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Arcadia IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia IPAArcadia IPA

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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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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.

Photo of Gruntlumber
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
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
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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.

Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.