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 donteatpoop
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a vague hint of fog, a decent cap of white head is there initially but quickly fades.

Smell is citrus and pine hop, grainy malts.

Taste is packed with hop flavor, the citrus and pine mentioned in the scent, and also some woody character and slight soap-bite followed by a light alcohol burn.

Nice enough mouth feel, rich and slightly creamy; though the alcohol is not so well masked as I'd like.

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Photo of IPASetter
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in bottle and poured into a pint glass.

A- Not sure if it was a bad pour by me but not much of a head that quickly reduced to a crown, but that did have a good staying power through out. Also nice carbonation all the way.

S-Well deserving of its name hop rocket doesn't disappoint with a very pleasant hop smell.

T- A very smooth IPA considering how bitter it is once it hits your palette but this is not a bad thing at all. Not over powering at all and would pair well with many foods. The only knock I had was you could definitely taste some of the alcohol towards the end but nothing over the top for a 9%.

M- Pretty pleasant mouthfeel, a slight carbonation and a medium feel.

D- I would recommend and have again since it had such a smooth taste with all the flavor we all love from a very hoppy beer. Hop heads won't be disappointed but also wont be blown away.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep hazy copper colored ale with 1 finger of creamy golden brown head. the head reduces down to leave a nice crown around the edge. Good lacing on the glass as well.

S: Great grassy hop smell. Hints of grapefuit, with a slight sweetness of melon.

T: Good piney hop flavor with hints of burnt caramel bitterness. Finishes with a nice hop bite without the ester alcohol taste. Nice slight hints of cream, melon sweetness and toffee mixed in as well. Very good clean hoppy beer.

M: Medium moutfeel. Very creamy carbonation that blends the flavors well and finishes clean.

D: Very good drinkability. Very smooth bitter beer, just the way I like them. A flavorful hop brew that finishes clean without killing your palette with hops. Wish I bought a few more of these to bring

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Photo of degerbah
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangey brown with about a half inch of head. The head dissapaes quickly leaving a light residue around the rim of the glass. The aroma us overwhelmingly hoppy with little else evident other than the nose smashing hoppiness. The taste is very boozey with a crude ultra-sweet taste that is quickly tossed to the rear by the massive hop bitterness. The initial sweetness is somewhat hard to get past and doesn't improve the beer at all. Some DIPA's are balanced, this seems like t tries to be more balanced, but instead has warrinf parts malt and hops.

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Photo of mwa423
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautifully clear golden color with only slight head despite the growler only having been poured 4 hours ago.

S - Sweet hops, pineapple, grapefruit, every other tropical fruit mix you can think of, and some pine.

T - The hop profile reminds me a lot of the juice left over from canned pears or fruit cocktail. There is less of the pineapple and grapefruit hops and more of harsh alcohol taste. Some sweet malt rounds it out.

M/D - Mouthfeel loses a bit because everything is on the extreme end with the tongue burning hops and tongue curling alcohol. As for drinkability, it drinks exactly like you would expect an average 9% IIPA to drink, very boozy and very harsh.

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

This is an extremly good beer. Usually there is a little harshness to th hops Aarcadia uses so I was really surprised that this beer was as smooth as it was. It had nice bronze colored body with a rocky tan head. The body was also nicely carbonated. The aroma as well as the flovor was bitter but fruity sweet. A lot of floral and citrus esters. You do not want to chugs this beer but it is easy to drink and hard to put down.

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Photo of Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - pours with an inch of frothy very light tan colored foam, sitting atop a clear burnt golden liquid. minimal sticky lacing comes and goes throughout the drink.

S - tropical - mangos, pineapple, grapefruit...hops joined by a solid amount of sweet caramel malt.

T - very sweet, hops again come across in the citrus profile, some pine as well. solid amount of malt adds a lot of balance, almost a tad too much. still plenty bitter, just done with some grace and charm. just a barely noticeable alcohol burn as well.

M - very thick body, carbonation is subtle yet tight. very creamy and goes down smooth, leaves a lingering pine and caramel aftertaste.

D - very solid, though not quite as good as it was out of a cask. a stereotypical East Coast DIPA with a ton of malt to match the hops. pretty dangerous for the ABV, goes down easy.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A "wow" is appropriate here. I've had lots of beers like this and I like nearly all of them. This is no exception as far as liking, but it is exceptionally drinkable for the style. If it wouldn't put you under the table it is easy to see yourself drinking a few of these. They also are prohibitively expensive.

But drinking it as it was intended, one in a sitting, it definitely cuts the mustard. It has a near perfect balance of flavors, even though it is over the top in the quantity of flavors.

Despite the price, I will seek this out again and recommend it to others. It is fitting that I am drinking this out of a (badly worn) Cedar Point Top Thrill Dragster pint glass! Now if I could only enjoy a couple of these and jump on Dragster...

