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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia HopMouth Double IPAArcadia HopMouth Double IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

787 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 23:27:36 | More by ppoitras
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dfried

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed with this beer. I really like IPAs and DIPAs so I can be a bit critical. This DIPA did not stand out from others for me. The appearance was just an average amber color with an average white head. The smell was very strong, and floral. What the big turn off for me was the taste. I feel what makes a decent IPA is when there is a flavorful malt backbone to provide something other than pure hop flavor, and hopefully a couple types of hops to provide a spectrum of bitterness. I don't know if I got a stale bottle or what but this one didn't do that for me. There was a slight pale flavor if you looked for it in the after taste, but very bitter, mono-flavor, very pine like, more floral than citrus, hop flavor is all I got out of this one. I am a 'hop head' and I like some really hoppy beer, but there were just too many tannis in this beer from the hops, they kind of turned my stomach. This in turn killed its drinkabiliy.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 01:52:52 | More by dfried
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a ratehr clear orangey amber. A full finger of bubbly light tah head swells then eases slowly to a creamy coating of froth. Cirrus wisps of lacing cloud the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there's an initial draft of pine and grapefruit hops, standing strong but letting a peep of sweet caramel malt to sound off gently. A minty glimpse of alcohol slips through as well.

Upon tasting, toasted malt takes center stage, lightly sweet and carrying caramel, toffee, and a touch of general fruitiness. An odd, salty effect lays on the back sides of the tongue, fleeting but quite distracting, before some bready yeast mingles with pine and citrus hops. The hops fade slightly to a peppery spice note, and the merest vaopr of alcohol appears. A sweet malt remnant dries at the finish to allow a lingering hoppy close. It's not unenjoyable, but it's rather generic, and undermined by the saline aberration.

Medium bodied, the oily hops and hefty grain bill leave a presence on the palate.

There's really only one thing here not to like, but there's not much to grab you either. It's mostly a nice flavor, but it never stands out. It would be hard to pick out in a lineup of similar, nondescript standards. While the ABV is solid, it is nicely incorporated. So it's drinkable, but without a real signature, and with singular flaw. I'm not sure I'll rush to sign on for another tour.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 20:11:12 | More by Foxman
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Ego

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

found @ oak tree buy rite (plainfield nj)

eyes...
big fluffy off white head crests @ a good 2 fingers, bubbles are large near the top and compacted closer to the actual brew... I'll have to let this sit for a few minutes before tasting or I will have foam all over my nose. this one is slightly hazy caramel in hue with the carbonation very hard to make out in the glass, the bubbles are microscopic. the retention is great and this is super sticky, lacing is all over the sides of the glasses in webs. this has the type of head where you can reach in and grab a bunch of it with your bare hand.. scooping it out and flinging it on to the wall (splorch!).

nose...
some pine, hop florals, a faint sweetness from the malt, mostly the hop dominates here... but not overpowering considering this is a DIPA... pretty average for the style, it doesn't smell huge or big imo.

taste etc...
very bitter up front (the only way this seems to be in the DIPA category), the bitterness is fighting with the malt in your mouth and it wins out ultimately in the finish, pretty one dimensional.. and not crazy bitter like some DIPAs. The mouthfeel is somewhat slick and resiny.. sort of medium bodied carried by the carbonation (which is substantial but not distracting)

verdict...
not bad, not great.. interesting to line this up and taste it against other DIPAs to maybe garner the subtleties. Not too huge or big and enough bitter kick to satisfy a hop head like me.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 03:50:23 | More by Ego
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!'

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 22:40:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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rrwiltse

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was really anticipating this one, heard alot of great things and the bottle really plays up the hoppiness factor.
Fabulous aroma, nice floral hops and citrus.
This beer is certainly hoppy, but I was a bit let down. I was expecting to be swept away by a violent hop current; however, Hopmouth, though certainly quite hoppy, is not one of the most hoppy beers out there. Still, it is a must try for the hophead and I'll certainly purchase it again. Nice citrus tones behind the hop bite.
Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 23:10:24 | More by rrwiltse
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a drab, dark, amber-brown color, but shows pretty notes of a hazy, orangish copper colored beer when held up to the light. While pouring this beer from my 22oz bottle, it produces an initial head of about three fingers thick and it is a creamy tan color. The aroma is expressively hoppy with sweet notes of grapefruit and tangerine being prominent. The aroma is just sweet smelling enough that it almost reminds me of candied citrus peels, but there is a touch of crystal malt caramel flavors here as well.

