RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This Imperial IPA has an assertive aroma of sticky, resinous Summit hops. A complex flavor profile includes notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, and spruce. Though the flavor focus is on hops, a trio of malts provides a balance to the beer, creating a delicious level of palatability. Hints of caramel, toffee, and freshly-baked biscuits are also apparent in the flavor profile.

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tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Pours clear orange with a pure white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Lots of sticky lace. The aroma is big with pine and grapefruit, but comes off harsh due to alcohol. Super hoppy flavor. Aggressive, leaf flavored bitterness. Long finish Medium body. High carbonation. Dry finish. Good, but the finish hangs around longer than I’d like.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Name: Hop Rocket
Date: 02/24/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: hazy orange, fine beige head, drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet tangerine aroma with a touch of alcohol,
Flavor: sweet crystal malt flavor, nice fruity sweetness, long bitter finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
fantastic hop aroma and flavors. a bit too much alc but solid nonetheless .

theisti (4175) - Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2008
12 oz bottle (bottle code b2) from Gregis. Pour is basketball orange, clear, with a 2 inch off white head. Aroma of grassy, piney and sweet citrus fruit hops. Nice nose. Taste is not quite as big as the nose would have suggested. Pretty much all the flavors from the nose, with some honey sweetness in the finish. Decent DIPA. Thanks for sharing this one Greg!

BellsFan (49) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2008
An orange/brown beer with small white head. I personally don’t think it has much of a hoppy taste as it should. Has a citrus kick. Pricey for what you get.

ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Clear amber body with a small off-white head, lasting cover. Moderately sweet and very hoppy nose with grapefruit, cat urine, tangerine, flowers, caramel and cotton candy. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter taste with lots of caramel, honey, tea, tangerine and grapefruit. Full body is soft and sticky with moderate carbonation and a bitter end.

nuplastikk (6414) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 29, 2008
12oz bottle. Medium deep amber-orange color, unfiltered. Intense truly grapefruit aroma. The grapefruit characteristics also come through in the taste. I think beers like this one and Bells Hopslam have really raised the bar in terms of super hoppy beers. The hoppy flavors of course dominate, but I also pick up a little amber malt tastes. Great beer, maximum recommendation to the hopheads.

pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2008
bottle thanks to drewbeerme....pours golden orange brown, fairly opaque but not muddy. a thin soapy off-white head topped it off....very aromatic bouquet of tropical fruit and grapefruit hops, some underlying candied sugar, and faint pine bitterness..... tropical and grapefruit hop flavors domoinate and more of a bitter pine component comes into play but not to the point of being astringent. bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for awhile. nice creamy and fluffy mouthfeel. very drinkable.

hopscotch (11180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle... VBWT2008... Hazy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Excellent retention. The nose is all about PNW hops... orange peel, pink grapefruit and pine needles. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and judicious carbonation. Toffee and crystal malt sweetness up front; heavy hop bitterness and moderate tanginess bring up the rear. Finishes tangy and bitter (more tangy than bitter). Bottle shipped my way by pepsican. Thanks, Andy!

drfabulous (8465) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 24, 2008
The hop wars have taken beer drinking to the point where the thrill and shock of hoppy beer may be wearing off. I’m a hop head. I love Port’s Wipe Out and 15. I adore Two Hearted Ale. I buy up the seasonal Hop Slam - and if I still lived in Michigan - I would buy Hop Wallop. And if I could, I’d keep my fridge full of Dogfish Head and Victory. The hoppy IPAs are among my favorite beers. But they also struggle to outdo one another. Hop Rocket is an example of this struggle. As an IPA, it is probably Arcadia’s best. As an anniversary, it marks the repeating trope of a typical American IPA. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But it makes a purchase of Hop Rocket about the same as a purchase of any of the above beers. In other words, what’s next for the IPA? Do IPAs continue to clone one another or will one take the style in a different direction? Two Hearted, in fact, may be the example of an IPA that is different. Arcadia, brewed not too far from Two Hearted, is good, but is also a clone. And at almost 12 a four pack, it’ s a bit of an overpriced clone.

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