Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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 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
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Gruntlumber
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't recall disturbing the bottles on the drive home from the liquor store, and this sat in my fridge for a couple days before I cracked the first one. But wow, the head on this thing was unreal. Several drops filled my glass with foam (worse than a Belgium!). I still have 5 more...curious if they are all equally as heady.

After letting things settle for a quarter hour I was ready to indulge. Good, strong hop smell which is par for the course. The flavor was more subdued than I expected, especially given the bold aroma. Powerfully bitter citrus with some various spicy odds and ends lingering. Slightly grainy background provides decent balance. Once a guy has tried a couple dozen American IPAs it becomes more difficult to differentiate between the large pool of mediocre choices out there. This lands right in the middle: good, but nothing great.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber colour that's a touch cloudy and is topped with a large, sticky head that dissolves fairly quickly but leaves more than its fair share of presence on the glass.

The smell is hop (floral) dominant by far. I was actually a bit surprised how hoppy the aroma was. There's also a bit of sweetness throughout as well.

The flavour is basically a thinned out version of the aroma. Hops all around with a nice dose of malt flavour in the middle and at the finish, where everything mixes together quite nicely with some spice in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery at times but fairly crisp overall.

This one was pretty good. Probably the most drinkable of the three Arcadia brews I recently sampled. Nothing overwhelmed me about any of them but a couple had some decent characteristics, including this one.

Photo of whynot44
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice clear copper/amber color with a foamy white head that retains fairly well and produces some decent lacing.

The aroma is floral, grapefruit, pine and just a hint of bready malt.

The taste is in the same lines with a blast of grapefruit and pine up front and continuing through the aftertaste with a mellow caramel malt undertone.

The finish is slightly dry, light/medium bodied and very drinkable. Definitely worth a try for hop lovers. Are you sure this isn't an American style IPA?

Photo of mcallister
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, with a frothy white head and good retention, sticky thick lace.

Big citrusy grapefruit, intense hop aromas, and nice malt come through on the nose.

Thick grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, some pine. Big flavorful smooth hops, flowers, and a pleasing malt complexity.

An above average IPA in my opinion very smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia IPA

Appearance- hazy cloudy orange with a thick head and plenty of lacing.
Smell- strong floral/ pine hops.
Taste- Big burst of pine hops slowly turning into a floral flavor.
Mouthfeel- very smooth with no bitterness.

Overall- A nice IPA, not too strong but a solid IPA that doesn't get very complex. Its nice to have a good ole' IPA once in a while.

Photo of mobyfann
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Paid $1.69 for a single...

This beer pours with huge amount of carbonation, so be careful... amber/yellow base with a huge carb-heavy head, great retention and lacing. The beer smells of one variety hops and nothing else.

Tastes like it smells, a nice mellow hop taste but that is all. It nice with the huge head but that carbonation in the mouth is a bit too much, slightly annoying enough to have something else after it = drinkability not impressed.

Final Thought: An overcarbonated beer that still tastes good.

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a light pale orange color with yellow highlights on the glass edge. A weak 1/4" head has some big bubbles, and falls pretty quick.

Smell: orange and piney bitterness is easilt detectable.

Taste: orange is up front, but even though this is a weak looking beer it has a decent maltiness. Piney bitterness and some grapefruit round it out. Not a bad IPA, but not great.

Mouthfeel: very crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Pine and citrus linger long into the aftertaste. Bits of dryness too.

Drinkability: slightly better than average. With the wealth of great IPAs out there, this is so so.

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

available @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj

half a finger of white head, dark golden hue (a bit lighter than most IPAs I have been sucking down lately), nice cling up the glass, the head does not retain all that great. decent carbonation in the glass, pretty average.

nice clean tangy orange smell with hop floral accents, more of an american ipa ? toasted caramel malts are playing in there as well. not much else but the orange really gets my glands going.

taste etc...
slick in the mouth and coating. just a hint of mild prickly carbonation, the orange flavor is present in the finish and in some way milds the bitterness making this drink like slightly syrupy orange soda. great hop burps with this one, yum. there is a nice little bite/hint of the hops in the very backend of the aftertaste.

strange for an IPA with all the orange tones popping.. but it worked for me mostly. not an all time fave but a nice refresher/change of pace to try if you see it. not worth going out of your way for but not bad either.

Photo of jamesdergen
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a two-finger foamy white head.

Smell: Mild floral hop aroma with some nutty malt notes in the background.

Taste: Very mild taste for an IPA. Follows the nose with very floral hops, not much bite. Some nutty, caramelly malts in the background. Finished very clean, but just not enough hops for the style!

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Complements the mild taste.

Drinkability: This brew manages to pack the taste of an IPA into a very drinkable, smooth, light-bodied brew. I would have another, but I just bought a single in a make-your-own six pack...

I have had an Arcadia IPA pint glass for months that I got in a microbrew pint set, so I figured it was about time I actually tried one. I'll probably revisit this one over the summer when we start grilling out again!

