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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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear marigold hue with a fair one-finger head that has fair retention and leaves decent gobs of lacing.

aroma is honey, lemon zest, caramel, nougat. earthy, grassy pistachio. lemony hops. interesting.

taste is citrusy, juiicy hops paired with some intense caramel sweetness, ample malting, and a decently bitter clean finish. some strong alcoholy heat is hiding in there.

mouth i thick, luscious, almost syrupy. ample carbonation but just a bit sugary slick. lingering bitterness and slightly drying astringency is a pleasant surprise cutting through the syrup.

all in all, an interesting one. Not sure how much I want to drink, but it's certainly solid and there's something about it that I definitely like. but there's also something about it that just doesn't quite work perfectly. All in all though, I like it and would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of cr0ckett
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Surprisingly dark; redish, almost brown amber with a decent off white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves nice traces.
S: At first a piney/citrusy hops aroma; some malt sweetness.
T: Begins nicely enough with the citrusy hops, but the malt character keeps them in check, almost more so than I’d like in a DIPA. Slight tangerine and maybe lemon cut in shortly in the end. This is not a brew that leaves much hop flavor on the tongue after a sip. Little to no alcohol flavor; almost too easy to drink at 9%.
M: Not abrasive, medium to full bodied, pleasant carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this beer, but with a name like Hop Rocket, I expected a bit more of a featuring of the hops. Many interesting flavors make this a fun one to try, but not what I usually expect from a DIPA. I would recommend tryin it, but not to someone just getting into DIPAs. Enjoyable.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours blood red with a one finger white head that dies down without leaving lace. On the nose there was some citrus I couldn't identify. Other reviewers said tangerine and that sounds about right, along with some subdued orange. The real notable part of the nose is in the malt bill, as this seems to follow Arcadia's trending towards the English interpretations of various brews, so this is a good deal sweeter than the other MI DIPAs I've had of late. There is bread, maybe something like lemon poppyseed, which sort of captures the sweet but also citric note in the nose. In the mouth the awesome nose falls apart into something a bit more basic, tangerine and lemon hops cutting through most of the nice sweet malts, with a long, dry finish and medium mouthfeel. There is some warming alcohol in here too. Overall this is a pretty good brew but if the taste had delivered what the nose had in store it would have been a great one for me. Perhaps I should try to age this to get the hops to mellow a bit and expose that great malty nose?

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

A big thanks to a great trader Kevin (kzoobrew) for this great beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a sunset orange color and about two fingers of tan head that quickly dissipates leaving nice lacing.

Smell - Heavy bitter, resiny hops, citrus notes consisting of grapefruit rind and orange peel, and just a hint of a malt aroma at the end.

Taste - Hm...this tastes a bit odder than I would have thought. As someone mentioned, there is almost a "lemon zest" flavor that I get right off the bat. More lemony citrus flavor than orange, though I do taste some grapefruit creeping in. The hops make themselves known but are not bitter, and the malt backbone is just enough. I'm intrigued by this beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium to a bit lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty quaffable. Again, not really sure about this beer in the flavor department but for being 9%, I get no alcohol warmth or taste. Something I'd like to revisit sometime though wouldn't get a six pack of. Glad I was able to try this! Interesting!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange, amber, with a big, egg shell white head that drops quickly to a bare wisp, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of orange, grapefruit, hard candy.

Flavors of orange zest, lemon zest, orange, sweet malt, toffee, bready. Finish is short, with a lingering grapefruit and orange bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin, not watery. Hop resins are mouth coating.

Good drinkability, but not a great example of the style. If you like a big orange hop presence, good beer to seek out.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours decently for a finger thick off white head, and has a copper colored ultra hazy body

Aroma is very citrusy, along with faint hints of caramel.

Taste wise there's a strong lemon zest quality, with some toffee in the end.

Nicely carbonated, a little thin in the middle, and eventually warming in the end.

This brew is pretty drinkable concerning the ABV, and the warming alcohol takes a while to creep up and warm the palate. It could be very easy to drink this one too quickly.

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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 htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 6 Jul 2010. Served in a Brewbaker's shaker pint.

Small khaki colored head. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy dark copper in color. Aroma is nice, lots of caramel, orange, floral and perfumey. Lots of resin and caramel throughout, becoming more bitter in the finish and aftertaste but not overly so. Some candied orange peel. Medium sticky body. Ethanol warming in the finish.

Overall decent but would not go out of my way to get this.

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Photo of BB1313
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a pretty burnt orange w/ nice fluffy white head and sticky lacing. Super hoppy blast of orange, tangerine, and a slight pine note. I'm picking up Simcoe hops. Everything is balanced in the flavor w/ its' maltiness, not overpowering; bittersweet. Finishes pretty juicy, rich and creamy; full-bodied. Drinkability is nice and smooth; alcohol is well masked. Very enjoyable.

This one reminds me alot of Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, but better, IMHO. Don't get me wrong, Arcadia made this one their own. A well crafted complex DIPA, recommended.

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Photo of in780
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint. Here we go:

A - Copper colored with a nearly white head that fades pretty quickly. Good lacing.

S - Hops (what else?)

T - Hops, but wait, there's more! Actually has a malt backbone that sticks up to the overwhelming hops and adds some balance. This is good.

M - Nothing abrasive, good carboation

D - Delicious, but at the abv, a couple may be too many

Good brew here by Arcadia

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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 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 dspoonrt
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Rocket pours a hazy burnt orange color with a super thin layer of head that dissipates immediately.

The attractive look of the beer is complimented by a wonderfully hoppy nose. The potency of the alcohol is present in the smell of the beer. Also, a citrusy aroma, probably from the hops, comes through toward the end.

