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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPAArcadia HopMouth Double IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

939 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 33
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TastyTaste on 12-11-2005

The first in a limited edition, 22oz bottled Brew Crew Big Beer Series. 1080 OG; 76 IBU
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Ratings: 939 | Reviews: 469
Photo of aratcliffe
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well, the name doesn't lie--you'll definitely have a hopmouth after consuming one of these. I just wanted more bitterness, more brightness.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Very solid double

Photo of Brushkanna
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as full bodied as I would hope for a double, it was good but not outstanding for me

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/29/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent malty DIPA style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Tarabeth
4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always enjoyed this double IPA

Photo of Eternal218
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle serving

No dating on the bottle. Maybe it was old but it was plain terrible.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No idea how old this bottle is. You'd think a brewery as old as Arcadia would invest in a bottle dater. It was kept in a cooler though so that is a plus.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Quite a bit of chill haze but cleared up nicely to reveal a deep amber, two finger white head.

S- Smells like an old ipa to me, not very bright hops. most floral with some earthy spice, little bit of grapefruit and orange, pretty caramel malty aroma as well.

T- Tastes kinda old too, medium bitterness, grapefruit, floral, caramel malts.

M- Medium typical lower ABV DIPA territory.

O- Like pretty much all of Arcadia's stuff it this is disappointing. Nothing distinguishing in the hop profile, pretty much your typical Sierra Nevada hop profile. Will have this on tap sometime to see if it's better though.

Photo of ksimons
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a very good looking beer. Caramel color with a fingers worth of head

S-caramel, citrus, some pine and light floral notes

T-caramel and brown sugar, citrus and pine, and light herbal and floral notes

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall an above average IPA, very drinkable

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium amber body beneath, depending on the pour, one to a few fingers of tightly packed foam

S: intense resinous pine and dank citric aromas; something earthy, hearty, and sweet beneath

T: toasted and honeyed malts, caramel sugars and brown grain malt; the dankness of pine and citrus aromas come through on the palate; herbal and floral highlights

M: medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, mellow bitterness, slight chew

O: a well-done DIPA leaning toward the IPA end. Fans of IPA-type beers take note.

Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Got this when I was building my own six pack and wanted to round out my pack with another DIPA. Also, the label design has changed.

A - Deep orange color. Hazy from the dry hops with a bountiful white head and light lacing.

S - Pleasantly strong hop fragrance with citrus fruit, pine, and some dankness. Some slight alcohol and a very light malt/graininess.

T - Great flavor with the strong citrus hop character. The alcohol and strong hop bitterness are also present but not in contention with the NW hops. There are also light malt and caramel character in the middle but is mostly covered by the hop bitterness.

M - Medium mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Not too heavy for a DIPA but not as light as a regular IPA.

Overall, a solid DIPA. I wasn't disappointed by grabbing this one and I would try it again. Not all the way at the top but I really enjoy the hop flavors that are present in this brew. This beer is solid if you like Imperial IPAs.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of LloydDobler
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into traditional pint

Pours a hazy rust color with a thin, delicate, cream colored collar of foam.

Mild herbal, citrus-fruit nose.

This is where it got me. It was maltier than, and not as hop-forward, as expected. A bit of honey with all the citrus characteristic that I had smelled earlier, but the malt had mellowed this into an easy drinker.

It felt smooth on the tongue with the slight bubbly finish(surprising due to the lack of initial head)

Not just "good for what it is", it's just plain good.

Photo of Billet
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite IPA's. I am so glad it is available year round. It pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a light head, it is just great to look at. Nice lacing, you can count how many sips you have taken from the rings.

The smell is a sweet malty hoppy mix with a slightly citrus and spice nose. It tastes just like it smells too, it is on the maltier side for an IPA. It is not very bitter at all, some sweetness of malts with a lightly hopped finish. It is still an IPA, but a smooth, sweet one. I think it is more of an east coast/British style Ale.

You cannot tell it is a big beer by the flavor, but you will start noticing as the glass gets under half. It is definitely not a session IPA by any means. If you like your IPA on the malty side, you came to the right place. It is a nearly perfect mix of bitter and sweet.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a finger of creamy off white head. Smells nice - piney, resin, citrus. Drinks easy for the high abc - nice hop profile nicely balanced with some malts int he back end. This is a really solid DIPA that I will definitely be trying again. Note - want to try this with a more recent production date as the brew I tried had a born on date of October and I'm reviewing this in March. I Have to think that compromised the IPA a bit and It drank really well anyway.

Photo of TheSSG
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, off-white head that has a lot of persistence. Citrus-pine aroma; not bright and floral, but rich and robust. Amber-sienna color. Starts bitter with a citrus backing. Moves into a bright green hoppiness, with the sweet malt combining to make a slightly sweet presence. Peaks in a medium-high bitterness. In the finish, it's citrusy hops with the malt starting to come through, again.

Not bad at all. I generally am a floral/aromatic hop guy, but this is still very enjoyable for me.

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Arcadia HopMouth is a fairly deep and somewhat mysterious looking beer; dark in tone it is only minimally illuminated when held against the light, displaying a clear complexion yet not total transparency (something is preventing me from making out my finger on the other side). Foam exists only in the shape of a ring along the perimeter. None sticks to the glass.

Arcadia's British-leanings are apparent from the aroma; this is not a double IPA for those looking to cut their gums on citric hoppiness. It actually smells (and drinks) more like a cognac or something along those lines; it has a rich maltiness that begets fruity esters resembling fig and dates. Hop addicts have only a resiny pine flavour to cling on to.

