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RATINGS: 695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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The first in our Brew Crew Big Beer Series, Arcadia Hopmouth Double IPA should be finding its way to a store near you. Huge Maris Otter malt and a generous amount of fresh hops combine to make this extremely balanced ale remarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2006 Sampled at the From the Vine tasting. Pungent aroma, similar to a tomato plant...very pleasant. Overbearing vegitable and pine flavor doesn’t let go which in the end it just doesn’t seem to be balanced out.

09/02/06 - trying this one out again...the pour is really nice...hazy dorty orange with a soft light tan head. Aroma holds some fresh hoppy elements: pine, grass and citrus all seem to be present...some pineapple and some light bready malt...a bit of smoke. The flavor holds a good bit of the grass and grapefruit as well as the tropical fruit...a bit of vanilla and dry malt...the hops certainly overcome the malt making the brew more fresh and crisp rather than rich and sweet. Decent body the holds a crisp bitterness from beginning to the dry, warming, bitter finish. The carbonation is nice as well, making itself known without being too brash. The malt presense seems to come out a bit more as it warms but not too much more. Overall, a lot nicer than I recall...a lot of west coast qualities in a brew from the mid-west...and that’s gotta stand for somethin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Slightly chill hazed orangey bronzed color with a medium stack of off-white froth. Good lacing in a stringy-like sheeting. Aroma is juicy and pungent with a solid citrusy sweetness of sappy caramel, marmalade oranges, and peachy pineapple. A bit of sugary sweetness and piney alcoholic floral notes make up some waftyness as it warms. Taste is quite tropical. Solidly robust in malts and rounded fruityness that renders a big citrusy realm of orange, peach, mango, pineapple, and a piney bite as it fades across the finish. Fairly resin coated and chewy in a fruity tilted hop abundance, but well tuned in a balance of adequate malty sweetness and sugared breads. A decent enough 2IPA for its bounty of taste. Body is rounded and full with a juicy roundedness thats not overly bittered but does carry a fairly big hoppy taste of citrus fruits and juices that may be over the top for some not use to the style. Otherwise, I find it quite easy going and smoothy bitten with citrusy fruits and piney dryness. Alcohol is a tad soupy and sudsy after a while with some off, uneasyness squeezing through. Drinks down fine enough too. A thoroughly well developed brew that fits the style well without being overly abrasive or too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (790) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Nearly no head; appearance of scotch; oily. Aroma is very striking: sharp orange presence with vanilla (sort of an orange cream vibe). Flavor is citrusy and grassy with oak; sharply sweet; warming without the alcoholic bite. Full and clean. Truly an IIPA for non-hopheads like me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JAN 20, 2006
22 oz bottle. A golden-brown honey pour with a very light white head. Nice piney/spruce aroma with sweet malt and orange peal. Creamy aroma. Fresh (though I got some medicinal hints as it warmed). The flavor was not as strong as I expected and the creamy oily mouth feel kind of detracted from what could have been sharper flavors. I did not citrus orange and perhaps grapefruit resting on a creamy body of light malt (that is very much there to hold up the hops as opposed to provide additional flavor). Bitter pine finish. Not a bad brew, but in no way one of the top 2IPA’s I’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottles from Jcaprioti and SuIIy. Poured a hazy dark amber with a small off-white head. Hoppy aroma of pine and flowers with caramel, gum and some butterscotch. I am wondering if some heavily hopped beers (depending on the hops) can give butterscotch as well as diacetyl, because I have found it in a few big hop beers. Flavor of caramel mixed with hop bitterness that start right away with a medium length finish. Not much in the way of hop flavor other some some acidity. The mouthfeel is a little slick making me thing it really is diacetyl. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 9, 2006
22 oz bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, Michigan, sampled at cellar temperature from an Allagash glass at home. The dark translucent chestunut body is a thing of beauty, restrained and classy, topped by a rich dark tan head that leaves thick lacing on the glass all the way down....rising up is a gorgeous fresh aroma, apricots and citrus, pine and haystacks, beautiful as dew in the morning....the body, strangely, smacks of a little age, the carbonation rather low and the mouthfeel a bit syrupy....old dry woody hops, molasses and English malts, biscuity and reminiscent of many ESBs I’ve had....as it warms a bit of leathery character, some dried cherries appear, light dry yeast.....English character really does seem dominant, not really something that works for me in a hoppy west-coast style like a IIPA....seems curiously restrained and boring overall, too bad considering the wonderful beginning. Certainly not a bad beer, just nothing really special as you might hope it would be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Purchased at Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids, MI. Pours a really nice looking dark amber color with a one finger head that settles to almost no cap. Despite the head fading almost completely away there’s quite a bit of lacing. Smell; slightly herbal with notes of oranges and pine trees. There’s also a distinct malt presence in the aroma. Really nice. Taste; the hops hit at first with the citrus and resiny pine, but it’s not over the top like a lot of DIPAs. There’s a really solid sweet malt backbone to this that I’m really enjoying. I get no alcohol bite in the flavor, but there is a definite warming after a few sips. This is one of the more balanced DIPAs that I’ve had so far. Mouthfeel is medium bodies and slightly oily from the hop oils. I’ve had other Arcadia beers in the past, and while not bad, I wouldn’e seek them out. As for this one, I wish I had picked up more than just this one when I had the chance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10405) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle. Deep amber with a large frothy white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Good hoppy pine and citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Complex moderate bitter flavor with a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Bottle. Deep copper in color with a nice lacing. Piney hoppy aroma. Citrusy notes. Flavor is hoppy and citrusy. Finish is hoppy. Thin bodied. Decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Bottle. Color is deep garmet witth a small head and some lacing. Aroma is like a pine tree with nice west coast hops and a lemon and tangerine zest twist. Taste is more citrus than anything. Nicely hopped and although I don’t mind unblaanced ipa’s, the body seems a bit thin. Big hats off to Arcadia though for making this stuff, especially in a 22.

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