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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSquare (117) - - APR 22, 2013
I had the chance to sample a bottle of last year’s, plus a bottle of this year’s in the same day, so I’m obligated to comment. This is an interesting IIPA. It’ll smack you around a bit-- it does earn it’s extra "I" and the alcohol is significant in the taste. Very appealing color-- last year’s was notably cloudier and oranger than this years, but still a very nice looking beer. Clear aroma with just a hint of hops and alcohol. The taste is very complex, and I’ve always noted a lot of variation between bottles. . . at least in terms of perception. Still really good though for a dose of true hopness. You do wish the alcohol was a bit more subtle (seriously, you’d guess it was north of 10-12%), but it’s worth it to chew on all the piney, resiny, skunky goodness. I especially like the way it is at the same time sharp, citrusy, piney, sweet, floral and fruity (apple, mostly), without any of these notes overpowering the others. Good stuff. If it were a bit more refined it might be "great". . . but it also might not be as unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (3824) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle. Golden orange pour with tan head. Aroma is lightly hopped with not much of anything. Alcohol come through with some citrus hops, some light malt balancing tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (617) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours a light orange with a slight white head. Citrusy aroma. Taste is bitter grapefruit up front, followed by some citrus, balanced out with some caramel maltiness. Good stuff, would certainly drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2013
Aroma is hard core pine, cleaning solution and assertive citrus rind, not peel but rind. The flavor can easily be duplicated by venturing into your local lovable cedar and pine forest, cutting into your basic free standing live tree and licking it. This is aggressively piney and cedarish enough to be medicinal. Great weight to the beer but it unfortunately leaves the beer on your tongue for quite a while. Interesting and certainly an experience but it kind of feels like a failed pliny clone homebrew to me. Thank you Arcadia. 2013 12oz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2302) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2013
a lot of resin. skunky resin. warming and a bit harsh with rubbing alcohol. fruit y esters like fruit punch. pine hop and citrus with a strong malt component. funky taste. powerful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (792) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 11, 2013
Clear light golden color with a small white head. aroma is piney and grapefruit. flavor is piney resins with some honey and a slihtly funky note gentle bitter aftertaste. medium palate warming and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bwa5879 (706) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Light brown to orange pour that was mostly clear. Small amount of white head. Strong orange and lemon citrus hops aroma, wow. Subtle and well blended taste between malt and hop bill. Strong grapefruit that’s bitter and sweet. Soft carbonation, a little dry finish and oily mouthfeel. I remember this beer being better and look forward to trying it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (4097) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 2/28/13, as Arcadia Hop Rocket Imperial India Pale Ale

Aroma: The aroma is an odd mix of pine and grapefruit hops with some musky cologne
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with a small, bubbly white head and medium lace
Flavor: Tastes muddled, there’s a nice hop bitterness, but the it becomes off toward the end palate
Palate: The body is medium, with average carbonation, and a fairly dry finish on the mouth
Overall Impression: It has a solid hop feel, but there’s just something off about this one, and it comes from what I can best describe as a musky cologne. That’s not a perfect description, but it’s the closest thing I can think of. It really is just weird, musky and earthy component that makes the whole beer feel a little muddled and off. Everything else was solid, but that part was hard to get past.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4174) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2013
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours copper with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of citrusy hops and a good amount of caramel and toasted malts. Flavor the same, with the hops sort of tame. Average texture. A decent beer but not the best of its style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackflag321 (507) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Draft. Apricot color. Complex taste: wood, malt, hint of citrus. Medium body from start to finish. Seemed boozier than 9%.

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