Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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87
very good

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 432
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 28 | 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

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Beer added by: bashiba on 12-28-2007

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish amber with a decent sized crème head that falls to nothing fairly soon. Nose is sticky piney hops. Smells thick like syrup. Flavor is thick, acidic, and oddly fruity hops. The fruit quickly goes away and you are left with a full and robust tone. Feel is smooth. Nice carbonation. This is as drinkable as any other DIPA I've had before. Extremely well balanced. (378 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-nice orangish copper color slightly cloudy (very slightly) with almost none of a very white head

S-great floral aroma with hints of citrus and grapefruit, bombards you with hop aroma!

T-strong taste of grapefruit up front with a piney hop backbone and very little bitterness

M-very smooth and a little syrupy in a good way with a fair to moderate amount of carbonation

D-pretty drinkable for being so strong, it goes down relatively easy; but the bitterness from the hops towards the end slightly takes away from drinkability; but not much (582 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a gorgeous amber color with some nice orange hues. There is a nice .5 inch head that is off-white and recedes quickly to a thin film and a ring around the tulip.

S - Nice sweet grapefruit aroma with nice complementary citric aroma. Hint of pine and nice oily hop resin. The smell is delicious, hints of honey as well.

T - Very delicious. Sweet and citric grape fruit hints initially from the hops and some nice caramel like flavor from the malt. Followed by a nice grainy and biscuit like character after the sweetness. The last part of the beer is a very strong and dry bitterness that is very refreshing and cleansing. Very nice beer. Good distinct flavors that last. As the beer warms a nice boozy sweetens comes out that is actually very welcomed.

M - Nice light to medium body with a great hop bite to it. Especially in citrus character and bitterness.

D - Very good drinkability even for the Hop flavor and the ABV. Then again my taste buds are very hop friendly. Good stuff. (1,018 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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... (943 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this sample.

Pours an orange gold brown with a big head. This is a hoppy beer alright with big nose and a big mouthfeel. The beer is very balanced quite like Great Divides version with the rounded finish keeping the hops in check. It's nice when DIPA's have there own taste that almost puts them with old ales and barely wines in complexity and bigness. (378 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a nice hops presence comes in and although it's a little weak for the style (despite the name) it still works quite well for this beer. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong but disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time. (919 characters)

Photo of dspoonrt
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Rocket pours a hazy burnt orange color with a super thin layer of head that dissipates immediately.

The attractive look of the beer is complimented by a wonderfully hoppy nose. The potency of the alcohol is present in the smell of the beer. Also, a citrusy aroma, probably from the hops, comes through toward the end.

There is a pleasant tartness and complexity in the taste of the beer. A wave of hops assaults the palate, but is balanced nicely by some malt and the prominent taste of the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very thin. This beer is smooth and drinkable despite the high alcohol content. The beer is also noticeably carbonated, appropriate for a beer named after a rocket.

Overall, this is a delicious and fragrant ale, one that I could drink again and again. (776 characters)

Photo of Andewkline1
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden color as I pour a bottle into a 12oz snifter. Amazing white head that quickly goes down. The smell is almost a pineapple, sweet smell (rather unusual for an imperial IPA). Taste is sweet up front but bitter on the back end, with a slight burn from the alcohol. Definitely not a Malt bomb, but has a sweet feel that tastes like it comes from something else like honey.

Overall a very interesting beer, worth having a few but very tasty so that 9% could sneak up on you! (487 characters)

Photo of HiAIPA
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of lamarr04
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep orange with thin head that quickly dissipates

S: strong grapefruit and floral from the hops

T: aroma bleeds through to taste which leads with citrus, followed by a fairly weak malt backbone. much weaker on the malt than in hopmouth

M: pretty light mouthfeel for the style, light carbonation, slick finish

D: very drinkable for the style, less syrupy than a lot of DIPA (391 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A "wow" is appropriate here. I've had lots of beers like this and I like nearly all of them. This is no exception as far as liking, but it is exceptionally drinkable for the style. If it wouldn't put you under the table it is easy to see yourself drinking a few of these. They also are prohibitively expensive.

But drinking it as it was intended, one in a sitting, it definitely cuts the mustard. It has a near perfect balance of flavors, even though it is over the top in the quantity of flavors.

Despite the price, I will seek this out again and recommend it to others. It is fitting that I am drinking this out of a (badly worn) Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster pint glass! Now if I could only enjoy a couple of these and jump on Dragster... (746 characters)

Photo of tapman
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a DIPA to me. One thing hard about doing these kinds of beers is that they all look the same. I guess for this one the head could have been better, but it is very clear. Though, some bottle conditioning would have been nice for this beer, yeah? Is it filtered? How would it age with no/few yeast in the bottle?

Sweet raisin malt/dark crystal aroma with beefy, earthy, resinous hops. Smells like your hands after dividing up a lb. of fresh Magnum hops. Alcohol is very faint, which is a plus for me, and it only really shows at all when a little warmer. Could this brew use some grass or citrus? Would that hurt it or help, I can't decide.

