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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

857 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 33 | 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 ghebel
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours red to brown color, clear, with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly leaving few laces behind.

S - Malts dominate with a caramel, rich to dark fruit character. Hops are citrus and floral. Alcohol evident.

T - Moderate bitterness for a double. Nice smooth malt notes that follow the smell. Hops are floral and lasting.

M - Carbonation bite followed by alcohol coolness and warm swallow. Lingering bitterness. Smooth drinking. Hop flavors stick around as well. Moderate body.

D - Can and will finish the bottle.

Overall - Malt dominates this one, but as I drink more, the hop character becomes more evident. The aroma could be more hoppy for me, but the warm sensation and sweet, rich malt makes up for this. Not entirely my "cup of tea", but a good change.

Add: The second glass from the same bottle is like a different beer. Pours same color, but very cloudy with a creamy head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Changed "A" from 3 to 3.5.

ghebel, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Fest.
was served a deep copper colored sample with a off white head that was nice and fluffy.
the aroma was very hop spice and citrus.
the flavor was very malty with a good bitterness and of course a perdominant hopsack.
the mouthfeel is very full and creamy.
was a very good beer would order it again. wish the sample was bigger.

plaztikjezuz, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a creamy but bubbly 1 finger head that doesn't seem to fade. It's a crazy hazy dark reddish brown almost purplish dark funky looking mush.

N: Almost like a hoppy heavy barleywine. Lots of malts and sweetness. Lots of dark malts, sweet sugary aromas like sugar added, some lighter fruit aromas. Then some hops, a spicy variety with some chewy earthy hop aromas with that. A slight fruity hop thing going too, as well as a slight chewy malt thing.

T: Actually starts with the hops this time. Lots of bitterness, but not too crazy, with some earthy, chewy, and slight spicy hops along with a little pine. Spicy hops really hit ya with a slight boozy heat. Then more malts come along and crash on the hop party. Sweet malts with a little sugar flavor, some light fruit with the sweetness. A very slight hop oil. The maltiness isn't the standard heavy pale malt flavor, but more darker malts and reddish malts. It has quite a bit of a malty flavor but no boring plain pale.

M: Medium body, pretty thick though, and decent carbonation.

F: Dries off quite a bit with help from the bitterness which also really comes out on the finish. The two accentuate each other as usual. A slight lingering sticky syrup like feel through with a lingering feel that there was some strong booze in my mouth. More bitterness lingers with the flavors of earthy chewy hops mostly, and hints of spicy and piny hops. A little fruit also comes late on teh back of the tongue. A nice beer overall, hard to drink much of it but hits the spot when you need a heavy, dark imperial IPA.

jlindros, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of d_rek
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Pint glass

A - Pours a coppery-amber with a slim head that dissipates quickly and leaves a pleasantly laced surface.

S - Mostly just hops on the nose here with some very slight tropical fruit notes hidden in there.

T - Again, mostly just bitter, piney hops on the tongue as well. There's a citrusy zest in there too, but becomes unbalanced by the strong heat afterwards. Suprisingly, I don't mind the heat on this DIPA.

M - Very sticky mouthfeel with low-carbonation. Can definitely feel the heat of the alcohol after each swallow.

O - An interesting take on the DIPA. What it lacks in a balance it makes up for with uniqueness. Probably wouldn't buy again but am enjoying it at the moment.

d_rek, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber color. Decent off-white head, producing small tufts of lace. The head fades quickly, however. Small hop aroma, not quite as mauch as expected....herbal, with a very earthy background. Rustic. Nice balance...malty and sweet with a remarkable hop bitterness and finish. The bitterness is not overdone. Drinkability grows on you. Alcohol is nicely hidden, but sneaks up. Good stuff.

Suds, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Wheelinb
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a big a beer with lot of hop goodness and this one is right there. While it doesn't have a gorgeous color of some beers and a slight skunky smell, the flavor is truly out of this world. Bold, strong flavors and a full body, yet there is little aftertaste. Just a slight citrus finish. This is one of my go to beers when I am not in the mood to experiment and just want something. good.

Wheelinb, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent orangey/amber color. Great fluffy white headon top that tends to last down the glass. Good hop aroma-not overpowering as some. Very, very grassy and slightly metallic. Great big hop taste. More bitter then floral as some doubles can be-has a nice zing to it. Again with the bitterness. Good body-quite smooth when you consider the bitterness. Very-almost dangerously drinkable. I like the fact this isnt afraid to be "bitter" where some double IPAS are more "oily slick" with hop flavor. Leads me think these guys would brew a decent standard IPA.

lackenhauser, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of ckeegan04
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brownish-orange in color with one finger light brown head. Decent retention and excellent lacing. Darker looking that what I prefer from DIPA's, but still darn good looking. Expecting a very malt-centric DIPA.

S - Sweet earthy malt aroma with hints of spicy hops. Also a fruity sweetness in the nose, maybe grapes? Hints of alcohol come through as well which is a little surprising given that it is only 8%.

