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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Hop RocketArcadia Hop Rocket

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BA SCORE
85
very good

357 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 357
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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a hazed copper color with a pretty thick beige head resting on top. Retains nicely leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Hoppy and piny in the nose with some sticky resin. Touches of citrus peel and some bready malted sweetness. Hints of caramel with some alcohol heat.

Bitter and piny up front with a touch of abrasiveness. Orange and grapefruit citrus flavor in the middle. The malt backbone is fairly thick with some bread and caramel. Decent amount of sweetness towards the finish with lingering alcohol heat.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. An alright DIPA but not super balanced and easily lost in the crowd.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 23:26:10 | More by xnicknj
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Zorro

California

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 04:40:49 | More by Zorro
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lumpy and large head...slow to dissipate. Lacey lines throughout the glass as the liquid descends. Hazy, orange-amber color.

Harsh, overwhelming, high-alpha hop smells. Grapefruit and ground pine needles. Perhaps the strongest smelling beer I've ever experienced.

Surprising malt base. Holding the beer in my mouth, I sense the hop after a sizable wait. But when I do, it is very strong and completely dominating. Too much of a good thing. Place this one in the extreme list.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 01:26:02 | More by smcolw
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

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

OK, Bobby picked this one out when he accompanied me to Julio's. A 5-year-old sees a rocketship - whaddya expect? 12 oz. poured into a small water glass. Decent "pffft" from the pop of the top. BBD code says G3...whatever the &*(% that means...

In a very small glass, a next-nigh full-finger head is scarce, but this just about brings it. Clear honey-caramel body is cool but for a true IPA I would expect a little more depth...almost a bit of haze even...but this one looks solid.

There's a nice amount of hop flora and creamy caramel maltiness. There's a soupiness or stewiness to this though - a little bit of peppery spice with some vegetables in here - it smells like gumbo on deep background...okra?! Stuffed peppers? Yeah, that's it...but it's good! Am confused but enjoying this. Even so, it almost strengthens with warmth so it's definitely a bit of an issue.

Definitely stuffed peppers. OK, the thrill is gone. I can get the caramel (light) maltiness with some sweet booze and some floral yet grassy hops...but that stuffed pepper deal is kinda weird. Overall it's adequate but this salty rice, tomato, ground beef and pepper deal (with even a hint of red pepper spice) is a little too much to handle. OK, it mellows out after a while but it's still there.

Despite the stewed/broiled Italian food taste (and I love Italian food), the hop and carbonation bites are nice. It has a hefty, stewy bent of course but the finish has a latent sweetness to it. Not too bad at all - with a little warmth the flora comes out. If you can ignore the scent the palate feel is pretty solid.

OK, any time any beer tastes like stuffed peppers there's a flaw involved. Duly noted. Still, it drinks at normal pace for an IPA/DIPA. It's clear yet husky...and even with the weirdness it drinks reasonably well. Ever since a 2-week-old Sculpin showed its flaws I've been gun-shy with IPAs. This ain't helpin'...with the exception of Stone IPA or 2H...or maybe Sweetwater IPA...I'm guessing I may need to drink them out of the tap, or out of a Masala Mama growler...or not at all!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 09:31:14 | More by IBUnit63
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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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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:31:58 | More by Prufrock
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decadance

Texas

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

A - Looks like a DIPA. Darker orange/rust coloring with about a half inch of head with retains nicely.

S - Smells of citrus hops and a lot of sweetness. It is inviting.

T - Not as hoppy as I would like. Seems they have faded a bit. The sweetness in the back end would be a nice balance if the hops were forward.

M - While it has a nice carbonation, it seems a bit water and light. This is strange for a beer so high in abv.

D - The mouthfeel and the abv is a bit offputting. Maybe right off the bat, but with a little bit of time on it, it isn't worth more than one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 02:32:56 | More by decadance
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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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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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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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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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

