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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia HopMouth Double IPAArcadia HopMouth Double IPA

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very good

787 Ratings

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%

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 nasty15108

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25oz mini growler (Pawling Beer&Soda) into a tulip glass.

A - Looked liked iced-tea. Poured with a decent head of slightly off-white foam which became a bubblyfilm after a few sips.

S - Grapefruit and pine all the way.

T - Much of the same. Finishes slightly dry.

MF&D - Very good ale. True to the style. I would definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2008 21:56:07 | More by nasty15108
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brownish amber with a thicker crème head that falls and leaves a small amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is thick and strong floral citrus hops. Flavor is kind of odd. Distinct floral tones hit quick, but they aren't very robust and deep really. It's much lighter than I was expecting. For the strong hop character it has, it's pretty light and easy. Feel is standard and the carbonation is decent. This is easy to drink. Put this in a cask and put it in the hands of someone who knows the right time to open it and it should be beautiful.

Serving type: growler

06-21-2008 06:57:32 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of andrewjraab


3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a finger of creamy off white head. Smells nice - piney, resin, citrus. Drinks easy for the high abc - nice hop profile nicely balanced with some malts int he back end. This is a really solid DIPA that I will definitely be trying again. Note - want to try this with a more recent production date as the brew I tried had a born on date of October and I'm reviewing this in March. I Have to think that compromised the IPA a bit and It drank really well anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:59:22 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of TheSSG


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, off-white head that has a lot of persistence. Citrus-pine aroma; not bright and floral, but rich and robust. Amber-sienna color. Starts bitter with a citrus backing. Moves into a bright green hoppiness, with the sweet malt combining to make a slightly sweet presence. Peaks in a medium-high bitterness. In the finish, it's citrusy hops with the malt starting to come through, again.

Not bad at all. I generally am a floral/aromatic hop guy, but this is still very enjoyable for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 03:19:14 | More by TheSSG
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 04:23:23 | More by biegaman
Photo of IPAdams


3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with very small off white head that dissipates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing.

Smell- Malts and bitterness, hint of cough syrup. Background of dank hops.

Taste- Weird syrup maltiness with a moderate bitterness and a little grapefruit, very little after taste.

Mouthfeel- Pretty thick for an IPA, good carbonation.

Overall- Taste more like an amber than a DIPA. Not a bad beer but probably wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 21:07:26 | More by IPAdams
Photo of KYGunner


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the dark copper color of this IPA but the head was thin, collared quickly and laced sparsely.

Catch some lemon and grass in the scent with stronger malt overtones and some sweetness.

This has a very strong malt body. Arcadia does not put a bottle date on its product, so maybe I'm missing something but it reminds me of a lesser quality DFH 90 minute. Very little hop presence but satisfying malt character characterise is an easy drinking, high ABV IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 19:48:00 | More by KYGunner
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep copper to amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy head that slowly reduces to a medium large medium thick patch, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with moderate aromas of pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of caramel malt flavors that contribute some sweetness. That is quickly followed up by some moderate flavors of pine hops and just a touch of herbal hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy with some light amount of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this beer is pretty well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops. The alcohol is pretty well hidden (slightly present in the mouthfeel) and the beer is fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 21:32:43 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of rodlavers


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 2/22/13, poured into a snifter for tasting.

Amber/copper/gold coloring, with hints of ruby red grapefruit. Not particularly clear at all. Foamy/soapy head, sorta tan, but light; dissipates pretty quickly.

Nothing special or terribly outstanding about the aroma I'm getting here. It's all a bit flat, but does not smell bad, it's just that there is nothing exceptional about the smell. I get light hints of pine, citrus, and malt.

Taste is similar, but with a nice bitterness to it, and a piney/earthy aftertaste. Very muted, mostly just the hoppiness is noticeable.

Feel is decently smooth, with a bitter finish. But there is also a syrupy character to it, a thickness that is both sweet and bitter.

Overall, it's just a few levels below what I would call a really good DIPA. I don't hate it, and I'm sure I'd try it again. It's very average in the end.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 21:48:51 | More by rodlavers
Photo of Segelstrom


3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pour into frozen tumbler and only achieved a slight head. beer was a clear golden

S - nothing distinctive here. slight smell of grain but not the heavy hoppy scent you would expect from a double/imperial IPA

T - not special/nothing distintive

M - OK

O - drinkable but not one to add to my drink again list

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 23:54:41 | More by Segelstrom
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper ruby IPA. Excellent layer of white lacing. Very thick as well.

Smell: Sweet honey and caramel with a hint of maple syrup. Easily the sweetest DIPA I've ever smelled. Definitely malty for the style, but the maple creates a pine-line resin smell that is perfect for this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet pine, almost tastes like agave. A bit of a bubblegum twang as well. Alcohol hits you pretty quickly with this. Some orange rind in the finish. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Nice crispness and a very smooth finish. Not too heavy.

