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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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857 Ratings

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 33 | 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 mynie
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very nice. Light amber with twinges of happy sunshine orange and a big, giant white head that sticks out all solid. Not soapy. Solid.

Smells of giant grapefruit hops against lighter citrus hops and light, bready malt. Wonderfully balanced, even though the hops are huge and the malt is not.

Tastes great. Wow. Fantastic balance. None of that dirty, syrupy malt aftertaste you often get strong double IPAs. Just big giant hops against a light, sweet bread malt.

mynie, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of Douglas14
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this beer really impressed me. It is unlike any other DIPA I have ever had. I was expecting a way more hoppy character (both smell and taste), not that it doesn't but because it has hops all over it and is called Hopmouth...that's why i thought it would be hoppier. Nevertheless, I love it. What I think is especially nice about this beer are the surprising sweet fruit flavors that appear along with the normal floral and hoppy flavors that I expected. This makes the beer very interesting indeed.

The color is dark gold but not hazy, and quite transparent actually. It poured a nice head with good retention and good lace. Smells obviously of hops, sweet malt and fruit (very sugary fruits, i.e. cherries?). Taste very hoppy and gives your tongue a good beating, but still has has nicer softer and sweeter flavors.

Overall awesome beer. I'm very happy i had the opportunity to try it.

Douglas14, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mad props to atsprings for the hook-up on this one.

1 pint 6 oz. bottle into my favorite beer mug...

Pours a pale, golden-brown ale with fervent carbonation rising up beneath a putty-colored, puffy head. Great retention & decent lacing, too. The aroma packs sweet carmel hops, plenty of citrus, and some spice. There might be a scent of green tea as well.

The tase has a malty, carmel backbone with a decent (albeit small), bitter hop note. Mouthfeel falls a bit flat on the palate up front, and doesn't pack the hop punch I look for in my DIPA's. It's only slightly refreshing, and the carbonation level seems to be a bit over the top. This is a good beer, don't get me wrong, but as far as Double IPA's are concerned, it's lacking.

wagenvolks, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice crisp deep copper with a very frothy off-white head, absolutely beautiful beer! Aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet malts slightly undertoned citrus hops. The taste is a rather interesting blend of sweet malts and a load of light earthy citrus hops that linger in the long aftertaste. The beer is just a little on the syrupy side, the 8% comes through strong, but it's still not as bad as many other beers. This one was certainly enjoyable.

atsprings, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber color with noticeable haze. Poured with a thick, frothy head and clumpy lacing. Hop aroma is mild at best with a clean character. More malty than hoppy. Considering that this is an American Double IPA, I'm very surprised that the hop character is not more pronounced. Hop bitterness is present in taste, but still lackluster compared to other beers in this style. Underlying sourness that can be a bit cloying. Mouthfeel is sticky and on the wetter side; not dry as I expected. Quantity of alcohol is masked well without the associated warming sometimes present with Double IPAs. Overall, this is an average effort, however for the style, this beer needs a bolder hop profile.

hammer09, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this bad boy is from their big beer series. big, bad, coooolll

a decent dark orangy amber color with a luxurious head above. sudsy and creamy at the same time. not in any hurry to leave the spot. as the beer and head fall very nice geolody is left on the glass

the aroma is way hoppy. at first i thought columbus but at second sniff it's too minty for that. not sure what that leaves me with but i dig it. not something i recognize. cedar and a ton of citrus

the malts are there but have enough confidence to let the hops shine. again, i don't recognize the variety but i enjoy it. the hops are used primarily later in the boil, thus is not very bitter (but quite tasty and odiferous)

bruachan, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle
8.0% ABV
I tried this beer on August 30, 2007 at the 'Beer Bistro' in Toronto. The price is not a mis-print, I really did pay $20.00 for a beer. The beer poured a muddy brown into the glass with a small tan head that lasted throughout. The aroma was very hoppy...VERY hoppy with some perfumy and floral scents. Almost bubble-bath like. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with some mild carbonation. The flavour was hoppy and very spicy with some lingering bitterness.

cyrenaica, Aug 31, 2007
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.

