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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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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 Rizalini
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved as an extra from StlThrash. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip.

A - Pours a hazy copper color with a finger of a light tan head. Not too much lacing is holding on.

S - Citrus grapefruit and a combination of pineapple and appricot. On second smell, I'm also getting a little caramel and butterscotch.

T/M - More apricot than grapefruit on the tongue. Decent amount of bitterness that sticks on the edge of my tongue. I also get a slight alcohol warmth. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - A really good DIPA. My only complaint is that this brew is a little maltier than I would prefer my DIPAs to be. I would get this one again...if I could. Thanks Todd for tossing this one in.

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

This pours with a warming glowing-amber color. There’s a big, resiny piney hop nose. The aroma is all hops. Might as well call it hopnose? The flavor has a nice, thick, chewy mouthfeel. It’s piney, oily almost, and coats the mouth with hoppy goodness. Dry and thick without being heavy. Mmmm.

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Photo of d_rek
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Pint glass

A - Pours a coppery-amber with a slim head that dissipates quickly and leaves a pleasantly laced surface.

S - Mostly just hops on the nose here with some very slight tropical fruit notes hidden in there.

T - Again, mostly just bitter, piney hops on the tongue as well. There's a citrusy zest in there too, but becomes unbalanced by the strong heat afterwards. Suprisingly, I don't mind the heat on this DIPA.

M - Very sticky mouthfeel with low-carbonation. Can definitely feel the heat of the alcohol after each swallow.

O - An interesting take on the DIPA. What it lacks in a balance it makes up for with uniqueness. Probably wouldn't buy again but am enjoying it at the moment.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark for an ipa. Very dark red with a weak head. Looks wattery
S: Floral smell comes through. Nothing too spectacular
T: Tastes like an average IPA. Good floral notes but the spiciness is week and the lingering bitterness is unpleasent. Alcohol has a surprisingly nice finish.
M: Sits very well. Medium body and not watery like I was expecting.

Overall not that great of a showing here. The IPA aspect of this beer is pretty weak as the spiciness is not very present. Yet somehow there is a gross lingering bitterness that leaves me looking for a sip of water.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have had this one on cask as well as out of the bottle. Neither wowed me, but I prefer the bottle as cask IPAs just come off flat to me. Pours golden copper, slightly cloudy, with a creamy white head. Funky aroma wafting up, with grassy hops, some interesting earthiness, light toffee, and weird yeast funk. Taste is bitter pine hops, very earthy and grassy, and not much complexity here. There seem to be malts making this hefty, but they don't really enter the flavor at all and it comes off as rather one-note. Slight dry, low medium carbonation. Not particularly exciting.

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

An off-white cap of head about a finger tall develops over this beer that's a very ruddy thick dark orange. Heavy foam stays and deposits very rocky lacing as it recedes.
The smell offers a great hops bouquet, intermingling citric orange and ruby red with caramel malts. It's leafy in the back and, on further investigation, reminds me very much of mint leaf.
Hops take center stage and while this beer isn't a bruiser it's undeniably solid. Hops are, again, mostly citrus and balanced well by malts sweetness but there's an additional unsual sweetness it takes me a minute to realize is like chewing on a spearmint leaf. It works in complementary fashion here. A bit of alcohol pulls through in the finish.
A well-rounded mouthfeel shows off some creaminess in a medium body. It's more smooth than crisp, but it does nip.

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Photo of DCon
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 fl oz bottle of this from LOLA in St. Louis, MO for $6.50. Poured from the green labeled bottle w/ a Hop Man on the front into a 16oz Stella Artois Gold Rimmed Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date to be found.

Aroma- Has a nice grapefruit aroma that doesn't overload the nose but lets more attributes come around. Seems there is a great amount of citrus, combo of American and noble hops, and has a nice clean, maltiness in the background. Almost perfect but should have more punch for a 2X IPA.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has good retention. Has a deep amber colored body with some hazing but not much. Leaves thick lacing afterwards.

Flavor- A good, strong hop flavor starts this out with light sweetness behind it. Citrus is a huge attribute in here and has a medium-high bitterness level. Not much more and definitely not enough complexity to make it a big time brew for me.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and then hits the palate stronger than you can imagine! Makes up for the taste!

Overall Impression- I'll tell you what. You want a beer to hit your palate and finish off your taste buds, go for this one! The taste is pretty average and seems like only an American IPA. Would like to enjoy on-tap and have had many times before but my first time reviewing.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a hazy, copper orange color with 1/2 finger of pale tan head. Some retention and lace.

S: Sherry, caramel and spice. Not very IPA-like, but really good.

T: Caramel up front, but then moves to a bitter pine that slowly fades back to the caramel, with both lingering in the aftertaste. Overall more of a hoppy barleywine than a Douple IPA, but still good. Bit of alcohol on the finish as well. Halfway through the glass, a little cola joins in.

M: Not too heavy, smooth with nice oil.

