Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

very good
1,041 Ratings
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPAArcadia HopMouth Double IPA

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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Ratings: 1,041 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drinkable DIPA, hop leaf in there, even astringent and overcarbonated. But it gets down. It's got a generous head, and some pine smell. Carmel and grapefruit. The malts are there but the IBU taste fairly high. I would drink it again.Reasonable at 8% ABV

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Photo of acurtis
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i was very meh on this one, but always with high hopes for arcadia, it was a let down. not sure how fresh it was, purchased in ohio before christmas with no visible bottle date. its an amber colored ipa, with a short lived but erupting white head. deep red color for an ipa, some haze. good nose, simcoe maybe up front, or something similar, i get the woodiness of centennial too, but with quite a bit of oxidation and malt sweetness. not all that awesome. the flavor is surprising, because its not at all like the aroma. more citrus, a lot more, both bitter and acidic, and a whole lot less malt sweetness and body than expected from the nose. its crazy really how different the two are. orange and lemon from the hops cut the malt completely, but there is some oxidation and it tastes a little stale to me. mediocre really for the style, although i can imagine it being a lot better fresh on tap. i feel like every time i have beer from these guys it has the same issues. not sure why that is, but i would love to taste all their stuff fresh. potential here but i didnt much care for it.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a copper color with a thick creamy white head on it. The lacing was pretty good on the glass here. The smell of the beer gives off a big nose of earthy and citrusy hops. There is also the aroma of some malt in there too. The taste of the beer has some citrus also along with a strong malt backbone. The mouthfeel of this beer has a pretty nice texture to it. It's slightly thick and a little oily, Overall it's an enjoyable IIPA but not my favorite.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark amber in color with a nice-sized head, although it died away very quickly. Moderate carbonation.
S: Gentle aromas of hops and pine
T: Flavors are very similar to the aroma, although it's difficult to taste any of the alcohol. The hops are not overpowering, although they do leave mild bitterness in the finish.
M: Medium-bodied beer that is well-balanced between malt and hops.
D: Surprisingly easy to drink given the high alcohol content and the hoppy nature of this beer. I could definitely drink several of these in succession.

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

Moderate malty and bursting with hop flavor, this Imperial IPA favors hop aroma and taste over the deeply resiny bitterness as most. Darker and richer malts make this IPA stronger and more balanced as well.

Pouring a deep amber color with the typical dry-hopped haze, and cream colored head caps the beer with a dense blanket of foam. Solid retention and lace make this an appealing choice.

Balanced aromas of malt and hops never allow the other to dominate. Bread crust, caramel and toffee, a not of brown sugar, barley malt, and light toast are in equal contrast to red grapefruit, orange zest, earthy pine, resin, and fresh cut grasses.

Flavors of the moderately heavy sweetness of caramel and toffee fade just after the initial sip and allow for a rich bready/bread crust flavor to take hold at mid palate, just as the juicy red grapefruit hop flavors arise. As the malts continue to trail off, a growing hop profile proceeds through orange zest, then herbal grasses, then a resiny bitterness that closes the finish.

Richly textured for an Imperial IPA as well, foregoing the one-sided dryness and bitterness of most. Creamy and full until deep in the taste until a malty-dry finish with mild alcohol warmth and a resiny hop dryness.

Where this is still and IPA and bitterness is expected, this example is more tame and more malty on the back end thus pulling the beer more within balance of something similar to Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale.

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

12oz bottle, booty from a trip last month to Detroit.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few thin streaks of lace around the glass upon its demise. It smells sweet, sweet, sweet - sweet grapefruit and orange hops, sweet bready caramel malt, and sweet fuck-all else. The taste is leafy, kind of musty citrus hops, bready caramel and cereal grain malt, and a simmering edgy booziness. The carbonation is moderate, if a bit underwhelming, the body medium weight, and walking the line between agreeably smooth and tangentially cloying. It finishes rather off-dry, the sweet (one beat this time) bready malt given a pretty good run by some latent sassy, yet still grade-school bitter grassy, somewhat metallic hops.