The taste features a sticky toffee pudding-like flavour and hints of gooey caramel sauce, butterscotch pudding and dried fruits. There's just enough orange-y citrus, however, to lighten things up so as to avoid any overly sweet or resinous notes from lingering. There's just a trace of tropical character but it suffices (especially as the pine serum notes sink in).

HopMouth is far from a big beer at only 8% alcohol, and accordingly has a (relatively) appropriately easy drinkability, but also a good amount of richness. It doesn't coat the inside of your mouth or anything (differentiating it from a barleywine) but it provides a good degree of satiation for a 12 ounce bottle... assuming you weren't jonesing for the hops.

Arcadia HopMouth is enjoyable to drink but, truthfully, a bit disappointing as a double IPA. Whereas the brewery's revision - as opposed to reinterpretation - of British style ales works great for their barleywine and porter offerings, the more malt-forward conception of this style leaves a thing or two to be desired. I expected a bit more from such a capable brewery.

Photo of IPAdams
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with very small off white head that dissipates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing.

Smell- Malts and bitterness, hint of cough syrup. Background of dank hops.

Taste- Weird syrup maltiness with a moderate bitterness and a little grapefruit, very little after taste.

Mouthfeel- Pretty thick for an IPA, good carbonation.

Overall- Taste more like an amber than a DIPA. Not a bad beer but probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the dark copper color of this IPA but the head was thin, collared quickly and laced sparsely.

Catch some lemon and grass in the scent with stronger malt overtones and some sweetness.

This has a very strong malt body. Arcadia does not put a bottle date on its product, so maybe I'm missing something but it reminds me of a lesser quality DFH 90 minute. Very little hop presence but satisfying malt character characterise is an easy drinking, high ABV IPA.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep copper to amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy head that slowly reduces to a medium large medium thick patch, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with moderate aromas of pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of caramel malt flavors that contribute some sweetness. That is quickly followed up by some moderate flavors of pine hops and just a touch of herbal hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy with some light amount of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this beer is pretty well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops. The alcohol is pretty well hidden (slightly present in the mouthfeel) and the beer is fairly easy to drink.

Photo of rodlavers
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 2/22/13, poured into a snifter for tasting.

Amber/copper/gold coloring, with hints of ruby red grapefruit. Not particularly clear at all. Foamy/soapy head, sorta tan, but light; dissipates pretty quickly.

Nothing special or terribly outstanding about the aroma I'm getting here. It's all a bit flat, but does not smell bad, it's just that there is nothing exceptional about the smell. I get light hints of pine, citrus, and malt.

Taste is similar, but with a nice bitterness to it, and a piney/earthy aftertaste. Very muted, mostly just the hoppiness is noticeable.

Feel is decently smooth, with a bitter finish. But there is also a syrupy character to it, a thickness that is both sweet and bitter.

Overall, it's just a few levels below what I would call a really good DIPA. I don't hate it, and I'm sure I'd try it again. It's very average in the end.

Photo of Segelstrom
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pour into frozen tumbler and only achieved a slight head. beer was a clear golden

S - nothing distinctive here. slight smell of grain but not the heavy hoppy scent you would expect from a double/imperial IPA

T - not special/nothing distintive

M - OK

O - drinkable but not one to add to my drink again list

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper ruby IPA. Excellent layer of white lacing. Very thick as well.

Smell: Sweet honey and caramel with a hint of maple syrup. Easily the sweetest DIPA I've ever smelled. Definitely malty for the style, but the maple creates a pine-line resin smell that is perfect for this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet pine, almost tastes like agave. A bit of a bubblegum twang as well. Alcohol hits you pretty quickly with this. Some orange rind in the finish. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Nice crispness and a very smooth finish. Not too heavy.

Overall: Very underrated.

Photo of Omnium
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sam Adam's Sensory Glass

A - Pours an amberish color, thick finger head white and foamy, medium lacing.
S - Resinouy Pine hops, toasted malt, rye, dark caramel. All that you smell is kinda subdued.
T - You get all the smells in the flavor, but its weak. The hops aren't really pronounced, but you get some bitterness, and an odd soapy flavor. Not horrid, but not great.
M - Medium mouthfeel, bitterness and that soapy flavor hang on.
O - After having the regular IPA, this is not nearly as good as that, its not really refreshing, nor does it have a good development of flavors, not sure what to think here other than its a letdown.

Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is reminiscent of tangerines. There is definitely malt present and upfront in the flavor profile. Hops are present as well, but not at the volume found in most top tier DIPAs. The finish is semi-dry an a touch bitter. There is some definite booziness both before the finish and as part of the aftertaste.

I am not quite sure what I am drinking here. It's not really a DIPA, rather it is more like and Imperial ESB (if there is such a thing).

Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Derby Station in EGR. Was a fairly dark amber color with a small amount of white foamy head. The aroma was mild, was expecting a far more aggressive hoppy smell but just a hint of pine. The taste was also surprising but pleasantly so - the piney hops were there at the start, but quickly faded. This beer is quite balanced, and the hops seemed to blend nicely with the malts. The carbonation helps balance the mouthfeel as well, had to watch myself as this went down very easy. Really nice beer.

Photo of GOBLUEBEERFAN
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This had a very good smell when first poured. I liked the darker color. The hoppy taste is something that I really enjoy. I have found that I like a more hoppy beer that plays with the taste buds now that I stopped smoking a few months back. This is a good beer I can get much easier in Michigan. I wish that the better beers would be easier to get.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.