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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Hop RocketArcadia Hop Rocket

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BA SCORE
85
very good

356 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.65%


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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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz with no date code of any kind.

A: pours a dark orange amber color which is opaque in my golden monkey tulip. Nice white head leaves minimal lacing after fading into a thin layer.

S: aroma is very hoppy with pine and citrus taking the forefront. There is also the unpleasant aroma of garlic which I think is from summit hops.

T: taste follows the nose with powerful pine resin hops along with the garlic. Orange-y citrus flavors are present. A biscuit flavor is there if you search for it.

M: this is a full bodied well balanced DIPA. Carbonation is perhaps a hair on the high side. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O: a well crafted DIPA. If not for the garlic flavor/aroma I would have really enjoyed it, but it was quite overpowering and unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:01:01 | More by spartanfan
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from The Wine Seller in A2. Pours cloudy yellow, creamy white head on top. Smell of pine hops and not much else, a little dusty and funky, with no malt presence in the aroma. Taste is extremely muddled and fails to hide any alcohol flavor, some dusty old hops, very little malt backbone as far as I can tell with no influence on the taste. Chewy mouthfeel and sort of flat. Wondering if I got an old/compromised bottle. This was not good.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:28:37 | More by BMMillsy
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b3shine

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip. Looks good; a deep, opaque burnt-orange. Smells good too; floral and citrus. Taste is decent, but not anything special. Could be an old bottle though. Pretty bitter, and not in the most pleasant way. Mouthfeel suffers from the bitterness on the palate too. Overall, pretty overpriced for what it is (which usually isn't the case with Arcadia).

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:50:27 | More by b3shine
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33nickadams

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color with a sticky white head. Lots of tiny bubbles float to the top. It's a good looking beer. The smell is dominated by citrus hops (mainly orange), with a faint malty caramel background. I do pick up a peppery smell as well. The bitterness from the citrus hops is well-balanced with the caramel malt. At 9%, the alcohol is well-hidden. The body is rather heavy and well carbonated. Overall, this one ranks just below other Michigan DIPAs like Hopslam and Double Trouble. I was turned off by the $15 per 4 pack price, but it was worth getting a single of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:03:56 | More by 33nickadams
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 Oz Bottle poured into a tulip

No visible bottle date. But this is the first time I have seen this, ever, so I am assuming its fresh.

A- Rather clear orange with a one finger white head, nice legs on the glass and nice bubbles. A beaut.
S- Holy Pinecones! This is one piney beer, More so then anything I have ever come by. Lots of lemon as well as mango and orange as well as every other good smelling tropical fruit ever. This is the second beer I have ever given a 5 in smell, the other is Arctic Panzer Wolf. (Guess she's freshly bottled)
T- A nice but not overwhelming bitterness up front. Hop characteristics are Very, very citrus based. Lots of lemon and mango and pine. This is so piney, I can literally imagine tasting pine sap right out of a tree, Malts are there, Barely, but this is as hop forward as they come. Amazing stuff.
M- Goes down dangerously easy but is quite warming. Bitter aftertaste, but I love it, this baby will definitely obliterate you palate and that's alright by me.
O- I saw this, thought it looked cool and bought it. I was a bit alarmed when I rang it up at 15$ a 4 pack! (I think it was at least). Then I read some reviews prior to trying and I am blown away by the amount of negative reviews and became skeptical of my decision. Some people may have come by some old batches or something because Holy crap, this is a DIPA if I ever have seen one. What are you hopheads waiting for? This beer is all about the Hop and for that I say amen.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 10:26:42 | More by TwelveOunces
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powerss13

Kansas

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. Definitaly a solid beer, but could use some more to it. Has a great hop taste to it, a bit on the dry-hop side. Could have had more work done on the aroma; a little bland for me. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Not hard on the palate (meaning hard to taste higher alcohol content). Overall a solid beer; you should atleast spend the money to buy a single and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:40:28 | More by powerss13
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bready & grainy notes, some soapy & grassy notes as this warms

T: Pineapple citric acid twang along with some pine & breadyness up front. Boozeyness takes over as this warms, along with more pineapple & cakeyness, some grapefruit as well. Finishes with with woody & pineapple hop presence & a some what out of place grainy sweetness

MF: Chewy, a touch over-carbonated, Balance is lacking a bit sweet & bitter blending somewhat awkwardly

Bot a bad DIPA, but had the potential to be much better. There was a dating code on the label, but not one character was marked even if you knew their code, One of the better beers I've had from these guys. Would revisit again if I knew I was getting bonafide fresh beer...

