Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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85
very good
1,042 Ratings
Arcadia HopMouth Double IPAArcadia HopMouth Double IPA
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
Ratings:
1,042
Reviews:
480
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
127
For Trade:
1
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Photo of case4816
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into large red wine glass. Auburn in colour and fairly translucent. Poured a very foamy head that dissipated very quickly.

S- Very Heavy on the hops. Not many other smells detectable. The hops are very fresh smelling, with some citrus hints coming through with them, as well as natural spruce hints in the hops.

T- Quite refreshing. The hops, like the smell, are quite fresh tasting. The citrus notes come through very with the hops, and the spruce hints come through very subtly. The finish is what is very surprising about this beer. The bitterness on the finish is very strong, and one of the longest lasting bitter finishes I've experienced in a DIPA.

D- This is a very nice beer to drink. Bought it on a whim to fill a 6 pack, and will definitely purchase again. An easy drinking or sipping beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with "Bottled on 8-20-10" on the label, into a standard pint glass.
Caramel brown in color, with a moderate off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet malt, faint soapiness
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, caramel, hop bitterness but not much hop flavor to speak of. A bit astringent. Seems to be an "English" take on a DIPA as it is more malt forward and the hops are more used for their bittering property than for flavor. A bit of a different take on an American DIPA.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a hazy brown-orange, alomst like peach iced tea. Started with 1/2" of cream-colored head that reduces to a thin skim.

Has a yeasty, malty sweet smell, almost like a barleywine, with hints of apricot, grapes and other summer fruit. Very little hop. A somewhat boozy aroma wafts up as well.

Relatively smooth tasting, with little "hop" flavor for a double-IPA named Hopmouth. Woody and earth, with decent resin though little astringency or bitterness. Somewhat malty, this has a cask-conditioned feel to it.

Mouthfeel is medium, with some carbonation.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a nice amber color that is semi-transparent. Has a pretty small head, but still looks appetizing.

Smell: Has a mild hop aroma with some sweetness lingering. I expected more hops for a double ipa.

Taste: Has a subdued malt flavor with a mild hop kick. Again, I expected a little more of a hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body that's not too thin.

Drinkability: It's pretty good. However, I do have to say that I feel there are better versions of this style out there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

VDubb is persistent. At least he got us a good beer. It pours a rather dark ruby brown topped by a half-finger at best of off-white foam. The nose comprises red and white grapes, red and...not-red...grapefruit, and a fairly strong contingent of toffee. The taste is of smooth citrus and pine (trust me, smoothness is tastable) joined by some nice, sweet caramel. The body is medium, with no real carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a nice DIPA, not the best around, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a nice white head that later becomes just lacing.

Smell of mint first, roasted malt, caramel, some pine and a little citrus.

Taste just like the aroma, mostly mint flavors which I would guess are from a Northern Brewer type hop as I have really smelled the mint flavors from this hop while brewing. Mint mixes with booze even though it is not quite that high in abv, definitely fusel alcohol. Nice caramelization going on the beer, only I have no idea how fresh this is and I think that it was old judging by the dust on the bottle when I received it as a gift. I am pretty sure nearly all of the aroma hops that may have been in here are gone but the mint / Northern Brewer. Still a good beer, but please put a date stamp on it. light to mild carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel for an 8.1 abv IIPA.

Overall pretty good, recommended easy drinking double IPA.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter on cask at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer pours a deep, deep brown red color with a coarse half finger of foam on the surface. There is the aroma of piny hops and orange zest. In addition more subtle notes would reveal both a brown sugar and pineapple aroma too. There is an apple cider like taste to this beer that is quite pleasant. Plenty of caramel flavor to go around as well makes it almost taste like a caramel apple. The hop flavors are still quite there, but mellow due to the cask I would assume. The flavors are really nice due to the very nice smoothness and good feel with the natural carbonation that is provided. This is a good drinking beer on cask and I would recommend it to almost anyone who enjoys robust flavors in beer without getting a kick in the face.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a nice copper reddish color with a nice 1 1/2 finger white head. Very hoppy smelling nose with nice notes of citrus rind and pine. Medium, chewy mouthfeel. Good lace on the glass as the head settles. Sweet and malty with a nice balance of hops. Slight lingering bitterness in the end. Overall, a decent DIPA with a pretty heavy malt backbone.

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Photo of avw555
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Brown, looks like apple cider. Very thin white head, lace doesn't last long.

Smell- apples and citrus fruit. some floral notes. reminds me of fall :)

Taste- Very bitter on the back of my tongue. I didn't know what the abv was when i bought it and was surprised by the prominence of alcohol (picked it up on a whim).