Overall: Very underrated.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 22:53:54 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Omnium


3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sam Adam's Sensory Glass

A - Pours an amberish color, thick finger head white and foamy, medium lacing.
S - Resinouy Pine hops, toasted malt, rye, dark caramel. All that you smell is kinda subdued.
T - You get all the smells in the flavor, but its weak. The hops aren't really pronounced, but you get some bitterness, and an odd soapy flavor. Not horrid, but not great.
M - Medium mouthfeel, bitterness and that soapy flavor hang on.
O - After having the regular IPA, this is not nearly as good as that, its not really refreshing, nor does it have a good development of flavors, not sure what to think here other than its a letdown.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 23:33:12 | More by Omnium
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).

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 06:22:09 | More by 57md
Photo of Dave_in_GR


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Derby Station in EGR. Was a fairly dark amber color with a small amount of white foamy head. The aroma was mild, was expecting a far more aggressive hoppy smell but just a hint of pine. The taste was also surprising but pleasantly so - the piney hops were there at the start, but quickly faded. This beer is quite balanced, and the hops seemed to blend nicely with the malts. The carbonation helps balance the mouthfeel as well, had to watch myself as this went down very easy. Really nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 02:19:32 | More by Dave_in_GR


4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This had a very good smell when first poured. I liked the darker color. The hoppy taste is something that I really enjoy. I have found that I like a more hoppy beer that plays with the taste buds now that I stopped smoking a few months back. This is a good beer I can get much easier in Michigan. I wish that the better beers would be easier to get.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:17:09 | More by GOBLUEBEERFAN
Photo of Jimmys


3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. no bottle coding what so ever.

A: pretty hazy brownish body. slightly brownish-white head sits on top.

S: smells hoppy while also smelling soapy. slightly oxidized while still managing to be hoppy. even fresh I feel like this brew may battle too much between malt and hops.

T: a little soapy. roasted dark grains make their presence right at the end. a quick tang to the hop flavor that preluded it. something a bit off, my guess would be the soapy flavor which would lead me to believe there was a problem with the bottle sanitization. a little burnt/smoke flavor as well.

M: average carb on a very medium/full body.

D: meh, muddied flavors and aromas, this is a big pass from me. sorry arcadia but you guys are gonna have to make some serious changes if you want this muddy mess to remain in your portfolio.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 13:05:52 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Docrock


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A- minimal amount of head over a light coppery brown body. What head there was quickly dissipated, no cap and the little lacing there was, was just a bit sticky.

S - very little aroma, almost no hop character at all. A touch of banana and apricot is all I picked up and it was faint. Really surprising considering its a DIPA.

T - ok, now it's a DIPA! Mostly pine, but not overbearing and a little maltiness. No lingering aftertaste which is bait surprising.

M - slightly creamy with decent carbonation, where was this when I poured it? Reasonably well balanced.

O - I am thinking this is a bit above average, pretty good,maybe like to try it on tap and not sure how fresh it was but bought it less than 20 miles from brewery so should be reasonably fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 02:04:38 | More by Docrock
Photo of tectactoe


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber-copper color, very cloudy except at the edges of the glass. The beige head sits at a quarter-inch for a while, leaving decent lacing on its way down. The nose is pretty aromatic and perfumey on the hop-side of things; slight spicy tones, roses, florals, moderate citrus, grapefruit, and faint apple. Quite a bit of bread and toasted malt on the nose as well. The beer is moderately thick and a bit sticky, not quite viscous enough to be called "syrupy", but certainly just outside of this range. Hop profile comes on strong and crowds the palate as expected; roses, perfume, white pepper spice, mild grapefruit rind, orange zest. Alcohol is a little noticeable, providing more than just a warmth - a slight rubbing alcohol flavor is coming off of it, but not enough to be too off-putting or undrinkable.

The malt backbone is more than just a backbone here - it takes on quite a bit of the flavor profile; light, toasted bread, faint caramel, crackers. Despite the high malt flavor, the hops never subside too much, remaining in tact through the entirety of the sip in a spicy, herbal, perfumey, and faintly floral manner. The aftertaste consists of a hefty helping of alcohol, faint herbal bitterness, and some bread and yeast that coats the edges of the mouth. On the low side of the carbonation scale.

Overall, not a bad brew from Arcadia. In my opinion, this one was much better than Hop Rocket. It wouldn't hurt the alcohol to be toned down just a bit, but it wasn't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 01:29:32 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Fusion_Pirate


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a 'mix-a-six' from my local beer & spirits shop. Not the biggest fan of Arcadia's standard IPA, so we'll see how they do it up with a DIPA!

A: Poured vigorously into a generic beer glass, Hopmouth yielded about a finger of creamy, almost beige head which died very slowly over a couple minutes. Lacing and retention is stellar; almost glue-like. The beer itself is a gorgeous, opaque, dank brownish copper- almost rootbeer-esque. This is an ace-looking brew!

S: Not getting a whole ton off the nose of this one, to be honest. I get hints of toffee and caramel malt, but not much else.

