Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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87
very good

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 432
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 28 | 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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Reviews: 201 | Hads: 432
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 2nd street brew house , poured in chalice, color is coppery gold with thin head that is bright white

Smell mild citrus hops and some pale malt

Taste is very well mixed citrus and pine hops, mild pale malt background, citrus comes forth as it warms

Mouthfeel is a very bitter and cloying, but expected

Overall an average to slightly above avg DIPS, needs s
a different hop mix. (391 characters)

Photo of BellsFan
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from a height of 12"+/- in an attempt to creat some head. Although my efforts largely failed some space lacing on the glass remained throughout my enjoyment of this beverage.

The nose smeled citrusy, perhaps like grapefruit.

Mouth feel is unremarkably standard but not in a bad way.

The taste is hard to place for me. It's definable citrus but beyond that is for you to decide.

Overall I am enjoying this double IPA and the 9% ABV (460 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (698 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, served in a tulip

An orange body, slightly hazy, with a two finger ecru cap. The head fell rather slowly and left some rings of lace around the glass.

The aroma was more balanced than I anticipated from the description on the bar menu. Pithy grapefruit, oranges, and sturdy toasted malt propping up a large amount of hops.

The flavor profile is sweet up front, with oranges and caramel hitting you first. Perfumey hops and toasted malt carry through the middle before a rush of juicy, bittersweet grapefruit and orange sweep in for the finish.

Medium bodied, chewy profile. Carbonation is on point.

This is a nice, well-balanced dipa. The hops definitely poke through and win the battle with the malt, but the malt is extremely sturdy. (748 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (958 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Color of deep apricot, with a rather short head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of herbal hops and not quite sure what else. Hemp? Green pepper? A bit confusing.
Taste-Dank, rough, harsh hops. Off-putting onions and garlic flavor in the finish. Not sure on the age of this bottle . My guess is that it is not fresh. This review stands until I can be sure of a fresh sample or a freshness date. (446 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden straw with a slight orange, large head that becomes nice lacing and sticks to the sides with each sip.

S: orange, pine, sweet malt, and slight alcohol

T: lot of alcohol in the taste, but before that hits I get some fruity taste. It's almost belgian-like. Good hop bitterness to take away the sweetness of the malt. A bit of garlic or onion on the end - I'm guessing this is a bit older, but I don't have a date on this bottle.

M: excellent hoppiness and carbonation make it crisp even though it's a medium to medium-heavy bodied beer.

O: solid overall, but I wish it were fresher. Unless this is it...I'll have to try it some other time. Price was $4 or so per bottle at an expensive shop. (706 characters)

Photo of spartanfan
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz with no date code of any kind.

A: pours a dark orange amber color which is opaque in my golden monkey tulip. Nice white head leaves minimal lacing after fading into a thin layer.

S: aroma is very hoppy with pine and citrus taking the forefront. There is also the unpleasant aroma of garlic which I think is from summit hops.

T: taste follows the nose with powerful pine resin hops along with the garlic. Orange-y citrus flavors are present. A biscuit flavor is there if you search for it.

M: this is a full bodied well balanced DIPA. Carbonation is perhaps a hair on the high side. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O: a well crafted DIPA. If not for the garlic flavor/aroma I would have really enjoyed it, but it was quite overpowering and unpleasant. (772 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from The Wine Seller in A2. Pours cloudy yellow, creamy white head on top. Smell of pine hops and not much else, a little dusty and funky, with no malt presence in the aroma. Taste is extremely muddled and fails to hide any alcohol flavor, some dusty old hops, very little malt backbone as far as I can tell with no influence on the taste. Chewy mouthfeel and sort of flat. Wondering if I got an old/compromised bottle. This was not good. (445 characters)

Photo of b3shine
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip. Looks good; a deep, opaque burnt-orange. Smells good too; floral and citrus. Taste is decent, but not anything special. Could be an old bottle though. Pretty bitter, and not in the most pleasant way. Mouthfeel suffers from the bitterness on the palate too. Overall, pretty overpriced for what it is (which usually isn't the case with Arcadia). (360 characters)

Photo of 33nickadams
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color with a sticky white head. Lots of tiny bubbles float to the top. It's a good looking beer. The smell is dominated by citrus hops (mainly orange), with a faint malty caramel background. I do pick up a peppery smell as well. The bitterness from the citrus hops is well-balanced with the caramel malt. At 9%, the alcohol is well-hidden. The body is rather heavy and well carbonated. Overall, this one ranks just below other Michigan DIPAs like Hopslam and Double Trouble. I was turned off by the $15 per 4 pack price, but it was worth getting a single of it. (574 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 Oz Bottle poured into a tulip

No visible bottle date. But this is the first time I have seen this, ever, so I am assuming its fresh.