While doing a bang-up job of sublimating the DIPA-worthy ABV, more care should have been attributed to the character of the big malt/hop interplay - this just seems kind of phoned in. Not bad, some hopeful good points, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a firmly packed head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Well-balanced aroma with the malt and the hops both showing off - plenty of caramel and piney elements

Taste: The balance of the aroma appears almost immediately on the tastebuds, with the caramel malt and the piney and pithy bitter elements battling it out with the bitterness dominating by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sugary malts return to prominence and the beer takes on a fruity character that emphasizes its English roots

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Really enjoyed this English-influenced DIPA; well-balanced and very drinkable

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Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 4-pack from Friar Tuck, Bloomington, IL. G4 date code: packaged 3/12/07

Pours a dark, hazy amber into a new Arcadia tulip (also from Friar Tuck). Solid two finger width of head, foam is an eggshell color. Body has a reddish glint in the light. Spotty little curls of lacing are spattered inside the glass. Foam settles to a thin skim after a few minutes.

Aroma is fantastic, showcasing tropical rays of Amarillo sunshine. Think mango juice or even tropical bubble yum. It just gets better with every deep breath. Some clean pale malt and light herbal hop notes are noticeable too.

Medium bodied with a juicy hop flavor that lingers for awhile. Alternately bitter and lightly sweet. Leafy hops with a sweet mango meatiness. Bitterness isn't really that harsh at all, and pretty approachable. For an 8% DIPA, it drinks incredibly smooth, and is refreshing. It's hard no to have 2 at a time at the very least.

Edit: Just had a 22 oz. bottle for comparison, no date code. I'm guessing this bottle is over a year old, given the source. Much more pronounced cereal grain flavor, much less aromatic hops. This bottle would get a C- rating. Try to find the 12 oz. bottles, or get it fresh on tap. Freshness is key, it was night and day from the 12 oz. bottles.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bitter and floral hoppy notes with a big malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by some floral and hoppy notes with a huge light caramel malt backbone. Medium body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. While this beer is very good overall I would have expected more hops for the style.

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Photo of largadeer
2.69/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an orange/burgandy color with a two-finger head. Leaves good lacing.

S - It smelled of hops and grass.

T - Tasted of hops, malt and had a spicy kick. The hops were not as strong as other Double IPAs. At times it seems too boozy and unbalanced.

M - It was crisp and heavy-bodied.

D - This is a an okay DIPA. Again, it seems a little unbalanced at times.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/29/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent malty DIPA style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

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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 jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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

Beneath its billowing ivory-tan head, Arcadia's HopMouth appears a hazy copper and crimson and orange accents. The head retention is excellent, no doubt buoyed by the tiny streaming bubbles from beneath, and it leaves walls of widespread, craggy lace about the glass.

A perfumey combination of yeasty fruitiness (berries, cherry), hoppy fruitiness (grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, melon), earthiness (almost like Brettanomyces - perhaps that's where the cherry is coming from...), and pine (or is that spruce?) ride atop a grainy, gently toasty malt base. It's quite unique and very intriguing!

The flavor offers more of the same, along with an almost perfumey character in the mouth due to the alcohol and resinous astringency. Some of the seemingly Brett like character carries over as well, and if it weren't for the vibrant notes of citrus rind and pine (perhaps from Centennial and Simcoe), that might be stronger. It's noticeable strong at 8.1%, but the alcohol gives more of a wash than a prick and it's not unpleasant. The malt is sturdy, and at least at the start of the pint, it stands up to the brash, piney and fruity hop assault. The bitterness is solid, but buffered within the malt base, and it finishes dry but with a note of sweetish and caramel tinged malt that fades to citrus rind, pine, and floral.

At first taste I thought this was over-done, but as it warmed and the malt spread, it became more and more interesting. The Brett character is quite nice, but I wonder if that's intended - I somehow doubt it is. Regardless, it's strength is without question, and I'd highly recommend this as an "at home" beer. Worth trying!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big "thank you" goes out to him.
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy dark amber color, with a large, thick & foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: There’s a strong piney hops aroma, with a citrus sweetness in the background.

T: Decent hops bite hits you first, but the malty citrus sweetness is quick to follow. I picked up a hint of smokiness, which is a bit uncharacteristic of the style but very welcome. After the initial hops burst, the taste is very well-balanced all the way through to the after-taste.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Very tasty, not very filling, excellent representation of style, this is a beer that’s worth sticking with whether it’s as a pounder or a sipper. I liked this one a lot and think it's a flat-out great beer.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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