Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

very good
1,045 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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Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber colored beer with a slowly fading head that stays at once inch.Aroma is hops and grapefruit.Taste is light grapefruit,buttered bresd and light hops.A pretty decent beer that thankfully is not insanely hopped.I would buy again although wouldn't actively seek out.I would recommend to try at least once.

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Photo of tapman
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very opaque, at a deep, dark rudy brown the beer appears sweet, sticky, and heavy on the palate. Head is light brown and frothy, though it subsides quickly but leaves a decent lacing. Definitely unfiltered which I like, but the yeast must be a low-flocculating strain and I'm not sure how that will pair with the style.Atypical for the style and doesn't look too good to me, but this is only 20% of the review and I will keep an open mind. It looks more like an English IPA/ESB.

Crystal malt/light raisin, maltose/molasses, butter though unlike diacetyl, some floral and piney notes with an english Goldings character by way of some breadiness. I hope the English character isn't psychological because of how I think it looks, but judging by how much unfermented sugar I predict to be in the brew, I would not be too unsure. A little alcohol as it warms.

Alcohol up front, with maltose secondary and floral hops tertiary. I'm not a big fan of the obvious alcohol, but the bitterness is nice; a first the beer is not very bitter thanks to the sweet maltiness, but as the sugar washes away a clean, sharp bitterness is left behind. Not sure if I agree with the style category.

Not as thick as it appears thankfully, but still quite heavy in the mouth. Once again more like a strong ESB to me.

It is not a bad beer, but the English qualities throw me off of this one. I expect one thing when I read a label/description, and when things are not quite right a get a little dissapointed since I bought this one with a hopslam or Pliny anticipation. On the other hand kudos for experimentation and using English ingredients are not all together uncommon for a contemporary IPA. What about the yeast? Is it an English low-attenuator? I the only thing keeping this American the hops? I would like to try this one with several buckets of Fuggle or EKG, or how about Willamette as a nice American substitute. Oh well, I assume the gentlemen (and gentlewomen?) of Arcadia know what they are doing. I have had good selections by them in the past.

P.S. I did hit the nail on the head with the barley which is, after reviewing the label, is English 2-row which explains the extra sweetness.

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Photo of Scojo2usa
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours nice dark brown, very small head. Darker than most IPA's.

Smell: sweet malty, like fresh barley, and a very fresh smelling hop aroma but not as strong as one would expect from a DIPA.

Taste: Here come the hops, but quickly phase out by a strong malt backbone. As the malty flavor dissipates the bitterness sets in.

Mouth feel: Full bodied on the pallet. Smooth but slightly chewy. Hint of alcohol rest on the tongue during after taste.

Summary: Good, not great. If you're looking for a hop monster of a double IPA, this is not it. Ample hops but big malt backbone takes away the from the hops. Really enjoyed the mouth feels and is tasty but I'm some how left wanting, I always have high hopes for double IPA's.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 22oz bomber at Half-Time on 26JAN10 for $6.99 plus dep. Bottle says 8.00% ABV, and no freshness dating was marked. Poured into a Rapscallion chalice and we're ready to rock 'n' roll.

The color was a slightly hazy mahogany/amber combination. Hard to discern any carbo lurking in there, and the head was mostly some fine, tight, light tan bubbles lining the rim. Lacing was average. Aroma had a solid amount of hopping, with some grapefruit melding with a bit of tangerine. Didn't note any malts in the nose. The body was a bit south of medium, and there was a light, bubbly, airy quality to the liquid.

Flavor-wise, it has only a smidge of malts, leaning towards caramel, until it warms a bit. A little more comes out then. It still has much more hops than malt, though. These are in the form of some grapefruit and lots of rindy, pithy characteristics. A bit of something leaning towards being herbal also comes into play. Overall, lots of bitterness here. I'd really like to see more sweetness, both from some more malts and by perhaps a different hop profile. Not a bad bier, but still leaves me with a sort of an "ehhh" feel.

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of slasher007
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours a dark brown-orangish color with little white head. The aroma is very malty with hints of hops. Taste is sweet tangy citrus, juicy malt, and lots of bitterness in the finish. Medium body, plenty of carbonation, and just a touch of backing alcohol. Overall, a pretty good brew.

