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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

829 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 23
Gots: 23 | 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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drabmuh

Maryland

2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a Russian River tulip...blah. Beer is amber and hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, carbonation low.

Aroma is super malty with some piny hops.

Beer is kind of a let down, not really feeling it. It's heavy and malty and bland at the same time, Bitterness is low and the finish has a grainy aftertaste. I'm done. There are much better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:56:46 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've sampled this one trice, and I must say I don't really get it. I like English Ales but if your doing a DIPA do it, you know what I mean. English DIPA doesn't do the style justice let me break it down. Appears a clouded caramel copper tone with a large off white head leaves even speckled lacing around my pint glass. Aromatics consist of caramel and biscuit malts which form a gentle sweet bready tone this is complemented by a tight herbal grassinss with mild citrus hops...this hop profile seems diminished and too mild for the style. Flavors collide with mild alcohol and a sturdy amount of hop bitterness upfront orange peel perfumey flavor that kinda lacquers the tongue other notes of grassy hop action but overall flavor is minimal here not as dimensional and flowing as I would expect. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodie moderate carbonation a bit of resinous feel but really does stay on the palate. Drinkability not something I would call sessionable or overbearing on the palate just too many English malts colliding with my beloved American bred Double IPA style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2006 20:48:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-21-2013 14:13:19 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a creamy but bubbly 1 finger head that doesn't seem to fade. It's a crazy hazy dark reddish brown almost purplish dark funky looking mush.

N: Almost like a hoppy heavy barleywine. Lots of malts and sweetness. Lots of dark malts, sweet sugary aromas like sugar added, some lighter fruit aromas. Then some hops, a spicy variety with some chewy earthy hop aromas with that. A slight fruity hop thing going too, as well as a slight chewy malt thing.

T: Actually starts with the hops this time. Lots of bitterness, but not too crazy, with some earthy, chewy, and slight spicy hops along with a little pine. Spicy hops really hit ya with a slight boozy heat. Then more malts come along and crash on the hop party. Sweet malts with a little sugar flavor, some light fruit with the sweetness. A very slight hop oil. The maltiness isn't the standard heavy pale malt flavor, but more darker malts and reddish malts. It has quite a bit of a malty flavor but no boring plain pale.

M: Medium body, pretty thick though, and decent carbonation.

F: Dries off quite a bit with help from the bitterness which also really comes out on the finish. The two accentuate each other as usual. A slight lingering sticky syrup like feel through with a lingering feel that there was some strong booze in my mouth. More bitterness lingers with the flavors of earthy chewy hops mostly, and hints of spicy and piny hops. A little fruit also comes late on teh back of the tongue. A nice beer overall, hard to drink much of it but hits the spot when you need a heavy, dark imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 03:39:01 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is very nice! It has a wonderful fresh hop scent along with monster malt aroma. It's big in both departments. The taste is decent. It has a pretty balanced flavor that's huge on malt character. It boasts of Maris Otter and crystal malts. It's also big on hops. They are incredibly fresh tasting. It's bitter as hell, but the malts do well in hiding it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey brew, although it's quite different from most DIPA's I've had before. Anyway, it's a good beer regardless.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 18:27:31 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown-orange with a white head. The aroma is very malty with a hint of hops. The flavor is citrus hops with a very strong malt backbone. This is a very balanced DIPA. Thin mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I want more hop presence when I drink a beer of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 05:42:57 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 21:28:34 | More by Rifugium
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mactrail

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 03:44:51 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours foamy and bubbly, but it bubbled down soon enough. A bubbly thick head rested atop a hazed orange/amber. Some sticky, bubbly lacing left on glass.

The smell is of Otter Maris malt, and plenty of it - for sure. Spicy fruity (citric), woody (piney-ish) in the back. Alcohol comes through a bit. What came to mind was an English IPA souped up (and with an American hop touch?) Hops are not in the forefront, but are there.

The taste is malty - Otter Maris - classic English malt bill - upfront. Enough hops to give it a spicy kick. The citrus/pine is enough to give it balance. To speak of a DIPA this way might sound odd, but it does fit the style, with a bitterish, alcohol finish. Alcohol noticeable, but integrated into the flavors well.
A different DIPA...not sure that it is necessarily what I would love in the style, but works well enough. Something reminds me of Cereal Killer (which is better than this, IMO).

Hits full-bodied well enough.

