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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good
481 Reviews
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

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:
481
Ratings:
1,035
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
19.36%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
122
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy moly, this looks just like a barley wine – dark, hazy amber oak pour, foamy thick head of ivory, sheet laces all the way down.

A real floral hop bomb in the aroma, the taste turned to the woody & resinous side. A good taste, just not quite as good or oily as I expected. Still finishes sharp, crisp and dry.

Hmm, now, at $7 a bomber, which ain’t too bad, but I think the cost per ounce makes it a bit too much for regular drinking.

I will see how aging some bottles for a year work out.

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

Translucent ruby color with a 1-finger off-white head. Very fast rising bead sustains a thin cap on top. Great smelling citrusy hops. Smells of grapefruit juice and sweet, juicy malt. First taste is juicy malt and the fruity hops followed up by big bitterness. Alcohol starts to come through as it warms up, wouldn't be a problem if you drink quickly. Carbonation in mouthfeel was OK along with a smoothness in each swig. This was something for me that I ran across and bought it just to compare with others in the style. Something worthwhile to try if you haven't before. Booziness as it warms up was a problem with me though.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber color with a small foamy white head.

The aroma had some hops, but this beer was probably about a year out so nothing was bursting forth. Some alcohol and light caramel was in the nose. Faint vinous notes were also present. Perhaps a slight hint of oxidation as well.

The flavor of the beer was reasonably bitter with mostly herbal/earthy hop flavors. The malt profile was too caramelly for this style IMO. Following a bottle of 3F Dreadnaught, this beer fell flat. The beer lacked any kind of broad hop profile, which the masters (Pliny, Dreadnaught, Maharaja) posess.

The carbonation was fine and the mouthfeel was light/medium.

This beer was pretty average for a double IPA. Nothing too impressive here. I'd like to try it fresher if possible. Regardless, this double has an "east coast" malt profile to it. This style is favorably evolving into a lighter, crisper beer with less malt that lets the hops remain bright. Hopmouth seems to be behind that evolution as with many other east coast double IPAs IMO.

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

This bottle came all the way from Wexford, PA to my home state and nearly a year later, was shared with some friends of mine. Always nice to pull out a bottle you’ve nearly forgotten about. I suspect the slight aging factored into the review favorably.

My first brew from Arcadia, Hopmouth comes in a wicked cool bottle with a Green man character on the front surrounded by hop clusters. The beer pours a hazy tangerine with a half inch white fluffy head that drops quickly but never completely disappears. I notice lots of tiny dark yeast particles suspended in the beer. Hm…

Smells mostly of hops, but these are well blended and mellow for a Double IPA. Lots of citrus and pine, a juicy, slick smell, not harsh or bracing like some DIPAs can be. (Double Dog, I’m calling you out…). I don’t know if it’s because this beer is aged or what, but the overall impression is a very slick, cool hop bill with some hot alcohol and sweet toffee malt holding everything together. Overall the smell is quite pleasing, and it’s refreshing to find a big beer that isn’t out to knock you over.

The taste reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head 90, but less sweet and with more citrus notes. Grapefruit hops dominate, but the bitterness is never harsh and there are plenty of sweet caramel malts to back it up. The alcohol is noticeable but not up front. Again, this is quite well balanced for a DIPA, not “extreme” (thankfully) or harsh in the least. Very drinkable. The carbonation level is fine, and the mouthfeel is slick, slightly syrupy, and finishes hoppy and sugary with a lip-smacking wetness and bitterness.

Hopmouth is a good Double IPA; I enjoy the fact that Arcadia isn’t trying to out-bitter and out-hop the competition. This is just a well balanced, drinkable, 8% hoppy beer, and I commend them for making it.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This one has been aged for at least a year, which may have changed the flavor... I don't know what it tastes like off the line, but I would recommend aging, because this is wonderful.

A- Slightly cloudy. Deep, rich amber, like the kind they make dinosaurs out of. Some strange black particles in the bottom...?

S- Hoppy, and malt too, that comes in to almost balance... smells wonderful.

T- Okay. Slightly metallic, but hoppy and the malt balances... It's really good, but simply not as good as the nose.

