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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | 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 lamarr04


4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 23:28:54 | More by lamarr04
Photo of smcolw


3.45/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 01:26:02 | More by smcolw
Photo of beachbum1975


3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:05:52 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of RustyDiamond


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 21:33:59 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 22:54:55 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 00:42:52 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Frosty80


3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 06:23:21 | More by Frosty80
Photo of sarahspat


3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 01:21:13 | More by sarahspat
Photo of Yetiman420


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy copper with a 1/2 finger head into my Unibroue tulip glass. Hazy and dark enough to suggest a tilt to malt balance which, thankfully, does not come true.

Fruity aroma, very nice, with hints of malt sweetness. Very nice.

Brewery website says balanced towards hops with an IBU of 111 (for the 11th anniversary ale).

Certainly can't detect the 9% ABV on this one. I thought it was a standard IPA until reading the brewery description as a DIPA.

Smooth and very clean. No lingering yeast aftertaste.

A very well done beer by Arcadia.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 00:39:50 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber in color. A nice half inch of off white head forms on the pour.
All hops in the nose. Very citric and dominant. Taste is crisp and biting. More tangerine, citrus hops coming through in the flavor. Just enough malt there to support the hops. This is all about the hops. Nice medium mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking with very nice weblike lace remaining on the side of the glass. Pretty good beer, very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 23:25:05 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, glowing orange color. Huge puffy head. Glows bright from the inside like primordial amber.

The aroma is a big, bold flowery hop. Notes of spicy orange peel and tangerine. (It uses Summit hops, which is one of the few beers I've had that uses them.) Has a rich, rye-like base in the aroma. It's sweet and estery and magnificent. Unreal.

The taste is sweet tangerine and orange with a hint of grapefruit. It's like a rich, bready base with a kind of citrusy (Five Alive?) flavor on top. But the malt is dark like a bitter rye bread. Just this side of perfect.

The feel is creamy and yet oily like an Imperial Stout or a barleywine. It's substantial and doesn't let you forget it's there. This is a goddamn fantastic beer. A masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 16:57:49 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 05:31:17 | More by Durge
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 23:48:38 | More by WesWes
Photo of webmanspidey


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel orange/amber. Maybe a little more red than some others in this style.

Sweet hops and pine smell.

Taste is a little different than typical DIPA here. Not quite as overwhelmingly hoppy as I expected. Initial burst of "pine tree sap" which fades away quickly. After the burst, a very balanced DIPA. Very drinkable.

This is pretty unique for DIPAs I have experienced. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 02:27:24 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper/gold with orange hues. Thin white head with good retention and excellent laceing. Aroma id of tart citrus and hops. Body is on the heavy side and carbonated.Taste is of bittersweet fruits. Grapefruit and orange mostly. Little bit of piney finish. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 18:57:23 | More by riversider76
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample at MBGF07.

Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma.

Medium body with slick texture.

Heavy smooth bittersweet grapefruit flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 00:45:30 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Dalem


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An acrid snap of citrus tang jumps out at first sniff. That, along with a bite of alcohol edge, get's a softened by honey & caramel malt characteristics.
A grapefruitish hop sting hits the tastebuds first and burst in the mouth. Then, like with what happened in the aromas, a sweet honey butter flavor smooths overs the bite and hides the +9% abv pretty good. It's finishes with a mango sweetness & lemon tartness that sticks around for a little along with something just little bit peppery too. Interesting contrasts and medium carbonation make for this to be a little easier of drinker than a lot of the hop bombs out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 01:12:40 | More by Dalem
Photo of ffejherb


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mug's, Brooklyn, NY on 1/16/09.

A - Hazy amber/orange body with modest carbonation and one-finger creamy white head that settled into a thin ring of retention and left a thick, intricate lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma is predominantly citrus hops suggesting orange and grapefruit, as well as some piney hop accents. Sweet caramel malts help to balance the pungent hop aroma.

T - Bold, juicy citrus hop character with grapefruit notes up front and a sweet caramel malt backbone to balance. Some piney hops add a bit of contrast to this predominantly citrusy DIPA, which I enjoyed quite a bit.

