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 xav33
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Arcadia Hopmouth Double IPA
22 oz bomber
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Unknown bottling, mouthed 11/06

Poured a clear brownish orange with a huge mostly lasting creamy off-white head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate pineapple upside down cake, spruce, orange rinds, cookies.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter earthy and pine followed by strong bitter mold, toasted dark bread and grapefruit rinds with a light sweet toffee kick on a long bittersweet citrus and grassy finish. Palate was medium bodied, creamy, lively carbonated and strongly astringent.

Overall, one hell of a punch to the mouth. Everything flirts with perfection, except the mouth weight, texture and carbonation could be tweaked with a little bit, maybe enliven the malt flavors.

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Photo of kennyo
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

pours a dark rust color with a big soapy, foam head that laced the glss throughout the whole beer. Aroma i hops with a slight cinnamon spice. Taste has some bitterness, some malt sweetness, some dryness, a little citrus.

This is a nice drinkable beer, 8.1% could sneak up on you, tho.

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

22 ounce bomber bottle, no freshness indication. Pours cloudy, murky, dull almond amber. Head is basic tan and leaves gobs of thick medium bubble lacing. Nose is boldly of hops. Goey, thick and hoppy brew, lacks the citric bite of other of the style. This one is more smooth and malty then the "San Diego" style DIPA. Being a big beer fan I love this stuff, but I believe I'm more partial the the more grapefruit infused versions. Well worth a try.

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Photo of headhopper
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

A - Poured very hazy and cloudy. It has a dark golden/rust color , with a nice creamy thick head. It had decent lacing.

S - The smell was great. . Was very sweet actually. I could smell apples a lot instead of grapfruit like most DIPA. This had a different, but very nice smell. There was grapefruits in the background though ofcourse, with some peacehs and light citrus.

T - This was one tasty DIPA. Very balanced and smooth actually. Not too bitter at all. It tastes like apples and grapfruit with a dash of lime juice. Apple cider came to mind.

M - Creamy and thick. Goes down smooth.

D - Very nice. I wish I would have bought more then one. I could have drank a couple of these. At 8.10% though, Im kind of glad I didnt have another. This stuff is easy to drink , so the alcohol will catch up to you.

Over all this was a great DIPA. I will def. be seeking this out again.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Nothing was marked for the freshness date on the label. Pours a cloudy amber color, with shades of orange. Thick off white rocky head, holds very well for a good period of time. When the head does dissipate, there are some nice sticky rings of lace that are left. Citrusy and floral hop aroma, but not as intense as a lot of other DIPAs. Good sweet, crisp malt background, followed up by a nice amount of citrusy, and slightly floral hops. Not overly bitter. A few fruity flavors, namely apricot and pineapple come through towards the end. The bitterness lingers on the palate for a while. A bit overcarbonated, but a good medium body. Not as bold as many DIPA, but the alcohol is hidden, and it is an enjoyable brew.

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

Huge thanks to the generous warriorsoul for letting me steal this from his cellar. :)

A: Pours a slightly hazy peachish bronze color with a frothy one and a half finger white head. Nice retention of bubbly foam and decent lacing.
S: Big citrus notes smack you in the face--nice spicyness to them. Big bold malty background.
T/M: Wow! Huge citrus hop notes and a hint of lemon with a lip smacking bitterness cross the palate. Good maltyness with slight sweet caramel and nutty notes. Wonderful bitter finish linger for a good while. Fruity and floral aftertaste with subtle hints of pine. Oily and resiny mouthfeel---thick. Coats the mouth. Well balanced as the flavors cross the taste buds with a hefty bitterness. The more the beer wams the more the malt takes over.. Not too complex of a beer, but a very good offering from Arcadia.
D: What a double ipa should be. There are a lot of good ones out there and this probably ranks up towards the top. Big spicy alcohol notes make you realize that this one packs a punch.

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Photo of Mdog
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber with moderate head.

Smell: Caramel malt with some citrus.

Taste: Very balanced for a DIPA. Caramel and toffee sweetness with citrusy hop bitterness kicking in after a bit.

Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness. A little metallic aftertaste after a while.

Drinkability: There's something about Maris Otter malt that just doesn't hit the spot for me.

When I first had this about a year ago, I thought that it was like an "English" DIPA. I think it's because of the Maris Otter malt that I still feel that way. It's not a bad beer and is actually quite interesting. It just doesn't feel like your typical DIPA to me.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trbeer for the trade...
Appears a hazy, dense amber with a small 1 finger, off-white head that slowly fades into a small cap. Scattered amounts of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuit, light caramel, honey, brown sugar, citrusy, pine, and some of those orange slice candies.
Taste is of the same aromas with a sweet, sugary, orange flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, slick, semi-dry, mildly bitter, along with orange peel and a balanced amount of citrusy that teeters on sugary and bitter.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Parlour in a pint glass.

