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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of HiAIPA
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Photo of Prufrock
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Nickls
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.

Photo of GJ40
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn, MI while on a business trip.

A - Golden in color with some haze and a moderately sized off white head. Good lacing.

S - Piney and earthy with a malt sweetness. Some floral aroma too. It was OK but I expected more.

T - Nice balanced flavor but the citrusy hops just edge out the malt and alcohol for control. I was expecting more alcohol presence from a 9% beer but it's very well hidden.

M - A sturdy beer with perfect carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink (probably too easy considering the 9% alcohol). Arcadia has now joined the list of MI brewers that have made me take notice of their growing commitment to craft beer and liberal use of hops.

Photo of jwinship83
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle kept in the fridge since mid may to preserve the hop character and poured into a goblet

A- dark orange with a small off white head that quickly becomes little more than a crown.

S- mostly citrus and piney hops. faint odor of alcohol

T- strong blast of orange/citrus hops. very bitter aftertaste. exactly what im looking for in a IIPA without the burn from the alcohol.

M- crisp. light, and tangy with a nice level of carbonation.

D- easy enough to drink. im sorry i only have 2 of these left. not sure id buy it again this long after its been brewed.

Photo of dsa7783
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a murky, ruddy, deep-orange, copper hue with no head at all and hardly any lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Faint hop aroma with noticeable alcohol on the nose and a touch of honey...
Taste was rendolent of fresh, wet hops doused in alcohol, along with some bitter medicinal nuances, caramel, and sweet sugars...
Overall, this one seemed highly unbalanced and too bitter... Arcadia didn't do too well of a job masking the 9% ABV on this one either...
Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this one...

Photo of robbyc1
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow orangish with a nice white head, dissipates fast, leaves some notice it was there.

Not a hop bomb as expected, nose is spicy but not like an orange or lemon or grapefruit, subtle.

Big flavor is there, however, of a sold hop/malt together, very balanced, very nice, doesn't blow you away, but makes it an easy drinker. Refreshing and tart, dry on the finish. Very nice.

Solid body and could have several of these, hides the abv very well, would think it's a session beer if I didn't know it is 9%. Very nice. Good not great. Doesn't quite match up to it's neighbors at Bells.

Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a quickly dissolving white head and foamy white lacing.

Scent is strong on citrus and sweetness, but the hops are very apparent. Some malts lie deeper in the scent, with a hint of honey and caramel.

Taste is sweet with heavy citrus and a bit of alcohol up front, and hops sneaking through the powerful citrus punch. Finish is slightly hoppy with alcohol.

Stinging mouthfeel from alcohol, but carries through the mouth well.

Drinkability is good, not too high, but can be enjoyed at a comfortable pace.

More citrus than the typical IIPA, but it is a nice change of pace. Even though it is nothing to write home about, it is quite relaxing, and enjoyable. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I would have it again if it were readily available.

Photo of Ricochet
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Don't know why but the Hop House in Pitt, PA had this listed as "Hop Mouth", but I'm sure it was this. It was a double IPA with the same ABV and from Arcadia, so here goes:

A: Cloudy, dark orange with no head and no lace with some light coming through. Beer soup.

S: Sweet. Very fruity. It's liquid hops. Not candy like. A hop head's dream.

M: Yep. Bitter. Actually, it was a bitter wash but smooth in the swallow and a creamy, fruity aftertaste. Balanced.

T: Carrot sticks, raisin, slightly citrus leaning to grapefruit but not defining. Candy note on top. Smooth flowing profile that mixed perfectly with nothing too extreme or sticking out. Wow. Even the alcohol was muted. Perfect.

D: Tricky. So good and smooth, I wanted another but the ABV meant this was the last beer of the night.

Overall, wow. One of the best I've tried.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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

I figured it was time to rip this bad boy out of the fridge since I am celebrating a personal milestone tonight.

The pour spewed forth a lovely orange tinged caramel body with a small head of short duration. Lacing clings fast creating a reminder of a fuller glass. The pour was undertaken without care for spilt yeast so there is a hazy opacity.

The moment the cap was ripped off the bottle, a peculiar whiskey odour sprayed out in the jet of CO2 gas. Very peculiar. Upon sniffing the poured portion, the whiskey odour had vanished and only a dank and pleasantly skunky hop aroma shined through. This smells very nice. Concentrated pine oil and sappy stickiness fill the mind's eye.

The taste brings an orange citrus sweetness with hop funkiness hanging on the tail end and delivering quite a nice balance. It finishes fairly dry, but the citrus sweetness reemerges washing away the drought in a slurry of salivatory delight. Nice. This brew is quite unique.

The mouthfeel is moderate. It comes off medium at the onset and transitions to light with the wet finish that pours in. This is one of the most pronounced shifts in character that I have experienced to date.

The drinkability is good. It is light and strong which would lead the wary toward caution and the foolish into disaster.