Photo of Applesauce1
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got about a half inch head in my pint glass.

had a copper color, looked pretty good

Smell- not too pleasing, I noticed a mustiness, some hops
Taste- good, strong hops, not the best IPA I've had, but still pretty good
mouthfeel - good carbonation
drinkability - decent, could have another later on

A drinkable IPA, may get more in the future

Photo of ihscout426
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Being from the Midwest, finding a good source of IPA is always a challenge. This one is a fine example of the style. If you want to know what to look for in an IPA you could work off of this brew.

The color was golden, a little lighter than many IPAs. The nose was very nice. Piney, citrus hop sharacter that should be present in this style. The taste was well balanced with a good malt grain and not to sweet. Bitterness on the back of the tongue and a residual hop in the mouth which left me wanting another.

Definetly a beer you could enjoy relaxing or socializing. A good base to work off of if you are searching out the hop giants as I am always doing.

Photo of Crosling
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Rich copper color. Ruby red grapefruit, pine and papaya hop aroma, oily and pure. Oily texture with a lightly silky feel. Extreme bitterness, which is a bit rough beginning to end. Lightly toasted malts underneath mildly herbaceous, somewhat medicinal, but juicy and lingering hops.

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

A decent little punch for a standard Micro IPA. Light caramel malt body allows fruitiness and hoppiness to shine. The barley sugars gives way to a noticable alcohol flavor that weaves with the hops for a pleasant boquet, citrus, and drying quality. Smells quite citrus and caramel / toffee-like. Tastes boldly bitter under light malt profile with enough sweetness to balance. Feels light (almost thin) with a clean and modestly dry finish. A good session beer. Throw'em back and enjoy.

Photo of shbobdb
2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

What a strange brew! It pours a pleasant bronze with a beautiful head. It starts out full, almost (dare I say it) Duvel-esque. The head refuses to collapse for some time and whe it finally does, it collapses into a centimeter of fizz that resembles cotton candy.
The beer's redeeming qualities seem to end there. The taste is . . fruity. Very, very fruity. I was expecting hops from an IPA, but instead I get what I feel are yeast esters.
The sip tastes berry-like at first. Boisenberry, or perhaps mullberry, to be precise. It is followed by a mild malty "beery" flavour. Then, the beer finishes with an interesting spiciness. It remindes me of the way Saaz hops taste, but they normally come into play at the fore rather than finale of beers.
Strange brew. Not the IPA I was lookin' for.
Good news is, I've got some Goose Island IPA waiting for me in the fridge.

Photo of thagens
4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is delicious. The resinous hops add a very pleasant piney smell and the taste is just as pleasant. It has a clean finish and in my opinion is good till the last drop. It is a good ale to just chill with. After a few of these I felt like taking a nap. At 5.8% abv it's not super strong but something about it just made me feel extremely relaxed.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours a semi-clear reddish-ornage color. The head is huge, do to the bottle, like many others I have had from Arcadia, was highly over primed. The aroma is very nice, with citrusy and spicy tones. The taste isn't quite as strong as the aroma, but is nice. The sip starts out citrusy, and finishes with some spicy notes and some moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is meium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a solid example of an English IPA. The only thing I don't like about it is how all six bottles in the six pack I bought were over primed, and took too long to pour due to the huge head.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call me crazy, but I tend to actually prefer English style IPAs, they seem to have a lot more body and delicacy to them, this one is no exception. This is a very well balanced, yet nicely hopped IPA. I could quite literally drink this all day I'm betting.

Pours a hazy gold in color with a creamy white head that had great retention. Nose is nicely herbal, sweet and malty. Taste is very similar with a nice full mouthfeel and some fruity overtones. Very nicely done, well crafted!


Photo of beveragecaptain
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Arcadia IPA pours out a clear light copper color with a rapidly diminishing head. The aroma is mostly hops, with a little bit of a medicinal quality. Biscuit malt flavor with floral hops and some citrus flavor. A little buttery. Light to medium mouthfeel. This is an alright IPA. A little malt flavor, a little hop flavor. The flavor is mild and inoffensive. You probably won't hate it or love it. It couldn't be more average.

Photo of rajendra82
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via a trade with TheBlackMallard, the beer came out clear pale amber, with a tall off-white head and lots of carbonation streamers. After the foam on the initial pour settled down, the last few ounces brought in a lot of yeast sediments into suspension. The smell was rather mild in character with some spicy hops riding atop caramel malts. The taste was also lightly hoppy and mild in bitterness. The yeast did impart a peppery tang to the taste, making it a little more interesting. Malts were typical pale and caramel. Aftertaste was a little to metallic and mineralized. Whoever calls English style IPAs nothing but glorified bitters is right on the money with this beer.

Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber with a full, dense, off-white head. Some lacing. Grapefruit and biscuity malts balance nicely in the aroma. Medium bitterness, with pink grapefruit to start and a slightly stronger citrusy finish. Medium/light body with a pleasant hop dryness. Great balance with plenty of hops. This is a very good offering from Arcadia.

Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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