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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia IPAArcadia IPA

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and a modest head that drops to a ringlet while leaving some lace behind

Smell: Citrusy, with biscuit tones underneath

Taste: Biscuity, up front with some fruity and pithy flavors developing by mid-palate; there is a lemony aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; could use a bit more malt

Drinkability: Sure doesn't taste like an English IPA to me; the website says that Columbus hops were used and that doesn't sound very English to me either; aside from that, I am not thrilled by the lemony element to this beer

Photo of nrbw23
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color. Foamy creamy head that initially leaves some sticky looking lacing but after a few minutes the head completely disappears and all lacing is gone as well.

S- Not a whole lot going on here. Struggled but was able to pick up smells of piney hops and some citurs hops.

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

M- Medium in body and tiny bit too much carbonation.

D- Not to bad fairly easy to drink I guess I'm just a bigger fan of the American style. Overall not to bad.

Photo of JDV
1.7/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Maproom. Pours a rich hazy amber with little head. Smell is like band-aids and malt with no real hops in the nose. Taste is thin, gooey, stale malt and again just a lackluster hop profile. This one was pretty much undrinkable as it was served to me. Thin flavor aside from what was already unappealing.

Photo of Matty1918
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy, honey color with a massive, fluffy white head. Lots of lacing and retention. Very nice looking.

Aroma is very floral up front with a hint of butter and pine at the end.

Taste is of citrus at first. Not overpowering like some IPAs. A faint bitterness is there also. Faint hints of butter also.

Mouthfeel...well there isn't much going on. Very watery with little carbonation. It does warm your belly though.

Glad I tried it but won't be looking for this again.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright orange and very active looking. Doesn't look flat like some other IPAs from the region.

S - Excellent array of citrus fruits, from lemon to grapefruit, with smooth floral aromas as well.

T - Heavy on the grapefruit up front. Seems common in a lot of these Michigan IPAs. Gives way to a rich, and surprisingly tame floral flavor. Sometimes the floral flavors get out of control. Not in this brew.

M - Great feel. Crisp finish leaves your tongue dry and wanting more. Has a good "cleansing".

D - Easy to drink from the solid feel, but the flavors get a bit tiring after a few.

I'm liking this one more and more every time. They could've packed in a bit more alcohol, however.

Photo of jar2574
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color, with average head and retention.

Smells good, honeyed sweetness. Almost smeslls like an amber ale.

An extremely smooth, drinkable beer, with a nice blend of sweetness and hoppiness. Slightly sticky aftertaste, but it's a good brew.

Nice work. I would buy this again.

Photo of Seanibus
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a strange beer on many levels, and not entirely pleasant.

It pours hazy amber, almost orange, with a decent head (but poor lacing. The aroma is faint and has a whiff of something difficult to identify, perhaps a slight smokiness. As it warms, it opens to a spicy orange character, sort of a marmalade effect. The flavor has an odd bite - a bit of smoke, a bit of marmalade, a hint of apricot, but of a bitter sort. It finishes with an herbal bitterness, almost like a musky rosemary. The mouthfeel is decently firm, but slightly over-carbonated, which highlights the spicy marmalade effect to bad effect. This is an interesting beer, but unsuccessful, in my view. Not what I am after in an IPA from either side of the Atlantic.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style that just doesn't seem to get enough love because when most people see "IPA" it seems they are expecting an American IPA as opposed to an English one.
Well nuts to that!
This drinks like a good, hoppy American pale ale if that helps people. The pour is very pretty and leaves good, clumpy lace on the glass. The smell is quite enjoyable with some fresh, baked bread smells going on; fresh from the keg or homebrew comparisons can be made. Light and fragrant.
Flavors include a slightly sharp bite of hops that mellows out into a light and well balanced body that speaks to me of rye crackers. The hop flavor is more along the lines of grapefruit, maybe even pink grapefruit, which isn't my favorite but it works pretty well in this brew.
An easy choice to make for a summery brew when you still want some hoppy flavors going on. Nice balance and easy to drink. Good brewing.

Photo of jeremyd365
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this a many-o times. It pours thick, cloudy copper with a solid head. The hops waft strongly from this solid Michigan brew. The hops are definitely apparent in the taste and it finishes with a delicious but mild bitterness. It's a pretty heavy brew but still drinkable. It's good, but I've gotta take my time with this one.

Photo of soupyman10
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta admit, I have not been impressed with Arcadia's brews in the past. Oddly sour and unappetizing would be my standard assessment. Wow, good start. Pours a nice amber color with a huge frothy head on top that leaves solid lacing as the beer drains. A nice surprise. Nose is fairly mild toffee malt, and then a touch of smoothish hop bitterness to close out. Flavor is similarly mild. Light caramel malt, light sourness (much milder than in most Arcadia offerings), and then light floral hop presence. A definite woodiness in there as well, as another reviewer noted. Overall, not bad (which is honestly better than I can say for a lot of their beers), and fairly in keeping with the English IPA style (although I could have done with a touch more hops). A solid brew that I could definitely have again.

Photo of madmanjf
4.97/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on cask, second day.

I'll admit, A British Style IPA from America, and done right .... I was excited.

This is not an American IPA, it's a British IPA .. two different styles.

