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.

Added by TastyTaste on 12-11-2005

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

Thanks goes out to BAs Vancer and MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

22oz. Bomber Big Beer Series

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger plus creamy tan head, lots of thick stick lacing throughout the drink. The nose is mostly hops, nice blend of malts, citrus (grapefruit), some piney, nice touch of caramel. The taste at first is slightly sweet/hoppy/bitter, nice touch of malts/citrus kick in next, the finish is dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, finally an awesome brew from Arcadia, glad I have another bottle.

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

Pours a single finger of head with fine beads. Good retention, and excellent lacing.

Orangey-blood orange in color with a rather thick haze. Big nose of grapefruit, a bit of apple, and pine.

Big body, nice tang. Very well balanced. The malt is present but doesn't make a big show. Hoppy, but not over the top, much as you would expect from an English-styled double IPA.

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

Purchased as part of a 'mix-a-six' from my local beer & spirits shop. Not the biggest fan of Arcadia's standard IPA, so we'll see how they do it up with a DIPA!

A: Poured vigorously into a generic beer glass, Hopmouth yielded about a finger of creamy, almost beige head which died very slowly over a couple minutes. Lacing and retention is stellar; almost glue-like. The beer itself is a gorgeous, opaque, dank brownish copper- almost rootbeer-esque. This is an ace-looking brew!

S: Not getting a whole ton off the nose of this one, to be honest. I get hints of toffee and caramel malt, but not much else.

T: This is a whole different story. This is one of the smoothest, most balanced DIPAs I have ever had. The bitter hops and rich, rounded malts offer a delectable yin/yang set-up for the palette. The hops here are all 'pine' all the fruit flavors here, folks. The malts have that rich, caramel candy vibe inherent in the best DIPAs. The carbonation is ever-so-slight; just enough to remind you that this is, in fact, a beer you're drinking.

M: Crisp , dry tongue-travel with minimal carbonation. A thoroughbred Double IPA, no doubt about it!

O: I have to hand it to Arcadia for taking such a balanced route with their DIPA...many companies try to go balls-to-the-wall with the formula, usually in the form of extreme, constant addition, whole cone hops and 10+% ABVs...trying to push that IBU scale through the roof and get you sauced as hell! While I'm as much of a 'Hop Head' as the next IPA connoisseur, I ultimately enjoy BALANCE in my brews.

Kudos to Arcadia Brewing Company. This is BY FAR the finest beer they make; you can bet I'll be seeking more where this came from!

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Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 4-pack from Friar Tuck, Bloomington, IL. G4 date code: packaged 3/12/07

Pours a dark, hazy amber into a new Arcadia tulip (also from Friar Tuck). Solid two finger width of head, foam is an eggshell color. Body has a reddish glint in the light. Spotty little curls of lacing are spattered inside the glass. Foam settles to a thin skim after a few minutes.

Aroma is fantastic, showcasing tropical rays of Amarillo sunshine. Think mango juice or even tropical bubble yum. It just gets better with every deep breath. Some clean pale malt and light herbal hop notes are noticeable too.

Medium bodied with a juicy hop flavor that lingers for awhile. Alternately bitter and lightly sweet. Leafy hops with a sweet mango meatiness. Bitterness isn't really that harsh at all, and pretty approachable. For an 8% DIPA, it drinks incredibly smooth, and is refreshing. It's hard no to have 2 at a time at the very least.

Edit: Just had a 22 oz. bottle for comparison, no date code. I'm guessing this bottle is over a year old, given the source. Much more pronounced cereal grain flavor, much less aromatic hops. This bottle would get a C- rating. Try to find the 12 oz. bottles, or get it fresh on tap. Freshness is key, it was night and day from the 12 oz. bottles.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with small head and decent lace.
Aroma is of floral hops,malts and citrus hints.
The taste is hops,pine and malts.
The feel is medium carbonation and body with mild bitterness in the finish.

Notes: Excellent brew with good hops and well masked alcohol.
I will have it again and again.

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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 techcommdood
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light brown in color with a light almond (color) head.

Very little on the nose to speak of. Some light malty sweetness, but no noticeable hops.

Taste was a total contradiction to the smell, this beer has a mountain of hops waiting to attack your taste buds. Very floral in flavor, not overly bitter, and not overpowering. Some malty sweetness cuts through the hops to really round this beer out nicely.

