Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

very good
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.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.07/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 22 oz amber bomber into 20 oz pilsner glass.

Pours thick with lots of body, generating a notable head persisting for a while. Murky orange color, so hazy I can't see through it, bummer.

Aroma has pungent and resiny hops, no real signature hop character such as tons of pine or tons of grapefruit.

Taste is likewise characterless, nothing special. Sweet and a bit malty with a heavy mouthfeel. Not particularly bitter.

Drinkability was OK, average. IIPA/DIPAs is a very crowded field loaded with excellent beers, and this one just doesn't stand up to the intense competition. Nice to have a Michigan microbrew, so I still recommend trying it once for that reason.

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Photo of hammer09
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber color with noticeable haze. Poured with a thick, frothy head and clumpy lacing. Hop aroma is mild at best with a clean character. More malty than hoppy. Considering that this is an American Double IPA, I'm very surprised that the hop character is not more pronounced. Hop bitterness is present in taste, but still lackluster compared to other beers in this style. Underlying sourness that can be a bit cloying. Mouthfeel is sticky and on the wetter side; not dry as I expected. Quantity of alcohol is masked well without the associated warming sometimes present with Double IPAs. Overall, this is an average effort, however for the style, this beer needs a bolder hop profile.

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Photo of RunawayJim
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Pours a nice dark amber color with a small white head.

Aroma is fairly light, malty sweetness mixed with grapefruit hops.

Taste is even lighter than the smell. It's grapefruit hops followed by a little malty sweetness with a nice clean watery finish. It's a bit light in flavor for my tastes, but not in a subtle way... it literally tastes like spring water in the finish.

Continuing along the watery theme, it's too light in body for a DIPA, though that makes it a little more drinkable, but I wouldn't buy another. There are too many other great DIPA's out there.

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Photo of tapman
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange colour with thin white head and very minimal lacing. Smells of citrus and earthy hops with some odd vegetable aroma. Small bitterness in the flavour, doesn't really seem like a double IPA though. Medium body carbonation. A below average double IPA, but drinkable enough to finish the bottle. Not going to seek this out again.

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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 Bighuge
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Glowing scarlet red/orange appearance. Creamy thin off white head. Lace is more than adequate. Thick caramel/toffee malts on the nose with some spicy hops and a bit of phenol as well. Good aroma overall. On the buds, I get lots of that syrupy sweet feel to it. Almost cough syrup like, but not quite that bad. From that, I'd say it's a little medicinal. Hops are gritty and dirty and earthy. Not necessarily bad. Just not to my liking. This is not a bad beer by any means, just average.

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Photo of daedalus
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Frothy white head atop a dark topaz body. There is an immediate burst of fresh, flowery hop aroma with faint hints of coffee and malt. Initial taste brings back the floral hops from the nose balanced by malt character that is not as sweet as would be expected in a double IPA. As the beer warms, the malt flavor becomes earthier and more pronounced, as does the alcoholic aftertaste.

Although it appears sufficiently syrupy, the mouthfeel actually seems a bit watery and rather thin, leaving something to be desired. The head retention is nice, but the body seems to lose its carbonation quickly, which doesn’t help drinkability.

Overall, a decent double IPA, but there are many others I would reach for first. It sort of reminded me of a lesser version of Ale Smith’s IPA.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy color - I had three of them, all at different temperatures, all very hazy. The color is pretty dark, too, almost darker than amber, very red, looks kind of like a barleywine to me. The head is kind of nice though, it's pretty dense, kind of yellow/off-white, but it only leaves a bit of lacing. I recognize the smell. It's like a double IPA with too much specialty malt. There's like the floral, lemony, slightly citrusy, quite a bit of resins, you can tell there's a lot of hops, but it's not like that pure hop bouquet that I really love. You smell this cakey, dense, fairly sweet malt body to it. It's nice, actually, but not the most exiting DIPA smell. The taste is very similar to the smell. The malt really comes to the front, like bitter but very bready, crumbly malt. The hops carry a bit of grapefruit and lime, and they're quite pronounced, but they seem a bit subdued for a DIPA. And you get a little dose of alcohol in the finish. The body is about medium, and the carbonation isn't really present until the finish, where it starts to lose a bit of the fullness. The drink is pretty good. Enjoyable, the ABV isn't quite as high as the others, which can be nice. Overall, though, I don't think it's one of my favorites, but I don't dislike it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wonderful thick honey-brownish body is hazy with a thick fuzzy fat bubbley head that is deep tan in color. Nose starts the taste buds watering right off the bat with floral hoppy notes and hints of vanilla. Enters the mouth brash but thinner than expected. Hop feel is not well developed as the nose had led to believe. Slight burn off of the hops as it leads to the finish which is short and souring to the mouth. This soured feel dominates the mouthfeel. Overall it is drinkable but not special at all for a big IPA style.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

dark orange and cloudy. big puffy head. hoppy, pear/apricot odor. flavor is sweet and malty and not a super hop wallop which is actually a nice surprize (at first). starts out as a well balanced beer with the hops and sweet caramel malts going quite well together, but then it slowly mutates into an almost (almost) sickly sweet hop oil syrup that becomes hard to finish. So a good one to have a couple of sips of, but ultimately too cloying and sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark for an ipa. Very dark red with a weak head. Looks wattery
S: Floral smell comes through. Nothing too spectacular
T: Tastes like an average IPA. Good floral notes but the spiciness is week and the lingering bitterness is unpleasent. Alcohol has a surprisingly nice finish.
M: Sits very well. Medium body and not watery like I was expecting.