Very nice beer. One of the most unique brews I have tried in quite some time. Give it a rip if it flies past you.

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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

I am a big Hop head so this beer was right up my ally.

A- a nice golden color with a reddish tint to it.

S- Fruity hops aroma

T- Hops right off the bat and then a pleasant grapefruit taste.

M- very smooth with a nice hops aftertaste.

D- For me it goes down very easily, if you like hope give it a shot.

Photo of Slynger
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden-tangerine color with a frothy white lid that leaves sloppy lace.

The smell is has a syrupy sweetness to go along with an apricot-pineapple fruitiness, and piney hops.

Lemony-grapefruit flavors with citrus rind and earthy-spicy, piney hops. Pleasantly bitter and dry, with a full body, and a softly sharp oily-creaminess.

Hop Rocket is nice, but when I blast off with an IIPA there's some others I'd rather ride with.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan head that has decent retention, and it leaves some good lacing. Body is golden amber.

Smell - simple and straightforward, this is going to be hop-centric. The nose is filled wtih floral and citrus aromas. There is a faint hint of toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - exactly as the smell indicates. It is all about the hops, with the malt only serving as a backbone. Florally and citrusy hops flood the tongue, with only the faintest taste of the malt backbone showing up as toasty malt biscuits.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied. Much hop oil slickness, and somewhat semi-dry from the hops.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale. Only the high abv limits its sessionability.

Photo of younger35
2.36/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received this brew as an extra amongst many others from hoppymeal. This is my first brew from Arcadia and I'm pumped to try it. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a chill hazed orange/red with a decent half finger white head. A fairly thin cap stays along with a decent collar that leaves a bit of spotty lacing.
Smell- Plenty of vibrant tropical hops reminiscent of pineapple, apricot and mangos. A bit of bubblegum and cotton candy are present giving it a bit of a candy sweetness. By far the most dominating aspect of this beers nose is the super rich caramel malt.
Taste- Very fruity and sweet with a big apricot bite right from the start that I'm not real sure I like. It seems a bit metallic or something with a very tart citrus middle and sweet cotton candy or bubblegum finish. Oranges and grapefruit are more than present in the finish along with a bit of alcohol. Weird.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin with a tart metallic sensation, a bit of warming in the finish and light aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Not a big fan of this one. It's a weird mix between a Barleywine and a DIPA with very metallic/artesian aspect. Needs some tweaking and a bit toned down. Thanks to Derek for the opportunity!

Photo of JDV
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of drewbeerme. Thanks!
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a big lasting offwhite head. Smell is big sweet fruity fresh hops. Awesome nose. Taste is much milder, but still nice. Light bitterness, fruity sweetness, nice moderate hop flavor and mild bitterness. Soft carbonation and slightly creamy body. Flavor is lacking a hop punch that is really needed and expected. EASILY the mildest Impreial IPA I've ever had. I thought it was mild for a regular IPA... Wow. Still incredibly drinkable for that reason, and the 9% is well hidden. Nice beer.

Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- The nice reddish-orange beer poured with a 1-1/2 finger off-white head. Eventually the head turned to a solid lace that left great sticky spots on the side of the glass. The medium carbonation was interesting as there were a bunch of tiny bubbles appeared to be suspended along with much bigger ones that floated to the top.

S- Initially, it was as if I put my nose into a hop bag. There was a strong aroma of earthy hops. Pine, floral, and citrus scents all seemed to be represented. On second sniff, there were delicate malts that brought some balance. There were more alcohol tones later.

T- There was more balance in the flavor than the aroma would suggest. There were definite citrus tones from the hops, but there were also loads of sweetness from the malts. I picked up nice hints of caramel.

M- It had a dry effect from the generous hopping and light carbonation.

D- I'm not gonna' slam it, but its smooth enough to enjoy 1 or 2 in a sitting.

Overall- It's no hop bomb. Bitterness is present, but it's very approachable.

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

Hazyish, orange copper body with a gauzy, lacy, small, off-white head. Orange marmalade, pineapple, Scotch Tape, and lemonade hops lead the nose. Some buttery cookie dough malts underneath.

Herbal hop bitterness and opens up the palate as rummy fruit malts rush in. Malty sweetness is soon overshadowed by pineapple, marmalade, grapefruit, and piny hop flavor and bitterness. Flashes of butterscotch. Acidic, citrus hop finish. Dry. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Maybe a little too fizzy overall though. Nice.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to rsyberg01 for the chance to try this beer. Pours golden with a fair head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Hot at first, but this fades. Smells grassy amd meaty with some creamy waxiness on the finish as well as a very floral character as well. The taste is similar- quite beefy and floral to start, and with some grapefruit on the finish, and some pine right at the end but a bit muddied. A trifle unusual in the hop profile. Somewhat soft in the mouth, especially on the finish, it's still fairly tasty. A little unusual, and not my favorite DIPA, but worth a try.

Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.