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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: 26
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 dasenebler
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

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 TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a short-lived head and leaves just a bit of spotty lace. Amber-red. A very plain looking beer.

Aroma is less hoppy than you might expect for a double IPA. Simple clean hop taste, nicely bitter, but again quite plain for a double.

Suitable for fans of hoppy beers, but there are better double IPAs out there. A middle-of-the-road beer.

TerryW, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of jdense
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

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 bfields4
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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 Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +5%

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is amber-orange with a 1-finger creamy head that settles to leave a good, thick ring of foam at the top of the glass, then lots of craggly lace on the way down.

S: Big hops -- mostly citrus (especially grapefruit) and pine.

T: First impression: it's a "clean" taste that seems to be lacking in malt. I get dry hops that are somewhat minerally in character. Also fruity hops -- think citrus or tropical fruit -- and a touch of malt base becomes more evident as it warms a bit. Also some evergreen -- pine or maybe even spruce -- leaves a drying finish.

M: Thinner than expected; I thought it could use more of a malt backbone.

D: Solid. Went down easy enough.

Kendo, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%

12oz. bottle served in my New Belgium Globe glass. An "a" and a "4" notched on the label. 80% of the glass was consumed by a dense, fluffy, off-white head off the initial pour. As the head slowly receded, a murky, caramel-colored brew was revealed, as well as delicate, concentric circles of lacing. Nose suggests citrus, a slightly piny resinous quality and a metallic character - not much going on here. Taste consistent with nose, but not consistent with a DIPA. Taste doesn't even really meet the standards of a solid IPA. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with very little carbonation. Goes down easy, but not really worth it if your looking for a DIPA. A little too smooth and not much hops happening. However, in all fairness, I'm not sure if this brew was just past its prime and sat around for too long. Might be worth revisiting this review when I have the opportunity to sample a fresh brew.

Jwale73, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

A: A bit darker in color than most double IPA's, but not bad. Medium size foamy head. No sediment.

S: A hint of citrus, but malt seemed to be the dominant theme. A bit bready as well? Odd for a DIPA, but still smelled tasty.

T: The scent wasn't at all misleading. I'm not sure where they got the name "Hopmouth" from, because it's more like "maltmouth" with a note of hops in the background. On second taste, it's actually pretty balanced. I guess that based on the name, I had braced myself for a much hoppier flavor than it has.

M: Good mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly syrupy, and moderate carbonation.

D: Alcohol is almost completely hidden in this beer. The breadiness / maltiness and the moderation used in hopping make this very drinkable.

jnn4v, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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 amneziak
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: For an IPA, the Arcadia Hopmouth pours a pretty dark amber color with a medium amount of cloudiness. By comparison, I'd say it's roughly the same color as the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. This is most likely due to the addition of malt in boiling process. Double IPAs are typically much brighter and clearer so I am immediately curious as to what this one will taste like. There is a very healthy amount of off-white head that comes along with this one.

Smell: The aromas in this beer don't blast you in the face like many of the DIPAs can. However, there is certainly a good amount of pungent hops on the nose. I get a lot more of the grassy pine components than I do the citrus aromas, which leads me to wonder how bright this beer will taste. I've been surprised in the past.

Taste: This is definitely in the same sort of family as the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye in that there is more of a caramel-like backbone that marries nicely with the bitter hops. As I presumed, there is not a lot of sunshine in this glass, but it certainly isn't a shy beer, either. The good head retention returns with a brisk swirl and does wonders for the flavors. As with most beers, the flavors begin to mutate a bit after the beer begins to warm.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is one of the nicer components of the Hopmouth. It is well in to the medium-bodied beer category. The bitter elements of the hops coat the tongue quite well and leave behind a nice piney taste. They also do a number or two on the back of your throat as they work their way down. This is definitely a drink for the hophead.

Overall: I bought this beer on a whim. I've been drinking quite a few IPAs lately and wanted to give it a shot. I have to say that there is quite a bit to like about Arcadia's Hopmouth Double IPA. I don't mean there is anything overly special about it, but I will say that it is probably a bit underrated. It is a very nicely balanced beer and well worth a rotation in any collection. If you are a fan of the ballsier IPAs on the market, this will unquestionably be right up your alley.

amneziak, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%

Midwest night. Dry-hopped. Awesome evening.