O: Couldn't find the freshness info on the label, so wondering whether this is past its prime. Doesn't taste bad, but coming across more as a barleywine than a double IPA. Regardless, a pleasant beer and one I'd be happy to buy again. First beer from Arcadia, and eager to try more.

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Photo of minterro
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A & S: sweet malts and piney & citrus hops. The smell isn’t too strong but its pretty darn nice smelling. Hazy orange-red colored beer. Off-white head that doesn’t hang around that long

T & M: piney hops come through huge in the taste. Pretty robust, reminds me a lot of hop crisis. Full bodied and smooth going down and then a sharp bit of carbonation hits your tongue. Well backed up malty tones and the body adds a good amount of chewiness to it.

O: very similar to a lot of doubles, but its still really good. I could drink this beer all day! I would also recommend it to anyone, I feel this beer is a bit underrated.

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

12oz bottle, booty from a trip last month to Detroit.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves but a few thin streaks of lace around the glass upon its demise. It smells sweet, sweet, sweet - sweet grapefruit and orange hops, sweet bready caramel malt, and sweet fuck-all else. The taste is leafy, kind of musty citrus hops, bready caramel and cereal grain malt, and a simmering edgy booziness. The carbonation is moderate, if a bit underwhelming, the body medium weight, and walking the line between agreeably smooth and tangentially cloying. It finishes rather off-dry, the sweet (one beat this time) bready malt given a pretty good run by some latent sassy, yet still grade-school bitter grassy, somewhat metallic hops.

While doing a bang-up job of sublimating the DIPA-worthy ABV, more care should have been attributed to the character of the big malt/hop interplay - this just seems kind of phoned in. Not bad, some hopeful good points, but not something I would seek out again.

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

Hopefully I will have a mouth full of hops when this one has completed it's transition to my face. The pour didn't yield much of a head, more big bubbles than anything. The color is a rich coppery red, cloudy as can be.

I feel like a kid again after taking my first whiff. The initial passion fruit sweetness is packed full of fruit snack and bubblegum flavors. After I sit and try to make sense of a perplexing aroma, I realize I can't detect any alcohol or harshness, from chilled to room temp. Ripened fruit, toasty caramel, and wood all dance the floor.

This almost drinks like a barleywine, the malt profile seems so sophisticated with sweet and toasty flavors I almost forget the hops. Overripe fruit and oak cement my feelings that this may be a tad bit past the date for a DIPA. There is no date on the bottle for me to verify. Nonetheless, the bitterness is there, it's just not the citrusy grapefruit bomb I was anticipating, and it is well challenged by everything else going on.

The body is medium, but the feel is confounding. The carbonation has no inhibitions; it starts crisp and begins to leave a cottony sensation. A chalky yet resiny earthy aftertaste that lingers for infinity.

As far as a DIPA goes... I'm not sure I'm convinced by the hop profile. Perhaps it's the age of the beer (unknown), but I am sure that I like it. The ease in which the alcohol is masked is impressive, as well as the maturity of the backbone. Whatever phylum, genus, or species this one falls in to.... it's good.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at hopcat CBS day. Oh what a day!

A-clear caramel body with good carbonation

S-sweet hop smelling but still very malty

T-never lived up to the smell. Exactly like the smell but more watered down

M- medium body and smooth

O-good beer but nit at the price it demands

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

Had on-tap at Hopcat. Served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a nice film ring around the edges. Splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Great grapefruit and pine shine right away with a very integrated malt backbone.

T: The taste is just as balanced as the nose. The caramel malt shines upfront, but then gives way to a nice sweet tropical fruit and there is a little resiny hop on the backend.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a bitter pine finish left on the palate.

O: A very solid offering from Arcadia. Very well balanced and would like to have again.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It pours dark amber bordering on copper in color. It has an inch of beige head.

S - I get a balance of caramel malt and citrus hops.

T - My first taste was resiny with piney grapefruit. As I drink more the malt seems to come forward more.

M - Moderate with low carbonation

O - It seems to be a well balanced double with malt and plenty of citrus and pine to round it out.

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

Surprisingly dark pour with a lot of pine smell. I found it very complex on the front of the tongue--floral, citrus, caramel--but somehow in the finish there's an overwhelming bitterness which almost seems to be drying out your throat. I can't recommend it over the long haul with that finish... damn! I forget all the good tastes on the front because of that finish. Probably won't buy again.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle from a mixed 6pak into my 12oz beer glass -

Appearance - Poured a nice finger of thick lite amber head. Color is a deep copper, slightest bit of haze

Smell - Whoah! Big grapefruit, pine (and spice?) right when I opened the bottle. More of the same from the glass, with more sweetness in the nose from the glass.

Taste - Wow, big hops going on here. Hop flavors are big yellow grapefruit and pine, with a little of the earthy and grassy flavors coming long into the finish. A nice muted honey/carmel sweetness plays in the background, barely keeping the hops in check. I'm getting a little dryness and alcohol in the finish too.

Mouthfeel - Medium carb makes this very drinkable, and somewhat smooth. Sweetness in the center of the tongue, carb crispness on the sides, citrusy hoops cover the tongue, with bitter, dry pine at the back of the tongue. Hops are lingering and chewy between sips.