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Photo of horshack7
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Into a tulip is a copper orange with a light haziness. The head is about one inch high and leaves a nice ring of lacing behind.

Aroma: Sweet fruits and simple syrups, caramel malts. Grapefurit piney notes as well.

Taste: A liitle bit dry for the mouthfeel but that is not a bad thing. Lots of hops upon more hops. Grapefruit caramelized sugar, pineyness.

Notes: This is my first offering from Arcadia. I am happy I picked this one up. Cheers.

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Photo of UA8
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a reddish amber color with a thin beige colored head.

S- grapefruit, mango, orange, caramel malt.

T- grapefruit, caramel malt, pine cone bitterness, grassy notes that linger on the palate with herbal hop oils.

M- medium viscosity with a medium light carbonation.

D- I was very excited when I took a sniff of this beer it had all the tropical fruit and citrus notes that I love, that said it didn't translate to the taste unfortunately where herbal and pine bitterness take over and the balance falls out. Could have been great but unfortunately falls short.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a gorgeous amber color with some nice orange hues. There is a nice .5 inch head that is off-white and recedes quickly to a thin film and a ring around the tulip.

S - Nice sweet grapefruit aroma with nice complementary citric aroma. Hint of pine and nice oily hop resin. The smell is delicious, hints of honey as well.

T - Very delicious. Sweet and citric grape fruit hints initially from the hops and some nice caramel like flavor from the malt. Followed by a nice grainy and biscuit like character after the sweetness. The last part of the beer is a very strong and dry bitterness that is very refreshing and cleansing. Very nice beer. Good distinct flavors that last. As the beer warms a nice boozy sweetens comes out that is actually very welcomed.

M - Nice light to medium body with a great hop bite to it. Especially in citrus character and bitterness.

D - Very good drinkability even for the Hop flavor and the ABV. Then again my taste buds are very hop friendly. Good stuff.

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Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber and slighly cloudy with only a mild amount of head that quickly fades to nothing leaving some webbed lacing behind only after the first sip

S: Some citrus hop notes, but mostly pine notes which cover up some alcohol smells and caramel

T: I had some concern when smelling this one, but was very pleasantly surprised by the amount of hops present in this one. They are mostly piney but they are still resinous and pungent providing a nice bitter feel.

M: The creaminess is very nice as this one goes down pretty smooth. The heat is also not as present as it was in the nose.

D: It drinks much easier than the abv indicates although i think two would be enough

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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 PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of my SNF winnings. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer!

A- Body is a hazy orange hue that pours with an approximately 1/2 finger foamy white head with great retention. No lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is of mild strength but very brightly hoppy. Bright citrus and a hint of pine come through as well as earthy hops. Some sugary and malty sweetness can be detected as well- I am hesitant to confirm caramel malt-thought that is what it most closely resembles.

T- Initial flavor is mild but bright. Earthy hop flavor dominates with a hint of citrus hop juices in the background. The malty sweetness comes out a bit for the finish with a mild-moderate refreshing piny hop finish. The residual bitterness takes a few seconds to reach its full moderate effect after the finish.

M- Light to medium carbonation and light to medium weight smooth body.

D- This is a pretty good, drinkable DIPA. Definitely a few steps up from Hopmouth and probably the best of the Arcadia lineup I have had thusfar. ABV is undetectable. This doesn't quite shine with the big DIPAs but its a comfortable easy drinker.

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Photo of tapman
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a DIPA to me. One thing hard about doing these kinds of beers is that they all look the same. I guess for this one the head could have been better, but it is very clear. Though, some bottle conditioning would have been nice for this beer, yeah? Is it filtered? How would it age with no/few yeast in the bottle?

Sweet raisin malt/dark crystal aroma with beefy, earthy, resinous hops. Smells like your hands after dividing up a lb. of fresh Magnum hops. Alcohol is very faint, which is a plus for me, and it only really shows at all when a little warmer. Could this brew use some grass or citrus? Would that hurt it or help, I can't decide.

Alcohol much bigger in the taste than the nose. Hop flavor is mellow, but buttery in the back and crisply bitter in the front. Bitterness is balanced by the higher gravity. Both hop bitterness and flavor retain nice, round, warm characters in the finish.

MFeel is heavy not syrupy, with a tinge of effervesc unfermentables ence. A pretty smooth drink for the amount of alcohol and. I wonder what the finishing gravity is on this brew...?

A solid beer, though I must confess that my knowledge of such high gravity beers is limited. I'm not a huge fan of barley wines and DIPAs, but I heard good things about this one. The fact that I like it says something to me, but I have yet o attempt a high gravity homebrew and look forward to potentialy updating my review for better or worse.

