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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
1060 OG; 41 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002)
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1/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not so much of a review, but more of a complaint... Had a bottle last night, and as soon as I opened it, it overflowed with foam, leaving me with about half a bottle to drink. I thought something must have happened to that particular bottle but I just cracked another one open and it sprayed all over the entire kitchen. This time the entire bottle was gone.

Seeing as how I'm not the only one with this problem, you would think that Arcadia would have enough common sense not to send out shipments of "bottle bomb" beers. Waste of time and money.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:52:58 | More by McLovinBeast57
Photo of nukem5


2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Murky orange color with tan head.

S: Aroma is a strange lightly scented hopped fragrance earthy and bitter.

T: Taste is mostly bitter with some pine and citrus notes.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: Overall an OK beer glad to try it!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:38:24 | More by nukem5
Photo of champ103


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. At first a large pillowing white head forms, with good retention. Rings of lace are left down the glass.
S: A big mango like hop punch up front. Floral and citrus like as well. Then the malts. Caramel, lightly buttery, bread. Pretty good.
T: Mango, citrus, floral hops up front and potent. A bit on the oil and soapy side. Buttery malt is a bit more apparent here. Not bad, just kind of muddled and confused.
M/D: A light to medium body with moderate carbonation. A very oily consistency, and a bit on the thin side. Not hard to drink. Bottle will be gone in no time, and the six pack won't go to waist.

Not bad, but a bit of style confusion. At first a mango citrus like west coast style IPA, then the buttery malt tries to balance. Not the best example of the style, but enjoyable for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:51:40 | More by champ103
Photo of BierStein711


4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Stone IPA shaker pint, hazy gold body with off-white head, and moderate carbonation.

mouthfeel: thicker

Smell: Hemp, pine, and floral hop

Taste: ropey malts paired with hoppy delights-- grapefruit flavors abound with an orange finish

Overall, this is a grand beer; I'd buy a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 22:58:49 | More by BierStein711
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3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I've had this beer before, but it's been quite a long time, so I'm interested to try it again. Expectations are decent, based on Arcadia's good reputation.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours a hazed coppery burnt sienna orange colored body with some brown highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of beige off-white head. Lots of active carbonation. Tons of bubbles rushing topside. Some dark specks of sediment lingering. Looks pretty nice to me.

S - Smell is pretty bland and uninspired. Very bready. Some soapiness. Some overripe banana. And a hint of orange & pineapple just to remind you that there are hops & malts in there. Smells pretty boring, though..

T - Taste is a step up from the lackluster nose. Some bready malt, lager yeasty type taste, some spicy cloves, bubblegum malt, crisp carbonation, some fruity pineapple, & just a hint of brown sugar.

M - Feel ends sticky, bitter, and dry, with some sugary green apple skin lingering on the palate.

Overall, a decent English style IPA from Arcadia. While this isn't exactly my preferred style, it is a more approachable version. Easy drinking at 6.00% abv, I enjoyed this quite a bit more than some of the others I've had. Recommended.

Arcadia IPA ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 00:45:37 | More by mfnmbvp
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An orange amber hued color with a medium off white lasting head with some light lacing. Aroma is of pine and floral hops, some grapefruit notes with caramel malt. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast fruity grapefruit notes with some floral pine hops bitterness. A medium body, smooth sweet bitter flavor with good carbonation on the palate. Ending is a combination of sweet caramel malt, yeast, mild grapefruit with some floral pine hops for balance. A very good, tasty and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 19:26:24 | More by Samp01
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3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a light orange color with nice clarity. a generous 2+ finger off white head that hangs around for a bit.

