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Arbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPA - Arbor Brewing Company

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Arbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPAArbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPA

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321 Ratings

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 07-30-2002

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Ratings: 321 | Reviews: 151
Photo of CorgiDad
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chopp02
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the color of this beer (a dark amber) and you can smell the hops with the addition of another sweet ingredient, perhaps honey? It reminds me of Hopslam but much lighter. It is a very smooth beer as well the feel of it is great. If you're an IPA fan, it is worth the buy.

Photo of avbcon12
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
Deep orange, 1 finger of light-tan head. Almost no carbonation can be seen rising in the beer.

Smell - 4.25/5
Sweet honey, pine and very resinous hops. Nice aroma

Taste - 4.5/5
Drinks very smooth. The hops don't overpower, very well balanced. Flavors include honey, pine, resin, and other tastiness. This is a great-tasting IPA.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Super smooth, glides down your throat with incredible ease. Slightly fuller than medium body. A light-medium level of light-medium intensity carbonation

Overall - 4.5/5
This is truly a fantastic IPA. I know this beer probably isn't distributed much outside of Michigan, but if you can get your hands on some, I would suggest you try.

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barnoloid
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Sir-Buddly-Longfellow
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Wow. Much better than I thought. Drank straight from the bottle, definitely a good choice if you're looking for an IPA

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of gusman61
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of QuadriderMX
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of muraco3
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jrand2621
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Bpfritz88
1.6/5  rDev -56.8%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the bottle into a generic chalice at a friend’s wedding in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It showed a simple golden amber coloring, offering up a half finger tall head of tight bubbly cream for a head. This retained decently, leaving drippy spots of lacing around the glass. No real haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be medium. The aroma is dominated by dirty grassy and herbal hops, thick amber and pale maltiness, flaked oats, nutty walnut bitterness and oiliness, light molasses, bubblegum and banana esters, and gentle booziness. The taste follows in much the same direction, giving an overrepresentation of standard amber, brown, and pale maltiness against a sadly mild showing of herbal hops. Otherwise notes included lactic creamer, ethanol, metallic coininess, phenolic plastics, chewy sweetness of nougat, and cardboard. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium. Slurp, smack, froth, cream, and finishing pop were all okay, but glug and pull were intact albeit simple. The mouth was left somewhat coated, with mild grainy astringency on the far back of the palate. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was fine.

Overall, this was a great wedding for craft beer. They had the likes of Oberon and Two Hearted flowing all night, with things like this and a variety of other local options to break any monotony one might feel they’re experiencing over the course of the evening. Thus, this is why we reached for Sacred Cow amongst said options. This beer seemed both too simple, which is the word that repeatedly came to mind while we were drinking this, and way too full for your standard house IPA. This heaviness makes you think of something closer to a hoppy brown ale. Otherwise everything through the nose and mouth are rather one dimensional and plain. If you’re seeking a heavier, darker IPA then this might work for you, but just don’t expect a lighter, easy going beverage.

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Arbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPA from Arbor Brewing Company
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