T - Very sweet malty taste up front. Hints of toasted malt and a fruity sweetness, still thinking grapes. The earthy and spicy hops come through, but this one is dominated by the malts. The alcohol is very well masked in the taste despite being noticeable in the nose.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a slight puckering sensation. Much heavier on the malts than I prefer in my DIPA's, but still very tasty and very drinkable.

ckeegan04, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured on site with a nice an appropriate sized off white head that lingered a bit down the side. Amber ale with copper and gold highlights. BIG, grassy smell right off the top--smells almost like a fresh hop ale--big fruit and citrus, grapefruit, hoisted on top of a strong, biscuit malt backbone (maris otter in description). Clean and simple base with a big hop on top that's a bit out of balance--but it's a DIPA. Full hop bit on the back side with a slightly pine and a woodsy resin finish. Nice, but grassiness and back end astringency builds too much for me--unless you really like chewing on your hops as you drink.

FightingEntropy, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
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).

57md, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of jfmorey
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass

Dark orange with an off-white head and good lacing
Smell is citrus; taste is more malt than I would expect from a DIPA; hops are cirtus, pine, only a little bitter at the end. Carbonation and mouthfeel also good.

For me, very well-balance and drinkable

jfmorey, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours dark amber bordering on copper in color. It has an inch of beige head.

S - I get a balance of caramel malt and citrus hops.

T - My first taste was resiny with piney grapefruit. As I drink more the malt seems to come forward more.

M - Moderate with low carbonation

O - It seems to be a well balanced double with malt and plenty of citrus and pine to round it out.

buschbeer, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of SupaCelt
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopmouth flowed out of the bomber bottle sporting a fairly deep shade of amber as a colour. Red is an apt description. The gaze through the beer was not a clear one. It is a bit hazy. A spitty off-white head puffed up. It did not make a lasting impression as it turned into pond scum fairly rapidly. The carbonation is low with this one. It is throwing off some impressive splattery splots of lace.

The nose is rife with hop odour as expected. Somewhat of a pointed grapefruit aroma. It also has some overinfused hop vegetable qualities that are verging on earning themselves a classification as off scents. There is definitely something that is not quite appetizing in the nose. Maybe a sourness. Dry hop infestation or some deal. A smidge of funkiness. Hell, I don't know, I just drink em. There seems to be a solid malt profile going on as well.

The taste is nice. Thankfully the nearly off aspect of the nose is not fogging the flavour at all. The hop profile is nice and fresh in the taste. Grass, pine, resin, grapefruit, and dilute orange come to mind. All the while, the malt base is sturdy. This nearly achieves a balance, but it is still coming across as a "big brew" show of brutality in some respects. I do like it that the malts feel like they were doubled up to match the generous hopping. To be truthfull, this isn't really all that bitter with all of the mouthwatering sweetness flooding over the acidic qualities. It is dry. Not desert dry. That sweetness keeps my mouth wet enough to offset this effect.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick. I might be persuaded into saying this is heavy bodied. As mentioned, the malt character is well established and it shows through on the palate.

The drinkability is good for a "big brew." I am not having any difficulties flushing this through for a tour of my insides. I hope my liver approves as much as my taste buds do. Doubtful. This one was a bit of a disappointment. I have one to age, so we'll see what happens. The almost "offity" of the nose has me a bit concerned.

SupaCelt, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of BMoney575
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-30-08

Pours a clear orange color, with a fizzy white head that leaves behind huge, craggy lacing.

Smell is all buttery hops, very English, and intense.

Taste is sour, buttery hops, very different. The finish is tart and bitter, with an extreme earthy, grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, adds to the flavors very well.

Drinkability is decent, the sourness is difficult to get used to.

Overall, a very different double IPA. Very English is style, but with the extreme hop character well in place.

BMoney575, May 01, 2008
Photo of bfields4
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold amber. Nice lacy head too boot that sticks around.

Very clean crisp smell. Hoppiness is very present in this guy.

Taste very grapefruity on the citrus spectrum, but there are a lot of malts present too for a DIPA. The malts balance out the bitterness nicely with biscuity flavors.

Smooth for a DIPA very good mouthfeel.

bfields4, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of beerking1
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange-amber beer with a big head that lasts to the end and leaves substantial lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is huge citrus hops with hints of the maris otter malt in the background. Flavor is citrus (orange) hops with piney notes, but backed by a solid malt backbone and a medium body that stands up well to the hops. Tail is hoppy but still nicely balanced by malt.

beerking1, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, served slightly chilled, in a frosted Arcadia IPA pint glass.

A - deep amber color with a fluffy tan head, thinning out to a top coat, leaving tiny lace bubbles all down my glass.

S - strong citrus hop aroma with only a hint of maltiness.

T - good dub, very balanced flavor, bitter bite upfront, malt in the midway, return to dry/sour hoppy finish.

M - nice mouthfeel, a bit drying, but I guess that's what makes you want more.

