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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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594 Ratings
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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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:
1060 OG; 41 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002)
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Photo of surlyseth
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I see a hazy darker amber. A delicate pour yields a carbonated head (pretty and fluffy).

Not much doing in the nose department. Malty and a little sweet.

Tastes kind of malty, but well balanced. A little hoppy, a little bitter. Kind of sweet, too.

The carbonation is agreeable if you let it hang out for a bit. Fizzy, but not difficult.

Drinkable, yes. But it doesn't excite me like other IPAs. In fact, this doesn't really seem like an IPA to me. It's got an oldish-tasting malt that throws me off. It's not bad, just not a good IPA selection.

surlyseth, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Vancer for this brew.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy dark golden color, nice carbonation, a nice two-finger creamy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, hoppy, citrusy, slight piney, and some caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, slighty citrusy/piney, some caramel. With almost every brew I've had from Arcadia, there seems to be a sour note thrown in, in some brew's way to much. This brew has a slight sourness to it, this should not be in a IPA. Medium body. Drinkable, I was really looking forward to the Arcadia brew's I got in trade, so far a bit dis-appointed.

Wasatch, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of jimdkc
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured hazy amber with a huge head (too much carbonation!) Head dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a bit of lace.

Slightly floral hop aroma.

Taste has fruity, kind of bubble-gum notes, followed by a light grapefruity hoppiness with some piney notes. Slightly sweet malt flavor.

Fizzy with a medium body.

OK drinkability... but not something I'd crave.

jimdkc, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy, amber with steady, visible carbonation and good head development. Smell is fairly mild with a spicy hoppiness more akin to an American IPA instead of the English style. Taste is earthy and slightly bitter with a sour, off-flavor that I just can't place. Mouthfeel is very dry and somewhat slick. Drinkability is okay, but I wasn't very impressed with this offering. I find that Arcadia's Angler Pale Ale is a better choice.

hammer09, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Phatz
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am at a loss. What to do with this beer / review. This is not at all what I expected from an English IPA. I actually went back to check the bottle and make sure I got it right. There is a big farmhouse funkiness that is just not right. What is up? Maybe this particular bottle is infected I looked at other comments and no mention the sourness. Yes it is floral and acidic. A perfumey minty nose with a grapefruit pine flavor, but in both there is a rotten peach sourness that might be what I was looking for in a Lambic but makes a bad IPA.

I will try another bottle. Maybe this one was mishandled but I am not a fan.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of Stimack
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured to cloudy amber/dull golden color with a pretty good sized white head that had some nice retention and did leave a good amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma has a noticeable hop scent, mostly citrus with a light but sweat malt smell, but also has a slight off scent that I can not put my finger on, slightly sour? The taste is pretty nice, a lot of hops are noticeable giving it a grapefruit like favor and the malts are there as well but somewhat hidden. Over all the taste of this brew seems to be better than the scent, the off scent that I continue to notice does not translate to the taste. Over all this is a afar brew, just think that there are many more English and American IPA’s out there that I would grab first.

Stimack, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Beaver13, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Reed415
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange color with tons of head due to way to much carbonation

S - Fruit, sweet malt, not as much as I would expect and like

T - Soft hops, bittersweet malt, and some notes of fruit

M - Medium bodied, over carbonated, the bottle I drank need to be poured and let sit for a while.

D - Decent beer, not hoppy enough for an IPA

Reed415, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of montageman
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice.

A: Pale orange with a lot of sediment floating around. A decent, if not overly dense, head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Fruity almost like bubblegum. If you really try, you get a little pine and a touch of citrus - this does not smell like a typical IPA.

T: Ruby red grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of orange. Refreshing and crisp, not bad at all.

M: Crisp, moderate carbonation lends a slight dryness.

D: Nothing too shocking here. Easy to drink, but not spectacular which is like most of the Arcadia beers I've tasted. Mild recommendation.

montageman, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a 05/03/07 drink by date. It has a medium amber color that is very clear with lots of rising bubbles. The head is thick, off-white in color with great retention and lacing.

