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Arcadia Hop Rocket | Arcadia Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
471
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
21.93%
 
 
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17
Gots:
47
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Reviews: 207 | Ratings: 471
Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-bronze, off-white head, nice retention & leg.

S: Apricot, tropical fruity esters, pine, citrus, slight sulfur, toffee, candy apple.

T: Toffee & cotton candy with a dark fruitiness. The hop flavour is not as forward as the aroma (apricot with a little pine & citrus). Alcohol is remarkably subtle. I'm not a fan of the sulfur-like minerals (are they mimicking the Burton water?). It doesn't seem like a big DIPA.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slightly smooth & creamy.

D: Decent.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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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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 scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very deep double ipa amber, copper, garnet hue greets the eyes with non bubling and very little, to no foam after the pour. The aroma is a great, strong orange citrus zest. Hints of anise and even fennel mxed with some toasty malts. The first sip is a velvety citrus with light lactic burn, then some biscuit lats. The finis is a dry pine and hard tac. The palate is a dry, yet hot bitter palate of hops and mild malt. Greta sipping and swirling beer.

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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 Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, believe I picked this up in Buffalo.

Pours a mostly clear dark amber/orange highlights, thick off white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, few chunks floating around in there, kind of look like whole hops. Smell is nice, alcohol and caramel, lots of floral, grapefruit, oranges, lightly piney, a bit of sugar, some biscuity malt, quite a bit of fruit, apricots, lots of good hoppiness. Taste is nice, sherry and floral, grapefruit, some pinesol, alcohol hops out, biscuits, caramel, a bit raw but I like it, some citrus like acidity, not as bitter as I would like, but good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some heat going down. Little hot and a little raw but not a bad DIPA.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Oak Cafe in Wyandotte, MI. Overall it was tasty but not the best IIPA on tap (there were many excellent choices tonight). The beer was crystal clear golden colored, and the aroma had a crisp hops bite. The flavor was clean, hoppy and bitter. Not overly grapfruity, more like an English version of an IPA x 1.5.

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger egg white head forms and gently recedes. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: A great balance of citrus, floral, and pine hops with sweet and bread caramel malt.
T: Again, there is a great balance between the hops and malt. Chewy citrus and piny hops. A light grapefruit bitterness. Plenty of sweet caramel malt. Bread and biscuit. This is great.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp, smooth and dry. The alcohol shows a little. One bottle is plenty, but a great bottle to sip on.

This completely surprised me. First, I did not know this was a DIPA. So, when I found that out, right of the bat I was thinking this was going to be an unbalanced mess of bitter grapefruit (which I find boring). This had a ton of hops, but very well balanced with the malt. Not a lot of breweries make a DIPA like this. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from The Wine Seller in A2. Pours cloudy yellow, creamy white head on top. Smell of pine hops and not much else, a little dusty and funky, with no malt presence in the aroma. Taste is extremely muddled and fails to hide any alcohol flavor, some dusty old hops, very little malt backbone as far as I can tell with no influence on the taste. Chewy mouthfeel and sort of flat. Wondering if I got an old/compromised bottle. This was not good.

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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 mynie
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty. Big hazylucent orange amber with a white, soapy head.

I can smell it from across the desk. So can Vida, the boozy cat. Vet says she's not supposed to drink and, really, that makes a lot of sense, but it's kinda hard when beer smells so pungent. This cat, she hunts beer. I-I didn't teach her to do it, neither. She was like that in the shelter.

Anyhow, this is the most pungent IPA I've come across in a long while. I'm a fan of intensity, generally, and while this isn't a spectacular balance it still manages to be very strong without being in the least bit offputting, and that's a feat. Big citrus, grapefruit, heavy malt.

Tastes as it smells, only a little more intense. A little too intense, for my money. Not that I dislike intensity as a matter of course, just that this seems to be loud and noisy for the sake of being loud and noisy. Or, that's actually too harsh a way of describing it. Again, nothing here is *off*, it's just a little too big for what's there. Still pretty good, actually, big burst of grapefruit hops balanced with thick, alcoholic malt. Could maybe use some more sweet or biscuity malt complexities, to cut into the hop. Or maybe even a more complex hop profile.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-nice orangish copper color slightly cloudy (very slightly) with almost none of a very white head

S-great floral aroma with hints of citrus and grapefruit, bombards you with hop aroma!

T-strong taste of grapefruit up front with a piney hop backbone and very little bitterness

M-very smooth and a little syrupy in a good way with a fair to moderate amount of carbonation

D-pretty drinkable for being so strong, it goes down relatively easy; but the bitterness from the hops towards the end slightly takes away from drinkability; but not much

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy amber color with a good light oatmeal color head and great lacing. The aroma is thick pine and butterscotch alcohol. The taste leads with alcohol over piney hops, bitter grassy butter in a nice mid-body brew. Fair carbonation, decent drinkability. Surprisingly good.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber-orange color with a quickly dispersing white head. The beer looks and pours quite thick. The aroma is very hoppy, full of citrus and pine. The first sip hits you with a pretty sharp bite - very warm and spicy. Big mix of peppercorns, spices, and heavy, dank, hop resin. Slight rubbing alcohol aroma comes out as the beer continues. Some sweeter malts come out at the finish along with more citrus, but the beer leaves a very bitter taste on the tongue. Medium carbonation, and a thick, gritty body.

