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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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345 Reviews
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Reviews: 345
Hads: 653
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 31 | 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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Reviews: 345 | Hads: 653
Photo of CMUbrew
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (505 characters)

Photo of Forb
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of spartanfan
2.52/5  rDev -29.6%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,503 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light amber with a good light cream head that lingers nicely. Little lacing.

Aroma is biscuity malt with light bitter floral and citrus hops.

Upfront taste is slightly bitter floral and lemony hops with a light malt presence. Biscuity malt middle. Kind of odd finish of lemon, floral hops, a little orange peel ... somewhat tropical fruit-ish? Finish is hard to describe.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly creamy. Clean finish.

Kind of a lightly flavored IPA--good for a hot day but underwhelming for the most part, especially compared to it's "American IPA" counterparts. More similar to an ESB.

7/21/2011 (647 characters)

Photo of climax
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one comes out a bright copper, clarity is pretty good. The head is an even two fingers, retention isn't fantastic, but it doesn't look flat.

The nose is English in character for sure. Noble hop varieties expel grassy flavors from the aroma above slightly sweet toffee-like malt sweetness. Some fruity esters from deep within start to emerge as I dwell in further. Not a whole lot of intensity in there, but the flavors mingle together nicely.

Tartness overwhelms the mouth upon entry. Sour and bitter tones seem kind of messy as the beer struggles to achieve any sort of order. Only fleeting dashes of sweetness and toasty flavors come in to try and straighten things up. The finish is loooong and bitter, definitely aiding to drinkability.

It's very smooth and slick, there's enough body and carbonation to keep things positive. Not the best beer to come out of the woodwork. (886 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this review in one of my old beer notebooks that I was going through.

This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color. There is about 2-fingers of off-white head resting on top. The head has decent retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass. The nose has a nice citrusy piney hop aroma to it, and there is a good amount of malty sweetness here as well. There are also some scents of caramel, fruit, and some toffee. The taste follows the nose pretty well. It is hop forward and there is a sweet malty backbone. There are some other flavors of caramel, toffee, citrus, and some fruity esters. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness, citrus, and a bit of sweetness behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a nice smooth quality to it. There is a good amount of piney hop bitterness here. Some sweetness is in the background, and it balances out the bitterness pretty well. The hop bitterness lingers on the palate for a bit. This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down good and the flavor is nice. I could drink a few of these in an evening. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a nice example of the style. I think it is worth checking out, I would drink this one again. (1,277 characters)

Photo of NuggetNectar22
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color. A little light. Nice head retention and lace around the glass.

S: Delicious. Piney-Hoppy nose.

T: I enjoyed this beer a lot. I'm an IPA guy and I'll be buying this one again.

M: Slightly carbonated, but generally nice.

O: I really like this beer. They don't distribute this in upstate NY, so it's a treat I will buy again when I visit my brother in Cleveland. (379 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy amber pour. Okay head and retention.

S: Caramel malt along with a little citrus/pine hop.

T: Opposite of the smell. Citrus and especially pine hop are surprisingly strong. Nice caramel malt throughout.

M: Mid-range, prickly carbonation.

O: Interesting style. It's basically halfway between a milder english pale and a hoppy india pale ale. Not bad but not spectacular. (382 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Arcadia IPA...which is an English Style IPA...so there is not much scent or taste outside of what you would call normal. The beer poured a tan clear with very thin white head that is not lacing. The scent and taste are a fresh hop with a slight malt balance. The mouthfeel is medium to light beer with good carbonation. Overall, a tasty beer that is worth a try if you like English style IPAs. (404 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this IPA from a bottle into a pint glass. This IPA poured an orangish color and produced an off white head. Good Head retention and lacing. The aroma of this IPA is decent, not as strong as I would like it to be for an IPA. Notes of malt and citrus grapefruit shine through. This beer is medium in body, malt backbone and bit on the sweet side. Decent amount of citrus grapefruit hops. Decent mouthfeel, good starter IPA, nothing that makes it stand out however. (469 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Light amber body with two fingers of near white head.

