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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

924 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 33
Gots: 53 | 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 jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed caramel with 1+ finger of sand colored head. Hazing never totally clears, great lacing & good head retention

S: Slight pineyness

T: Piney & leafy hops, caramel & a touch of dryness up front. As this warms, I get more leafy hops, a bit of toffee & more dryness. Finishes with a slight fruittyness (pears mostly), more dryness & caramel, if this would've melded better I'd rate it a 4.0

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & some stickyness, pretty nice balance

Drinks alright, juat didn't blow me away, not the hop profile that gets me too exited, but certainly takes the chill out of the Feburary night!

Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
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%.

Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On hand-pump at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a pint glass.

A - Nice persistent off-white thick cap and splotchy lacework. Transparent amber-copper body.

S - Piney hops, candied citrus, some light dank and cattiness. Malt character is English toffee and treacle. Seems very English in general actually. Nose doesn't pop, but isn't as muted as some cask beer I've had.

T - Very sweet tangerine citrus morphs into a bitter finish. There's some toasty and light toffee malt character.

M - Dry finish, with residual resinous character. Soft smooth, medium body, and a nice creamy texture. Alcohol is not obvious.

D - This was surprisingly good. It went down quickly, and the hand-pump serving and cellar temperature complemented the English qualities of the malt and hop bill. One of Arcadia's strongest offerings.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of jwc215
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.

Photo of smcolw
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
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.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kindly given to me by glazeman

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours a hazy amber with a small head, a good amount of thin lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Some hops and citrus with a little bit of apple/apple juice surprisingly.

T: Not extremely complex, a definite hop-bomb. Mostly pine flavor with a little malt sneaking in on the back. It is mild on the front end, with the flavor increasing in intensity towards the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied that leaves a tingly feeling on your tongue. This beer was interesting, it looked great and smelled great, but the taste wasn't what I expected. It was pretty weak upfront and then you get hit with the hops and bitterness. Overall, confusing, but still likable if you are a hophead.

Photo of weeare138
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam for bringing me a 4 pack back from Michigan.

A: Darker color than what I'm used to in a DIPA. Nice head with some sticky lacing.

S: Typical floral, citrus, hops.

T: Lacking balance. Alcohol flavor present. Tastes like it's 10% instead of 8%.

M: Not as smooth as I'd like. Slight hop bitterness.

D: Not a bad beer, per se, but I'm ready to move on to something else.

Notes: I had a Pliny the Elder yesterday, and at a comparable 8%, it's fair to say that Hopmouth is not at the top of the class. There are too many accessible quality DIPA out there for me to purchase this one again.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.