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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

386 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

DWolf, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a brilliant, hazy golden amber with a very thin, quickly dissipating white mousse.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, sweet cream, grass, fresh herbs, kumquats, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, spruce, and pine mingle with a hint of peppery alcohol.

T: Incredibly strong notes of caramel, toffee, sweet cream, brown sugar, biscuit, honey, grass, fresh herbs, kumquats, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple, spruce, pine, and cedar give way to an astringent, prickly hit of alcohol that imparts a brief sensation of white pepper. The finish is peppery and bitter with alcohol, white pepper, spruce, pine, cedar, lemon, grapefruit, and caramel flavors vying for dominance.

M: Full in body and initially slick, though a sticky, resinous sensation establishes a firm grasp on the palate by the fade. Carbonation is a little too sluggish and too unobtrusive compared to some of the higher rated DIPAs currently on the market. Alcohol presence is very intense. This is definitely a sipping beer, and taken in that context it is fine, but the oddly lacking carbonation is a bit of a concern for me. Perhaps there is something wrong with this bottle.

O: I was looking forward to trying a DIPA that put the Summit hop varietal on display, as it is one of my favorite varietals, and since many of the brewers and beer geeks I have spoken with tend to view it as the hop one uses when one cannot procure Simcoe, I wanted to see how it fared in a big beer more or less on its own. This beer is not bad, and I do admit that I am probably being rather harsh as my expectations were high, but it never really pulls everything together no matter how hard it tries. Still, this is far from a bad DIPA-it is just that there are far better examples of the style on the market that are readily available year round. The next time I see this, though, I am buying another bottle just to see if there is something a little off about this one.

mrfrancis, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

RyanCFriedrich, Jan 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

dmorgan310, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Kerrie, Jan 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rrski198, Dec 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Swik, Dec 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

leadahmer, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

buzzy, Nov 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

kmos27, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

4Socialanxiety, Nov 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

claspada, Oct 11, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

flowdiggity, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Gr8Lakes, Sep 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

mychalg9, Sep 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

tommy5, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ChrisMon02, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

crbnfbr, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

danthehopslamman, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of MikeWard
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No bottled date that I could find, though there was an unnotched area on the side of the label with A-G, 1-6

Poured a cloudy orange amber color, with thin head, however the head did retain throughout. Very minimal lacing. Any carbonation was impossible to detect due to the bodies cloudiness.

Smell was all sweet, booze, and malts. Unable to detect any hop smell at all. This one may be past it's prime.

Taste, well this gets a bit tricky. It wasn't completely unpleasant, just not what I bargained for. No hop taste all all, came off almost barleywine-ish (hah, a new word!) quite warming and sweet. If it was a cold winters day, I might enjoy it, just not in the dog days of August.

Mouth was slightly syrupy, as you might expect. No tingling sensations at all. Some sweet caramel.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment. If you reach for something called Hop Rocket, you expect to find at least some hop signature, even if it were 6 months from bottling date. (Which is impossible to tell when the brewery doesn't date the bottle). Would be interesting to try one fresh out of the brewery. And it might be interesting to try one after cellaring for a year, though surely better options are available for that.

MikeWard, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

gulogulo, Jul 27, 2013
Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.