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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

857 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a surprisingly,clear amber with a thick,bone-white,two finger crown that left moderate sudsy lace.

S-Nutty,caramel malt,soft pine and slightly overripe citrus.Kind of malt forward for the style.It's actually smelling a little English(IPA).

T-Caramel malt,baked brown sugar,muted citrus and dull pine.Hop bitterness is there but hop flavors are lacking.

M-Slightly resinous and medium bodied with a lasting bitter "feel".The effect of the bitterness lingers but is not strongly tasted.

D-Not my favorite example of the style.A little bit of a letdown.

StlHopHead77, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: three very complementary colors fusing together: copper, some reds, and a strong splash of orange. A good blanket of creamy ecru colored foam rests atop with comfortable dabs and streaks of lacing. Very tasty looking

S: nose holds plenty of toasted malts with ample hops. The balance between the two is nice. Considering the brewery I would have expected no less. They like the best of both worlds

T: snappy bitter hops and sweetly toasted malts. The hops have a grapefruit and lemon sort of piney resinous character. The malt bill is very sweet and sticky (toffee nut and maybe a pinch of dark fruit). A pretty good blend of flavors going on.

Considering other DIPA's I find the malt profile a smidgen to strong...not a bad thing though as it's still super quaff-able

M: medium to strong carbonation. Plenty of bitter and sticky in the finish. Body is medium in feel with some chunky notes

O: i super like it. A great brewery and great beer. Much of what Arcadia does I like and enjoy very much so. Easy to drink

Magpie14, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Higravity
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the brew house in Battle Creek. "Brew Big or Go Home" is the motto the have here and as this was my first of the day I might have gone home after having this one. It pours a nice deep orange bordering on amber with a nice white top that gives some good lacing. A soft nose of mostly cascade-ish citurs and floral hops with some maltyness leaning toward an IPA and not a Barleywine. Wow was I under impressed. The flavor of the DIPA again was closer to and IPA than some out of balance toward a BW, but again this is not quite enough. I am underwhelmed and the only saving grace is that is does have balance and is enjoyable as a APA but a double it falls short.

Higravity, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of MrBoh
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

MrBoh, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of MichPaul
4/5  rDev +5.5%

MichPaul, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of MidwestBA
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

MidwestBA, May 25, 2013
Photo of Lawl3ss
2.73/5  rDev -28%
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.

Lawl3ss, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of shbobdb
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.

shbobdb, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper colour, hazy, one finger beige head, foamy with nice lace. Smells of citrus rind, orange peel, tropical fruit blend. Taste - a real hop and malt delight, great balance, acidity well in synch, malty presence and tart, white grapefruit finish. With air, more malt to the fore. Wispy surface remains with thick ring and sheet lace, alcohol reasonably well hidden. Lively taste and mouthfeel, a really nice blend of malt barley and northwest hops, refreshing. A must have for a hop head, a DIPA I could drink everyday.

ThatWineGuy, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Skye1024, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of shredder83
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

shredder83, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Soonami
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy Bronze red with a thin head

S- Only a little bit Sprucey, no floral or other aromas

T- Unrelentingly bitter, with a little sweetness. Peppery and a little astringent from the alcohol

M- a bit thin but with good carobnation

D- Too bitter and not enough sweetness to make it sessionable. A hop-bomb for sure.

Soonami, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of ToddBeans
1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

ToddBeans, May 18, 2014
Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +5.5%

gopens44, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
1.83/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Fairly new 12oz bottle shared by Jesse13713; new label art though I didn't think to check the exact date. Poured into shaker pint.

A: Pours a cloudy amber/light-brown color, with one finger of white head, complete with decent retention and some spotty lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee malts, some light resinous hops- not nearly what I was expecting for a DIPA. As the beer warms they become to come through a bit more heavily, but only really enough to balance the sweet malt.

T: Loads of ethanol here; this is a very astringent beer. Light malt sweetness pokes through, as do a bit more hops than were evident in the aroma, but you really have to search for them. I only found myself coming close to enjoying the flavor when I was mindlessly gulping it down to finish my glass.

M: Somewhat thin body with light carbonation, and loads of alcoholic warmth.

O: Not a big fan of this one at all; there's way too much spicy alcohol with nothing else to back it up or balance it. Although the hop profile did come out in some strength near room temperature, its quality wasn't appealing enough to enable me to enjoy this one.

AwYeh, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of IronTom
4/5  rDev +5.5%

IronTom, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Leaves a two finger tan head that has excellent retention, and leaves webs and webs of excellent lacing. Body is an orange-hued amber with brown highlights.

Smell - Pine resin, citrus, and more pine resin. Where's the malt ?

Taste - a hop bomb consisting of pine resin, and more bitter pine resin, with hints and highlights of citrus. Faintly perceptible malt makes itself tasted in brewed tea and toasted maltcrackers flavors, but again, very faintly - it is only the thinnest of backbones. Finally, there is the smallest hint of caramel, but bitter pine resin, and more bitter pine resin obilerates all - all the way through to the finish, and also in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, smooth, and very, very slick from hop oils.