S: Toasty, bready malts are clear. The hops are a bit on the citrus side for an EIPA. Not bad, but not what I expected.

T: Not too bitter, but there is a clear tropical hop flavour. Maltiness is there all the time, keeping the hops from taking over, but not providing quite the right amount of balance.

D: Its pretty drinkable stuff. Heavier for an EIPA and tasty, but not outstanding.

Overall: Its a tricky style, where you have to balance the delicate (not overly-assertive) hops perfectly against a fragile malt profile. This one doesn't screw it up, but doesn't shine either. I much prefer Goose Island's IPA to this one. (733 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,295 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with large off-white head, decent retention. Spotty lacing and foamy film.

S: Very sweet..almost candy like. Orange citrus and caramel malts. Not terrible, but not exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA.

T: Very similar to the nose. Super sweet, candied orange, sweet malt. To be perfectly honest, this kind of tastes like someone's partial-extract homebrew.

M: Nothing bad here. Medium bodied with a bitter, dry finish.

O: I can't recommend any IPA fan to buy this beer. My initial impression from the nose and taste was this seems an awful lot like a homebrew. Oh well..at least I got a sweet cap out of it. (644 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a decent looking copperish gold color with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing was pretty good looking on the glass. The smell had a good amount of hoppy aromas and to it along with a nice balance of malts. The taste of the beer was hoppy and finished with a good amount of bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty smooth with a nice little hop bite on the sides of the tongue. Overall this brew was pretty good. (453 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with a dense, rocky off-white head. Smells of vague citrus fruit rind. The taste begins with a sweet orange, followed by a very herbal, caramel middle, and a hint of rye bread. The finish is citrus fruit rind. Mouthfeel is creamy, pretty high carbonation. Overall a good beer. (321 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a copper amber color with an unfiltered look. A dollop of white foam rests on top, and it demonstrates brilliant retention and leaves a sheet of lace down the glass.

Smell: Biscuity malt with a light sweet quality to it, with a blend of soft citrus hops.

Taste: The taste is fairly simple and follows the nose nicely. A soft biscuity malt starts lightly sweet. The hops are mostly grapefruit in nature, with some soft orange zest. The finish is a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: This is a little bit thin for my taste. The carbonation is nice and creamy, and although there is a light graininess, it is nice and smooth.

Overall: This does not fall into the explosive IPA category, but it is pleasant and drinkable. (785 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. No bottling date is present on the bottle. Thanks to pocwolf for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy amber. 1/4 finger thin white head, that's barely there. Some carbonation rolling off bottom of glass. A few floaties.

S: There is no bottle date but I assume this is a bit old. I get lots of breadiness from the nose. Mild if any hop character. Almost more of a pale ale smell.

T: Taste is better than the smell. There is actually some piney hop character in there. You get a little on the tip of the tongue, but the breadiness takes over mid-mouth. It's a little over balanced on the malt side. Finish is again, on the pale ale side.

M: Light leading to medium bodied. Session IPA.

O: I don't hate it as an IPA, I just don't love it as an example. It reads pale ale all over it. (823 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle picked up from the brewery store fridge.

Pours a cloudy brown with a tinge of orange at the highlights, topped by sticky looking head with sticky lacing.

Loads and loads of caramel in the aroma. Earthiness.

Taste is mildly fruity, like red grapes, a little raisiny. Not enough hop flavour or bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, thin, and it's a tad watery. For how it smells and tastes I expected something with a lot more body.

Overall it's on par with a lot of the English IPAs I have tried. That's not necessarily a good thing. You know, now that I think about it it kind of reminds me of a watered down English barley wine. Bah. (647 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy orange or copper with slight head that held up

S- sweet with citrus

T- hits me with hops and malt. finishing a little bitter.

M- medium body, lingers on the tongue

O- Solid beer for the style, The abv makes it a good session-able beer. Will buy it again (268 characters)

Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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