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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good
477 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
477
Ratings:
1,021
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
19.36%
 
 
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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPAArcadia HopMouth Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first in a limited edition, Brew Crew Big Beer Series. 1080 OG; 76 IBU

Added by TastyTaste on 12-11-2005

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Reviews: 477 | Ratings: 1,021
Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep copper to amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy head that slowly reduces to a medium large medium thick patch, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with moderate aromas of pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of caramel malt flavors that contribute some sweetness. That is quickly followed up by some moderate flavors of pine hops and just a touch of herbal hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy with some light amount of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this beer is pretty well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops. The alcohol is pretty well hidden (slightly present in the mouthfeel) and the beer is fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 2/22/13, poured into a snifter for tasting.

Amber/copper/gold coloring, with hints of ruby red grapefruit. Not particularly clear at all. Foamy/soapy head, sorta tan, but light; dissipates pretty quickly.

Nothing special or terribly outstanding about the aroma I'm getting here. It's all a bit flat, but does not smell bad, it's just that there is nothing exceptional about the smell. I get light hints of pine, citrus, and malt.

Taste is similar, but with a nice bitterness to it, and a piney/earthy aftertaste. Very muted, mostly just the hoppiness is noticeable.

Feel is decently smooth, with a bitter finish. But there is also a syrupy character to it, a thickness that is both sweet and bitter.

Overall, it's just a few levels below what I would call a really good DIPA. I don't hate it, and I'm sure I'd try it again. It's very average in the end.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pour into frozen tumbler and only achieved a slight head. beer was a clear golden

S - nothing distinctive here. slight smell of grain but not the heavy hoppy scent you would expect from a double/imperial IPA

T - not special/nothing distintive

M - OK

O - drinkable but not one to add to my drink again list

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper ruby IPA. Excellent layer of white lacing. Very thick as well.

Smell: Sweet honey and caramel with a hint of maple syrup. Easily the sweetest DIPA I've ever smelled. Definitely malty for the style, but the maple creates a pine-line resin smell that is perfect for this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet pine, almost tastes like agave. A bit of a bubblegum twang as well. Alcohol hits you pretty quickly with this. Some orange rind in the finish. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Nice crispness and a very smooth finish. Not too heavy.

Overall: Very underrated.

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Photo of Omnium
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sam Adam's Sensory Glass

A - Pours an amberish color, thick finger head white and foamy, medium lacing.
S - Resinouy Pine hops, toasted malt, rye, dark caramel. All that you smell is kinda subdued.
T - You get all the smells in the flavor, but its weak. The hops aren't really pronounced, but you get some bitterness, and an odd soapy flavor. Not horrid, but not great.
M - Medium mouthfeel, bitterness and that soapy flavor hang on.
O - After having the regular IPA, this is not nearly as good as that, its not really refreshing, nor does it have a good development of flavors, not sure what to think here other than its a letdown.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark copper with a finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is reminiscent of tangerines. There is definitely malt present and upfront in the flavor profile. Hops are present as well, but not at the volume found in most top tier DIPAs. The finish is semi-dry an a touch bitter. There is some definite booziness both before the finish and as part of the aftertaste.

I am not quite sure what I am drinking here. It's not really a DIPA, rather it is more like and Imperial ESB (if there is such a thing).

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Derby Station in EGR. Was a fairly dark amber color with a small amount of white foamy head. The aroma was mild, was expecting a far more aggressive hoppy smell but just a hint of pine. The taste was also surprising but pleasantly so - the piney hops were there at the start, but quickly faded. This beer is quite balanced, and the hops seemed to blend nicely with the malts. The carbonation helps balance the mouthfeel as well, had to watch myself as this went down very easy. Really nice beer.

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Photo of GOBLUEBEERFAN
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This had a very good smell when first poured. I liked the darker color. The hoppy taste is something that I really enjoy. I have found that I like a more hoppy beer that plays with the taste buds now that I stopped smoking a few months back. This is a good beer I can get much easier in Michigan. I wish that the better beers would be easier to get.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. no bottle coding what so ever.

A: pretty hazy brownish body. slightly brownish-white head sits on top.

S: smells hoppy while also smelling soapy. slightly oxidized while still managing to be hoppy. even fresh I feel like this brew may battle too much between malt and hops.

T: a little soapy. roasted dark grains make their presence right at the end. a quick tang to the hop flavor that preluded it. something a bit off, my guess would be the soapy flavor which would lead me to believe there was a problem with the bottle sanitization. a little burnt/smoke flavor as well.

M: average carb on a very medium/full body.

D: meh, muddied flavors and aromas, this is a big pass from me. sorry arcadia but you guys are gonna have to make some serious changes if you want this muddy mess to remain in your portfolio.

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Photo of Docrock
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A- minimal amount of head over a light coppery brown body. What head there was quickly dissipated, no cap and the little lacing there was, was just a bit sticky.

S - very little aroma, almost no hop character at all. A touch of banana and apricot is all I picked up and it was faint. Really surprising considering its a DIPA.

T - ok, now it's a DIPA! Mostly pine, but not overbearing and a little maltiness. No lingering aftertaste which is bait surprising.

M - slightly creamy with decent carbonation, where was this when I poured it? Reasonably well balanced.

O - I am thinking this is a bit above average, pretty good,maybe like to try it on tap and not sure how fresh it was but bought it less than 20 miles from brewery so should be reasonably fresh.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
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%.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of d_rek
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.