Arbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPA - Arbor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

312 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 07-30-2002)
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Photo of callmeSteezy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of gopens44
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mountainous beige frothy head rests on the translucent caramel colored beer. A bright immediate citrus aroma drifts ahead of a more malty fragrance. Taste leaps out as quickly with the citrus taste as the nose brings it about but the difference here is the overwhelming bitterness followed by a peppery finish. Body is thin and highly carbonated with an aftertaste that is bitter but also a little cola like, odd as that may seem. Overall, this does not dissapoint. Tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of tapman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 finger of rich, creamy off-white foam. Body is a dark red-brown and is quite opaque from even a careful pour. Sweet, fresh baked toffee-chip cookies and fruity, floral, and slightly spicy hop notes in the nose. Malt flavor is heavy on the darker malts and has a sweet, raisin-like red ale quality while the hops are moderately high in bitterness and taste vegetal and soapy. Mouth is a dry and a little grainy from all the beasties floating around.

A decent brew, but very heavy all the malt. I prefer them slightly cleaner, but still pretty good.

Photo of TCgoalie
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tenaciousp65
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- pours a dark amber with a nice one and half inch head

s-it smells like an ipa but with a more earthy, grass smell. hard to describe

t-the hops come through quick but quickly move out of the way for a gentle and deep balance of malt that almost tastes like corn

m-this is really smooth and none of the flavors are overpowering

o- this is a really nice IPA. I don't know if I'd rush out to buy or recommend this one but it certainly gets the job done

Photo of vncolbert
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orange, amberish. Cloudy with a moderate white head that dissipates in a couple minutes while lacing on the glass.

S- More bitter pine and herbal but there are some citrus notes. Malt is also present behind the hops.

T- Mostly citrus hops and maltyness up front with pine at the end of the drink. Nice malty sweetness is also present. Not very bitter of an IPA, but the finish has that orange-peel bitterness which lingers afterward

M- Creamy and sticky with low to moderate carbonation. Body is moderate to thin.

O- Decent IPA but not one of my top choices, pretty easy to drink and is one of the few IPAs that you can drink for a while.

Not a factor in my rating but personally the fact that it is made in Ann Arbor gives me no desire to seek this one out.

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I need to pay more attention when pouring some of these wonderful beers...I F'ing hate FLOATIES!!!! Pet peive...sorry. The Sacred Cow from Arcadia is a decent beer. The color is a cloudy copper and thin white head that seems to be lacing quite well. The smell is bolstered with apricot and maybe some sublte pine. The taste isnt bad. I am catching some belgium malt character which isnt my favorite, but there is some citrus and pine that helps to keep this beer towards my favorite. The mouthfeel is ok I porbably would choose to session this beer, but I could. Certainly worth a try if you can.

Photo of DannyDan
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a copper color with a nice thin white head that maintains good retention and really nice lacing. The citrus, floral and pine comes through nicely in the nose letting you know this will be a beer worth drinking. The taste starts out with some citrus and pine hops and than get some sweet malts and more pine, citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, and little orange) and a hint of floral hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry, but pleasant to drink and overall one of the most balanced IPA's I have tasted. This is every bit as good as Stone, Loose Cannon, Avery, Sierra Nevada, Founders, Dark Horse and Mount Pleasant breweries IPA's. Highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good IPA.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy copper color. It had a thick white head that resembled whipped cream. A good deal of lace.

Aroma was mostly citrus with a tiny bit of piney hops. Some sweet malt.

Primarily citrus taste, mostly grapefruit but some tangerine also. Little bit of piney hops late. Solid malt background.

Medium-bodied, pretty hoppy.

Nice beer.

Photo of ferrari29
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in 8oz mug at Arbor Brewing Company

A - Dark amber body ; nice one finger white frothy head; head looked healthy; held well; lots of lacing; sticky; semi-opaque body

S - Light pine and citrus notes; smooth and not overwhelming aromas; deep roasted malt nose; nutty and slightly floral; soapy-rinse smell at the end

T - Not much bitter IPA bite; beer sip washes away with a dry feel and bitter taste; nutty; light roasted malt flavor in the middle of palate, touch of pine and light citrus notes at the front of the sip

M - Creamy, then turns very thin; deep bitter aftertaste; slight tingly feel on tongue; flat; no spunk or IPA kick; retro-olfaction has moderate level of bitter mucus taste

D - I give this a higher overall score due to the high, cask temp, nice! Well served; easy to drink and enjoyed, cask conditioned, hard to do, but well done; I'd have another if I were to come to Ann Arbor!

Photo of chugalug06
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice pour! Great white foamy head builds slowly. Brew is nice amber color

S - Very bland. Not too much on the surface of the scent. Some earthy tones. kinda a dirty scent...

T - Very unusual for an AIPA... Certainly not a west coast IPA... Very nice grape flavor.

M - DRY! Zero bitterness, but lots of off flavors. Carbonation is spot on.

O - Very disappointing. There's no date on the bottle, so i assume it's fresh from my last round of trades...

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating on the bottle or label. Pours a hazy, yellow body with a touch of brown. Looks a bit like a hefeweizen. Big three-finger off-white head that has good retention and settles into a foamy cap leaving rings of lacing.

The aroma starts with citrus, primarily orange. A little pine resin and bready malt in the background.

Plenty of hops in the flavor. The citrus is on equal footing with the piney notes in the flavor. Still some orange and little lemon on the citrus side, and hint of sweet malt to finish.

Medium mouthfeel with a high level of carbonation. Solid IPA.

Photo of masey222
4.9/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. It pours a pale amber and is filled with tannons. It is pretty "fizzy" and has a thick wet frothy head that laces the side of the glass well.
The smell is pleasant, filled with grapefruit and rich citrus notes, and has a nice overtones of tobacco and nutty malt. but it lacks a the pungency I enjoy in a good IPA.
After sipping it fills your mouth with a bright spicy citrus hop flavor, that is really tasted in the finish. Its sweetness from the malt really is a pleasant contrast to the bright hops. All-in-all it is one of the more well balanced IPA's I have ever had.
It has the perfect consistency for an IPA and its carbonation freshens up the experience.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, n8dietz, you are the man for the pick-up.

Hazey and deep copper, rust, amber hues. Great lacing, good bubbling, and a good head.

Rather sweet bouquet of malt and hops. The citric, caramelized orange peel combined with heavy toasted malts makes me think of caramel drizzled over an orange right before you bite into it.

The malts are so sweet that the flavors make me think of toasted honey, bread crust, and biscuits. Resiny sweet palate that has the combined sweetness of orange peel hops and super toasted malt and almost Belgian like fruity yeast.

Very America styled IPA. Very complex and seems to use more than the standard IPA ingredients to get their desired flavor.

Arbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPA from Arbor Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.