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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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480 Reviews

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

This remarkably balanced brew has a deep amber hue with a generous white head. Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and sweet caramel notes because of the high-quality Maris Otter Malt used. The hops are up front in the aroma reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.

Added by TastyTaste on 12-11-2005

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with small head and decent lace.
Aroma is of floral hops,malts and citrus hints.
The taste is hops,pine and malts.
The feel is medium carbonation and body with mild bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Excellent brew with good hops and well masked alcohol.
I will have it again and again.

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Photo of rrwiltse
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear copper body topped by two fingers of beige head. Good retention and lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma is leafy and hoppy, lots of pine and grapefruit with faint notes of peach and mandarin orange. Pale malt adds a nice accent.

Mouthfeel is fresh and hoppy, leafy not oily, medium bodied with good carbonation.

Taste echoes the aroma, with leafy citrusy hops and a pale malt backbone. Pleasing hop flavors of grapefruit and pine offer a dominant dry bitterness all the way through. Just a hint of softer fruits to add complexity to the hop dryness.

Excellent DIPA! Very tasty and highly drinkable.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Baconisaveggie
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a single finger of head with fine beads. Good retention, and excellent lacing.

Orangey-blood orange in color with a rather thick haze. Big nose of grapefruit, a bit of apple, and pine.

Big body, nice tang. Very well balanced. The malt is present but doesn't make a big show. Hoppy, but not over the top, much as you would expect from an English-styled double IPA.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a cloudy orange with a thick off-white head with some really nice lacing.

The smell is surprising, hoppy but in a different way than expected. Some nice hints or floral hops and and some citrus hops but also something a bit different that is hard to describe

The taste is orange flavor at first, some really nice hop bitterness with a great sweet malt feel with some hints of clove and other spices.

The hop feel is not too strong which contributes to the lighter mouthfeel to this beer than expected. Has a nice medium body and is easy drinking for a double IPA.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bomber into an imperial pint. Label sez," The first in our Brew Crew Big Beer Series, Arcadia Hopmouth Double IPA is a tasty fix for your hop jones. Huge Maris Otter malt and a more than generous amount of fresh hops make this beer memorable. As our Brew Crew says, "Go big or go home!".

Clear dark copper with a small head of off white. The head barely shrinks but holds its ground and leaves nice webs of lace.

The nose is very clean with piney and floral hops that have a rather leafy smell. There's enough malt sweetness for balance, and its not an in your face hop assault that most DIPAs present. That's because this smells like a DIPA should. It shouldn't smell like some raw crazy ass over hopped Barley Wine.

Same with the taste. My tongue didn't shrivel up and blow away like a leaf in the wind from too much hop oil. I can taste hops, the whole hops AND I can taste the malts. The sweetness comes through and works nicely with the hop profile. No alcohol flavor detected, again this is not some raw BW.

Nice medium to full mouth that leaves the slightest trace of hop oil. As sessionable as a big bitter beer goes.

I'm not the biggest fan of Arcadia's standard lineup, but they cranked out a very nice beer that I will revisit for sure. Now I want to know more about the Brew Crew Big Beer Series. To be specific, what's next and when can I get my hands on it!?

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Photo of YankChef
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into rochefort goblet, i dont know why

appearance: surprisingly ruby red with a medium dark amber. Frothy, bubbly head nice lacing

smell: Big time pine and hops, juicy and sweet with smells of peach and pineapple, also a little bit of molasses/syrupy sweetness

taste: Big time juicy and sweet upfront and a lot of toasted sweetness with a bit of fruit maybe even fig. Grassy, harsh bitterness that is very appeasing

Overall: This is a very unique IIPA unlike any ive ever had the only one that would be similar is 90 minute, and I always thought that was unique but I believe this is along the same line. If you like hops you must try this

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Photo of ATPete
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12o bottle

HopMouth pours a murky brown color with a bright orange glow about it and a huge sticky tan head. Sweet balanced nose, dominantly of resiny hops. Sweet malt, however, comes through first while tasting, followed by pine, grapefruit, cannabis, citrus peel and a bready yeast character really acts as glue here, balancing and rounding some extreme flavors here. A touch of booze heat on the finish but nothing to discern anyone from another quaff. It sports a less than full body, surprisingly light for its style but this quality adds to its drinkability. Damn good beer, i would session this one.

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Photo of spointon
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on cask at Poor Phil's in Oak Park, IL. Served in a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clouded copper orange color with a creamy and dense 1" white head. Good retention shown, with the head taking forever to drop and leaving big sheets of lace down my glass.

S= Has that Arcadia "English-y" aroma coupled with juicy pine and citrus hop notes and some caramel sweetness. Very straightforward and very nice.

T= Very much like the smell. Caramel and biscuity grain flavors came through strong, as did the unmistakable flavor of Maris Otter malt. The hops blanketed everything with a lot of pine and citrus that seemed even fresher and juicier than in the draft version of this beer. Bitterness was solid throughout, without being too puckering. Finished dry and hoppy with a great hoppy aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a slick feel. Carbonation was appropriately soft for a cask ale.

D= Of all the Arcadia beers I've had this is still my favorite and getting it on cask was a real treat. Super fresh and very enjoyable.

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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 HopDerek
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at TDR Exton on 4/12.