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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 n0315
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp golden color with a little bit of head retention. Smell of hops permeates off of the glass, a welcome sign of a good IPA. Taste was a good amount of bitterness with what I think was a bit of floral accents. Mouthfeel wish medium-bodied. Drinkability was good, but a few too many of these and you're going to have trouble getting back into your car. Good example of an IPA with maybe a bit of a twist. Worth trying.

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

Served in goblet at the Ginger Man, NYC.

A - Pale brassy orange, sudsy white head with decent slow melting lace.

S - Biting floral hops, burnt caramel, wet dog

T - Smooth slightly sweet floral character upfront followed quickly by sharp citrus and pine bite and tangy fruitiness. Decent amount of sweet caramel malt and grains.

M - Medium body, slightly oily. Moderate-low carbonation.

D - Nice; an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber appearance with a small white head. Smell is a good blend of hops and malts, more malt than I expected. Reminds me of a nice English ale. Taste is just the same, a nice English ale but with an American hop bite. The malts hold more presence over the hops. Overall a good beer and a great blend of two styles of beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark, golden beer with a chill haze, Hop Rocket puts up a pale yellow, modest fine head that lingers a long time, depositing a thin film of lacing on the glass.

Spicy pine resins are strong, followed in equal parts by lemongrass and grapefruit. While there is little complexity here, the hop aromas pack quite a punch.

No surprise, the flavors are hop-centric with a moderate bitterness. There is a hint of malt in the background, but this really is about the hops. There is a light, almost non-existent finish.

Hop Rocket is a cleansing, medium-bodied beer with a silk texture and prickly carbonation. The alcohol is well kept, yet still welcome.

Easier to consume than one might expect from an Imperial IPA, this beer does well on its own and would stand up to strong flavored foods.

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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 hckyfn9999
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, firey orange color with about a finger and a half of thick white head that has good retention and leaves a lot of lace. Aroma is of sweet caramel, toated malt, fruit, and citrus.

Taste is features more citrusy hops, mostly in the form of grapefruit and bitter grapefruit rind. There is other fruitiness present too along with a little pine. Some pale malt is noticeable in the background. The hops are definitely up front here, though I am left wanting just a little more from them in both flavor and bitterness. The 9% is pretty well hidden here, and the beer is full bodied with a nice carbonation level.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the fourth Arcadia beer I have tried. So far, the best one I have had was their Pumpkin Ale. This is another IPA from them, and possibly the least English tasting of all their beers I have had. Here is my review:

A: Pours a hazy, golden amber. Head is pretty small but lacing is decent.

S/T: The aroma is very bittersweet. Lots of grapefruit hops. Taste is much hoppier than their Hopmouth DIPA. Lots of grapefruit and malty sweetness. There is also an armpit like character in there, which is slightly offensive. This tastes a lot like the Mendicino Imperial IPA, but with a fuller flavor. A far cry from Founders Double Trouble or Bells Hopslam, but easily the best beer I have had from Arcadia.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It leaves a juicy feeling in your mouth. Drinks very well. Probably could drink a couple in a row.

Arcadia has been pretty unimpressive so far, but this is the best I have had from them yet. Nothing outstanding, but still a solid IPA. I am impressed how different this is from their other DIPA, Hopmouth. Worth checking out.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out soft and clear. Sort of a tiny little head, granted it sticks and leaves some lacing but just not as frothy and massive as I would like to see. Color is nice and that's about all I can say about it, pale copper with a soft, faded orangey brown tinge.

S: Dankness, ripe, sweet melons, tropical, citrusy fruitiness, but really this beer is about the heavy wet pillow of melony sweetness that wallops you over the head.

T/MF: Sweet, thick and boozy, less of the ripe melon is apparent here and more of a malty, loose and even a bit watery and dry which is sort of disappointing considering the aroma seemed so promising in terms of taste. This beer redeems itself a bit given some time to warm up and more of the aromas become part of the taste. Also, for as heavy as this beer is, it leaves the tongue suprisingly clean and clear after each sip, not sure how that happens.

D: This beer seems to have fallen off a bit after spending about a month in the fridge and tastes and feels a bit washed out and blander than it should normally be as previous bottles of this beer have indicated.

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Photo of eternaljester81
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into Chimay goblet as a cloudy amber, almost honey-like color, with a thin head. Sticky lacing is persistent through the finish.

S - Hops and alcohol, with some mildly sweet undertones. There's something a little off, and possibly medicinal in the nose.

T - Some sweetness, but mainly oily hops. The finish is laced with alcoholic warmth, and a lingering slight bitterness. I enjoy a hugely hopped brew, but there's something different here.

M - Thick, creamy, oily, and quite smooth.

D - One of these is enough, and not just because of the high ABV. As previously mentioned, there's something to this brew that doesn't sit right with me.

At almost $14 a four-pack, Hop Rocket was a bit of a disappointment. It's not bad really, but Arcadia Ale's Hopmouth is a much better beer in a similar style, and cheaper at that.

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