Arcadia Hop Rocket | Arcadia Brewing Company

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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:
477
Reviews:
210
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
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17
Gots:
49
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0
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Ratings: 477 |  Reviews: 210
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 dsa7783
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a murky, ruddy, deep-orange, copper hue with no head at all and hardly any lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Faint hop aroma with noticeable alcohol on the nose and a touch of honey...
Taste was rendolent of fresh, wet hops doused in alcohol, along with some bitter medicinal nuances, caramel, and sweet sugars...
Overall, this one seemed highly unbalanced and too bitter... Arcadia didn't do too well of a job masking the 9% ABV on this one either...
Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this one...

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Photo of aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Renegawam
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of crbnfbr
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of ThatsStout
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of MallyOMight
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Dshep1340
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Dan3279
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Swik
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of AlMarzo
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of MikeWard
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No bottled date that I could find, though there was an unnotched area on the side of the label with A-G, 1-6

Poured a cloudy orange amber color, with thin head, however the head did retain throughout. Very minimal lacing. Any carbonation was impossible to detect due to the bodies cloudiness.

Smell was all sweet, booze, and malts. Unable to detect any hop smell at all. This one may be past it's prime.

Taste, well this gets a bit tricky. It wasn't completely unpleasant, just not what I bargained for. No hop taste all all, came off almost barleywine-ish (hah, a new word!) quite warming and sweet. If it was a cold winters day, I might enjoy it, just not in the dog days of August.

Mouth was slightly syrupy, as you might expect. No tingling sensations at all. Some sweet caramel.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment. If you reach for something called Hop Rocket, you expect to find at least some hop signature, even if it were 6 months from bottling date. (Which is impossible to tell when the brewery doesn't date the bottle). Would be interesting to try one fresh out of the brewery. And it might be interesting to try one after cellaring for a year, though surely better options are available for that.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber in color, minimal white head and lacing. Well carbonated. Poured from bottle dated 2/20/12 from whole foods.

Orange rind, caramel aroma. No hints of pine, floral or complexity.

Taste is disappointing. It's hoppy but in an earthy way though has a good malt backbone. Its very bitter but complexity is underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium, finishes very clean.

Overall disappointed in this one. Much better options available. Perhaps I had a bad bottle. See what the rest of the 4 pack holds and change the review.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle with G and 3 etched out on the side.

Pours a slightly cloudy, rich reddish amber with copper highlights. An average tan head sits atop for about 2 minutes before disappearing. Minimal lacing and a small skimming of foam rests on top for most of the pour.

Grapefruit and grassy hops on the nose.

Much like the nose, I get a mouthful of bitter grapefruit followed by tangy citrus and light, sweet, bready malts.

Medium bodied and medium to full flavored. Average carbonation on mouthfeel.

Nice, but I'm not a huge fan of the hop combination they are showcasing. Nice, but one dimensional in my opinion.

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Photo of J2A2
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 Syracuse12
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MKrauss
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBrewo
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew the color of toasted caramel. It puts up a one finger tan colored head that quickly recedes into a single layer of big and active bubbles. These are bubbly and fizzy, giving the beer a highly carbonated look. No sediment is noted. The aroma has a sweetness of Granny Smith apples. There is additional sugar of caramel malts, which appear buttery and roasty as well. Mild medicinals, and a citric and fruity hops permeate the far back of the nose. With warmth a booze seeps out. As we sip, there is huge booze off the front. There is a metallic bite of sweeter malts, and a cooked/toasty caramel. This borders in the realm of smokiness. The middle peaks with further sweetness, marked by a synthetic cherry flavoring. Citric hops finally crash in, bringing an end to the sugars with a soapy bitterness. The end continues with the soapy hops, more booze, medicinal phenols, and a surprising revival of the sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of grassy hops, your standard barley, peppery booze, and a metallic earthiness. The body is medium, bordering on thin, and the carbonation is light. The mouth has a metallic dryness, but is otherwise cooling and somewhat satiating. There is a definite warming, but there is little slurp and smack, minus the creamy fullness one might expect. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the drinkability. The beer presents as light and refreshing, with a nice hop presence in the nose and in the taste. The booze is quite present throughout, but it doesn’t feel like a monster DIPA that’s going to kick your butt by the end of it. Where we lost major points was in the feel. It was overly thin for the style, and was of little pleasure to consume.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits a clear golden brown

Smell: not sure about the hops used - dont seem to be the familiar Cascade variety. combo of what seems to be pineapple, coconut and vanilla (?).

Taste: a slight bitterness to the aforementioned "ingredients". little yeast and bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: med body. low carbonation

Notes: not what i was expecting. im not sure i like it too much. perhaps it will grow on me sometime in the future. just not as hoppy/bitter as i expected

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Photo of Eden
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%

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