Mouth-feel- makes my mouth feel dry. the alcohol gives a nice little bit of "burn". I like the dry feeling it leaves in my mouth.

Drinkability- Goes down easy. Next time I drink it I'll have have something to eat that compliments this beverage.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours well to make two fingers of thick tan head, and an ultra cloudy copper colored body.

In the aroma, the traits that come out immediately are from the ample amounts of lemony hops, and a nice caramel backbone.

Taste wise the malt is very prevelant with the sweet bread flavors, however, the hops dominate with over ripe lemons. Lightly carbonated, not oily, and the alcohol is nicely masked.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Stunning tower of off-white froth drops slowly with a massive amount of lacing sticking to the glass. Brassy amber color shows off its clarity. Thick blanket of hop in the nose; spearmint, ruby red grapefruit, wildflowers and faint tobacco. Creamy and slick medium body is a bit chewy from the malt. Bitterness from the hops kicks in right away, but is reeled back before it hits the point of no return--meaning it stays balanced. Quick breath of alcohol in the middle. The toasted bread maltiness hangs with the faint buttery tone both try to push the hops down, but the bitterness and hop flavor come right back up with each sip. A tad fruity with suggestions of apricots. Finishes semidry with a thick herbal tone and some remaining toasted malt.

Great to see a Double IPA that is not either absolute chaos or simply overbittered. Certainly one of the most balanced in its style and a delight to drink.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On hand-pump at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a pint glass.

A - Nice persistent off-white thick cap and splotchy lacework. Transparent amber-copper body.

S - Piney hops, candied citrus, some light dank and cattiness. Malt character is English toffee and treacle. Seems very English in general actually. Nose doesn't pop, but isn't as muted as some cask beer I've had.

T - Very sweet tangerine citrus morphs into a bitter finish. There's some toasty and light toffee malt character.

M - Dry finish, with residual resinous character. Soft smooth, medium body, and a nice creamy texture. Alcohol is not obvious.

D - This was surprisingly good. It went down quickly, and the hand-pump serving and cellar temperature complemented the English qualities of the malt and hop bill. One of Arcadia's strongest offerings.

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Photo of Soneast
2.22/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a burnt copper color, slightly hazy, developing a 2 finger thick, cream colored head with pretty good retention, leaving a lot of lace on the glass.

The aroma is...well malty. I certainly don't get a whole lot of hops, maybe some herbal character. Some toasty notes from the malt but mostly just a caramel sweetness.

The flavor is also malt forward, despite a harshly bitter finish. The hops seem to be more herbal than anything, almost tea-like, which when combined with the sweet malt and harsh bitterness is definitely off-putting. Somehow it manages to be almost cloyingly sweet, like a under attenuated homebrew, and yet has a harsh, metallic bitterness. Leaves a weird, sharply bitter flavor right at the very back of the palate, that is hard to get rid of.

Huh, there is no date on the bottle, not sure if this is old, but the bar I purchased it from is fairly reputable. Overall, this isn't very DIPA-like, IMO. It's almost like a harshly bitter brown ale. HopMouth just really isn't very good.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly dark copper amber with a light tan head. The head fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing. The aroma is primarily of piney, citrusy and grassy hops, with a fairly pronounced whiff of alcohol. There is also a very rich and toasty caramel malt aroma. The flavor is quite balanced with both piney and grapefruit hops being nicely offset by a toffee tasting malt backbone. It also seems to have some earthy notes, and a hop bitterness that stands up well to the malt. Far from the more hop forward DIPAs I prefer, but they appear to have paid close attention to the quality of malt flavor, so I will not complain too much. The mouthfeel is medium and has a nice smoothness to it. Unfortunately, the finish is sticky and unappealing with a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste that lingers in my mouth after swallowing. This is a pretty solid beer, but the finish is a bit of a deal breaker when it comes to drinkability.

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Photo of silentjay
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark. a hazy reddish brown with little eggshell colored head that recedes quickly to a cm and laces decently.

nose is malty sweet with some floral hops mixed in.

taste follows as being malty. this seems more like a big amber ale than a DIPA. caramelly sweet with plenty of biscuit and white toast, with an almost English hop profile that is floral and a bit herbal. just a bit of citrus. not exciting.

medium bodied with some corn syrupy stickiness and sweetness left on the back of the tongue.

eh. not a great DIPA for my tastes, so it doesn't drink well. I'll finish the bottle, but I'm glad I only bought the one.

edit: having this again (i think this one is fresher) and I am picking up a lot of tropical fruits. pineapple, passion fruit, star fruit. doesnt make it much better, but enough to raise the taste profile slightly

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Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy - dark brown - little head left behind - nice

S: citrus, apples?, malt, really good nose

T: Apples again in the taste, some citrus, malt, and just really nice balance

M: medium in the mouthfeel

D; This was easy to drink. Could have these anytime. Overall, a good offering from Arcadia.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a gorgeous deep tea color with very little haze. An ample two fingers of cream colored head made this ale quite the perfect picture. My mouth began to water in anticipation. Lacing was apparent during my drinking session.