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:51:12 | More by russpowell
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ONUMello

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass
A: Hazy tan color, very thin head that quickly disappears.
S: A bit nutty, a bit boozy, nothing really stands out.
T: The hops are noticeable, but don't particularly stand out- not what I expected; this is quite boozy, along with nuts and toasted grain.
M: Medium-bodied & somewhat viscous from the alcohol.
O: I almost wonder if there was a batch of this that wasn't up to par given the recent reviews all of which are below average. I would be curious to try it again at some point, but this particular bottle is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 05:29:14 | More by ONUMello
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GarrettMD

New York

1.88/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a dark opaque amber. Not too much visible carbonation, half a finger of white head, fairly creamy, and the head fades to a thin layer almost immediately.

S - Mostly malts, some hints of booze. Sweet malts, I read butter in another review, that is definitely in there (couldn't quite place the smell), maybe even hints of leather and some sour yeasts (though I know it doesn't have any). No hops or bitterness at all.

T - Meh. Following with the aroma, not much hops if at all. Very sweet and malty. Not too much alcohol noticeable. Cherry is a flavor that's dominant along with the sweet malts. Not really liking this too much... Peaches, that's what this tastes like. It tastes like a Fuzzy Navel (mixed drink, Orange Juice and Peach Schnapps). The flavor is that of a Fuzzy Navel with some caramel malts brewed into it. No hops, just malt.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, sticky sweet mouthfeel. Finish is cloyingly sweet with a long lingering peach flavor.

O - I have no idea how old this bottle is, I would hope that it isn't fresh because if so, they need to put more hops in for it to even be a Pale Ale. It almost tastes like an IPA that they just forgot to add hops to at all (in the boil and dry-hopping).

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:12:01 | More by GarrettMD
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew the color of toasted caramel. It puts up a one finger tan colored head that quickly recedes into a single layer of big and active bubbles. These are bubbly and fizzy, giving the beer a highly carbonated look. No sediment is noted. The aroma has a sweetness of Granny Smith apples. There is additional sugar of caramel malts, which appear buttery and roasty as well. Mild medicinals, and a citric and fruity hops permeate the far back of the nose. With warmth a booze seeps out. As we sip, there is huge booze off the front. There is a metallic bite of sweeter malts, and a cooked/toasty caramel. This borders in the realm of smokiness. The middle peaks with further sweetness, marked by a synthetic cherry flavoring. Citric hops finally crash in, bringing an end to the sugars with a soapy bitterness. The end continues with the soapy hops, more booze, medicinal phenols, and a surprising revival of the sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of grassy hops, your standard barley, peppery booze, and a metallic earthiness. The body is medium, bordering on thin, and the carbonation is light. The mouth has a metallic dryness, but is otherwise cooling and somewhat satiating. There is a definite warming, but there is little slurp and smack, minus the creamy fullness one might expect. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the drinkability. The beer presents as light and refreshing, with a nice hop presence in the nose and in the taste. The booze is quite present throughout, but it doesn’t feel like a monster DIPA that’s going to kick your butt by the end of it. Where we lost major points was in the feel. It was overly thin for the style, and was of little pleasure to consume.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 23:23:58 | More by TheBrewo
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mocktm

Virginia

2.2/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From bottle, has an area for date notching, but I guess the machine missed this one as nothing is marked.

Pour is dark golden orange, off white head forms and then quickly fizzles out. Appears a little flat, no lacing or carbonation bubbles.

I'm not liking the aromas on this one, pure skunk weed pureed with onions and booze. No citrus presence what so ever, really off putting.

As with the nose, literally tastes like I'm liking the side of a hill. Just overwhelming grass with overbearing alcohol presence on top of it. No balance what so ever, the malt backbone is completely missing in action, as is any lemon and grapefruit. Has a really unpleasant after taste that lingers around as well.

Pretty full bodied, but rather flat with a syrupy consistency. Just not an easy drinker.

I'm only three sips in but I don't think I'll be able to stomach this one, probably a drain pour. Maybe chalk it up to a bad bottle, but I don't think I'll ever trade for another one to really find out.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 18:58:23 | More by mocktm
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sjverla

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Boozy. A little fruit. No real hops to speak of in this one. The rocket seems empty.

Appearance: Hazy honey-orange with a small, but persistent, cream-colored head.