D - ok for a few, but extreme bitterness would limit me from drinking this all night. 8% abv is relatively low for a dub, but no matter, I still wouldn't have more than 3 or 4 pints over a few hours.

for the limited availability and fair price, it's worth a try.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 13, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a drab, dark, amber-brown color, but shows pretty notes of a hazy, orangish copper colored beer when held up to the light. While pouring this beer from my 22oz bottle, it produces an initial head of about three fingers thick and it is a creamy tan color. The aroma is expressively hoppy with sweet notes of grapefruit and tangerine being prominent. The aroma is just sweet smelling enough that it almost reminds me of candied citrus peels, but there is a touch of crystal malt caramel flavors here as well.

The taste is fairly sweet as well, it is a combination of the bright citrus-like hop flavors and the sweet malt notes that make it sweet. This has a certain creaminess to it as it rests in my mouth, it is definitely on the full side, but is not heavy like say a Barleywine would be. While the citrus/ fruity hop notes certainly dominate this beer there is an undercurrent of herbal pine notes that sort of morph into a lingering bitter note that attempts to dominate the finish, but can't quite do it because those sweet citrus notes refuse to be subdued. This beer has flavors that make me think of ruby-red grapefruits, fleshy-sweet apricots, some notes of sweet tangerines and of course orange. The malt plays a supporting role, but does supply some sweet malt character in the form of caramel flavors as well as some lightly toasted grain notes.

This is a nice example of a Double IPA, it has the body and heft to stand up to the ample hops, but does not become too cloying. It is certainly not as abrasive and raw as some, but to be honest I am not in the mood for tongue peeling hops right now anyway. The focus on soft, fruity hop notes makes this version drinkable yet suitably hoppy for the style.

Gueuzedude, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of Holland
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours almost brown in color with a one inch off-white head. Lacing and slight layer of fine bubbles stay for the glass.

S: smells of pine and bitter hops, some citrus, and malt.

T: first I get the pine and floral hops, then the bitterness, and it finishes with pale malt.

M: starts smooth, then you get smacked with the carbonation to bring out the bitterness. Crisp feeling for a medium bodied beer.

O: drinkable, low ABV for a double IPA, about $11 for a 4 pack. Overall it's a solid beer, but it's not worth getting again for me. I could see how some might prefer this, but it's just not my kind of Double IPA.

Holland, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of stuckonhops
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-- very hazy amber color....orange hues...fluffy head off of hard pour...sticky lacing

S-- smells like the pine tree in my backyard...i actually went inside to smell it again just to make sure that wasn't what i was smelling...alcohol a bit evident as well as some carmel notes.

T--nice piney hops right outfront...followed by a sweet lemonade type ctirus with other citrus coming in..grapefruit?..sweeteness comes into play after warming a bit..pretty balanced all in all

M-- creamy and smooth...carbonation seems low but is enough to help throw the flavors around the palate and give a great finish

D-- eight percent can catch up to ya quick but i could sip on these for a while all night...i will be gettin this guy again

stuckonhops, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of BeerLover99
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep cloudy, burn orange body, trace head, luscious lacing

S: Clean pine/grassy aroma, slight pineapple/orange scent

T: sweet lemon, trace of pineapple front, earthy big pine/grass middle, long seduction bitter sticky finish

M: med/heavy body, slick + oily mouth

O: Dare I say a "nearly sessionable" Double IPA? Nice earthy Imperial IPA, not world class, but still rather good. Could find myself having more than one to be sure.

GOOD STUFF, GIVE IT A GO!

BeerLover99, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of timtim
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

someone actually said to me the other day that this was the next best thing to hopslam. i strongly disagree. hazy dark amber with an off white head that doesn't hold too well, but leaves nice lace. nose is kind of weak, but the taste is nice. mellow for a dipa, but pretty well balanced with flavors of pine, citrus, white pepper and malt that seems to be caramelly and toasty at the same time. well carbonated medium body with a spicy finish. nice beer. would love it on cask, but don't think i'll buy another bottle.

timtim, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of beerphan
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a goblet.

Orange amber in color with a huge cream tinted 3 inch head, that slowly contracts into a fluffy pillow. Spotty sticky lacing clings to the class.

Pine and floral hops dominate the nose with some malt sneaking through.

This brew is a hop creeper. The initial impression in a nice malty quench, which seems to be dominate when from the ashes rises a hop bellop. The hops are all over the backend without offending. Some earthy flavors are also present . Tasty!

A very drinkable interesting brew.

beerphan, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

Beerandraiderfan, May 06, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Nothing was marked for the freshness date on the label. Pours a cloudy amber color, with shades of orange. Thick off white rocky head, holds very well for a good period of time. When the head does dissipate, there are some nice sticky rings of lace that are left. Citrusy and floral hop aroma, but not as intense as a lot of other DIPAs. Good sweet, crisp malt background, followed up by a nice amount of citrusy, and slightly floral hops. Not overly bitter. A few fruity flavors, namely apricot and pineapple come through towards the end. The bitterness lingers on the palate for a while. A bit overcarbonated, but a good medium body. Not as bold as many DIPA, but the alcohol is hidden, and it is an enjoyable brew.

Bierguy5, Nov 16, 2006
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.