Thursday, July 28, 2011
Hopmouth Double IPA (Arcadia Brewing, Battle Creek, MI)
Draft poured on site with a nice, 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 bite 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.