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Photo of MikeGill
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 1/20/10
Served in a wine glass. Light caramel color with small white head. Murky with hints of orange at the edge of the glass. Fresh herbs and orange rind on the nose with hints of grapefruit.

Nice and warming with good roasted malt coming through. Medium body plus mild carbonation makes for a very drinkable beer with an elegant mouthfeel. Hops are kinda subdued for this style but they really show well on the finish which is long and generous

This double IPA will not slap you in the face with hops but the citrus and pine is defininatly there. It's very well structured and the ABV is kept in check by freshness and malt.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown-orange with a white head. The aroma is very malty with a hint of hops. The flavor is citrus hops with a very strong malt backbone. This is a very balanced DIPA. Thin mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I want more hop presence when I drink a beer of this style.

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Photo of spwalshesq
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin head, minimal lacing, dissipated quickly. Murky, cloudy. Burnt orange brown color.

S: A little light on aroma. Slightly bready and yeasty.

T: Very malty. Malt up front, which tends to mask the hops. Even maltier as it warms up.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel. Average carbonation.

D: If you like malty ales, this would be a good choice. Not for hopheads, as the hopes tend to get lost in the maltiness. Nonethless, a good beer, just not what I would consider a very good DIPA. Slainte!

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

Thanks to Auslander for this brew! 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. I had this on-tap a few yrs ago at the beginning of by craft beer journey and am happy to give this brew another shot!

A- Body is a nicely translucent gem-colored medium to dark amber hue. Pours with about a 1 finger head, though this fades rather quickly to a medium sized collar-some traces of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- A big, warm citrusy aroma comes through and is the main highlight of this brew-juicy orange and sweet grapefruit. Some herbal hop accents come through as well.

T- Flavor upfront is very mild and offers some herbal hop accents and just a hint of those wonderful juicy citrus aromas offered in the nose. There is a moderate biscuty malt backbone. A hint of pine comes through for the finish along with the mild herbal flavors. There is a moderate to strong, unwarranted punch of lingering residual citrus rind and herbal bitterness that lingers on and on and leaves me thinking- the initial flavor was so mild WHERE IN THE WORLD DID THIS COME FROM??

M- moderate tingly carbonation and light to medium weight body with a mild oiliness present.

D- It looks good and it smells good. The flavor is starts with a mild, but pleasant-kind of ho-hum progression of an IPA but then BOOM bitterness. I don't really get it...I have had and enjoyed beers with more aggressive hop bitterness-but it seems to be the main characteristic of this beer. Not a bad IPA- but a hard one to understand at the least-and I prefer flavor to bitterness. Its still drinkable despite the flavor progression.

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Photo of HopOverdose
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Aracadia's hop mouth is darker than I would expect. It is a nicely darkened double IPA and quite cloudy. A perfect head that doesn't stick around long and small clumps of lacing stick to the glass. It's more inviting than I'd expect.

S - The nose is exciting with pine hints of malt and hops. If smell had color, this would be bright yellow and orange but don't think citrus, think bright. It is citrusy but it's not overwhelming. It's a flowery hoppy aroma that makes me want to dive in.

T - The taste is quite piney on top and flows into a nice bitter hoppyness towards the end. It has a great character that doesn't involve too much sweetness. Just the right amount of sweet to counter the nice bitter flavor. The palate really enjoyed this one.

M - The mouthfeel is watery compared to other Double IPA's, however it was very enjoyable. It's almost a little too over-carbonated but not too much where it hurts going down. The carbonation gives it just a slight coarse feeling.

D - This beer went down very well. I enjoyed it until the last drop and it was very easily consumed. I would recommend to any hop head.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz. bomber.

A - Pours a gorgeous cherry wood red with brwon hints and a .5 in. off white head that recedes slowly but leaves a nice thin film there doesn't appear to be lacing.

S - Very sweet boozy smell. Wow! Almost like a sherry. Some mild citric notes in the nose as well and some mild grassy hop character but mostly the boozy smell predominates. Not my favorite smell for an DIPA. I don't mind the boozy smell but when there is a lack of balance i get a bit turned off.

