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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 346
Hads: 655
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 346 | Hads: 655
Photo of patpbr
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy orange or copper with slight head that held up

S- sweet with citrus

T- hits me with hops and malt. finishing a little bitter.

M- medium body, lingers on the tongue

O- Solid beer for the style, The abv makes it a good session-able beer. Will buy it again (268 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Berkley Front (Berkley, Michigan)

The beer appeared a very nice hazy amber color with a very nice and big white head that was very well retained. The aroma was nice, citrus hops, but the hops seemed to be a bit muted.
The taste is good, hoppy but with a nice malt backbone as well. The beer also ended with a nice dry bitter aftertaste. The beer had a medium to heavy feel in the mouth, very pleasant to drink with minimal carbonation, as expected.
Overall, a solid beer and one that I would expect myself to buy again. (531 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.39/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

no freshness date so i can't tell if my issues with this beer are due to freshness. purchased as a single at naperville binny's this week.
A: hazy copper/amber. lasting off-white head and lacing.
S: has a soapy, sourish character, maybe a bit funky. some earthy notes and caramel malt underneath.
T: very light malt sweetness and again some sourness. the hops have a soapy, astringent quality.
M: nicely carbonated, but the sour and soapy tinge hurt it again here. light to medium body.
O: definitely something off here, not that i am a huge fan of english ipa's to begin with. drain pour unfortunately. (603 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Why is this listed as an English ipa? Is it the mild ale yeast? It certainly seems less malty and more hoppy than an English ipa...

Beer is a nice orange color with an off-white head of two fingers. Pretty weak retention and lacing.
Smells of grapefruit hops mostly. Some sweet malt action and a little lemon peel make an appearance as well. There is a mild ale yeast on the finish, but it works well due to this beer being less hoppy than a lot of other ipas out there.
This goes for balanced drinkability over crazy hop flavor... Not my favorite take on the style, but one I can respect.

The body is nice. Good firm carbonation with a light oily feel.

Overall, this isn't one I'll be buying again, but it isn't entirely unpalatable. (742 characters)

Photo of bbkd3b
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass in a rather chaotic bar...

Cloudy-orange color makes for a hazier-than-expected IPA with a thin, white head. Not too much retention. A refreshing scent of grapefruit, floral hops, and a peppery characteristic is rather inviting.

Flavor is a bit hard to define. Grapefruit is definitely the lead flavor on the tongue, but it disappears and turns into an incredibly sweet brew. Sharp carbonation and a thick body doesn't compliment the beginning to well, but the malty finish gives it a saving grace. Surprising that the carbonation doesn't cause any lacing down the side of glass.

Overall/notes - Well, this is a bit surprising for me, as I've enjoyed this out of the bottle before. It's a nice beer, but I'm not so sure I'd call it a go-to IPA. I wonder when this batch was actually brewed, as the malty finish overpowered the hops. I'll have to try it again. (887 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like a lot of Arcadia products. They are generally well crafted ana a joy to drink. This IPA is no exception. It could be a bit more aromatic, and it isn't as clear as you might like, but all that may be from making it what they made of it - a flavorful IPA that neither bores nor overwhelms.

It has a nice unique, refreshing taste. One could easily drink a lot of these, and I recommend everyone to do so. (410 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle's label is different From te one pictured above; also, the label states that the beer is 6% abv, not 5.9%.

Pours a honey amber with a sticky white head that reduces to leave flecks of foam painting the inside of the glass.

Has a honey-sweet citrus smell, quite floral, with a mild pepper spice aroma. Ruby red grapefruit, tangelos, and mild lime combine for a very pleasing aroma.

Pithy grapefruit taste upfront with hints of rosewater, honey and malt. Light, but not airy, with a bit of resin to oil it up before becoming bitter to finish. Floral, almost grassy in taste, with mild herbs to balance it out. The bitterness is fleeting, content to nip at the mid-to-back tongue before disappearing.

Mild to medium bodied, this is a rather easy drinking beer.

Pleasant, almost easy enough to be a session beer but for the 6% abv. Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack, this is a tasty beer. I'll be rating the other beers from ths 12 pack later, but I've tried them all already, and can without hesitation recommend that mixed 12 pack, whether to stock up for yourself, or to have on hand for a party. (1,162 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a hazy orange/copper with a finger of foamy white head ans some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit orange citrus aroma with a little tangerine and Clementine in the nose as well.

The taste is a little pine and then there are some nice citrus flavor spiking the flavor here and there. A malty sweetness that was quite clean and biscuit flavor.

The feel of this beer is rather smooth and has a medium drinking with it is going down easy. (522 characters)

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a copper color and a 2.5 finger fluffy white head. Exquisite looking beer.

S: Citric hoppy aroma but with a nice hit of malts in the background. Somewhat sweet and smooth.