Poured into a wine glass. A dulled, orange-amber color. No head.

Smell is herbal, but mostly just very dank. Spicy yeast. Bittersweet rind on the close.

Flavor is quite resinous & leafy. Grainy bread crust malt. In combination with the surprisingly adequate carbonation & chalky yeast, it make the mouthfeel almost "hairy". Alcohol is not in check. It finishes dry.

Tiny pour & an average result. Maybe not again any time soon.

PEBKAC, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of SchlaflyFan
1.68/5  rDev -55.7%

I thought I liked hoppy beers...then I tried an American double IPA. Poured into a pint glass, murky yellowish organge. Not bad to look at. Left a lot of lacing on the glass and a decent head. Smell was pine..pine, and wait was that pine? Tasted it next. Ok, that's piny hops. And more hops, and wait...even more hops! Granted a lot of people love this type of beer, but I didn't care for it at all. No balance whatsoever, I could taste nothing other than overpowering hops. Maybe that's the style, but after drinking nice balanced English style IPAs this tasted terrible. Drank most of it but ended up leaving the last drink for the drain.

Take my review with a grain of salt if you are a real hop head.

SchlaflyFan, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Firkin at the South Philly Taproom, served in a 10oz glass

A murky burnt orange body with bits of suspended yeast and a creamy, sticky off-white head. Loads of dots and lines of lace.

Pine needles and spruce leap out of the glass and assault the nostrils. Slight floral hops linger underneath with a sweet toasted caramel aroma.

Bitterness up front, then a mild malt sweetness. The finish is of evergreens, spicy hops and bitterness. A pretty bitter IPA, but balanced out nicely. The sweetness of the malt really complements the bitterness well.

Thick and creamy due to the cask, but it wasn't all that impressive.

This beer is pretty well-balanced which makes it rather drinkable.

ColForbinBC, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Bomber into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: Amber with hints of copper and nice carbonation bubbling up. Slightly off-white head leaves raindrop lacing after a few pours, with an initial soapiness around the bulb part of the glass.

Smell: Piney citrus in the grapefruit realm initially more than sweeter orange or anything like that. As it warms the sweeter and juicier citrus comes to fruition though, which I like, and the earthy and rindy nature of the full on hops dissipate a bit.

Taste: Another beer that's good for the hophead but keeps those who aren't hopheads in the mix. Those are the DIPAs I've been enjoying most lately. There's a good finish of bitter grapefruit rind, but then it slides into some sweeter citrus. Initially piney, but as it warms the citrus and grapefruit come into play. Lots of change as it warms, and this demands to be sipped over a long period of time for the changes.

Mouthfeel: Seemingly pretty medium-bodied and creamy with good levels of carbonation and a nice burst at the end.

Drinkability: An all around good DIPA. It doesn't separate itself from the list of many good or better ones, but I've enjoyed this over a long period of time, and there's a lot to admire both right out of the fridge and as it warms. And since the price tag is around $5, I'm certainly glad I tried it and recommend it if you haven't.

asabreed, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of scofielj
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep copper color that was very cloudy. poured with a thick off white head.

S: Floral hops with some pine.

T: Piney taste was tronger than the citrus but both were there.

M: Light to medium bodied, with light carbonation.

D: Even with the big hop presence I found this very drinkable.

scofielj, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Source
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%

On-tap served in a 12oz snifter.

Appearance: A translucent rusty / amber with 2mm head that dissipated to a nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet hops and pine. Everything I expect from a double ipa.

Taste: Lovely hops, pine, and sweet grass with a solid malty backbone. I found the taste very similar to Victory Hop Wallop and Moylan's Hopsickle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a slight sweet/bitter finish.

Drinkability: Goes down very easy. An overall enjoyable pleasure.

This is now one of my favorite DIPAs.