Overall not that great of a showing here. The IPA aspect of this beer is pretty weak as the spiciness is not very present. Yet somehow there is a gross lingering bitterness that leaves me looking for a sip of water.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 22oz. bottle , slightly below room temperature, in a pint glass. Poured a clear , copper - orange color with about a finger of foamy white head that left some lacing on the glass. Had somewhat of a weak nose in my opinion. Smelled of piney hops, maybe some grapefruit, and some lemon / orange zest. Nothing that jumped out at you. Seemed to have a very slight ginger-ale smell to it. Had a pleasant hoppy, citrusy taste that finished with strong hops and some alcohol. Again nothing seemed to wild about this one. not bad , but, seemed a little watered down in the mouth. pretty drinkable. Might try this one again.

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Photo of paulieatworld
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked this up on my last trip up north to my hometown in MI.

Pours very dark for a DIPA. almost brown with some slight haze.

Not much in the aroma, sweet malts, nearly identical to that of an amber.

guess what? taste follows the look and smell. not what i want in a dipa. almost like a combination between an english style ipa with the caramel malts of an olde ale without the added zing of aggresive alcohol.

this to me was just a watered down barleywine. i would have liked to have seen some aggressive hop aroma's and flavors and higher alcohol for DIPA$$. its not that this beer was horrible. i just don't quite understand it since it didn't seem to have the appearance, alcohol or hop prescense of a DIPA.


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Photo of brewemstrong
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly dark amber with a one finger tan head after an aggresive pour. Carbonation mild but continuous. Kind of hoping for some sediment..

S: Grassy hops make up most of the nose but there's a biscuit malt that's significant as well. Hint of nut

T: Hoppy but very reserved. Kind of an earthy feel but not much transition into the bitter finish. Caramel touch jumps out every now and then

M: Really creamy and unlike a typical DIPA. The alcohol warms. Very good flavorful, dry finish

O: Comes up a bit short for the style, I feel. Nothing "carries" this beer although it's a good choice for those getting into DIPA's.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yawn. Wow, another "exteme" IPA, in America, how novel!

Pours a medium and clear chestnut in color with a creamy off white head that had pretty good retention. Nose is predictably very, very citrusy, smells of pink grapefruit and not much else. Taste is of course, very hoppy, with a decent malt background, but it doesn't stand up to the hop onslaught.

I'm pretty tired of these kinds of beers, there is no balance or artistry to it, it's just trying to get a beer as hoppy as possible and it really isn't impressive honestly. It does play to those who love this stuff though, so an increased market share to Arcadia is a nice effect, since they put out some decent beers, but this one... I'm not a fan of. Decently crafted though, fresh and juicy.


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Photo of dar482
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a deep darker amber color.

The beer hits of pine, sticky resin, hints of sweet citrus, loads of sweet breadiness, onto a longing drying earthy bitterness. The beer even tastes "old" with only two and a half months on it. (Bottled 10/24/15).

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Photo of maximum12
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, cloudy, murky, deep orange with a very persistent head. Smells faintly of laundry detergent; don't know if that's the influence of advertising or a true reflection of the beer.

A unique IIPA. The sediment evident through the glass lends an almost organic, unfiltered taste to the beer with only faint hoppiness for an Imperial. This is the least hopped IIPA I've tasted, there's more sweet malt on the tongue than hops.

Very big caronation. Easy on the tongue & taste buds. Not a hop bomb by any definition. Nice sweet finish.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy amber body with a full, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling toffee and caramel backed by faint scents of tropical fruits.

Taste: A basic caramel sweetness races through some checkpoints of soapy, tart grapefruit, and pine on its way to a hot, bitter finish. Eh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly uninteresting, it seems to be a half-hearted attempt at the style.

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Photo of peabody
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a copper color with not much head to speak of.
Smell is grapefruit and hops. Mabey just a hint of malt and yeast but mostly hops.
Taste is a quick sweet malt/caramel flavor then the lemon and grapefruit and hop take over. Not overpowering like I thought it should be.
Bell's Hopslam and Three Floyds Alpha King are better tasting hoppy beers.
I probably wouldn't want too many of these at a setting mostly cause of the flavor and not the high abv.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -13%
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.

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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 ejimhof
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour is a hazy orange almost seems like lots of yeast left in this one.Head is very thin with slight lacing.

Smell: Has a very hoppy floral aroma.

Taste: bitter hops are the focus here.

Mouthfeel: Body is lightand watery.

Drinkability: Not something I want to drink again. I cannot recall if I liked anything from this brewery but I keep trying.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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