The taste is fairly sweet as well, it is a combination of the bright citrus-like hop flavors and the sweet malt notes that make it sweet. This has a certain creaminess to it as it rests in my mouth, it is definitely on the full side, but is not heavy like say a Barleywine would be. While the citrus/ fruity hop notes certainly dominate this beer there is an undercurrent of herbal pine notes that sort of morph into a lingering bitter note that attempts to dominate the finish, but can't quite do it because those sweet citrus notes refuse to be subdued. This beer has flavors that make me think of ruby-red grapefruits, fleshy-sweet apricots, some notes of sweet tangerines and of course orange. The malt plays a supporting role, but does supply some sweet malt character in the form of caramel flavors as well as some lightly toasted grain notes.

This is a nice example of a Double IPA, it has the body and heft to stand up to the ample hops, but does not become too cloying. It is certainly not as abrasive and raw as some, but to be honest I am not in the mood for tongue peeling hops right now anyway. The focus on soft, fruity hop notes makes this version drinkable yet suitably hoppy for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 02:37:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

Dark amber body with a tall light tan foamy head that left scant speckles of lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of bitter citric hops. Light piney notes over a lightly sweet caramel malt base. Flavor starts off with a mild sweet caramel before being covered by bitter grapefruit hop notes. Some earthiness and biscuit malts add more depth to the taste. Some ringwood yeast notes are in there as well. Finishes with a dry bitterness. Nice thick body that’s pretty smooth and works with the flavor. Good solid DIPA overall but the ringwood notes didn’t seem to fit in that well.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 19:58:12 | More by meathookjones
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber hue nearly brown with a goopy sticky craggy head cap leaving some streams of lace in the glass.

Aroma suggests ringwood and Maris Otter which is in accordance to the label. Pine wood scents and buttered toast.

First swigs: Piney wood and dusty with lingering biscuit & butterscotch pecan.

Thanks to HoppyMeal for the Bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 05:56:01 | More by blitheringidiot
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dwvarner77

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-orange color with a thick frothy head that falls quickly, but leaves a nice retention. Nose is underwhelming; don't get the hit of hops I'd expect with a double IPA. Taste is similar; malty, biscuity, with a little piney hop finish but not enough. Wouldn't be a bad pale ale, but hardly a double IPA, in my opinion. Underwhelming for the style it proclaims. Hopefully I just stumbled upon an old bottle that's lost something....

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 05:41:19 | More by dwvarner77
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a thick and foamy ivory colored head. Really sticky lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and malt. Nice bitter character and medium body. Lots of hoppy pine and citrus flavor with an underlying sweetness of malt and toasted bread. Manages to stay thoroughly bitter and rounded at the same time. The finish is tart and hoppy and lasting. One of Arcadia’s best.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 17:35:06 | More by Dogbrick
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

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

Pours a lovely dark and opaque amber, with a big half-bubbly half-frothy head, about and inch thick. Lacing is great, spottily down the glass. Smell is intensly hoppy, piney and floral, a little grapefruit in there too that brings a little sweetness to the overall bittering. Strong, ripe, and slightly alcoholic, a little funky but still good. Taste is full of flavor, tons of hops (big surprise). Hops are ripe and piney, a little alcoholic bite to it, and there is good amount of carbonation that really plays well off the hops. Underneath this all is a this smooth carmel malts, a little vanilla, and finishes a bittersweet pine grapefruit, crisp and wanting of more. Definitely a 'big' brew, tons of taste and nose to dig through, and while not really all that refined, still a good brew for when you want a hop monster.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 01:33:55 | More by objectivemonkey
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

"Huge Maris Otter malt and a more than generous amount of fresh hops make this beer memorable", so they tell us. Not which hops, though, or any other information, but let's open it up see, eh?

Big hoppy aroma escapes the bottle and into the atmosphere, right off the bat...nice going...hazy vermillion appearance, with a huge, puffy, off-whitish head. Looks great!...and...

...smells great! Piney first, followed by fruit, a mix of apple and grapefruit, with echoes of cherry and grape, and peppery spices whispering away behind them. Quite a treat for the nose! I rather enjoy it.