T: Very carbonated and the flavor profile is amazing. The bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts make for a very smooth brew.

A very smooth and CRISP beer. Very balanced flavors as well. Great beer Arcadia Brewing Co!! (422 characters)

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

This beer pours a hazy orange color with a little bit of white head with little lacing. The aroma is strong with floral hops and that's about all. The taste starts with floral hops and then ends with some malty sweetness. The mouthful is slightly harsh with overcarbonation but I would recommend trying this IPA. (312 characters)

Photo of betsona
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Cannot find a bottled on or best by date. Nothing to indicate it is fresh other than buying it with Arcadia's distributor assuring me it is fresh. I believe him after having one.

A- Dark amber with a little bit of haze. Can barely make out my hand through it. After a moderate pour, a finger white head appeared. 30 seconds later, I had a nice film of head with air bubbles. Minimal glass lacing after each sip. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S- Earthy smells with a very mild hint of floral hops. Slight hint of lemon. Not much malt action going smell wise.

T- Lemon and a little pine. Not much bitterness. Malt tones of biscuit and dash of caramel. Balanced well. No off flavors. Does not distinguish itself all that much, nor offend the palate. Solid English IPA taste.

M- Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Lingering lemon and biscuit taste on the palate with that dash of caramel.

D- I would pick in up for price (9 for 6), but overall I prefer the 400 Pound Monkey and a few other English IPAs. Well worth the price if Arcadia ever distributed to Indiana again. (1,117 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off a tap into a Pint Glass from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO.

Appearance- Very hazy/cloudy with the coolest color (golden around an orange base). Half a finger of head that turned lacy kepted a bubbled head. Wild appearance!

Smell- Extreme hops with citrus/orange aroma.

Taste- Very hoppy of course, an orange taste throughout and then a nut-ale finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied beer that was smooth and yet rigid at the same time.

Drinkability- Not bad. I wouldn't have more than one at a time but a great 4th or 5th beer during a session. Arcadia has always brewed great beer. (594 characters)

Photo of mafeeker
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear copper color with a small white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S: A light floral piney hop aroma, accompanied by a nice malty bready character

T: The flavor is very interesting. A bit of the hop flavor, but mostly bitterness, balanced by a malty flavor. Finishes quite dry, but still very nice

D: The drinkability on this is pretty high, I could easily go through a couple pints of this at a bar, and for and IPA the alcohol is not too bad either. Overall very nice. (512 characters)

Photo of sweett3k
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from South West Michigan where the best beer in the world is brewed. This IPA is a lush copper color with a great creamy head. Just a wonderful blend of hops and malt to give it easy drinking session beer. Over all not the best IPA out there but not to shabby either. (286 characters)

Photo of bfields4
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent looking brew. Nice full lacy off white head. Crisp clear amber body nicely effervescent.

A bit of piny minty aroma and nice spice. Biscuity quality from the malt.

Slightly more citrus in the taste. Biscuity and caramel to balance out the bitterness.

Nice creamy mouthfeel but almost a bit watered down tasting (kind of contrasting I know, but hard to explain better than that). Not to knock this beer. Would be a very sessionable IPA. Nothing over the top. Mellow, but good flavors. If I were looking for a nice pale ale with a little extra twang. I would keep this in mind. (588 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up in Michigan a few weeks ago. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a somewhat-cloudy orange-copper color with a good white head and a small amount of lacing as it goes down. Thick collar and a spotty cap. The nose has a bit of caramel and British pale malt along with some herbal and earthy hops. Pretty tame, but not bad. The taste is pretty different from the nose, actually. The caramel fades to the background and there are some hops, but the dominant flavor comes from a frutiy English Ale strain. The back end is pretty bitter, showcasing the hops again. Interesting and a decent take on the EIPA style; certainly pretty drinkable. (662 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with the ABV (6%) on the label. Not sure if this is meant to be an unfiltered ale, but there is surely some sediment coming thru from the bottle.
Massive, and I mean, massive head that dissipates ever so slowly to a thin persistent head, leaving very nice lacing along the insides of the glass. Very good carbonation.
Earthy, floral aroma with hints of fruity, cirtus/lemon notes.
Hop dominant taste interlaced with biscuity, malty notes. The finish is dry and hoppy, reminiscent of a traditional english IPA.
Nice rich, creamy mouthfeel leaves the palate coated evenly.
A delicious offering from Arcadia Brewing, and is definitely worth a try. (701 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I don't know if this has been tweaked, but it's now listed as 6% ABV and seems by memory to be slightly different than a fresh bottle I had of the exact same stuff a couple years ago.

