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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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 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.

BEERchitect, Mar 11, 2006
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.

shbobdb, Feb 25, 2006
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.

thagens, Feb 21, 2006
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.

KarlHungus, Feb 11, 2006
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!


Gaisgeil, Feb 03, 2006
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.

beveragecaptain, Dec 27, 2005
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.

rajendra82, Nov 28, 2005
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.

DrJay, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown bottle sealed with a brass colored crown cap that has the words ‘Arcadia Ales’ in green Celtic font. The Celtic style text is also prevalent on the gold/white text on black neck label and pale sky blue main label. The neck label sports a crossed Old Glory and Union Jack, yet the main label has clear aspirations to represent all that is mythical about the heritage of English IPA’s, a large sailing ship sails across a Union Jack inside and oval which itself is set against a very light blue background which sports a blue-print like drawing of a sailing ships masts and rigging. Labeled as an ‘IPA India Pale Ale’, no Best Before Date or Strength listed.

Appearance: A nice crisp pour has that very satisfying thick glooping chugging sound mixed with that of a softly forming and rising head. Light turbidity in the orange copper body, which is punctuated by streamers. Dough like off-white head has the surface of the Pillsbury Man. Light lacing, stiff but minimal supporting carbonation. Resilient head, looks nice.

Nose: Hop flowers detectable in the nose, but it never gets racy, moreover it is floral rather than hoppy. Soft and light with hints of orange pith and even fainter whiffs of pine oils.

Taste: Malty start with a nice crisp feel. Clean and unfettered, it took some time for the hops to rise through the cycle of bitterness which balanced the caramel-biscuit malts and then onto a more orangey middle with a pine-oil finish. Needs time, and a few mouthfuls to reveal itself properly. When it does though, it’s not that bad, but the flavors are a little low key strength wise I feel which lets it down a little.

Mouthfeel: Started thin but finished with a good coating on the mouth after 12 ounces which managed to soak and provide a pine encrusted finish long after the swallow.

Drinkability: Very easy going, a nice brew that certainly doesn’t offend, but it doesn’t really stand up in the long term to the current IPA competition on the market in my honest opinion.

Overall: Middle of the road IPA cum hoppy Pale Ale. You know the one, you’ve had it a hundred plus times before, it would be wrong to be overtly nasty about it, and a tad flattering to be too nice about it. Good enough, not quite great but above average in many ways, the sort of brew that would suit a mildy spicy Curry without too much palate damage.


…and thanks to that fine Gentleman Sir Joe of Minnesota for this one!

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

High quality IPA. Cloudy with lace. Grapefruit aroma, moderated in taste by carmel and being well malted. Juicy peach and piney. Heavy carbonation. Thanks Dr. Jay for sharing Medium mouthfeel. .Better than average brew and decent representation of style, and would like to try on tap.

Sammy, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dustly light copper with a good amount of suspended floaties causing the dusty tone. Way too big of a foam flies up and over the top with a moderate pour. Had to wait for a minute or two before empting the rest which also seemed to have some foam in it when last poured. Weird and unwelcome. Other then that the head tends to stay fluffy and lumpy with big holes missing. Much of the lightly yellowed foam stays attached to the sides of the glass as the middle gives way.

Aroma is much more like an American amber then an English IPA. Kinda light but tilted enough to get a good idea of whats there...dry, woodish, semi toasted and burnt with bread crusts. Only light citrusy hints make it through to add a bit of hop sense to the heft of wood that stays dry and sprucey.

Taste is borderline, and plainly so, as an amber, again not much to it as an IPA. Would make a half way decent amber in most regards. Flavors are mildly set and starchy with dryish, lightly woodish, cardboard dusted characters with a bit toasty and tiny amounts of citrus leafy hops adding a small leaved bite and bitterness to the finish. Umm...amber ale anybody.

Feel is about medium with a softer/wet front. Tends to be a little quick but comes across very clean and well rounded with the dry woodish stuff. Finish is the better half as it both picks up flavor profile and body.

As an IPA this just ain't cutting it for me. Puzzling really. Even as an English style? As an amber this could be something worth while. As a beer to drink and enjoy its still a bit underwhelming and plain though. Likeable, but passable, yet better then most. One of those right-in-the-middle brews.

tavernjef, Oct 22, 2005
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
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