A- Rather clear orange with a one finger white head, nice legs on the glass and nice bubbles. A beaut.
S- Holy Pinecones! This is one piney beer, More so then anything I have ever come by. Lots of lemon as well as mango and orange as well as every other good smelling tropical fruit ever. This is the second beer I have ever given a 5 in smell, the other is Arctic Panzer Wolf. (Guess she's freshly bottled)
T- A nice but not overwhelming bitterness up front. Hop characteristics are Very, very citrus based. Lots of lemon and mango and pine. This is so piney, I can literally imagine tasting pine sap right out of a tree, Malts are there, Barely, but this is as hop forward as they come. Amazing stuff.
M- Goes down dangerously easy but is quite warming. Bitter aftertaste, but I love it, this baby will definitely obliterate you palate and that's alright by me.
O- I saw this, thought it looked cool and bought it. I was a bit alarmed when I rang it up at 15$ a 4 pack! (I think it was at least). Then I read some reviews prior to trying and I am blown away by the amount of negative reviews and became skeptical of my decision. Some people may have come by some old batches or something because Holy crap, this is a DIPA if I ever have seen one. What are you hopheads waiting for? This beer is all about the Hop and for that I say amen. (1,477 characters)

Photo of powerss13
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. Definitaly a solid beer, but could use some more to it. Has a great hop taste to it, a bit on the dry-hop side. Could have had more work done on the aroma; a little bland for me. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Not hard on the palate (meaning hard to taste higher alcohol content). Overall a solid beer; you should atleast spend the money to buy a single and give it a try. (387 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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... (813 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass
A: Hazy tan color, very thin head that quickly disappears.
S: A bit nutty, a bit boozy, nothing really stands out.
T: The hops are noticeable, but don't particularly stand out- not what I expected; this is quite boozy, along with nuts and toasted grain.
M: Medium-bodied & somewhat viscous from the alcohol.
O: I almost wonder if there was a batch of this that wasn't up to par given the recent reviews all of which are below average. I would be curious to try it again at some point, but this particular bottle is not for me. (563 characters)

Photo of GarrettMD
1.92/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a dark opaque amber. Not too much visible carbonation, half a finger of white head, fairly creamy, and the head fades to a thin layer almost immediately.

S - Mostly malts, some hints of booze. Sweet malts, I read butter in another review, that is definitely in there (couldn't quite place the smell), maybe even hints of leather and some sour yeasts (though I know it doesn't have any). No hops or bitterness at all.

T - Meh. Following with the aroma, not much hops if at all. Very sweet and malty. Not too much alcohol noticeable. Cherry is a flavor that's dominant along with the sweet malts. Not really liking this too much... Peaches, that's what this tastes like. It tastes like a Fuzzy Navel (mixed drink, Orange Juice and Peach Schnapps). The flavor is that of a Fuzzy Navel with some caramel malts brewed into it. No hops, just malt.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, sticky sweet mouthfeel. Finish is cloyingly sweet with a long lingering peach flavor.

O - I have no idea how old this bottle is, I would hope that it isn't fresh because if so, they need to put more hops in for it to even be a Pale Ale. It almost tastes like an IPA that they just forgot to add hops to at all (in the boil and dry-hopping). (1,230 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew the color of toasted caramel. It puts up a one finger tan colored head that quickly recedes into a single layer of big and active bubbles. These are bubbly and fizzy, giving the beer a highly carbonated look. No sediment is noted. The aroma has a sweetness of Granny Smith apples. There is additional sugar of caramel malts, which appear buttery and roasty as well. Mild medicinals, and a citric and fruity hops permeate the far back of the nose. With warmth a booze seeps out. As we sip, there is huge booze off the front. There is a metallic bite of sweeter malts, and a cooked/toasty caramel. This borders in the realm of smokiness. The middle peaks with further sweetness, marked by a synthetic cherry flavoring. Citric hops finally crash in, bringing an end to the sugars with a soapy bitterness. The end continues with the soapy hops, more booze, medicinal phenols, and a surprising revival of the sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of grassy hops, your standard barley, peppery booze, and a metallic earthiness. The body is medium, bordering on thin, and the carbonation is light. The mouth has a metallic dryness, but is otherwise cooling and somewhat satiating. There is a definite warming, but there is little slurp and smack, minus the creamy fullness one might expect. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the drinkability. The beer presents as light and refreshing, with a nice hop presence in the nose and in the taste. The booze is quite present throughout, but it doesn’t feel like a monster DIPA that’s going to kick your butt by the end of it. Where we lost major points was in the feel. It was overly thin for the style, and was of little pleasure to consume. (1,762 characters)