Overall - This is a very hop-forward DIPA imho. I prefer a little more sweetness in my DIPAs, but those who like strong hops will love this. I am really enjoyng this actually, and will buy it occasionally when I'm in the mood to assault and destroy my tastebuds with big chewy hops - give this one a try - this ale is perfectly named.

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Photo of bminor7
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz from Hoosick. Brewed 9/13/10, so just about a year old, which is not good.

Looks: a fairly turbid amber brown. there is some good foam retention. not a lot, but enough to look good

Whiff: mmm, reminds me of first time I had Unearthly. it has faded a little, but all the hints are still there.

Yum: unngh, this is why it's good to keep a beer inventory so you know what's more ephemeral. there is a loss of flavor, assumedly. but I would consider this a great DIPA to have a few of. it's not overbearing in the flavor department, but it is tasty enough and the alcohol is camouflaged enough to make it rather well-rounded. not a stellar example, but not a bad one either, and note that Arcadia has made a much better label for this bottle, replacing the gaelic gnome 11th grade art project.

Slurp: OK. there is a crisp refreshingness here that is odd, but, crisp and refreshing.

Overall: try it, you'll like it, but it's not the best in the category.

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

A: pours almost brown in color with a one inch off-white head. Lacing and slight layer of fine bubbles stay for the glass.

S: smells of pine and bitter hops, some citrus, and malt.

T: first I get the pine and floral hops, then the bitterness, and it finishes with pale malt.

M: starts smooth, then you get smacked with the carbonation to bring out the bitterness. Crisp feeling for a medium bodied beer.

O: drinkable, low ABV for a double IPA, about $11 for a 4 pack. Overall it's a solid beer, but it's not worth getting again for me. I could see how some might prefer this, but it's just not my kind of Double IPA.

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

No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a murky light brown color with a small off white head. Leaves minimal lacing.

S - Nice hops aroma on a backbone of malts.

T - Hops dominate the taste with a minimal malt presence and some spice component.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

A nice double IPA. Good hops profile in aroma and taste.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured pretty aggressively and only got a flimsy looking half finger of head. This dissipated to a ring in a minute or so, but my disappointment in the head was offset by the delicious looking deep chestnut coloration of the body.

S. Good stuff, the malt is stronger than expected and well complimented by citrus and pine hops. I get faint hints of caramel in the background as well.

T. Interesting mix of hops, both subdued pine and citrus and a strong malt flavor. Strong bitter, but disappointingly not as strong as I was expecting.

M. Creamy. Light carbonation does what it can to push this beer down. Sticky and drying at the same time.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: pine, grass, hops, caramel, malts

taste: pine, hops, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad DIPA just not great. Glad I got to try it.


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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured on site with a nice an appropriate sized off white head that lingered a bit down the side. Amber ale with copper and gold highlights. BIG, grassy smell right off the top--smells almost like a fresh hop ale--big fruit and citrus, grapefruit, hoisted on top of a strong, biscuit malt backbone (maris otter in description). Clean and simple base with a big hop on top that's a bit out of balance--but it's a DIPA. Full hop bit on the back side with a slightly pine and a woodsy resin finish. Nice, but grassiness and back end astringency builds too much for me--unless you really like chewing on your hops as you drink.

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Photo of Mosley1212
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter. Thanks to JohnB87 for helping me land this beer.

A--Poured a dark brown, caramel color with a stark white head, thin oily head.

S--Malt bomb. Heavy malt smell with a bit of a floral kick at the end. Also get a caramel smell at the end. Bready on the back end also.

T--Malty hops. This reminds me of eating a caramel covered hop. Almost like a strong ale in flavor. Also, pick up a lot of bread in the mouth.

M--Very thick in the mouth. Little bit of carbonation plays on the tongue as well.

O--This one I believe is mislabeled. IMO it is more of a strong ale (ala Arrogant Bastard) than a DIPA. Not something I would actively seek out, but it was a good try for the brewery.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Brownish orange center with a dark yellowish ring around the top and bottom with a 1/4 head and no retention or lace

Smell: Piney hops upfront with a citrus hops in the middle and a bit of orange peel and lemon

Taste: Here is where the beer was just awful for me. It tasted of stale grapefruits and bad citrus mixed in with some cough syrup. This was the closes thing to a drain pour that I have experienced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium level of carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Reviewing it fairly I enjoyed everything about this beer but the taste. This is one of the worst tasting DIPA's I have every had. Maybe I am spoiled by the delicous west coast DIPA's I dont know but this one had the worst flavors I have ever experienced in this style

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stella Artois goblet.

Appears a pumpkiny orange brown with a very thin layer of foam.

Smells heavy and deep of malty hops. Not too bitter in the nose - a little bready.

Tastes hoppy but no pick up of floral or citrus... Just a heavy duty malty balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and lasting. Decent stuff.

Overall I'm not superimpressed here. I feel like it doesn't fully deliver the goods on the double IPA.

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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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