Certainly English-influenced - typical of this brewery. In a line-up of DIPA's don't think this would be the first I would grab, but it certainly is drinkable enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 02:09:52 | More by jwc215
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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-21-2011 00:40:16 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-fingered tight-bubbled head that leaves good sticky lace. The color is a very cloudy dark amber/light brown.

Delicious hop smell that is strong but not overpowering. Lighter colored malt aroma base in the background.

This is very well-balanced for the style. Lots of flavor: strong hop, good toasted malt, very little alcohol presence. Full bodied as expected. Complex. Puckering pine-like hop aftertaste that lasts for a very long time.

This is one of the better DIPA's I've had. No one particular flavor or smell dominates in a way to make this an extreme beer. It is, however, on the most flavorful brews I've had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 18:08:19 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: lightly hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. Nice 2"+ head lasts a long time while also sproting some large bubbles. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: very weak pine and grapefruit.

Taste: decent malt sweetness paired with an oily pine bitterness. Orange and grapefruit citrus are easily detectable. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: prickly crispness at the start, mild crispness near the finish. Aftertaste is quite short on the bitterness and citrus tones. Medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability: not bad but this grew old on me by the time the bottle was empty. Worth a look, but nothing overly exceptional here.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 12:12:36 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-04-2014 15:51:19 | More by GClarkage
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-08-2012 22:30:08 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trbeer for the trade...
Appears a hazy, dense amber with a small 1 finger, off-white head that slowly fades into a small cap. Scattered amounts of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuit, light caramel, honey, brown sugar, citrusy, pine, and some of those orange slice candies.
Taste is of the same aromas with a sweet, sugary, orange flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, slick, semi-dry, mildly bitter, along with orange peel and a balanced amount of citrusy that teeters on sugary and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 19:01:14 | More by weeare138
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A tumbler glass served at Capone's.

A: The DIPA has an amber orange color, fairly clear, with a small head that doesn't last long.

S: The aroma is bitter hops, amped up significantly. Citrus notes dominate.

T: The flavor is out of balance. Big oily hops great you up front but never recede to allow for a malty body or any other flavors. The hops are bitter and don't mix well, creating a taste that is a pine-citrus combination that has no clear definition. The lack of focus hurts the taste, as too many things want to stand out but none are able to.

M: The mouthfeel is a big mess of oily pine and citrus hops. If you like big hops that are clearly out of balance, this is for you.

D: I chose this over the Sorachi Ace as my first DIPA of the evening (see my profile for the write-up on Sorachi Ace) and regret it. The flavors never coherently mix and leave a lasting bitterness in the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2007 14:43:37 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

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

22 ounce bomber bottle, no freshness indication. Pours cloudy, murky, dull almond amber. Head is basic tan and leaves gobs of thick medium bubble lacing. Nose is boldly of hops. Goey, thick and hoppy brew, lacks the citric bite of other of the style. This one is more smooth and malty then the "San Diego" style DIPA. Being a big beer fan I love this stuff, but I believe I'm more partial the the more grapefruit infused versions. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 22:57:46 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 22:07:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 21:32:43 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit hops almost balanced with caramel malts. Higher ABV is totally hidden. $3.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 22:31:24 | More by jdhilt
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DoubleJ

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alldeybrewin for the extra! In the 12 ounce format, soon to be poured into on Old Guardian glass, on to the beer:

Sticky, sticky, sticky is the head. It's staying on top and not going way. Dark copper/ orangish bronze color. A great sight to eyes, even more so with the patchy lacing holding onto the glass. Metallic hops in the aroma. Maybe a little grapefruit as well. A bit too subdued to warrant the next highest smell score.

Balanced. It's not overwhelming in flavor intensity as I've grown up with living here in California. A bit of caramel and squirt of tropical punch starts things out. There's still enough hops to go around....it's kind of a sugary hopfest. "Sweet hops". The alcohol is nowhere, and it's an easy drinker. A very light tap of resin lingers on in the aftertaste.

I wasn't sure where this DIPA would go. It goes to the balanced side of things, but the most important thing is it works out really well in the end.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 05:13:25 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 23:23:26 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of creamy dark beige head. Decntent retention with some sticky lace. Color is a dark golden copper.

Aroma: I immediately detect a lot of malts. Caramel and bready. Floral hops, but the malts cover a lot of the flavors up. Has a perfume scent to it.

Taste: Bready and caramel malts with some booze showing. Floral hops with a hop resin feel to it. Some grapefruit citrus.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a sweet floral hop aftertaste.

Overall, nothing impressive. Too much malts showing and I know this one was fresh because it was just delivered to the store. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:48:08 | More by mothman
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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
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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