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

903 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 30
Gots: 46 | 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:
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 DuffDadddy
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drinkable DIPA, hop leaf in there, even astringent and overcarbonated. But it gets down. It's got a generous head, and some pine smell. Carmel and grapefruit. The malts are there but the IBU taste fairly high. I would drink it again.Reasonable at 8% ABV

Photo of zoso1967
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly dark copper amber with a light tan head. The head fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing. The aroma is primarily of piney, citrusy and grassy hops, with a fairly pronounced whiff of alcohol. There is also a very rich and toasty caramel malt aroma. The flavor is quite balanced with both piney and grapefruit hops being nicely offset by a toffee tasting malt backbone. It also seems to have some earthy notes, and a hop bitterness that stands up well to the malt. Far from the more hop forward DIPAs I prefer, but they appear to have paid close attention to the quality of malt flavor, so I will not complain too much. The mouthfeel is medium and has a nice smoothness to it. Unfortunately, the finish is sticky and unappealing with a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste that lingers in my mouth after swallowing. This is a pretty solid beer, but the finish is a bit of a deal breaker when it comes to drinkability.

Photo of mntlover
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber copper color nice looking color, head is two fingers light tan color. Head leaves some lacing behind not big sheets but good enough.

Aroma is nice hops but not as in your face as most I2PA's pine dominating subtle orange and minty hints underneath. Caramel sweetness present kind of mingles with the orange. While smell is not as in your face as some brews of this style it still smells nice.

Taste caramel malt with nice hops notes more citrus with pine notes. Bitterness is that big but decent hops flavors. Malt body defiantly present in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium kind of slick nice medium carbonation.

Drinkability is good smell nice flavor not quite as good but enjoyable enough brew might not be top shelf but not bad. Don't see date on bottle so not sure how fresh this is might be a hop bomb when fresh, kind of tastes mellowed out a little now, unless that's what they were going for.

Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours well to make two fingers of thick tan head, and an ultra cloudy copper colored body.

In the aroma, the traits that come out immediately are from the ample amounts of lemony hops, and a nice caramel backbone.

Taste wise the malt is very prevelant with the sweet bread flavors, however, the hops dominate with over ripe lemons. Lightly carbonated, not oily, and the alcohol is nicely masked.

Photo of Dalem
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a caramel tinge and somewhat cloudy in color. Small head but a ton of thick lacing on the glass. The floral hop scents with bright grapefruit and slight green apple notes jump right out of the glass-ya can smell it wafting through the air even before up to the nose to get a whiff.
Damn great balance in the taste. Huge citrus kisses upfront, a slight peppery bite and a sweet & toasty malt base. The carbonation is spot on. Not fizzy but bubbly none the less. It compliments the ingredients just right. The mouthfeel is a bit buttery & creamy but not as thick as some of the other double IPA's out there. The finish is all about a hop warmth and a vanilla like sweetness but you'd never guess that this has a 8% abv because the beer's big and crisp flavors cover it up.

Photo of Yagman3000
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stella Artois goblet.

Appears a pumpkiny orange brown with a very thin layer of foam.

Smells heavy and deep of malty hops. Not too bitter in the nose - a little bready.

Tastes hoppy but no pick up of floral or citrus... Just a heavy duty malty balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and lasting. Decent stuff.

Overall I'm not superimpressed here. I feel like it doesn't fully deliver the goods on the double IPA.

Photo of Foxman
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a ratehr clear orangey amber. A full finger of bubbly light tah head swells then eases slowly to a creamy coating of froth. Cirrus wisps of lacing cloud the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there's an initial draft of pine and grapefruit hops, standing strong but letting a peep of sweet caramel malt to sound off gently. A minty glimpse of alcohol slips through as well.