T - On the tongue it is a bit different. Initially you get that sweet malty smell. Toffee and strong caramel then followed by some sweet grapefruit with some nice citric character from the hops quickly following. Definitely more attractive on the tongue. At the end there is a dry finish with some sharp bitterness that lingers for a while.

M - Oily and crisp all in one. Pretty attractive.

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Photo of BeerInReview
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color with very little head. Needless to say the head did not remain around long. Almost no carbonation here.
S: All I can smell is citrus hops and very slight malt aroma underneath the hops.
T: Citrus hop upfront subsiding to a caramel malt note and leaves the mouth with a very light bitter hop aftertaste. The hop taste sticks around but doesn't leave the mouth feeling dry or overwhelmed with hoppy bitterness.
M: It feels creamy on the back of the tongue
D: Though there wasn't much of a hop punch, the balance between the malt and hops made this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber orange with 1 inch off white head to tan creamy/cloudy head; smells of sweet floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel and orange/orange peel.

Tastes like it smells: floral hops, piney hops, roasted malt, caramel, yeast, orange/orange peel, and maybe some grapefruit; an overall sweetness of roasted barley/malts that trails the floral hop bitterness from the hop and citrus taste up fromt. Some grassy notes mix in with the mellow, but very tasty IPA, that is as much about the hops and orange/citrus flavor as it is the sweet malty backbone.

Very light to no carbonation, this beer slides down smooth and creamy on the palate and is very easy to drink. A very good beer that I would seek out again. Very enjoyable mix of flavors in a nicely balanced and delicious brew!

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Photo of danman83
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Hazey dark copper amber that pours a thick head with mediocre head retention.

Smell - Caramel malt, citrus pine, grapefruit in the back.

Taste - Starts very smooth with sweet malt in the middle and a subtle dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light despite its darker color, lighty carbonated making it exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability - This beer really doesn't have a hueg focus on hops as one would believe. I found it to have more overpowering malt flavors which hid the hops. the taste and flavor despite this is exceptional and this is highly drinkable.

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Photo of AverageJay
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't bad, but where's the bitter? It's a DIPA, yet goes down like a single. Good lingering hoppiness to it, nice aroma and mouthfeel. Gotta love the fact that it's a Michigan brew, basically the home state of the microbrew nowadays. Still a great beer and worth it at $10 for a 4 pack.

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Photo of darklordlager
2.03/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a dark amber/brown colour, with pretty much NO head, even after a vigorous pour...

S: Smell is of candied citric hops, slight cough medicine note...really hoping there isn't something wrong with this beer.

T: Sweet citrus, turning bitter and melding with the pale and caramel malt. No carbonation make it sticky, overly sweet and overbearing.

M: Barely the slightest hint of carbonation--this is inadmissible.

D: The flavour shows promise for a good beer, but the lack of carbonation just ruins it.

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Photo of GregPearson33
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pouring this from a bottle into a pint glass it looks a deep oak brown with a hint of red to it. The head is tight and thick (similar to how I like my women?) but is pretty thin on top, only about a half-finger.

Smell isn't too strong but is hops through and through. It definitely has the traditional citrusy notes and also some earthy apple and pear tones.

The taste has a nice strong bitterness, but without the citrusy bite of many DIPAs. There are also some nice hearty/earthy burnt malt flavors behind the shear, well, mouthful of hops! It has a solid level of carbonation, which I think makes its taste a little bit lighter. The swig is followed by a nice warm hint of alcohol and eventually a piney-bitter aftertaste. I don't whether it's the green on the label or the name (Arcadia) but after that first sip I'm feel pretty crunchy about drinking this.

It definitely has a fairly full body as a DIPA, but I wouldn't classify it as overly heavy. I think its mouth feel is aided by the vibrant carbonation that prevents it from overwhelming the palate with bitter coating. Another? Sure. Something about its taste makes me feel like I should put on a flannel shirt and jeans first though.

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Photo of thistle3189
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the head retention and lacing were better than I have seen on most anything nice copper blond color.
S: Defiantly some hops
T: good Hoppyness but not over powering for a double IPA fruit, cheery notes and some alcohol heat.
M: Nice and big
D: I could drink a few before the alcohol catches up with me.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, very long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: Not an overpowering aroma, but did have traces of citrus and some hops.