Smell: hops, hard to tell the kind, a grassy and graininess that seems out of place

Taste: strong hops, followed by an odd grassiness that tastes a bit grainy. Thats the only way to describe it; it is an odd slightly off taste

Mouthfeel: overly bitter, could use more carbonation

Overall: Arcadia falls a bit short for me most of the time. I wish i knew if the beer i was drinking from them was fresh but of course no freshness date to be found

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 20:21:30 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of Omnium


3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a decent gold color, shy of a finger head, nice lacing.
S - Pine, grassy and earthy scents up front, some toasted grain and malt, little traces of citrus fruits.
T - Taste follow the aroma almost exactly, pine and grassy hop flavors, with a lighter malt base.
M - Medium thin, and bitter hops hang on, clean and dry finish.
O - A drier English IPA, but its very clean and crisp. Nothing too exciting, but decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 22:56:07 | More by Omnium
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3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is copper, head presented nicely, dense and about 1/2" thick.

Smell is crisp, clean malt, light toast and caramel, hop is a mostly pine, hints of grapefruit.

Taste is pale malt sweetness upfront, clean flavors, light caramel note but not over sweet; hop bitterness is pretty strong, hop flavor is grassy, piney.

Mouthfeel is solid in the EIPA style, crisp, solid malt flavor, solid lingering bitterness.

Overall, a quite solid EIPA, good clean malt flavors and subdue hop presence with strong bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 22:01:27 | More by mvanaskie13
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3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I took it out of the fridge, cracked it open, and foam nearly poured all over me... I managed to get a glass just in time. I hadn't even stood it up or anything, it just did it without any bottle shaking or anything. A bit ridiculous. Huge head that went 50/50 with the beer in my glass ... four or five fingers. The beer's a pretty hazy burnt orange color, and the head's off-white with some little particles in it to make it look like vanilla bean ice cream, and it's super bubbly. The lacing lasts all glass long as well. I'd go higher on the appearance, but the head lasts so long it's hard to get the whole bottle of beer into the glass.

Smell: Honestly, a bit of a dish soap-like smell, with some very shy hop aromas. The malts aren't there too much in the smell either. I figured this was a bit unique, and I'm guessing it's because it's an English IPA -- I haven't had one of these before.

Taste: Much like the smell... for an IPA, really subdued and dubbed down. As I said, I haven't had an EIPA before, so this could well be how it's supposed to be. Really a rather light tasting IPA, with a pretty light bitterness ... super refreshing. Some slight floral hoppiness and then spiciness on the finish, and then a nice bit of malt for the balance. An extremely inoffensive IPA that would be awesome on a hot day. Quite frankly, this tastes like a pale ale with a just a bit more hops thrown in.

I like this one quite a lot... a rather unique take on an IPA (yet again, could be because it's of the English variety), and it's very easy drinking. Would be pretty much the perfect IPA to drink after a long summer day, as it's not cloying, isn't too bitter, and is insanely drinkable. Very tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:41:07 | More by Alextricity
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New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean amber/copper pour with copious amounts of frothy off white head, leaving behind insane amounts of lacing. a beautiful looking beer. the smell is lacking, unfortunately.. a mild soapy/pine scent with a metallic overtone. a slight sweet malt profile up front, then comes a nice hoppy bitterness. very earthy, very subtle.
medium body with a very creamy feel on the lips, moderately carbonated.

a very standard ipa, very easy drinking. nothing too special, but not bad by any means.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 21:02:06 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of kylehay2004


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice three finger head with scattered lacing and decent retention on a cloudy copper body. Lots of pear in the aroma, more so than any other IPA I have had. Also with some orange peel and little on the malt side. More pear heavy in the flavor with a lot of green apple again light on the malts. Some caramel and floral notes as well with hint of metallic flavors in the finish. Medium body and fairly highly carbonated. Not a bad IPA, certainly unique with nice flavors. Not a malt forward beer but enough malts are there to provide some flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 02:46:29 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Bitter_Echo


3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker, almost brownish rusty copper, cloudy, and unfiltered. Head is modest, and lacing is punctuated as fine foamy dots. Nose isn't recognizably floral IPA like, actually showing more malt and sweet than anticipated for an IPA. Mouthfeel has lower carbonation for this bottle, but is fine in character, like champagne. Bitter notes are late, a sweet, not too dry note early, the echo of bitter notes not well extended. This won't last long for an IPA, which for an IPA is usually not the case, in its echo, I mean. Perhaps this is better considered a mild session ale, to my tongue the hop notes giving is a lower IBU if I were to guess. I wouldn't pass this up on tap, or at a party, but given other IPA's out there, I wouldn't take six.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 21:10:07 | More by Bitter_Echo
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2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a darker amber with a big fluffy head. Lots of lacing and big bubbles that stuck around for the entire beverage.

