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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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857 Ratings

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 32 | 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)
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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with a white head. In the aroma, gritty pine hops. In the taste, pine to grapefruity hops, with a sweet, almost sugary maltiness. Mainly smooth, but a small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a sugary, grapefruity hop in the aftertaste. A bit sugary and decent hops.

OWSLEY069, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of GJ40
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Foran's in Detroit.

A - Deep golden to amber in color with good clarity and a thick off white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Strong floral hop aromas.

T - Big hop flavor but not much malt sweetness or foundation. This beer could use more complexity and balance.

M - Thin for such a big beer. Nice low carbonation (like a cask beer).

D - A good beer but could be better.

GJ40, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of qthompso
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber. Small head that disappeared quickly and left only a bit of lacing.

S: While there are hops, I expected more from a DIPA. Malt, carmel and mild citrus.

T: The bitterness of the hops really come through, adding bitterness more than flavor. Maltier than expected and notes of carmel and brown sugar.

M: Good medium body with a good level of carbonation.

D: A very drinkable DIPA. While I certainly did enjoy this beer, there are other beers of a the same style that I prefer.

qthompso, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of BeerTruth
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear amber hue with a nice khaki colored two finger head that slowly died down to a nice lacing. Stickiness grabs a hold and won't let go. Smell is very orange peel dominated up front, very unique odor for a DIPA. I really can't detect much else in the nose. Taste begins with a hint of flowers and earth which is followed by some pine hop goodness, but very subtle. A bit of caramel malt sweetness finds its way mixed in as well. Finishes very dry, but takes a while to kick in. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a good amount of bubbles, somewhat chewy. I'll easily finish this one, but that's enough for me. Not bad, give it a try.

BeerTruth, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of mjd83goblue
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber for $3.99 at Bella Vino in Ann Arbor

A: Dark orange with some brown. Pours about 2" of thich head that leaves a small layer at all times.

S: Smell is dominated by piney hops and citrus. Just how I like it.

T: The malt really stands up to the hops here. Also a little spice and grapefruit/orange. The hops are plentiful, but more in a bittering aftertaste than the frontal assault of some DIPAs. Interesting take on the style.

M: Full bodied, yet not oily like some of this style.

D: Not bad, but not craving another right away either.

Solid initial offering by Arcardia in its Big Beer Series. Got this one for a great price, so I might go back for more, but I wouldn't at its usual $6 or $7.

mjd83goblue, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of hosehead83
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with "Bottled on 8-20-10" on the label, into a standard pint glass.
Caramel brown in color, with a moderate off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet malt, faint soapiness
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, caramel, hop bitterness but not much hop flavor to speak of. A bit astringent. Seems to be an "English" take on a DIPA as it is more malt forward and the hops are more used for their bittering property than for flavor. A bit of a different take on an American DIPA.

hosehead83, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/28/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange/brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and caramel malts. Flavor of caramel malt initially and a nice citrusy and grapefruity hop bite. Pretty good beer!
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of jdense
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Flying Saucer in KC served in tulip glass.

Hazy amber body with one finger white lacing, slowly dissipating head. Big (not huge) hop presence in the nose, with a nice balance of multiple sweet malts and resiny hop presence balanced with a trifle of hop sweetness on the taste buds. Alcohol is very noticeable, and a bit cloying, this certainly is more of a sipper than a session beer. I was a bit surprised by the overt alcohol kick and relative malty sweetness compared to other DIPA. I'm glad I tried it, worth seeking out for the traveling BA, but not top-shelf in this demanding category

jdense, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured pretty aggressively and only got a flimsy looking half finger of head. This dissipated to a ring in a minute or so, but my disappointment in the head was offset by the delicious looking deep chestnut coloration of the body.

S. Good stuff, the malt is stronger than expected and well complimented by citrus and pine hops. I get faint hints of caramel in the background as well.

T. Interesting mix of hops, both subdued pine and citrus and a strong malt flavor. Strong bitter, but disappointingly not as strong as I was expecting.

M. Creamy. Light carbonation does what it can to push this beer down. Sticky and drying at the same time.

CFHMagnet, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of donniecuffs
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an American pint glass. Very little head; not much lacing, but nice amber color.

