Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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very good
480 Reviews
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
480
Ratings:
1,032
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
19.1%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
120
For Trade:
1
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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

pale orange with some shady, dark spots. see-thru and fizzy with a finger of airy, lingering foam atop it. lacing is in the shape of a uniform wall which cascades, slowly, into twirling curves and dotty speckles. nice smell. very piney, fresh, and mouth-wateringly juicy. not too crazy with the hop varietals here as this beer bleeds single-coast hop madness. certainly smells richer than its 76 ibu's. very similar aromatically to the unearthly ipa, which itself seems like distilled grapefruit pulp. enjoyably botanical and begging a sip.

very dry beer with a larger-than-expected malt presence. this gives the beer a smooth, heavy body, and alcohol is not a factor here. a dipa which floats around the 8% line is a welcome addition to the drinkable hop bomb family. starts with an even dryness, fills the mouth quickly with a piney, rather generic, coating bitterness. no fresh sweetness can be gathered from the hops, just a resinous film. the finish lets some berry character emerge along with the flavor of freshly zested citrus rind. not very complex but satisfying for the junkies of hop-sting. this beer certainly delivers there.

i enjoyed my bomber, and would love to see how this translates to a fresh draft. i'm thinking the complexity could be lost a bit in the bottling. still, a good ipa and simply one that doesn't live up to an excitement-generating aroma. recommended, regardless.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to BigErn for this much anticipated brew.
A cloudy amber brew is poured into my snifter glass with a full two fingers of light tan head and most of it goes nowhere as I stare it down...what does recede leaves behind some slightly roasted marshmallow foam sitting on top.
Pleasant smack to my olfactory senses...great balance of fruity/citrus hops and sweet carmelized malt...no alcohol detected.
The taste is a bit less balanced...mostly hops with very little malt to balance out this double. Very bitter and certainly lives up to its name...almost like chewing on some hops flowers and no help from any sweetness to protect the pallet from their onslaught.
Mouthfeel is pretty thick for the lack of malt and the carbonation is perfect.
Overall, a nice offering...I'd pick it up again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of beerphan
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of beerinator
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy murky tannish-copper brown beer. Nice rocky retentive head.

Aroma: Malty but still heavily influenced by citrus aromas. There are hints of sweet caramel that show through.

Taste: There is a bit of metal flavor that comes through in my initial sip. The hops and malt seem to balance fairly well, but this doesn't seem to be a hop monster or anything like that. The mouthfeel is fine and the finish is a bit sweeter than expected from an ipa (not to mention a double ipa).

Notes: This isn't a bad beer, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I don't know the date of this beer, but I only bought it a week before I tried it. It seems like maybe it could be better if it were a fresh bottle.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"The Brew Crew Big Beer Series" - I like the sound of that.

Perfectly amber body, very slight haze, fine carbonation streams, topped by several fingers of white froth which too quickly gets the chance to display good lacing.

Nice mix of citrus in a somewhat subdued nose.

Sweet malty start is somewhat fleeting - not overtaken so much as just disappears. It's...replaced?...by herbal/earthy hops which arrive to fill the space as much as balance and overtake. Mild hop tingle on tongue in aftertaste is offset by a bit of residual alcoholic warming in the belly.

OK medium to light-medium mouthfeel.

Might be too drinkable for a DIPA. Except for the belly warming afterglow, this seems to go down too easy for the style.

It's like the elements of the beer each take a solo without ever playing the song together. It's not unpleasant, but neither is it overly rewarding. Overall, a very good looking package whose contents did not quite live up expectations.

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Photo of SethB2
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Hopmouth pours a deep burnt orange color with a nice creamy head. The body is non-transparent and appears to by syrupy in nature.

S - Burnt hoppy smell, possibly some Simcoe, along with a very nice citrisy smell. Malts are there, but they are having a hard time breaking through the hops.

T - Good, but not what I was expecting. The malts shine in the initial slug instead of the hops. That isn't to say that the hops are not there, because they come in force after the initial malt blast. Then, just when you think the hops have finished the malts off once and for all, they come back at the finish with a candy-like sweetness. Reminds me more of an ESB instead of an IPA.