Photo of mocktm
2.21/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From bottle, has an area for date notching, but I guess the machine missed this one as nothing is marked.

Pour is dark golden orange, off white head forms and then quickly fizzles out. Appears a little flat, no lacing or carbonation bubbles.

I'm not liking the aromas on this one, pure skunk weed pureed with onions and booze. No citrus presence what so ever, really off putting.

As with the nose, literally tastes like I'm liking the side of a hill. Just overwhelming grass with overbearing alcohol presence on top of it. No balance what so ever, the malt backbone is completely missing in action, as is any lemon and grapefruit. Has a really unpleasant after taste that lingers around as well.

Pretty full bodied, but rather flat with a syrupy consistency. Just not an easy drinker.

I'm only three sips in but I don't think I'll be able to stomach this one, probably a drain pour. Maybe chalk it up to a bad bottle, but I don't think I'll ever trade for another one to really find out. (992 characters)

Photo of sjverla
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Boozy. A little fruit. No real hops to speak of in this one. The rocket seems empty.

Appearance: Hazy honey-orange with a small, but persistent, cream-colored head.

Taste: Mostly sweet. But the hops come in toward the end. Earthy and peppery. Pleasant and mild. Not unique, but not a common tasting beer. Nice and juicy, but the sweetness and hot gums from the alcohol keep this from being better.

Overall: Pretty good as a beer. Not great as a Double IPA. (465 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brews pours a clear amber colored body with a slightly red hue. About a one-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only a bit of lacing. No bottling or freshness date that I could find.

Smells fresh. Good hop notes featuring pine and a little citrus. Strong caramel malt balance evident in the aroma.

Spicy is the first word that comes to mind for the flavor. Not spicy like a Belgian yeast, but more like a zesty lemon taste up front, which was unexpected from the aroma. Good hop notes of pine resin and a hint of citrus along for the ride with a sweet caramel malt.

I'm getting more of the alcohol in the taste than I prefer, but it's not a deal killer. I like this and recommend it to hop lovers. (729 characters)

Photo of dfillius
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/23/10, enjoyed 4/2/11
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger of tight cream colored head with good retention. Hazy orange-red liquid. Good lookin'!
S: Even mix of slightly harsh esters, PNW hops and toast. Some butter, which I've found to be typical of Arcadia beers. Nice, but harsh esters lower the overall enjoyment of it.
T: Sweet start which transitions to moderate bitterness (AIPA territory, not DIPA). Slight cardboard and sherry, too strong on the alcohol flavor. Caramel.
M: Thick, chewy, warm to hot.
D: No thanks on another, and I won't be buying it again. (577 characters)

Photo of Cmcshane
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is as close to hopslam as you can get. Awesome! Hop rocket is an incredible double ipa. It drinks like 15 percent. Once again another great hoppy beer from Michigan! The beer is smooth compared to the hoppy counter parts. I compared to double trouble, hopsickle, hop stoopid, and hop wollop from victory and it hands down was the best beer tonight. Arcadia moves up in my book tonight. (390 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.71/5  rDev -30%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear marigold hue with a fair one-finger head that has fair retention and leaves decent gobs of lacing.

aroma is honey, lemon zest, caramel, nougat. earthy, grassy pistachio. lemony hops. interesting.

taste is citrusy, juiicy hops paired with some intense caramel sweetness, ample malting, and a decently bitter clean finish. some strong alcoholy heat is hiding in there.

mouth i thick, luscious, almost syrupy. ample carbonation but just a bit sugary slick. lingering bitterness and slightly drying astringency is a pleasant surprise cutting through the syrup.

all in all, an interesting one. Not sure how much I want to drink, but it's certainly solid and there's something about it that I definitely like. but there's also something about it that just doesn't quite work perfectly. All in all though, I like it and would definitely drink it again. (863 characters)

Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.