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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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912 Ratings

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 33
Gots: 50 | 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:
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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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Auslander for this brew! 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. I had this on-tap a few yrs ago at the beginning of by craft beer journey and am happy to give this brew another shot!

A- Body is a nicely translucent gem-colored medium to dark amber hue. Pours with about a 1 finger head, though this fades rather quickly to a medium sized collar-some traces of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- A big, warm citrusy aroma comes through and is the main highlight of this brew-juicy orange and sweet grapefruit. Some herbal hop accents come through as well.

T- Flavor upfront is very mild and offers some herbal hop accents and just a hint of those wonderful juicy citrus aromas offered in the nose. There is a moderate biscuty malt backbone. A hint of pine comes through for the finish along with the mild herbal flavors. There is a moderate to strong, unwarranted punch of lingering residual citrus rind and herbal bitterness that lingers on and on and leaves me thinking- the initial flavor was so mild WHERE IN THE WORLD DID THIS COME FROM??

M- moderate tingly carbonation and light to medium weight body with a mild oiliness present.

D- It looks good and it smells good. The flavor is average...it starts with a mild, but pleasant-kind of ho-hum progression of an IPA but then BOOM bitterness. I don't really get it...I have had and enjoyed beers with more aggressive hop bitterness-but it seems to be the main characteristic of this beer. Not a bad IPA- but a hard one to understand at the least-and I prefer flavor to bitterness. Its still drinkable despite the flavor progression.

Photo of HopOverdose
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Aracadia's hop mouth is darker than I would expect. It is a nicely darkened double IPA and quite cloudy. A perfect head that doesn't stick around long and small clumps of lacing stick to the glass. It's more inviting than I'd expect.

S - The nose is exciting with pine hints of malt and hops. If smell had color, this would be bright yellow and orange but don't think citrus, think bright. It is citrusy but it's not overwhelming. It's a flowery hoppy aroma that makes me want to dive in.

T - The taste is quite piney on top and flows into a nice bitter hoppyness towards the end. It has a great character that doesn't involve too much sweetness. Just the right amount of sweet to counter the nice bitter flavor. The palate really enjoyed this one.

M - The mouthfeel is watery compared to other Double IPA's, however it was very enjoyable. It's almost a little too over-carbonated but not too much where it hurts going down. The carbonation gives it just a slight coarse feeling.

D - This beer went down very well. I enjoyed it until the last drop and it was very easily consumed. I would recommend to any hop head.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz. bomber.

A - Pours a gorgeous cherry wood red with brwon hints and a .5 in. off white head that recedes slowly but leaves a nice thin film there doesn't appear to be lacing.

S - Very sweet boozy smell. Wow! Almost like a sherry. Some mild citric notes in the nose as well and some mild grassy hop character but mostly the boozy smell predominates. Not my favorite smell for an DIPA. I don't mind the boozy smell but when there is a lack of balance i get a bit turned off.

T - On the tongue it is a bit different. Initially you get that sweet malty smell. Toffee and strong caramel then followed by some sweet grapefruit with some nice citric character from the hops quickly following. Definitely more attractive on the tongue. At the end there is a dry finish with some sharp bitterness that lingers for a while.

M - Oily and crisp all in one. Pretty attractive.

Photo of BeerInReview
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color with very little head. Needless to say the head did not remain around long. Almost no carbonation here.
S: All I can smell is citrus hops and very slight malt aroma underneath the hops.
T: Citrus hop upfront subsiding to a caramel malt note and leaves the mouth with a very light bitter hop aftertaste. The hop taste sticks around but doesn't leave the mouth feeling dry or overwhelmed with hoppy bitterness.
M: It feels creamy on the back of the tongue
D: Though there wasn't much of a hop punch, the balance between the malt and hops made this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber orange with 1 inch off white head to tan creamy/cloudy head; smells of sweet floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel and orange/orange peel.