M +D - Full and very nice. Despite the bitterness all over the palate, this beer doesn't finish with even a hint of dryness. Very drinkable and a very nice beer.

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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 Oxymoron
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Are you trying to mouth the word “hop?” Cause it looks like “Bob.” Pour is a mostly cloudy orange to light amber color. A good frothy head at the pour but did hide to the edge relatively quickly.

The aroma was hoppy but rather light with some citrus backing. Some organic smells as well. A touch of pine and a sprinkle of floral and orange qualities. Not much malt back.

The taste was more malty then the nose would indicate and the hops are rather lacking altogether. The hops start with a piney bitterness that is mild. Not really bitter. In the background you can taste a very sweet malt with a somewhat candy caramel flavor. The finishing hops are rather limited with orange and subtle citrus flavors. For a DIPA, this is really lacking in punch.

Although smooth to drink there really isn’t much complexity. The body was light to mid and carbonation is average. I guess they were looking for something more balanced, but everything was average.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber for $3.99 at Bella Vino in Ann Arbor

A: Dark orange with some brown. Pours about 2" of thich head that leaves a small layer at all times.

S: Smell is dominated by piney hops and citrus. Just how I like it.

T: The malt really stands up to the hops here. Also a little spice and grapefruit/orange. The hops are plentiful, but more in a bittering aftertaste than the frontal assault of some DIPAs. Interesting take on the style.

M: Full bodied, yet not oily like some of this style.

D: Not bad, but not craving another right away either.

Solid initial offering by Arcardia in its Big Beer Series. Got this one for a great price, so I might go back for more, but I wouldn't at its usual $6 or $7.

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Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No best by date. Brewed once, limited offering. 22 oz. bottle.

Pours a clear brown with hints of orange topped by an inch and a half of foamy tan/white head that settles slowly, lacing the glass as it goes.

Muted piney hop aroma with hints of subdued sweet malts.

A distinct piney flavor that is supported nicely by a mildly sweet malt backbone. Somewhat coarse mouthfeel, with a thin body. Upon aerating, a hot alcohol presence is detectable.

A decent offering for the style, but pales in comparison to the benchmarks (Ruination & Double Simcoe), escpecially after just tasting Double Simcoe.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper-orange color with an eggshell colored head. Huge hop scents rise from the glass. Grapefruit, pine resin, some lighter floral, and in the end you get some sweeter malts and the alcohol. Piney hops are complemented by a sweet, bready malt background. Dry, bitter...make that very bitter...finish. You don't notice the alcohol as much as you smell it, but it's hiding in there. Those Marris Otter malts blend with and balance out the hops fairly well. Nice creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Stands out from some of the other "hopbomb" DIPAs.

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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 lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent orangey/amber color. Great fluffy white headon top that tends to last down the glass. Good hop aroma-not overpowering as some. Very, very grassy and slightly metallic. Great big hop taste. More bitter then floral as some doubles can be-has a nice zing to it. Again with the bitterness. Good body-quite smooth when you consider the bitterness. Very-almost dangerously drinkable. I like the fact this isnt afraid to be "bitter" where some double IPAS are more "oily slick" with hop flavor. Leads me think these guys would brew a decent standard IPA.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid 7.99 for a 22oz. bottle. Appearance is cloudy burnt brick red/orange, reminiscent of a barley wine. Smell is strong hops and not much else. Taste is heavy heavy hop alphas, some malt must be in there too, but I can't find it. Not well balanced. Mouthfeel is nice - not watery, good and sticky.

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Photo of silenius
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle when I visted Kalamazoo last weekend to help by brother in-law move to Indiana.

Pours a pleasing amber orange with a moderate head that leaves some thick and sticky lacing on the glass. There are many miniscule bits suspended in the beer that look like carbonation at first.

Smell is a nice and sweet piney mintiness with a very little bit of some malt in the background.

Taste is of course very hoppy. I get a bitter minty sweetness mixed with piney residue and a strange aftertaste that is not entirely unlike circus peanuts candy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pleasing.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Brian700
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a slight hazy pale color with a big white head that sticks around for a long time with awesome lacing.

The aroma is huge hops, I'm not sure what kind of hops are used here but I am picking up on citrus and spiciness so there must be some kind of mixture going on.

