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 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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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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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
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