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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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85
very good

396 Ratings
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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | 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 Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
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 -5.6%
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 +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
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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
4/5  rDev +7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +8.3%
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
2.3/5  rDev -38.5%
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
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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 +5.6%
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 +2.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Douglas14
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-golden color - a bit hazy - with a nice head that doesn't leave that much lace. It has a nice hop aroma...a little differnet though; good hoppiness but still a little unexpected...which was actually quite nice. The taste has the expected hoppiness that should come from a imperial IPA but that flavor is immediately taken over by the sweetness of this beer. It almost has that Dogfish sweetness to it...very nice and incredible that someone can pull off this combo.

Overall great beer...I just wish it had a little more "oomph" to really solidify the imperial quality. Other than that, great beer, nobody should miss out on this one.

Photo of malcontent
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty shade of orange liquid without much head is at least an attractive alternative to the gushers I often get from this brewery.

Well, that's a nice change; wonderful juicy fruit scent that veers into tangerine-like citrus hops and a modestly floral nose.

Huge rush of floral and piney hops up front with far less fruitiness than the aroma betrays. Slightly solvent-like finish tarnishes an otherwise pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

On the thin side for the style although trace amounts of hop oiliness masks that reality somewhat. A nice enough brew and one of the better I've had from this brewery. Still, with almost every American brewery trying their hand at the style, what is there to make me go out of my way and find this?

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a glowing orange with a slight chill haze and some fine particulates. creamy white head and lacing. inviting nose of honeyed bready malts, citrus (tangerine), apricots, and floral notes. biting bitter hops dominate with just a bit of underlying malt sweetness; an almost peppery, astringent bite to the hops. almost full-bodied, nice lively carbonation, and a long bitter finish. would have liked just a bit more malt sweetness in this for balance, or a less peppery and astringent quality to the hop bite.

Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just got this bottle as an extra from vwcraig. Thanks again.

I am thirsty, so here goes...

A pretty nice looking beer, pours a bright orange color, a bit hazy, with a good white head.

Aromas are pretty good too. Some sweet hard candies, grapefruit, and some other citrus notes as well.

Initial hop bitterness is strong upon first sip. Beer is dry, kind of sour, with puckering citrus hop bitterness. Finish has some malt flavors, that are sweet and creamy... but they are faint. Most of the finish is more crisp citrus hops. My only nit pick is that this is a bit harsh and unbalanced. But not enough to make this bad beer by any stretch.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit prickly feeling, but still feels full and thick.

Drinkability is OK. This is a pretty good DIPA. Certainly not a stand out, but still better than average. The harshness detracts a bit from the drinkability though.

Photo of Lothore
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fairly clear orange hue with a small but sustinate white head.

S- Smells sweet with a thick malt backbone and very grassy smelling hop notes.

T- Taste starts off with the grassy notes as in the nose, moves into a doughy maltiness followed by a hop bitterness that can't really be described as grapefruity or piney, perhaps leaning towards citrusey grapefruit but there is definitely a unique flavor to it.

M- Thick with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- I enjoyed this one but it definitely isn't one that I would session. There is that off grassy note that throws me a bit but other than that it's a solid double IPA.

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at the magnificent Sun Singer, and it's a winner. A thick, durable finger of white head rests atop an amber body, with rings of lace decorating the Yankees pint glass. Lots of fruit interspersed with heavy hops dominate the smell. The taste is terrific, very citrusy and very hopped. I detect peach, orange, and apple--wonderful. Well balanced and carbonated, this is delicious and easy as honey to enjoy.

A genuine treat, this is easily one of my favorites from Arcadia. Excellent DIPA.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Atlas1
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer guy at Rodman's recommended this. I assured him that anything called "Hop Rocket" was bound to be an easy sell with me.

Poured into a DFH barrel pint glass, the Rocket appears a bright amber/orange color, but cloudy with specks of yeast sediment floating around. Had I known this was a bottle-conditioned beer I would have taken greater care with the pour (hint: give us a heads-up, Arcadia!). Still, it's nice looking and delivers a frothy two-finger head of foam that dies down over time but leaves behind good lace. The nose is alive with hops. Effervescent pine and deep citrus abound. Sweet and malty, but sharp and assertive. This beer smells like freshly squeezed hop juice. Whoa, this one also really packs a serious mouth punch too. Sweet and tangy up front, the Rocket really hits hard and fast. For a brief minute, you could almost mistake this for grapefruit juice. But that quickly fades, and you soon know you're drinking a damn fine double IPA. Big on citrus and pine again, but it also serves up a healthy portion of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is chewy and smooth.

A totally drinkable beer, no matter how big it is (how big is it, by the way?). Goes down easy, maybe too easy, and doesn't offend with any over-the-top alcohol aftertaste. Really good beer here. Find it and drink it down.

Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.