Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

1060 OG; 41 IBU
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Reviews by atsprings:
Photo of atsprings
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice slightly hazy orange with a decent frothy head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is some biscuity malts and mild citrus hops. Taste is an interesting balance of sweet malts and subtle earthy hops, just a little on the watery side. The beer is crisp and light with low carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but not that far over average.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was not good. Super foamy, carbonated, almost sour flavor with mild hop bitterness. This is the strangest ipa I have ever had. Lost of sediment in there too, and not in a good way. Sometimes it can be appealing, this looked like dirt and sand.

Won't seek out or purchase again.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a mixed twelve pack with kmpitz2...onto the IPA. Pours a nice deep, vibrant orange with some suspended floaties. A nice frothy white head caps off the brew nicely. A nice citric, grapefruity Cascade aroma is initially noticeable along with some herbal spiciness. Sweet sugary caramel covered bread. I like the hop mix here.

First sip brings a somewhat laid back mix of citric and spicy herbal hops along with a bready, doughy malt background. Hints of caramel peek through along with a slight sour flavor. There's not really as much bitterness as I would like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow carbonation. Quite easy to drink. I could have a few of these no's a nice, enjoyable English IPA.

Photo of nickadams2
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Hazy dark orange with a sticky white head. Plenty of lacing.

S_Citrus,grassy hops, and sweet malt.

T_A more malt forward IPA. Grassy, earthy hops and sweet malt. Hints of caramel and toffee.Bisquity.

M_Medium bodied and slick. Sticks on the lips.

D_Very easy drinking.

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a large fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is grains and an odd mint and floral burnt plastic leather hoppiness.

The flavor is a little odd as well - some sweet fruity malts with a leathery ashy floral hoppiness that has a decent level of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for this one. It had a bunch of strange notes to it.

Photo of Duster72
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky copper with a massive rocky head and thick lacing. Aroma is pleasant blend of pine and grapefruit with an offputting dishsoap smell. Taste is grapefruit, and pine with mild malt sweetness. Very dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is rather thin. Wouldn't want to drink more than one. Relatively average IPA.

Photo of merlin48
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a sampler box. Pours a hazy apricot body, mostly foam from overcarbonation. Body is awash with tiny carbonation bubbles. Huge head is beige in color, retains well and is pitted and rocky.

Aroma is nicely balanced between spicy and floral hops and caramel maltiness. A pleasant note of green apple esters.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and overcarbonated(as all the Arcadia brews).

Taste is spicy and bitter hops, with a note of florals. Pleasant presence of English style maltiness adds a toffee maltiness. Finishes slightly dry with a fresh hops aftertaste. Not bad. Would probably resemble an English IPA if not for the overcarbonation.

Good drinkability, but I wish Arcadia would do something about the overcarbonation that seems so prevalent in their bottled line.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap In Ann Arbor , MI., Poured honey/apricot amber, tiny bubble head and then film, left a delicate coating of fine lacing, nice. Grainy, leafy hop nose. Medium bodied IPA, lots of grainy hop flavor. NIce malt counterpoint adds up a balanced, smooth drinking ale. Slightly watery in the center, but finishes with more hops flavor flowing on the tongue. Pleasant sessioner.

Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you hopdog for including this as an extra in a trade.

Nice thick head on this IPA. Smells nice an hoppy, like I hopped it would. Funny how one can go from malt to hops in no time on their b-day. I owe it to the Foo FIghters for I get around.

Thick, and I mean oily thick IPA here folks. Not a whimpy IPA in the least. This bitch kicks ass and takes names. Not for the "eh yeah, I guess I like hops sometimes" crowd. This is a solid IPA brew.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bort11 for a bottle. The beer foamed over when I opened it and I said "Uh-oh!" It took a good 15 minutes to pour it out because of the foam. Not much of a hoppy smell and it tastes a little flat for an IPA (even an English one). The beer tastes overcarbonated which affects the mouthfeel and drinkability. I will pass on this beer in the future.


Photo of Soonami
1.67/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Unimpressed by Arcadia IPA. There are some very obvious defects in this beer, I'm not sure if it's supposed to be like this. First and foremost, in the aroma, I smell that plastic-y, band-aid, chlorinated smell that I usually correlate with contamination or a hot fermentation. Also, the fact that it's overcarbonated means that it could be an infection. There is bitterness, but this is not a good tasting beer with characteristics that I like. If it's not contaminated, then this is a poorly made beer and either way, I recommend against buying and or drinking this beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark yellow pour, minimal head, aroma was a confluence of grain and alcohol.

Taste, a good deal for the English version. Not as good as hopmouth, but more in line with tradition (which is a negative). It is definitely better than your standard English ipa from the island(s), but in the end, you just want them to push the envelope more into West Coast ipa territory if that's your bag. Toffee is nice and all, but I'd like a little more.

Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber appearance and essentially clearish. Milky head, clings to the glass in pretty nice partial Belgian lace patterns. Flowery aroma, almost similar to a cheap cologne. Pretty full in body, the carbonation is there but quite low in its assertion. First impression nice flavors in some aspects, especially at first (it gets a bit annoying) -- thick and malty but buttery with caramel. Its IPA status may be confirmed by aromatic floral notes that almost verge on candyish overall. Seems schizophrenic in many ways, diacetyl in character and thickish, the English hop profile doesn't quite drag it back and it seems overall odd for the style in a number of ways.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper slightly hazed tone with a full bubbly cream tinted head leaves impressive patches of well dispersed lacing. Aroma: Herbal, floral, and citrus mixture of hops with a tone of nutty caramel malt sweetness chiling there. Taste: Bitter upfront with a citrus twang absorb most of the malts here not as English as I was expecting. Hop flavors are muted a bit by the bitterness I feel that there many other IPAs out there I would go for over this one. Mouthfeel: Medium body slightly sticky enjoyable but a bit forgettable evenly carbonated can't complain too much. Drinkability: A beer that I was happy to try, but I can't say I will miss having a steady supply of this one.

Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I don't know if this has been tweaked, but it's now listed as 6% ABV and seems by memory to be slightly different than a fresh bottle I had of the exact same stuff a couple years ago.

This is a clear, amber-orange colored IPA. A fluffy white head sits on top and, while it doesn't last all that long, never fully dissipates and leaves a thick, sturdy foam that drops some thick lacing down the glass.
The aroma pours out as soon as I open the bottle. This one's pungent, with a nice strength and balance of floral, citrus and resiny hops behind a strong caramel malt. I assume malts are stronger in this one to balance it, as it's in the higher ABV bracket for the style. Anyway, this smells like all kinds of fresh, raw hops as well as tasty malts adding caramel and toffee notes.
The taste is similar with the exception that less of the citrus pulls through, though it does make for a more floral, earthy, raw flavor, and somewhere in the middle a buttery diacetlyic flavor comes through lightly; while it doesn't particularly detract and adds to the toffee aspect, it's not heavy and just sneaks through. The finish is semi-dry.
The body is medium, a little fuller than I remember it being, and goes quite smooth. The malts pull this one through for easy drinking and add some body to it, with a moderate carbonation giving it activity without going overboard.
There's very little that detracts from this brew's drinkability. Either this is underrated or all the reviews are old and it's been tweaked.

Photo of Dwbrju2
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another disappointing IPA with citrusy American hops.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia IPA

Appearance- hazy cloudy orange with a thick head and plenty of lacing.
Smell- strong floral/ pine hops.
Taste- Big burst of pine hops slowly turning into a floral flavor.
Mouthfeel- very smooth with no bitterness.

Overall- A nice IPA, not too strong but a solid IPA that doesn't get very complex. Its nice to have a good ole' IPA once in a while.

Photo of jmz62565
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a medium head that leaves good lacing. The smell is very pungent with a strong citrus hop aroma. Very nice.
The taste is creamy with a mild citrus hop flavor that is very drinkable and delicious. There's not much spice or bitter hops,making this very drinkable with a m/f that's light and well balanced. A very good over all beer that could be an everyday lawnmower brew. Not great,but very drinkable in the English style.

Photo of asabreed
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A mildly hazy copper amber color on the lighter side of things. Decent sheets and drops of white lacing, and a head that never seems to dispel into the body of the brew, though it doesn't stay very far above the top.

Smell: Mild fruit esters, with apples mostly, possible brown sugar sweetness, not a lot of bitterness, but it's sparingly there. Balanced enough, but very much lacking complexity.

Taste: A good balance of fruit esters, apples, a bit of sourness, and a lot of grain and earthiness. I wish the fruit esters were pushed a bit more since this is an English style. Finishes earthy, with lingering subtle fruit esters and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Seemingly good carbonation, though the body seems a little thin after each sip, or it's almost deceptively a little too watery.

Drinkability: A decent brew, if it a little boring. I could certainly drink a few of these, and it's tasty enough for a session, but nothing really makes it stand out. I've had better from Arcadia and hope to keep trying some more, however.

