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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

1060 OG; 41 IBU
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Ratings: 642 | Reviews: 346
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Siciliano's Specialty Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pours a beautiful hazed copper hue with amber edges, a thick off-white cap, and loads of stringy lacing on the tulip. Looks fantastic in the glass.

Smell is flowery hops, perfume, sulphur, green apple, hard water, apricot, orange pekoe tea, lemon zest, bread dough, and nectarine. Completely nails the style.

Taste is juicy, floral, and tannic hops upfront, faint caramel, earthy and resinous flavours precede a strong abrasive bitterness (overdone IMO) with bruised peach and biscuit on the cough. An appetizing and surprisingly refreshing brew, but the 41 IBUs are too prominent for an English IPA, producing an aspirin-like bitterness that scrapes the palate. This needs more balance, and you almost never hear me say that.

Mouthfeel is silky, light side of medium-bodied, soft carbonation, bold astringent bitterness lingers in the long, off-dry finish.

Overall, while this is a decent stab at a traditional India pale ale, the excessive bitterness holds it back from being great. I'd gladly drink this if it was offered to me by a friend, and would probably grab a half pint if I saw it on tap, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a full 6-pack. It's a quaffable IPA that could use some tweaking.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -42.7%
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 tectactoe
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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 problem...it's a nice, enjoyable English IPA.

Photo of nickadams2
3.91/5  rDev +12%
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 danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
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 TTripp725
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Duster72
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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 iemailjack
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of merlin48
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +10.3%
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 +14.6%
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 Skye1024
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
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 virinow
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Soonami
1.67/5  rDev -52.1%
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 vince_arch_beer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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 -7.4%
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 -1.1%
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 mrosenfeld32
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JIMTRK16
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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