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Arcadia Hop Rocket | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 207 | Ratings: 471
Photo of sjverla
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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 -11%
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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Photo of ppoitras
3.42/5  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.

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Photo of powerss13
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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...

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

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Photo of spartanfan
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of decadance
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Holland
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of meatyard
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of soze47
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of dfillius
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
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