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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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very good

470 Reviews

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Reviews: 470
Hads: 992
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 19.36%
Wants: 32
Gots: 106 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 470 | Hads: 992
Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No best by date. Brewed once, limited offering. 22 oz. bottle.

Pours a clear brown with hints of orange topped by an inch and a half of foamy tan/white head that settles slowly, lacing the glass as it goes.

Muted piney hop aroma with hints of subdued sweet malts.

A distinct piney flavor that is supported nicely by a mildly sweet malt backbone. Somewhat coarse mouthfeel, with a thin body. Upon aerating, a hot alcohol presence is detectable.

A decent offering for the style, but pales in comparison to the benchmarks (Ruination & Double Simcoe), escpecially after just tasting Double Simcoe.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper-orange color with an eggshell colored head. Huge hop scents rise from the glass. Grapefruit, pine resin, some lighter floral, and in the end you get some sweeter malts and the alcohol. Piney hops are complemented by a sweet, bready malt background. Dry, bitter...make that very bitter...finish. You don't notice the alcohol as much as you smell it, but it's hiding in there. Those Marris Otter malts blend with and balance out the hops fairly well. Nice creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Stands out from some of the other "hopbomb" DIPAs.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Glowing scarlet red/orange appearance. Creamy thin off white head. Lace is more than adequate. Thick caramel/toffee malts on the nose with some spicy hops and a bit of phenol as well. Good aroma overall. On the buds, I get lots of that syrupy sweet feel to it. Almost cough syrup like, but not quite that bad. From that, I'd say it's a little medicinal. Hops are gritty and dirty and earthy. Not necessarily bad. Just not to my liking. This is not a bad beer by any means, just average.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid 7.99 for a 22oz. bottle. Appearance is cloudy burnt brick red/orange, reminiscent of a barley wine. Smell is strong hops and not much else. Taste is heavy heavy hop alphas, some malt must be in there too, but I can't find it. Not well balanced. Mouthfeel is nice - not watery, good and sticky.

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Photo of silenius
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle when I visted Kalamazoo last weekend to help by brother in-law move to Indiana.

Pours a pleasing amber orange with a moderate head that leaves some thick and sticky lacing on the glass. There are many miniscule bits suspended in the beer that look like carbonation at first.

Smell is a nice and sweet piney mintiness with a very little bit of some malt in the background.

Taste is of course very hoppy. I get a bitter minty sweetness mixed with piney residue and a strange aftertaste that is not entirely unlike circus peanuts candy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasing.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Brian700
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a slight hazy pale color with a big white head that sticks around for a long time with awesome lacing.

The aroma is huge hops, I'm not sure what kind of hops are used here but I am picking up on citrus and spiciness so there must be some kind of mixture going on.

The flavor is huge hops as well. Nice pale maltiness with huge hops start to finish.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium carbonation.
Coats the mouth nicely leaving a clean hop flavor.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. I will definately pick up more of this one. Better than average beer from Arcadia.

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Photo of grynder33
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.19 at Jack's, 20 oz bomber. "The first in our Brew Crew Big Beer Series". Brewed with Maris Otter malt amongst other things.

OG=1.080, 76 IBU, 8.1% ABV.

Attractive green and yellow paper label. Pours out to a dark amber, forming a tall rocky head with very good retention and good lacing. Carbonation is medium. The nose is huge...full of green, oily, grassy pungent hops, as if they were freshly crushed in my hand. This is balanced by a nice malt presence with suggestions of toast. Cleanly fermented. Thank heavens it doesn't have that big English nose that I've come to expect from Arcadia. Very delicious smelling. The taste...whoa nelly, this is good shit! Big, bold, pungent hop flavor starts it off. There isn't too much astringency or bitterness though, and it's nicely kept in check by sweet and thick malt. The body is substantial and has a smooth mouthfeel and green hop sweetness in the finish. A little peppery at times from the alcohol which is felt but not offensive. I'm thinking Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade? No fusels or higher alcohols on my tongue. As it warms, the bitterness of grapefruit pith grabs hold and I feel some mean heartburn coming on.