Smelled like a mix of Belgian yeast and malts, with a hint of citrus and grass.

Taste wasn't pleasing. Good balance of bitter and sweet, but it reminded me of salt water. Orange peels, malts and grassy flavors were what really stood out to me.

Medium to high carbonation, really easy to drink. Finishes dry and bitter but with the sweet start its a good balance on the tongue.

I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. I've had a few English IPA's that were hard to drink, this one is no problem. Can't really taste the alcohol either. I'm certainly not an English IPA expert.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 20:14:13 | More by HarrySTruman
Photo of Beer_Runner

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date on the label.
Slowy poured into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to about one finger of khaki colored head that lasted a reasonably amount of time. The brew is a medium copper color with a bit of a golden hue; and, it is just a little cloudy.

S: The aroma is a piney hops with just a hint of citrus, too.

T: The taste consists of a bitter and piney hops. There is very little malt in the flavor, only enough to take the harsh edge off the hops bitternes.

M: The brew has a light body and plenty of tingly carbonation. It is also smooth and finishes very clean.

O: This is a good IPA, but not an outstanding IPA. It has a good, strong hop forward flavor, but nothing to standout in a crowded field of IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 00:45:56 | More by Beer_Runner
Photo of Tucquan


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-05-31 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear copper-amber with a 2.5-finger pillowy-white head and decent, ringed lacing.

S - Sweet peach and orange flesh, pale and caramel malt and some hop floral. Very pleasant.

T - Initially tarter and more bitter than I expected from the smell, like an somewhat-fermented peach with a dash or orange zest and mildly roasted malt. The finish is fairly dry with a herbal-metallic, tart and quite bitter aftertaste.

M - Light body and highly carbonated (a bit too much). It's pretty crisp.

O - Enjoyable with some uniqueness to the flavor with the fermented-peach flavor. Not overly complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 22:49:23 | More by Tucquan
Photo of CMUbrew


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No freshness date

A: Poured with a thin white head that didn't have to fade much to become a ring of foam. The beer is a dark copper color that can't be seen through.

S: A little bit of floral smell with some pine.

T: Initially biscuity malts followed by a growing bitterness that reaches moderate levels that exceeded what I was expecting out of the 41 IBUs. A fair amount of pine flavor tags along with the bitterness. Very straight forward flavor profile.

M: This has a good feel to it. A medium-ish body with good carbonation. Not watery at all.

O: This was quite good, and gave me more than I was expecting out of an English style IPA. It stood up well to some habenero-jack cheese.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:18:31 | More by CMUbrew
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4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A la! This is very, very foamy! Fizzy! I cracked it open and poured while it overflowed. Fortunately my quick acting saved most of it.

Once it settled own I saw it was a tan-amber color. There’s a faded but still noticeable hop presence with a citrusy aroma. The flavor has a nice hop bitterness. I pick up a subdued citrus hop flavor with a mellow bittering and a pleasing malt finish. It’s a testament to the malt profile that it has held up even as the hops have faded. I shared this with my pops!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 22:59:35 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Forb


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Amber/copper body with a moderate off white head. Minor lacing is visible.

Smell/Taste: Biscuity bread malt backbone stands strong on the nose with lemony citrus and grassy/pine hop notes lingering into the scent but prevailing mostly on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, slightly carbonated, and crisp.

Overall: Great session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:28:04 | More by Forb
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2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz with no date.

A: pours a nice amber color with a good amount of suspended sediment. Head is a light beige color and leaves good lacing behind.

S: aroma is not very pleasing to me. Smells of Belgian yeast, and a little like hand cream. It's not good...

