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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia IPAArcadia IPA

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625 Ratings
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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | 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 gmfessen
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of happygnome
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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).

Photo of WesWes
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of becktone
3.5/5  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.

Photo of surlyseth
3.48/5  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.

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.

Photo of jimdkc
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of hammer09
3.35/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Phatz
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of Stimack
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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

Photo of montageman
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of adams82
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Photo of bashiba
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Hautacam
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Photo of phisig137
2.47/5  rDev -29.2%
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...

Photo of Duster72
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of BMoney575
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of xav33
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

Photo of williamherbert
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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.

Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.