Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
Drinkable DIPA, hop leaf in there, even astringent and overcarbonated. But it gets down. It's got a generous head, and some pine smell. Carmel and grapefruit. The malts are there but the IBU taste fairly high. I would drink it again.Reasonable at 8% ABV
01-02-2008 23:00:23 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
A: Poured dark amber in color with a nice-sized head, although it died away very quickly. Moderate carbonation.
S: Gentle aromas of hops and pine
T: Flavors are very similar to the aroma, although it's difficult to taste any of the alcohol. The hops are not overpowering, although they do leave mild bitterness in the finish.
M: Medium-bodied beer that is well-balanced between malt and hops.
D: Surprisingly easy to drink given the high alcohol content and the hoppy nature of this beer. I could definitely drink several of these in succession.
03-15-2010 23:19:50 | More by metter98
4.18/5 rDev +10.3%
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!'
04-15-2006 22:40:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a firmly packed head that leaves a few shards of lace
Smell: Well-balanced aroma with the malt and the hops both showing off - plenty of caramel and piney elements
Taste: The balance of the aroma appears almost immediately on the tastebuds, with the caramel malt and the piney and pithy bitter elements battling it out with the bitterness dominating by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sugary malts return to prominence and the beer takes on a fruity character that emphasizes its English roots
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet
Drinkability: Really enjoyed this English-influenced DIPA; well-balanced and very drinkable
04-09-2010 22:03:06 | More by brentk56
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter and floral hoppy notes with a big malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by some floral and hoppy notes with a huge light caramel malt backbone. Medium body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While this beer is very good overall I would have expected more hops for the style.
05-16-2008 12:45:29 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
Moderate malty and bursting with hop flavor, this Imperial IPA favors hop aroma and taste over the deeply resiny bitterness as most. Darker and richer malts make this IPA stronger and more balanced as well.
Pouring a deep amber color with the typical dry-hopped haze, and cream colored head caps the beer with a dense blanket of foam. Solid retention and lace make this an appealing choice.
Balanced aromas of malt and hops never allow the other to dominate. Bread crust, caramel and toffee, a not of brown sugar, barley malt, and light toast are in equal contrast to red grapefruit, orange zest, earthy pine, resin, and fresh cut grasses.
Flavors of the moderately heavy sweetness of caramel and toffee fade just after the initial sip and allow for a rich bready/bread crust flavor to take hold at mid palate, just as the juicy red grapefruit hop flavors arise. As the malts continue to trail off, a growing hop profile proceeds through orange zest, then herbal grasses, then a resiny bitterness that closes the finish.
Richly textured for an Imperial IPA as well, foregoing the one-sided dryness and bitterness of most. Creamy and full until deep in the taste until a malty-dry finish with mild alcohol warmth and a resiny hop dryness.
Where this is still and IPA and bitterness is expected, this example is more tame and more malty on the back end thus pulling the beer more within balance of something similar to Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale.
10-28-2006 16:08:44 | More by BEERchitect
3.23/5 rDev -14.8%
Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy amber body with a full, off-white head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling toffee and caramel backed by faint scents of tropical fruits.
Taste: A basic caramel sweetness races through some checkpoints of soapy, tart grapefruit, and pine on its way to a hot, bitter finish. Eh.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: Fairly uninteresting, it seems to be a half-hearted attempt at the style.
06-19-2007 20:25:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +5.5%
This beer poured out as a copper color with a thick creamy white head on it. The lacing was pretty good on the glass here. The smell of the beer gives off a big nose of earthy and citrusy hops. There is also the aroma of some malt in there too. The taste of the beer has some citrus also along with a strong malt backbone. The mouthfeel of this beer has a pretty nice texture to it. It's slightly thick and a little oily, Overall it's an enjoyable IIPA but not my favorite.
07-14-2011 17:22:56 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
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
05-07-2006 22:13:31 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Served in a snifter at The Firkin.
VDubb is persistent. At least he got us a good beer. It pours a rather dark ruby brown topped by a half-finger at best of off-white foam. The nose comprises red and white grapes, red and...not-red...grapefruit, and a fairly strong contingent of toffee. The taste is of smooth citrus and pine (trust me, smoothness is tastable) joined by some nice, sweet caramel. The body is medium, with no real carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a nice DIPA, not the best around, but pretty tasty nonetheless.
10-14-2010 23:42:07 | More by TMoney2591
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
12 oz. bottle, 4-pack from Friar Tuck, Bloomington, IL. G4 date code: packaged 3/12/07
Pours a dark, hazy amber into a new Arcadia tulip (also from Friar Tuck). Solid two finger width of head, foam is an eggshell color. Body has a reddish glint in the light. Spotty little curls of lacing are spattered inside the glass. Foam settles to a thin skim after a few minutes.
Aroma is fantastic, showcasing tropical rays of Amarillo sunshine. Think mango juice or even tropical bubble yum. It just gets better with every deep breath. Some clean pale malt and light herbal hop notes are noticeable too.
Medium bodied with a juicy hop flavor that lingers for awhile. Alternately bitter and lightly sweet. Leafy hops with a sweet mango meatiness. Bitterness isn't really that harsh at all, and pretty approachable. For an 8% DIPA, it drinks incredibly smooth, and is refreshing. It's hard no to have 2 at a time at the very least.
Edit: Just had a 22 oz. bottle for comparison, no date code. I'm guessing this bottle is over a year old, given the source. Much more pronounced cereal grain flavor, much less aromatic hops. This bottle would get a C- rating. Try to find the 12 oz. bottles, or get it fresh on tap. Freshness is key, it was night and day from the 12 oz. bottles.