Medium copper color,reddish hue.a bit cloudy. A slight off-white head.very creamy,lacing down the glass.
Aroma was extremely clean,citusy,piney,an assertive grapefruit aroma.
Slight malt nose with hints of carmell,and a hint of nuttiness.Very inviting,the hop aromas not as pronounced as most of the double ipa's i've had.
Hop tastes dominate the palate piney,citrusy,grapefruit flavors midway throughout the finish.Syrupy with a good carmell overtone balancing out the taste nicely.
A medium mouthfeel,slightly prickly,slick going down,creamy on the palate,swelling the tongue at the finish.
A great tasting beer,very hoppy,awesome aroma.Just a bit lacking compaired to most doubles iv'e tasted.This beer lies somewhere between an excellent pale ale and a double IPA
I could drink this beer all night and would love to. Great drinkablility.
I'll be drinking this beer again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- The best head ever!!! No way to underestimate the doughy, almost crack filling foam. I could have used this to fill the spaces in my door jamb. Great deep, garnet amber color with some string bubbles visible when held almost right up to the light. Some of the best lacing I've seen in an IPA.

Smell- A very sweet carameled bread and hop resin flowers greeet the nostrils. Almost smells like my moms Yankee candle scents she picks in the Spring and Summertime. Very flowery, yet also rich in bold malty sweetness.

Taste- Strats with a very rich malt profile of toasted caramels, bscuits and oatmeal. This is quickly cutt down to a more even beer pH with the stroing, almost viney hops. Such a classic Ipa in taste. The best balance of such extreme flavors. I took a very long time to drink this beer.

Mouthfeel- Almost sweet for such bitternes prevalent in this DIPA. Pretty smooth and had a some what earthy presence for an IPA. Just great balance of two extremes in flavor. Can't get over it.

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Photo of waldowin
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By *far* the largest, angriest, densest and most beautiful head I've ever seen on an IPA. This stuff is epic. Pours a murky ruddy amber, with tinged with gold. Eggshell-white foam just explodes on a pour, and will not go down. I ended up sucking up most of the foam just to get to the beer before it reached room temperature.

Smells of pine trees, cedar, and a hint of grapefruits. Not very strong, but pleasant.

The hops are amazingly subdued in this. I was expecting a lot more bite, but it seems like they've either aged and mellowed, or were mostly used for bittering. A nice, light almost sourdough malt flavor wafts over the tongue, before a hint of grapefruit slides along your mouth. Creamy and surprisingly smooth. The carbonation is a bit subdued; surprising given the amount of head released from the gentlest of pours.

This stuff is smooth and light enough to be sessionable if it weren't for the 8% ABV. Two thumbs up!

Thanks goes to Gaisgeil for this fantastic brew!

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Photo of Cresant
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. undated brown bottle into an IPA glass. Body was the color of leather, clear bownish-orange. Head was large and pillowy. Sticky lace spotted the sides of the glass. On the second pour the body was cloudier with visible particulates in suspension.

Smell was spicy. Citrus hops. Honey. Sweet malts. The second pour smelled more pungent, a bit funky. Alcohol remained well hidden.

Taste was tongue bleaching hops. Strong, pithy bitter hops. Citrus, resiny characteristics. The bitterness was well complimented by the biscuity, honey Maris Otter malts. Both the aroma and taste were rather complex and distinctly changed as the beer opened up and warmed.

Mouthfeel was moderatedly carbonated and rather smooth. This was a very enjoyable beer.

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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 alexgash
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly murky apple cider bronze with a sticky, light sandy head. Nose is greeted with aggressive hop notes: sharp pine resin, herbal, vegetal, minty, and even citrusy. This pleasant assault is backed by biscuit and light fruit malt. Scotch tape and pine needle hoppiness greet the tongue. Sweet citrus fruits follow with a toffee malt background. Creamy mouthfeel in a medium-full body. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness and warming liqueur. Quite good.

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

22oz bomber, big ups to BigErn for supplying the bottle from this great Brewery...had some of this at the great taste of the midwest

appearance: pours into my New Belgium chalice...very murky body, dark amber/light mahogany...bubbly white cap with pretty strong lacing

smell: fresh green hop aroma...big, pungent and dripping...light citrus and strong pine nature, fresh lemon, obvious (and expected) strong malt balance...nice

taste: one of the more balanced dipa's out there...sticky green hops, big pine resin flavor, sweet caramel boozy nature that resembles that of a hoppy barleywine, rather light citrus feel for a dipa, big malty backbone...pretty good

mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sticky feel, strong bitterness

