Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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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.

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Photo of rrwiltse
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was really anticipating this one, heard alot of great things and the bottle really plays up the hoppiness factor.
Fabulous aroma, nice floral hops and citrus.
This beer is certainly hoppy, but I was a bit let down. I was expecting to be swept away by a violent hop current; however, Hopmouth, though certainly quite hoppy, is not one of the most hoppy beers out there. Still, it is a must try for the hophead and I'll certainly purchase it again. Nice citrus tones behind the hop bite.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a drab, dark, amber-brown color, but shows pretty notes of a hazy, orangish copper colored beer when held up to the light. While pouring this beer from my 22oz bottle, it produces an initial head of about three fingers thick and it is a creamy tan color. The aroma is expressively hoppy with sweet notes of grapefruit and tangerine being prominent. The aroma is just sweet smelling enough that it almost reminds me of candied citrus peels, but there is a touch of crystal malt caramel flavors here as well.

The taste is fairly sweet as well, it is a combination of the bright citrus-like hop flavors and the sweet malt notes that make it sweet. This has a certain creaminess to it as it rests in my mouth, it is definitely on the full side, but is not heavy like say a Barleywine would be. While the citrus/ fruity hop notes certainly dominate this beer there is an undercurrent of herbal pine notes that sort of morph into a lingering bitter note that attempts to dominate the finish, but can't quite do it because those sweet citrus notes refuse to be subdued. This beer has flavors that make me think of ruby-red grapefruits, fleshy-sweet apricots, some notes of sweet tangerines and of course orange. The malt plays a supporting role, but does supply some sweet malt character in the form of caramel flavors as well as some lightly toasted grain notes.

This is a nice example of a Double IPA, it has the body and heft to stand up to the ample hops, but does not become too cloying. It is certainly not as abrasive and raw as some, but to be honest I am not in the mood for tongue peeling hops right now anyway. The focus on soft, fruity hop notes makes this version drinkable yet suitably hoppy for the style.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber body with a tall light tan foamy head that left scant speckles of lacing on the glass. Aroma is full of bitter citric hops. Light piney notes over a lightly sweet caramel malt base. Flavor starts off with a mild sweet caramel before being covered by bitter grapefruit hop notes. Some earthiness and biscuit malts add more depth to the taste. Some ringwood yeast notes are in there as well. Finishes with a dry bitterness. Nice thick body that’s pretty smooth and works with the flavor. Good solid DIPA overall but the ringwood notes didn’t seem to fit in that well.

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

Dark amber hue nearly brown with a goopy sticky craggy head cap leaving some streams of lace in the glass.

Aroma suggests ringwood and Maris Otter which is in accordance to the label. Pine wood scents and buttered toast.

First swigs: Piney wood and dusty with lingering biscuit & butterscotch pecan.

Thanks to HoppyMeal for the Bottle.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Fest.
was served a deep copper colored sample with a off white head that was nice and fluffy.
the aroma was very hop spice and citrus.
the flavor was very malty with a good bitterness and of course a perdominant hopsack.
the mouthfeel is very full and creamy.
was a very good beer would order it again. wish the sample was bigger.

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Photo of nortmand
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber pour, slightly hazy. Thin head.

Citrusy American hops dominate the nose. Some light caramel maltiness there too.

Extraordinarily well balanced. Incredibly hoppy, but malty sweetness blends the resiny citrus to a sane level. Residual sweetness is very nice in the face of the overwhelming hops. Leaves a bitter tang on the back of the tongue.

Rich and fuill bodied, yet very refreshing, due to the freshness that the hops add. Sets the standard for "Midwest DIPA."

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Photo of dwvarner77
2.77/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-orange color with a thick frothy head that falls quickly, but leaves a nice retention. Nose is underwhelming; don't get the hit of hops I'd expect with a double IPA. Taste is similar; malty, biscuity, with a little piney hop finish but not enough. Wouldn't be a bad pale ale, but hardly a double IPA, in my opinion. Underwhelming for the style it proclaims. Hopefully I just stumbled upon an old bottle that's lost something....

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

Pours a dark copper color with a thick and foamy ivory colored head. Really sticky lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and malt. Nice bitter character and medium body. Lots of hoppy pine and citrus flavor with an underlying sweetness of malt and toasted bread. Manages to stay thoroughly bitter and rounded at the same time. The finish is tart and hoppy and lasting. One of Arcadia’s best.

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Photo of Derek
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival.

A: Amber-bronze in colour, wonderful white head.

S: Citrousy American hops, with some pale malt in the background.

T: Very well balanced. The quality of the malt manages to come through the citrousy hop flavour and bitterness. I really enjoyed the well-rounded flavour of this one. At 8.1%, the alcohol was remarkably well-hidden.

M: Body is on the heavier side of moderate, very smooth, carbonation was moderate.

D: Really good.