S: What no floral hops? I looked at the label again. Sure enough it said double IPA. Something was apparently missing. The only aroma I got was of malt and caramel.

T: Again, something was missing. No way was this an IPA, double or otherwise. Nice rich malt with a bitter note to follow. But that bitter note had none of the typical floral or piny characteristics one would associate with hops. Alcohol heat is definitely present, as are notes of bourbon and grain.

M: Full on your tongue, but also flat. No carbonation to help refresh.

D: If your in the mood for an IPA, this is definitely not the beer you would want to crave. If you had a hankering for a strong dortmunder, then maybe you'd enjoy cracking another.

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Photo of dball
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was disappointed with the less than average experience with this beer. I had high expectations based on the cost and rare availability in Virginia. It was less than satisfying in all categories. I expected a big full beer with a lot of hops and a delicious flavor. My experience may have been tainted by inflated expectations but I won't be picking this beer again.

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Photo of chaz410
2.64/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from a friend who went to the brewery in Michigan.
I don't know if this bottle was stored poorly or something but IPA is the last impression I got from this beer.
It pours a deep amber body with thin amber hinted head.
Smells of deep caramel, candi sugar, some sweet citrus hops are barely there and theres some hints of biscuit and chocolate.
This already smells like a dubble belgian ale and it taste even more like one. It's exceptionally sweet, almost like a mild IPA that was aged for FAR to long. It's got caramel and raisen notes along with some prune and apple. There's a little hint of hops but you honestly have to search for it. I really think travel took a heafty toll on this beer.

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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 vette2006c5r
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

hopmouth double ipa poured a dark amber color with a small head. it smelt of hops and nothing else. it had a very strong taste of hops and nothing else. it is tough to drink as like most double ipas. overall a grea beer. a ipa lover would love this beer.

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

I had this one on cask at Poor Phil's in Oak Park, IL. Served in a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a clouded copper orange color with a creamy and dense 1" white head. Good retention shown, with the head taking forever to drop and leaving big sheets of lace down my glass.

S= Has that Arcadia "English-y" aroma coupled with juicy pine and citrus hop notes and some caramel sweetness. Very straightforward and very nice.

T= Very much like the smell. Caramel and biscuity grain flavors came through strong, as did the unmistakable flavor of Maris Otter malt. The hops blanketed everything with a lot of pine and citrus that seemed even fresher and juicier than in the draft version of this beer. Bitterness was solid throughout, without being too puckering. Finished dry and hoppy with a great hoppy aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a slick feel. Carbonation was appropriately soft for a cask ale.

D= Of all the Arcadia beers I've had this is still my favorite and getting it on cask was a real treat. Super fresh and very enjoyable.

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Photo of beerdrifter
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, deep orange-copper pour with quickly fading head and minimal lacing. Very malty nose with hints of tea, resin and alcohol. Lots of bitter hop resin and alcohol in the taste as well with little of the malt sweetness making its presence known. The alcohol is not well hidden in this one and the mouthfeel is very syrupy which really hurt the drinkability for me. This was a really disappointing beer that may have been bad due to age. Would probably give it a second chance if it were fresh.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with a white head. In the aroma, gritty pine hops. In the taste, pine to grapefruity hops, with a sweet, almost sugary maltiness. Mainly smooth, but a small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a sugary, grapefruity hop in the aftertaste. A bit sugary and decent hops.

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Photo of fear025
1.96/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Aroma:Smells very heavily of marris otter malt, but not much hops.

Appearance:Deep amber color, nearly opaque. Good head, but dissipates quickly.

Taste:The foretaste is heavy on the english malt, but quickly turns into a bitter mess. The hop flavor was very bitter without any trace of fruit. The acrid hop flavor lingers on unpleasantly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:The full bitterness makes this beer fairly astringent on the back of the mouth.

Drinkability:I'm not a huge fan of this beer, the bittering hops are fairly unbalanced, which makes it an unpleasant experience.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,042 ratings.
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