Arcadia Hop Rocket | Arcadia Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

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.

Added by bashiba on 12-28-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
479
Reviews:
210
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
50
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0
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Ratings: 479 |  Reviews: 210
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of redbert
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TCgoalie
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jrcmlc
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hoopman
5/5  rDev +30.5%

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 TasteTester
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 ONUMello
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass
A: Hazy tan color, very thin head that quickly disappears.
S: A bit nutty, a bit boozy, nothing really stands out.
T: The hops are noticeable, but don't particularly stand out- not what I expected; this is quite boozy, along with nuts and toasted grain.
M: Medium-bodied & somewhat viscous from the alcohol.
O: I almost wonder if there was a batch of this that wasn't up to par given the recent reviews all of which are below average. I would be curious to try it again at some point, but this particular bottle is not for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GarrettMD
1.92/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a dark opaque amber. Not too much visible carbonation, half a finger of white head, fairly creamy, and the head fades to a thin layer almost immediately.

S - Mostly malts, some hints of booze. Sweet malts, I read butter in another review, that is definitely in there (couldn't quite place the smell), maybe even hints of leather and some sour yeasts (though I know it doesn't have any). No hops or bitterness at all.

T - Meh. Following with the aroma, not much hops if at all. Very sweet and malty. Not too much alcohol noticeable. Cherry is a flavor that's dominant along with the sweet malts. Not really liking this too much... Peaches, that's what this tastes like. It tastes like a Fuzzy Navel (mixed drink, Orange Juice and Peach Schnapps). The flavor is that of a Fuzzy Navel with some caramel malts brewed into it. No hops, just malt.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, sticky sweet mouthfeel. Finish is cloyingly sweet with a long lingering peach flavor.

O - I have no idea how old this bottle is, I would hope that it isn't fresh because if so, they need to put more hops in for it to even be a Pale Ale. It almost tastes like an IPA that they just forgot to add hops to at all (in the boil and dry-hopping).

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of mocktm
2.21/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From bottle, has an area for date notching, but I guess the machine missed this one as nothing is marked.

Pour is dark golden orange, off white head forms and then quickly fizzles out. Appears a little flat, no lacing or carbonation bubbles.

I'm not liking the aromas on this one, pure skunk weed pureed with onions and booze. No citrus presence what so ever, really off putting.

As with the nose, literally tastes like I'm liking the side of a hill. Just overwhelming grass with overbearing alcohol presence on top of it. No balance what so ever, the malt backbone is completely missing in action, as is any lemon and grapefruit. Has a really unpleasant after taste that lingers around as well.

Pretty full bodied, but rather flat with a syrupy consistency. Just not an easy drinker.

I'm only three sips in but I don't think I'll be able to stomach this one, probably a drain pour. Maybe chalk it up to a bad bottle, but I don't think I'll ever trade for another one to really find out.

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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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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brews pours a clear amber colored body with a slightly red hue. About a one-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only a bit of lacing. No bottling or freshness date that I could find.

Smells fresh. Good hop notes featuring pine and a little citrus. Strong caramel malt balance evident in the aroma.

Spicy is the first word that comes to mind for the flavor. Not spicy like a Belgian yeast, but more like a zesty lemon taste up front, which was unexpected from the aroma. Good hop notes of pine resin and a hint of citrus along for the ride with a sweet caramel malt.

I'm getting more of the alcohol in the taste than I prefer, but it's not a deal killer. I like this and recommend it to hop lovers.

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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
3.83 out of 5 based on 479 ratings.
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