The smell was very, very subtle but dominated by hints of malty sweetness; maybe a little bit of sweet orange. The taste confirmed the sweetness, with only a subtle hint of hoppy flavor. Silky smooth, medium body, but definitely a little alcoholic after-burn.

I could certainly drink a few of these, but I would not consider it in the upper echelon for the style.

donniecuffs, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an orange/burgandy color with a two-finger head. Leaves good lacing.

S - It smelled of hops and grass.

T - Tasted of hops, malt and had a spicy kick. The hops were not as strong as other Double IPAs. At times it seems too boozy and unbalanced.

M - It was crisp and heavy-bodied.

D - This is a an okay DIPA. Again, it seems a little unbalanced at times.

zeff80, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of TheSSG
3.6/5  rDev -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.

TheSSG, Jan 05, 2014
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 grub
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. sampled feb 4/2011.

pours deep orangey amber with just a hint of haze. a small cap of dense white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel and toffee. hint of dms. bit of apple. bit of lagerish character. orange and tangerine. light pine. candy apple. light alcohol. white bread and cracker.

taste is nice. slightly resiny pine and grapefruit. bit of orange and tangerine. candied apple. bit of dms. big buttery toffee. bit of caramel. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. fruity.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. fairly well balanced. decent hop depth. a shame that the obvious flaws (acetaldehyde, diacetyl, dms) mostly ruin it.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, very long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: Not an overpowering aroma, but did have traces of citrus and some hops.

T: Tasted of hops (a bit too much in my opinion), citrus and some malt. Not overly focused or complex.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A mixed bag of a beer. Some good qualities, some mediocre ones. Not undrinkable, but not brilliant either.

avalon07, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of bamadog
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been seeing this on the shelves for a while now but I could never tell how old the bottles were. I noticed a new label when I was there on Friday so I figured that they must be a little fresher. Review is from notes taken on 1/16/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard coppery color with a darker core in the center; head starts with a one finger off tan head that fades pretty quickly to a thin and incomplete skim with a thicker ring around the surface; body is a little cloudy, but still shows moderate carbonation bubbling throughout; a fair amount of spots and swaths of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A little weaker than what I would hope, but there is a fair amount of hop presence, coming across in a variety ways ranging from a little grassy and piney to a more dominant citric presence (grapefruit); not much to report beyond this -- not bad, but I would expect a bit more in terms of strength and a bit of a bigger malt backbone.

Taste: Like the smell, it's not bad, but I feel that it lacks the stronger malt backbone to balance out the bitter hops, which are really quite nice... There is indeed a strong hop presence and it has a range from mild grassy and pine to the stronger grapefruit notes; there is a slight tinge of alcohol to it.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium, but definitely leaning towards the lighter side of things and it comes across just a tad watery; carbonation is definitely present and it provides a lively feeling of prickliness and it leaves the gums a little tingly; the alcoholic vapor leaves the gums feeling a little numb and the belly warm; a moderately thick and semi dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad overall, but I likely won't pick it up again... certainly wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me though. It has a fair set of flavors, but I feel it's lacking some balance and the bitter is more "bitter" than flavorful like a lot of other offerings; the ABV is also a tad high for too much, but it's certainly a fair sipper.

bamadog, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great, rich amber color, but with a disappointing head. No real lacing. Aroma smelled like a small beer, not a double IPA: a hint of herbalness and citrus, but otherwise unremarkable.

Hopmouth has a nice hoppy flavor, with a real emphasis on citrusy zing, almost like the Stone beers. Medicinal and herbal. Not tasting a whole lot of malt, though the bitterness is solid. Will satisfy the hopheads, I think. However, the somewhat wimpy mouthfeel did not impress me very much. Double IPAs should be BIG in that department! Drinkability was good because of the lighter mouthfeel (for an IPA) and well-hidden alcohol.

dasenebler, May 02, 2009
Photo of ADR
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

ADR, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blurry dark brass with orange hues. The head short and offwhite and show little staying power or lace.
Intially, the nose is greeted with a burst of pineapple and orange pulp, sweet fruity and juicy. In a short while, the honeyed malt take the reigns and hops are relocated to misty grapefruit and metallic bitterness.
Sweet up front, full of honey, apricots, and caramel. Yeasty, doughy midsection. The hops bring some tropical fruit hues, then seem to die away, leaving a bit of grassy astringency.
Fleecy, full bodied with a moderately charged CO2 initially. This dies as well leaving a syrupy heavy, almost cloying brew.
This had loads of promise at the start, but failed to follow through. It never gets sloppy, but it surely falls apart.
Pretty average version.

cokes, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Mosley1212
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter. Thanks to JohnB87 for helping me land this beer.

