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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 17
Gots: 17 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bashiba on 12-28-2007

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of williamherbert
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

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.

Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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.

Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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!

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.

Photo of Dalem
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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?!

Photo of tadowdaddy
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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!

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.

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.

Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.