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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

938 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 938
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: 938 | Reviews: 469
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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured from the tap a light copper with a nice creamy top that settled slowly,seemed to me more English IPA in aroma very herbal and minty with a noticable caramel note underneath.Flavors dont really kick ya in the pants like alot of big American DIPA's herbal "green notes with some citrus American hops profile overtop of big caramel,fruity juiced up malt.A very quaffable DIPA, that doesnt curl the tongue,but I ask is that a good thing?A very fine beer at any rate

Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber-copper color, very cloudy except at the edges of the glass. The beige head sits at a quarter-inch for a while, leaving decent lacing on its way down. The nose is pretty aromatic and perfumey on the hop-side of things; slight spicy tones, roses, florals, moderate citrus, grapefruit, and faint apple. Quite a bit of bread and toasted malt on the nose as well. The beer is moderately thick and a bit sticky, not quite viscous enough to be called "syrupy", but certainly just outside of this range. Hop profile comes on strong and crowds the palate as expected; roses, perfume, white pepper spice, mild grapefruit rind, orange zest. Alcohol is a little noticeable, providing more than just a warmth - a slight rubbing alcohol flavor is coming off of it, but not enough to be too off-putting or undrinkable.

The malt backbone is more than just a backbone here - it takes on quite a bit of the flavor profile; light, toasted bread, faint caramel, crackers. Despite the high malt flavor, the hops never subside too much, remaining in tact through the entirety of the sip in a spicy, herbal, perfumey, and faintly floral manner. The aftertaste consists of a hefty helping of alcohol, faint herbal bitterness, and some bread and yeast that coats the edges of the mouth. On the low side of the carbonation scale.

Overall, not a bad brew from Arcadia. In my opinion, this one was much better than Hop Rocket. It wouldn't hurt the alcohol to be toned down just a bit, but it wasn't too bad.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Stunning tower of off-white froth drops slowly with a massive amount of lacing sticking to the glass. Brassy amber color shows off its clarity. Thick blanket of hop in the nose; spearmint, ruby red grapefruit, wildflowers and faint tobacco. Creamy and slick medium body is a bit chewy from the malt. Bitterness from the hops kicks in right away, but is reeled back before it hits the point of no return--meaning it stays balanced. Quick breath of alcohol in the middle. The toasted bread maltiness hangs with the faint buttery tone both try to push the hops down, but the bitterness and hop flavor come right back up with each sip. A tad fruity with suggestions of apricots. Finishes semidry with a thick herbal tone and some remaining toasted malt.

Great to see a Double IPA that is not either absolute chaos or simply overbittered. Certainly one of the most balanced in its style and a delight to drink.

Photo of blitz134
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark caramel body with some red hints to it. Light beige/off-white head. Not much head on the pour and didn't last too long, finished with small clumps of bubbles on the top.

Aroma is strong with caramel malts with hints of honey. Hops come through with strong floral notes and a bit of pine resin. Could be a bit stronger.

A very malty body which balances well with the hops. A bit of the sweet caramel malts come through with some biscuit. Hops are floral mostly with resin coming through again, much like the aroma except more bitter. A well balanced beer. Also has a touch of butteryness, but not strong enough to be a turn off. A bit of alcohol warmth comes through as well. This has a nicely crafted taste, but it could be a bit more forthcoming.

Mouthfeel is good, not too thick, but still has an oilyness to it making it a bit slick on the tongue. This is a very drinkable brew. Nicely hopped but balanced well with a full body.

Thanks to gaisgeil for the opportunity.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tully's here in Maine has begun carrying some Arcadia products. I had the Jaw Jacker, and wasn't too impressed. This DIPA, however, is another story. The beer was a hazy amber color with a medium-sized, sticky, white head. It had a pleasant citrus aroma. A grapefruit taste, with a bit of sweetness at the end. The beer was nicely hopped, not punishing on the palate. Very good beer, would drink it anytime.

Photo of grynder33
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All the wonderful aspects of everything that is great about American Hops and midwest Pale Ale brewing, huge pine and citrus emphasized hop aroma, taste is sweet tangy citrus, juicy malt, lots of bitterness in the finish, medium body,plenty of carbonation, just a touch of backing alcohol. Tasty refreshing,another great midwest entry into the IPA style

Photo of generallee
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description of the beer but no freshness date or abv.