A truly yummy beer, but it grabs my tongue and bitchslaps it a few too many times. One of these is enough, but it's a tasty treat to break up the slew of ambers, pils, and dubbels I've been drinking lately. Not the biggest fan of Arcadia, but this might have just changed my mind. It could hold up to Two Hearted, but not Centennial on tap.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Head hangs around, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is grains and juicy citrus hops. Taste is amply malty upfront, seguing nicely into the moderate lemony hops, and closes clean with the slightest tease of alcohol warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability both excellent, would make space for a few of these in the fridge if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of dfried
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed with this beer. I really like IPAs and DIPAs so I can be a bit critical. This DIPA did not stand out from others for me. The appearance was just an average amber color with an average white head. The smell was very strong, and floral. What the big turn off for me was the taste. I feel what makes a decent IPA is when there is a flavorful malt backbone to provide something other than pure hop flavor, and hopefully a couple types of hops to provide a spectrum of bitterness. I don't know if I got a stale bottle or what but this one didn't do that for me. There was a slight pale flavor if you looked for it in the after taste, but very bitter, mono-flavor, very pine like, more floral than citrus, hop flavor is all I got out of this one. I am a 'hop head' and I like some really hoppy beer, but there were just too many tannis in this beer from the hops, they kind of turned my stomach. This in turn killed its drinkabiliy.

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Photo of Foxman
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

found @ oak tree buy rite (plainfield nj)

big fluffy off white head crests @ a good 2 fingers, bubbles are large near the top and compacted closer to the actual brew... I'll have to let this sit for a few minutes before tasting or I will have foam all over my nose. this one is slightly hazy caramel in hue with the carbonation very hard to make out in the glass, the bubbles are microscopic. the retention is great and this is super sticky, lacing is all over the sides of the glasses in webs. this has the type of head where you can reach in and grab a bunch of it with your bare hand.. scooping it out and flinging it on to the wall (splorch!).

some pine, hop florals, a faint sweetness from the malt, mostly the hop dominates here... but not overpowering considering this is a DIPA... pretty average for the style, it doesn't smell huge or big imo.

taste etc...
very bitter up front (the only way this seems to be in the DIPA category), the bitterness is fighting with the malt in your mouth and it wins out ultimately in the finish, pretty one dimensional.. and not crazy bitter like some DIPAs. The mouthfeel is somewhat slick and resiny.. sort of medium bodied carried by the carbonation (which is substantial but not distracting)

not bad, not great.. interesting to line this up and taste it against other DIPAs to maybe garner the subtleties. Not too huge or big and enough bitter kick to satisfy a hop head like me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished coppery orange with infrequent superfine bubbles zipping up to a beautiful hop resinous head. Equal parts ivory, ecru and pastel orange, the cap is a firm, bubbly, sticky affair that lays down a thick blanket of lace over the majority of the top third of the glass. I wish the beer itself wasn't so pristine (I like 'em cluttered, dirty, junky), but this is a great looking beer thanks largely to the head/lace tandem.

As anticipated--given the color of the beer and the U.K. leanings of the brewery--Hopmouth is a DIPA that pays a great deal of attention to the malt half of its personality. There's a considerable amount of toasted maltiness in the nose, although hops have not been left out to dry. I certainly hope not, this is a DIPA after all. No clue on the hops, but I'm betting that the majority of the hop bill comes from across the pond.

The flavor profile leans even farther in the direction of malt than the nose suggested it would. Accordingly, it's a sweeter beer than the vast majority of the style. With the passage of time (for the hops to fade) and a bit more of an alcoholic punch, it might even come to resemble a barleywine since it has that same toffee pudding soaked in gooey caramel sauce flavor and sweetness about it. Additional impressions: buttery, almost butterscotchy, slightly sour.

Now that I think about it, Hopmouth is exactly the sort of DIPA that I'd expect Arcadia to brew. Given their Anglophilia, I'm not really surprised that they've stayed true to their roots and have forgone the use of the usual American hop varieties. That said, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that one of the 4-Cs is present. There's a sneaky grapefruit and orange pithiness that just cannot be ignored.

Pours from the bottom half of the bottle murk things up a bit and only add to the layers of crusty lace in concentric rings that have already been laid down on the glass. As a result, I'll gladly bump the appearance score to something more deserving. Warming doesn't bring about much in the way of flavor changes, but it reinforces the civilized, balanced, drinkable nature of the beer.

