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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | 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 younger35
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%

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!

younger35, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Derek, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

GRPunk, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

alexgash, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +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.

Georgiabeer, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

Douglas14, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of malcontent
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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?

malcontent, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

flexabull, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Lothore
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Lothore, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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.

Gehrig, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

scruffwhor, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

Atlas1, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

I had this on tap at the Oak Cafe in Wyandotte, MI. Overall it was tasty but not the best IIPA on tap (there were many excellent choices tonight). The beer was crystal clear golden colored, and the aroma had a crisp hops bite. The flavor was clean, hoppy and bitter. Not overly grapfruity, more like an English version of an IPA x 1.5.

TurdFurgison, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
3.3/5  rDev -12%

A - Slightly hazy medium-orange with white, frothy, 1-2 finger head. It's lingering! Lacing all the way down.

S - Sweet, sugary, pineapple fruity hops, grapefruity undertones. Beautiful bouquet.

T - Very green, hop bomb. Hops on top of hops, with a slightly present malt backbone. Alcohol warmth is present and hardly hidden. I've been spoiled with less-harsh DIPA's lately. Strange yeasty undertone that I'm not familiar with in this style.

M - Overly carbonated but great thickness. Creamy, and surprisingly not as oily as anticipated.

D - Points definitely knocked off for the alcohol burn and sweetness. It'd be hard drinking more than one of these for me. It's a nice taste, just not harnessed correctly.

A good concept that could use a bit of work. For reference, I liked their Hopmouth DIPA a lot more than this.

SaucyA, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of chefboy812
3.88/5  rDev +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.

chefboy812, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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!

BeerTruth, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

DaggerEyes, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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!

joe1510, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

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...

emerge077, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Dansting
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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.

Dansting, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of grandq
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

grandq, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

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!

plaztikjezuz, Jan 30, 2008
Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.