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

903 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 30
Gots: 46 | 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:
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 Huhzubendah
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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 akorsak
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A tumbler glass served at Capone's.

A: The DIPA has an amber orange color, fairly clear, with a small head that doesn't last long.

S: The aroma is bitter hops, amped up significantly. Citrus notes dominate.

T: The flavor is out of balance. Big oily hops great you up front but never recede to allow for a malty body or any other flavors. The hops are bitter and don't mix well, creating a taste that is a pine-citrus combination that has no clear definition. The lack of focus hurts the taste, as too many things want to stand out but none are able to.

M: The mouthfeel is a big mess of oily pine and citrus hops. If you like big hops that are clearly out of balance, this is for you.

D: I chose this over the Sorachi Ace as my first DIPA of the evening (see my profile for the write-up on Sorachi Ace) and regret it. The flavors never coherently mix and leave a lasting bitterness in the mouth.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated 12/07/2010
(Served in an American pint glass) A- This beer pours a hazy light copper body with a thick sticky beige head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a strong carbonation of bubbles that glide to the surface. S- The green woody hops are full with a dried citrus aroma and a bit of gym locker room fragrance but it is a good hop quality. T- The spicy hops blends with an alcohol bite that finishes with a woody citrus hop flavor and a green pungent hop note that lingers. M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with an alcohol warmth that enhances the hops. D- The hops are a bit dry and pithy with a nice dry woody citrus quality and some good pungent green qualities. The hop flavor grows as the beer opens and the alcohol is a nice compliment.

(Served in a pear shaped goblet)

A- This beer pours a hazy caramel brown body with a thick swirling carbonation of big bubbles. There is a creamy beige colored head with lots of big bubbles on top. The head sticks to the glass after each sip.

S- The soft smell of green leaf hops with a soft pale malt note in the background. As the beer warms the hops increase but are still pretty soft.

T- This beer has a big dry green hop flavor with notes of pineapple weed and grass with a freshness of mint without the actual flavor. There is a soft sweet light malt with a hint of toast that comes through after the hop flavor. The finish is a bitterness from the hops that comes back in the after taste and hangs on.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a light watery note which is pleasant before the creamy texture fills it in.

D- This beer has a nice hop flavor with some good depth but it is not a big punishing hop monster that I was expecting. I think it is just a great sipping IPA.

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 jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit hops almost balanced with caramel malts. Higher ABV is totally hidden. $3.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BAs Vancer and MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

22oz. Bomber Big Beer Series

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger plus creamy tan head, lots of thick stick lacing throughout the drink. The nose is mostly hops, nice blend of malts, citrus (grapefruit), some piney, nice touch of caramel. The taste at first is slightly sweet/hoppy/bitter, nice touch of malts/citrus kick in next, the finish is dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, finally an awesome brew from Arcadia, glad I have another bottle.

Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap during the Ortino Northside DIPA event.

Don't know quite what to make of this one. It pours a solid orange color and looks pretty impressive. There is good head retention and lacing, with lots of orange citrus on the nose. The orange aroma is actually pretty sweet and I have to say this beer does not smell all that hoppy. On the palate this is very much a light weight DIPA (and frankly really doesn't seem deserving of the name - it's that light). Flavors are pleasant; the beer starts off fairly sweet, but quickly turns very dry, with a real drop off in flavor. The beer has a very light mouthfeel and tastes more like a middle of the road pale ale then a DIPA. Abv. doesn't seem too high, but is still noticeable.

This is a nice beer, but is really nothing special. Doubt I will order this one again.

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ppoitras
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coppery with a cranberry tint, a whisper of effervesce is barely visible within. A whispy quick to dissipate antique gold head leaves a sparse covering and sparse lacing.

S: Toasty grain and lemons on the nose. Lemony amarillo? im guessing. Grainy with citrus flowers and a decent level of awareness.