01-04-2008 01:20:13 | More by emerge077
3.6/5 rDev -5%
A - Pours out an orange/burgandy color with a two-finger head. Leaves good lacing.
S - It smelled of hops and grass.
T - Tasted of hops, malt and had a spicy kick. The hops were not as strong as other Double IPAs. At times it seems too boozy and unbalanced.
M - It was crisp and heavy-bodied.
D - This is a an okay DIPA. Again, it seems a little unbalanced at times.
01-01-2007 22:58:26 | More by zeff80
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
12oz bottle, booty from a trip last month to Detroit.
This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few thin streaks of lace around the glass upon its demise. It smells sweet, sweet, sweet - sweet grapefruit and orange hops, sweet bready caramel malt, and sweet fuck-all else. The taste is leafy, kind of musty citrus hops, bready caramel and cereal grain malt, and a simmering edgy booziness. The carbonation is moderate, if a bit underwhelming, the body medium weight, and walking the line between agreeably smooth and tangentially cloying. It finishes rather off-dry, the sweet (one beat this time) bready malt given a pretty good run by some latent sassy, yet still grade-school bitter grassy, somewhat metallic hops.
While doing a bang-up job of sublimating the DIPA-worthy ABV, more care should have been attributed to the character of the big malt/hop interplay - this just seems kind of phoned in. Not bad, some hopeful good points, but not something I would seek out again.
10-26-2011 01:40:26 | More by biboergosum
4.13/5 rDev +9%
Beneath its billowing ivory-tan head, Arcadia's HopMouth appears a hazy copper and crimson and orange accents. The head retention is excellent, no doubt buoyed by the tiny streaming bubbles from beneath, and it leaves walls of widespread, craggy lace about the glass.
A perfumey combination of yeasty fruitiness (berries, cherry), hoppy fruitiness (grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, melon), earthiness (almost like Brettanomyces - perhaps that's where the cherry is coming from...), and pine (or is that spruce?) ride atop a grainy, gently toasty malt base. It's quite unique and very intriguing!
The flavor offers more of the same, along with an almost perfumey character in the mouth due to the alcohol and resinous astringency. Some of the seemingly Brett like character carries over as well, and if it weren't for the vibrant notes of citrus rind and pine (perhaps from Centennial and Simcoe), that might be stronger. It's noticeable strong at 8.1%, but the alcohol gives more of a wash than a prick and it's not unpleasant. The malt is sturdy, and at least at the start of the pint, it stands up to the brash, piney and fruity hop assault. The bitterness is solid, but buffered within the malt base, and it finishes dry but with a note of sweetish and caramel tinged malt that fades to citrus rind, pine, and floral.
At first taste I thought this was over-done, but as it warmed and the malt spread, it became more and more interesting. The Brett character is quite nice, but I wonder if that's intended - I somehow doubt it is. Regardless, it's strength is without question, and I'd highly recommend this as an "at home" beer. Worth trying!
06-25-2007 21:23:02 | More by NeroFiddled
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
06-21-2008 06:57:32 | More by RblWthACoz
4.83/5 rDev +27.4%
Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big "thank you" goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a cloudy dark amber color, with a large, thick & foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: Theres a strong piney hops aroma, with a citrus sweetness in the background.
T: Decent hops bite hits you first, but the malty citrus sweetness is quick to follow. I picked up a hint of smokiness, which is a bit uncharacteristic of the style but very welcome. After the initial hops burst, the taste is very well-balanced all the way through to the after-taste.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.
D: Very tasty, not very filling, excellent representation of style, this is a beer thats worth sticking with whether its as a pounder or a sipper. I liked this one a lot and think it's a flat-out great beer.
10-19-2006 02:54:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.18/5 rDev -16.1%
I've sampled this one trice, and I must say I don't really get it. I like English Ales but if your doing a DIPA do it, you know what I mean. English DIPA doesn't do the style justice let me break it down. Appears a clouded caramel copper tone with a large off white head leaves even speckled lacing around my pint glass. Aromatics consist of caramel and biscuit malts which form a gentle sweet bready tone this is complemented by a tight herbal grassinss with mild citrus hops...this hop profile seems diminished and too mild for the style. Flavors collide with mild alcohol and a sturdy amount of hop bitterness upfront orange peel perfumey flavor that kinda lacquers the tongue other notes of grassy hop action but overall flavor is minimal here not as dimensional and flowing as I would expect. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodie moderate carbonation a bit of resinous feel but really does stay on the palate. Drinkability not something I would call sessionable or overbearing on the palate just too many English malts colliding with my beloved American bred Double IPA style.
12-30-2006 20:48:03 | More by WVbeergeek
4.22/5 rDev +11.3%
Served on tap.
Pours a dark amber with a thin off-white head that retains around the edges and with thin wisps across the center. Lacing is good, with thin strands of hop lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is assertive piney hops, fresh citrus character, and a nice backing smell of sweet malts.
The taste is nice piney, biting hops right off the bat mixed with a zesty citrus notes. A backbone of sweet caramel malts is subdued (in comparison to the pine) but is present enough to keep things in check. The mouthfeel is is mediuim bodied with a smooth, creamy feel while not much of the 8% ABV is felt.
A solid DIPA from Arcadia! The hops get to shine but a nice balance with the malts make sure that things don't get too out of hand. Nice drinkibility as well for a beer this size.
03-17-2008 17:32:56 | More by Kegatron
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!
02-15-2009 04:19:30 | More by russpowell
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.