Upon tasting, toasted malt takes center stage, lightly sweet and carrying caramel, toffee, and a touch of general fruitiness. An odd, salty effect lays on the back sides of the tongue, fleeting but quite distracting, before some bready yeast mingles with pine and citrus hops. The hops fade slightly to a peppery spice note, and the merest vaopr of alcohol appears. A sweet malt remnant dries at the finish to allow a lingering hoppy close. It's not unenjoyable, but it's rather generic, and undermined by the saline aberration.

Medium bodied, the oily hops and hefty grain bill leave a presence on the palate.

There's really only one thing here not to like, but there's not much to grab you either. It's mostly a nice flavor, but it never stands out. It would be hard to pick out in a lineup of similar, nondescript standards. While the ABV is solid, it is nicely incorporated. So it's drinkable, but without a real signature, and with singular flaw. I'm not sure I'll rush to sign on for another tour.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice copper colour with a centimeter head. Pretty good head retention. A bit of carbonation as well. The nose on the beer is really grassy and spicy from the hops. There is a sweet/malt undertone as well; it's some time of candy I can't put my finger on. The beer mainly tastes of the spicy hops and the sweet malt flavouring with a bitterness at the end. Pretty balanced beer, but not what I look for in a DIPA. Creamy mouthfeel and decently drinkable.

Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber (thx northyorksammy!) poured into my sammy smith's imperial pint, Arcadia's HopMouth DIPA is a hazy ambered bronze with a small off-white head that leaves scattered, foamy lace. I like the amber color.

Smell is sweeter, caramel malt and citrus hops.

Taste is like it was hoppy, but the malt is taking over. However, the most dominating attribute is the alcohol, which tastes very strong for 8.1%, with some fusels. The malt is a mix of bread with light caramel . The spice taste more like alcohol the hops, which are not really distinct, even though there pretty strong, a muddy mix of pine and citrus. Hops are definitely stronger on the nose.

Mouthfeel is kind of oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, really not to exciting, would have liked to have tried it fresh, but still good enough.

Drinkability is

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a nice copper reddish color with a nice 1 1/2 finger white head. Very hoppy smelling nose with nice notes of citrus rind and pine. Medium, chewy mouthfeel. Good lace on the glass as the head settles. Sweet and malty with a nice balance of hops. Slight lingering bitterness in the end. Overall, a decent DIPA with a pretty heavy malt backbone.

Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a massive white head and super sticky lacing.
Smell is all hops, grassy, piney, herbal, slight citrus.
Taste is way bitter hops matching the smell. Herbal hops dominate with some slight grass and pine. Slight malt sweetness comes through in the finish which is a little odd to me. The malts usually come through in the start.
Pretty highly carbonated, kinda slick and just a little thin.
Nice brew after a hot afternoon mowing the lawn.

Photo of lstokes
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly dark pour with a lot of pine smell. I found it very complex on the front of the tongue--floral, citrus, caramel--but somehow in the finish there's an overwhelming bitterness which almost seems to be drying out your throat. I can't recommend it over the long haul with that finish... damn! I forget all the good tastes on the front because of that finish. Probably won't buy again.

Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter and floral hoppy notes with a big malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by some floral and hoppy notes with a huge light caramel malt backbone. Medium body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While this beer is very good overall I would have expected more hops for the style.

Photo of mdm46410
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Arcadia and poured into a pint glass. This IIPA poured a hazy amber/orange color with a thin beige head that quickly faded away. The aroma of this beer was full of caramel and grapefruit notes. A good amount of hoppiness in the smell. The flavor was mostly citrus hops with a touch of caramel. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for a double. I was hoping for a little more of a resiny look on the sides of the glass. With that said, this is still a solid effort from Arcadia.

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours foamy and bubbly, but it bubbled down soon enough. A bubbly thick head rested atop a hazed orange/amber. Some sticky, bubbly lacing left on glass.

The smell is of Otter Maris malt, and plenty of it - for sure. Spicy fruity (citric), woody (piney-ish) in the back. Alcohol comes through a bit. What came to mind was an English IPA souped up (and with an American hop touch?) Hops are not in the forefront, but are there.

