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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia IPAArcadia IPA

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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 Ellbert


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Burnt orange with an off white head that sticks to the glass very nicely. It looks like a halo in my glass.

Smell: floral hop aroma hits my nose. Small amount of hop aroma comes around.

Taste: Very subdued hop flavor at fist but then it comes out with a little more intensity. These EIPA's are very cool because the hop flavor is big but set to the side in a way. Malt flavors come into play but not a whole lot.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, tight carbonation gives it a creamy texture, almost like real ale.

not too drinkable, it is okay for a one or two beer session but i'm not drinking these all night.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 02:13:45 | More by Ellbert
Photo of silenius


2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an unimpressive hazed dark copper with a non-existent head. Small particles can be seen suspended in the beer. I hope they are flavorful.

Smell is quite subdued. I wouldn't have guessed this was an IPA from the smell. The only thing I can detect is lemon and honey. Like grandma used to mix for a sore throat. Pretty weak still.

Taste is also on the subdued side, but some hop bitterness is noted (even if it quickly fades). No real zing to this one. I'm disappointed.

Mouthfeel is on the prickly side, but not soda like. In addition it has a slight wateriness to it that makes it seem hollow.

Drinkability is OK. It is an unoffensive beer that doesn't seem to try to hard.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2004 00:01:48 | More by silenius
Photo of ppoitras


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with garthwaite. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed foam, foam, foam, 3 1/2" of slightly off-white head over the slightly orangey amber brew. It'll take awhile to get the rest of this bottle in the glass... Head shows good staying power, which is good except for the pouring issue. But let's move on.

Have to note the excellent lacing. Aroma is lightly hoppy, with some sweetness apparent as well. Taste is not as hoppy as I would expect, even for the usually more sedate EIPA. Seems more generic bitterness than hops character. Mouthfeel is ok, that bitterness kind of knocks it down for me, but the brew remains drinkable. Not a bad brew, but not one I'd be shaking the BA trade tree for...

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 23:45:19 | More by ppoitras
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Appearance: Copper slightly hazed tone with a full bubbly cream tinted head leaves impressive patches of well dispersed lacing. Aroma: Herbal, floral, and citrus mixture of hops with a tone of nutty caramel malt sweetness chiling there. Taste: Bitter upfront with a citrus twang absorb most of the malts here not as English as I was expecting. Hop flavors are muted a bit by the bitterness I feel that there many other IPAs out there I would go for over this one. Mouthfeel: Medium body slightly sticky enjoyable but a bit forgettable evenly carbonated can't complain too much. Drinkability: A beer that I was happy to try, but I can't say I will miss having a steady supply of this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 02:24:11 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of cokes


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey-colored below cream suds.
Exits the bottle ripe with wet grass and sun-drenched clippings. Golf course perfume. As it rests, it migrates completely towards butter-slathered biscuits.
Begins with a timid caramel maltiness, that immediately surrenders all its sweetness to a somewhat oppressive butter English Muffin ruffian. Glimmers of fruit still exist; primarily apple, pear, and pineapple, but those too, are drown in butter. Yeast driven, and if this isn't Ringwood, it's a fraternal twin. Ends with a introverted, grassy Fuggle twang.
Medium bodied, with a moderate charge that registers somewhere between fluffy and creamy.
If your not turned off by the diacetyl churning yeast machine, this is drinkable...to an extent. Wholly lacking hops for something that claims itself an IPA, even by English standards.

I feel like I'm being generous here, maybe it's that golf course thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 06:30:09 | More by cokes
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an orange hue, has a huge head and excellent lace. Smell of hoppy citrus - definate cascades here. Tatse is quite nice as an American IPA goes. I'm not a huge hop head and this one is nice, verry hoppy but not too much. Nice citrusy, lemony flavors. Nice carbonation. Nice malty fiish - a bit chewy. A good buy.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 00:32:22 | More by sabrills70
Photo of Ahhdball


4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunset orange, slightly cloudy with a lightly hazed orange head. Bold hoppy nose that blasts like a tidal wave the minute the glass nears the nose, heavy. Lemon, and cascade hops swell to a storm leaving no taste bud untouched. Finishes nicely with a smooth flow of malt, a hint of molasses. Fantastic.Slick oily mouthfeel, vague chewiness and a clean finish makes this an excellent brew for anytime.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 15:39:08 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of jayb


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

staring at it in the glass i see a cloudy, orange soda colored brew. A dense, off white head at the beginning that settled slightly but stayed until the end. Lacing was good, left rings in the glass. Smell was of a typical IPA, spicy and citrusy. Taste was tart (grapefruit taste), with hints of an unidentifiable spice. Good though. has a nice bite to it. Mouthfeel was medium, stuck in your mouth if that makes sense. Finish was dry and tart. One of the better IPAs i have had. ill keep it around if i can get ahold of a few bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 20:34:25 | More by jayb
Photo of CortexBomb


3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this with a burger at a local pub which, to my annoyance, had no Bell's on tap.