A--Poured a dark brown, caramel color with a stark white head, thin oily head.

S--Malt bomb. Heavy malt smell with a bit of a floral kick at the end. Also get a caramel smell at the end. Bready on the back end also.

T--Malty hops. This reminds me of eating a caramel covered hop. Almost like a strong ale in flavor. Also, pick up a lot of bread in the mouth.

M--Very thick in the mouth. Little bit of carbonation plays on the tongue as well.

O--This one I believe is mislabeled. IMO it is more of a strong ale (ala Arrogant Bastard) than a DIPA. Not something I would actively seek out, but it was a good try for the brewery.

Mosley1212, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of glazeman
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice

A: beautiful hazy amber with a one finger creamy head that had excellent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of hop smell. Mostly pine with a little bit of orange.

T: This is truly a hop lovers beer, with the hops being far and away the dominant flavor. Not as complex as some other similar beers with the taste being mostly that of citrus and bitterness. There is some malt presence, at the back end that give it almost a buttery finish.

M: To me, this beer had just the right amount of carbonation and an excellent fell. It was slightly creamy yet crisp and clean at the same time.

D: This beer is not as strong as many DIPAs, but the alcohol is hidden well and it is an easily drinkable beer. The taste, however, was not as exciting as I had hoped for and thus, it is not one of those beers I would want to immediately refill my empty glass with as soon as I was finished.

glazeman, May 28, 2010
Photo of Morey
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange/copper color with a decent cream colored head that actually settled rather quickly.

Surprisingly you get alot of alcohol fumes in the nose with this beer followed by bready/malty aromas with the hops taking the back seat here.

Taste is much of the same. Alcohol is not very well hidden in this beer. That being said, it's not an overpowering alcohol taste, but I've had several other double ipa's with higher alcohol contents with far less alcohol taste. Very english in style as I also found their regular Ipa and Angler Ale to be as well. To me the Pacific NW Hops just aren't bold enough for a Double Ipa.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slight chewiness.

I could probably do 2 of these, but then I'd be reaching for something else.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not a great example of the style in my opinion. Arcadia beer taste like decent homebrewed beer as far as their Ipa's are concerned. I would drink it again, but probably wouldn't purchase with my own money.

Morey, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber, this was a dark, hazy amber. resiny pine in the nose along with some dark fruit notes. a moderate caramel sweetness leads to a medium to full bittering finish. almost full-bodied. this was a decent dipa, well-balanced and solid but not spectacular.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #15.

Poured aggressively into a nonic its a dark amber color, quite cloudy with three inches of creamy, tan head. Head retention is very good and it leaves a little bit of stick, too.

Smell is earthy, piney hops with a bit of citrus as well. Pretty nice floral hop nose.

Taste is slightly phenolic and it's also a little thin for a DIPA. There is some passion fruit and citrus along with some biscuit malt. Bitterness is pretty modest, but I wouldn't call this balanced as much as I would slightly bland.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the thin side.

This is a pretty mediocre DIPA. There are many others I would seek out first.

number1bum, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single of this, and poured like they all seem to look... that color! Smells of hops, seems pine like, maybe centennial, not sure, but not balsam-like or sappy, slightly orgo-chem-like synthetic, not much in the citrus department, and then roastie sweet malts and caramel. Taste is sweetish, malt forward, then bitter with a strong early presence but fading rapidly. Alcohol seems right for a DIPA and not too assertive, and carbonation is muted, somewhat. Overall a good entry, but not entirely convincing in the bitter profiles, and maybe too malt assertive for a repeated taste.

Bitter_Echo, Aug 29, 2012
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.