The flavor is huge hops as well. Nice pale maltiness with huge hops start to finish.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium carbonation.
Coats the mouth nicely leaving a clean hop flavor.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. I will definately pick up more of this one. Better than average beer from Arcadia.

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Photo of grynder33
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All the wonderful aspects of everything that is great about American Hops and midwest Pale Ale brewing, huge pine and citrus emphasized hop aroma, taste is sweet tangy citrus, juicy malt, lots of bitterness in the finish, medium body,plenty of carbonation, just a touch of backing alcohol. Tasty refreshing,another great midwest entry into the IPA style

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.19 at Jack's, 20 oz bomber. "The first in our Brew Crew Big Beer Series". Brewed with Maris Otter malt amongst other things.

OG=1.080, 76 IBU, 8.1% ABV.

Attractive green and yellow paper label. Pours out to a dark amber, forming a tall rocky head with very good retention and good lacing. Carbonation is medium. The nose is huge...full of green, oily, grassy pungent hops, as if they were freshly crushed in my hand. This is balanced by a nice malt presence with suggestions of toast. Cleanly fermented. Thank heavens it doesn't have that big English nose that I've come to expect from Arcadia. Very delicious smelling. The taste...whoa nelly, this is good shit! Big, bold, pungent hop flavor starts it off. There isn't too much astringency or bitterness though, and it's nicely kept in check by sweet and thick malt. The body is substantial and has a smooth mouthfeel and green hop sweetness in the finish. A little peppery at times from the alcohol which is felt but not offensive. I'm thinking Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade? No fusels or higher alcohols on my tongue. As it warms, the bitterness of grapefruit pith grabs hold and I feel some mean heartburn coming on.

A truly yummy beer, but it grabs my tongue and bitchslaps it a few too many times. One of these is enough, but it's a tasty treat to break up the slew of ambers, pils, and dubbels I've been drinking lately. Not the biggest fan of Arcadia, but this might have just changed my mind. It could hold up to Two Hearted, but not Centennial on tap.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured from the tap a light copper with a nice creamy top that settled slowly,seemed to me more English IPA in aroma very herbal and minty with a noticable caramel note underneath.Flavors dont really kick ya in the pants like alot of big American DIPA's herbal "green notes with some citrus American hops profile overtop of big caramel,fruity juiced up malt.A very quaffable DIPA, that doesnt curl the tongue,but I ask is that a good thing?A very fine beer at any rate

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Photo of dfried
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed with this beer. I really like IPAs and DIPAs so I can be a bit critical. This DIPA did not stand out from others for me. The appearance was just an average amber color with an average white head. The smell was very strong, and floral. What the big turn off for me was the taste. I feel what makes a decent IPA is when there is a flavorful malt backbone to provide something other than pure hop flavor, and hopefully a couple types of hops to provide a spectrum of bitterness. I don't know if I got a stale bottle or what but this one didn't do that for me. There was a slight pale flavor if you looked for it in the after taste, but very bitter, mono-flavor, very pine like, more floral than citrus, hop flavor is all I got out of this one. I am a 'hop head' and I like some really hoppy beer, but there were just too many tannis in this beer from the hops, they kind of turned my stomach. This in turn killed its drinkabiliy.

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Photo of Foxman
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a ratehr clear orangey amber. A full finger of bubbly light tah head swells then eases slowly to a creamy coating of froth. Cirrus wisps of lacing cloud the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there's an initial draft of pine and grapefruit hops, standing strong but letting a peep of sweet caramel malt to sound off gently. A minty glimpse of alcohol slips through as well.

Upon tasting, toasted malt takes center stage, lightly sweet and carrying caramel, toffee, and a touch of general fruitiness. An odd, salty effect lays on the back sides of the tongue, fleeting but quite distracting, before some bready yeast mingles with pine and citrus hops. The hops fade slightly to a peppery spice note, and the merest vaopr of alcohol appears. A sweet malt remnant dries at the finish to allow a lingering hoppy close. It's not unenjoyable, but it's rather generic, and undermined by the saline aberration.

Medium bodied, the oily hops and hefty grain bill leave a presence on the palate.