M- Somewhat thin, actually. Smooth, clean, but a little more watery than i expected.

D- I could drink this for hours. cheers.

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Photo of soupyman10
1.7/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle into a mug. Poured a pretty nice, amber color, good amount of head with fairly nice lacing as the beer went. Unfortunately, that was all the nice got on this one. Nose was bitter and sour, biting at the nose, almost acrid. Nothing like any DIPA I'd had before. Extremely bitter, but not in a standard 'beer' way. Tasted like solvent, very astringent. My mom commented that it had the taste of fertilizer. Truly an unique and awful flavor. Feel was fairly solid for a DIPA, but not anything noteworthy, and certainly nothing that could overcome the taste/smell. Overall, can't recommend this one. I've never had anything like it before, and I hope to never have anything like it again. Overall, it's a mess. Nasty taste and smell, definitely something I will avoid in the future. May have turned me off for the brewer overall.

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Photo of akorsak
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A tumbler glass served at Capone's.

A: The DIPA has an amber orange color, fairly clear, with a small head that doesn't last long.

S: The aroma is bitter hops, amped up significantly. Citrus notes dominate.

T: The flavor is out of balance. Big oily hops great you up front but never recede to allow for a malty body or any other flavors. The hops are bitter and don't mix well, creating a taste that is a pine-citrus combination that has no clear definition. The lack of focus hurts the taste, as too many things want to stand out but none are able to.

M: The mouthfeel is a big mess of oily pine and citrus hops. If you like big hops that are clearly out of balance, this is for you.

D: I chose this over the Sorachi Ace as my first DIPA of the evening (see my profile for the write-up on Sorachi Ace) and regret it. The flavors never coherently mix and leave a lasting bitterness in the mouth.

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Photo of Higravity
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia- Hopmouth

Appearance- Hazy brownish orange with a big thick creamy tan head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
Smell- Strong oily pine hops with a sweet candi sugar tinge. Mild dried fruit notes as well.
Taste- Immediate pine sap oil flavor hits you. Followed up by sweet rock candy with a hint of dried pinapple and cherry. Finishes of very sweet with a mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Big and sweet throughout. Oily pine up front with a mild IPA bitterness in the end.

Overall- A pleasant surprise here. A good double you shouldn't pass by.

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Photo of rabsten
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fatheads, Pittsburgh.

Clear, glowing copper/amber, thin but solid head, good lacing.

Citrusy pop of hops, with balsam and pine notes. Malt lingers in background.

Tastes like a DIPA should. Lots of hops and malt. Big beer but well balanced.

Slightly astringent in the mouth, but overall very drinkable. Alcohol content kinda rears its head too, towards the end. Still, a good, drinkable beer.

Bottom line: Excellent representation of the double IPA style. Also very good in a bottle.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of phisig137
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber copper color, with a two finger head. Nice retention leaves behind an adequate amount of lacing, and a creamy blanket over top of the glass.

Aroma is hoppy, but with a distinct butterscotch aroma as well. Alcohol is also fairly volatile and solvent like.

Flavor is not so hot. Thin, insipid malt character, with again, loads of butterscotch. Hoppiness is limited to bitterness on the finish, almost no flavor or aroma. Hot alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, although a little thin. Drinkability is not so great.

Diacetyl bomb.... I'd avoid this one. Poorly made product from a bad recipe to start with. I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazy, dark copper with an inch of fluffy, off white foam. Smells of piney and citrusy hops. Lemon and grapefruit flavors come through as well as bitter hops and slightly sweet malt. This beer has a rather thick body with enough carbonation to match. Hides the alcohol well and went down really smooth. A solid effort.

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Photo of frazbri
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hopmouth Double IPA from Arcadia poured clean, clear copper topped by a tall, dense, off-white head that was longlasting. Lacing was good as well. The aroma had notes of pine resin, citrus zest and clover honey. Sweet flavors begin the tasting with marmalade, honey and grapefruit. Then the bitterness takes over. Body was in the medium range with moderate carbonation.