M - Medium body with an oily texture and medium carbonation. Finish is slightly dry with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - This DIPA has West Coast written all over it. Hop Rocket boasts a big citrus hop character with a well-balanced maltiness to create a very drinkable DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2009 00:54:11 | More by ffejherb
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia- Hop Rocket

A- Hazy bright orange with a huge frothy head. Good messy lacing.
S- Light cremy caramel/ butter malt with a sweetened citrus aroma.
T- Creamy malt up front and center; hints of vanilla, caramel, and shortbread. Sugar sweetened citrus hops (grapefruit and nectarine) appear early but make up the back end.
M- Very thick and creamy with a touch of slick butter. Hops are sweetened and not bittering. Alc. makes this 1 warming but never overpowers. Very crisp feeling.

Overall- Sweet and easy to drink, but the flavors seem a bit subdued?!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 16:16:16 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of tadowdaddy


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange with some slight red hints mixed in. Head is mediocre at about 1/2 of an inch. However, retention is pretty good. Lacing is very thick and milkshaky on the sides of the glass.

S- Very fruity, grapefruit and some spices. Get a little bit of allspice in this one.

T- Initial caramel and toffee malts and then boom, a huge citrus (grapefruit and some lemon) hop explosion. Very bitter upon swallowing it. Not really balanced at all. Huge hop profile on this beer. Get it from about 1/2 second after it being in the mouth until about 5 mins after you swallow it.

M- Thick, very well carbonated. Huge aftertaste makes my mouth pucker and I love it.

D- Not a session beer but one to enjoy. You can definitely drink a couple of them. Glad I found it!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 02:17:37 | More by tadowdaddy
Photo of meatyard


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Is a cloudy, orange/amber with a large yellowish head that dissipates quickly leaving solid lacing.
S- Is a dominant citrusy smell with a light malt sweetness.
T-Is more balanced than I expected. The citrusy hops flavor is there but no where near overpowering. The malt sweetness comes in nicely in the middle and a bit of alcohol is present in the end.
M-Is very crisp and medium bodied.
D-Is pretty good though the alcohol is present and up there.

I tried to check on the brew date for this on the Arcadia website because, unlike so many brewers, it is marked. The problem is that the date codes have not been updated since 2007. I have to believe that this bottle is at least several months old and has lost a lot of hop profile. As it stands this is not much of a IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 02:11:34 | More by meatyard
Photo of HiAIPA


4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Uncle Beer.

Appearance - Nice orange yellow.

Smell - Fantastic smells of citrus, tangerine, orange, grapefruit.

Taste - Quite enjoyable. Not overpowering, not overly malted or a hop buzz saw either.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light and quaffable. This could be a session beer for me, it wasn't too heavy.

Drinkablity - Wow, tasted light and peppy for 9% for sure. Not as heavy as Big A IPA although reminded me a lot of that.

Definitely would drink more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 16:05:41 | More by HiAIPA
Photo of hopdog


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!).

Poured a medium orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, some floral hops, and earthy. Tastes of oranges, grapefruits, and caramel. Nicely balanced. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

Notes from 2/6/08

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 00:56:15 | More by hopdog
Photo of Prufrock


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

slightly cloudy amber with a thin layer of off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lace.

aroma is surprisingly sweet. caramel and honey malts are prominent, with a rounded, lovely backing of citrusy, grapefruity hops.

taste starts with some balance; caramel malts, citrus rinds, grapefruit and pine hops; finish is dominated by piney, oily hops. feel is moderate for the style, which helps the drinkability, but the stiffly bitter finish sticks to the teeth and is a bit harsh. i'm still smelling the empty glass for the aroma, but the hop flavors are just a bit too assertive.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:31:58 | More by Prufrock
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Poured with a nice blooming, white frothy head; orangey color associated with most DIPAs.

S - Snappy citrus hop aromas with just a touch of malt sweetness

T - Loads of grapefruit hop flavors, but not nearly enough of a malt back to balance them out a bit. Didn't really pick up enough of the more piney flavors that I would expect for the style.

M - Decent touch of carbonation, and a creamier more filling MF.

D - Not the most drinkable DIPA largely due to the lack of balance (which I know is absurd for hop bombs), but the citrus flavors of the hops didn't have anything backing them up.

Overall, this was a more than solid brew, but the citrus/grapefruit flavors were too dominating. Needed a bit more balance to increase the drinkability and overall appeal for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 03:35:52 | More by Nickls
Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.