Arcadia Hop Rocket | Arcadia Brewing Company

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479 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Imperial IPA has an assertive aroma of sticky, resinous Summit hops. A complex flavor profile includes notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, and spruce. Though the flavor focus is on hops, a trio of malts provides a balance to the beer, creating a delicious level of palatability. Hints of caramel, toffee and freshly-baked biscuits are also apparent in the flavor profile.

Added by bashiba on 12-28-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
479
Reviews:
210
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BuzzFee
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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 MVG7113
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It appears that since the picture of this beer was posted on the site it has received a new look. The new bottle is pretty cool, but it looks like the old one was cool also.

12 oz. Bottle poured into a 'Ball Mason Jar'.

L: Golden and transparent appearance. Poured aggressively into a 16 oz jar, a 3 finger head quickly dissipates to a lingering spotty ring with mild lacing coverage. The appearance does not take away from this beer. Having said that, it does not set it apart from relevant others in any distinct fashion.

S: A somewhat surprisingly mild smell for a 9% abv imperial IPA. Nonetheless, I want to say it has a strong caramelized pineapple-mango scent possibly with mild honey undertones. A good balance of citrusy hops and mild malts, adding a mild grassy scent underneath it all.

T: 9% abv is nearly impossible to gauge with this one. Other than a lingering warmth across the palate after swallowing, it is hard to tell it's a 'double', or 'imperial', IPA. Something about this finish is remarkably good. Hop presence is noticed over it's malty characteristics, often the case for the common IPA today. A level of the 'pineapple-mango caramelization' sticks around for the palate after already pleasing the nose. A sensational experience to say the least.

F: The lingering warmth mentioned previous is what really drives the 'feel' of this beer. The hop and malt presence does not overwhelm, or compromise any part of this beer, providing for a tremendously enjoyable brew.

O: Honestly, I had reservations before trying Hop Rocket. First, I was in the market for some of Bell's Hopslam, but apparently Bell's is uninterested in providing a decent supply for the massive demand they have produced. So Hop Rocket jumped out to me as a viable MI microbrew option to replaced my thirst for some Hopslam. Not only was this beer not my first choice, I had hesitations about Arcadia themselves, as a brewery. In fairness, I gave a lot of their beers only a small chance a few years ago when I first started drinking beer frequently. I'll have to give them a second chance, because they really proved their ability to make a solidly sensational imperial IPA. Bravo Arcadia.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 bob_d_j
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 479 ratings.
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