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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia IPAArcadia IPA

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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 bonbright7
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a few pints of this last night at Dek's American in Rocky Point NY, which received a dry hopped cask of this. It looked good in an orange and brown way and the aroma was getting the attention of the hop heads in our crowd. The grapefruit and lemon twang of the aroma came through in the first taste, which had a slight malt character to it. The taste was merely plain to me in a light to medium body. It took three pints for me to say it was an average ale and the reason I had so much of it was my beer group sanctioned the event of the cask arrival, so we were supporting the team, so to speak.

bonbright7, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle with C/04 notched on the side, whatever that means. Brewed with English 2-row barley and Pacific NW hops. It pours a lightly-hazed amber, with high carbonation that accumulates three fingers of almost frothy head, which deposits lots of lacing as I drink. Earthy and citric in the aroma - nice, but could be more complex. Tastes of citric, piney, earthy and lightly spicy hops that contribute a medium bitterness atop lightly toasted malts; there's a touch of heat in there as well. The body is medium and drying, with a fairly long finish. Pretty good IPA - sessionable for sure - but in the oversaturated IPA market, there are certainly better ones out there.

mmmbeer, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of JustinOSU99
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very nice burnt orange, copper color with a slowly fading head. Looks like it will have solid flavor and taste.

S: Orange rinds, chamomile, and molasses dominate my immediate senses. Almost reminds me of a wheat beer, which is different that the smell I'm used to getting from an IPA.

T: Again, this beer has so many characteristics of a wheat beer. The taste is very orangy, with spice following up right behind it. Any tartness diminishes quickly and you are left with a pretty clean taste.

M: Heavily carbonated, but rather refreshing. Sits nicely on the tongue for a moment and then disapates.

D: A different tasting IPA for me, but I did enjoy it while I was relaxing and catching some TV. Would recommend for someone who enjoys a wheat beer but would like a little more kick.

JustinOSU99, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a real pretty copper color with a huge white head that laces all the way down, its really pretty. the smell is just as good, lots of piney hops dominate the nose. taste is pretty good, has a nice piney hop taste to it, has a strong bitterness to it, almost too strong. mouthfeel is fine and so is the drinkability.

1fastz28, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense amber color and is seemingly cloudy. This beer has a huge light yellowish head. I had to wait for the head to subside several times to fit the bottle in the glass.

Aroma is decently hoppy. Fairly floral and slightly grassy but not much else going on.

Taste is ok, there is a decent bitterness that accompanies the grassy and floral tones of the hops.

Mouth is medium bodied with tons of carbonation.

Drinkability is low to moderate. Tatse is pretty average.

Goliath, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of bjoyce12
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, solid choice for an IPA. Pours a darker amber color, almost a copper. Lots of foam. Both good signs for an IPA, IMHO. Nice aroma, can pick up the hops, slightly floral, but not too strong nor overwhelming. The taste is this brew's strong point. Strong hops, excellent aftertaste. No sweetness nor noticeable alcohol burn. Made me want another.

bjoyce12, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head that recedes slowly with lots of lace on the glass. Leaves a solid dome. Very cloudy with a dark amber color.

MIlder aroma than expected, but still quite traditional--closer to British than American in style.

Dry flavors with light malt. Very strong hop finish (as would be expected). The aftertaste is long lasting and lip puckering from the hop. The body is rich with an appreciable amount of carbonation.

This is a fine IPA with a welcoming nod to its origins. While the hops dominate, they are not overpowering like some. The malt is also on the low side, providing for a relatively nice balance for this style.

smcolw, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of budducci
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head rose very fast and took several pours to empty the bottle. The head did look very firm and dense.

Dark brown-amber in color, small bubbles that feel good on the tongue. Mild hop flavor for an IPA, definitely different from the current trend of seeing how much hopps a beer can take.