Taste: Mostly sweet. But the hops come in toward the end. Earthy and peppery. Pleasant and mild. Not unique, but not a common tasting beer. Nice and juicy, but the sweetness and hot gums from the alcohol keep this from being better.

Overall: Pretty good as a beer. Not great as a Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:28:19 | More by sjverla
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brews pours a clear amber colored body with a slightly red hue. About a one-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only a bit of lacing. No bottling or freshness date that I could find.

Smells fresh. Good hop notes featuring pine and a little citrus. Strong caramel malt balance evident in the aroma.

Spicy is the first word that comes to mind for the flavor. Not spicy like a Belgian yeast, but more like a zesty lemon taste up front, which was unexpected from the aroma. Good hop notes of pine resin and a hint of citrus along for the ride with a sweet caramel malt.

I'm getting more of the alcohol in the taste than I prefer, but it's not a deal killer. I like this and recommend it to hop lovers.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 22:43:12 | More by FanofHefe
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dfillius

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/23/10, enjoyed 4/2/11
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger of tight cream colored head with good retention. Hazy orange-red liquid. Good lookin'!
S: Even mix of slightly harsh esters, PNW hops and toast. Some butter, which I've found to be typical of Arcadia beers. Nice, but harsh esters lower the overall enjoyment of it.
T: Sweet start which transitions to moderate bitterness (AIPA territory, not DIPA). Slight cardboard and sherry, too strong on the alcohol flavor. Caramel.
M: Thick, chewy, warm to hot.
D: No thanks on another, and I won't be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 21:04:04 | More by dfillius
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Cmcshane

Ohio

5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is as close to hopslam as you can get. Awesome! Hop rocket is an incredible double ipa. It drinks like 15 percent. Once again another great hoppy beer from Michigan! The beer is smooth compared to the hoppy counter parts. I compared to double trouble, hopsickle, hop stoopid, and hop wollop from victory and it hands down was the best beer tonight. Arcadia moves up in my book tonight.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:34:34 | More by Cmcshane
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GRG1313

California

2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with clear brown tones with a firm off white head.

Nose is a "clean" apple cider character with orange and tangerine undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium full with light carbonation and a nice creamy character, all of which is overshadowed by the big assertive and somewhat unique flavor profile.

Flavors are initially shocking since the initial character is a huge sweet, almost orange marmalade flavor. Sweetness tempers to honeyed malt and burnt toast.

Finish is all burnt toast bitter and creamed burnt coffee. A final hit of pine mixed coffee is long lasting and one's final impression. Hard to drink for me based on the big sweet tones that just never leave.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 23:33:17 | More by GRG1313
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear marigold hue with a fair one-finger head that has fair retention and leaves decent gobs of lacing.

aroma is honey, lemon zest, caramel, nougat. earthy, grassy pistachio. lemony hops. interesting.

taste is citrusy, juiicy hops paired with some intense caramel sweetness, ample malting, and a decently bitter clean finish. some strong alcoholy heat is hiding in there.

mouth i thick, luscious, almost syrupy. ample carbonation but just a bit sugary slick. lingering bitterness and slightly drying astringency is a pleasant surprise cutting through the syrup.

all in all, an interesting one. Not sure how much I want to drink, but it's certainly solid and there's something about it that I definitely like. but there's also something about it that just doesn't quite work perfectly. All in all though, I like it and would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:49:30 | More by djeucalyptus
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cr0ckett

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Surprisingly dark; redish, almost brown amber with a decent off white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves nice traces.
S: At first a piney/citrusy hops aroma; some malt sweetness.
T: Begins nicely enough with the citrusy hops, but the malt character keeps them in check, almost more so than I’d like in a DIPA. Slight tangerine and maybe lemon cut in shortly in the end. This is not a brew that leaves much hop flavor on the tongue after a sip. Little to no alcohol flavor; almost too easy to drink at 9%.
M: Not abrasive, medium to full bodied, pleasant carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this beer, but with a name like Hop Rocket, I expected a bit more of a featuring of the hops. Many interesting flavors make this a fun one to try, but not what I usually expect from a DIPA. I would recommend tryin it, but not to someone just getting into DIPAs. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 03:13:23 | More by cr0ckett
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EricCioe

Montana

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours blood red with a one finger white head that dies down without leaving lace. On the nose there was some citrus I couldn't identify. Other reviewers said tangerine and that sounds about right, along with some subdued orange. The real notable part of the nose is in the malt bill, as this seems to follow Arcadia's trending towards the English interpretations of various brews, so this is a good deal sweeter than the other MI DIPAs I've had of late. There is bread, maybe something like lemon poppyseed, which sort of captures the sweet but also citric note in the nose. In the mouth the awesome nose falls apart into something a bit more basic, tangerine and lemon hops cutting through most of the nice sweet malts, with a long, dry finish and medium mouthfeel. There is some warming alcohol in here too. Overall this is a pretty good brew but if the taste had delivered what the nose had in store it would have been a great one for me. Perhaps I should try to age this to get the hops to mellow a bit and expose that great malty nose?

