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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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very good

470 Reviews

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Reviews: 470
Hads: 992
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 19.36%
Wants: 32
Gots: 106 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 470 | Hads: 992
Photo of climax
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hopefully I will have a mouth full of hops when this one has completed it's transition to my face. The pour didn't yield much of a head, more big bubbles than anything. The color is a rich coppery red, cloudy as can be.

I feel like a kid again after taking my first whiff. The initial passion fruit sweetness is packed full of fruit snack and bubblegum flavors. After I sit and try to make sense of a perplexing aroma, I realize I can't detect any alcohol or harshness, from chilled to room temp. Ripened fruit, toasty caramel, and wood all dance the floor.

This almost drinks like a barleywine, the malt profile seems so sophisticated with sweet and toasty flavors I almost forget the hops. Overripe fruit and oak cement my feelings that this may be a tad bit past the date for a DIPA. There is no date on the bottle for me to verify. Nonetheless, the bitterness is there, it's just not the citrusy grapefruit bomb I was anticipating, and it is well challenged by everything else going on.

The body is medium, but the feel is confounding. The carbonation has no inhibitions; it starts crisp and begins to leave a cottony sensation. A chalky yet resiny earthy aftertaste that lingers for infinity.

As far as a DIPA goes... I'm not sure I'm convinced by the hop profile. Perhaps it's the age of the beer (unknown), but I am sure that I like it. The ease in which the alcohol is masked is impressive, as well as the maturity of the backbone. Whatever phylum, genus, or species this one falls in to.... it's good.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at hopcat CBS day. Oh what a day!

A-clear caramel body with good carbonation

S-sweet hop smelling but still very malty

T-never lived up to the smell. Exactly like the smell but more watered down

M- medium body and smooth

O-good beer but nit at the price it demands

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Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Hopcat. Served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a nice film ring around the edges. Splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Great grapefruit and pine shine right away with a very integrated malt backbone.

T: The taste is just as balanced as the nose. The caramel malt shines upfront, but then gives way to a nice sweet tropical fruit and there is a little resiny hop on the backend.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a bitter pine finish left on the palate.

O: A very solid offering from Arcadia. Very well balanced and would like to have again.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours dark amber bordering on copper in color. It has an inch of beige head.

S - I get a balance of caramel malt and citrus hops.

T - My first taste was resiny with piney grapefruit. As I drink more the malt seems to come forward more.

M - Moderate with low carbonation

O - It seems to be a well balanced double with malt and plenty of citrus and pine to round it out.

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Photo of lstokes
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly dark pour with a lot of pine smell. I found it very complex on the front of the tongue--floral, citrus, caramel--but somehow in the finish there's an overwhelming bitterness which almost seems to be drying out your throat. I can't recommend it over the long haul with that finish... damn! I forget all the good tastes on the front because of that finish. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle from a mixed 6pak into my 12oz beer glass -

Appearance - Poured a nice finger of thick lite amber head. Color is a deep copper, slightest bit of haze

Smell - Whoah! Big grapefruit, pine (and spice?) right when I opened the bottle. More of the same from the glass, with more sweetness in the nose from the glass.

Taste - Wow, big hops going on here. Hop flavors are big yellow grapefruit and pine, with a little of the earthy and grassy flavors coming long into the finish. A nice muted honey/carmel sweetness plays in the background, barely keeping the hops in check. I'm getting a little dryness and alcohol in the finish too.

Mouthfeel - Medium carb makes this very drinkable, and somewhat smooth. Sweetness in the center of the tongue, carb crispness on the sides, citrusy hoops cover the tongue, with bitter, dry pine at the back of the tongue. Hops are lingering and chewy between sips.

Overall - This is a very hop-forward DIPA imho. I prefer a little more sweetness in my DIPAs, but those who like strong hops will love this. I am really enjoyng this actually, and will buy it occasionally when I'm in the mood to assault and destroy my tastebuds with big chewy hops - give this one a try - this ale is perfectly named.

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Photo of bminor7
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz from Hoosick. Brewed 9/13/10, so just about a year old, which is not good.

Looks: a fairly turbid amber brown. there is some good foam retention. not a lot, but enough to look good

Whiff: mmm, reminds me of first time I had Unearthly. it has faded a little, but all the hints are still there.

Yum: unngh, this is why it's good to keep a beer inventory so you know what's more ephemeral. there is a loss of flavor, assumedly. but I would consider this a great DIPA to have a few of. it's not overbearing in the flavor department, but it is tasty enough and the alcohol is camouflaged enough to make it rather well-rounded. not a stellar example, but not a bad one either, and note that Arcadia has made a much better label for this bottle, replacing the gaelic gnome 11th grade art project.