The body is medium-full for the style. Thanks to all the malt, the mouthfeel is one of the most lightly syrupy and lightly silky that I've experienced in a good, long while. Without a boatload of hop resins and alpha acids to rough up the tongue, it's amazing how polished jewel smooth a DIPA can be. Sticky, coating finish. Barely a hint of the 8.1% ABV.

Hopmouth Double IPA doesn't cleave all that closely to my 'ideal DIPA' blueprint, but that doesn't mean that I'm having anything less than a great time working my way through the bomber. It's an amazingly drinkable beer, especially for those who shy away from the more insanely-hopped versions of the style. I can't wait to taste the next beer in the Brew Crew Big Beer series. 'Go big or go home!'

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Photo of rrwiltse
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was really anticipating this one, heard alot of great things and the bottle really plays up the hoppiness factor.
Fabulous aroma, nice floral hops and citrus.
This beer is certainly hoppy, but I was a bit let down. I was expecting to be swept away by a violent hop current; however, Hopmouth, though certainly quite hoppy, is not one of the most hoppy beers out there. Still, it is a must try for the hophead and I'll certainly purchase it again. Nice citrus tones behind the hop bite.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber body with a tall light tan foamy head that left scant speckles of lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of bitter citric hops. Light piney notes over a lightly sweet caramel malt base. Flavor starts off with a mild sweet caramel before being covered by bitter grapefruit hop notes. Some earthiness and biscuit malts add more depth to the taste. Some ringwood yeast notes are in there as well. Finishes with a dry bitterness. Nice thick body that’s pretty smooth and works with the flavor. Good solid DIPA overall but the ringwood notes didn’t seem to fit in that well.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber hue nearly brown with a goopy sticky craggy head cap leaving some streams of lace in the glass.

Aroma suggests ringwood and Maris Otter which is in accordance to the label. Pine wood scents and buttered toast.

First swigs: Piney wood and dusty with lingering biscuit & butterscotch pecan.

Thanks to HoppyMeal for the Bottle.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of nortmand
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber pour, slightly hazy. Thin head.

Citrusy American hops dominate the nose. Some light caramel maltiness there too.

Extraordinarily well balanced. Incredibly hoppy, but malty sweetness blends the resiny citrus to a sane level. Residual sweetness is very nice in the face of the overwhelming hops. Leaves a bitter tang on the back of the tongue.

Rich and fuill bodied, yet very refreshing, due to the freshness that the hops add. Sets the standard for "Midwest DIPA."

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Photo of dwvarner77
2.77/5  rDev -26.5%
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....

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a thick and foamy ivory colored head. Really sticky lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and malt. Nice bitter character and medium body. Lots of hoppy pine and citrus flavor with an underlying sweetness of malt and toasted bread. Manages to stay thoroughly bitter and rounded at the same time. The finish is tart and hoppy and lasting. One of Arcadia’s best.

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Photo of Derek
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival.

A: Amber-bronze in colour, wonderful white head.

S: Citrousy American hops, with some pale malt in the background.

T: Very well balanced. The quality of the malt manages to come through the citrousy hop flavour and bitterness. I really enjoyed the well-rounded flavour of this one. At 8.1%, the alcohol was remarkably well-hidden.

M: Body is on the heavier side of moderate, very smooth, carbonation was moderate.

D: Really good.

I think this was my favourite brew at the fest.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark and opaque amber, with a big half-bubbly half-frothy head, about and inch thick. Lacing is great, spottily down the glass. Smell is intensly hoppy, piney and floral, a little grapefruit in there too that brings a little sweetness to the overall bittering. Strong, ripe, and slightly alcoholic, a little funky but still good. Taste is full of flavor, tons of hops (big surprise). Hops are ripe and piney, a little alcoholic bite to it, and there is good amount of carbonation that really plays well off the hops. Underneath this all is a this smooth carmel malts, a little vanilla, and finishes a bittersweet pine grapefruit, crisp and wanting of more. Definitely a 'big' brew, tons of taste and nose to dig through, and while not really all that refined, still a good brew for when you want a hop monster.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.