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

467 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 467
Hads: 963
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 34
Gots: 86 | 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:
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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Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,497 characters)

Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
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! (1,700 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (1,265 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.8/5  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. (601 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a murky brown with a very fluffy white head and great lacing.

Nose is sweet cream and hops, with some almond and orange zest.

Taste is tart with lime and pine. The hops are sharp-tasting, but not overly biting. The malt has a maple flavor. There is also some cream soda.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, with medium-light carbonation and a clean, but slightly oily finish.

Overall, it is a very creamy double with good balance. (441 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No enjoy by date.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to a thin, light beige head that disapated quickly. The brew is dark copper color and very clear.

S: The aroma is a sweet caramel and sweet bready malt blend with just a hint of boozy alcohol.

T: The taste combines flavors of sweet and bready malt and yeast with an earthy hops along with just a sprig of piney hops. There is also just a bit of alcohol heat.

M: It has a medium body, and a small amount of carbonation.

O: A solid IPA. Another IPA that is balanced at a high level of both hops and malt. It is earthy without being bitter. The touch of alcohol heat sharpens the hops and malt flavors. The flavors are not too complex and therefore blend together well to create a bold IPA. (758 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Handsome not-quite-clear amber in the tall tulip. Sudsy in the mouth but not much head. Aroma is a real knockout of big fresh hops.

Hoppy from the start, and bitter to the finish. Rather rich with a thick mouthfeel. Not too sweet, though the malt is plentiful. On the neck is printed "Bottled 02/23/12." Resins and the big pine hoppy blast. Lots of aromatics. Gets pretty bitter after awhile, and 12 oz is more than enough. Good mouthfeel for a few sips, but then it starts going numb from the hops.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia. The current label features a more scary Hoppy Man and lists the ABV at 8%. (643 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz poured into a duvel tulip

A- Murky dark brown/amber with an off white half finger head. Nice lacing. A dank looking IPA.

S- Judging by the smell id say mine is middle aged. An assault of hop flavors up front. A bit of pine but mostly citrus, a lot of pineapple and mango but a ton of grapefruit and overly ripened citrus fruits. Malt profile is hidden by hops but its pretty sweet smelling.

T- A lot of bitterness up front followed up by a hint of a bready, light maltiness. The rest of the taste here is hop dominant. A big wallop of Grapefruit. Some other citrus notes and a hint of pine as well but grapefruit dominates all. Bitterness is relatively low considering the hop flavors, so kudos to the brew master.

M- Bitter, well carbonated. For an 8% IPA, I think it should be slightly more drinkable but its not overbearing. Aftertaste is dry but not that great.

O- A solid DIPA, wish I had it a bit fresher, I can tell mine has seen better days. Not nearly as good as their Hop Rocket DIPA in my opinion but not disappointing either. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved as an extra from StlThrash. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip.

A - Pours a hazy copper color with a finger of a light tan head. Not too much lacing is holding on.

S - Citrus grapefruit and a combination of pineapple and appricot. On second smell, I'm also getting a little caramel and butterscotch.

T/M - More apricot than grapefruit on the tongue. Decent amount of bitterness that sticks on the edge of my tongue. I also get a slight alcohol warmth. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - A really good DIPA. My only complaint is that this brew is a little maltier than I would prefer my DIPAs to be. I would get this one again...if I could. Thanks Todd for tossing this one in. (709 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours with a warming glowing-amber color. There’s a big, resiny piney hop nose. The aroma is all hops. Might as well call it hopnose? The flavor has a nice, thick, chewy mouthfeel. It’s piney, oily almost, and coats the mouth with hoppy goodness. Dry and thick without being heavy. Mmmm. (296 characters)

Photo of d_rek
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Pint glass

A - Pours a coppery-amber with a slim head that dissipates quickly and leaves a pleasantly laced surface.

S - Mostly just hops on the nose here with some very slight tropical fruit notes hidden in there.

T - Again, mostly just bitter, piney hops on the tongue as well. There's a citrusy zest in there too, but becomes unbalanced by the strong heat afterwards. Suprisingly, I don't mind the heat on this DIPA.

M - Very sticky mouthfeel with low-carbonation. Can definitely feel the heat of the alcohol after each swallow.