drinkability: normal

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark amber colo; it's very dark for an IPA. The head is one and a half fingers in height, and recedes slowly into decent lacing. The aroma is of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and most surprisingly of all malt. It is as though I can almost smell the hops fighting the malt for control of the nose and winning slightly. The balance I like in the aroma, however, is not as pleasant in the taste. The flavor is simply far too sweet fot a DIPA. I mean I can tell there are tons of hops in this beer, but a lot of them are being covered up. It is not a bad taste, just not what I was expecting when I bought a beer that said Douple IPA on the label. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation, and quite smooth with a mild silky texture. Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but not my favorite DIPA. I would buy it again if I were in the mood for something big, and not something big and bitter.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber appearance, clear and bright. Steamed milk-like head, sugary and leaving lots of very sticky lace. Strong and deep citrusy hop aroma, a tang of orange rind and red pepper. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation lower, a sense of some stickiness to it. Hopped up front, quite bitter and resiny, the body gives a slight caramel counterbalance of sweetness (but even that is engulfed by a sulfury tinge), but its momentary. This is hop juice from beginning to end, building so much in impression that its bordering on unpleasant and in a steely graphite-like mask by the close and the swallow. I'm bored, probably another hit for the hop heads who think being "beer elite" is tasting hops and alcohol.

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Photo of beveritt
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a standard pint glass. No freshness dating on the bottle. Cool gaelic, face in the hops label.

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color with and amazing head. From the initial pour I had half a glass of head and an inch or more stuck around for the whole beer. Left some decent lacing down the side of the glass. Some sediment in the bottle, but not as much as you normally see in bottle conditioned beers.

Smell: Very strong pine and floral hop aromas.

Taste: A nice long, flavorful taste of hops, with a bitter bite at the end. Some underlying malt sweetness, but this beer is really about the hops.

Mouthfeel: Good lingering flavor. Carbonation level is sufficient to deal with the strong hops.

Drinkability: Overall, a pretty good brew. Not as powerful as some of the west coast hop-bombs, but nicely balanced.

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

Appearance: Pours a thick copper with a strong retaining head. Nice, spotty lacing coating.

Smell: Citrus and super piney! A sign of good things to come...

Taste: A hoplover's delight...hops all around with a sweet pine resiny touch at the end. A nice grapefruit bitterness accompanies the hops...the drink finishes with a bite.

Mouthfeel: Less slick and cumbersome than most DIPAS...a light and refreshing mouth presence.

Drinkability: mmmm..highly careful...have fun...this DIPA is one of the best!

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

Pours amber in colr with a good size cream colored head that slowly dissipates to a ring. Initial aroma is big on piney-ness with a gin like booziness. There is also a malty sweet aroma in the background that is caramelly and has a little sweet grapefruit. Taste shows some light fruitiness up front which gives way to a good size pine hop bite, some alcohol spice, and a slightly dry finish. As I get into it the raw like pine and alcohol finish becomes creamier and far less dramatic. A nicely balanced big beer from Arcadia, nothing knocking my socks off, but not much to complain about.

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

Color seems the same with a slightly chill hazed orangey bronzed color with a medium stack of off-white foamy sponged froth. Lacing has an intricate pattern of tigheter to looser stringy-like sheeting from top to bottom.

Aroma isn't as juicy this time around, more dry and earthy, with a dirty leafyness over only a slight doughy orange tea.

Taste too is different as it tends to have more of a dry hop sense and earthy, tender orangified tone. Still solidly robust in malts, more toast tilted, and a favorable rounded fruityness that renders a big citrusy realm of orange(more so) then the peach, mango, and pineapple stuff; and the piney bite as it fades across the finish has nearly left all together. Kinda grapefruity with a touch of pine. More of an earthy, dryish leafyness coated in a waxy-like, semi-chewy hop abundance of a slightly roughened texture tends to perk the buds in the close. The well tuned balance of adequate malty sweetness and sugared breads has tamed and tends to be more leafy and earthy this time around.

Body is rounded and fairly full with a lighter juicy roundedness thats not overly bittered, yet fulfilling, yet carries a fairly big hoppy taste of orangey fruit and fluffy pined earthyness that isn't quite as juicy as the first time this was quenched and reviewed.
Otherwise, I still find it quite easy going and smoothy bitten with good citrusy (more orange) fruit and piney dryness within a wet tinny bite. Alcohol isn't as evident as the last time I had it as its soupy and sudsy stuff has been taken aside to have the earthyness prevail.

Still, again, this seems more like a top IPA, and not quite giving that Dbl IPA vibe. Yet still enjoyable. And much better as it warms. The juicyness returned slightly. But I found a bit more earthyness and a slight tug of toasted malt this time then the first. Perhaps another is needed?

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing pours with an incredibly frothy, sticky head. The beer itself ain't too hard on the eyes, either. Smell is piney with a bit of citrus hops. There's a fair amount of malt hidden under the hops, too. A nice balance. Taste is on the sweeter side at first. There's heaps of unfermented sugars in here. At 8%, there must have been a huge amount of malt involved in the brewing process. Plenty of hops, too. Mouthfeel is a little thick and sticky, but carbonation is fairly light. It's a yummy beer. More of a sipper than a quaffer.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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