Appearance: There is a deep copper brown body with dark amber highlights and a light haze. Up on top it has a two finger thick foam head that slowly fades to a thin light beige covering. This covering hangs on well and makes lots a spotty lacing.

Smell: I get a heavy and sweet malt with equal amounts of citrus hops. Notes of booze covered raisins with canned mandarin oranges and lemon zest mingle over a bed of grain.

Taste/Palate: There is lots of lemon and lemon zest with orange like hop notes coming through rich sweet bready and grain flavored maltiness. Its abv is noticeable and warming. The finish has more herbal/leafy hop notes pushing in with a solid bitterness slowly fading from the tongue. It texture has a slightly slick feel with light carbonation.

Notes: This beer came to play and it brought lots of nice hops along for the fun.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear copper body topped by two fingers of beige head. Good retention and lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma is leafy and hoppy, lots of pine and grapefruit with faint notes of peach and mandarin orange. Pale malt adds a nice accent.

Mouthfeel is fresh and hoppy, leafy not oily, medium bodied with good carbonation.

Taste echoes the aroma, with leafy citrusy hops and a pale malt backbone. Pleasing hop flavors of grapefruit and pine offer a dominant dry bitterness all the way through. Just a hint of softer fruits to add complexity to the hop dryness.

Excellent DIPA! Very tasty and highly drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle, no freshness indication. Pours cloudy, murky, dull almond amber. Head is basic tan and leaves gobs of thick medium bubble lacing. Nose is boldly of hops. Goey, thick and hoppy brew, lacks the citric bite of other of the style. This one is more smooth and malty then the "San Diego" style DIPA. Being a big beer fan I love this stuff, but I believe I'm more partial the the more grapefruit infused versions. Well worth a try.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to BigErn for this much anticipated brew.
A cloudy amber brew is poured into my snifter glass with a full two fingers of light tan head and most of it goes nowhere as I stare it down...what does recede leaves behind some slightly roasted marshmallow foam sitting on top.
Pleasant smack to my olfactory senses...great balance of fruity/citrus hops and sweet carmelized malt...no alcohol detected.
The taste is a bit less balanced...mostly hops with very little malt to balance out this double. Very bitter and certainly lives up to its name...almost like chewing on some hops flowers and no help from any sweetness to protect the pallet from their onslaught.
Mouthfeel is pretty thick for the lack of malt and the carbonation is perfect.
Overall, a nice offering...I'd pick it up again.

Photo of badbeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to joe1510 for the bottle. Clear, dark amber color with an off-white head retaining well and leaving good retention. Aroma is of grass, pine, and a little bit of spruce tip; also some caramel comes through. Taste has a lot of spruce to it with some pine coming in as it finishes; malt is there, but is hidden. Low carbonation with medium body. Wasn't too impressed with this, but probably worth a try.

Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown-orange with a white head. The aroma is very malty with a hint of hops. The flavor is citrus hops with a very strong malt backbone. This is a very balanced DIPA. Thin mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I want more hop presence when I drink a beer of this style.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Parlour in a pint glass.

Medium copper color,reddish hue.a bit cloudy. A slight off-white head.very creamy,lacing down the glass.
Aroma was extremely clean,citusy,piney,an assertive grapefruit aroma.
Slight malt nose with hints of carmell,and a hint of nuttiness.Very inviting,the hop aromas not as pronounced as most of the double ipa's i've had.
Hop tastes dominate the palate piney,citrusy,grapefruit flavors midway throughout the finish.Syrupy with a good carmell overtone balancing out the taste nicely.
A medium mouthfeel,slightly prickly,slick going down,creamy on the palate,swelling the tongue at the finish.
A great tasting beer,very hoppy,awesome aroma.Just a bit lacking compaired to most doubles iv'e tasted.This beer lies somewhere between an excellent pale ale and a double IPA
I could drink this beer all night and would love to. Great drinkablility.
I'll be drinking this beer again.