Slurp: OK. there is a crisp refreshingness here that is odd, but, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: try it, you'll like it, but it's not the best in the category.

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Photo of Holland
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours almost brown in color with a one inch off-white head. Lacing and slight layer of fine bubbles stay for the glass.

S: smells of pine and bitter hops, some citrus, and malt.

T: first I get the pine and floral hops, then the bitterness, and it finishes with pale malt.

M: starts smooth, then you get smacked with the carbonation to bring out the bitterness. Crisp feeling for a medium bodied beer.

O: drinkable, low ABV for a double IPA, about $11 for a 4 pack. Overall it's a solid beer, but it's not worth getting again for me. I could see how some might prefer this, but it's just not my kind of Double IPA.

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Photo of shanblur
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a murky light brown color with a small off white head. Leaves minimal lacing.

S - Nice hops aroma on a backbone of malts.

T - Hops dominate the taste with a minimal malt presence and some spice component.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

A nice double IPA. Good hops profile in aroma and taste.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured pretty aggressively and only got a flimsy looking half finger of head. This dissipated to a ring in a minute or so, but my disappointment in the head was offset by the delicious looking deep chestnut coloration of the body.

S. Good stuff, the malt is stronger than expected and well complimented by citrus and pine hops. I get faint hints of caramel in the background as well.

T. Interesting mix of hops, both subdued pine and citrus and a strong malt flavor. Strong bitter, but disappointingly not as strong as I was expecting.

M. Creamy. Light carbonation does what it can to push this beer down. Sticky and drying at the same time.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: pine, grass, hops, caramel, malts

taste: pine, hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad DIPA just not great. Glad I got to try it.


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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured on site with a nice an appropriate sized off white head that lingered a bit down the side. Amber ale with copper and gold highlights. BIG, grassy smell right off the top--smells almost like a fresh hop ale--big fruit and citrus, grapefruit, hoisted on top of a strong, biscuit malt backbone (maris otter in description). Clean and simple base with a big hop on top that's a bit out of balance--but it's a DIPA. Full hop bit on the back side with a slightly pine and a woodsy resin finish. Nice, but grassiness and back end astringency builds too much for me--unless you really like chewing on your hops as you drink.

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Photo of Mosley1212
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter. Thanks to JohnB87 for helping me land this beer.

A--Poured a dark brown, caramel color with a stark white head, thin oily head.

S--Malt bomb. Heavy malt smell with a bit of a floral kick at the end. Also get a caramel smell at the end. Bready on the back end also.

T--Malty hops. This reminds me of eating a caramel covered hop. Almost like a strong ale in flavor. Also, pick up a lot of bread in the mouth.

M--Very thick in the mouth. Little bit of carbonation plays on the tongue as well.

O--This one I believe is mislabeled. IMO it is more of a strong ale (ala Arrogant Bastard) than a DIPA. Not something I would actively seek out, but it was a good try for the brewery.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Brownish orange center with a dark yellowish ring around the top and bottom with a 1/4 head and no retention or lace

Smell: Piney hops upfront with a citrus hops in the middle and a bit of orange peel and lemon

Taste: Here is where the beer was just awful for me. It tasted of stale grapefruits and bad citrus mixed in with some cough syrup. This was the closes thing to a drain pour that I have experienced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium level of carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Reviewing it fairly I enjoyed everything about this beer but the taste. This is one of the worst tasting DIPA's I have every had. Maybe I am spoiled by the delicous west coast DIPA's I dont know but this one had the worst flavors I have ever experienced in this style

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stella Artois goblet.

Appears a pumpkiny orange brown with a very thin layer of foam.

Smells heavy and deep of malty hops. Not too bitter in the nose - a little bready.

Tastes hoppy but no pick up of floral or citrus... Just a heavy duty malty balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and lasting. Decent stuff.

Overall I'm not superimpressed here. I feel like it doesn't fully deliver the goods on the double IPA.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

A. Pours out a copper body with minimal retention, sparse lacing and some carbonation.
S. Has a floral and pine aroma.
T. The taste starts off with a floral hops taste, followed by a hint of citrus and finishes off with some pine. Some sweet malts seem to be in the back throught out to give the beer a nice balance.
M/O. The mouthfeel is a dry, but sticky on the lips feel that is rather easy to drink and good tasting.

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Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown head, hazy brown in color, with touches of red.