Very harsh, even for a 9% ABV, the "alcohol" taste is too prominent. Very "spicy" and not so much smooth. Gets worse as the beer gets warmer. I was slightly disappointed in this one, I had much higher expectations. Not my tastes.

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pure white head grows to a finger and a half over a cloudy, deep burnt orange-colored brew. It sits for awhile and settles to a heavy foam, leaving good lacing behind on the glass.
There's some fruitiness in the aroma, a fresh, raw hops bouquet offering citrus and herbal qualities as well as a leafiness. Malts are also evident, adding a bit of caramel. Alcohol sneaks in a bit and lingers. A bit of yeast, but not too much to be off-putting, is also detectable.
The flavor is where everything opens up. This is definitely a DIPA; not a tongue-numbing, overly abrasive one, but just as hoppy and flavorful as the great ones. Malts offer great support for excellent balance, offering some caramel sweetness while still allowing the hops to be showcased as the main feature. Lots of ripe fruits (apricot, etc.) come out under citrus and herbal flavors. A leafy greenness is also present through every sip. It's raw but refined, and fresh. There's something like spruce tips as well and just a touch of mint. Alcohol is evident without taking over or distracting. I would never suspect 9 %.This is a great beer.
The mouthfeel remains lively and active, opting for crispness but not denying a smooth flow.The body is medium. It leans dryer heading into the finish.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of buschbeer
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip

A - It pours orange/amber with golden highlights. It has an inch of off white head that settles to a skim.

S - The smell is different. The first thing I got was skunk weed. I also got some caramel malt and citrus, but that weed smell in always present.

T - The taste is different, too. I get some metal, caramel malt, and some bitter juniper.

M - Medium

O - This is not a beer in this style that I like. I keep getting these metallic and skunky hops flavors and smells. I hate to say that I don't like a beer from Arcadia, but I do not like this one.

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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 canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this sample.

Pours an orange gold brown with a big head. This is a hoppy beer alright with big nose and a big mouthfeel. The beer is very balanced quite like Great Divides version with the rounded finish keeping the hops in check. It's nice when DIPA's have there own taste that almost puts them with old ales and barely wines in complexity and bigness.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a clear reddish-gold with a light, but creamy white head. Lacing was very light.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and full of both citrusy and grassy hops.
The alcohol is there as well but doesn't overwhelm.

The taste is dark ripe fruits, raisins, brown sugar, and honey-alcohol notes.

Medium mouthfeel, rich and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

A fine American Double from Arcadia. A must try for sure.

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

Hazyish, orange copper body with a gauzy, lacy, small, off-white head. Orange marmalade, pineapple, Scotch Tape, and lemonade hops lead the nose. Some buttery cookie dough malts underneath.

Herbal hop bitterness and opens up the palate as rummy fruit malts rush in. Malty sweetness is soon overshadowed by pineapple, marmalade, grapefruit, and piny hop flavor and bitterness. Flashes of butterscotch. Acidic, citrus hop finish. Dry. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Maybe a little too fizzy overall though. Nice.

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Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a one finger head following a medium pour. The head has settled to a thin lace after a few minute, but there is some pretty good head retention going on.

Smells of fresh sticky hop juice. A slight earthy aroma can also be detected.

Taste is similar. Very sticky and hoppy tasting and I love it. The bitterness helps mask the heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with a very low carbonation level. The hop bitterness fools you into thinking that this beer is well carbonated, but it's all hops!

Very drinkable for a DIPA of 9%.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is my fourth offering from Arcadia and without a doubt the best. Their beers all taste like decent homebrew to me, but this one is an exception. I personally like the low level carbonation, it allows you to really taste the beer.

Other Notes: As good as this beer is, it's overpriced. It's in the same vein as Double Simcoe and Dogfish 90 Minute, but it's more expensive than both.

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!).

Poured a medium orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, some floral hops, and earthy. Tastes of oranges, grapefruits, and caramel. Nicely balanced. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

Notes from 2/6/08

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a small white head. Little retention or lacing.

S: Perfumed and peppery spice. Some faint orange and other citrus aromas.

T&M: Bitter orange with a slight woodsiness to it. There is a maltiness to the mouthfeel, but there isn't much malt in the flavor. The hops display mostly citrus and earthy characteristics. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitter that lingers on the tongue. A bit hot on the finish.

D: A decent beer with a mostly earthy flavor.

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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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