The beer has an orange amber color and is hazy, there is some sediment in the beer. A small white head was produced, fsading to a collar.
Aroma is much hops of course, in the floral, resiny style. Some malts and alcohol too.
Standard sweet caramel malts set the stage for the hops though abit under performing in my opinion. The hops have sutle floral and resin notes and one can pick out hints of grapefruit too. But the flavors are weak or washed out a tad.
To me this is just an average beer, especially in the overloaded DIPA catagory.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 10:57:15 | More by micromaniac129
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Is that a Hop Rocket in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Regardless, this stuff pours a clear auburn topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, mild ruby red grapefruit zest, greens, and a bit of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with a balance mostly being maintained throughout, though the caramel, joined by a bit of buttery biscuit, wins out in the end. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent DIPA, but not one that really excites me in any way.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 07:22:24 | More by TMoney2591
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Color of deep apricot, with a rather short head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of herbal hops and not quite sure what else. Hemp? Green pepper? A bit confusing.
Taste-Dank, rough, harsh hops. Off-putting onions and garlic flavor in the finish. Not sure on the age of this bottle . My guess is that it is not fresh. This review stands until I can be sure of a fresh sample or a freshness date.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 19:33:30 | More by hosehead83
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with slight yellowish off white head and plenty of lace. Aroma of pine, herb and grapefruit. In the taste, grapefruit, resin, sap and a sweet caramel like malt. A bit of alcohol is noticed. Medium bodied, well carbonated brew. Overall, a solid double ipa that gets the job done.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 18:42:47 | More by Stinkypuss
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 19:35:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 02:11:34 | More by meatyard
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soze47

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking a single 12 oz. I got at Marty's in Newton. The label seems to have a package code, but I could find anything on their website regarding translation. Going off their availability calendar, I'm guessing this one is four months old. Not exactly fresh, but not so old that I feel like I can't review. I'll be sure to take age into account.

Appearance: Murky orange, but the body is thick enough to give it some brown tone too. Very sticky head leave great lacing. Very big and beautiful looking.

Aroma: Hmmm. There are notes of citrus and piney hops, but they almost provide a little flavor to the big caramel malt smell. Very sweet with notes of boozy heat.

Taste: Very sweet off the bad. Mostly malty, but enough hops to give it an almost citric tang. When the booze from the heat kicks in, this one kind of tastes a little like an over ripe sour orange.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is heaving in the mouth, but it finishes rather cleanly for the style. There is a little hop bitterness that accumulates on the tongue as you drink, which actually helps temper the big sweetness.

Overall: Definitely not a great beer, but I'd hesitate to call it bad. I could see a fresher bottle providing more hop balance. However, this one got a lot better as I drank it. The hop accumulation on the tongue did wonders in tempering the big malty taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 22:31:30 | More by soze47
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, served in a tulip

An orange body, slightly hazy, with a two finger ecru cap. The head fell rather slowly and left some rings of lace around the glass.

The aroma was more balanced than I anticipated from the description on the bar menu. Pithy grapefruit, oranges, and sturdy toasted malt propping up a large amount of hops.

The flavor profile is sweet up front, with oranges and caramel hitting you first. Perfumey hops and toasted malt carry through the middle before a rush of juicy, bittersweet grapefruit and orange sweep in for the finish.

Medium bodied, chewy profile. Carbonation is on point.

This is a nice, well-balanced dipa. The hops definitely poke through and win the battle with the malt, but the malt is extremely sturdy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 20:01:31 | More by ColForbinBC
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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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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out soft and clear. Sort of a tiny little head, granted it sticks and leaves some lacing but just not as frothy and massive as I would like to see. Color is nice and that's about all I can say about it, pale copper with a soft, faded orangey brown tinge.

S: Dankness, ripe, sweet melons, tropical, citrusy fruitiness, but really this beer is about the heavy wet pillow of melony sweetness that wallops you over the head.

T/MF: Sweet, thick and boozy, less of the ripe melon is apparent here and more of a malty, loose and even a bit watery and dry which is sort of disappointing considering the aroma seemed so promising in terms of taste. This beer redeems itself a bit given some time to warm up and more of the aromas become part of the taste. Also, for as heavy as this beer is, it leaves the tongue suprisingly clean and clear after each sip, not sure how that happens.

D: This beer seems to have fallen off a bit after spending about a month in the fridge and tastes and feels a bit washed out and blander than it should normally be as previous bottles of this beer have indicated.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 04:15:56 | More by bluemoonswoon
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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
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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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flexabull

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 00:04:18 | More by flexabull
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malcontent

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 17:51:37 | More by malcontent
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle, believe I picked this up in Buffalo.

Pours a mostly clear dark amber/orange highlights, thick off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, few chunks floating around in there, kind of look like whole hops. Smell is nice, alcohol and caramel, lots of floral, grapefruit, oranges, lightly piney, a bit of sugar, some biscuity malt, quite a bit of fruit, apricots, lots of good hoppiness. Taste is nice, sherry and floral, grapefruit, some pinesol, alcohol hops out, biscuits, caramel, a bit raw but I like it, some citrus like acidity, not as bitter as I would like, but good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some heat going down. Little hot and a little raw but not a bad DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 01:29:59 | More by Viggo
Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.