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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia IPAArcadia IPA

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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | 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 RBorsato


4.18/5  rDev +19.8%

Dark gold to auburn with a nice ivory head, lots of black suspended particles, and sheets of lace. Intense piney hop aroma and flavor. Good balance all around but certainly more hoppy/bitter. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a dry hoppy bitter finish.

Nice resiny hop burps....

Per label: OG: 1060 & "English 2-row malted barley, Columbus, Cascade, and Fuggles hops"

Per B.O.M. notes: 41 IBU. English 2-row, Pale, and Caramalt. Cascade, Columbus, and Centennial. Columbus Dry hops.

'4296' lasered on bottle ('04' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 05/27/05

06-06-2005 21:46:35 | More by RBorsato
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

This beer has the beginnings of a great IPA but it can't put everything together and balance. The appearance was really nice with a crisp deep golden color with a furiously sticky white head. This baby left lacing all over the glass. The aroma was also very nice and was one of the best "fresh" smelling hop smells that I have come across. The problem is in the taste and mouthfeel. The hops come across too harsh and make the beer unbalanced. I love hops with a passion, but I think the flavoring hop choice (which I cannot pinpoint) may have been a mistake. Overall, this is a decent IPA, but not a refridgerator staple by any means.

05-15-2005 21:50:03 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

Lovely orange-ish color, with criss-crossing, highly active bubbles rishing up and hitting the capper, a sureslab of fluffy, creamy white foam. Nice, nice.
Nose instantly hints at grapefruit, orange, lime, ...a bit candy-ish, actually, with a wicked, bitter kick...and grapefruit rings loudest, and bitterest...
Taste: easy, smooth, lightly bitter, those same fruity sensations from the aroma kicking it on the tongue...a very English style IPA, sterling in that regard, coppery, none too bitter, brisk, and quite refreshing. Flavor floods the senses for a while, but does not devastate, merely washes the giddy ride along the tongue and mouth.
Really reminds me of hometown favorite, Summit IPA, which was the first beer I really fell in love with, although now, my passion turns to American, West Coast styles, rather than these English types. Still, it's this that ignited the passion, way back when. It's still a damned tasty turn at the brew.
Malt is big and rich enough, a caramel character carries through...with fruity rind dripping over...very nice ale, I applaud Arcadia for it.

05-07-2005 10:20:58 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

Split a mixed twelve pack with kmpitz2...onto the IPA. Pours a nice deep, vibrant orange with some suspended floaties. A nice frothy white head caps off the brew nicely. A nice citric, grapefruity Cascade aroma is initially noticeable along with some herbal spiciness. Sweet sugary caramel covered bread. I like the hop mix here.

First sip brings a somewhat laid back mix of citric and spicy herbal hops along with a bready, doughy malt background. Hints of caramel peek through along with a slight sour flavor. There's not really as much bitterness as I would like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow carbonation. Quite easy to drink. I could have a few of these no problem...it's a nice, enjoyable English IPA.

04-11-2005 02:42:25 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of kmpitz2


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

Lets hope this is better than their nut brown. This pours a hazy peachy color with a small head that falls to coat the top of the liquid. The nose is a light citrusy combination of orange and grapefruit. Its just okay. The flavor is decent. The orangey quality is big and there is a slight peppery hop in there as well. The feel is a light moderate. Not as thick as I would like it to be. Overall, this is an average beer. Nothing really grabs me and draws me in.

04-06-2005 02:05:25 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of SupaCelt


3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

Copper orange. Medium density thumb sized fluffhead. Drippy runs of lacing. Chunky suspensions and sparse little carbonation bubble emissions. Nice looking beer.

The smell was green apple, pine needles and citrus grapefruit hops with a fresh grass stain.

The taste was good. I still kept getting green apple vibrations from her for the fruit aspect. A smooth to bitter shift followed up by a tongue stinging sweet faded into a minimal aftereffect of bitterness. This girl isn't as surly as some of her cousins from the American school, but she seems to be above her competition over on the English side. I like it. I had this one a long while ago before the madness began. I thought I would revisit her and jot down some memoirs. Still as good as I remembered.

03-30-2005 08:28:30 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of BeerFink


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy eggshell colored head. I was surprised to see some sediment floating around after the pour. The sediment settles to the bottom, it looks like small chunks of yeast. I don't really like that - it looks like wet sand in the bottom of my glass. Smell is grassy with pine and citrous hops (lots of grapefruit). Some smooth malt, though not much, is present in the nose. Taste begins on a bland note, then fast forwards to some eye squinting astringency. While I usually like high IBU American IPAs, this brew's taste seems to focus too much on that bitter grapefruit/pine flavor and lacks the cleaner hop bitterness that I crave. On the upside, the mouthfeel is creamy and the finish is pleasantly dry.

