Hop Rocket
Arcadia Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
3.81 | pDev: 14.44%
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: This Imperial IPA has an assertive aroma of sticky, resinous Summit hops. A complex flavor profile includes notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, and spruce. Though the flavor focus is on hops, a trio of malts provides a balance to the beer, creating a delicious level of palatability. Hints of caramel, toffee and freshly-baked biscuits are also apparent in the flavor profile.
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky bright orange.

Minimal white head; no lace.

Booze, malt & citrus nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

A touch too boozy & bitter but a nice citrus-y DIPA.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 08, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 ounce bottle. The beer poured a slightly hazy, yellowish- amber color with a minimal head on an aggressive pour.

The smell is faint citrus, mostly lemon and peach with a hint of pine.

The taste is weird. There is a boozy punch up front with a minimal citrus flavor underneath, mostly pineapple. I'm wondering if this is a little old.

The mouthfeel is slightly oily and a little thick.

Overall, it's​ a bit different then most DIPAs. It doesn't really hit strong on any flavor, and the booze is a little too forward.

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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas, Mar 12, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap, served in chilled pint glass. Very interesting combination of flavors ... fun to figure out what all is going on. About to wash down some Green Lantern pizza ... thinking it will be the perfect pairing!

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Webcowes from Michigan, Feb 24, 2017
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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle labeled 12/19 at 10:44.

Appearance- hardy pour it's a slightly hazy copper color. fluffy white head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma- spicy oniony scent with a hint of booze. weird. slightly floral.

Flavor- delicate floral hoppy notes with an onion like spice to it. boozy. like the smell but surprisingly better. the malt is bready.

Mouthfeel- solid medium bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- easily gonna kill the four pack.

Overall- i've had this years batch on tap and like many of brews it's wayyy better than the bottle. i'm getting a lot more booze from the bottle. tap also had a more citrusy action going on. not much but it was there. not my top imperial ipa but drinkable and its got unique character.

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claminat420 from Michigan, Feb 12, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow, clear and bright, almost like piss. Don't be alarmed. Slight head that dissipates very quickly. Minor visible carbonation.

Aroma is citrus, slight hops, and alcohol (some other reviewer said "nail polish", but I think is the hops with the booze). Strong in other words. Generally promises a mouthful of flavor.

Taste is very citrus indeed, pineapple for sure, with a hop undercurrent that isn't overpowering, but the tang of alcohol is the main impression. Neither are the malts very present. No worries. I get bitter happening later in the sip, and everything feels thinner than I'd expect for a DIPA. A little sour rind. And yet, all these nuances make everything well balanced without going too far out of wack, fruity as the booze is a sweet and persistent undercurrent. Warming at 9%, if you don't like the boozy taste this would really not be for you.

Finish has a hoppy resin to it. In the aftertaste the booze persists, reminding you yes, this IS a double. Generally this is actually very well done.

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Rogerlb from California, Mar 25, 2016
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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brew pub. A decent beer. Came off a little hot/boozy for the ABV though with an astringent taste. The paint thinner like smell/taste kind of ruined most of it for me. Looked and felt very nice otherwise though with some decent pineapple and mango with a bit of stickiness.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell and taste are both a bit sweeter than I was expecting from an imperial IPA, but still a very nice, enjoyable beer. It pours a beautiful hazy gold with a moderate white head, dissipating quickly. The taste is of tropical fruit with very little bitterness.

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rarigney from Washington, Mar 12, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is pine, hops and a hint of nail polish. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit, complex fruit, malts, tropical fruit and a mix of tart and bitter in the finish.

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jzlyo from Iowa, Feb 19, 2016
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3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying to be fairly critical and not overly bashing here. I did not like this one. The hops were not very pronounced and the malt base was not bad. I also detected a sourness flavor at the end. May have been a hopstrain on my palate though. Something seemed off. Surprised there are not other reviews from this year.

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hardysf from Michigan, Feb 14, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a clear light yellow orange color with two fingers worth of white head

S-lots of sweet tropical fruits, some citrus, and pale malt

T-alcohol is a bit too present in the taste, followed by tropical fruit sweetness, citrus, pale malt, and a light bitter finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall pretty drinkable, alcohol mellows as the beer warms

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ksimons from Illinois, Aug 18, 2015
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass, and delicate lacing in between on the surface.
S: Light aromas of pineapples are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of pineapples and other tropical fruits (such as mangos) but then some alcohol begins to creep in. Not that much bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and a little sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some interesting and unique aromas and flavors of pineapples, but the alcohol is a little too apparent in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Jun 25, 2015
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4.42/5  rDev +16%
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!

