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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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389 Ratings
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | 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 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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +7%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jay23: Poured a slightly hazy copper color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of nice semi-sweet caramel malt with some dry and bitter hops. Taste is also comprised of semi-sweet caramel malt with some bitter and dry hops with a light floral finish. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done but missing some floral notes to be unforgettable.

Phyl21ca, May 16, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with clear brown tones with a firm off white head.

Nose is a "clean" apple cider character with orange and tangerine undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium full with light carbonation and a nice creamy character, all of which is overshadowed by the big assertive and somewhat unique flavor profile.

Flavors are initially shocking since the initial character is a huge sweet, almost orange marmalade flavor. Sweetness tempers to honeyed malt and burnt toast.

Finish is all burnt toast bitter and creamed burnt coffee. A final hit of pine mixed coffee is long lasting and one's final impression. Hard to drink for me based on the big sweet tones that just never leave.

GRG1313, May 02, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden copper color with some orange highlights in it. The smell of the beer is hoppy, it's got lots of citrus and piney notes to it on the nose. The taste is slightly sweet upfront with a floral bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was nice, higher carbonation level with a dry tingling sensation in the back end. Overall it's an impressive IPA and I would drink this one again is I came across it.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber body with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Largely hoppy aroma with notes of tangerines and apricots. Slight hints of pale malts and booze.

Taste: Flash of malts with a crystal malt sweetness that remains intentionally insufficient, leaving the palate wide open to a hop attack. Fruity hops with a real tanginess to the flavors. Moderate bitterness, somewhat citric. Finishes as bitter as you'd expect and decidedly tangy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good for those looking for a peppy Double IPA who's hops don't take a backseat to the malts.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great to try this brew from my old stomping grounds,poured a slight hazed peach-like color with a thinner but well sustained white head.Lighter aromas for such a big hopped up brew I picked up some citrus and tangerine aromas with a hint of caramel malt,very fresh tasting with a good hop punch but it leans in the fruit side of a flavor profile.Overripe peaches and tangerine flavors with a little citric sting overtop of sweet biscuit malt,it goes down way to easy for its listed ABV.A nice change of pace DIPA and dangerously drinkable.

oberon, May 05, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Is that a Hop Rocket in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear auburn topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, mild ruby red grapefruit zest, greens, and a bit of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with a balance mostly being maintained throughout, though the caramel, joined by a bit of buttery biscuit, wins out in the end. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent DIPA, but not one that really excites me in any way.

TMoney2591, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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 zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

zeff80, Nov 02, 2009
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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

nickfl, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

WVbeergeek, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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 RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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 russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bready & grainy notes, some soapy & grassy notes as this warms

T: Pineapple citric acid twang along with some pine & breadyness up front. Boozeyness takes over as this warms, along with more pineapple & cakeyness, some grapefruit as well. Finishes with with woody & pineapple hop presence & a some what out of place grainy sweetness

MF: Chewy, a touch over-carbonated, Balance is lacking a bit sweet & bitter blending somewhat awkwardly

Bot a bad DIPA, but had the potential to be much better. There was a dating code on the label, but not one character was marked even if you knew their code, One of the better beers I've had from these guys. Would revisit again if I knew I was getting bonafide fresh beer...

russpowell, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with light notched lacing, hazy pinkish orange red colored beer.

Nose candied orange hops, light floral and earthy hops, has that aura of big bitterness, slight sweet malts, reddish caramel malts, light fluffy malt, light toasty biscuit malt, hint of booze.

Taste bit of sweetness, caramel malts, toffee, light biscuit and fluffy malts, and slightly juicy malt. nice bitter bite but not quite dipa level of bitterness just malts and sweetness. Hops again bring candied orange, hint pine and earthy hops. Finish add a bit more bitterness, slightly sticky but drier, lingering candy orange hops, hint of booze and sweetness.

Mouth is bigger bodied, decent carb, just a touch of warming booze.

Overall not bad, bitterness is a bit lighter but balanced with the sweetness and malt level, a bit on the sweet side but hides the booze well, hops aren't the best profile either which i think it could have used a lot more hops all around, plus more flavorful and aromatic style hops not just bittering.

jlindros, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! I could literally smell the hops right out of the bottle. It has a large malt scent that boast primarily of pale and Carapils malts; maybe some Munich as well. The hops are bold and quite floral. The bitterness really reaches out and graps you. The taste is good. It seems a bit thin and basic in the malt department. The hop taste is out of this world, but I was really looking for a nice full bodied malt attack. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carobnation. This is a good drinking DIPA. The hop character is worth checking out. This is the best beer I've had from Arcadia.

WesWes, Feb 14, 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 imperialking
4/5  rDev +7%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

wrightst, May 04, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Billolick, May 10, 2008
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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.