T: taste at first reminds me of a pbr. Up front sweetness with a faint trailing hint of bitterness. The hops really are hard to find in this one.

M: carbonation is spot on in this one. Medium light body. Certainly very drinkable.

O: I was hoping for more from this one. I have a sneaking suspicion that this may be old, but without a bottle date I have no way of telling.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 01:02:53 | More by spartanfan
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good amber color with a hazy complexion, maybe chill haze. The foamy tan head is a fair size and with lacing dotting the glass. Carbonation is light. Aroma has a quite aromatic hop bouquet smelling like floral and herbal hops.Malts have a good caramel base. there is low levels of diaceytl in the aroma I must point out. Taste is hop forward with a pretty densent hop bill. Hops have a floral taste. Malts have a caramel taste and do a good job of boosting up the hops. Has a medium weight on the palette with a slick, smooth feel. Dry and bitter at th end.
I feel this is a pretty good interpretation of the English style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 14:31:05 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of MTNboy


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Even after a hard pour I had a hard time getting a head on this beer. All I was able to get was a thin line of off white head. The body was an orange amber color.

Smell: Very hoppy strong tones of citrus and pine.

Taste: Some melon and citrus surrounded by herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied a bit warm with a great deal of bite.

Overall: I was not overly fond of this beer. The flavor was the best part but it was mainly just above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 16:19:17 | More by MTNboy
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3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with an enormous, rocky white head.

S: Aromas of pine, cedar, biscuits, chalk, and citrus make it known that this IPA is more in the English style.

T: Notes of pine, cedar, lemon rind, bitter orange, herbs, and chalk wash across the palate. The finish is clipped with an odd combination of herb and biscuit notes.

M: Medium-bodied, but a little fuller than most. This ale is very dry with spritzy, cleansing carbonation. Really, it's pretty drinkable and refreshing.

O: As is, this is a solid English-style IPA. If the flavor profile weren't so odd and off-putting, it would potentially be a wonderful take on the style. I feel that this one needs a bit more work to reach its full potential.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 14:41:42 | More by mrfrancis
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3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into 16.9 oz glass.

A: Slightly cloudy light amber with a really thick khaki head. Head retains fairly well and there is good lacing.

S: Smelling mostly hops, especially those of the pine variety.

T: Pine hops up front, malty caramel base. Bit of leather, flower and phenolic tastes merge themselves with the dominating pine. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Lighter side of medium.

O: Good English-style IPA. Pretty much exactly as you would expect: balanced, no off-flavors, and good drinkibility.

There are better examples of the style out there. I personally recommend the Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and the Sam Smith IPA if you're looking for a good English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 08:51:56 | More by TTAmod
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Warm golden copper with a ghost hint of haze & quite a few random bubbles rising to the off-white head of moderate size. Okay retention & very fine lace.

S: Hops are herbal, citrus rind, and light pine. Background caramel and cookie malts with some sweetness. Fruity esters increase as the brew warms.

T: Hops are even more forward in the palate. Quite bitter. Running more to resin with herbal, earthy, and spice notes. Some citrus rind and pine at the margins. Lingering earthy resin in the finish. Malts take a backseat, just providing a platform for the hops. Faint caramel with minimal sweetness. Mostly toasty pale base malt that is fairly dry too. Hints of esters at the edges. Ghost hint of diacetyl. Overall it is tasty and pleasant.

M: Slightly over medium body with carbonation balanced to match and with a finely sized bubbles & a moderate softness that gives a cushiony feel. Hop tannins & oils, some dextrins, and a few residual sugars all provide some texture. A fine feel that is light overall and refreshing. The finish is drying from hops.

D: A blend of English and US styles. The malts are a bit dry and it lacks the caramelly richness often associated with British interpretations. But though it might lean toward being clean it does have hints of esters and diacetyl. The hopping is done to a bold US level. However it is not a cascade clone or super dank. It does have some citrus, but mixed right in with an herbal, earthy, resiny profile that is more UK. Nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 06:56:39 | More by SickGnar
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Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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