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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
hazy amber pour with little head..aroma is very fresh in grapefruit..very sour..nice and fresh flavor as well of ruby red gfruit pulp/rind, and sugar...a tad one-dimensional, but oh-so good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5140) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark copper color with a medium sized yellow-white head. The aroma was strong fruity, floral and piney hops. There was a remarkable depth and complexity to the hop presence in the nose. The flavor was sweet, fruity and tangy with strong notes of grapefruit, pine and floral hops. There is a solid nutty caramel malt base underneath. The finish was long, sweet and hoppy. The body was reasonably thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Copper with lacy white head, lace. I love me some hops, and this is full of them. Piney, a little grassy, some fruit. Slightly sweet, caramel malt character. Finishes with hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Picked up a 4 pack at a local beer store. Pours a hazy orange-amber with decent head and lacing. Aroma is full of hop character including: pine, citrus, freshly cut grass and possibly some cedar. Flavor is dominated by the hops. With a bit more malt sweetness maybe the hop bitterness would not have seemed so aggressive. Worth a try for any hop lover.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks! Hazy orange pour with a smallish white head. Piney hop aroma with some slight malty sweetness lingering around as well. There was more hop bitterness than hop flavor in this one and I thought that detracted from the overall drinking experience. Medium-thin palate that lacked the malt backbone needed to round out the intense hop bitterness. Tasty beer, just a bit one-dimensional.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sir+Drinksalot (34) - Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Outstanding! Extreme on the hops; pine, pine and more pine. Grapefruit and very intense full lasting flavor. Burped up a small pine cone. I had this out of a bottle and very fresh. Very much like 3F Alpha King but in my opinion even more intense hop finish! Can’t wait to get some more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nejhleader (1277) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
on tap at fatheads in pitt. Awesome brew. Nice strong hop/pine aroma. nice sweet hoppy taste, body was nice and thick, yet smoth, radical!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8298) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 12oz bottle bought at the brewery in Battle Creek. Hugely grassy and pungent nose of cedar and freshly cut grass. Full, thick, juicy creamed orange tasted with an intensely bitter bite, almost salty on the tongue. Leaves the tongue tingling, but ultimately finishes smooth and creamy. One bottle I had was overly aggressive and another was much more creamy, so who knows!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Pours a dark hazy orange color with very small amount of quickly dissapating white fizz. Aroma is very citrusy - specifically sugared grapefruit, apricot, and candied oranges. Flavor is sweet syrupy alcoholy citrus fruit, caramel malts, and citric hop finish. Overall, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of mj. Thanks, Mike! Pours a hazy, golden-orange color; off-white head with web-like lacing. Very dank, resiny wet hop aroma; tons of pine and citrus and grassiness; fresh and generous. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: resiny and dank hop character; grassy and herbal; dense hoppiness, well-balanced by a candy sugar and maple syrup core; some warming alcohol and further green grassiness comes through mid-palate. Lengthy, bitter grassy and herbal hops in the finish; a bit tongue-numbing.

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