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Andewkline1 from Michigan, Mar 25, 2015
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4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very nice floral piney hops bouquet. The taste followed, with the floral component coming out a bit more strongly along with sweetness from the malt backbone.

Although I'm not expert or a total fan of IPAs, Imperials have caught my interest. The high alcohol content, however, limits them to certain or special occasions!

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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It appears that since the picture of this beer was posted on the site it has received a new look. The new bottle is pretty cool, but it looks like the old one was cool also.

12 oz. Bottle poured into a 'Ball Mason Jar'.

L: Golden and transparent appearance. Poured aggressively into a 16 oz jar, a 3 finger head quickly dissipates to a lingering spotty ring with mild lacing coverage. The appearance does not take away from this beer. Having said that, it does not set it apart from relevant others in any distinct fashion.

S: A somewhat surprisingly mild smell for a 9% abv imperial IPA. Nonetheless, I want to say it has a strong caramelized pineapple-mango scent possibly with mild honey undertones. A good balance of citrusy hops and mild malts, adding a mild grassy scent underneath it all.

T: 9% abv is nearly impossible to gauge with this one. Other than a lingering warmth across the palate after swallowing, it is hard to tell it's a 'double', or 'imperial', IPA. Something about this finish is remarkably good. Hop presence is noticed over it's malty characteristics, often the case for the common IPA today. A level of the 'pineapple-mango caramelization' sticks around for the palate after already pleasing the nose. A sensational experience to say the least.

F: The lingering warmth mentioned previous is what really drives the 'feel' of this beer. The hop and malt presence does not overwhelm, or compromise any part of this beer, providing for a tremendously enjoyable brew.

O: Honestly, I had reservations before trying Hop Rocket. First, I was in the market for some of Bell's Hopslam, but apparently Bell's is uninterested in providing a decent supply for the massive demand they have produced. So Hop Rocket jumped out to me as a viable MI microbrew option to replaced my thirst for some Hopslam. Not only was this beer not my first choice, I had hesitations about Arcadia themselves, as a brewery. In fairness, I gave a lot of their beers only a small chance a few years ago when I first started drinking beer frequently. I'll have to give them a second chance, because they really proved their ability to make a solidly sensational imperial IPA. Bravo Arcadia.

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MVG7113 from Michigan, Feb 06, 2015
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Far too expensive for what it is. Fruity with some nice notes but nothing mind blowing, a bit too much crystal malt which lends itself to a bit of cloying sweet flavors. Alcohol heat a bit too much and flavors just aren't well blended. Not a bad beer, but definitely not worth it's cost.

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dorosjim from New Jersey, Dec 05, 2014
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3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Sep 25, 2014
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3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy light copper

Smell: Mostly grapefruit and a bit piney

Taste: A very sweet caramel flavor, almost towards butterscotch. The there is a tangerine/grapefruit/citrus taste that follows the sweet caramel. More malt than hop.

Mouthfeel: A sticky and thick-ish mouthfeel. The beer coats the mouth and hangs around.

Overall: I enjoyed the beer but it took a bit to get used to the taste. The 9% is well masked by the flavor. This is a beer to be drank by itself or paired, rather than an everyday beer.

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colinmcintosh from Pennsylvania, Jun 23, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This dipa pours a cloudy brownish copper color with a small, short lived off white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is rather sweet and malty for the style with pine and herbacious hops merely supporting the maltiness. The mouthfeel is sticky and coats the palate almost a little too much. Flavors are malt driven and seem closer to a Brandywine than a dipa. The hops are present but not in their bitter gloriousness like I had expected. There is no date on the bottle but I am guessing that this was not super fresh. Would like to try a fresher bottle because, if hopmouth is any indication of Arcadia s abilities with hops, this should be much better.

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lochef81 from Michigan, Apr 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania, Mar 16, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arcadia hit the nail on the head with this one. I ordered a pint of this beer at the local tavern, and asked for a second. The color was light and clear with about a finger and a half of head . . . and then a taste . . . and POW!!! Hop Rocket lit up my taste buds like no other Arcadia beer has before. I will be looking for this one in the bottle. Cheers!

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Havbeer from Michigan, Mar 13, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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mrfrancis from Kentucky, Jan 30, 2014
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3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Aug 03, 2013
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3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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TMoney2591 from Illinois, Jul 25, 2013
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3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Jun 28, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, May 30, 2013
Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
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