Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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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 paulieatworld
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked this up on my last trip up north to my hometown in MI.

Pours very dark for a DIPA. almost brown with some slight haze.

Not much in the aroma, sweet malts, nearly identical to that of an amber.

guess what? taste follows the look and smell. not what i want in a dipa. almost like a combination between an english style ipa with the caramel malts of an olde ale without the added zing of aggresive alcohol.

this to me was just a watered down barleywine. i would have liked to have seen some aggressive hop aroma's and flavors and higher alcohol for DIPA$$. its not that this beer was horrible. i just don't quite understand it since it didn't seem to have the appearance, alcohol or hop prescense of a DIPA.


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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 InandOutBeerGuys
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aged in a dirt floor cellar for about 9 months...then into the fridge overnight.

Good God Man!

Poured in a beer clean, regular old 16 oz tumbler, and if I were able, I'd have shrunken myself and crawled right up on that pillowy head & went to sleep-at least for about 10 or 15 minutes , as it hung around that long just tempting me-but I had patience- it was too cold when poured and I wanted to taste every bit of this beauty. With a nutty brune color & a toffee tan head it sure was a pretty pint.

And hey it lived up to expectations, perfect balance, nice spicy aroma, backed up with a peppery bite, slight citrus notes & sweet malty backbone. I loved every drop of this one and must go on every hopheads hit list. Still quite Drinkable for a Big IPA because its the understated BALANCE that makes a hoopy brew great, and my friends, this one is.

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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 grees20
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this is as part of the May NEPA Beer Club split. Pours cloudy copper with two-finger white head. A wonderful hop aroma greets the nose. Smooth beginning gives ways to a nice, bitter finish. Malts give this a IPA some balance and there is a nice bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is a little oily. A decent double IPA.

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

Appearance: Pours a thick copper with a strong retaining head. Nice, spotty lacing coating.

Smell: Citrus and super piney! A sign of good things to come...

Taste: A hoplover's delight...hops all around with a sweet pine resiny touch at the end. A nice grapefruit bitterness accompanies the hops...the drink finishes with a bite.

Mouthfeel: Less slick and cumbersome than most DIPAS...a light and refreshing mouth presence.

Drinkability: mmmm..highly careful...have fun...this DIPA is one of the best!

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Photo of SchlaflyFan
1.76/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I thought I liked hoppy beers...then I tried an American double IPA. Poured into a pint glass, murky yellowish organge. Not bad to look at. Left a lot of lacing on the glass and a decent head. Smell was pine..pine, and wait was that pine? Tasted it next. Ok, that's piny hops. And more hops, and wait...even more hops! Granted a lot of people love this type of beer, but I didn't care for it at all. No balance whatsoever, I could taste nothing other than overpowering hops. Maybe that's the style, but after drinking nice balanced English style IPAs this tasted terrible. Drank most of it but ended up leaving the last drink for the drain.

Take my review with a grain of salt if you are a real hop head.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep copper color that was very cloudy. poured with a thick off white head.

S: Floral hops with some pine.

T: Piney taste was tronger than the citrus but both were there.

M: Light to medium bodied, with light carbonation.

D: Even with the big hop presence I found this very drinkable.

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Photo of miskatonic
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this straight from the local distributor during a premiere week event for this brand here in Brooklyn - Very nice color as it pours into the glass creating a nice frothy head. Very strong diacetyl smell, overpowering the hop aroma which is fairly subdued on it's own. Taste is very bitter but not nearly a hoppy as I expected especially after reading other reviews. Again a very distinct diacetyl flavor and strong maltiness with more diacetyl and lingering hops in the finish. I was really surprised to taste the diacetyl in this brew - it seemed familiar like the characteristic flavor in many Pugsly system brews, rather than a side affect of mishandling or infection. So maybe this is a charecteristic flavor of all their beers, but it is definitely not for me. I will try this beer again in the future to make sure I am not unfairly criticizing a good beer for a bad sample, but for now I will focus on trying their other beers.

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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 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 headhopper
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

A - Poured very hazy and cloudy. It has a dark golden/rust color , with a nice creamy thick head. It had decent lacing.

S - The smell was great. . Was very sweet actually. I could smell apples a lot instead of grapfruit like most DIPA. This had a different, but very nice smell. There was grapefruits in the background though ofcourse, with some peacehs and light citrus.

T - This was one tasty DIPA. Very balanced and smooth actually. Not too bitter at all. It tastes like apples and grapfruit with a dash of lime juice. Apple cider came to mind.

M - Creamy and thick. Goes down smooth.

D - Very nice. I wish I would have bought more then one. I could have drank a couple of these. At 8.10% though, Im kind of glad I didnt have another. This stuff is easy to drink , so the alcohol will catch up to you.

Over all this was a great DIPA. I will def. be seeking this out again.

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Photo of Source
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a 12oz snifter.

Appearance: A translucent rusty / amber with 2mm head that dissipated to a nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet hops and pine. Everything I expect from a double ipa.

Taste: Lovely hops, pine, and sweet grass with a solid malty backbone. I found the taste very similar to Victory Hop Wallop and Moylan's Hopsickle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a slight sweet/bitter finish.

Drinkability: Goes down very easy. An overall enjoyable pleasure.

This is now one of my favorite DIPAs.

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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 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 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 fiveo2270
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stopped by Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, Michigan today for lunch and saw that they had HopMouth Double IPA on tap. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get a pint so I indulged.

It's appearance is the same as any other IPA I've had, but the smell was very hoppy and inviting (as I am a fan of IPA's) with a hint of pine and citrus. Off to a good start. The first sip was very smooth and for a double IPA I noticed that it was very drinkable, as in, it was so smooth that I could have chugged it quickly. Of course I didn't do that because I wanted to savor it because I was planning on writing a review (and it's 8% ABV).

Its carbonation and flavor were balanced, and although I would have preferred a slightly stronger hoppy/pine taste for a DIPA, overall I very much enjoyed HopMouth. In addition, the Arcadia restaurant made a great lunch - an all-meat wood-fired pizza, and I grabbed a 4-pack of HopMouth to bring home with me.

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

Served in an American pint glass from a cask-conditioned firkin @ The Edgewater in Chicago.

A - dark amber with slight off-white head; limited carbonation bubbles

S - light floral scent, slightly sweet

T - hoppyness hits strong, but not bitter; slightly sweet follow through

M - creamy, but not thick, few bubbles

D - with the high ABV and overall heavyness of it, not a session beer; would be better paired with food would to drink more than one

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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 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 jred98rt
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to have it since I had a need for a good IPA and the Hopslam tap ran out.

A.) Good lookin' beer. Darker color than most IPAs, small head with excellent lacing.

S.) This is actually the strong point for this beer. Good floral bouquet common to any good ale, with the definite hoppy undertones of an IPA. I was overall impressed.

T.) Not Hopslam, but very close. I was frankly impressed. Nice hoppy start and a clean finish. Not quite as much hoppiness as I wanted, but good nonetheless.

M.) Pretty much normal mouthfeel for a proper microbrew. Good full feeling, good carbonation, very satisfying.

D.) Like most IPAs, this is one to be enjoyed slowly by the pint. Night gets progressively better as you continue.

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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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Arcadia HopMouth Double IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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