Mouthfeel is neither thick nor thin, and dare I say thirst-quenching. One interesting note is the aftertaste - the hops do not linger in your mouth. You get a very clean finish, which was quite surprising given the amount of hops you get up front.

This was a highly drinkable beer for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it's worth noting that this was served from a hand-drawn cask. YMMV from bottle or keg.

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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 Imstillthegman
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper-orange color with an eggshell colored head. Huge hop scents rise from the glass. Grapefruit, pine resin, some lighter floral, and in the end you get some sweeter malts and the alcohol. Piney hops are complemented by a sweet, bready malt background. Dry, bitter...make that very bitter...finish. You don't notice the alcohol as much as you smell it, but it's hiding in there. Those Marris Otter malts blend with and balance out the hops fairly well. Nice creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Stands out from some of the other "hopbomb" DIPAs.

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Photo of Baileyuk
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Firstly I am reviewing this as an IPA as I feel that it no way has the bitterness or hops to back up a DIPA. That said it was an awesome experience.

Appearance was great, head and lacing was perfect. Beautiful golden amber color. There was a citrusy smell and hops were definately pn the nose but not overpowering.

For an alleged 76 ibus the bitterness was not overpowering. The malt and hops balance out great.

Medium bodied beer with a great level of carbonation. The drinkability on this was amazing, I would even label it a session beer from drinkability although I am sure the alcohol will get you.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper ruby IPA. Excellent layer of white lacing. Very thick as well.

Smell: Sweet honey and caramel with a hint of maple syrup. Easily the sweetest DIPA I've ever smelled. Definitely malty for the style, but the maple creates a pine-line resin smell that is perfect for this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet pine, almost tastes like agave. A bit of a bubblegum twang as well. Alcohol hits you pretty quickly with this. Some orange rind in the finish. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Nice crispness and a very smooth finish. Not too heavy.

Overall: Very underrated.

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

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger white head with good retention. Nice deep red amber liquid. More head would be nice, but still a 4.5
S: Lemonhead candy, fresh ripe peach, slight mango. Nice, but not quite Man Candy. Buttery malt.
T: Surprisingly malty in the buttery fashion. Light but pleasant citrus hop, fresh cut grass. Not hoppy but very tasty. More an EIPA. Delicious, but a bit too sweet.
M: Solid, smooth, moderately bitter, a bit cloying.
D: Great, I would love another and will buy again.

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

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
No lot number notched.

Hazy, muddy oak in color. Densely creamy white head with lots of lasting bubbles. Thin and spotted lacing plastered around the snifter's sides.

Bright pine and spruce with juicy hop oils practically jumping from the glass. BUbblegum with tart grapefruit aromas as well.

Rough, floral hops with fresh pine flavors that last into the finish. Swarming hop resins with light citrus notes as well as bubblegum. Notes of tropical fruit with a rum-like alcohol presence. Nice hop flavors for a Double IPA, but not as impressive as the aroma foreshadows.

Medium bodied; a nice balance texturally with the alcohol presence, piney hops, and filmy resin.

An aromatic, flavorful, somewhat light Double IPA. A sessionable version of the style that won't wreck your tastebuds.

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

Amazing. Comes in a 22-ounce bottle. After my esperience in drinking 2 half-bottles in glass steins and finding noticeable differences in scent and taste within an hour, I wonder if this beer would do better stored on its side so the halves mix?

A= dark tea-colored, slightly dense for an IPA, modest head with plentiful lacing on the glass.

S= mild on the first glass-stein full, but hints of orange and citruses, pleasant spring-breeze. The second stein (second half of the bottle) had a lot more scent to it, full of hops and florals.

T= amazing hops, very strong bite but pleasant unlike some; bitter-orange, slight lemon, hops florals; something else that I can't quite identify that is more apparent in the palate-air as one takes a gulp than in the fluid itself. That was the first glass-stein full. The second half seemed more predominantly grapefruit-hops.

M- glorious hops-bite if you're ready for it.

D= outstanding for maybe 1 bottle since it's a rather large 1+ liter; with the 8%ABV I'm not sure how ling I'd last in a session but I'm willing to try ha ha.

