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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bwa5879 (537) - 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 (3559) - 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 (3403) - 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 (444) - 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%.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Thanks Mike. Enjoyed in a wine glass. 3 finger pillow-like head. Copper appearance. Nose is very piney. lots metallic notes. taste is like a penny with some pine and grapefruit thrown in. not too complex. hint of booze at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkbachman (179) - - FEB 3, 2013
Malty sweetness mixed with grapefruit and citrus aroma. Hop flavor is pine like, slightly fruity, and spicy. Malt is perfectly balanced with the hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed amber color with a slight white head. Nice aroma of fruity hops. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet fruit starts gives way to nice citrus rind flavors and bitterness. Decent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 31, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were and left behind a softly carbonated very hazy light brown colored body. Hotstuff’s pour was strangely crystal clear. The nice aroma was hoppy and musty. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mild hops. An OK brew just nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
paintedmaple (330) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2012
12 oz bottle...unfortunately, this displays a kind of ’muddiness’ that is often found in imperial IPAs. The bright hop flavors and notes are pretty much missing...tasted like it was stale dated (and for all I know it may have been).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rrauth (1091) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Cloudy orange tan head. A year old so not fresh. Still not a bad beer. Aroma lacking. Taste is citric. Pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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