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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia IPAArcadia IPA

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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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Ratings: 642 | Reviews: 346
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
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.


Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of alexgash
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of bort11
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Realale
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of UnionMade
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of skizziks
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of aaronh
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
1.5/5  rDev -57%
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..

Photo of cameraman
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of BlackAngus
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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

Photo of merlin48
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a sampler box. Pours a hazy apricot body, mostly foam from overcarbonation. Body is awash with tiny carbonation bubbles. Huge head is beige in color, retains well and is pitted and rocky.

Aroma is nicely balanced between spicy and floral hops and caramel maltiness. A pleasant note of green apple esters.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and overcarbonated(as all the Arcadia brews).

Taste is spicy and bitter hops, with a note of florals. Pleasant presence of English style maltiness adds a toffee maltiness. Finishes slightly dry with a fresh hops aftertaste. Not bad. Would probably resemble an English IPA if not for the overcarbonation.

Good drinkability, but I wish Arcadia would do something about the overcarbonation that seems so prevalent in their bottled line.

Photo of hanco005
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, notched f and 5 on the side, poured into my Arcadia IPA pint glass

A—pours hazy dark brownish amber, w a 1 inch cloud like tan head that stays for 10 minutes or so, lacing looks likes webs

S—pine and potpourri, flowers are big and strong

T—tastes like potpourri and perfume, very flowery, hops are everywhere in this one, finishes on the dry side

M—a little thin, medium bodied, a little to much carbonation

D—a little too flowery for my taste, I wouldn't turn it down, but other hops heads might find it more enjoyable

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foam filled the glass on a not-too-rough first pour. After I allowed it to settle I was able to complete the pour, but the beer still retained an impressive two-finger head throughout. Very bright, fresh hops flavor with grapefruit and a bit of resin. Nice malt in the background. A nicely done beer, and, if this were more available to me, I can see it showing up in the beerfridge.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear copper color. Perfect 2 finger head and nice lacing. Smell of citrus hops leaning toward the grapefruit side. Also some mild spicyness. Taste is not as bold as the smell. Again, mostly citrus hops but not overpowering in the least. A little thin in the mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a faint bitter aftertaste. An ok IPA that I would drink if offered but there are so many better choices out there that I doubt I would go out of my way to chase this one down. Worth a try if you are in Battle Creek and want to stop at the brewery. From what I remember, this tasted much better fresh from the tap.

Photo of bigman147
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, Orange/Copper with incredible amounts of head and good lacing. It took nearly 2-3 minutes to properly pour it since the head was so dense.

Aroma: Basic Citrus, Lemon, maybe grapefruit. Slight floral hop aroma

Taste: Slight malt sweetness with a pleasant hop bite. Bitterness is slightly lingering without being harsh.

Mouthfeel: Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. As stated above, a slight lingering drying mouthfeel.

Overall: Its a decent IPA. I wouldn't rush out to find it in the stores but I would drink it if it was available.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely hazy orange body with loads of floaties. Concave soft snow white whip cream head at about two fingers, soon morphs to a "lake effect - white foam around the edge rising up the glass, around a pool of liquid. Good lacing.

Very inviting aroma of grapefruits and oranges.

Nice sweet malty caramelly beginning. Malt soon rendezvous with a tide of amiable hops which balance and then overtake the malt, all without being overly aggressive. It's a nice friendly IPA, not one that scours your tongue. The final snap of hop bite in the finish gives way to a fairly mild hop residue aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, though in some way it seems a little...short ? Could use the slightest additional fullness.

Very good drinking on this one, could have several in sucession.

A nice IPA, nice that they shipped to NJ. Not a real "gotta have / gotta have more", but worth trying.

Photo of wingnutter
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with a big head and alot of brown floaties that look like small brown grains of sand. Not sure if thats normal, but Im not scared so Im gonna drink it anyway.

Smells a bit piney and citrusy. Not a huge aroma. First sip is a blast of pine, with citrus mixed in. This is a chunky beer, and very bitter. Wow, really piney and hoppy. Not alot of malt is noticed right away. Floral notes coming through nicely. Its better than I anticipated after reading some reviews. Pretty good. .

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not overly thin. Ive never seen yeast this chunky.

Not a bad offering at all, but I think Im losing my love for all things hoppy. I dont think I would want more than 2 of these in a sitting.

Solid but not spectacular.

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