that resembles an erect hop cock, but alas, it is so.

I pour the beer into my pint glass and watch the foam rise an inch above the liquid. It recedes in a minute, leaving a little lacing. The color is dark orange.

The aroma is of grapefruit, lemon, orange, toffee, and caramel malt. No alcohol is present and there's a bit of sweetness in the nose.

The flavor has a medium level of bitterness with a small caramel malt profile. The hops impart flavors of bitter and slightly sweet grapefruit with some pine and alcohol in the finish.

The beer is light medium bodied with good carbonation.

HopHead84, May 26, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Ron's in Exton

A hazy orange color, a creamy white head that was maybe one inch thick.

Citrus hops dominate the nose - orange and grapefruit with some pine notes. There is a toasty malt accent in the background as well

The citrus hops burst out in the flavor. Some pine as well. The malt is present, not over-dominated by the hops, which is good.

A bit oily textured, a nice amount of carbonation. The finish is
dry and crisp with a strong hop note.

I am not a huge hop fan, but I liked this a lot.

mhatters, May 22, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

WakeandBake, May 19, 2009
Photo of BigMike
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This really is a Hop Rocket.

Pours an orange yellow reddish color with two fingers of creamy head.

Very aromatic. Pine, pineapple, citrus, tropical fruit and floral.

Taste is delicious. Pineapple grapefruit and tropical fruit cup tasting. Nice and sweet and a bitter at the same time. Pretty well balanced and very drinkable.

I'm a big fan of this one. A nice "big beer" at 9% but very complex, tasty and drinkable.

BigMike, May 18, 2009
Photo of Gigantis
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a really hazy coppery orange; it looks somehow more effervescent than most DIPAs. The glowing bask forms into a nice tan/white two finger head.

Smells of citrus and light pine. Upon tasting is where the beer starts to shine because those citrus scents come out to play on your tongue. The hop character is more subdued than some like it, but I thought Hop Rocket got it right for the most part. The sweet vs bitter paradox is really interesting here with the strong melon scent.

It's not thick at all. It's just the right kind of sticky on the lips but not extreme and not syrupy. It's a kinder, gentler DIPA and therefore I find it more drinkable than the norm. You could be hammered before you know it drinking a few of these sneaky bastards... but that's okay because this is a beer worth cherishing.

The best of Arcadia I've had to date. Much better than it's idiot cousin, Hopmouth.

Gigantis, May 12, 2009
Photo of lamarr04
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
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 smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lumpy and large head...slow to dissipate. Lacey lines throughout the glass as the liquid descends. Hazy, orange-amber color.

Harsh, overwhelming, high-alpha hop smells. Grapefruit and ground pine needles. Perhaps the strongest smelling beer I've ever experienced.

Surprising malt base. Holding the beer in my mouth, I sense the hop after a sizable wait. But when I do, it is very strong and completely dominating. Too much of a good thing. Place this one in the extreme list.

smcolw, May 02, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle with G and 3 etched out on the side.

Pours a slightly cloudy, rich reddish amber with copper highlights. An average tan head sits atop for about 2 minutes before disappearing. Minimal lacing and a small skimming of foam rests on top for most of the pour.

Grapefruit and grassy hops on the nose.

Much like the nose, I get a mouthful of bitter grapefruit followed by tangy citrus and light, sweet, bready malts.

Medium bodied and medium to full flavored. Average carbonation on mouthfeel.

Nice, but I'm not a huge fan of the hop combination they are showcasing. Nice, but one dimensional in my opinion.

beachbum1975, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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 allergictomacros
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper-orange with a thick, sticky head. Apples and oranges in the nose. Lots of sweetness and floral tones. Big, prickly hoppiness with a big bitter finish. Somewhat acidic up front with plenty of balancing malt and sugars. Body isn't too heavy, but has a bit of a slickness to it. Carbonation is low-moderate, with enough kick to cleanse the palate.

allergictomacros, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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 Frosty80
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits a clear golden brown

Smell: not sure about the hops used - dont seem to be the familiar Cascade variety. combo of what seems to be pineapple, coconut and vanilla (?).

Taste: a slight bitterness to the aforementioned "ingredients". little yeast and bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: med body. low carbonation

Notes: not what i was expecting. im not sure i like it too much. perhaps it will grow on me sometime in the future. just not as hoppy/bitter as i expected

Frosty80, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
3.9/5  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.

sarahspat, Apr 01, 2009
Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.