Good beer overall, but not outstanding.

budducci, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of timmy2b
2.17/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass, poured with a heavy head that forced me to stop pouring to wait for head to decrease, first time thats happened in a while

Has a lighter mouthfeel but is has a slightly bitter and has a fruity aftertaste

has a very nice color and a white/offwhite head to it

The English Barley smell is nice, but is a little strong, almost overwhelming

Going to finish drinking this one,but I will not be heading back out to the store to get any more. I would expect a different taste and a lot more out of an IPA

timmy2b, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very good hazy amber brown color, almost murky. 3/4 inch pillowy, white head. Very good retention. Recesed to hilly uneven bumpy coating that left really great lace. A dichotomy in the appearance department with a great looking head and not so great looking beer beneath.

S-Fruity hops, carmel malt, biscuit malt, stone fruit.

T-Big sweet malt up front Stone fruit, peaches and plums, earthy english hops, citrus rind bitteness.

M-medium body, creamy carbonation

D-not bad I could have a few.

jackorain, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper in color, slightly hazy with small particulate stuff. Decent lacing and a ring of foam that stays.

S - Strong floral hop smell. Also some malty smell.

T - Good amount of hop character, but it's not a lingering bitterness, which I like. A very clean IPA.

M - Medium fullness, and a sparkling amount of carbonation.

D - A good middle of the IPA, not to strong and very clean on the pallet.

enfield249, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn! Just as I barely cracked the cap on this beer and it blasted CO2 all over. It didn't overflow at all, but it took a long time to pour into the glass. The body is a nice amber color with an (as mentioned before) overwhelming white head. This had a little age on it, so the hops were probably a bit subdued from their fresh state. There was just a hint of hop aroma left. The flavor had a lot of caramel in it with just a little bittering in there. This beer is on the wrong side of the hop/malt scale. The mouthfeel is pretty much the only redeeming quality. It is medium bodied and it works well. If this wasn't billed as an IPA I would have rated it much higher.

drseamus, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sizable cream colored head tops off a hazy coppered color brew. Fair amount of lace. Nice floral hop scent eminates from the glass backed by sweet malt. Taste is fronted by a sweet caramel malt, but is dominated by a nice predominately floral malt, with some bitter elements as well. Nice berry tones as well. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Pretty solid IPA.

Tballz420, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of DaggerEyes
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

apricot colored with a huge four finger foamy head which settled into a thin head that remained throughout. Tons of lacing on the walls of the glass.

a tame nose for an IPA bitter slight cirtus scent, mixed with subtle bready malts

bitter hops lack complexity of any real flavor other than "bitter" slight citrus notes and some subtle hints of tropical fruits or apricot.

Thin bodied with light carbonation

over all a fairly average beer, not awful but I can't say I'll be picking this IPA up again any time soon

DaggerEyes, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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 British...it'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.

pmcadamis, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes courtesy of BARLEYWINEO

Pours a ever-so hazed amber with 3+ fingers of pillowy eggshell-white head. Hazing clears a little. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Citrussy (lemons & orange) & floral hops with a little breadyness

T: Lemony & peppery hops & little grainy breadyness up front. Grapefruitty hops & caramel surfaces as this warms. Finishes biscuitty with lemony hops & some dryness, plus a little warmth

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation & great balance

Drank easy, a solid EIPA, that I could session on, no problem

russpowell, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of Dalem
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky orange in color and the smell of sour green apples, a bit of caramel and a hint of hops. Sorta odd for an IPA it seemed. Isn't that more of an Amber Ale thing?
Tastewise it's pretty medium body with that apple coming through and sweet malt. Medium bodied and crisp...but HARDLY A TASTE OF HOPS! What?! Are they sure this is an IPA? What variation of the theme is this? I don't necessarily want a some kinda over the top pucker-up hop smack in every IPA out there but I when I have one I expect them to be there. That's why they're one of my favorites...and it ain't happening here.
This kinda leaves me in a conundrum because this is a decent tasting beer...if it were sold as an Amber I'd probably be getting a little more excited about this but since it says IPA on the label and has both a Union Jack and a tallship on it-that's enough indicators to me be expecting one in the English style and that's not what I got.