There's really only one thing here not to like, but there's not much to grab you either. It's mostly a nice flavor, but it never stands out. It would be hard to pick out in a lineup of similar, nondescript standards. While the ABV is solid, it is nicely incorporated. So it's drinkable, but without a real signature, and with singular flaw. I'm not sure I'll rush to sign on for another tour.

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Photo of Ego
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

found @ oak tree buy rite (plainfield nj)

eyes...
big fluffy off white head crests @ a good 2 fingers, bubbles are large near the top and compacted closer to the actual brew... I'll have to let this sit for a few minutes before tasting or I will have foam all over my nose. this one is slightly hazy caramel in hue with the carbonation very hard to make out in the glass, the bubbles are microscopic. the retention is great and this is super sticky, lacing is all over the sides of the glasses in webs. this has the type of head where you can reach in and grab a bunch of it with your bare hand.. scooping it out and flinging it on to the wall (splorch!).

nose...
some pine, hop florals, a faint sweetness from the malt, mostly the hop dominates here... but not overpowering considering this is a DIPA... pretty average for the style, it doesn't smell huge or big imo.

taste etc...
very bitter up front (the only way this seems to be in the DIPA category), the bitterness is fighting with the malt in your mouth and it wins out ultimately in the finish, pretty one dimensional.. and not crazy bitter like some DIPAs. The mouthfeel is somewhat slick and resiny.. sort of medium bodied carried by the carbonation (which is substantial but not distracting)

verdict...
not bad, not great.. interesting to line this up and taste it against other DIPAs to maybe garner the subtleties. Not too huge or big and enough bitter kick to satisfy a hop head like me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished coppery orange with infrequent superfine bubbles zipping up to a beautiful hop resinous head. Equal parts ivory, ecru and pastel orange, the cap is a firm, bubbly, sticky affair that lays down a thick blanket of lace over the majority of the top third of the glass. I wish the beer itself wasn't so pristine (I like 'em cluttered, dirty, junky), but this is a great looking beer thanks largely to the head/lace tandem.

As anticipated--given the color of the beer and the U.K. leanings of the brewery--Hopmouth is a DIPA that pays a great deal of attention to the malt half of its personality. There's a considerable amount of toasted maltiness in the nose, although hops have not been left out to dry. I certainly hope not, this is a DIPA after all. No clue on the hops, but I'm betting that the majority of the hop bill comes from across the pond.

The flavor profile leans even farther in the direction of malt than the nose suggested it would. Accordingly, it's a sweeter beer than the vast majority of the style. With the passage of time (for the hops to fade) and a bit more of an alcoholic punch, it might even come to resemble a barleywine since it has that same toffee pudding soaked in gooey caramel sauce flavor and sweetness about it. Additional impressions: buttery, almost butterscotchy, slightly sour.

Now that I think about it, Hopmouth is exactly the sort of DIPA that I'd expect Arcadia to brew. Given their Anglophilia, I'm not really surprised that they've stayed true to their roots and have forgone the use of the usual American hop varieties. That said, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that one of the 4-Cs is present. There's a sneaky grapefruit and orange pithiness that just cannot be ignored.

Pours from the bottom half of the bottle murk things up a bit and only add to the layers of crusty lace in concentric rings that have already been laid down on the glass. As a result, I'll gladly bump the appearance score to something more deserving. Warming doesn't bring about much in the way of flavor changes, but it reinforces the civilized, balanced, drinkable nature of the beer.

The body is medium-full for the style. Thanks to all the malt, the mouthfeel is one of the most lightly syrupy and lightly silky that I've experienced in a good, long while. Without a boatload of hop resins and alpha acids to rough up the tongue, it's amazing how polished jewel smooth a DIPA can be. Sticky, coating finish. Barely a hint of the 8.1% ABV.

Hopmouth Double IPA doesn't cleave all that closely to my 'ideal DIPA' blueprint, but that doesn't mean that I'm having anything less than a great time working my way through the bomber. It's an amazingly drinkable beer, especially for those who shy away from the more insanely-hopped versions of the style. I can't wait to taste the next beer in the Brew Crew Big Beer series. 'Go big or go home!'

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,032 ratings.
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