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:35:00 | More by EricCioe
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to a great trader Kevin (kzoobrew) for this great beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a sunset orange color and about two fingers of tan head that quickly dissipates leaving nice lacing.

Smell - Heavy bitter, resiny hops, citrus notes consisting of grapefruit rind and orange peel, and just a hint of a malt aroma at the end.

Taste - Hm...this tastes a bit odder than I would have thought. As someone mentioned, there is almost a "lemon zest" flavor that I get right off the bat. More lemony citrus flavor than orange, though I do taste some grapefruit creeping in. The hops make themselves known but are not bitter, and the malt backbone is just enough. I'm intrigued by this beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium to a bit lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty quaffable. Again, not really sure about this beer in the flavor department but for being 9%, I get no alcohol warmth or taste. Something I'd like to revisit sometime though wouldn't get a six pack of. Glad I was able to try this! Interesting!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:58:26 | More by SpdKilz
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange, amber, with a big, egg shell white head that drops quickly to a bare wisp, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of orange, grapefruit, hard candy.

Flavors of orange zest, lemon zest, orange, sweet malt, toffee, bready. Finish is short, with a lingering grapefruit and orange bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin, not watery. Hop resins are mouth coating.

Good drinkability, but not a great example of the style. If you like a big orange hop presence, good beer to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 03:08:36 | More by JamnesCameron
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours hazy apricot color with white head. Aroma of dank hops, hard candy and a little wood or cardboard. Taste is sweet with a lemon candy note. The hops add a little bit of a sour/bitterness reminiscent of the pith of a citrus. Medium bodied with a thick texture. Bitter finish, but balanced nicely. Alcohol is hidden quite well.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 05:56:26 | More by trappistlover
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TheSarge

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours decently for a finger thick off white head, and has a copper colored ultra hazy body

Aroma is very citrusy, along with faint hints of caramel.

Taste wise there's a strong lemon zest quality, with some toffee in the end.

Nicely carbonated, a little thin in the middle, and eventually warming in the end.

This brew is pretty drinkable concerning the ABV, and the warming alcohol takes a while to creep up and warm the palate. It could be very easy to drink this one too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 20:16:35 | More by TheSarge
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Had no bottled on or bb date on the bottle. Has some notches on the side of the bottle but don't know how that reads.

A- The brew pours a nice amber color that is almost on the verge of brown. A nice small half inch of head that is light tan in color. Goes away very quickly, but the glass was cold so maybe this had something to do with it. Opaque, impossible to see through, on the pack it says bottle conditioned so thats a good sign.

S- Loud and bright bitter hops, resin sticks to the nose. Strong. Grapefruit and orange, a light citrus rounds the smell out. A slight grain smell is noticeable and is like a rye bread or sourdough. I let it warm for a few minutes... still overwhelming hops.

T- Bitter hops right upfront. A coppery almost metallic taste that reminds me of the Mojo Risin' DIPA from Boulder brewing; not as bad though. I get a bit of citrus and more malt than i did in the smell. Much better! it seems to round out a lot as it warms a bit. Alcohol is noticeable but seems to be right in line with a 9% ABV.

M&D- A full flavored brew. Has a lot of texture to it and goes down solid. An overall dry finish but it has a wet like appeal to it initially. You can feel the alcohol burn as it goes down, especially as it gets a little warmer. Carbonation gives it an amazing bite that hit the back of the throat hard.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:46:15 | More by HOPPYKC
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 6 Jul 2010. Served in a Brewbaker's shaker pint.

Small khaki colored head. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy dark copper in color. Aroma is nice, lots of caramel, orange, floral and perfumey. Lots of resin and caramel throughout, becoming more bitter in the finish and aftertaste but not overly so. Some candied orange peel. Medium sticky body. Ethanol warming in the finish.

Overall decent but would not go out of my way to get this.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 03:27:40 | More by htomsirveaux
Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.