T: This is a whole different story. This is one of the smoothest, most balanced DIPAs I have ever had. The bitter hops and rich, rounded malts offer a delectable yin/yang set-up for the palette. The hops here are all 'pine' all the way...no fruit flavors here, folks. The malts have that rich, caramel candy vibe inherent in the best DIPAs. The carbonation is ever-so-slight; just enough to remind you that this is, in fact, a beer you're drinking.

M: Crisp , dry tongue-travel with minimal carbonation. A thoroughbred Double IPA, no doubt about it!

O: I have to hand it to Arcadia for taking such a balanced route with their DIPA...many companies try to go balls-to-the-wall with the formula, usually in the form of extreme, constant addition, whole cone hops and 10+% ABVs...trying to push that IBU scale through the roof and get you sauced as hell! While I'm as much of a 'Hop Head' as the next IPA connoisseur, I ultimately enjoy BALANCE in my brews.

Kudos to Arcadia Brewing Company. This is BY FAR the finest beer they make; you can bet I'll be seeking more where this came from!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 03:10:23 | More by Fusion_Pirate
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid deep amber with a very small quarter finger worth of head. Leaves decent amounts of lacing.

S - I didn't detect a lot in this department, Which is weird because typically IPA's are full of scents. All I was able to smell were and hops and nothing more. Good hops at the least.

T - The taste is very smooth and hoppy, almost on par with Mad Hatter. Quite a bit of malt comes through, but it completely lacks the grapefruit backbone that a lot of IPA's have. Still, Very easy to drink for 8%.

M - The mouthfeel remains the same, Except the mildest banana I have ever tasted comes and disappears within seconds. Other than that, The malt stays dominant.

O - Overall, This was a good IPA. Nothing exceptional. But it's the first beer that Arcadia has made that I have enjoyed this much.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 19:59:36 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of Bitter_Echo


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single of this, and poured like they all seem to look... that color! Smells of hops, seems pine like, maybe centennial, not sure, but not balsam-like or sappy, slightly orgo-chem-like synthetic, not much in the citrus department, and then roastie sweet malts and caramel. Taste is sweetish, malt forward, then bitter with a strong early presence but fading rapidly. Alcohol seems right for a DIPA and not too assertive, and carbonation is muted, somewhat. Overall a good entry, but not entirely convincing in the bitter profiles, and maybe too malt assertive for a repeated taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 23:29:28 | More by Bitter_Echo
Photo of Lawl3ss


2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date

Look- Hazy caramel, medium amber and completely opaque. Three fingers of dense frothy head, nice lacing. At first I assumed the haze was due to a heavy dry hop schedule, but by the time it hit room temp it was transparent, so I'm going to say excess protein played a part as well.

Smell- Bright mango-tangerine and toasted coconut. Takes on a sweeter, almost gingersnap-like toasted spicy aroma as it warms.

Taste- Intensely and richly flavored. Buttered toffee sweetness barely keep the hops in check, and it swings across the bitter-sweet spectrum through the sip, coming off as reasonably balanced in the end. Unfortunately, it's quite buttery, and although not particularly offensive alongside the other flavors, I'm not a fan. Finishes with a touch of dark toasted biscuit and lingering grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation comes out on the sip, oily texture. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall- I see where this could be an excellent beer, but I hope that every batch doesn't come out like this. It doesn't appear to be skunked, so I'm going to have attribute the issues to Arcadia. I'll definitely give it another chance sometime, however, as it could be great.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:09:22 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Red amber body. Dark and hazy. Not much of a head until the very end, but it manages to hang on and even create some nice lacing.

Smell - Musty pine hops with a strong caramel malt presence. It seems like this could be a sweet one. Diacetyl in the nose too. Hmm.

Taste - Yeah, the diacetyl is back here. Once I noticed it, I can't ignore it. It's not as sweet as I feared, but there's a lot more malt than there is aromatic hop to make it anything special. It's "balanced" I suppose. Would be much better without that diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - Bitter finish. I'm not really having any trouble drinking it, despite its flaws.

Overall - At first I thought I could finish it. Then I started struggling. Eventually I poured the last quarter down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 22:26:51 | More by Alieniloquium
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark and golden amber with very little head and no lacing. Sufficient carbonation for a pleasant mouthfeel, and without the oiliness sometimes seen at this high an ABV. That alcohol is well hidden until a slight burn in the background of the finish.

A very mild aroma is malt-forward with delightful citrus notes, specifically grapefruit. Caramelized malt sweetness at the beginning of the taste trend into a delightful citrus hop body, including both grapefruit rind / zest as well as the raw fruit. This yields a delightfully hoppy finish alongside the 8% ABV.

A beer I'd recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 00:35:50 | More by hopsolutely
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Moderate piney hop aroma with perfume-like alcohol aromatics. Mild citrus rind notes.

Appearance: Deep brick red cloudy pour with a low white head that retains well.

Flavor: Mild leafy and earthy hop bitterness up front with some caramel sweetness that off-sets the hoppy punch. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly oily due to hop resins with a touch of alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Dancing a fine line between a Double IPA and an American Barleywine. Regardless, a good beer with lots of hop flavor and enough malt to balance. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:56:40 | More by mattcrill
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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.