03-23-2005 01:31:02 | More by BeerFink
Photo of tgbljb


4/5  rDev +14.6%

received as selection of brew-of -the -month club.Poured a a nice amber color with slightl head. Mild slightly sweet taste with touch of hops. Enough flavor to enjoy without being over powering. Good taste in mouth that remains for a while. Would like to try again

03-03-2005 01:48:16 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%

Sampled on tap In Ann Arbor , MI., Poured honey/apricot amber, tiny bubble head and then film, left a delicate coating of fine lacing, nice. Grainy, leafy hop nose. Medium bodied IPA, lots of grainy hop flavor. NIce malt counterpoint adds up a balanced, smooth drinking ale. Slightly watery in the center, but finishes with more hops flavor flowing on the tongue. Pleasant sessioner.

02-27-2005 18:49:45 | More by Billolick
Photo of cubedbee


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured a hazy light amber color, with a small white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Low carbonation and smooth medium mouthfeel. Taste starts out a little weak, but finishes with a good taste of hops which fades fast. Overall a very drinkable IPA, but nothing spectacular.

02-26-2005 20:36:48 | More by cubedbee
Photo of LarryKemp


3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

A hazy amber with a firm white head. Lots of particulates came from the last bit of beer at the bottom.

The citrus takes charge of the aroma but does not completely dominate. Malt sweetness takes the edge off the hoppy nose.

This IPA is not an in your face IBU buster. As with the aroma, the hops are mitigated by the malts. The bitterness bites at the tongue, but the malts round out the flavor with lingering sweetness on the sides of my tongue. The finish is more sweet than dry.

The mouthfeel is medium light. The carbonation plays in my mouth. Bitterness lingers on the roof of my mouth long long after the beer is swallowed.

This is an okay IPA. It is not a standout. I might recommend it to someone who is exploring different beers as a starting point. This would NOT be a beer I would offer one of my hop head friends.

02-24-2005 00:21:31 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +14%

The Beer of the Month club brought me this surprisingly nice IPA. poured great copper color with nice head, lacing and carbonation. Coming off a cold, I did not distinguish the cascade hops noted in other reviews. Taste and mouthfeel was very hoppy with a stinging sensation on the tongue, respectively. Easy down the throat. One of the better IPAs I've tried in quite some time. Not for the light beer drinker, though.

02-01-2005 03:14:17 | More by Backer2004
Photo of dgallina


3.15/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours a clear copper with a large peaky off-white head. Leaves a moderate blanket of foam with pretty persistent lacing. Smells of fresh and spicy citrus hops with piney undertones. Quite weak initial flavor that develops a somewhat astringent grapefruit and pine hop taste. Nicely bitter finish however. Mouthfeel is a touch light and a bit under-carbonated in my opinion. Easy drinking, but with a disappointingly limited and restrained flavor. Slightly above-average overall.

01-27-2005 01:31:07 | More by dgallina


4.33/5  rDev +24.1%

This is the most hop-forward English IPA i've had.
There is a good blast of cascade in the nose. The 3 hops used give the character a great depth of smell and taste of the almighty hop spectrum. The English malts really give this thing some good shoulders too, and just a touch of sweetness in the middle. This is surprisingly full bodied, with a slight oiliness clinging in the end. I didn't really have any expectations of this beer. What I got was a hell of an English IPA that I strongly recommend.

01-03-2005 17:59:15 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Photo of Puddleglum


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

This was a good IPA although a little different than your typical traditional one. I found it to have an unexpected floral or citrus aroma with a very subdued hops taste for an IPA. There was a little bit of honey in the flavor and the mouthfeel didn't zing like a a traditional IPA either which made it very drinkable. Not bad. I would most certainly have it again.

12-09-2004 18:29:09 | More by Puddleglum
Photo of ken3c


3.98/5  rDev +14%

The color is light amber and very clear. There is a slight head that leaves a film of foam and laces intensely.

The aroma is carmel with resiny hops.

There is a sweet carmel taste with an assertive pine in the back. There is also a hint of walnuts in the aftertaste.

This feels very smooth with low carbonation and medium body.

This isn't an over-the-top IPA but a well blended interesting IPA.

12-06-2004 06:02:11 | More by ken3c
Photo of Ellbert


3.63/5  rDev +4%

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.

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


2.65/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

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...

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

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

09-09-2004 06:30:09 | More by cokes
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +4%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +16%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

08-06-2004 20:34:25 | More by jayb
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3.23/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

07-29-2004 18:12:46 | More by CortexBomb
Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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