Tastes like it smells: floral hops, piney hops, roasted malt, caramel, yeast, orange/orange peel, and maybe some grapefruit; an overall sweetness of roasted barley/malts that trails the floral hop bitterness from the hop and citrus taste up fromt. Some grassy notes mix in with the mellow, but very tasty IPA, that is as much about the hops and orange/citrus flavor as it is the sweet malty backbone.

Very light to no carbonation, this beer slides down smooth and creamy on the palate and is very easy to drink. A very good beer that I would seek out again. Very enjoyable mix of flavors in a nicely balanced and delicious brew!

Photo of danman83
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Hazey dark copper amber that pours a thick head with mediocre head retention.

Smell - Caramel malt, citrus pine, grapefruit in the back.

Taste - Starts very smooth with sweet malt in the middle and a subtle dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light despite its darker color, lighty carbonated making it exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability - This beer really doesn't have a hueg focus on hops as one would believe. I found it to have more overpowering malt flavors which hid the hops. the taste and flavor despite this is exceptional and this is highly drinkable.

Photo of AverageJay
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't bad, but where's the bitter? It's a DIPA, yet goes down like a single. Good lingering hoppiness to it, nice aroma and mouthfeel. Gotta love the fact that it's a Michigan brew, basically the home state of the microbrew nowadays. Still a great beer and worth it at $10 for a 4 pack.

Photo of darklordlager
2.03/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a dark amber/brown colour, with pretty much NO head, even after a vigorous pour...

S: Smell is of candied citric hops, slight cough medicine note...really hoping there isn't something wrong with this beer.

T: Sweet citrus, turning bitter and melding with the pale and caramel malt. No carbonation make it sticky, overly sweet and overbearing.

M: Barely the slightest hint of carbonation--this is inadmissible.

D: The flavour shows promise for a good beer, but the lack of carbonation just ruins it.

Photo of GregPearson33
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pouring this from a bottle into a pint glass it looks a deep oak brown with a hint of red to it. The head is tight and thick (similar to how I like my women?) but is pretty thin on top, only about a half-finger.

Smell isn't too strong but is hops through and through. It definitely has the traditional citrusy notes and also some earthy apple and pear tones.

The taste has a nice strong bitterness, but without the citrusy bite of many DIPAs. There are also some nice hearty/earthy burnt malt flavors behind the shear, well, mouthful of hops! It has a solid level of carbonation, which I think makes its taste a little bit lighter. The swig is followed by a nice warm hint of alcohol and eventually a piney-bitter aftertaste. I don't whether it's the green on the label or the name (Arcadia) but after that first sip I'm feel pretty crunchy about drinking this.

It definitely has a fairly full body as a DIPA, but I wouldn't classify it as overly heavy. I think its mouth feel is aided by the vibrant carbonation that prevents it from overwhelming the palate with bitter coating. Another? Sure. Something about its taste makes me feel like I should put on a flannel shirt and jeans first though.

Photo of thistle3189
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the head retention and lacing were better than I have seen on most anything nice copper blond color.
S: Defiantly some hops
T: good Hoppyness but not over powering for a double IPA fruit, cheery notes and some alcohol heat.
M: Nice and big
D: I could drink a few before the alcohol catches up with me.

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.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle poured into a mug

Pours a very dark copper color with a 1 inch slightly tan colored head. Poor head retention that fades pretty quickly but leaves pretty huge size bubbles on the edges of the glass.

Smell consist mostly of citrus fruits with the likes of red grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, and you can definitely smell the malt backbone with some caramelization.

Sweet citrus flavor that leads into a medium pine bitterness and slowly is subdued with caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is leaning on full bodied with high carbonation and a shortly sweet aftertaste that then resides with a sharp pine like sap bitterness that lingers in your mouth.

Pretty good DIPA that I would seek out again and would recommend to try.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam for bringing me a 4 pack back from Michigan.