There is a pleasant tartness and complexity in the taste of the beer. A wave of hops assaults the palate, but is balanced nicely by some malt and the prominent taste of the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very thin. This beer is smooth and drinkable despite the high alcohol content. The beer is also noticeably carbonated, appropriate for a beer named after a rocket.

Overall, this is a delicious and fragrant ale, one that I could drink again and again.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, courtesty of nerdrocker101, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a murky burnt orange. The cream colored crown is disappointing in size and head retention, but lacing is solid. The nose flashes bread and caramel before hop aromas take center stage. Normally with these American Pacific Northwest hops I find that grapefruit is dominant, but refreshingly I find that pineapple is most prominent (though grapefruit is certainly still there). The open and close of each sip take their cues from the nose, but the expected hop bitterness marks the transition between the two. The bitterness in Hop Rocket is unpleasant though (and this is from someone who usually enjoys big IPAs/IIPAs). It has an almost astringent quality to it, which greatly dampers my enjoyment of the beer. The beer is remarkably light for the style, which I find myself actually enjoying, it makes Hop Rocket feel smaller than it is. The carbonation feels a little lifeless on my tongue though, which is a bit of a letdown. The harsh bitterness in Hop Rocket makes it a bit hard to drink, but I credit it for not being boozy. Hop Rocket is a serviceable beer, the problem is there are plenty of more than serviceable double IPAs out there.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a nice hops presence comes in and although it's a little weak for the style (despite the name) it still works quite well for this beer. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong but disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with some nice copper hues to it. The head is parchment and small as the result of subdued carbonation, but it leaves very nice lace on the glass. The nose is dominated by an interesting hop aroma that I would say is more apricot than anything. Very fruity and somewhat floral with nice bready malt aromas in the background. The flavor is just as fruity as the aroma. Apricot, peach, lemon and a bit of pine are the dominant hop characteristics. The malt backbone is quite sweet with a bit of a sugary thing going on as well as your usual bready, slight biscuit malt flavor. Not very bitter at all, and well balanced. This beer has a definite alcoholic heat to it that I believe is its only major downfall. The body is medium with a nice finish that leaves a lasting hop flavor on my tongue. Average drinkability from a beer that is pretty average overall, except in that it has a different and enjoyable hop character.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. The label has a cheesy 70's style rocket riding on a flame plume of hops with frothy beer-smoke. If this label were a t-shirt I'd buy it today.

Pours a hazy honey amber with a soapy looking ivory head.

Has a wonderful citrusy hop bouquet with some sweet apricot and malt underneath. A slight yeastiness pokes through as well.

Pleasantly astringent, it starts smooth and slightly sweet before gripping the tongue in a bitter embrace before releasing its grip and surrendering to your gullet. Aftertaste is smooth, with only an echo of hop bitter lingering. Taste is not nearly as fruity tasting as the smell.

Has a medium to thin mouthfeel, leaving a dry tongue.

Highly drinkable, I'm lamenting that this is the last of my four pack. One to definitely revisit in the future.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange color with a thin head, but leaves a respectable amount of lacing.

Good smell to this one, hops overload. Mostly citrus hops plus a little touch of bubble gum.

This is aggressively hopped beer. There is almost no malt presence. Citrus hops and again a little of that bubble gum that was in the scent. Very bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little soapy and despite being highly bitter up front, the finish is not as dry as I would have thought. High alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel and burning alchohol detract from the drinkability, but it is a tastey beer with good aroma and flavor.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewery....

A- Poured a orange color. One finger white head that shows no retention. Soapy lacing that slides back into the glass after each sip.

S- Very big in the citrus hops. Big grapefruit aroma. Light bready malt in the middle but only comes out for a second. Hops hops and more hops.

T- Hops galore. Citrus mostly grapefuit but only thing I can taste is bold hops. Nothing but hops in this beer. Such a hoppy beer...can't say that enough.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hops and more hops on the palate and in the aftertaste. Flavor was one sided of course. Alcohol is drying on the palate after each sip.

D- A surprising good beer that I didn't mind drinking. The hops were a little much at times but only for a split second. On tap this beer is super hoppy than from the bottle.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a finger's worth of foamy off white head.

The hoppy aromas dance between bitter grapefruit and pine. The flavor is very much the same. The brassy hops have a huge bite right up front, but then the flavor simply recedes. No lingering bitter taste, like most double IPAs.

Medium body with an almost oily texture. Pretty easy drinking with no tongue scraping necessary.

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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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Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber/orange color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, slight citrus, hint of yeast, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend. Lacking in the complexity to be a real good IIPA.

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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 matjack85
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yikes, $3.29 for a single 12oz brown bottle of this stuff at Sal's in Addison,IL. Definitely not a cheap beer as this works out to nearly $20 a 6 pack.. Hope the taste will justify the price. Retarded botching system for the freshness date as the side label has letters A thru G and numbers 1 thru 6 on it. My bottle is notched D and 4 for whatever good that does me. The web site says this beer will actually improve with age, so maybe the born on or freshness date isn't that important anyway.

The beer poured a cloudy dark orange color with only 1 finger of off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. A decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass with each sip.

Big hop smell - a mix of tangerine-like citrus and piny hop aromas.

Mmmm, this is delicious. At 111 IBU's there's no mistaking that this is a definite hop rocket. But while the citrus and piny hops dominate the taste, there is enough malty sweetness in here to balance it out, Toffee-like sweetness and biscuity malt flavors blend nicely with the huge hop presence.

This is a smooth, creamy, and full bodied beer with only medium carbonation. Definitely a sipping beer.

It's a little to thick to be a session beer, but I could definately go for another one despite the 9% alcohol level which is hidden pretty well. Another winner from Arcadia.

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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 477 ratings.
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