Arbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPA - Arbor Brewing Company

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84
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312 Ratings
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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 BrewerB
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an aggressively carbonated, light orange color with a dense two finger pinch of foam sitting on top. Good retention. Lacing. Floral, perfumey hops reach the nose first and are followed swiftly by a clean, slightly grainy malt. Fruity, orange candy hops make a late arrival. More subtly hopped flavor with an herbal presence. Lacking the punch promised by the aroma. Moderate level of bitterness, short dry finish that left a tinge of toasted malt and a mild bitter impression. Medium-light in body with a moderately-high level of carbonation.

Overall: Decent IPA with an aroma that overpromised but underdelivered in hop character.

Photo of b3shine
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint. Appearance is ORANGE. Much like a summer wheat (or for those of you who know what Bell's Oberon is, it looks identical). Smell is sweet and citrusy. Tastes pretty good, but it drinks much more like a pale ale than an IPA. Mouthfeel is okay, but a little syrupy. Overall, it was good, but I'm a little disappointed. I'm a fan of Arbor Brewing, and it did not meet my expectations.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at the brewpub in Ann Arbor. It's got a hazy appearance, copper-amber color, frothy wet foam.

Nice aroma, grapefruit and other citrus notes, fresh and hoppy. This tasted really good too, you almost can never go wrong with a cask IPA. This one had the creamy and smooth body you'd expect, generally solid in every category. If I wasn't trying to hit other brewpubs in the same night I might have stayed here and ordered a few more, this really hit the spot.

Photo of
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was available on cask at the ABC brewpub in Ann Arbor.
Appearance - nice deep copper with a moderately frothy white head.
The texture is like an English ale - creamy, a little slick, and gently carbonated.
The aroma, however, is intense American hops, citrus and grapefruit predominate with sweet malt and caramel lurking gently beneath.
The taste is fruity upfront, with sweet and biscuity malt notes backed by intense citrus hops and a strong bitter finish.

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra from lewis1rg. Thanks Ryan!

A: Dark and extremely murky orange-red-bronze color, with a very white head with very fine bubbles... almost into nitro-tap territory. The lacing was substantial.

S: Very sugar and caramel-like, with a scent very reminiscent of red-velvet cake batter.

T: Very rich! If I didn't know any better and didn't know the style before-hand, I would have called this an imperial red ale. It sort of tasted like a cross between Boulevard's "Double Wide IPA" and Port's "Shark Attack." Very interesting indeed. The hop character was create by sugar and candy quality rather than citrus and pine.

M: Sugary and grainy for sure, but not at all bad. The carbonation was fine and the sweet elements didn't linger for long. Spicy food would cut this nicely.

O: It appears from sifting through some of the past reviews, this one divides a lot of people. As for me, I wouldn't drink it every day, but I would love to try it again, especially on tap....

Photo of kwjd
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour with thick white head. Head dissipates leaving a thin layer on the top of the beer. Smells of citrus hops with caramel malt. Flavour has a nice bitterness level to it, with some metallic aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. Just an ok IPA.

Photo of lnashsig
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my Dfh snifter, a dark orange color that leaves a little bit of fluffy foam and some glass lacing. Smell- uh oh, there is something wrong here. I get a unpleasant grass flavor, mixed with a hint of...hot glue? Taste- unpleasant band aid scent, some toffee, some bitterness (but not apparently from the hops- I can't seem to find them anywhere!). This IPA is a disaster. Total drainpour, and I will not seek out again.

Photo of southsider
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving size was 12 oz in pint glass.

A- Hazy coppery gold with a 3 finger thick head that eventually collapses to a thin film. Small bits of coppery sediment are in suspension and on the foam.

S-Typical hoppy smell at pour quickly diminishes.

T-Piney,resiny bitter hops at beginning with moderate carbonation.Watery middle,I was expecting some spicy notes. Not really picking up the grains at all. Sharp lingering bitter finish.

M-light to moderate slightly watery mouthfeel.

D- Pretty disappointed because local relatives raved about this beer.I've had many finer examples of this style. Perhaps the sediment and quickly fading smell reveal a beer past it's prime or improperly stored. Will try again next visit on tap if possible.

Photo of readbaron
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy orange color with a nice foamy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops - mostly orange with a hint of lemon and grapefruit. Slightly flowery as well.

Tates like you'd expect it to - hop forward with a hint of citrus. Some pine notes too (from the hops). Maybe a hint of malt towards the end.

