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RATINGS: 314   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!


4.8
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nejhleader (1183) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7799) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1280) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Draft at Smokin Joes in Pittsburgh. Pours amber gold with an off white head. Nice aroma of piney hops and some sweet malts. Medium bodied with some faint stickiness. Initial flavor of toffee-esque malts that is countered by an aggressive grapefruit bitterness. The bitterness carries through to the finish, with some dry grassiness and some very slight medicinal note

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pepsican (1419) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a perfect amber with a thin white head. Piney hops dominate, as well as grapefruit, orange, and other citrus. Taste is similar (big surprise) but man is this nice and hoppy. The malt doesn’t stand a chance, and with this flavor, I’m glad. Finishes bitter with a slight alcohol bite if warm enough, but still great. I’m surprised this scores so low.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2007
12 oz bottle. Deep amber-copper body, medium to thick off-white head. Sharp, bright citrusy hops aroma, punctuated by abundant sugars. Like a sweet hops pulp with medicinal undertones. The body is a potent herbal, medicinal hops tea with warming alcohol notes. The hops are a little over the top for me, but an ample, sweet but not syrupy malt backbone holds everything together. There is an interesting delicateness here unexpected in such a potent beer. A brew worthy of many more a sip.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
milewide (1391) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Hop mix is different from anything I’ve tried---and I like it! Hops are more European herbal rather than American fruit. Lingering bitter after-taste. Amber orange color and clear for an unfiltered brew. Medium body. Caught fruit in aroma of second bottle.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (3803) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Smell is astringent spruce hops and latex paint. The look is jackanapes. Palate feels like a despicable medicine maelstrom. A sapanaceous experience on the taste buds. Overall; the euphoric perfect of hop sessions. Gimcrack!


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