Photo of Magpie14
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a softly clouded ripe orange gold crested with an ecru colored top. Lacing is very pleasant and divides its time between blobs and filmy slabs across the glass. The body remains motionless and almost glows under low lighting

S: smells bring together hearty caramel and malts with a nice snap of citrus (lemon, grapefruit) type of hops with some piney whiffs making headway

T: a small zapping of lemon zest and grapefruit bitterness coats the tongue. I find a stronger dose of hops would serve this IPA right. The body relies on a light pale toasted malt character with ample caramel sweetness. Not a bad bit of flavors going on but nothing seems to really stand out overall. I think the sweet malt profile slashes away at some of the hop flavors and leaves a hole on the this light, I guess it nails the English IPA style pretty close

M: a little meager in body, something seems awry. Nothing hangs on in the flavor profile and the body is much the same. I would say the body houses a mild feel and when paired with smooth carbonation levels makes drinking relatively easy, some dryness is present at the finish

D: not bad and somewhat of a staple for Arcadia's line up. I would reach for other Arcadia brews before this one and when in the mood for an IPA this one is further down the pecking order

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

Honey-colored below cream suds.
Exits the bottle ripe with wet grass and sun-drenched clippings. Golf course perfume. As it rests, it migrates completely towards butter-slathered biscuits.
Begins with a timid caramel maltiness, that immediately surrenders all its sweetness to a somewhat oppressive butter English Muffin ruffian. Glimmers of fruit still exist; primarily apple, pear, and pineapple, but those too, are drown in butter. Yeast driven, and if this isn't Ringwood, it's a fraternal twin. Ends with a introverted, grassy Fuggle twang.
Medium bodied, with a moderate charge that registers somewhere between fluffy and creamy.
If your not turned off by the diacetyl churning yeast machine, this is an extent. Wholly lacking hops for something that claims itself an IPA, even by English standards.

I feel like I'm being generous here, maybe it's that golf course thing.

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

High quality IPA. Cloudy with lace. Grapefruit aroma, moderated in taste by carmel and being well malted. Juicy peach and piney. Heavy carbonation. Thanks Dr. Jay for sharing Medium mouthfeel. .Better than average brew and decent representation of style, and would like to try on tap.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A huge four finger head quickly rose up over the edge of by huge snifter, and as it slowly shrinks it becomes honeycomb-like in appearance and leaves enormous amounts of sticky dry lace on the glass. The amber brew underneath this pretty head is cloudy, littered with yeast particles, and is slightly oily in appearance. The head shows amazing retention, and the lace is a beautiful icy web-work. This beer looks good!

S - The initial smell reminds me of a gentle apricot girly soap...something that I might find in my fiance's massive stash of Bath and Bodyworks products. I think that the main hop scent might be Fuggles, but it's definitely very British and restrained. Juicy apricot is the main fruit component, and some succulent floral notes remind me of a springtime garden in full bloom. Also, it smells a lot like old lady floral perfume. There is a bit of a soapy funk behind the fruit, and it's slightly distracting. It's almost like an asparagus cooked greens smell thats hiding just behind the fruity hops.

T - It's beautiful in the glass, pleasant but a bit funkified in the nose, and loaded with weirdness in the mouth. This has a big green apple tartness, and it retains some of the apricot and peach flavors that were prevalent in the nose, but adds a lot of canned veggies on top of that fruit base. It's almost like taking a can of syrupy apricots and mixing them with a can of mixed vegetables (DMS?). I can't say that it tastes bad, but It's not really something that I care for, but the more I sip it, the more it's starting to grow on me.

M - Zingy carbonation tickles the tongue at first, then rounds out to create a foamy pillowy feel in the mouth. Some greasy hop oils coat my tongue after swallowing, and the finish is nice and hoppy.

D - This is a average-ish English IPA. It's definitely's got the fresh springtime flower garden and perfume thing going on, and it lacks the American citrus and pine hop flavors. I think that this is a good brew to outline the difference between American and English IPA's. A side-by-side tasting of this and something like Sierra Nevada IPA should clear up any confusion between us and the Brits.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, marmalade color with a dense ivory head that drops to a collar but leaves some good lace. The nose displays notes of fruitiness and lightly sweet malt. I think there may be some citrusy hop contributing to the fruity aroma but it's unclear. The body is medium-light and smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and just a light zest on the tongue. This beer takes a turn for the better at tasting, revealing much more character than the appearance or aroma does. Bright hop flavor hits the tongue first, mellowing into a gently fruity malt at the middle, and finishing with an agreeable, long lasting dryness. As you progress through the tasting the malt and hop flavors trade places, playing off each other, always complimentary. Not a big or complex I.P.A, but one with a great balance and interplay of flavors.

Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into the little plastic cup that is what passes for a drinking vessel in my hotel room. Body is golden-orange, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves some lacing (on the plastic cup). Aroma is big on sharp, floral, acrid hops, with a big note of grapefruit. Palate is a little more balanced, with some lightly sweet pale malt to temper the dose of citrusy hops. A nice grapefruity bitterness lingers on the finish.
Body is nice and lively, a bit creamy. Good for the style. This is a very good example of an English-style IPA, which is a nice change of pace from the west coast hop bombs I'm used to. Well done.

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Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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