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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Hop RocketArcadia Hop Rocket

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BA SCORE
85
very good

359 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 359
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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Florida9

Illinois

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

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a small white head. Little retention or lacing.

S: Perfumed and peppery spice. Some faint orange and other citrus aromas.

T&M: Bitter orange with a slight woodsiness to it. There is a maltiness to the mouthfeel, but there isn't much malt in the flavor. The hops display mostly citrus and earthy characteristics. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitter that lingers on the tongue. A bit hot on the finish.

D: A decent beer with a mostly earthy flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:12:32 | More by Florida9
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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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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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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a clear reddish-gold with a light, but creamy white head. Lacing was very light.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and full of both citrusy and grassy hops.
The alcohol is there as well but doesn't overwhelm.

The taste is dark ripe fruits, raisins, brown sugar, and honey-alcohol notes.

Medium mouthfeel, rich and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

A fine American Double from Arcadia. A must try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 00:04:40 | More by Monkeyknife
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a glowing orange with a slight chill haze and some fine particulates. creamy white head and lacing. inviting nose of honeyed bready malts, citrus (tangerine), apricots, and floral notes. biting bitter hops dominate with just a bit of underlying malt sweetness; an almost peppery, astringent bite to the hops. almost full-bodied, nice lively carbonation, and a long bitter finish. would have liked just a bit more malt sweetness in this for balance, or a less peppery and astringent quality to the hop bite.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 03:49:20 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-bronze, off-white head, nice retention & leg.

S: Apricot, tropical fruity esters, pine, citrus, slight sulfur, toffee, candy apple.

T: Toffee & cotton candy with a dark fruitiness. The hop flavour is not as forward as the aroma (apricot with a little pine & citrus). Alcohol is remarkably subtle. I'm not a fan of the sulfur-like minerals (are they mimicking the Burton water?). It doesn't seem like a big DIPA.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slightly smooth & creamy.

D: Decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 01:14:05 | More by Derek
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BB1313

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a pretty burnt orange w/ nice fluffy white head and sticky lacing. Super hoppy blast of orange, tangerine, and a slight pine note. I'm picking up Simcoe hops. Everything is balanced in the flavor w/ its' maltiness, not overpowering; bittersweet. Finishes pretty juicy, rich and creamy; full-bodied. Drinkability is nice and smooth; alcohol is well masked. Very enjoyable.

This one reminds me alot of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, but better, IMHO. Don't get me wrong, Arcadia made this one their own. A well crafted complex DIPA, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:09:53 | More by BB1313
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with light notched lacing, hazy pinkish orange red colored beer.

Nose candied orange hops, light floral and earthy hops, has that aura of big bitterness, slight sweet malts, reddish caramel malts, light fluffy malt, light toasty biscuit malt, hint of booze.

Taste bit of sweetness, caramel malts, toffee, light biscuit and fluffy malts, and slightly juicy malt. nice bitter bite but not quite dipa level of bitterness just malts and sweetness. Hops again bring candied orange, hint pine and earthy hops. Finish add a bit more bitterness, slightly sticky but drier, lingering candy orange hops, hint of booze and sweetness.

Mouth is bigger bodied, decent carb, just a touch of warming booze.

Overall not bad, bitterness is a bit lighter but balanced with the sweetness and malt level, a bit on the sweet side but hides the booze well, hops aren't the best profile either which i think it could have used a lot more hops all around, plus more flavorful and aromatic style hops not just bittering.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 11:45:21 | More by jlindros
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a vague hint of fog, a decent cap of white head is there initially but quickly fades.

Smell is citrus and pine hop, grainy malts.

Taste is packed with hop flavor, the citrus and pine mentioned in the scent, and also some woody character and slight soap-bite followed by a light alcohol burn.

Nice enough mouth feel, rich and slightly creamy; though the alcohol is not so well masked as I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 05:46:44 | More by donteatpoop
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 18:24:35 | More by mrfrancis
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Lothore

California

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fairly clear orange hue with a small but sustinate white head.

S- Smells sweet with a thick malt backbone and very grassy smelling hop notes.

T- Taste starts off with the grassy notes as in the nose, moves into a doughy maltiness followed by a hop bitterness that can't really be described as grapefruity or piney, perhaps leaning towards citrusey grapefruit but there is definitely a unique flavor to it.

M- Thick with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- I enjoyed this one but it definitely isn't one that I would session. There is that off grassy note that throws me a bit but other than that it's a solid double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 02:24:31 | More by Lothore
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UA8

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a reddish amber color with a thin beige colored head.

S- grapefruit, mango, orange, caramel malt.

T- grapefruit, caramel malt, pine cone bitterness, grassy notes that linger on the palate with herbal hop oils.

M- medium viscosity with a medium light carbonation.

D- I was very excited when I took a sniff of this beer it had all the tropical fruit and citrus notes that I love, that said it didn't translate to the taste unfortunately where herbal and pine bitterness take over and the balance falls out. Could have been great but unfortunately falls short.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 21:30:35 | More by UA8
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nerdrocker101

Georgia

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

Pours a golden orange with a finger's worth of foamy off white head.

The hoppy aromas dance between bitter grapefruit and pine. The flavor is very much the same. The brassy hops have a huge bite right up front, but then the flavor simply recedes. No lingering bitter taste, like most double IPAs.

