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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

383 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | 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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Zorro

California

3.45/5  rDev -8%

Obtained in trade from bgramer.

Clear amber colored ale with a thin white head. This has a distinct orange cast to it.

Smell is sweet with a strong hop aroma. Scents of eucalyptus, menthol, grapefruit, and lemon. Not bad but not the best either.

Taste starts out quite neutral with a faint tropical fruit flavor. Woody and that is about it, flavor never fully develops.

Mouthfeel is good.

Unfortunately the flavor just isn't up to snuff for the beer type. Easy to drink yes but I feel cheated, a beer of this type should be more flavorful.

06-24-2008 04:40:49 | More by Zorro
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-04-2012 21:22:28 | More by ejimhof
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4%

12 ounce bottle into tulip, bottled 11/15/2011. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, floral, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, and a touch of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas with good balance. Taste of big pine, grapefruit, orange, herbal spiciness, honey, biscuit, caramel, and pineapple. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, caramel, honey, and biscuit on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Smooth to drink at 9%, but is still a bit of a sipper. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. Nice hoppy flavors; with good balance and smoothness.

03-14-2012 04:24:30 | More by superspak
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

07-22-2009 21:50:01 | More by ppoitras
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a cloudy orange color with slight yellowish off white head and plenty of lace. Aroma of pine, herb and grapefruit. In the taste, grapefruit, resin, sap and a sweet caramel like malt. A bit of alcohol is noticed. Medium bodied, well carbonated brew. Overall, a solid double ipa that gets the job done.

03-16-2014 18:42:47 | More by Stinkypuss
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-22-2011 03:15:59 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

06-24-2009 18:23:41 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

A: Glass consuming display of micro-effervesce fills a tarnished orange body that had a slight misty haze to it. A cream colored 1 inch head shows resilience while providing a sheet coat lacing.

S: Sweetened grapefruit, flowery citrus, but the strength leans on the lighter side. Flat complexity no spark of interest.

T: Flavor had a good level of hop induction, dry toastiness, and dry citrus. The ibu's come on strong particularly on the finish. Some bright wet lemony notes interject at the start while a dry hopping of lemon finishes out with a hint of dried lime.

M: toasty warm with a specialty malt base and a noticeable mention of alcohol. The alcohol is fairly well hidden except on longer more savoring holds.

O: Big dry hop blast ends with a sturdy amount of specialty grain depth. pretty decent with exception of weak nose.

06-28-2013 01:29:02 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

06-11-2009 01:29:59 | More by Viggo
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wrightst

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-04-2014 13:19:17 | More by wrightst
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2014 04:42:28 | More by dmorgan310
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-03-2012 18:43:45 | More by Zaphog
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Tone

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a hazy, amber/orange color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, slight citrus, hint of yeast, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend. Lacking in the complexity to be a real good IIPA.

07-24-2010 01:16:12 | More by Tone
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HopHead84

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

05-26-2009 06:16:08 | More by HopHead84
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Amber-bronze, off-white head, nice retention & leg.

S: Apricot, tropical fruity esters, pine, citrus, slight sulfur, toffee, candy apple.

T: Toffee & cotton candy with a dark fruitiness. The hop flavour is not as forward as the aroma (apricot with a little pine & citrus). Alcohol is remarkably subtle. I'm not a fan of the sulfur-like minerals (are they mimicking the Burton water?). It doesn't seem like a big DIPA.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slightly smooth & creamy.

D: Decent.

04-06-2008 01:14:05 | More by Derek
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

I had this on tap at the Oak Cafe in Wyandotte, MI. Overall it was tasty but not the best IIPA on tap (there were many excellent choices tonight). The beer was crystal clear golden colored, and the aroma had a crisp hops bite. The flavor was clean, hoppy and bitter. Not overly grapfruity, more like an English version of an IPA x 1.5.

02-19-2008 03:27:56 | More by TurdFurgison
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

A very deep double ipa amber, copper, garnet hue greets the eyes with non bubling and very little, to no foam after the pour. The aroma is a great, strong orange citrus zest. Hints of anise and even fennel mxed with some toasty malts. The first sip is a velvety citrus with light lactic burn, then some biscuit lats. The finis is a dry pine and hard tac. The palate is a dry, yet hot bitter palate of hops and mild malt. Greta sipping and swirling beer.

02-21-2008 06:44:22 | More by scruffwhor
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a hazed copper color with a pretty thick beige head resting on top. Retains nicely leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Hoppy and piny in the nose with some sticky resin. Touches of citrus peel and some bready malted sweetness. Hints of caramel with some alcohol heat.

Bitter and piny up front with a touch of abrasiveness. Orange and grapefruit citrus flavor in the middle. The malt backbone is fairly thick with some bread and caramel. Decent amount of sweetness towards the finish with lingering alcohol heat.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. An alright DIPA but not super balanced and easily lost in the crowd.

03-22-2012 23:26:10 | More by xnicknj
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-01-2013 12:10:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-14-2014 00:38:07 | More by WoodBrew
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-13-2013 15:48:52 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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claspada

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-11-2013 12:43:46 | More by claspada
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champ103

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

12-28-2009 23:04:55 | More by champ103
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Durge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%

A slightly hazy amber color with a good light oatmeal color head and great lacing. The aroma is thick pine and butterscotch alcohol. The taste leads with alcohol over piney hops, bitter grassy butter in a nice mid-body brew. Fair carbonation, decent drinkability. Surprisingly good.

02-26-2009 05:31:17 | More by Durge
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Pours a brilliant, hazy golden amber with a very thin, quickly dissipating white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, sweet cream, grass, fresh herbs, kumquats, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, spruce, and pine mingle with a hint of peppery alcohol.

T: Incredibly strong notes of caramel, toffee, sweet cream, brown sugar, biscuit, honey, grass, fresh herbs, kumquats, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, spruce, pine, and cedar give way to an astringent, prickly hit of alcohol that imparts a brief sensation of white pepper. The finish is peppery and bitter with alcohol, white pepper, spruce, pine, cedar, lemon, grapefruit, and caramel flavors vying for dominance.

M: Full in body and initially slick, though a sticky, resinous sensation establishes a firm grasp on the palate by the fade. Carbonation is a little too sluggish and too unobtrusive compared to some of the higher rated DIPAs currently on the market. Alcohol presence is very intense. This is definitely a sipping beer, and taken in that context it is fine, but the oddly lacking carbonation is a bit of a concern for me. Perhaps there is something wrong with this bottle.

O: I was looking forward to trying a DIPA that put the Summit hop varietal on display, as it is one of my favorite varietals, and since many of the brewers and beer geeks I have spoken with tend to view it as the hop one uses when one cannot procure Simcoe, I wanted to see how it fared in a big beer more or less on its own. This beer is not bad, and I do admit that I am probably being rather harsh as my expectations were high, but it never really pulls everything together no matter how hard it tries. Still, this is far from a bad DIPA-it is just that there are far better examples of the style on the market that are readily available year round. The next time I see this, though, I am buying another bottle just to see if there is something a little off about this one.

01-30-2014 18:24:35 | More by mrfrancis
Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.