O - An interesting take on the DIPA. What it lacks in a balance it makes up for with uniqueness. Probably wouldn't buy again but am enjoying it at the moment. (717 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark for an ipa. Very dark red with a weak head. Looks wattery
S: Floral smell comes through. Nothing too spectacular
T: Tastes like an average IPA. Good floral notes but the spiciness is week and the lingering bitterness is unpleasent. Alcohol has a surprisingly nice finish.
M: Sits very well. Medium body and not watery like I was expecting.

Overall not that great of a showing here. The IPA aspect of this beer is pretty weak as the spiciness is not very present. Yet somehow there is a gross lingering bitterness that leaves me looking for a sip of water. (564 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have had this one on cask as well as out of the bottle. Neither wowed me, but I prefer the bottle as cask IPAs just come off flat to me. Pours golden copper, slightly cloudy, with a creamy white head. Funky aroma wafting up, with grassy hops, some interesting earthiness, light toffee, and weird yeast funk. Taste is bitter pine hops, very earthy and grassy, and not much complexity here. There seem to be malts making this hefty, but they don't really enter the flavor at all and it comes off as rather one-note. Slight dry, low medium carbonation. Not particularly exciting. (578 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An off-white cap of head about a finger tall develops over this beer that's a very ruddy thick dark orange. Heavy foam stays and deposits very rocky lacing as it recedes.
The smell offers a great hops bouquet, intermingling citric orange and ruby red with caramel malts. It's leafy in the back and, on further investigation, reminds me very much of mint leaf.
Hops take center stage and while this beer isn't a bruiser it's undeniably solid. Hops are, again, mostly citrus and balanced well by malts sweetness but there's an additional unsual sweetness it takes me a minute to realize is like chewing on a spearmint leaf. It works in complementary fashion here. A bit of alcohol pulls through in the finish.
A well-rounded mouthfeel shows off some creaminess in a medium body. It's more smooth than crisp, but it does nip. (822 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 fl oz bottle of this from LOLA in St. Louis, MO for $6.50. Poured from the green labeled bottle w/ a Hop Man on the front into a 16oz Stella Artois Gold Rimmed Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date to be found.

Aroma- Has a nice grapefruit aroma that doesn't overload the nose but lets more attributes come around. Seems there is a great amount of citrus, combo of American and noble hops, and has a nice clean, maltiness in the background. Almost perfect but should have more punch for a 2X IPA.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has good retention. Has a deep amber colored body with some hazing but not much. Leaves thick lacing afterwards.

Flavor- A good, strong hop flavor starts this out with light sweetness behind it. Citrus is a huge attribute in here and has a medium-high bitterness level. Not much more and definitely not enough complexity to make it a big time brew for me.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and then hits the palate stronger than you can imagine! Makes up for the taste!

Overall Impression- I'll tell you what. You want a beer to hit your palate and finish off your taste buds, go for this one! The taste is pretty average and seems like only an American IPA. Would like to enjoy on-tap and have had many times before but my first time reviewing. (1,317 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a hazy, copper orange color with 1/2 finger of pale tan head. Some retention and lace.

S: Sherry, caramel and spice. Not very IPA-like, but really good.

T: Caramel up front, but then moves to a bitter pine that slowly fades back to the caramel, with both lingering in the aftertaste. Overall more of a hoppy barleywine than a Douple IPA, but still good. Bit of alcohol on the finish as well. Halfway through the glass, a little cola joins in.

M: Not too heavy, smooth with nice oil.

O: Couldn't find the freshness info on the label, so wondering whether this is past its prime. Doesn't taste bad, but coming across more as a barleywine than a double IPA. Regardless, a pleasant beer and one I'd be happy to buy again. First beer from Arcadia, and eager to try more. (823 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A & S: sweet malts and piney & citrus hops. The smell isn’t too strong but its pretty darn nice smelling. Hazy orange-red colored beer. Off-white head that doesn’t hang around that long

T & M: piney hops come through huge in the taste. Pretty robust, reminds me a lot of hop crisis. Full bodied and smooth going down and then a sharp bit of carbonation hits your tongue. Well backed up malty tones and the body adds a good amount of chewiness to it.

O: very similar to a lot of doubles, but its still really good. I could drink this beer all day! I would also recommend it to anyone, I feel this beer is a bit underrated. (627 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of climax
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,518 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (276 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (602 characters)

Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.