In the mouth, the juicy hop blitz mounts an assault, accompanied by massive amounts of bitterness. It sloshes about a bit, then fades amiably back. With each new sip, a blast of fruity flavor, with bracing bitterness, but unstoppable taste. Most ample body, quite sufficient to hold up the hops, and a firm texture, long, delicious, hoppy finish.

Abv is ungiven, unknown, but it's starting to roar up on me, after only half a glass.

Quite a sunny, friendly, extra-delicious brew, this one, and it reminds me a bit in the taste of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and then, at times, it doesn't.

Bright and tasty, this Hopmouth...quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 01:08:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 23:17:29 | More by Viggo
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a relatively transparent chestnut and maroon color with a creamy off white head that had solid lacing and retained well in the glass.
Aroma was all Maris Otter Malt with juicy, frity, hoppy notes with just a touch of piney resins.
Flavor was dominated by a strong caramel noe but a hint of chocolate also arose before a bombardment of citrus and resinous bittering took over.
Mouthfeel was mostly well balanced with thick, full malt in the front and a nicely increasing IBU punch on the close.
Drinkability was very solid. An incredible reversal from the very mediocre effort that was Batch 999, this is a simple but very well made "big IPA." Let's hope this is a sign of a bit of turn around at Arcadia as they seem to have suffered in the last year or so.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 21:24:27 | More by CRJMellor
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 16:08:38 | More by DrJay
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mentor

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stopped in to see my buddy trbeer while on holiday and got a bomber of this in trade. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a 1.5 finger caramel/tan-brown head over a slightly cloudy red-brown liquid. Smells citrus hoppy, alcoholic, and caramel...all this just during the pour. To the nose...citrus pith is clean. Grapefruit clean lemon. A wet malty sugar sweet. Tastes wonderful. Not a flavor bomb, this is delicate and subdued. Hop bitter is present with some rough cohumulone character that mixes with arough alcohol. Not a completely like a cheap vodka alcohol, but it does have an edge of that roughness. Malt sweet is tame beneath the hop flavor and just serves as a mildy fruity backdrop that supports the hops. Some caramel, but more fruity like dried apricots. Hop flavor is oranges and a drying pith. A bitter and dry oil mouthfeel that increases in intensity as the beer warms. The beer has a wonderfull smooth creaminess that is countered by a dry finish. The hop bitter becomes more intense as I got farther into the beer almost becoming a brutal abuse of my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 06:08:27 | More by mentor
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A well made DIPA from Arcadia. Pours out to a hazy orange color with a 1/4 inch head of foam. Lace is abundant. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of fresh hops and pine are powerful, with some hints of a sweet candy like note lingering in the background. Flavors of hops dominate, with an oily consistancy not found in many DIPA's. A touch of malt and sweet grain are hidden under the massive amounts of hops. Mouthfeel was again, rather oily, but could've been a touch more on the dense side without being offensive. Pretty good drinkability. This is the brew for hopheads. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 02:14:06 | More by Frozensoul327
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daedalus

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Frothy white head atop a dark topaz body. There is an immediate burst of fresh, flowery hop aroma with faint hints of coffee and malt. Initial taste brings back the floral hops from the nose balanced by malt character that is not as sweet as would be expected in a double IPA. As the beer warms, the malt flavor becomes earthier and more pronounced, as does the alcoholic aftertaste.

Although it appears sufficiently syrupy, the mouthfeel actually seems a bit watery and rather thin, leaving something to be desired. The head retention is nice, but the body seems to lose its carbonation quickly, which doesn’t help drinkability.

Overall, a decent double IPA, but there are many others I would reach for first. It sort of reminded me of a lesser version of Ale Smith’s IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 05:20:57 | More by daedalus
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopmouth flowed out of the bomber bottle sporting a fairly deep shade of amber as a colour. Red is an apt description. The gaze through the beer was not a clear one. It is a bit hazy. A spitty off-white head puffed up. It did not make a lasting impression as it turned into pond scum fairly rapidly. The carbonation is low with this one. It is throwing off some impressive splattery splots of lace.