Medium body with an almost oily texture. Pretty easy drinking with no tongue scraping necessary.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:57:22 | More by nerdrocker101
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zoso1967

Michigan

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

Pours a light amber with some nice copper hues to it. The head is parchment and small as the result of subdued carbonation, but it leaves very nice lace on the glass. The nose is dominated by an interesting hop aroma that I would say is more apricot than anything. Very fruity and somewhat floral with nice bready malt aromas in the background. The flavor is just as fruity as the aroma. Apricot, peach, lemon and a bit of pine are the dominant hop characteristics. The malt backbone is quite sweet with a bit of a sugary thing going on as well as your usual bready, slight biscuit malt flavor. Not very bitter at all, and well balanced. This beer has a definite alcoholic heat to it that I believe is its only major downfall. The body is medium with a nice finish that leaves a lasting hop flavor on my tongue. Average drinkability from a beer that is pretty average overall, except in that it has a different and enjoyable hop character.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 22:07:38 | More by zoso1967
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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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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head. Nice amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nose has a nice mix of piney hops and sweet citrus.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice mix of citrus and heavy caramel malts. Hops really come through in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable throughout.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel.

O - A decent DIPA. Definetly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:40:43 | More by TreyIsWilson
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 02:13:25 | More by paco1029384756
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the fourth Arcadia beer I have tried. So far, the best one I have had was their Pumpkin Ale. This is another IPA from them, and possibly the least English tasting of all their beers I have had. Here is my review:

A: Pours a hazy, golden amber. Head is pretty small but lacing is decent.

S/T: The aroma is very bittersweet. Lots of grapefruit hops. Taste is much hoppier than their Hopmouth DIPA. Lots of grapefruit and malty sweetness. There is also an armpit like character in there, which is slightly offensive. This tastes a lot like the Mendicino Imperial IPA, but with a fuller flavor. A far cry from Founders Double Trouble or Bells Hopslam, but easily the best beer I have had from Arcadia.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It leaves a juicy feeling in your mouth. Drinks very well. Probably could drink a couple in a row.

Arcadia has been pretty unimpressive so far, but this is the best I have had from them yet. Nothing outstanding, but still a solid IPA. I am impressed how different this is from their other DIPA, Hopmouth. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 21:33:56 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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JDV

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of drewbeerme. Thanks!
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a big lasting offwhite head. Smell is big sweet fruity fresh hops. Awesome nose. Taste is much milder, but still nice. Light bitterness, fruity sweetness, nice moderate hop flavor and mild bitterness. Soft carbonation and slightly creamy body. Flavor is lacking a hop punch that is really needed and expected. EASILY the mildest Impreial IPA I've ever had. I thought it was mild for a regular IPA... Wow. Still incredibly drinkable for that reason, and the 9% is well hidden. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:35:37 | More by JDV
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 19:01:08 | More by robbyc1
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of my SNF winnings. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer!

A- Body is a hazy orange hue that pours with an approximately 1/2 finger foamy white head with great retention. No lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is of mild strength but very brightly hoppy. Bright citrus and a hint of pine come through as well as earthy hops. Some sugary and malty sweetness can be detected as well- I am hesitant to confirm caramel malt-thought that is what it most closely resembles.

T- Initial flavor is mild but bright. Earthy hop flavor dominates with a hint of citrus hop juices in the background. The malty sweetness comes out a bit for the finish with a mild-moderate refreshing piny hop finish. The residual bitterness takes a few seconds to reach its full moderate effect after the finish.

M- Light to medium carbonation and light to medium weight smooth body.

D- This is a pretty good, drinkable DIPA. Definitely a few steps up from Hopmouth and probably the best of the Arcadia lineup I have had thusfar. ABV is undetectable. This doesn't quite shine with the big DIPAs but its a comfortable easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 03:11:15 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Slynger

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden-tangerine color with a frothy white lid that leaves sloppy lace.

The smell is has a syrupy sweetness to go along with an apricot-pineapple fruitiness, and piney hops.

Lemony-grapefruit flavors with citrus rind and earthy-spicy, piney hops. Pleasantly bitter and dry, with a full body, and a softly sharp oily-creaminess.

Hop Rocket is nice, but when I blast off with an IIPA there's some others I'd rather ride with.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 04:03:03 | More by Slynger
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HopHead84

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An extra received from calise1122. My girlfriend saw the label when I pulled the bottle out and remarked that the rocket on the label was somewhat phallic. I'm not sure if it was the brewer's intention to put a rocket on the label that resembles an erect hop cock, but alas, it is so.

I pour the beer into my pint glass and watch the foam rise an inch above the liquid. It recedes in a minute, leaving a little lacing. The color is dark orange.

The aroma is of grapefruit, lemon, orange, toffee, and caramel malt. No alcohol is present and there's a bit of sweetness in the nose.

The flavor has a medium level of bitterness with a small caramel malt profile. The hops impart flavors of bitter and slightly sweet grapefruit with some pine and alcohol in the finish.

The beer is light medium bodied with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 06:16:08 | More by HopHead84
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Tromba

Delaware

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light copper. White head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer on top with a little bit of light lacing.

S: Faint hops - smells like a traditional english pale.

T: English malts and alcohol provide some sweetness up front, followed by lots and lots of hops. Some caramel notes.

M: medium bodied (could be considered medium-heavy). Moderate carbonation. Not quite a clean finish - a little syrupy, but not in a bad way.

D: Pretty serious ABV, but still more drinkable than you might expect from a double IPA. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 02:52:38 | More by Tromba
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber appearance with a small white head. Smell is a good blend of hops and malts, more malt than I expected. Reminds me of a nice English ale. Taste is just the same, a nice English ale but with an American hop bite. The malts hold more presence over the hops. Overall a good beer and a great blend of two styles of beer.
Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 01:57:43 | More by JordanEllwanger
Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.