This IPA was a heavily clouded orange hue with a small head, as I drank it it left significant amounts of lacing on the glass. Scent was what I would term moderate for an IPA, subdued hops, with minor citrus tones.

Taste, well, not bad at all, but not remarkable either. There was a decent hit of citrus, and some hop bite which sticks around but doesn't take control of the flavour at any point. A standard rind aspect snuck in on the back end, but nothing overwhelming.

Mouth was again, decent, light and carbonated, pretty standard for the style. The only place I would give this beer decent marks is on drinkability.

Another run of the mill brew from Arcadia, a local that has yet to blow me away.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2004 18:12:46 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of garthwaite


2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish-copper with a rocky white head. Mild aroma of pine, grapefruity citrus, peach, cookie, & sugar. Caramel flavored malt base with moderate bitterness. Interesting blend of citrus hops with candied sugar & a soapy flavor that approaches unpleasant. Medium bodied with active carbonation. Finishes dry with spicy/peppery hops and some toasty malt. Not one I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2004 12:04:21 | More by garthwaite
Photo of budsboy


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

Pours a deep amber, clear, with a small white head that shrinks to a sticky thin layer.

Carmel malt and pine hop nose. This pleases me.

Light carmel malt, not too sweet, and pine hops that last, growing more pronounced at the end. Good stuff. Better before it warms.

Medium bodied but light on the tounge.

Like many IPAs, this one grabs me by the tounge and begs me to drink more. Wish I had some more, actually. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 00:24:38 | More by budsboy
Photo of hustlemuscle


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer to look at, with fine sediment in suspension in the golden body. Thick head, left chunky lace as it receeded to a thin filmy covering. Piny, with a touch of malt as you stick your nose in the glass. The hop profile starts a bit watery, but ends nicely hoppy, with a good piney bite. Slightly tangy, it feels like drinking a beer, nothing too different there. Overall, a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 03:34:53 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of Bighuge


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

Murky looking orange. Very thin off white head. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is very fragrant. Minty. Lots of bubblegum. Piney. Decent, but not exactly what I'm looking for in the nose of an IPA. The flavor is full of bubblegum. Some pine sap as well. A bit of an astringent bitterness. Malt base is primarily toffeeish and a little biscuity. This one is striking me as much better than average. And that's being generous.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 03:22:09 | More by Bighuge
Photo of ZAP


3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy bright orange...minimal head...nose is toffee like...almost wonder if they use ringwood yeast in this....has that type of nose...definitely some fuggles influence too...I like the smell...English style smell all the way..

The taste is biscuity and bready malt...with a late blast of piney sharp hoppiness...body is medium....carbonation is low....

An interesting IPA but not a good one in my book....not bad but not good...they seem to have gotten creative with this recipe a little and I'm proud of them and all for pushing the envelope a little but the finished product just doesn't seem to blend well...

I do think this beer is worth trying and some might really like it...I personally wouldn't buy it again but I have 2 bottles left and I will certainly drink and enjoy those enough...

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 02:26:28 | More by ZAP
Photo of TheOtherMike


2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

To summarize - blue spruce in a bottle.

Appearance - Nice clear copper color with a moderate head.

Smell - Smells much like an IPA but that pine scent comes thru as well.

Taste - Blue spruce or Norway Pine - it's hard to tell. The pine flavor is too overwhelming and distracts from the enjoyability of this beer. IPA? Maybe.

Mouthfeel - not bad - good for washing down chips.