John_M, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 22 oz amber bomber into 20 oz pilsner glass.

Pours thick with lots of body, generating a notable head persisting for a while. Murky orange color, so hazy I can't see through it, bummer.

Aroma has pungent and resiny hops, no real signature hop character such as tons of pine or tons of grapefruit.

Taste is likewise characterless, nothing special. Sweet and a bit malty with a heavy mouthfeel. Not particularly bitter.

Drinkability was OK, average. IIPA/DIPAs is a very crowded field loaded with excellent beers, and this one just doesn't stand up to the intense competition. Nice to have a Michigan microbrew, so I still recommend trying it once for that reason.

BattleRoadBrewer, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber, this was a dark, hazy amber. resiny pine in the nose along with some dark fruit notes. a moderate caramel sweetness leads to a medium to full bittering finish. almost full-bodied. this was a decent dipa, well-balanced and solid but not spectacular.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 16, 2007
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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Talisker
2.23/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was a drain pour for me. And I don't think it was a bad bottle.

22oz bottle purchased May 2007 at Lukas Liquors in St. Louis. Poured into a Fuller's Imperial pint glass. Label seems to be designed to report a bottling date, but nothing's notched.

Deep clear amber with some brown highlights - very nice thick, pillowy head of very tiny bubbles. Lacing sticks around forever, and the bubbles rise nicely from the bottom even 25 minutes after pouring.

Unfortunately it's downhill from there. Nose is a thick gooey piney resin, reminiscent of cleaning fluid, maybe even some sulfur notes. The taste is unfortunately even worse - no citrus, not even much typical hop bitterness, just syrupy pine followed by more of the same. Very hard to detect the malt - this style should have a lot of malt supporting the hops. Coats the mouth with a thin film of resin.

DIPA is not my favorite style, but I'll certainly go out of my way to have some of the local favorites - a White Knuckle from Marin Brewing, Pliny the Elder from Russian River, or even Green Flash's Imperial IPA. But I won't be trying Arcadia's again.

Talisker, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Leaves a two finger tan head that has excellent retention, and leaves webs and webs of excellent lacing. Body is an orange-hued amber with brown highlights.

Smell - Pine resin, citrus, and more pine resin. Where's the malt ?

Taste - a hop bomb consisting of pine resin, and more bitter pine resin, with hints and highlights of citrus. Faintly perceptible malt makes itself tasted in brewed tea and toasted maltcrackers flavors, but again, very faintly - it is only the thinnest of backbones. Finally, there is the smallest hint of caramel, but bitter pine resin, and more bitter pine resin obilerates all - all the way through to the finish, and also in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, smooth, and very, very slick from hop oils.

Drinkability - this is very good, but it is just a little high in abv to make it sessionable, although it is low enough to tempt one to push it.

ultralarry2006, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of clvand0
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma actually has a lot of caramel malt to back up the fruity and pine hops. The flavor has a ton of grapefruit, pine, citrus hops but also has a very well balanced caramel malt backbone. The body is medium and the drinkability is pretty good.

clvand0, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
Binny's Willowbrook

Hopmouth pours a very dark orange, bordering on garnet, but glows when held to the light. Slightly hazy with clumped groups of rising carbonation. Two finger ivory head formed on the pour and stayed put becoming dense and craggy over time but without receding. Leaves thick drink line lacing after each sip. Great looking head but the body is a little too hazy.

Smells of lightly toasted grains with a solid helping of caramel throughout. Mild vegetal aroma but it's surprisingly not a turn of, reminiscent of celery. Big grassy hops with a squeeze or two of grapefruit juice. Alcohol vapors tickle the nose as it warms.

Biscuity and caramel malts start things off and are quickly followed by a quick wave of alcohol. A grassy hop bitterness washes over the tongue along with hints of grapefruit and pine needles. The caramel makes an appearence again on the swallow. Good flavorful IIPA.

