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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Hop RocketArcadia Hop Rocket

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very good

359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%

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 chefboy812


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

poured just off clear glowing copper witha fleeting off white head that leaves light dodgy laceing.

malty and bright citrus on the nose. the kind of juicy aroma that realy gets your mouth watering. a litle bit of banana and apple ester.

distinctly grapefruit and lemon pith hop bitterness then a void. there is a piece missing.

the mouthfeel is also missing a piece after the initial hop pucker just a wetness. and a slight chew.

Amazing aroma and then a little lackluster on the follow through. worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 01:26:27 | More by chefboy812
Photo of BeerTruth


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppymeal for this one. Got is as an extra in one of the most generous packages I have ever received.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a somewhat foggy dark copper hue with a fluffy one finger off-white head that remains for a good while. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass, a good looking beer overall. Smell is big; musty pine, oily grapefruit acid, and some earthy tones. Could use a little more malt in the nose, but there is a bit of caramel there. Sweet floral taste up front followed by a big citric burst. An interesting bit of honey and pepper on the tongue as well. Some evergreen flavors throughout with a bitter earthy hop aftertaste that sticks around. Surprisingly smooth and somewhat dry mouthfeel with a full carbonation. Pretty solid beer. Thanks again Derek!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:54:11 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear orangey copper color. A white head rose up to about a fingers height and fizzled out almost as quickly as it formed. Sporadic and splotchy lacing

Very floral and fragrant nose, herbacious tones, notes of pine, perhaps a little bit of grapefruit, oregano, marijuana.

Bitter taste, not as dynamic as the nose led me to believe. It is not very sweet at all, which is nice since I sometimes have trouble with how sweet Double IPA's can get.

Nicely carbonated, scrubs the tongue a bit. Medium body, crisp clean finish with some nice bitterness and a tad of late dryness.

Went great with a slice of pepperoni pizza.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:15:06 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of joe1510


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 03:25:40 | More by joe1510
Photo of emerge077


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 00:27:54 | More by emerge077
Photo of Dansting


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a medium white head. Excellent aroma of hops and citrus, especially grapefruit. Mouthfeel isn't that great, as it feels heavily carbonated. Flavor is very nice. Strong alcohol presence, with grapefruit as the dominant citrus flavor to it. Another really good offering from Arcadia.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 03:29:07 | More by Dansting
Photo of grandq

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy orange. Fairly simple on the nose - pine and citrus fruit punch. Something a little spicy showing up on second sniff. Very piney flavor, a bit of grapefruit along the edges with a pretty solid caramel malt body. I love the way this sweetens after the pine bite before slowly slipping off the tongue. This should be a christmas beer - it's like drinking a christmas tree, and not in a pine sol kinda way. The mouthfeel is a little oily, but becomes a creamier toward the end, leaving a little bit of douglas fir and spice to linger. This is maybe a little one-note, but exceptionally drinkable and a nice change of pace from the standard DIPA.

Nice call on the extra Hoppymeal. Really like this one and am pleased to learn its accessible in the area.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 01:08:49 | More by grandq
Photo of plaztikjezuz


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 05:25:15 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of AylwinForbes


4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber in the glass with a modest head. Superb aroma of intense pine and resin which one could wallow in for ages. Compared to other imperial IPAs we thought this was notable. It is very much a hop beer as the name implies. The aroma transfers to the palate with dry citrus (not the fruity overtones of say Dreadnaught). On tap, very smooth and drinkable - dangerously so. Definitely in our top ten so far.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2008 22:23:12 | More by AylwinForbes
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a clear reddish-gold with a light, but creamy white head. Lacing was very light.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and full of both citrusy and grassy hops.
The alcohol is there as well but doesn't overwhelm.

The taste is dark ripe fruits, raisins, brown sugar, and honey-alcohol notes.

Medium mouthfeel, rich and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

A fine American Double from Arcadia. A must try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 00:04:40 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of CortexBomb


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

aka: 11th Anniversary Ale.

Pour is deep orange with a dusting of white head on top. Good lacing and the beer clings to the glass with some tenacity. The aroma is sweet and floral with an underlying orange and lemon citrus tinge.

Flavour starts out floral, and quickly segues into grapefruit and pine as well. Sweet maltiness while not balancing the hops completely, reins them in. A bit of an herbal kick on the finish. This is good for the type, not absolutely top tier, but certainly good.

The mouthfeel, nice and thick, good hop bitters, all around good. Drinkability, solid. It's a good representative of the style and is priced about the same as the other beers of its type that I like.

The bottom line: Hop Rocket is another well-done bigger beer by Arcadia. I personally still prefer the west side IPA's (Hopslam, Devil Dancer) but the BC brewery has done a nice job with this one, and it's definitely worth trying out if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 23:03:00 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 07:27:21 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of david131


4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- An completely clear orange colored liquid with some good streams of rising carbonation. The head is massive and super creamy and leaves wonderful lacing.

S- Lots and lots of grapefruit with a little pine. The caramel malt backing is great. So close to the brother DIPA down the road (Hopslam), but not quite as glorious.

T- Sweet with a great fruity hop profile. Not super bitter, just very flavorful- just the way I like it. The alcohol is slightly apparent, but not offensive in any way.

M- Very crisp and dry. Not quite as sticky and thick as I like. The flavor does linger for quite awhile.

D- I am really impressed. For a spur the moment purchase (mostly because of the label), this was fantastic. One of the better DIPA's out there. Get some.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 03:24:12 | More by david131
Photo of BMoney575


4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-14-08
Bottled on G5

Pours a crystal clear, syrupy-looking amber color, with a thin head that leaves rings of white lacing.

Smell is huge, sweet, bitter hops, with a huge sweet malt to back it up. Thick, overpowering and outstanding.

Taste is scary good. A slightly bready malt gives way to an alcohol, fruity hops extravaganza. The super thick hop flavors linger forever, and keep tickling your tongue with their awesomeness.

Mouthfeel is perfect...it's like hop maple syrup.

Drinkability is fantastic, considering the moderate alcohol which I'm guessing is there.

Overall, by far the second-best double IPA I've ever had. This beer just slapped Mr. Hopslam across the face. It gives me chills.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 01:24:01 | More by BMoney575
Photo of beerphan


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2008 13:37:53 | More by beerphan
Photo of CraftAle


4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely unique mix of hops that I have not tasted before---and I loved it! Intense pine/herbal more than typical fruit. However, there was some fruit in aroma. Some floaties in amber colored, medium bodied brew. Main reason to buy is a intense hop mix that is DIFFERENT!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 21:55:22 | More by CraftAle
Photo of Blakaeris


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy apricot brown with a decent white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring with globs of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by resinous citrus hop, with an underlying malt character.

Taste is a chewy caramel malt base with a dominating earthy hop quality.

Mouthfeel is chewy, with plenty of resinous hop oil.

A worthwhile DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 00:29:07 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange amber color with a fluffy white head.

Smell is all grapefruity hop goodness. And I mean fresh grapefruit, like I just cut one open.

Flavor is suprisingly balanced with a big toasted malt goodness and nice light grapefruity finish, but not at all bitter.

Mouthfeel is oily and viscous with decent carbonation.

Easy to drink and tasty, a clear winner! Its almost like and imperial English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 00:20:54 | More by bashiba
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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.