I think this was my favourite brew at the fest.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely dark and opaque amber, with a big half-bubbly half-frothy head, about and inch thick. Lacing is great, spottily down the glass. Smell is intensly hoppy, piney and floral, a little grapefruit in there too that brings a little sweetness to the overall bittering. Strong, ripe, and slightly alcoholic, a little funky but still good. Taste is full of flavor, tons of hops (big surprise). Hops are ripe and piney, a little alcoholic bite to it, and there is good amount of carbonation that really plays well off the hops. Underneath this all is a this smooth carmel malts, a little vanilla, and finishes a bittersweet pine grapefruit, crisp and wanting of more. Definitely a 'big' brew, tons of taste and nose to dig through, and while not really all that refined, still a good brew for when you want a hop monster.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Huge Maris Otter malt and a more than generous amount of fresh hops make this beer memorable", so they tell us. Not which hops, though, or any other information, but let's open it up see, eh?

Big hoppy aroma escapes the bottle and into the atmosphere, right off the bat...nice going...hazy vermillion appearance, with a huge, puffy, off-whitish head. Looks great!...and...

...smells great! Piney first, followed by fruit, a mix of apple and grapefruit, with echoes of cherry and grape, and peppery spices whispering away behind them. Quite a treat for the nose! I rather enjoy it.

In the mouth, the juicy hop blitz mounts an assault, accompanied by massive amounts of bitterness. It sloshes about a bit, then fades amiably back. With each new sip, a blast of fruity flavor, with bracing bitterness, but unstoppable taste. Most ample body, quite sufficient to hold up the hops, and a firm texture, long, delicious, hoppy finish.

Abv is ungiven, unknown, but it's starting to roar up on me, after only half a glass.

Quite a sunny, friendly, extra-delicious brew, this one, and it reminds me a bit in the taste of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and then, at times, it doesn't.

Bright and tasty, this Hopmouth...quite nice.

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Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright red/orange, medium off white head forms, lots of sticky lace. Smell is alcohol, fruits, vanilla, floral hops, caramel, some sherry, nicely malty. Taste is caramel, vanilla, fruits, alcohol, floral/citrus, and sherry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation, nice and dry finish, some bitterness. Really pretty good, nice take on DIPA, thanks DrJay!

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

Poured a relatively transparent chestnut and maroon color with a creamy off white head that had solid lacing and retained well in the glass.
Aroma was all Maris Otter Malt with juicy, frity, hoppy notes with just a touch of piney resins.
Flavor was dominated by a strong caramel noe but a hint of chocolate also arose before a bombardment of citrus and resinous bittering took over.
Mouthfeel was mostly well balanced with thick, full malt in the front and a nicely increasing IBU punch on the close.
Drinkability was very solid. An incredible reversal from the very mediocre effort that was Batch 999, this is a simple but very well made "big IPA." Let's hope this is a sign of a bit of turn around at Arcadia as they seem to have suffered in the last year or so.

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Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep bronze and clear, quite appealing to look at, topped by a fairly dense stand of off-white head. Good retention and lots of lace throughout. Powdery hop aroma, some pine and white grapefruit, along with sweet oranges. Alcohol was just beneath the surface. Solid bitterness was balanced by mild caramel sweetness. There was a bit of biscuity malt, as well as tangerine and a bit of spice in the dry finish. Medium body, decent mouthfeel. Good balance overall and an easy drinker.

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

Stopped in to see my buddy trbeer while on holiday and got a bomber of this in trade. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a 1.5 finger caramel/tan-brown head over a slightly cloudy red-brown liquid. Smells citrus hoppy, alcoholic, and caramel...all this just during the pour. To the nose...citrus pith is clean. Grapefruit clean lemon. A wet malty sugar sweet. Tastes wonderful. Not a flavor bomb, this is delicate and subdued. Hop bitter is present with some rough cohumulone character that mixes with arough alcohol. Not a completely like a cheap vodka alcohol, but it does have an edge of that roughness. Malt sweet is tame beneath the hop flavor and just serves as a mildy fruity backdrop that supports the hops. Some caramel, but more fruity like dried apricots. Hop flavor is oranges and a drying pith. A bitter and dry oil mouthfeel that increases in intensity as the beer warms. The beer has a wonderfull smooth creaminess that is countered by a dry finish. The hop bitter becomes more intense as I got farther into the beer almost becoming a brutal abuse of my tongue.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A well made DIPA from Arcadia. Pours out to a hazy orange color with a 1/4 inch head of foam. Lace is abundant. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of fresh hops and pine are powerful, with some hints of a sweet candy like note lingering in the background. Flavors of hops dominate, with an oily consistancy not found in many DIPA's. A touch of malt and sweet grain are hidden under the massive amounts of hops. Mouthfeel was again, rather oily, but could've been a touch more on the dense side without being offensive. Pretty good drinkability. This is the brew for hopheads. Recommended.

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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 SupaCelt
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopmouth flowed out of the bomber bottle sporting a fairly deep shade of amber as a colour. Red is an apt description. The gaze through the beer was not a clear one. It is a bit hazy. A spitty off-white head puffed up. It did not make a lasting impression as it turned into pond scum fairly rapidly. The carbonation is low with this one. It is throwing off some impressive splattery splots of lace.

