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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia IPAArcadia IPA

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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 Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange brown, big off white head forms, laces well. Smell is citrus and floral hops, some toffee notes. Taste is sweet caramel,orange, then a citrus/grapefruit/pine hop blast near the end, with some nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high to medium carbonation, pretty good.

Viggo, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of macpapi
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-copper color with a very full tannish/white head. There is quite a bit of bubble action, ascending, very visibly throughout the glass. A really nice looking beer. It smells nice and hoppy. A bit biting to the nostrils at first, then followed by citrus aromas with a hint of floral presence as well. Somewhat bouquet-like. Again very impressive. This is a sharp, bitter tasting IPA. Most obvious are malt and hops. Followed by citrus. The bitter aftertaste here, is not what I expect from a British style IPA, but not as caustic as other highly hopped Americans. In the mouth Arcadia is crisp, and pretty highly carbonated. Bitterness remains on the tongue for a while. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. Again, for a British style it provides more hops than one would expect. A very good session brew, that will not scare off non-hop heads.

macpapi, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of sopor
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love my Michigan Beers, and I love my IPAs. This beer is a perfect match for me!

Light coppery brown colored. I poured a little over-vigorously, and ended up with a huge, creamy, three-finger head that is making me wait a long time to finish pouring. Leaves some nice lace on glass.

This six-pack for some reason all seems a little light on the sweet-malty flavor, which was light to begin with. Perhaps this is the first inconsistency I've seen in this beer, or my palate is changing...

Hops come on strong at the beginnin, nearly blocking out the delicate malt profile. Hops are strong and bitter without being painful and leave a slight bitter aftertaste, right when you think this beer will finish supe clean.

Moderately light body and light carbonation.

This is one of my favorite session beers. Drinkability is therefore very high in my book!

sopor, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you hopdog for including this as an extra in a trade.

Nice thick head on this IPA. Smells nice an hoppy, like I hopped it would. Funny how one can go from malt to hops in no time on their b-day. I owe it to the Foo FIghters for I get around.

Thick, and I mean oily thick IPA here folks. Not a whimpy IPA in the least. This bitch kicks ass and takes names. Not for the "eh yeah, I guess I like hops sometimes" crowd. This is a solid IPA brew.

fdrich29, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty light body for an IPA, rather PA like, with a light copper color. Head is almost non-existant, even after an aggresive pour. Very nice smell, though. Lots of grapefruit ad citrus to enjoy, like straight up lemon juice. Taste is rahter displeasing. Flavors are bitter and hoppy, but also sour and unpleasent. Lots of hops, though, which makes this beer drinkable. Still, much better IPAs exist.

TastyTaste, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber appearance and essentially clearish. Milky head, clings to the glass in pretty nice partial Belgian lace patterns. Flowery aroma, almost similar to a cheap cologne. Pretty full in body, the carbonation is there but quite low in its assertion. First impression nice flavors in some aspects, especially at first (it gets a bit annoying) -- thick and malty but buttery with caramel. Its IPA status may be confirmed by aromatic floral notes that almost verge on candyish overall. Seems schizophrenic in many ways, diacetyl in character and thickish, the English hop profile doesn't quite drag it back and it seems overall odd for the style in a number of ways.

ADR, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12oz with the lot# notched on the side of the label, poured into a pint.

Dark amber with a foamy two finger head that is light tan and sticks to the glass leaving light lace.

Smells of citric hops. Bitter grapefruit and some pine tar.

Malts come through when first sipped. They give the mouthfeel a good begining but it turns to water towards the bitter hop heavy finish. Something is out of whack here. The hops seem to have an off taste.

Its sessionable, but nothing special overall.

ypsifly, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

RBorsato, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

ALESwhatCURESya, May 15, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

feloniousmonk, May 07, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

orbitalr0x, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kmpitz2, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

SupaCelt, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerFink, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

tgbljb, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Billolick, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

cubedbee, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

LarryKemp, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Backer2004, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of dgallina
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

dgallina, Jan 27, 2005
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Puddleglum
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Puddleglum, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of ken3c
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ken3c, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of Ellbert
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Ellbert, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of silenius
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

silenius, Oct 06, 2004
Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.