There is a light to medium aroma of citrus oil, leafiness, but sweeter smelling than most IPAs. The flavor is slightly grainy at first with only a minimal amount of hop bitterness. It is just not apparent like most of the style. More like a pale ale than an IPA, though it is not bad.

abcsofbeer, May 18, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I screwed up by having the Arcadia after a Furious, but it did make for an interesting comparison.

This critter seemed weak legged and impotent. Pour was OK – amber brown and a creamy ivory head. But the aroma of a woody citrus was the start of the weakness. Quaff was average in all aspects, citrus and Perfumery, of all things, with a semi-soapy finish. Decent, just nothing very good about it - but for an English IPA it pretty much fits the bill.

Wouldn’t go outa my way for another.

Vancer, May 08, 2007
Photo of adams82
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper colour with a big, thick and rocky white head which leaves a ton of lacing in it's wake. Smells of floral and pungent hops dominate the nose with a hint of sweetness lingering in the background. Tastes of lightly toasted, slightly sweet malts with a very dominant floral hop variety that turns a little spicy on the finish. Fairly soft and mild, not assertive, just what I'd expect from an English IPA. Medium to full bodied, a nice amount of carbonation; this is a highly drinkable beer!

As with each Arcadia brew I've had, this has a very "English" character throughout the aroma and flavor. It is very nice to see an American brewer successfully attempt such a style in the English tradition!

adams82, May 03, 2007
Photo of bashiba
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Porued a cloudy copper with a thick creamy head, nice and sticky with good retention.

Smell had a nice floral hop quality with some light apple and pineapple.

Taste was a very balanced IPA. Had a nice toasted malt backbone with some nice green hop flavors, some fruit notes and a touch of mint in the finish.

Mouthfeel was light with nice carbonation.

A good easy to drink IPA, very English in style and balance. Nicely done.

bashiba, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy amber...foamy head that drops quickly....not much lacing.
Faint floral hop smell....some metal.
Flavor is kind of weak....slightly metallic bready malt...mild citrus hops.
Mouthfeel is also on the light side. carbonation was medium.
Overall , just not that great...too weak is all aspects. Thin.

Hautacam, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of phisig137
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber color, with a creamy one finger head. Decent retention leaves behind a good amount of thick lace. Label is punched C4... whatever that means

Aroma is not so hot. Loads of buttery diacetyl, and some faint stale hops. Not very pleasant.

Flavor is much the same. Big time diacetyl, slight caramel malt sweetness, and zero hop flavor. Smooth bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and relatively light. Drinkability is decent.

An overall lackluster IPA, an a poorly made one at that. Way too much diacetyl/butterscotch. Zero hop aroma or flavor. I'm glad I got this bottle for free.... I would have been severly disappointed if I paid for it. Even getting it for free, I wouldn't take another free one home if it were offered. Don't bother...

phisig137, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Duster72, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 3-18-07

Pours a cloudy and yeasty light tan with a sparse head and lacing.

Smells very sweet and fruity.

Taste is grassy and earthy hops, with a weak and very sweet malt character.

Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation fits the style.

Drinkability is not so good, the flavor isn't that great.

Overall a disappointing beer from Arcadia. I need to stop trying these English IPAs.

BMoney575, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of xav33
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arcadia India Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Unknown bottling (notched F4), shipped out 02/07.
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured a hazy dark amber with a large frothy and fluffy off-white mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong pineapple, gummi peach candy, flowery hops, light bread.

Taste was upfront moderate perfume hops and rosewater and sweet peach candy followed by a strong bitter green grassy hops and moderate bitter mushroom yeastiness on a long bitter finish.

Palate was medium bodied, oily, moderately astringent and lively carbonated.