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

Pouered from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness dae.

A: Hazy amber with mahogany highlights. Frothy off-white head that has some stick and retention with a more aggressive pour. Lace rings are few but strong.

S: Strong maltiness with pale, sweet caramel aromas and an earthy, leafy hops aroma that is very appealing

T: An "English" DIPA with strong Fuggles and Goldings hops flavors cut with both huge amounts of sweet caramel and pale maltiness and some good old American C-type hops floral and fruit tastes. A very complex and delcious DIPA.

M: Layers nicely on the palate with low carbonation and a short but malty aftertaste that tips off some earthy hops as well.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. The 8.1% ABV is undetectable and the complexity of the hops bill combined with the hefty malt component and earthy goodness is a grear combination.

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

Tully's here in Maine has begun carrying some Arcadia products. I had the Jaw Jacker, and wasn't too impressed. This DIPA, however, is another story. The beer was a hazy amber color with a medium-sized, sticky, white head. It had a pleasant citrus aroma. A grapefruit taste, with a bit of sweetness at the end. The beer was nicely hopped, not punishing on the palate. Very good beer, would drink it anytime.

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

22oz bomber into nonic.

Deep cloudy brown hue with burnt orange highlights. The head is tow fingers thick and slowly settles to a even cap with spots of big bubbles. The settling head leaves a tick wall of lacing. Solid lacing down the glass.

Sharp and citrusy hops, but nothing too overpowering. Not much malt aroma makes it through.

Plenty of sharp hops on top of a light malt backbone. Little bits of fruit flavors, hard to tell if it's from the yeast or the hops, but I would say the hops. The malts don't provide much in the flavor, except for a little bit of brown sugar and a some toasted biscuit flavors. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is relatively "clean" for a DIPA, by that I mean there isn't a mouthful of hops lingering forever. It finishes quickly with maybe a light hint of hops.

What an easy drinking DIPA. It's loaded with tons of hops without being too high on the alcohol (which is well hidden), and without tasting like a hoppy lemon. Crisp and actually refreshing. Recommended.

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

Brilliant, deep ruby-brown/red fades to orangeish in my .5L Pils Glass. A finger-thick cap of off-white head slowly smoothing from a dimpled start. I can smell some caramelly malt under an herbally bitter hop bite. Light malts, slightly nutty, somewhat bready with a hint of caramel sweetness. Hops come on potent, overpowering the malts with a tasty combination of grassy, herbal, and resinous hops. I really like the fact that the malt is not super syrupy sweet, but I’ve had single IPAs that were hoppier. Hard to mark it down for that though because by balance it is DEFINITELY a DIPA, and this is probably the first DIPA I’ve had that is truly a Double India *Pale Ale*, since IMO a double pale ale should not be nearly a barleywine in it’s sweet maltiness. Lighter body than most DIPAs. I hope they keep producing this, I’ve got a case of it on order. Drinkable? HELLZ YEA!

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

On tap 7/8 @ crunchy's in east lansing, 25oz mug, reddish golden color, foamy cream colored head retains well, looks good

smells of a delicious hop blend, light/sweet malt in the background

tastes like super hops on the front, bitter, crisp, refreshing, great blen, mm tasty, very easy to drink, one of my favorite dipas almost immediately, caramel malts?, light alchohol heat, yum!

mouthfeel is crisp, bitter, lingering hops, very drinkable, excellent!

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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 ghostwalker
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, cloudy reddish-golden. Thick, interesting off-white head.

Nose is tart and crusty hops with an underlying sweet maltiness.

Flavor is rich and creamy, dominated by hops, but with an almost peachy-sweet malt backbone. Creamy and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is creamy and tooth-stripping, my favorite IPA combo.

Drinkability is good, even better on cask, but that is another review entirely...

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

On-tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1 finger head that settled slowly to a full lace that left sticky rings all the way down the glass. The body was a hazy amber-orange.

S- The aroma was full of earthy hops, a little grassy and slightly floral.

T- More of the grassy and floral notes from the hops apparent in the flavor with a decent malt backbone.

M- Full feel with the oily/resin-like attributes from the hops.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker. The ABV is up there, but not beyond approachability. I could drink more than one in a sitting. The great flavor makes me want to have another.

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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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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,039 ratings.
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