This was a very nice 2IPA. The malty sweetness hits you at first, but the hop hammer falls shortly after. This would be best shared on a winter night.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that one might refer to as "hoppy".
This is chewy and multi-textured.
Some of the flavors are a bit coarse but the over all experience is pretty pleasing.
There is something of a smokey, sparkling, pink grapefruit juice thing happening in here.
Not top of the line for the style but there is a lot of potential.
This brew makes me curious about other offerings from the brewery.

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Photo of scooter231
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty looking beer, ruby, copper colored with great poofy head and fabulous lacing. Sticks around forever. A bit cloudy, but when held to the light, clear. Smells hoppy and sour, grassy, but much of the depth is lost. Mouthfeel is pretty good, full and on the chewy side. Pretty good drinkability- alcohol content is well masked and it's flavorful enough, but I've had better.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky amber, orange, light golden with a thin white head, no lacing.

S - Sweet malt dominates with hints of citrus and pine hops and a tocuh of lemongrass. I have smelled regular IPA's hoppier than this.

T - Light citrus and grapefruit with sweet caramel. I would never guess this is a DIPA.

M - Medium bodied and slightly sticky.

D - I am more disappointed with every Arcadia beer I try.

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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 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 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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Photo of geexploitation
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a sticky head that fades to a dusting with a collar and plenty of Belgian lace. Aroma is highly hop-centric, all metals and citrus, with almost-not-there caramel Maris Otter notes in the background. On the palate, the malts come out first, before the beer quickly veers over into the hop notes. Those hops are kind of funky and not terribly fresh. There are some tobaccoesque and bubblegum notes in there. Mouthfeel is OK, just a bit unbalanced toward the hop side of things. Overall, this beer just isn't very inspiring. There's nothing wrong with it, but the hops in play here just aren't interesting and the malt backing is insubstantial at best. Only average.

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Photo of Dewey0603
2.79/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy dark brownish amber with a large foamy white head. Good looking with great lacing. The smell is full of pine hops and cinnamon. The pine hops are almost overpowering and dominate the smell making this smell almost like a perfume or urinal cake. I'll give it a 2.5,but I'm being generous. The taste is,like the smell, full of pine flavored hops with some spices,cinnamon? Not bad,but it's very different from other IPA's. The m/f is light with the flavors clashing. The flavors really don't go together well making this a hard beer to drink. I don't want to slam this beer,but other doubles are much better.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a bouncy pour makes for two solid fingers of dense, eggshell colored foam. Dense, creamy, sticky, it caps a murky, dirty and dull orange brew. Large patches of thin lace on the glass.

Aroma - a nice steady feed of snappy pine and citrus.

Taste - a bright and sweet orange citrus on top of a solid malty base. The swallow brings on the hop bitterness, piny with grapefruit hints, but very evenly balanced without being medicinal. Finishes nicely hoppy, orangey.

Mouthfeel - buttery smooth. Heavy and silky, subdued carbonation.

Drinkability - impressive DIPA, one of my favorites of the style so far. Good beer-tasting candidate, doesn't taste overly ramped up abv-wise but has a great balanced, intense flavor.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice beer, that gets better as it warms up. I haven't had many double IPAs, but most that I have tried seemed a bit over the top where the HopMouth is almost mellow. It doesn't have a strong alcohol finish, and is less bitter than many high hopped IPAs. I found this to be very, very drinkable and enjoyed a 22oz bomber over the course of a Sunday afternoon football game. As it wams up it takes on a lot of character and has a great mouthfeel. Paid $5.49 for it and will certainly try this one again.

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Photo of miskatonic
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this straight from the local distributor during a premiere week event for this brand here in Brooklyn - Very nice color as it pours into the glass creating a nice frothy head. Very strong diacetyl smell, overpowering the hop aroma which is fairly subdued on it's own. Taste is very bitter but not nearly a hoppy as I expected especially after reading other reviews. Again a very distinct diacetyl flavor and strong maltiness with more diacetyl and lingering hops in the finish. I was really surprised to taste the diacetyl in this brew - it seemed familiar like the characteristic flavor in many Pugsly system brews, rather than a side affect of mishandling or infection. So maybe this is a charecteristic flavor of all their beers, but it is definitely not for me. I will try this beer again in the future to make sure I am not unfairly criticizing a good beer for a bad sample, but for now I will focus on trying their other beers.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,035 ratings.
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