The taste is malty - Otter Maris - classic English malt bill - upfront. Enough hops to give it a spicy kick. The citrus/pine is enough to give it balance. To speak of a DIPA this way might sound odd, but it does fit the style, with a bitterish, alcohol finish. Alcohol noticeable, but integrated into the flavors well.
A different DIPA...not sure that it is necessarily what I would love in the style, but works well enough. Something reminds me of Cereal Killer (which is better than this, IMO).

Hits full-bodied well enough.

Certainly English-influenced - typical of this brewery. In a line-up of DIPA's don't think this would be the first I would grab, but it certainly is drinkable enough.

Photo of vwcraig
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent ruby color with a 1-finger off-white head. Very fast rising bead sustains a thin cap on top. Great smelling citrusy hops. Smells of grapefruit juice and sweet, juicy malt. First taste is juicy malt and the fruity hops followed up by big bitterness. Alcohol starts to come through as it warms up, wouldn't be a problem if you drink quickly. Carbonation in mouthfeel was OK along with a smoothness in each swig. This was something for me that I ran across and bought it just to compare with others in the style. Something worthwhile to try if you haven't before. Booziness as it warms up was a problem with me though.

Photo of bruachan
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this bad boy is from their big beer series. big, bad, coooolll

a decent dark orangy amber color with a luxurious head above. sudsy and creamy at the same time. not in any hurry to leave the spot. as the beer and head fall very nice geolody is left on the glass

the aroma is way hoppy. at first i thought columbus but at second sniff it's too minty for that. not sure what that leaves me with but i dig it. not something i recognize. cedar and a ton of citrus

the malts are there but have enough confidence to let the hops shine. again, i don't recognize the variety but i enjoy it. the hops are used primarily later in the boil, thus is not very bitter (but quite tasty and odiferous)

Photo of kdog630
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker amber with a decent head. Aroma was hoppy but not overly so. Maybe it's my allergies, but sometimes beers advertised as hoppy don't impress me with with a hop aroma.

That said, the flavor was malty with a nice hop finish. No real hint that there is over 8% ABV. The mouthfeel was also pretty good with plenty of effervescence.

A bit heavy for a summer afternoon, but might be one I get for a cool fall evening.

Photo of Duff27
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Two fingered light caramel colored head atop a very dark amber/red beer...darker than most of it's style counterparts. Well above average lacing and head retention. Looks great.

S- Faint tropical smell, some booziness.

T- Follows the nose only heavy on the booze. Deep caramel malt. Hops are present but don't stand out as much as other DIPAs.

M- Rich and creamy. Normal carbonation.

D/O- Lacks the hop bite that is at the forefront of so many of it's contemporaries, although the malt backbone is nice. Loved the booze factor in this one but would stop at one. Good, but not great.

Photo of DannyDan
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours out a copper body with minimal retention, sparse lacing and some carbonation.
S. Has a floral and pine aroma.
T. The taste starts off with a floral hops taste, followed by a hint of citrus and finishes off with some pine. Some sweet malts seem to be in the back throught out to give the beer a nice balance.
M/O. The mouthfeel is a dry, but sticky on the lips feel that is rather easy to drink and good tasting.

Photo of dmamiano
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Darker copper with a slightly redish tint on the pour. Small head, fairly clean and clear.
Initial hit of "butter" in the nose leaves for further investigation....is it diacetyl? NAAA
Domination of hops with hint toffee and unsalted crackers.
Long lingering bitterness.
Seems to be lacking a bit of malt and body for a DIPA.

Photo of walleye
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. when I opened this I got a big wiff of pine I thought christmas tree in a bottle. poured a honey with a small light tan head. aroma, pine, honey dominate this one for me, malts caramel, hops. flavor was a little surprised that the pine was not very strong, got a sticky brown sugar malt 1st than the hops came out as it warm got a bit of alcohol.

Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.