Mouthfeel is very nice - a bit creamier and thicker than I expected.

I could drink more than one, if necessary.

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No bottling or best by date. The body was a dull golden that had a bit of sediment causing haze. There was a light tan head that settled to a film.

The smell was apple skins and a little sour rag. Floral. It became more pungent as it warmed. Organic hops, lightly spicy.

The taste was hops oils that lingered. Not really that bitter but hops oils. A bit like sucking on a penny. Earthy "dirty" hops flavor as it warmed. Spiciness. Subtle malts.

The mouthfeel was adequately zesty with a medium body/density.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint.

Pours a hazy amber/orange with a big light tan head. The head drops fairly quickly to a thin wisp of foam. Lots of lacing left behind.

Aroma of big citrus hops, lemon and orange mainly, with a hint of grapefruit. Some malt sweetness evident, but not much. Heavy inbalance toward hops.

First sip is of bitter citrus hops, orange mostly (amarillo hops?). As with the aroma, the malt presence is faint. Bitterness lasts into a very long finish.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy, the bitterness is mouth-coating. No astringency.

Very drinkable beer, but you may not be able to get through too many due to palate fatigue from the agressive hopping.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a retty dark copper brown considering he style. A bit of hear. Nose brings some citrus and tropical notes along with some sweetness. Taste is slightly bitter but more so sweet with a bit of citrus. Moderate body. Drinks fairly well all things considered. A worthy brew.

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

Fresh fruit greets the nose when poured. A smallish, one-finger head emerges, of a creamy-white substance and color with good lacing and a nice variety of bubbles -- the exceptionally small ones that create the thin carpet of foam layered on the surface, interspersed and surrounded by medium and larger bubbles that migrate to the edge.

The fruity notes of the aroma carry through in the flavor of this hazy, amber-orange brew, bright with effervescence and hop acidity. Well presented malts deliver a solid, lightly toasted grain base for the tangy grapefruit highlights of the hops to flourish.

Not big on the name, but the ale is tasty.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: A cloudy, amber color, bordering on mahogany (but not quite dark enough for that). Golden hues in light. Thin, wispy head remains leaving some light lacing after the pour. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Very sweet for an AIPA. Orange/apricot/peace aroma (can't tell) over some very floral hops. Subtle toffee background. Pretty complex, very intriguing.

Taste: Very bitter when it hits the palate. The taste mutates into more floral and fruity characteristics, and finishes up with a very pleasing toffee malt character. A bit heavy on the hops in the aftertaste, but good!

Mouthfeel: Tangy, a bite at first which remains for two or three seconds before giving way to a mellower, foamier character. This mellowness sticks around for quite some time, and even as the drink is finished, it is still smooth.

Drinkability: Slightly above average. A beer I would get once or twice a month. Not bad, but not necessarily on the "must-have" list.

A pretty good IPA. Not the best, but better than average!

Photo of carlborch
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark-amber-gold, with a multi-inch head. The head is off-white and has a creamy cappuccino-textured top and large interior bubbles. The head settles in at about 1.5 inches with a rocky texture. The hops in the initial nose is floral and highly aromatic. Spotty Belgian lace. Clear malt notes are balanced against the bitter hops. Medium body, creamy texture and gentle lingering with some malt and hop notes in the finish. Sweeter than expected. The alcohol is not noticeable. Not particularly moreish. Refreshing and quenching.

Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the brew pub in a sampler. This is a middle of the road beer, nothing great nothing really bad about it either, probably not worth trying. A decent ipa, light aroma of lemon and hops, light hops in the taste, more of a pale ale quality to me.

Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from Plum Market in AA (she's a whore).

A: The IPA is golden amber with a thick pea-soup haze. The narrower base of my glass glows with radiant orange while the mouth is a brown morass. 2.5+ fingers of white foam, requiring a break in pouring, leave a bit of lace behind.

S: A strong dose of citrus emerged on popping the cap. As the ale sat in the glass, more citrus wafted out, a nice aroma. Up close, the ale is oily, with grpaefruit sharpness that manages to crowd out all but the strongest of caramel.

T: That nice aroma is a deception! It sets the mind of with expectations that cannot be met. The hops, sure they are plentiful, are active but a little on the degraded side with a leafy vegetal flavor. Caramel malts, potentially a saving grace, instead steer the ale towards barleywine territory. And, I swear, the aftertaste has a bretty huskiness about it.