Poured a clear amber color with red hues, thin off-white head leaves good lacing. Lots of pine scents like juniper and spruce , with a sweetness of caramel, some alcohol hints as it warmed up. Tastes of spicy hops and citrus up front with a good malty sweet backbone of caramel and honey. Finishes with a floral hop dryness. Medium in body with low carbonation, but appropriate. Sweet with a bitter finish. A good hoppy beer, easy to drink with a good balance between malts and hops. It's definitely hopped out, but the sweetness mellows it out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

hopmouth double ipa poured a dark amber color with a small head. it smelt of hops and nothing else. it had a very strong taste of hops and nothing else. it is tough to drink as like most double ipas. overall a grea beer. a ipa lover would love this beer.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

like alot of the DIPA's i've had recently, has a cloudy orange color but this one has a massive white head that laces exceptionally. the smell is stronger though, tons of hops dominate it, its awesome. you'll have to excuse me but 2 bombers is alot for me and i'm starting to get a bit tipsy. the taste is at first bitter, but with a more drinkable piney hop flavor. laces very well, just is a very full and rich beer, i think i'm starting to fall madly in love with DIPA's

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Photo of caminiti
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at half-time in Poughkeepsie and drinking right now, pouted into my trusty road pint glass (stolen, of course) a reddish, hazy, with a slight head that almost immediately went away but does leave lacing. Smells more of malt than hops, and a bit sweet, taste is bitter, like myself, and a bit toned down for a double IPA. lightly carbonated and very drinkable.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of thistle3189
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the head retention and lacing were better than I have seen on most anything nice copper blond color.
S: Defiantly some hops
T: good Hoppyness but not over powering for a double IPA fruit, cheery notes and some alcohol heat.
M: Nice and big
D: I could drink a few before the alcohol catches up with me.

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Photo of granger10
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first "Big Beer Series" offering from Arcadia.

Crimson orange in color with a large airy head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is minimal at best.

Aroma begins with zesty bitter orange peel but soon pine sap is what I'm getting most. Honey and herbal notes reside along the pineyness.

Taste has more of a bready malt base, almost like Hawaiian sweet breads. But that's almost all the extent of the malts. Hops are prevalent and abundant in this beer. Quite resiny and fruity. Lower acidity and some more herbal flavors. Really quite fruity though but not citric. Alcohol fusels are definitely noticeable but they add an element of heat which the less acidic, more refined hops need. Finish is all bitter hops without the high alpha acids.

This is a great British DIPA. The hops come through and are used brilliantly. Screw the malty balance, there's just enough to let the hops shine and coat the mouth. Get some.

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Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber red color. Darker than most DIPA's. A two finger white head forms with really good retention. Some nice sticky lace is left behind as well.
S: Big citrus hops up front. Lots of spicy aromas as well that I really enjoy. Some passion fruits of pineapple and even some mango. Lots of bread/biscuit aromas to balance everything else out perfectly.
T: Follows the nose. Up front is a nice citrus flavor. Though there is incredible depth of flavor. A big spicy character that I love. Passion fruits of pineapple, and lots of balance with the bread/biscuit flavor. Tons of hops, but not over done bitterness, which is awesome.
M/D: A medium to full body. Incredibly crisp, dry, clean, and smooth. Very easy to drink. I had a pint and could have easily had more.

A really well done DIPA. A ton of hop character without the overbearing bitterness or syrupy resin character. Arcadia knows how to make DIPA's. Well at least the types that I like. I love it, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best DIPAs I've had, Arcadia's HopMouth is an impressively bold brew. Heavy on the malt as well as the hops, this erupts with flavors, is full-bodied, and sweet and sour. It poured nicely out of the bottle, providing two fingers of frothy off-white head atop a cloudy, reddish-orange--almost like cider in color--body. The head latticed itself artfully around the mug. The aromas and taste were complex, loaded with fruits, a floral smell for certain. Orange, apricot, and cherry accosted my olfactory and palate, and the taste had a prominent malt flavor that was deep and a touch sour to accompany the caramel, but not in an overbearing way. The sour taste stuck with me, lessening the mouthfeel a bit, but this was a very impressive beer overall. Maltier and smoother than most DIPAs, this still assails the tongue with a good deal of hop grit that I have come to know so much, and love to much.

I'd certainly grab another sixer or two of these, and having this piqued my interest in other Arcadia products. A terrific find.

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Photo of ironlung
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a trade with AVdeuph. Thanks Alex!

A: Cloudy honey/orange. White head. Nice Lace.

S: Citrus/floral Hops, and some notes of carmel malt sweetnes.

T: Great Balance! Hops hit up front followed by a nice backing. Can't make out any alcohol except for the warming that comes halfway thru the beer.

M: Nothing out of place. Very refreshing for such a "big" beer.

D: Very high. A well done beer that can get you in trouble with that 8+% so well hidden.

Overall: An easy drinkin' double IPA that hides the abv all to well behind a nice balanced taste. Wish they sold this around here, I'd get more for sure!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Slows BBQ in Detroit. The beer was copper orange colored, crystal clear, with a 2-finger foam. The aroma is hoppy but nicely balanced with a big malt bill, lots of resiny pine and citrus and so on. The taste is well balanced also but mostly the hops come through, very nice. Solidly on the DIPA side of the barleywine fence. very good. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, the body and flavor keep the drinkability high for fans of hopped malt beverages.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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