Source, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a chill-hazed caramel with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Hazing never totally clears, great lacing & good head retention

S: Slight pineyness

T: Piney & leafy hops, caramel & a touch of dryness up front. As this warms, I get more leafy hops, a bit of toffee & more dryness. Finishes with a slight fruittyness (pears mostly), more dryness & caramel, if this would've melded better I'd rate it a 4.0

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & some stickyness, pretty nice balance

Drinks alright, juat didn't blow me away, not the hop profile that gets me too exited, but certainly takes the chill out of the Feburary night!

russpowell, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of timtim
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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 dakid618
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep amber color with very little head. Smell is a mix of citrus and malt. Taste is mostly malts with a citrus hop background, kind of backwards for an DIPA in my opinion. Medium bodied tongue coating mouthfeel. Definitely drinkable. Will probably not buy again but not necessarily disappointed.

dakid618, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

22 oz. bottle tried 1 Jan 2009.

Poured in shaker pint glass. Tight large thick light tan head. Moderate carbonation. Clear deep russet copper color. Earthy aroma, celery, white pepper, rye. Surprisingly sweet beginning, transitions to a nice citric resiny hoppiness. Hops are predominant but not overpowering. Toasty sweet and bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Warming alcohol in finish.

Quite tasty, recommended.

htomsirveaux, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of naterock
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

poured into a Houblon Flute. thin sticky head. Deep dull copper, cloudy and not translucent at all.

smell is suprisingly rich in malt, caramel malts are strong but acompanies a piney/earthy hop nose. quite enticing.

taste is super heavy with malt, but also incredibly powerful piney and slightly citrusy hops. I get a lot of apricot and yeast. just an overpowering DIPA, but I guess that's the point right?

mouth is heavy and cloying, carbonation seems natural. This drinks fairly easy for being so heavy in all aspects. For the money, this is really a solid offering by arcadia.

naterock, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of techcommdood
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Hazy light brown in color with a light almond (color) head.

Very little on the nose to speak of. Some light malty sweetness, but no noticeable hops.

Taste was a total contradiction to the smell, this beer has a mountain of hops waiting to attack your taste buds. Very floral in flavor, not overly bitter, and not overpowering. Some malty sweetness cuts through the hops to really round this beer out nicely.

Mouthfeel is neither thick nor thin, and dare I say thirst-quenching. One interesting note is the aftertaste - the hops do not linger in your mouth. You get a very clean finish, which was quite surprising given the amount of hops you get up front.

This was a highly drinkable beer for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it's worth noting that this was served from a hand-drawn cask. YMMV from bottle or keg.

techcommdood, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of caminiti
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

Purchased at half-time in Poughkeepsie and drinking right now, pouted into my trusty road pint glass (stolen, of course) a reddish, hazy, with a slight head that almost immediately went away but does leave lacing. Smells more of malt than hops, and a bit sweet, taste is bitter, like myself, and a bit toned down for a double IPA. lightly carbonated and very drinkable.

caminiti, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of lamarr04
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%

on tap. 20oz serving poured into a large pint glass

A: hazy dark orange with persistent but small white head

S: fresh cut grass, mostly herbal hop aroma coming through, a bit of citrus

T: HOPS, a lot of hop bitterness. but not too much. a very nice caramely malt backbone that makes for a balanced taste. a little bit of heat from the alcohol as the the beer warmed.

M: medium body, medium carbonation. a bit syrupy but a nice finish, not too clingy on the tongue

D: well i finished a whole "tall" glass quite easily so i would give this one quite a high score for drinkability.

Notes: exceptional example of the DIPA style. haven't had this years hopslam but I will be comparing it to this beer

lamarr04, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%

Solid looking beer: dark, burnished copper with a solid tan head of sticky foam. Pungent aromas of grapefruity hops. Sweet and mildly acidic up front. Juicy, resinous hops in the middle and a not-too-bitter aftertaste. This DIPA leans towards fresh hop flavour over inflated IBUs. I find this to be a very drinkable DIPA, although I suppose that also means it's not as "big" as some others. Nice balance of hop flavour and abv, with enough malt to hold it together. Very smooth body.

allergictomacros, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of GJ40
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

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
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.