JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz from Rodmanís, D.C. Whoa, this is one hop-tastic face-wrecker of a beer. Like Two Hearted on HGH rather than a SoCal DIPA clone, this is unbelievably fresh. A strongly floral nose is mighty promising, but this thing really punches you in the face with a deep, dank wet hop flavor. Exceedingly tasty and dangerously drinkable, donít take it as a criticism if I say this is NOT particularly complex or balanced - itís powerfully insistent, with a lovely character. Really, really good.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brownish amber with a decent sized crŤme head that falls to nothing fairly soon. Nose is sticky piney hops. Smells thick like syrup. Flavor is thick, acidic, and oddly fruity hops. The fruit quickly goes away and you are left with a full and robust tone. Feel is smooth. Nice carbonation. This is as drinkable as any other DIPA Iíve had before. Extremely well balanced.
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a hazy straw color. Aroma is of strong citrus hops. Flavor is grapefruit and pine with a little malt sweetness to balance things out.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Draft: Poured a clear orange/copper color with a sizeable white head. Strong, hoppy-ass aroma that pretty much drowned out anything else. Some slight citrus notes were present but they were bullied out by this hop-bomb. Flavor follows to a "T" and ultimately this could be one of the most intense IIPAís that Iíve had. Great stuff.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this as an extra in a recent trade with Hoppymeal, thanks a bunch Derek! Hop Rocket enters my pint glass a burnished copper and appears slightly hazy from the bottle conditioning. A clean white two finger creamy head grew on the pour and eventually fell to a solid crown leaving lines of lacing on itís way down.
I was teetering between a 4-4.5 on the smell but after repeated inhalings I have to go with the higher rating. Thereís a strong caramel maltiness that makes up a respectable canvas for the showcase that is hoppiness. The hops bring an enjoyable candy like apricot sweetness that meets up with a big resinous quality. I really dig IIPAs that have this kind of hop combo.
The flavor follows suit. Big hoppiness throughout but enough caramel maltiness to keep things from running wild. Surprisingly thereís not a lot of bitterness like I was expecting from the aroma. Like I said earlier this is the hop combo I really appreciate in IPAs or IIPAs.
Arcadia did a great job with the mouthfeel of this beer. Medium bodied and incredibly silky. There isnít a hint of stickyness like I find in so many other examples.
This is a dangerous drinker to be sure. Weighing in at 9% and without a trace of alcohol you could get in trouble with this beer. It drinks more like an IPA than a IIPA.
This is my favorite from Arcadia so far. A surprisingly drinkable IIPA with a a great hop presence. I noticed this is their 11th anniversary brewing, I hope itís made into a year round offering because I know Iíd pick it up. Thanks Derek!
csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Aroma is floral, piney, grapefruit, wildflower honey, and perfume like. Orange/copper colored with a smallish head. Good clarity. No noticeable bottle conditioning. Taste, at first, is candi sugar, citrus, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruit, and some light pine followed by a moderately strong, but clean, bitterness that is offset by a subtle honey-like malt backing. Not too bad, but certainly not something I will miss when the anniversary is over. Not the ideal beer to drink at 10:30AM.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a rusty orange with a thin white head. Aroma has noticeable citrus with grapefruit dominating. Hop flavor is amazing, can detect some Summit hops if my taste buds arenít deceiving me. Crystal malt is perfectly balanced with the hop character of the beer. Body holds up nicely and showcases the hops well. Finish is sticky with lots of pine. Impressive.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz, no date--just a lot number I couldnít care less about. Clear darkish orange with a small light beige head that quickly fades to a ring. Aroma of sweaty, citrusy Cascades up front. There is also some pine, orange, and sweet cotton candy and caramel malt notes. Flavor has the hops getting a little bit grassier with some orange candy and berry characteristics. Sweeter than Iíd have wanted with not enough hop bitterness until the tail end of the finish. Somehow this dried out with bitterness around a 4 (out of 10). Full body with low carbonation. Not bad, by any means, but not my favoritest by a longshot.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy, bright orange with a lot of super-fine sediment and a creamy, off-white head that laces nicely. Appropriately named the nose is all about the hops: bright citrus and light evergreen (pine sap) dominate the aroma, with lesser notes of bubblegum and alcohol, in the background. The malt is sitting out this round and is barely detectable behind the hops. Medium-bodied and lightly grainy it concludes with a dry, bitter finish. Like a big-bodied hop tea, the flavor follows the nose (minus the bubblegum note). The pale malt backing, of this brew, lags far behind the resinous hops in the flavor profile. This is the epitome of a "hop bomb" (or rocket); lovers of malty, balanced IIPAs need not apply. (I have 3 more bottles to decide if this assessment is unfair. If so, Iíll re-rate and adjust my score, but after sampling Hopslam, Ruination and GI IIPA, all in the past few days, this one certainly seems to lag quite a ways behind.)
thegreenrooster (3371) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a bright oragne with a small white head. Aroma is very hoppy,citrus and a bit fruity. Flavor is a typical hop bomb with a creamy fruityness. Some pine is left on the tounge after the swallow. Definate focus is on the hops like it says as the malts are there but are kind of diminished. Still, this is a very tasty beer for hop heads and easy to drink.