A: Darker color than what I'm used to in a DIPA. Nice head with some sticky lacing.

S: Typical floral, citrus, hops.

T: Lacking balance. Alcohol flavor present. Tastes like it's 10% instead of 8%.

M: Not as smooth as I'd like. Slight hop bitterness.

D: Not a bad beer, per se, but I'm ready to move on to something else.

Notes: I had a Pliny the Elder yesterday, and at a comparable 8%, it's fair to say that Hopmouth is not at the top of the class. There are too many accessible quality DIPA out there for me to purchase this one again.

Photo of OttoBomb
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a 16 oz pint glass (November 19, 2009).

Eyes: Dark than most other DIPAs. Very ruddy, but not hazy, good head, with good retention.

Nose: Sharp hops, potent but not ridiculous. Citrus/grapefruit overtones, ends very sweet.

Tongue: Taste is surprisingly similar to the aroma, which isn't all tha common with IPAs & especially DIPAs. The alcohol does not punches through despite 8.5% ABV. A solid clean hoppy punch with just enough malt sweetness to give some complexity.

Mouth: Light for the style, nice and clean.

Libation: People often use the term "balance" when they describe DIPAs, my definition of the term means just enough malt backbone to support the hop presence, not necessarily an even amount of both. This brew certainly does this very well; the hoppy bitterness is well supported by the malt spine, but does not detract from the hop onslaught. A very nice offering, I will be trying this again, especially when the price was just a few dollars for a bomber.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alldeybrewin for the extra! In the 12 ounce format, soon to be poured into on Old Guardian glass, on to the beer:

Sticky, sticky, sticky is the head. It's staying on top and not going way. Dark copper/ orangish bronze color. A great sight to eyes, even more so with the patchy lacing holding onto the glass. Metallic hops in the aroma. Maybe a little grapefruit as well. A bit too subdued to warrant the next highest smell score.

Balanced. It's not overwhelming in flavor intensity as I've grown up with living here in California. A bit of caramel and squirt of tropical punch starts things out. There's still enough hops to go around....it's kind of a sugary hopfest. "Sweet hops". The alcohol is nowhere, and it's an easy drinker. A very light tap of resin lingers on in the aftertaste.

I wasn't sure where this DIPA would go. It goes to the balanced side of things, but the most important thing is it works out really well in the end.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-dark cloudy amber color
S-bitter piney hops
T/M-smooth, hides the alcohol well, kind of light for a double, taste of pine, hint of citrus and some sweet caramel malt to balance, very smooth towards the finish
D-smooth and hidden alcohol makes it pretty drinkable, not so much from the tropicl fruit hops and a little piney to slow it down

Photo of gatornation
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very dark brown color for 2ipa with a smallish head the smell was barley and malt first where is the pine and citrus the hops ? the taste is the same it is brackish and metallic tasting no big citrus or pines in this one no big hops or nicely balanced malts..i dont know but this is one bad version of a IIPA its not good the mouthful is bitter and thin i will never buy/try this one again think pliny or double trouble or gorden or 16 grit or DFH 90 even the oracle b4 this one..not recommended

Photo of adamette
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Review from notes. Poured from tap at the brewery 10 15 09 into a clean, clear glass.

A Caramel translucent body, creamy head with lacing. 3.5

S Some hops but not strong. Minimal malt smell. 3.5

T Bitter hops, barley taste almost devoid of malt. Very bitter. It makes my teeth ache that it is so bitter. Hop heads may really like this and it certainly carries the characteristics of a wet hop ale in that there is not a strong aroma of hops but certainly they are there in the taste. The problem that I have with this beer is that it is not well balanced, delivering on the bitter with very little other tastes to offer. 3.0

M Moderate mouthfeel. Physically it is thin but the hops, barley bitterness increases that feel. There is so much bitterness that I find it a bit too harsh. 3.0

D Fair or less. The bitterness in this beer was almost too much. 2.0

Photo of BB1313
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall this is a fine brew, just not what I look for in a DIPA. Besides it not looking like a true DIPA, it pours a beautiful hazy brown color that looks great. Head and lacing is nice. It smells just like it tastes. Lots of caramel and malts w/ a pungent piney note.. slight amount of orange. It's very bitter and finishes dry. All in all it is balanced. Definitely an English influence on this one.