The nose is rife with hop odour as expected. Somewhat of a pointed grapefruit aroma. It also has some overinfused hop vegetable qualities that are verging on earning themselves a classification as off scents. There is definitely something that is not quite appetizing in the nose. Maybe a sourness. Dry hop infestation or some deal. A smidge of funkiness. Hell, I don't know, I just drink em. There seems to be a solid malt profile going on as well.

The taste is nice. Thankfully the nearly off aspect of the nose is not fogging the flavour at all. The hop profile is nice and fresh in the taste. Grass, pine, resin, grapefruit, and dilute orange come to mind. All the while, the malt base is sturdy. This nearly achieves a balance, but it is still coming across as a "big brew" show of brutality in some respects. I do like it that the malts feel like they were doubled up to match the generous hopping. To be truthfull, this isn't really all that bitter with all of the mouthwatering sweetness flooding over the acidic qualities. It is dry. Not desert dry. That sweetness keeps my mouth wet enough to offset this effect.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick. I might be persuaded into saying this is heavy bodied. As mentioned, the malt character is well established and it shows through on the palate.

The drinkability is good for a "big brew." I am not having any difficulties flushing this through for a tour of my insides. I hope my liver approves as much as my taste buds do. Doubtful. This one was a bit of a disappointment. I have one to age, so we'll see what happens. The almost "offity" of the nose has me a bit concerned.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 05:33:13 | More by SupaCelt
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yawn. Wow, another "exteme" IPA, in America, how novel!

Pours a medium and clear chestnut in color with a creamy off white head that had pretty good retention. Nose is predictably very, very citrusy, smells of pink grapefruit and not much else. Taste is of course, very hoppy, with a decent malt background, but it doesn't stand up to the hop onslaught.

I'm pretty tired of these kinds of beers, there is no balance or artistry to it, it's just trying to get a beer as hoppy as possible and it really isn't impressive honestly. It does play to those who love this stuff though, so an increased market share to Arcadia is a nice effect, since they put out some decent beers, but this one... I'm not a fan of. Decently crafted though, fresh and juicy.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 08:49:54 | More by Gaisgeil
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow, first, I think I'd call this more a Double English IPA, I don't get the freakish overload of citrus notes off of this beer that I do off of other double IPAs.

Pours a pretty clear ambers, with a decent head retention. Lacing was pretty impressive as well. I get a slightly piney aroma here, some grassy and earthy notes as well. Taste is *gasp* balanced, tons of malts supporting the hops. Some grapefruity notes appear with the malts, but not an overload of them. Mouthfeel is amazingly thick and rich. Carbonation is just there, not overwhelming, and a good supporting player. I think we need more Double IPAs like this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 23:20:08 | More by deejaydan
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We need more Imperial IPAs like this. It reminds me of *gasp* Three Floyd's Dreadnought. Sure, it doesn't taste like Dread, but the same elements are there. It has a solid malt backbone with a full (for a IIPA) body and nice carbonation coupled with hit-you-over-the-head-hops. A strong english presence in the nose and flavour, while the bittering hops cleanse the palatte for the next swig. There is just enough alcohol to accentuate the hops without overpowering them.
A masterpiece. Plain and Simple. If you like the style, buy this guy.


That said . . . there is something missing here. I don't know what it is, but I have a vague, unfullfilled feeling as I finish this beer. I can't tell you what it is, but something is missing. There is a hole in this beer that I can't put my finger on. It is a hole that most IIPAs suffer from, so I won't judge it harshly for it, but I just want to know what it is. I don't know what it is, but it is very pronounced in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 20:01:29 | More by shbobdb
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice copperee-amberee color with an off-white head. The lacing in very nice. The aroma is maltee, and caramelee, with a citrusee hoppee presence. Nice and juicee.

The flavor is again maltee, and caramelee, with a nice fruitee hoppiee taste. It is a bit resinee too. Mouthfeel is a bit creamee and drying in the finish. A medium-full bodieed brew. Very yummy.

Thanks Tommee.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 03:01:43 | More by BeerBuilder
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with decent head, the body is amber. Aroma of Marris Otter, as indicated on the label, with piny, resinous hops.

I am probably biased from the start in favor of any IIPA I haven't had, and this one is no different. The malt starts to balance the hops, but doesn't succeed. This isn't sweet like many IIPAs. The hops taste fresh, wet, and piney. Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel, with high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 23:24:55 | More by Sephiroth
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.