Overall, this is a great English style IPA. The classic peach flavors are there. Soft and subdued British style. English IPA's are one of my favorite styles, so a bit of a skew in the scoring, but even for the style it gets strong points.

xav33, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a very cloudy burnt orange color. Very hazy with large, prominent bubbles floating to the top. Excellent foamy head. Now THIS looks like a beer. Frosty lace, lookin' good...

Fantastic hop aroma. The hops have a floral and woody scent. Very very strong. Has a slight hint of mild oak flavor.

Very smooth hop flavor with a bitter bit toward the end. Has the flower-hop taste with a mild oaky malt base. The oak is not overstated, very subtle.

Thick and bubbly, sticks around after the facst, but doesn't leave a film or anything. A strong, flavorful IPA. The oak does a nice job of dulling the sharpness of the hops. It's a very nice beer indeed.

williamherbert, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clouded medium orange to red colored liquid. A third of an inch high white head shrank to a thin coating before retaining. Goodly amount of carbonation in the glass. Web laces glass.

Acidic citrus aroma is the most dominant. Lemons and grapefruit combination. Light plastic scent coating a pine note. Also has a gritty powder dishwasher detergent quality.

Grainy taste of hops is present but tempered more by malt then the aroma is. Fruit note is definitely citric, but is a little to weak to identify specifically. Taste is overall average.

Just an average mouthfeel. Carbonation tingle is present without much to shift flavors and feeling on the tongue.

A truly average beer. This one would work with grilled jumbo shrimp. Nothing to challenge the style or impress the tastebuds. You won't miss much if you skip this one.

RedChrome, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of orfeu
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach with a formidable off-white head, creamy and cratered. Barrage of grapefruit pith in the nose, with a caramel sweetness lurking underneath. Bitter and citric, but with somewhat "watery" flavor. This is not unpleasant, exactly. In fact it's sort of refreshing. But it still subtracts a bit from the overall force of what seems to have been conceived as a tasty hop bill. We've got grapefruit and slight spruce notes, as well as a satisfying biscuit malt finish. Lovely pine burps. Thinnish, juicy mouthfeel; nothing stellar but very quenching all the same. Without a doubt, very easy to drink. 5.9% abv makes for a sure-fire session IPA. Not the sort of IPA to blow anyone away, but it's as fine an example of a solid craft brew as any.

orfeu, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of JDK
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Does every beer from this company open with so much carbonation?? Had to almost dribble the pour down the side if the glass to keep from filling the glass up with foam
3 Finger head that lingered for quite q while but you could drink through it pretty easy
Nice citus taste with a nice mouhfeel
Carbonation is rather on the stronge side but I prefer that over a flat beer anytime.
Real good IPA that I will try again soon

JDK, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy amber with a one-finger head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of mild citrus with a brown-sugar-like sweetness in the background.

The taste is of citrusy orange. Hops are supported by a honeyish maltiness. Hops stay ahead of the malt, as per style, but is balanced for the style.

The body thins a bit too much, but stays within medium-bodied. It has a certain creaminess about it, but lacks the hop bite of the style.

This is smooth and easy-to-drink. Relatively moderate abv for style also adds to drinkability, as the alcohol is hardly noticeable. I expected a more English-style IPA, as there is a British ship and flag on the label, and it is designated as such. But, the hop profile is American. It is a milder, more-balanced interpretation of an IPA that uses American hops.
It's not a great one, but a nice one, nevertheless, especially if you are looking for a milder, easy-drinking IPA with enough taste to be satisfying.

jwc215, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

jmz62565, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very orangish and hazy body, with a vast amount of carbination. It produces a good slightly yellowish white head that retains extremely well. This brew is easily aggitated and takes a while to pour a whole glass.

It gives off a good floral hops aroma, and a slight bit of orangish/lemony fragrances. Tastes extremely fruity, a bit of grapefuit characteristic here. It finishes with a slight sweet malt flavor. This starts off with a swift kick to the palate and finishes moderately warm. Overall a good version of IPA, and I'd never snub my nose at this.

TheSarge, Jan 30, 2007
Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.