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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

867 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 28
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The first in a limited edition, 22oz bottled Brew Crew Big Beer Series. 1080 OG; 76 IBU

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 12-11-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by schoolboy:
Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big, tasty double IPA that is truly double all around. It is creamy and malty enough to stand up to the heavy hops. It's pretty and clear in the glass and pours with nice color throughout the brew (lightly colored head).

It is about what I expected, though, and that is not a complement. I expected it to be heavy in a bad way. It turns out it is just a bit too bitter - slightly off balance, but still quite drinkable - you would be a fool to refuse one and for some people this may be the perfect balance.

Overall, it's a nice glass full of hops and I would buy it again (but not at the same price - it was too expensive).

A later view on the same beer:

I really shouldn't complain about an American Double IPA. I love these beers. This one in particular is not something to complain about - it isn't overbearing or wimpy, and for the style is quite drinkable. I'm not sure, but I think even the price was quite palatable.

Based on MY mood, though, it needed to be a bit srtonger - maltier, hoppier, etc. This would be a thin line to tread, as the balance is quite good. The other beers I was drinking today erred on the other side - too much. If the price is what I think, I will give this brew another chance, in large quantity.
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Not the same sentiment, but the same drinker and the same beer. Just in a yard work setting.

schoolboy, May 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
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

oberon, May 07, 2006
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.

tectactoe, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of dmheinz57
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

dmheinz57, Nov 12, 2012
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
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.

blitz134, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +5.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of DWolf
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

DWolf, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of WuAnquo1
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

WuAnquo1, Apr 08, 2012
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

grynder33, May 21, 2006
Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

generallee, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of dgfool
3/5  rDev -20.8%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

merlin48, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Billolick, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

warriorsoul, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of chatfield
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

chatfield, Sep 28, 2014
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.

badbeer, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

KolbMarley, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Mora2000, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Skye1024, Dec 17, 2011
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.

jcdiflorio, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of ironlung
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

ironlung, May 31, 2009
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +5.5%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of dwvarner77
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
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....

dwvarner77, Mar 10, 2006
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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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