Dalem, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky golden-orange color with a huge, frothy cream colored head. The smell is not overwhelming, obviously hoppy (citrus) but also slightly sweet. The taste is similar to the nose, not overpowering. The hoppiness is citrusy, slightly piney and there is a pretty good malt balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a frothy carbonation. Overall, a drinkable beer and while it isn't an "extreme" IPA it is well done and enjoyable.

gmfessen, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: nice rusty orange color with hints of brown with three quarters of an inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a nice ring of lace aound the edge of the glass
s: the initial aroma is kind of sweet but that is quickly replaced with hop aroma that is piny with notes of sour citrusness
t: piny bitter hop flavor with a nice malt backbone very enjoyable
m: medium bodied beer with average carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew, went very nicely with hot wings

happygnome, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chonyr for bringing this back to the great white north.

A nice looking IPA. Big three finger light tan coloured head, somewhat sudsy, but pretty good retention. Almost a pale brown with its deep amber, coppery body. Should have been more careful on the pour, didnt realize there was some chunks in this one. Sticky little clumps of lace cling inside the glass.

Decent nose of floral, citrusy hops with a mild, earthy woodiness underneath the hop aroma. Caramel and crusty bread from the malts.

Honeyed bicuit, crusty bread, hints of lightly roasted nuts and caramel from the malts, make for a solid malt backbone. Perhaps too malty for an IPA. Decent but muted hops, with floral citrus, grapefruit, and a mild, earthy woodiness.

Richly malted, perhaps more of an APA, as i appreciated the hops but wanted more. Almost dry in the finish, mildly astringent, and refreshing with its crisp level of carbonation.Nice medium body.

Pretty drinkable, and approachable for the style. Would make a great introduction to the style. A little too substantial for session fare, but it would be easy enough to knock a couple of these back. A nice brew that i will remember in case i need to introduce someone to the style, or feel like a solid APA (which is more where this fits in my opinion).

demcorhip, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a mild malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. The hops are present and seem to give off a grapefruity aroma along with a fruity yeast element. The taste is average as well. It has a pale and light crystal malt flavor along with mild hop flavor. It's not overly bitter, but the yeasty finish spoils the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent IPA. It's true to the English style, although it's not a very good representation.

WesWes, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy apricot with a surprising amount of yeast sediment. Head is full and creamy with sheets of lacing.

Aroma is herbal and citrus hops along with a nice bit of caramel malt. Mild and balanced.

Taste is full of peppery citrus hop with herbal undertones. Caramel malt has a slight butteryness to it, along with a hint of nut. Finish has a lingering herbal quality that is a little over pronounced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little too much carbonation.

Overall a drinkable brew, but doesn't quite fit the style. It gets better as it warms. Certainly worth a try.

Blakaeris, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of becktone
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: This brew looks great. It pours a nice golden orange with excellent lacing and a large off white head which leads to some excellent lacing as well as excellent head retention. I would give this a 5, however the previous IPA I drank out of the sampler pack was infected leading to a large over-sized head with excellent retention and lacing, could be the same case here.

Nose: Pretty potent nose on this one. Even though my window is open, once this beer was poured I noticed a definite change in the smell of the room, a distinct beer aroma entered. Its got a pretty balanced aroma, first there are some hops upfront, however, the more I take in of the brew's aromatics the more the malts tend to take the lead with biscuit, bread like, toasted, and sweet caramel aromas.

Tongue: Not all that much hop character here. However, this is an English IPA so that is to be expected. The hops are there in just enough amounts to balance out the malt character, which really drives the brew here. Malt character is a bit nutty, toasty, and biscuit like. Hops are spicy.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The body, in my opinion, is medium with just a bit too much carbonation-especially when you've got that large head in front of your nose, though it lessens a bit as the head gets a bit smaller. Finishes semi dry leaving a spicy hop aftertaste and feel in the back of your throat after each swallow. I'd not be opposed to buying this beer again, however I much prefer American IPAs to English ones, and even more so I'd not come back to this brew until I've sampled some more of the English varieties.

becktone, Aug 01, 2007
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
Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.