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Arcadia Hop Rocket - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

374 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Dshep1340

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-22-2013 02:33:51 | More by Dshep1340
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Dan3279

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

03-02-2013 01:18:09 | More by Dan3279
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Swik

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

12-15-2013 17:51:40 | More by Swik
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AlMarzo

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-09-2013 11:24:17 | More by AlMarzo
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 22:45:16 | More by Durtdiggler
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 20:53:04 | More by MikeWard
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SaucyA

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 00:39:35 | More by SaucyA
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:05:52 | More by beachbum1975
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:29:02 | More by beerthulhu
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Frosty80

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 06:23:21 | More by Frosty80
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head falls gradually, with lasting lace. Aroma is juicy citrus with an undercurrent of sweet and alchol. Taste is sweet for a second, goes puckeringly lemon in the middle, and tries to close, but whatever is there has no chance of beating down the citrus tartness. Mouthfeel is a little chalky, and drinkability is ok. Not quite what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 21:50:01 | More by ppoitras
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 13:02:03 | More by MeisterBurger
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Holland

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden straw with a slight orange, large head that becomes nice lacing and sticks to the sides with each sip.

S: orange, pine, sweet malt, and slight alcohol

T: lot of alcohol in the taste, but before that hits I get some fruity taste. It's almost belgian-like. Good hop bitterness to take away the sweetness of the malt. A bit of garlic or onion on the end - I'm guessing this is a bit older, but I don't have a date on this bottle.

M: excellent hoppiness and carbonation make it crisp even though it's a medium to medium-heavy bodied beer.

O: solid overall, but I wish it were fresher. Unless this is it...I'll have to try it some other time. Price was $4 or so per bottle at an expensive shop.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 23:34:06 | More by Holland
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Zorro

California

3.45/5  rDev -8%
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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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -8%
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -8%
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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powerss13

Kansas

3.45/5  rDev -8%
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 -7.2%
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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sjverla

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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
Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.