It appeared Reddish-Tan with some foam which quickly became a light froth with milky bubbles. There was a grassy hop aroma that was unquestionably present, giving you the notion that it was taste the same; however, true to style it, does not.

This beer tasted great. It had a mild hop taste balanced with a noticeable malt backbone. Basically, quite contradictory to the aroma.

It was extremely smooth with subtle carbonation and the malt finish was extended here.

This definitely came across as a British style which was highly drinkable without the hop bite. It was terrifically balanced.

Kudos to this American Brewery for keeping up with the way the Brits have been doing it!

I look forward to trying their other British styles and hope that other American Brewers begin following in

Photo of atsprings
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice slightly hazy orange with a decent frothy head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is some biscuity malts and mild citrus hops. Taste is an interesting balance of sweet malts and subtle earthy hops, just a little on the watery side. The beer is crisp and light with low carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but not that far over average.

Photo of foureyedgeek
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Sudsys into a Sam Adams pint-tulip.

Pours a very frothy head, had to wait a while top pour the 2nd half of the bottle, fluffy for days. Body is a translucent gold with a lot of rising carbonation, nice lasting head, huge almost like a pilsner or root-beer float. Decent lacing as well.

Smells of muted spruce and rooty herbal wood. Certainly not a huge aroma.

Tastes of grainy biscuit malts almost like an amber ale minus the caramel. There's a slight wash-in of citrus hops in the finish along with a bit of woody cardboardness. Just seems off as far as an IPA goes.

Mouthfeel is decent, medium body helped out by the head and carbonation.

Drinkability is kind of low. If I said 'give me an IPA' and this is what I got in return I'd be a bit confused and disappointed.

I've had other beers from Arcadia that have been very good, not sure what's going on here.

Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.79...
Arcadia's stuff is usually hit or miss, but this one was certainly a hit...
A steady pour resulted in a huge, tremendous, frothy and foamy head that exhibited strong staying power and left a copious amount of lacing under a bright, orange hue with rising carbonation present...
Strong, sweet, hop-aroma noticeable along with a touch of vanilla and honey...
Decent mouthfeel without too much bitter hops present or any alcohol noticeable...
Decent drinkability as well, as this one went down clean and crisp without any interference...
Good stuff from Arcadia and a solid representation of the style...
Worth a try...

Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark tan with tons of light orange head. It smelled like mild orange hops and lots of sweet malt. It tasted like an interesting mix of citrus hops and sugary malt. It was watery with a little carbonation and a solid bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very drinkable beer with an enjoyable and unique flavor. Nice change of pace for an IPA!

Photo of marcobrau
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whoa...pours with an absolutely huge head...this bottle is definitely over-carbonated. A few minutes later, the foam retreats enough for me to get my nose in the glass of this light orange ale. Lightly flowery aroma. Buttery on the palate with butterscotch and honey. Hops are flowery and buried under the butterscotch flavor. Heavy carbonation leaves nice lacing halfway through. Not bad, but more an English Pale Ale than an IPA to me, as this beer seems to lack the powerful bitter finish of its namesake. Reminds me a bit of Fuller's London Special, but with more restrained hops and more diacetyl (too much). Perhaps some age on this one? I had the Arcadia Starboard Stout earlier and prefer that to this one. Have to give this one low marks on the appearance due to over-carbonation.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale copper with a one inch foamy slightly yellowish white head that initially leaves some sticky looking lacing but after a few minutes the head completely disappears and all lacing disappears, though with some agitation a creamy quarter inch head can be brought back to life for a little while at least for a moment.

S: Strong piny medicinal hop kick, very strong and spicy floral aromas with a bit of grapefruit rind mixed in, there is also a lightly detectable sweet and grainy maltiness hiding in the wings here as well, very fresh smelling.

T/MF: This is were I was a bit disappointed after such a nice nose. Pretty damn astringent and medicinal hop kick in the teeth and localized on the tongue. Pine is there but that medicinal taste is really kicking my ass here. It sort of covers up anything else that might be hiding here. The carbonation and hop bitterness are working well together but the taste they spread so effectively across my palate leaves something to be desiered.

D: Very nice and fresh and strong hop aroma but that is where the goodness ends for me. The hops are a bit out of balance and undermines everything else that might have been in this beer. Still there are worse IPAs out there than this one.

Photo of toolbrew
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice copper color, slightly cloudy. Thick white foam when poured. Looks delicious.

Not much of a smell to it although I picked up some fruity aromas.

You can taste the fruit. The hop bite gets you a little bit on the end, but then mellows out to that fruity taste.

Good mouthfeel - medium, not too carbonated. The taste lingers a little bit.

I could drink a few of these in a sitting. Good session beer.

Photo of Gehrig
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of dense white froth top a dark amber body, with thick rings of lace adorning the Yankees pint glass. The nose is very faint, a big disappointment. Eventually, fruity hops emerge, but this IPA fails to deliver a staple of good IPA--bold, hopped nose.

The taste atones nicely, with some hops and sweet fruit carrying the day. Smooth, but still in need of some more hops. I'm more than willing to admit that I'm a little spoiled by other IPAs, but this is surprising in its all-too subtle hop quality.

A good IPA and one that I won't avoid, but one that would be vastly improved with more hops, without question.

Photo of bonbright7
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.91/5  rDev +12%
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.

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.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Goliath
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of bjoyce12
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.