T: Wet lemony hops upfront followed by a bitter, toasty grapefruit hopping. Flowery, dry, with some wet pine and sweet instances of caramel juices. Dry hopped no doubt, toasty, dry grains meets a pungent dry lemony hopping.

M: Mouthful is bitter, a good malt show, spicy and dry lemons parch the tongue with a alcohol hop warmth and a quiet carbonation.

O: Good deal of hops meets a strong sweet and dry malt backbone. Complexity is decent, smack full of dry hopping, hitting the tongue is what defines this. Bitter with a comforting warmth of dry hops.

originally 9-21-08. re-sampled and evaluated 10-15-12

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My Fight Club BIF battle is over ... I am now ready to enjoy my first brew from the fantastic box of brews from Bort11... tonight shall be Hop Mouth.... also enjoyed from my new Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet also courtesy of Bort11.

Shared with Brenda... most is mine though.

2 finger slightly yellow head sticks around forever... brew is a very hop hazed copper orange. alot of stick lacing and rings appear as I move through my first glass.

Aroma is unexpected hoppiness... sorta more floral than most.. almost a spicy perfumy hoppiness... some grapefruit as it warms.. with a little heat comes some pale malts and a little bit of candy sweetness.

Flavor is light for a DIPA ... yeasty phenols are also present toward the end of the palate... pale malts and a little sweetness is fairly balanced by floral hops with a slight citrus bite... also bitterness is a little high for the lightness of everything else... dry finish.

Body is on the light side... carbonation is fairly high, but still sorta creamy.

Overall... I can't give it a fantastic review... something just seemed a little off.. I prefer a little bit more body and the floral hops don't seem to be appropriate.... don't get me wrong.. still very good in it's own right.. Reminds me of a very hoppy saison or a Belgian style DIPA.

Huge thanks from Bort11 ... Tim bombed me in the Fight Club... it will not be forgotten.

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

Pours a bright red/orange, medium off white head forms, lots of sticky lace. Smell is alcohol, fruits, vanilla, floral hops, caramel, some sherry, nicely malty. Taste is caramel, vanilla, fruits, alcohol, floral/citrus, and sherry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation, nice and dry finish, some bitterness. Really pretty good, nice take on DIPA, thanks DrJay!

Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden/copper. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong hops, slight yeast, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, slight roasted malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Overall, good blend, body, aroma, and drinkability.

Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep bronze and clear, quite appealing to look at, topped by a fairly dense stand of off-white head. Good retention and lots of lace throughout. Powdery hop aroma, some pine and white grapefruit, along with sweet oranges. Alcohol was just beneath the surface. Solid bitterness was balanced by mild caramel sweetness. There was a bit of biscuity malt, as well as tangerine and a bit of spice in the dry finish. Medium body, decent mouthfeel. Good balance overall and an easy drinker.

Photo of Bighuge
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice rich, dark amber almost brown flow, little head. Aroma good, not great faint sweet feel, minimal hop dose for a dipa.

Taste, very British. Is British dipa even a recognized style? If not, this is what it would be IMHO. Does it without the sweetness, which is a plus. Not a full on hop frontal assault, well played for what it is. The mouthfeel will not weigh you down, I'm wondering if there is a British or some other unique yeast to bring this rare kind of sweetness on. Its in the background, its not dominating. A decent price $10 for a 4 pack.

Nothing dominates, hops, malt, sweetness, bitterness, they're all pretty much provide some checks and balances for each other. Glad to try it, but prolly won't become a perennial favorite(aside from my geographical limitations of getting it).

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Slows BBQ in Detroit. The beer was copper orange colored, crystal clear, with a 2-finger foam. The aroma is hoppy but nicely balanced with a big malt bill, lots of resiny pine and citrus and so on. The taste is well balanced also but mostly the hops come through, very nice. Solidly on the DIPA side of the barleywine fence. very good. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, the body and flavor keep the drinkability high for fans of hopped malt beverages.

Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.