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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia IPAArcadia IPA

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574 Ratings
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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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 orfeu

New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 23:59:36 | More by orfeu
Photo of JDK


3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 02:36:28 | More by JDK
Photo of jwc215


3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 00:24:40 | More by jwc215
Photo of jmz62565


4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 02:30:38 | More by jmz62565
Photo of TheSarge


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 01:30:30 | More by TheSarge
Photo of riversider76

New York

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

Pours amber/orange. Thin head, with some retention,and good lacing. Smell is of malt, and earthy hops,with a hint of citrus. Body is medium, and creamy.Taste is sweet up front, with a slightly bittered finish. Nice refreshing citrus through out. Recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 00:51:56 | More by riversider76
Photo of shirfan

New York

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

Orange color with a very sticky but thin layer of foam. Slightly translucent.

Smells very malty with honey and orange notes.

Definitely an English-style IPA -- focused a bit more on malt, with an earthy, wood-like undertone. Light citric and leafy hops with subdued bitterness and mild carbonation. Starts mildly sweet, gets a bit dry by the finish.

Not bad, would be a nice "background" beer to drink with a hearty meal.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 21:32:36 | More by shirfan
Photo of zeff80


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a three-finger, foamy head. Great lacing.

S - It smelled of hops, grass and floral notes.

T - It tasted very sweet and malty with a good dose of hop bite. It also had a nutty'grainy quality.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - Great English IPA. Very impressive appearance and good taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 04:20:03 | More by zeff80
Photo of SkinnyElvis


2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 00:48:45 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light orange, has a laid back iced tea appearance with a 1/4 inch well maintained frothy head. Citrus hops and sweet malts coupled with some caramel, not as juiced up in the aroma department for the IPA style. Mellow fruity hops, apple peel and warmed orange juice. Caramel malts, and fuggles hops are blended well together, very little carbonation, creamy backbone. A very cleansing palate and a finish that is reminded of a decent slice of apple pie. A great English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 01:10:52 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Ripe pumpkin orange with a superfine dusting of yeast. Atop the beer sits an alabaster colored cap that is almost dark enough to be considered light ecru. It has a tight-bubbled texture and looks good as it deflates. A much better than average amount of BB-shot lace is yet another positive.

The nose is okay for an APA, but an IPA needs to be more pungently hoppy. Why is this an English IPA? It's hard to believe that the beer will taste very English with some of America's finest hops (Columbus) dominating the palate.

As expected, this Aracadia offering tastes like a classic New World IPA. Each mouthful brings a minor blast of white grapefruit and lemon zest that could be classified as bitingly bitter. No hophead will be seriously challenged, though. That's okay, all IPAs don't need to be tongue shredders.

Beneath the hops is a pale malt backbone, with just a hint of caramel, that is sweeter than most. Perhaps all those malt sugars are responsible for keeping the alpha acids in check. Warming brings the expected increase in flavor intensity, while not changing the general flavor profile much at all.

The mouthfeel is close to good. However, it doesn't hang in there long enough to get the higher score. Most people will probably think it's fine, but I expect more out of an IPA. Laid back carbonation is fine.

Arcadia's big beer (Hopmouth DIPA, Imperial Stout, London Porter) is outstanding, while their less than big beer is merely good. This offering is a pretty good American IPA that has the unfortunate luck to be brewed in the same state as Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Founders Centennial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 14:40:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep hazy copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront citrus hop with a mild sweet grain. Traces of diacetyl.

The taste consisted of a medium bodied malt with a slight buttery diacetyl flavor. There was a mild spicy hop presence. Solid biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side.