M: The mouthfeel, with its aforementioned huskiness, seems to miss the mark, especially in light of the nice aromas.

D: I didn't try this on tap during our AA, maybe I should have. A little long in the tooth I think.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong and hoppy, as the aroma for a good IPA should be. There is a firm citrusy undertone, mainly grapefruit. It pours a hazy dark honey-golden with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent off-white head. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a grapefruit undertone, not quite as good as what the aroma promised. Texture is fairly fizzy and leaves behind a nice tingle.

Photo of RichieS2
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a pleasing copper color with high carbonation and enough cloudiness to be opaque.

S - Very pleasing, like a bouquet with hints of citrus.

T Satisfying, there is enough malt at the beginning for the beer to be considered balanced before the inevitable rush of hops. From there it is your textbook IPA with spicy hops dancing on your tongue.

M - Pleasingly thick

D - Medium to low

Photo of salvo
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cask conditioning really adds a welcome creaminess to this respectable IPA. Poured copper-brown with a full inch of frothy head into a pint glass; smell of citrus and grapefruit hops with some earthiness and a hint of malt. Certainly pleasing to the nose.

The taste is strongly bitter at first, and while the bitterness doesn't really mellow, the hops come on stronger with time and a few sips. Tangy is a close word, but it's not exactly right. Grapefruit gives way to the buttery mouthfeel; very light carbonation, and served close to room temperature, the flavors are all really bright and clean.

This is a soft, smooth cask conditioned IPA: certainly worth trying on cask at the Arbor or Ypsilanti locations; tastes are subtle and well-balanced.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale amber color that is moderately cloudy. Had a nice, big head.

Smell: Has a very pleasant hop aroma that has some mild hints of grapefruit hidden in the background.

Taste: This isn't exactly the smoothest IPA I've ever had. It starts bitter, it stays bitter, and it ends bitter. While I like bitter, I would prefer if it were a little more well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, but not watery or anything.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Not the best example of the style, in my humble opinion, but pretty good.

Photo of ComputerBeer
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pale Amber to copper color. Creamy texture, great cask condition, some malt aroma under generic american hop aromas. Not over the top in hops which is great just enough hops to support the style and malt body. I had two of these with out great palette fatigue, it seems to change as you drink it. The malt profile really comes to the front after some time. What I wish more IPAs were like.

Photo of bamadog
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review is from notes taken on 5/12/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery color and starts with a big three finger head with very good retention that is slightly off-white; body is mostly clear with just a touch of cloudiness to it and it shows strong carbonation bubbling throughout; soapy looking washes of lacing form on the sides of the glass as it fades down.

Smell: Lots of nice and bitter citric hops that are in the vein of grapefruit with a bit of lemon peel. I'm pretty excited about this based upon the smell, but ultimately, I would come to feel just a little let down after drinking it.

Taste: This IPA is all bitter hops -- very much of the grapefruit and lemon peel vein as mentioned in the nose and the aftertaste is all lingering bitterness; no malt balance at all; good, but not great by a long shot.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and watery; carbonation is strong and lively; a light stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth -- again, just a little let down by the thin nature of the body.

Drinkability: Meh. Not bad overall, but there are definitely better IPAs out there that are much more available to me. I'll take a 2 Hearted any day, not to mention a Burning River or Commodore Perry, or a Centennial IPA... Not that I'm bashing it or anything, it just doesn't compete with the likes of these other offerings within the style.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice vibrant orange with a nice tall white cap. Okay retention and some spotty lace.

S: Aromas chalk full of hops. Lots of citrus and pine. A bit of syrupy sweetness hides beneath.

T: Lots of bitter grapefruit, resinous pine, and enough malt to provided balance.

M: Rich, sort of thick for the style, syrupy.

D: Good, solid IPA no doubt.

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

from notes. Served very cold at the Detroit airport, where I was grateful to find such a worthy brew.

Active, hazy (chill?), deep amber, modest white head with decent retention and thick lacing.

Fairly sharp piny/citrus and floral hops blending nicely with caramel malty sweetness. Even enjoyable cold.

Assertive piny and citrusy hops lead but are backed well by the malty body. Sweetness is barely perceptible. Has elements of balance, but is more of a brash west coast style IPA.

Rich medium body, pleasantly viscous, and a bitter finish that isn't too dry.

I'd like to try this again with enough time to let it warm properly. That said, it's a solid west coast style IPA, and I look forward to trying more Arbor brews.

Arbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPA from Arbor Brewing Company
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