Arcadia Hop Rocket | Arcadia Brewing Company

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86
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478 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:
478
Reviews:
210
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
49
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 478 |  Reviews: 210
Photo of chuckgietzen
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bingja18
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of modidia
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little too sweet for my taste..not bad, but probably won't get again. Bought on recommendation

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Photo of Justinprintz
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stadmo1
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrBIP
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Andewkline1
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden color as I pour a bottle into a 12oz snifter. Amazing white head that quickly goes down. The smell is almost a pineapple, sweet smell (rather unusual for an imperial IPA). Taste is sweet up front but bitter on the back end, with a slight burn from the alcohol. Definitely not a Malt bomb, but has a sweet feel that tastes like it comes from something else like honey.

Overall a very interesting beer, worth having a few but very tasty so that 9% could sneak up on you!

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Photo of DruC4
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darwin232
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breakingbland
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very nice floral piney hops bouquet. The taste followed, with the floral component coming out a bit more strongly along with sweetness from the malt backbone.

Although I'm not expert or a total fan of IPAs, Imperials have caught my interest. The high alcohol content, however, limits them to certain or special occasions!

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Photo of I_imbibe
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drbenderdo
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Winston3737
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmptyPockets
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tappangordo
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BHansen214
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Dci222
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AxiomoixA
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Arcadia Hop Rocket from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 478 ratings.
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