Medium body that becomes airy and creamy when it hits the tongue. Moderate carbonation with a solid bitterness.

Easy drinking enjoyable IIPA. My glass is disappearing far to quickly.

Good solid IIPA. Balanced but with big waves of malt followed by big waves of hops. My first encounter with Arcadia Ales and I wouldn't hesitate to venture back.

joe1510, Jul 21, 2007
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.

Wasatch, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear amber hue with a nice khaki colored two finger head that slowly died down to a nice lacing. Stickiness grabs a hold and won't let go. Smell is very orange peel dominated up front, very unique odor for a DIPA. I really can't detect much else in the nose. Taste begins with a hint of flowers and earth which is followed by some pine hop goodness, but very subtle. A bit of caramel malt sweetness finds its way mixed in as well. Finishes very dry, but takes a while to kick in. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a good amount of bubbles, somewhat chewy. I'll easily finish this one, but that's enough for me. Not bad, give it a try.

BeerTruth, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

NeroFiddled, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of westweasel
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a shaker glass. The color was a very opaque, dirty amber with a half inch of beige head. Lots of lacing was left around the glass.
The smell was grain and biscuits with bit of a floral scent, and just a hint of roastyness.

The taste was toasted white bread and those multi-grain type rolls up front, followed by a pineapple or lemon bitterness at the end of the swallow. The mouthfeel was medium to full.

The drinkability of this beer was very good, with decent balance. It's just not all that exciting.

westweasel, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Arcadia and poured into a pint glass. This IIPA poured a hazy amber/orange color with a thin beige head that quickly faded away. The aroma of this beer was full of caramel and grapefruit notes. A good amount of hoppiness in the smell. The flavor was mostly citrus hops with a touch of caramel. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for a double. I was hoping for a little more of a resiny look on the sides of the glass. With that said, this is still a solid effort from Arcadia.

mdm46410, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Tall chunky head with serious legs, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Color is a clear, but dark coppery red.
Smell is a peat moss/earthy bitterness with a sweet malty background. Taste is an herbal bitterness, almost tea-like. The malt sweetness is light, oddly like a honeydew melon.
Mouthfeel had a solid medium body. Drinkability was OK, but towards the end of the bottle I was getting a little tired of it.

bort11, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a massive white head and super sticky lacing.
Smell is all hops, grassy, piney, herbal, slight citrus.
Taste is way bitter hops matching the smell. Herbal hops dominate with some slight grass and pine. Slight malt sweetness comes through in the finish which is a little odd to me. The malts usually come through in the start.
Pretty highly carbonated, kinda slick and just a little thin.
Nice brew after a hot afternoon mowing the lawn.

kirok1999, May 16, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber a deep rich amber hue with a generous and frothy off-white head. Decent lacing.

Citrusy grapefruit mixed with malts and a sweet Juicyfruit aroma.

First impression is definitely the sharpness of the hops. Back end brings maltiness for good balance. A bit of booziness in the finish.

Medium bodied. Crisp. Carbonation was very light.

This is a pretty good DIPA from Arcadia. Easy to drink.

Monkeyknife, May 15, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber, served slightly chilled, in a frosted Arcadia IPA pint glass.

A - deep amber color with a fluffy tan head, thinning out to a top coat, leaving tiny lace bubbles all down my glass.

S - strong citrus hop aroma with only a hint of maltiness.

T - good dub, very balanced flavor, bitter bite upfront, malt in the midway, return to dry/sour hoppy finish.

M - nice mouthfeel, a bit drying, but I guess that's what makes you want more.

D - ok for a few, but extreme bitterness would limit me from drinking this all night. 8% abv is relatively low for a dub, but no matter, I still wouldn't have more than 3 or 4 pints over a few hours.

for the limited availability and fair price, it's worth a try.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 13, 2007
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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