Drinkability - It'll do in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 03:10:26 | More by TheOtherMike
Photo of Sixpack595


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer with golden body, slightly hazy with a bit of fine sediment suspended stirred up by my ham fisted pour. Very clean, pronounced hop aroma. Grassy, citrucy, and a slight maltiness in the aroma. Flavor is slightly malty with a healthy dose of hops. While the primary focus is on the hops there is an appropriate malt base. Well balanced and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 07:41:44 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of beergeek279


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

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is copper, with an uneven foamy white head. The smell is a grapefruit-like citrus hoppiness. The taste is a slight grapefruit hops with a maltiness that just peeks through. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Not a bad IPA from Arcadia. It's not an imperial monster, but just the nice everyday drinking type. I'd be happy to see Arcadia's beers in Western PA...someday, I hope.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 04:34:54 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, big thanks go out to CRJMellor for sending this IPA my way. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my tasting glass, Arcadia's IPA had a slightly hazed dark honey color topped with a ¾" vanilla-hued head that slowly shrank down to a thin yet persistent skim that would briefly flare when iggitated.
The nose was fairly complex, with a robust floral citrus aroma and lesser notes of earthy malt, hints of buttery diacytel, and a faint mustiness. The taste had an early sweet malt with a touch of toffee taste. Mid-palate saw a shift to a tangerine and orange juice sweetness. Then a strong citrus rind and bit of resiny pine emerged and remained through a long dry finish. A lurking hint of something I could only descibe as dirt also played at the edge of the palate, briefly surfacing before receeding. The feel was on the light side, dry and crisp.
Overall, this struck me as a relatively likeable IPA but nothing awe-inspiring. The flavors didn't mesh as well as with other IPA's I've sampled. That said, this offering from Arcadia's is a mid-level entry in the IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 18:53:09 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of granger10


3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange color with a moderate off white head. Smell almost seemed bready to me. This was definitely a more balanced IPA. I think it is really more of a pale ale. Hops were there but faint. I noticed more caramel flavor and some buttery diacetyl. Hops seemed to provide a base and were estery and floral. This one was also somewhat thin in body. A good introduction IPA and nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 23:13:34 | More by granger10
Photo of HopHeadKen


3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque orange-yellow with a lot of cream white foamy head.
Aroma is subtle. First taste is sweet, then malty. The Hop flavor is thin, but lingers afterwords for a bit.

Not as rich or complex as other American Style IPA's, but above average drinkability.

This might be a good IPA to initiate newbies who are interested in learning about real beer and leaving the mass production stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 12:36:21 | More by HopHeadKen
Photo of Bierguy5


3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange/golden color with a white foamy head. Head lingers for some time. This beer was not cloudy, instead you could see a suspension of particles. Not a great look. Smells of citrusy hops. Tastes slightly sweet malt with a dry hoppy finish. Perhaps a little thin. Something about this just didn't seem right. Not a horrible beer by any means, but I was hoping for better.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 01:53:04 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of loganmule


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color and nose are fine. Not as thick as others in the IPA class, as to mouthfeel. The classic "dry mouth" hop finish is absent also, although there is a slightly citrus bitter aspect.

Not a great beer, but not all bad either. Actually maybe a preferred pick for those gradually making the step up from pales to IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 05:30:23 | More by loganmule
Photo of CRJMellor


3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow amber color with a pure whie head. Balanced malt flavors, seems medium bodied with mild bitterness on the finish. High hop with that classic IPA, citrus aromas. Very mild caramel flavor that is mixed nicely by the hops used. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Feels a little thin the mouth, I look for a little body in an IPA.
A solid example of an IPA, yet for more missing just a little bit of something to make it memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 21:57:44 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of jackndan


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

Arcadia IPA: Nice thick, clinging head that is slightly off-white. Hazy, nica tan color. This is a nice looking beer. The aroma is sweet and flowery, clearly nice hopped for flavor. And the taste is pleasant, and I've not been the biggest fan of Arcadia brews. Nicely hopped brew, not bitter but floral, somewhat citrus flavors as well. Very well balanced as well, there are nice bready malt flavors that come through as well. I enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2003 04:28:40 | More by jackndan
Photo of Gusler


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

The beer pours a slightly muzzy deep amber color with the head portly in size, frothy in texture and a winsome tan color, lace is a thick and clinging curtain to obscure the glass. Nose is floral with a slightly musky malt backing; crisp and inviting, front is nicely malted, somewhat sweet and the top medium in body. Finish is loaded with the Fuggles hop spicy bite, crisply acidic and a fine example of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 21:01:14 | More by Gusler
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