Drinkability - this is very good, but it is just a little high in abv to make it sessionable, although it is low enough to tempt one to push it.

ultralarry2006, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of HopBrain
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

HopBrain, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of sacrelicio
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very nice DIPA. Deep orange/red/amber, nice small head, great lacing. Good hoppy smell, but nothing special. A little funkiness on the nose. Taste is rich, smooth, hoppy; with citrus, pine, grapes, cakebread; tart, delicious. Also some cream, bready/barley/malty base. Some cinnamon as well. Alcohol hidden well. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is dangerously good. Recommended, should be in sixers.

sacrelicio, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WTF!!! Couldn't get the 22oz into my 30oz mug thanks to the huge pale tan creamy head. I'm still waiting for it to subside, but it is very well retained and it looks like it will be a couple more minutes before i get it all into my glass. Slightly hazy, and quite dark for an IIPA, with its pale chestnut body. Big sticky gobs of lace cling to the sides of the mug

Orange, pine, bready malts, and a slight hint of diacetyl.

An interesting brew, floral and citrus (mostly orange) hops with a woody, bitter bite struggle to assert themselves above the solid malt backbone. Bready with a touch of toffee, and slight hints of diacetyl and an earthy mustiness from the yeast.

Medium bodied, well balanced, almost too well balanced for an IIPA. A touch of alcohol to remind the drinker to take it easy while drinking this otherwise smooth and almost creamy ale.

This is pretty drinkable. Hop bitterness, while present, never reaches the stripping and biting level that could impact drinkability for all but the most devout hopheads. I'm not sure when this was brewed, it was purchased a few months ago, perhaps some of the hop character has not handled time well. After looking at the website and seeing that this was brewed to 76 IBUs im not too surprised.

In fact I've had more than a few single IPAs that were much hoppier than this brew. While not loaded up with IBUs this is a tasty beer, just not what i was expecting from somehting labelled as an IIPA. If this were labelled a Strong Ale I would have probably scored it slightly higher. This is a good beer, and one that I would recommend trying, remembering that at least at this point, this is no hop bomb.

demcorhip, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of badbeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to joe1510 for the bottle. Clear, dark amber color with an off-white head retaining well and leaving good retention. Aroma is of grass, pine, and a little bit of spruce tip; also some caramel comes through. Taste has a lot of spruce to it with some pine coming in as it finishes; malt is there, but is hidden. Low carbonation with medium body. Wasn't too impressed with this, but probably worth a try.

badbeer, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of tapman
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very opaque, at a deep, dark rudy brown the beer appears sweet, sticky, and heavy on the palate. Head is light brown and frothy, though it subsides quickly but leaves a decent lacing. Definitely unfiltered which I like, but the yeast must be a low-flocculating strain and I'm not sure how that will pair with the style.Atypical for the style and doesn't look too good to me, but this is only 20% of the review and I will keep an open mind. It looks more like an English IPA/ESB.

Crystal malt/light raisin, maltose/molasses, butter though unlike diacetyl, some floral and piney notes with an english Goldings character by way of some breadiness. I hope the English character isn't psychological because of how I think it looks, but judging by how much unfermented sugar I predict to be in the brew, I would not be too unsure. A little alcohol as it warms.

Alcohol up front, with maltose secondary and floral hops tertiary. I'm not a big fan of the obvious alcohol, but the bitterness is nice; a first the beer is not very bitter thanks to the sweet maltiness, but as the sugar washes away a clean, sharp bitterness is left behind. Not sure if I agree with the style category.

Not as thick as it appears thankfully, but still quite heavy in the mouth. Once again more like a strong ESB to me.

It is not a bad beer, but the English qualities throw me off of this one. I expect one thing when I read a label/description, and when things are not quite right a get a little dissapointed since I bought this one with a hopslam or Pliny anticipation. On the other hand kudos for experimentation and using English ingredients are not all together uncommon for a contemporary IPA. What about the yeast? Is it an English low-attenuator? I the only thing keeping this American the hops? I would like to try this one with several buckets of Fuggle or EKG, or how about Willamette as a nice American substitute. Oh well, I assume the gentlemen (and gentlewomen?) of Arcadia know what they are doing. I have had good selections by them in the past.

P.S. I did hit the nail on the head with the barley which is, after reviewing the label, is English 2-row which explains the extra sweetness.

tapman, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of beerphan
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a goblet.

Orange amber in color with a huge cream tinted 3 inch head, that slowly contracts into a fluffy pillow. Spotty sticky lacing clings to the class.

Pine and floral hops dominate the nose with some malt sneaking through.

This brew is a hop creeper. The initial impression in a nice malty quench, which seems to be dominate when from the ashes rises a hop bellop. The hops are all over the backend without offending. Some earthy flavors are also present . Tasty!

A very drinkable interesting brew.

beerphan, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of ne0m00re
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Amber rusty orange, it poured with a cream head that died to a film and leaves lacing.
S: Rosemary, piney hops which come off kind of musty and resiny with underripe fruit and bread.
T: Underripe fruit, green apple, resiny hops with a musty bitter finish. I'm not really impressed by this one.
M: The carbonation is too crisp and frothy, while only slightly syrupy.
D: Only OK. The hops come off as too harsh.

ne0m00re, May 18, 2010
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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