Photo of ironlung
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a trade with AVdeuph. Thanks Alex!

A: Cloudy honey/orange. White head. Nice Lace.

S: Citrus/floral Hops, and some notes of carmel malt sweetnes.

T: Great Balance! Hops hit up front followed by a nice backing. Can't make out any alcohol except for the warming that comes halfway thru the beer.

M: Nothing out of place. Very refreshing for such a "big" beer.

D: Very high. A well done beer that can get you in trouble with that 8+% so well hidden.

Overall: An easy drinkin' double IPA that hides the abv all to well behind a nice balanced taste. Wish they sold this around here, I'd get more for sure!

Photo of dwvarner77
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-orange color with a thick frothy head that falls quickly, but leaves a nice retention. Nose is underwhelming; don't get the hit of hops I'd expect with a double IPA. Taste is similar; malty, biscuity, with a little piney hop finish but not enough. Wouldn't be a bad pale ale, but hardly a double IPA, in my opinion. Underwhelming for the style it proclaims. Hopefully I just stumbled upon an old bottle that's lost something....

Photo of danman83
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Hazey dark copper amber that pours a thick head with mediocre head retention.

Smell - Caramel malt, citrus pine, grapefruit in the back.

Taste - Starts very smooth with sweet malt in the middle and a subtle dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light despite its darker color, lighty carbonated making it exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability - This beer really doesn't have a hueg focus on hops as one would believe. I found it to have more overpowering malt flavors which hid the hops. the taste and flavor despite this is exceptional and this is highly drinkable.

Photo of sarahspat
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark clear amber edging toward brown. Creamy caramel-tinted head.

Not too much going on in the nose, but it's hoppy... candied pineapple, pine resin.

The taste falls right in line with the nose. So far I'm disappointed. I LOVED this beer last year, but this bottle is just okay. I hope it gets better as it warms. Well, it's pretty bitter, but not too bitter to enjoy the hops flavors. Pine is prominent, with candied pineapple co-starring. I also pick up a tiny bit of caramel. Unfortunately, that's all I can really say. Not great, and doesn't improve much with warming. Light body; slippery mouthfeel. This brew was much better last year. I wonder if they're using different hops?

Photo of Soonami
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy Bronze red with a thin head

S- Only a little bit Sprucey, no floral or other aromas

T- Unrelentingly bitter, with a little sweetness. Peppery and a little astringent from the alcohol

M- a bit thin but with good carobnation

D- Too bitter and not enough sweetness to make it sessionable. A hop-bomb for sure.

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

Nice rich, dark amber almost brown flow, little head. Aroma good, not great faint sweet feel, minimal hop dose for a dipa.

Taste, very British. Is British dipa even a recognized style? If not, this is what it would be IMHO. Does it without the sweetness, which is a plus. Not a full on hop frontal assault, well played for what it is. The mouthfeel will not weigh you down, I'm wondering if there is a British or some other unique yeast to bring this rare kind of sweetness on. Its in the background, its not dominating. A decent price $10 for a 4 pack.

Nothing dominates, hops, malt, sweetness, bitterness, they're all pretty much provide some checks and balances for each other. Glad to try it, but prolly won't become a perennial favorite(aside from my geographical limitations of getting it).

Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber appearance, clear and bright. Steamed milk-like head, sugary and leaving lots of very sticky lace. Strong and deep citrusy hop aroma, a tang of orange rind and red pepper. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation lower, a sense of some stickiness to it. Hopped up front, quite bitter and resiny, the body gives a slight caramel counterbalance of sweetness (but even that is engulfed by a sulfury tinge), but its momentary. This is hop juice from beginning to end, building so much in impression that its bordering on unpleasant and in a steely graphite-like mask by the close and the swallow. I'm bored, probably another hit for the hop heads who think being "beer elite" is tasting hops and alcohol.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've sampled this one trice, and I must say I don't really get it. I like English Ales but if your doing a DIPA do it, you know what I mean. English DIPA doesn't do the style justice let me break it down. Appears a clouded caramel copper tone with a large off white head leaves even speckled lacing around my pint glass. Aromatics consist of caramel and biscuit malts which form a gentle sweet bready tone this is complemented by a tight herbal grassinss with mild citrus hops...this hop profile seems diminished and too mild for the style. Flavors collide with mild alcohol and a sturdy amount of hop bitterness upfront orange peel perfumey flavor that kinda lacquers the tongue other notes of grassy hop action but overall flavor is minimal here not as dimensional and flowing as I would expect. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodie moderate carbonation a bit of resinous feel but really does stay on the palate. Drinkability not something I would call sessionable or overbearing on the palate just too many English malts colliding with my beloved American bred Double IPA style.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated 12/07/2010
(Served in an American pint glass) A- This beer pours a hazy light copper body with a thick sticky beige head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a strong carbonation of bubbles that glide to the surface. S- The green woody hops are full with a dried citrus aroma and a bit of gym locker room fragrance but it is a good hop quality. T- The spicy hops blends with an alcohol bite that finishes with a woody citrus hop flavor and a green pungent hop note that lingers. M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with an alcohol warmth that enhances the hops. D- The hops are a bit dry and pithy with a nice dry woody citrus quality and some good pungent green qualities. The hop flavor grows as the beer opens and the alcohol is a nice compliment.

(Served in a pear shaped goblet)

A- This beer pours a hazy caramel brown body with a thick swirling carbonation of big bubbles. There is a creamy beige colored head with lots of big bubbles on top. The head sticks to the glass after each sip.

S- The soft smell of green leaf hops with a soft pale malt note in the background. As the beer warms the hops increase but are still pretty soft.

T- This beer has a big dry green hop flavor with notes of pineapple weed and grass with a freshness of mint without the actual flavor. There is a soft sweet light malt with a hint of toast that comes through after the hop flavor. The finish is a bitterness from the hops that comes back in the after taste and hangs on.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light watery note which is pleasant before the creamy texture fills it in.

D- This beer has a nice hop flavor with some good depth but it is not a big punishing hop monster that I was expecting. I think it is just a great sipping IPA.

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

An off-white cap of head about a finger tall develops over this beer that's a very ruddy thick dark orange. Heavy foam stays and deposits very rocky lacing as it recedes.
The smell offers a great hops bouquet, intermingling citric orange and ruby red with caramel malts. It's leafy in the back and, on further investigation, reminds me very much of mint leaf.
Hops take center stage and while this beer isn't a bruiser it's undeniably solid. Hops are, again, mostly citrus and balanced well by malts sweetness but there's an additional unsual sweetness it takes me a minute to realize is like chewing on a spearmint leaf. It works in complementary fashion here. A bit of alcohol pulls through in the finish.
A well-rounded mouthfeel shows off some creaminess in a medium body. It's more smooth than crisp, but it does nip.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, booty from a trip last month to Detroit.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few thin streaks of lace around the glass upon its demise. It smells sweet, sweet, sweet - sweet grapefruit and orange hops, sweet bready caramel malt, and sweet fuck-all else. The taste is leafy, kind of musty citrus hops, bready caramel and cereal grain malt, and a simmering edgy booziness. The carbonation is moderate, if a bit underwhelming, the body medium weight, and walking the line between agreeably smooth and tangentially cloying. It finishes rather off-dry, the sweet (one beat this time) bready malt given a pretty good run by some latent sassy, yet still grade-school bitter grassy, somewhat metallic hops.

While doing a bang-up job of sublimating the DIPA-worthy ABV, more care should have been attributed to the character of the big malt/hop interplay - this just seems kind of phoned in. Not bad, some hopeful good points, but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kindly given to me by glazeman

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours a hazy amber with a small head, a good amount of thin lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Some hops and citrus with a little bit of apple/apple juice surprisingly.

T: Not extremely complex, a definite hop-bomb. Mostly pine flavor with a little malt sneaking in on the back. It is mild on the front end, with the flavor increasing in intensity towards the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied that leaves a tingly feeling on your tongue. This beer was interesting, it looked great and smelled great, but the taste wasn't what I expected. It was pretty weak upfront and then you get hit with the hops and bitterness. Overall, confusing, but still likable if you are a hophead.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 938 ratings.