Alcohol much bigger in the taste than the nose. Hop flavor is mellow, but buttery in the back and crisply bitter in the front. Bitterness is balanced by the higher gravity. Both hop bitterness and flavor retain nice, round, warm characters in the finish.

MFeel is heavy not syrupy, with a tinge of effervesc unfermentables ence. A pretty smooth drink for the amount of alcohol and. I wonder what the finishing gravity is on this brew...?

A solid beer, though I must confess that my knowledge of such high gravity beers is limited. I'm not a huge fan of barley wines and DIPAs, but I heard good things about this one. The fact that I like it says something to me, but I have yet o attempt a high gravity homebrew and look forward to potentialy updating my review for better or worse. (1,438 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of beerphan
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap -> pint
winter 2007

Arrives a slightly opaque orange amber with a tight lasting white head that deposits some spider webbed lace.

Nose: Hops, pineapple, thick hop pellet aroma, intense

Full thick body. Overwhelming hop flavor, sour pear, pineapple, pellets again. A solid malt backbone doesn't really interfere with what the brew is about: hops. Good lingering bitterness that is fruity and floral.

Wow, easy to drink for you hopheads out there. This one is a must try. Lucky enough to find it on tap @ Mad Mex in Cranberry, and at happy hour taboot, $3 a pint hell yeah. (586 characters)

Photo of Dansting
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (331 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice orange amber color with a fluffy white head.

Smell is all grapefruity hop goodness. And I mean fresh grapefruit, like I just cut one open.

Flavor is suprisingly balanced with a big toasted malt goodness and nice light grapefruity finish, but not at all bitter.

Mouthfeel is oily and viscous with decent carbonation.

Easy to drink and tasty, a clear winner! Its almost like and imperial English IPA. (424 characters)

Photo of david131
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- An completely clear orange colored liquid with some good streams of rising carbonation. The head is massive and super creamy and leaves wonderful lacing.

S- Lots and lots of grapefruit with a little pine. The caramel malt backing is great. So close to the brother DIPA down the road (Hopslam), but not quite as glorious.

T- Sweet with a great fruity hop profile. Not super bitter, just very flavorful- just the way I like it. The alcohol is slightly apparent, but not offensive in any way.

M- Very crisp and dry. Not quite as sticky and thick as I like. The flavor does linger for quite awhile.

D- I am really impressed. For a spur the moment purchase (mostly because of the label), this was fantastic. One of the better DIPA's out there. Get some. (755 characters)

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber in the glass with a modest head. Superb aroma of intense pine and resin which one could wallow in for ages. Compared to other imperial IPAs we thought this was notable. It is very much a hop beer as the name implies. The aroma transfers to the palate with dry citrus (not the fruity overtones of say Dreadnaught). On tap, very smooth and drinkable - dangerously so. Definitely in our top ten so far. (410 characters)

Photo of sliverX
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a deep cloudy copper orange with a cream colored head that was very thick then faded to a film that laced well
smell was a very citrusy hops somewhat balanced out by a good amount of caramel malt
taste very bitter citrus and pine hops throughout
mouthfeel was somewhat thick and actually kind of creamy
drinkability this is the perfect hop bomb to me (357 characters)

Photo of CraftAle
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely unique mix of hops that I have not tasted before---and I loved it! Intense pine/herbal more than typical fruit. However, there was some fruit in aroma. Some floaties in amber colored, medium bodied brew. Main reason to buy is a intense hop mix that is DIFFERENT! (273 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-14-08
Bottled on G5

Pours a crystal clear, syrupy-looking amber color, with a thin head that leaves rings of white lacing.

Smell is huge, sweet, bitter hops, with a huge sweet malt to back it up. Thick, overpowering and outstanding.

Taste is scary good. A slightly bready malt gives way to an alcohol, fruity hops extravaganza. The super thick hop flavors linger forever, and keep tickling your tongue with their awesomeness.

Mouthfeel is perfect...it's like hop maple syrup.

Drinkability is fantastic, considering the moderate alcohol which I'm guessing is there.

Overall, by far the second-best double IPA I've ever had. This beer just slapped Mr. Hopslam across the face. It gives me chills. (713 characters)

Photo of Oldscramch
4.84/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Arcadia's Hop Mouth, which I think is fairly tasty, but I had an opportunity to try this at the Michigan Brewer's Guild Summer Beer Fest this past weekend in Ypsilanti. I bought the Hop Mouth at my local market on a whim but now I realize I should I have bough the Hop Rocket. In any case, my next IPA purchase will be this beer.

Note: I tasted this in a small sample cup, your mileage may vary.

A: Orange with a small to medium white head.

S: Citruses, bold, hoppy. Like Grapefruits.

T: VERY citrusy. Just as hoppy as it smells, and more grapefruity. Only light aftertaste that makes you want another drink!

M: Clean, crisp.

D: I could drink these all day, and would if I didn't have anywhere to be later in that day. (733 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
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. (1,477 characters)

Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.