Overall a decent EIPA. Certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 01:56:43 | More by plaid75
Photo of alexgash


2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Full head of steam released with the opener. A bit of a gusher. Apricot golden body with a giant, rocky, yeast-flecked head. Looks like a goddamn Belgian brew! Nose of sugary malts, some Belgian funk yeast, hay, and biting, slightly vitamin-y hop fumes. Interesting. Is this an old bottle? I bought it 5 days ago from a reputable store… Biscuity, lightly fruity and sugary malt base up front. Overcarbonated feel that lifts the beer off the tongue before it should. Hmm… Tart, staleish, piney hop bitterness finishes. Off, but drinkable due to the fact that it kind of reminds me of Orval. Better ask the store about this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 20:45:52 | More by alexgash
Photo of bort11


3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Pretty fizzy looking head about a half inch high, which recedes to a 1/4 inch cap that lasts to the end. Color is a coppery orange. Smell is a little sour and bitter. It's not bad, just not what I'm used to in an IPA. Taste is nothing like the smell, weird. Taste is floral and light. A bit of coriander and herbal flavors. Mouthfeel is light and a bit on the creamy side. I'm feeling very middle of the road with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 04:07:59 | More by bort11
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rust orange color with a trace of brown. Dense head of orange-ish white foam which billows above the glass. Nice.

S: Hop oils and fresh sweet pine. Mild citrus. I think i'm in for a treat...

T: Well rounded hops and grapefruit flavors. Hints of pine and grains. Not as powerful as anticipated.

M: Carbonation comes to bat. Nice feeling on the palate. Slightly oily and syrupy, yet not overly thick or chewy.

D: Could be a sessioner. Worth exploring for those new to the style.

Notes: Good, but not knockout. If I was craving hops, this would do, but I'd head for Two-Hearted Ale first.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 01:20:03 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Realale


3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear full gold. Thick, almost sticky extremely fine white head that holds at half an inch throughout the pint, leaving nice lacing.

Nose is spot-on modern English-style IPA. Solid base of crackery malt lies under an aromatic whack of fresh hops. It strays from the English idiom, in that the hops are quite citric and thus seem of U.S. origin. Whatever they are, they meld well with the malt to make a complete nose, with no element overpowering the other. Not overly complex, but quite nice.

Much better in the mouth than the bottled version. There is fullness and roundness to the malt that is not present in the bottle. Again, well-balanced throughout between the malt and hops. Ends with a lingering bitter, hoppy finish. Not the most complex again, but solid.

Mouthfeel is much better than the bottle as well. Round with a non-obtrusive level of carbonation. Very drinkable, and a very nice dinner companion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2006 01:29:53 | More by Realale
Photo of UnionMade


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today, seems like a MI invasion of Connecticut, what with no less than three MI breweries offering their stuff in the state within the past year or so.
Violent uncapping, opening with a loud pop. Pours with a huge white head, medium amber with flecks of yeast settling to the bottom. Looks like it should be past date, but the aroma suggests not. The packaging code is F4, which according to the website means it was bottled on 12/23/05. over 6 months old? What gives? F-you, CT distributors. Citrusy hops, orange and lemon. Meek malt presence. The flavor opens with modest malt, pale and crisp, followed by gentle pear fruitiness and modest citrusy hop finish. Altogether mild and sessionable. Not a lot going on, but solid. Probably better when it's not elderly.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 07:09:22 | More by UnionMade
Photo of skizziks


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a nonic. The pour raises about 2.5" of thick white rocky moussey foam that recedes slowly leaving minimal lace. The beer itself is a clear deep gold.

Very nice hop aroma full of citrus and floral notes underpinned by bready malt and red apples.

Flavor starts with a tart citric bite with loads of carbonation. Bready malt follows with some lingering citrus and bitterness in the finish. It is well balanced but a little two dimensional.