This is a clear, amber-orange colored IPA. A fluffy white head sits on top and, while it doesn't last all that long, never fully dissipates and leaves a thick, sturdy foam that drops some thick lacing down the glass.
The aroma pours out as soon as I open the bottle. This one's pungent, with a nice strength and balance of floral, citrus and resiny hops behind a strong caramel malt. I assume malts are stronger in this one to balance it, as it's in the higher ABV bracket for the style. Anyway, this smells like all kinds of fresh, raw hops as well as tasty malts adding caramel and toffee notes.
The taste is similar with the exception that less of the citrus pulls through, though it does make for a more floral, earthy, raw flavor, and somewhere in the middle a buttery diacetlyic flavor comes through lightly; while it doesn't particularly detract and adds to the toffee aspect, it's not heavy and just sneaks through. The finish is semi-dry.
The body is medium, a little fuller than I remember it being, and goes quite smooth. The malts pull this one through for easy drinking and add some body to it, with a moderate carbonation giving it activity without going overboard.
There's very little that detracts from this brew's drinkability. Either this is underrated or all the reviews are old and it's been tweaked. (1,524 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew came in Arcadia's mixed 12 pack, I have had this beer many times but have never reviewed it, so lets give it a go. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a hazy golden orange color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that dissipated to a thin ring that stayed.

S- A mix of piney and citrus hops dominate the aroma of this brew, there is a slight presence of caramel malts at the end.

T- Pretty similar to the aroma with the piney and citrus hops leading the way and nice malty back bone. This brew isn't that bitter I have had pale ales that were bitterer then this.

M- Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

D- This IPA isn't as bold and bitter as most in its style so it makes it rather drinkable but it just isn't interesting enough to warrant drinking more then two.

Overall this was a Mediocre IPA, the flavors were they were just a lot more weaker then they should be. A good choice for someone getting into the style, but it's just no my cup of tea. (1,025 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into an orange body with a thin white head with some good retention, decent lacing and little carbonation. It has an orange-citrus smell with a hint of pine and some floral hops. The taste is an orange taste with some grapefruit, grape, pine, a little floral hops and a slight hint of malts. This IPA doesn't seem to leave a strong after taste and is a smooth, crisp and very drinkable beer and is by far the best of the three IPA's I had tonight from three different Michigan breweries. The only thing is that the other two are American IPA, while this is an English IPA. (578 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange w/ a good one-finger head that died slow on top of a real citric lemony aroma along with orange peel and some sweet malt. A mellow hopbite but the citric and spicy notes are perfectly noticeable and there's a hint of grape in the flavor as well. Real smooth, light-bodied, a hint of sweetness as it passes over and then a nice, crisp dry finish. A simple yet thoroughly enjoyable IPA. (407 characters)

Photo of claminat420
1.97/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head. medium lacing.

S- smells like some fruity yeast. maybe alil raisony. i thought this was an ipa??

T- just how it smells. it does have some weird plastic-like taste to it. once again where are the hops?

M- light bodied. alil over carbonated if you ask me.

D- last 6 pack i'll ever buy.

Overall- this brew and company blows. the only thing i ever tasted that was worth anything from arcadia was their scotch ale. i'm gonna give the last 4 out of the 6 to my cousin cuz i would rather have my huma's. i really had hopes for this company. i heard within the year or so they got a new headbrewer. i thought of that and their new labels might have been better but still the same... THEY SAY ENGLISH BUT THEY MEAN CRAP! (772 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours amber orange with a 1+ finger pillowy head that left lacing all over the glass

smell - pale english bready malts with spicy earthy hops

taste is has more carmel malt then the pale sour english malts - and the hops have a little citrus to them along with the just standard grassy epa hops

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation almost flat

drinkability - takes a hit over the the mouthfeel - while the taste is good i do not want to drink a flat beer of this style (480 characters)

Photo of Soonami
1.67/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Unimpressed by Arcadia IPA. There are some very obvious defects in this beer, I'm not sure if it's supposed to be like this. First and foremost, in the aroma, I smell that plastic-y, band-aid, chlorinated smell that I usually correlate with contamination or a hot fermentation. Also, the fact that it's overcarbonated means that it could be an infection. There is bitterness, but this is not a good tasting beer with characteristics that I like. If it's not contaminated, then this is a poorly made beer and either way, I recommend against buying and or drinking this beer. (573 characters)

Photo of SuperNova777
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/27/10

A:Pours a amber/orangish color with a fingers worth of head that falls fairly quickly,
excellent lacing is left down the glass

S:A nice mix of citrus and pine hops aroma hits the nose with a hint of some caramelized
malts in there as well.

T:Initially there is some citrus hops up front followed in the middle with a balance
out from the malt backbone. The backend is then hit with another dose of hop bite
with a lingering tingle on the palate.

M:Near perfect body with excellent carbonation, palate is left wanting more

D:Arcadia is one of those breweries that is just waiting to explode on the market with
all the other Michigan breweries. Very crisp and refreshing, excellent taste, and nicely
balanced out with still leaving a nice hop bite. Check out this brews from this place
if you get a chance. (832 characters)

Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.