S: Pine smells, with some citrus. Some sweetness in there as well, I wouldn't necessarily say it is caramel, but definitely a malt sweetness. Perhaps just a touch of fruit.

T: Pine flavor, and a touch of juniper. There is a residual sweetness, and a touch of roasted grain. Pretty good. Almost has a bit of a barley wine character. In the finish there is a real nice bitterness.

M: Medium thick in body, carbonation works with it.

O: It's good, but not great. Perhaps it is simply a lack of complexity.. still good, just not outstanding.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a deep, opaque red with a two finger eggshell head that dies down to almost nothing with no lace. On the nose there is a sweet caramel and toffee note that rides roughshod over the hops, which are deep pine. The caramel seems almost caramelized, or perhaps there is toasted malt mixing in with it. In the mouth the toffee really comes through even more. There is something deeper, too, maybe rum-soaked figs or something like that, more indicative of an English barleywine really, but a pleasant surprise to me. The hops are there but more lingering or simmering than the standard jackhammer treatment. The body is medium, fine, but in the finish there is something just a bit too astringent, maybe some booze, maybe a bit over over-caramelization or something.

Overall, this is a nice DIPA, a welcome break from a style littered with similar tasting beers. If you like a maltier IPA, this is something to seek out.

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Photo of Duff27
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Two fingered light caramel colored head atop a very dark amber/red beer...darker than most of it's style counterparts. Well above average lacing and head retention. Looks great.

S- Faint tropical smell, some booziness.

T- Follows the nose only heavy on the booze. Deep caramel malt. Hops are present but don't stand out as much as other DIPAs.

M- Rich and creamy. Normal carbonation.

D/O- Lacks the hop bite that is at the forefront of so many of it's contemporaries, although the malt backbone is nice. Loved the booze factor in this one but would stop at one. Good, but not great.

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Photo of brewemstrong
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly dark amber with a one finger tan head after an aggresive pour. Carbonation mild but continuous. Kind of hoping for some sediment..

S: Grassy hops make up most of the nose but there's a biscuit malt that's significant as well. Hint of nut

T: Hoppy but very reserved. Kind of an earthy feel but not much transition into the bitter finish. Caramel touch jumps out every now and then

M: Really creamy and unlike a typical DIPA. The alcohol warms. Very good flavorful, dry finish

O: Comes up a bit short for the style, I feel. Nothing "carries" this beer although it's a good choice for those getting into DIPA's.

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Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger white head with good retention. Nice deep red amber liquid. More head would be nice, but still a 4.5
S: Lemonhead candy, fresh ripe peach, slight mango. Nice, but not quite Man Candy. Buttery malt.
T: Surprisingly malty in the buttery fashion. Light but pleasant citrus hop, fresh cut grass. Not hoppy but very tasty. More an EIPA. Delicious, but a bit too sweet.
M: Solid, smooth, moderately bitter, a bit cloying.
D: Great, I would love another and will buy again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Style: imperial IPA
Brewed by: Arcadia Brewing Co.
Location: Battle Creek, MI
Rating: 3.7
First had: on tap at Ron's Original Bar & Grille, Exton, PA

Cloudy, brown with a nice white head. Smell was not too strong, but I detected the typical hoppiness of an IPA with some maltiness in the background. Hops weren't too strong surprisingly when I took a sip, making it a bit smoother and easily drinkable.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep cloudy, burn orange body, trace head, luscious lacing

S: Clean pine/grassy aroma, slight pineapple/orange scent

T: sweet lemon, trace of pineapple front, earthy big pine/grass middle, long seduction bitter sticky finish

M: med/heavy body, slick + oily mouth

O: Dare I say a "nearly sessionable" Double IPA? Nice earthy Imperial IPA, not world class, but still rather good. Could find myself having more than one to be sure.


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Photo of steve8robin
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Michigan is blessed with some killer breweries! Let's see if this is one of them. 12oz bottle...

A: A murky medium brown / bronze type color with a small 1/4 inch off white head that fades quickly to small bubbly above the brew. Good.

S: Smells of mild floral hops upfront with mild sugary malt on the backend. Not much else. Very faint scents. Ok.

T: A very tame DIPA. Almost an iced tea type flavor dominating this brew. Some mild bitter floral hops upfront with some hints of malt sugars. An apple taste in the middle with a mild booze taste on the backend. Good here.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A nice clean / slightly dry finish. Very good.

O: All in all, this is a solid beer. Not mind blowing, but good. If your IPA needs a heavy hop bite, this is not for you. This is more of a balance between slight hop and malt. Try if this sounds like your type of IPA.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.