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Arcadia Hop Rocket 11th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Anniversaries are meant to be celebrated, and as we looked back on 11 years of “balance in beer,” we decided to take a walk on the wild side with this year’s Anniversary Ale. Our brewers were finally turned loose to craft a beer that’s focused on the hops, and the result is Hop Rocket… Arcadia’s 11th Anniversary Ale.

Hop Rocket is a veritable constellation of hops… including some varieties that we haven’t used in other beers, and it’s delivered by the same booster of worldclass malt that our loyal fans have come to know and love with all Arcadia Ales. We appreciate the opportunity to share with you this “launch” of our 12th years, and we hope you’ll enjoy the ride with Arcadia Hop Rocket!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (2368) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Slightly hazy medium amber, thin rim head, no lace. A very still Ale. Nice aroma of malt and hops. Taste is flat malt that turns into hops, but has no life (maybe this one is kaput). Add to that the strong alcohol presence, and this moves to my "not recommended" file. Maybe some other time...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
crossovert (8181) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2014
355ml bottle. Cost a buck but looks like this is older.Boozy alcoholic hop perfume in the smell. Flavor is oxidized, some fruit notes, booze. Wonder how old htis is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5103) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. Nose is rind, strong orange peel and paper, also this great candyish character that I don’t find that often. Pour a deep but bright orange, still transparent with almost no carbonation, sudsy off-white head. Extremely oily medium body with strong alcohol heat and feel but not many fumes; medium bitterness just enough to match the medium-strong sweetness, but not cloying. Papery scratch in with light resin and a general sugary feel, herbal and forest character late-arriving with faint spice. Caramel weak, but simple malt is nice, if hidden under the booze. A sipper, for sure, but a nice one off the beaten path.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (1947) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Strong, bitter hoppiness up front through the finish. Hints of citrus and some earthiness. Not very floral, but well rounded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
chucklemation (593) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a light gold color with a quickly dissipating white foam head. Aroma is hops and citrus, slight but still good. Flavor is very disappointing. Citrus hops are slight at the head, but the body and finish are dominated by an overly sweet syrupy taste. There is a very light amount of bitterness as well. It is different than a lot of other DIPAs I’ve had, just not in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
njager246 (382) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
A nice happy aroma of citrus and pine, taste of sweet fruit and citrus, very drinkable dipa, nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bendrixian (1188) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Clear brew with a orange colour. Hops, resin and citrus on the aroma but I also get a certain yeasty note that I don’t enjoy. Resinous, some sweetness and a full body make this a decent brew but I find something off about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (289) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Poured into shaker glass a orangey amber. Cloudy with no head, a white film. The smallest of lacing. Aroma was not the citrus blast I was expecting. It was there but I got more pine and floral. It reminded me of being in Jersey’s pine barrens on a early erik day. Taste was pine resins, malts and some citrus. Citrus grew in finish. A small amount of alcohol at the tail end but not much, seems balanced. Lighter to medium body, slick. Nice effort and enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (841) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2014
12oz bottle - pours an orangey/gold with thin white head . Mild pine and juicy citrus aromas . Taste is grapefruit meets tangerine . Mild bitterness . One of the better offerings I've had from Arcadia . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (782) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On draft at Dan’s on February 14. The pour is a nice gold-ish amber with a nice white film of head. The lace is pretty decent as well. The aroma is big on citrus and hops. It then fades almost to a sweet, hop-induced funk. The flavor doesn’t do the aroma justice. It starts off sweet, too sweet. It then moves through a brief citrusy hoppiness that’s rather good, but fades quickly to an overly-bitter finish. There is a strong grassy note on the bitterness at the end as well. The mouth feel is pretty decent, but the aftertaste lingers and lingers. Were it better, it would be welcome, but this one doesn’t taste as great as you would like. As such, it’s solid on the palate. I just wish it tasted better.

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