Arcadia Hop Rocket & Cocoa Loco

Arcardia – Hop Rocket & Cocoa Loco
Beer #: 448 & 449

Arcadia Hop Rocket & Cocoa Loco
(c)2013 popsonhops

Another pair of labels scream out from the shelf….”buy me! buy me!” Beyond the cool depression era styled poster labels, the descriptions are hard to resist – “made with chocolate, molasses and lactose” and an IPA with a 9% ABV and a reported IBU of 111. I’d love to dig in a little more on these offerings – but I’m about to get the “can’t you be doing something better with your time”. So, my lack of time will require me to jump right in.

Tasting: March 22, 2013
Style: Hop Rocket – IPA

Their site says that my experience should be “grapefruit, lemon peel, spruce and cellared mushrooms. Although the flavor focuses on hops, a trio of malts balances this beer to a delicious level of palatability with hints of caramel, toffee and freshly-baked biscuits”.

I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of cellared mushrooms in a flavor description. It’s a fungus. Actually, first sip, brings most of what they’ve advertised — grapefruit, lemon, spruce . I don’t get the caramel, toffee or biscuits. The mushroom flavor is odd but I’ll call this one totally unique. It’s a bit boozy and I’m not sure the mushroom flavor is something that I would seek out. The flavor is all up front with very little on the back end. I can’t see this as 111 IBU – that’s Stone Ruination territory and I just don’t see it. I’ll put this one at 85 points.

Tasting: March 22, 2013
Style: Stout (Milk)

A few sips in and I realize that I have to stop listening to these labels. It has a roasted punch up front – but all the advertised chocolate, molasses are non-existent. The lactose, or milk sugar, should lend a creamy mouthfeel — but that doesn’t happen. A bit too much carbonation and the alcohol even at 7% pokes in a bit too much. 73 points. Sorry — time to move on to something else.

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