Medium body. Tons of prickly CO2 stomps all over the flavor and greatly reduces drinkability. This is a good IPA anyway, but it could be a great one with less carbonation. This bottle sat in the fridge for three months before I got around to trying it so I should get a fresher bottle in the hope that it will have less CO2 and more hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 01:54:20 | More by skizziks
Photo of geexploitation


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and golden amber with lots of sediment and a dusting of a head. Aromas of white pepper and touch of lemony citrus; very active, zesty aroma here. On the palate, big bitter bite at first, the lemon and pine. Some nickel comes through at the midpalate, followed by sweet alcohol and a very bitter finish. Mouthfeel is quite rough and harsh, but drinkability is still high enough. This is an interesting enough brew, a bitter enough brew. Everything is enough but not superlative. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 14:51:02 | More by geexploitation
Photo of aaronh


3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours with a voluminous head that a 16oz glass cannot contain. Otherwise, typical IPA appearance. Hop aroma is intense, perhaps bright is a better term; floral and orange smells; maybe more nectarine than orange. Flavor is hops, with a great sweet-citrus hop flavor balanced with pine. My first thought is Amarillo hops, but I'm sure they use Columbus in this. Really nice. Mouthfeel is good. Could maybe use just a touch more malt to support the hops, but the hops are not intense, just pure. Slight lack of balance keep it from being really drinkable for me. That being said, I wouldn't turn one down in the future if it was offered to me. I just may not buy it again either.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 00:46:02 | More by aaronh
Photo of MaltyGoodness


1.5/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz. bottle thanks to the immaculate beermanbrian

Pours a very hazy copper color with an explosive head. Lots of floaties in the beer as well as clinging to the side of the glass. Thick lacing on the glass.

Some hops and malt are detectable in the smell, but it's otherwise dominated by a slightly cidery and very oxidized aroma.

Tastes just like it smells.

Medium body, very overcarbonated.

I managed to drink enough to properly review it, and down the drain she goes. Apparently these guys have some bottling issues, as it's mentioned by a lot of reviewers. For shame..

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 21:58:53 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of cameraman


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color with a half inch head that laces nicely along the glass. Floral, piney and earthy aromas are very strong. The scent can be smelled before you even get the glass to your nose. The taste hits you with a citrusy, grapefruit flavor, but has a nice malt flavor at the end to finish it off. In the mouth it feels medium bodied with a slight bit of heaviness towards the end. This a very drinkable beer, good flavor, with very good aroma, makes this an excellent pick up at the store.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 03:07:25 | More by cameraman
Photo of BlackAngus


3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a nice light copper, with a very light tan head. Head is very firm, retains well, and laces the glass.

Floral nose, nice hoppy notes, not overpowering.

Taste is balanced, strong hop flavor with a mellow malt undertone. No real fruitiness, just a good hop presence.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, somewhat dry, understated.

A very drinkable IPA. Definitely an English style IPA, not an American hop monster. Very true to style, very tasty, worth the cost of a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 21:23:13 | More by BlackAngus
Photo of beerphilosopher


3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with a nicely formed head that has decent retention. Just off-white. Nose is as expected for an IPA ... floral, hops, slightly malty sweet as well. Palate is betrayed by the nose ... citrusy hops balannced with a fairly strong malt background. Definitely not a hop-bomb, but well balanced really. Beer is medium bodied, and finished dry with residual hop flavors. A good, standard IPA in all respects.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 20:56:59 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of dirtylou


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

12oz single, perhaps from Steve's-University a few weeks ago. Opened as the France-Italy game goes to extra time

appearance: poured into a ND Soccer pint glass...a deep copper-orange body with a big (1/2 - 3/4") fluffy white head with a high level of retention...pulpy with lots of floaters

smell: a very nice floral hop bouquet that I wasn't anticipating, pine resin, lots of citrus aromas, apple, well spiced, caramel malt

taste: nice floral hop profile that dominates the flavour...this beer caught me off guard. I am not conviced at all that this an english ipa and not an american ipa. sweet syrupy caramel flavours balance it out very nicely, light toffee, toasted malt/grain, lightly metallic

mouthfeel: creamy - mostly from the well retained head, medium body, light bitterness

drinkability: high

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 20:12:33 | More by dirtylou
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