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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 17
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of MikeWard
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Durtdiggler
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber in color, minimal white head and lacing. Well carbonated. Poured from bottle dated 2/20/12 from whole foods.

Orange rind, caramel aroma. No hints of pine, floral or complexity.

Taste is disappointing. It's hoppy but in an earthy way though has a good malt backbone. Its very bitter but complexity is underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium, finishes very clean.

Overall disappointed in this one. Much better options available. Perhaps I had a bad bottle. See what the rest of the 4 pack holds and change the review.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle with G and 3 etched out on the side.

Pours a slightly cloudy, rich reddish amber with copper highlights. An average tan head sits atop for about 2 minutes before disappearing. Minimal lacing and a small skimming of foam rests on top for most of the pour.

Grapefruit and grassy hops on the nose.

Much like the nose, I get a mouthful of bitter grapefruit followed by tangy citrus and light, sweet, bready malts.

Medium bodied and medium to full flavored. Average carbonation on mouthfeel.

Nice, but I'm not a huge fan of the hop combination they are showcasing. Nice, but one dimensional in my opinion.

Photo of J2A2
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Glass consuming display of micro-effervesce fills a tarnished orange body that had a slight misty haze to it. A cream colored 1 inch head shows resilience while providing a sheet coat lacing.

S: Sweetened grapefruit, flowery citrus, but the strength leans on the lighter side. Flat complexity no spark of interest.

T: Flavor had a good level of hop induction, dry toastiness, and dry citrus. The ibu's come on strong particularly on the finish. Some bright wet lemony notes interject at the start while a dry hopping of lemon finishes out with a hint of dried lime.

M: toasty warm with a specialty malt base and a noticeable mention of alcohol. The alcohol is fairly well hidden except on longer more savoring holds.

O: Big dry hop blast ends with a sturdy amount of specialty grain depth. pretty decent with exception of weak nose.

Photo of Syracuse12
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBrewo
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Frosty80
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits a clear golden brown

Smell: not sure about the hops used - dont seem to be the familiar Cascade variety. combo of what seems to be pineapple, coconut and vanilla (?).

Taste: a slight bitterness to the aforementioned "ingredients". little yeast and bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: med body. low carbonation

Notes: not what i was expecting. im not sure i like it too much. perhaps it will grow on me sometime in the future. just not as hoppy/bitter as i expected

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3.36/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.36/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of SaucyA
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Slightly hazy medium-orange with white, frothy, 1-2 finger head. It's lingering! Lacing all the way down.

S - Sweet, sugary, pineapple fruity hops, grapefruity undertones. Beautiful bouquet.

T - Very green, hop bomb. Hops on top of hops, with a slightly present malt backbone. Alcohol warmth is present and hardly hidden. I've been spoiled with less-harsh DIPA's lately. Strange yeasty undertone that I'm not familiar with in this style.

M - Overly carbonated but great thickness. Creamy, and surprisingly not as oily as anticipated.

D - Points definitely knocked off for the alcohol burn and sweetness. It'd be hard drinking more than one of these for me. It's a nice taste, just not harnessed correctly.

A good concept that could use a bit of work. For reference, I liked their Hopmouth DIPA a lot more than this.

Photo of trappistlover
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of sjverla
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A gentle pour reveals a slightly turbid, deep copper gold topped by a thin film of head. The color and clarity seem bang on for the style, but the lack of head/retention and lacing is a bit of a disappointment.

The aroma hits all the marks of the style. Grapefruit and rich caramel malt. Pine and citrus. You know the drill.

The taste is at first bitter tangerine pith in search of malt, surprising considering malt's strong presence in the aroma. Nicely citric but the malt lacks character. It's a tad biscuity and toffee like but it leaves me wanting. Some Sunlight dishsoap lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol becomes more and more apparent with every sip. It's not bad but it doesn't really come together for me.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than it could be and it's oddly aqueous.

All in all a solid hop fix to be sure, but it's very middle of the pack, and in a saturated DIPA market is easily lost and forgotten.

Freshness date D4. Because that's not obscure.
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma weak - citrusy
Head small (2 cm), frothy, off white, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing good – complete rings and stalactites of small to medium bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor - slight citrusy hop flavor, slightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5
Unfortunately, since Arcadia doesn’t date their bottles, I don’t know how old this is. This was refrigerated when I bought it and was kept refrigerated until I drank it, three days later. This is definitely not even close to the reported 111 IBUs so I guess it might be old. Worth trying once – next time I’m in Battle Creek I’ll try to find it fresh.

Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.