The nose is rife with hop odour as expected. Somewhat of a pointed grapefruit aroma. It also has some overinfused hop vegetable qualities that are verging on earning themselves a classification as off scents. There is definitely something that is not quite appetizing in the nose. Maybe a sourness. Dry hop infestation or some deal. A smidge of funkiness. Hell, I don't know, I just drink em. There seems to be a solid malt profile going on as well.

The taste is nice. Thankfully the nearly off aspect of the nose is not fogging the flavour at all. The hop profile is nice and fresh in the taste. Grass, pine, resin, grapefruit, and dilute orange come to mind. All the while, the malt base is sturdy. This nearly achieves a balance, but it is still coming across as a "big brew" show of brutality in some respects. I do like it that the malts feel like they were doubled up to match the generous hopping. To be truthfull, this isn't really all that bitter with all of the mouthwatering sweetness flooding over the acidic qualities. It is dry. Not desert dry. That sweetness keeps my mouth wet enough to offset this effect.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick. I might be persuaded into saying this is heavy bodied. As mentioned, the malt character is well established and it shows through on the palate.

The drinkability is good for a "big brew." I am not having any difficulties flushing this through for a tour of my insides. I hope my liver approves as much as my taste buds do. Doubtful. This one was a bit of a disappointment. I have one to age, so we'll see what happens. The almost "offity" of the nose has me a bit concerned.

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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 deejaydan
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow, first, I think I'd call this more a Double English IPA, I don't get the freakish overload of citrus notes off of this beer that I do off of other double IPAs.

Pours a pretty clear ambers, with a decent head retention. Lacing was pretty impressive as well. I get a slightly piney aroma here, some grassy and earthy notes as well. Taste is *gasp* balanced, tons of malts supporting the hops. Some grapefruity notes appear with the malts, but not an overload of them. Mouthfeel is amazingly thick and rich. Carbonation is just there, not overwhelming, and a good supporting player. I think we need more Double IPAs like this one.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We need more Imperial IPAs like this. It reminds me of *gasp* Three Floyd's Dreadnought. Sure, it doesn't taste like Dread, but the same elements are there. It has a solid malt backbone with a full (for a IIPA) body and nice carbonation coupled with hit-you-over-the-head-hops. A strong english presence in the nose and flavour, while the bittering hops cleanse the palatte for the next swig. There is just enough alcohol to accentuate the hops without overpowering them.
A masterpiece. Plain and Simple. If you like the style, buy this guy.

That said . . . there is something missing here. I don't know what it is, but I have a vague, unfullfilled feeling as I finish this beer. I can't tell you what it is, but something is missing. There is a hole in this beer that I can't put my finger on. It is a hole that most IIPAs suffer from, so I won't judge it harshly for it, but I just want to know what it is. I don't know what it is, but it is very pronounced in this beer.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice copperee-amberee color with an off-white head. The lacing in very nice. The aroma is maltee, and caramelee, with a citrusee hoppee presence. Nice and juicee.

The flavor is again maltee, and caramelee, with a nice fruitee hoppiee taste. It is a bit resinee too. Mouthfeel is a bit creamee and drying in the finish. A medium-full bodieed brew. Very yummy.

Thanks Tommee.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with decent head, the body is amber. Aroma of Marris Otter, as indicated on the label, with piny, resinous hops.

I am probably biased from the start in favor of any IIPA I haven't had, and this one is no different. The malt starts to balance the hops, but doesn't succeed. This isn't sweet like many IIPAs. The hops taste fresh, wet, and piney. Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel, with high drinkability.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice slightly hazed dark copper color, decent off-white head that fades slowly, leaving almost solid lacing on the glass.

Smell: A great smell, with bubblegum-sweet hop scent, floral and robust. Malt is also noticeable and rich.

Taste: Starts out immedietly very sweet and citric, like biting into a grapefruit, and eventually shifts into a full alcohol-malt-hop experience which ends with a lingering grassy quality.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and full, perfect for the style.

Drinkability: I like the use of fresh hops, but lacks the intensity of being an elite DIPA (in other words, I expect to shred my tongue on hop cones).

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

Purchased at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI.

Pours a really nice looking dark amber color with a one finger head that settles to almost no cap. Despite the head fading almost completely away there's quite a bit of lacing.

Smell; slightly herbal with notes of oranges and pine trees. There's also a distinct malt presence in the aroma. Really nice.

Taste; the hops hit at first with the citrus and resiny pine, but it's not over the top like a lot of DIPAs. There's a really solid sweet malt backbone to this that I'm really enjoying. I get no alcohol bite in the flavor, but there is a definite warming after a few sips. This is one of the more balanced DIPAs that I've had so far. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly oily from the hop oils.

I've had other Arcadia beers in the past, and while not bad, I wouldn't seek them out. As for this one, I wish I had picked up more than just this one when I had the chance.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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