Not bad, different, might have to try it again.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy color - I had three of them, all at different temperatures, all very hazy. The color is pretty dark, too, almost darker than amber, very red, looks kind of like a barleywine to me. The head is kind of nice though, it's pretty dense, kind of yellow/off-white, but it only leaves a bit of lacing. I recognize the smell. It's like a double IPA with too much specialty malt. There's like the floral, lemony, slightly citrusy, quite a bit of resins, you can tell there's a lot of hops, but it's not like that pure hop bouquet that I really love. You smell this cakey, dense, fairly sweet malt body to it. It's nice, actually, but not the most exiting DIPA smell. The taste is very similar to the smell. The malt really comes to the front, like bitter but very bready, crumbly malt. The hops carry a bit of grapefruit and lime, and they're quite pronounced, but they seem a bit subdued for a DIPA. And you get a little dose of alcohol in the finish. The body is about medium, and the carbonation isn't really present until the finish, where it starts to lose a bit of the fullness. The drink is pretty good. Enjoyable, the ABV isn't quite as high as the others, which can be nice. Overall, though, I don't think it's one of my favorites, but I don't dislike it.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arcadia HopMouth pours a light orange-ish gold with a bubbly, soapy head and solid lace. This beer exhibits fine clarity.

Aroma is of fruity, floral, juicy hops.

Taste follows the nose with a nice fruity hoppiness bordering on pineapple with just enough malt sweetness to balance. In fact, the hops arent nearly as overpowering as other beers in this style. I found the juicy hops to be right in line with a sweet honey malt character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a lingering hop oil finish.

This is a great double IPA in my book. Not over the top, everything is balanced very well. I would not hesitate to try this again sometime.

Photo of cokes
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of paulieatworld
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked this up on my last trip up north to my hometown in MI.

Pours very dark for a DIPA. almost brown with some slight haze.

Not much in the aroma, sweet malts, nearly identical to that of an amber.

guess what? taste follows the look and smell. not what i want in a dipa. almost like a combination between an english style ipa with the caramel malts of an olde ale without the added zing of aggresive alcohol.

this to me was just a watered down barleywine. i would have liked to have seen some aggressive hop aroma's and flavors and higher alcohol for DIPA$$. its not that this beer was horrible. i just don't quite understand it since it didn't seem to have the appearance, alcohol or hop prescense of a DIPA.


Photo of claminat420
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- poured a nice amber color. slight transparent. white maybe slighty off white one finger head.

S- don't really smell anything. for a double ipa i was hoping for a nice hop scent.

T- once again for a double ipa i was hoping more of a hop attack. very weak. malty balance.

M- medium bodied. nice carbonation

D- glad it only comes in a 4 pack cuz that's prolly i could rock.

Overall- i know arcadia is more on the english style with their brew's. like their ipa is a english style ipa this double shows. the malt balance with the sub-par hop attack makes this brew nothing special. i would say grab a single if you can't try something else. after editing i must say that the hops come in at the aftertaste. still nothing special.

Photo of alkemy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty copper in color with a rich two finger head with quite a bit of staying power. Sure the hoppy grapefruit and orange scents were there, but I could also really smell the malts. Has some resiny pine in the front, but the malts really come on toward the middle. A nice melding of flavors for the aftertaste. A blend of citrus, pine, and toasty caramel. Grapefruit also comes in more as you get further into the bomber. I prefer DIPA's to be borderline offensive with hops, but this one was enjoyable. This is a very balanced and drinkable beer, I would just prefer more hops.

Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.