T: Tasted of hops (a bit too much in my opinion), citrus and some malt. Not overly focused or complex.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A mixed bag of a beer. Some good qualities, some mediocre ones. Not undrinkable, but not brilliant either.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12fl oz bottle poured into a mug

Pours a very dark copper color with a 1 inch slightly tan colored head. Poor head retention that fades pretty quickly but leaves pretty huge size bubbles on the edges of the glass.

Smell consist mostly of citrus fruits with the likes of red grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, and you can definitely smell the malt backbone with some caramelization.

Sweet citrus flavor that leads into a medium pine bitterness and slowly is subdued with caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is leaning on full bodied with high carbonation and a shortly sweet aftertaste that then resides with a sharp pine like sap bitterness that lingers in your mouth.

Pretty good DIPA that I would seek out again and would recommend to try.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam for bringing me a 4 pack back from Michigan.

A: Darker color than what I'm used to in a DIPA. Nice head with some sticky lacing.

S: Typical floral, citrus, hops.

T: Lacking balance. Alcohol flavor present. Tastes like it's 10% instead of 8%.

M: Not as smooth as I'd like. Slight hop bitterness.

D: Not a bad beer, per se, but I'm ready to move on to something else.

Notes: I had a Pliny the Elder yesterday, and at a comparable 8%, it's fair to say that Hopmouth is not at the top of the class. There are too many accessible quality DIPA out there for me to purchase this one again.

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Photo of OttoBomb
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a 16 oz pint glass (November 19, 2009).

Eyes: Dark than most other DIPAs. Very ruddy, but not hazy, good head, with good retention.

Nose: Sharp hops, potent but not ridiculous. Citrus/grapefruit overtones, ends very sweet.

Tongue: Taste is surprisingly similar to the aroma, which isn't all tha common with IPAs & especially DIPAs. The alcohol does not punches through despite 8.5% ABV. A solid clean hoppy punch with just enough malt sweetness to give some complexity.

Mouth: Light for the style, nice and clean.

Libation: People often use the term "balance" when they describe DIPAs, my definition of the term means just enough malt backbone to support the hop presence, not necessarily an even amount of both. This brew certainly does this very well; the hoppy bitterness is well supported by the malt spine, but does not detract from the hop onslaught. A very nice offering, I will be trying this again, especially when the price was just a few dollars for a bomber.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to alldeybrewin for the extra! In the 12 ounce format, soon to be poured into on Old Guardian glass, on to the beer:

Sticky, sticky, sticky is the head. It's staying on top and not going way. Dark copper/ orangish bronze color. A great sight to eyes, even more so with the patchy lacing holding onto the glass. Metallic hops in the aroma. Maybe a little grapefruit as well. A bit too subdued to warrant the next highest smell score.

Balanced. It's not overwhelming in flavor intensity as I've grown up with living here in California. A bit of caramel and squirt of tropical punch starts things out. There's still enough hops to go's kind of a sugary hopfest. "Sweet hops". The alcohol is nowhere, and it's an easy drinker. A very light tap of resin lingers on in the aftertaste.

I wasn't sure where this DIPA would go. It goes to the balanced side of things, but the most important thing is it works out really well in the end.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-dark cloudy amber color
S-bitter piney hops
T/M-smooth, hides the alcohol well, kind of light for a double, taste of pine, hint of citrus and some sweet caramel malt to balance, very smooth towards the finish
D-smooth and hidden alcohol makes it pretty drinkable, not so much from the tropicl fruit hops and a little piney to slow it down

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Photo of gatornation
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very dark brown color for 2ipa with a smallish head the smell was barley and malt first where is the pine and citrus the hops ? the taste is the same it is brackish and metallic tasting no big citrus or pines in this one no big hops or nicely balanced malts..i dont know but this is one bad version of a IIPA its not good the mouthful is bitter and thin i will never buy/try this one again think pliny or double trouble or gorden or 16 grit or DFH 90 even the oracle b4 this one..not recommended

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,045 ratings.
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