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Arcadia Amber Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Amber AleArcadia Amber Ale

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

1059 OG; 34 IBU

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 05-31-2005)
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Reviews by BradDurbin89:
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3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

Poured a dark orange and had a nice 1 finger white head. The head left some lice lacing on the pint.

Nice malty and slightly nutty and a bit sweet on the aroma. A touch dirty, and a small amount of hops.

There was more sweetness that I anticipated. Malty, and a little nutty. A touch of spice and hops. .

Medium body with a little bit high carbonation.

The beer was alright.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:18:21 | More by BradDurbin89
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4/5  rDev +26.2%

04-28-2014 00:56:55 | More by mchenry1313
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-17-2013 01:03:14 | More by GinsuDave
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3/5  rDev -5.4%

12-24-2012 02:40:19 | More by cliff1066
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3/5  rDev -5.4%

01-27-2012 19:01:12 | More by PhineasGage
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New York

1.93/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found this review in one of my old beer notebooks from a while ago.

This beer was a gusher. It caught me off guard and exploded all over my shirt and my white carpet. So after scrubbing my carpet for a few I'm ready to start this review, but a little annoyed. This beer pours a dull orange copper color. It has 2-figners of light tan head on it. The head has okay retention, and leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass. Also, the head has some brown specs on it, and I can't quite tell what they are. The nose has some sweet bready toasted malt and a light hop aroma. There are some other scents of caramel, nuts, and a bit of citrus. The aromas all seem a little muted. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some toasted malt sweetness. There is some fruitiness and a mild hop flavor. Also, I am getting a weird metallic flavor and what can only be described as wet cardboard. Some citrus is present as well. The finish leaves some lingering toasted malt and earthiness behind on the palate. This has a medium body and is way too over carbonated. The carbonation leaves a prickly feel in the mouth and there is some earthy bitterness. The drinkability is not so good here. The carbonation is too high and the flavor is just off. Between the wet cardboard and metallic flavor I just don't know what else to say about this one. Maybe this is just an off bottle, but if not I don't know what I'm gonna do with the rest of the 6-pack. I do not recommend buying this. It was a borderline drain pour for me, and I never drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 16:44:32 | More by JizackFH
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

11-24-2011 20:04:59 | More by deapokid
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2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

11-22-2011 03:15:08 | More by rab53
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3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull copper with an excellent head. Smell is slightly understated, mainly malt with a slight hop presence. Taste follows smell...nothing special..sweet malt with a balnce of hops..not overly complex. Mouthfeel is smooth with light hop notes expressing themselves. Drinkabilitry is fine...slight dry hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 22:18:23 | More by edchicma
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2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with B5 notched (translation - 12/18/06). OG 1.059, 34 IBUs, brewed wtih Maris Otter malt; sampled 10/1/08. After decanting off of the judicious sediment, the brew settles to a copper hue, with medium carbonation, and two fingers of semi-tight tan head that retains a foamy cap and leaves a bit of lacing. Little sour, little sweet in the nose, with cherries and pits. Peppery flavor, with alcohol notes, some sourness, lactic acidity and mild hops. It has a medium to full body, with ample carbonation, a prickly middle and dry finish. Not too bad really, but definitely not what they were aiming for and I am judging based on the style on the label. Unfortunately, this is the second soured-bottle review in a row - ah well, gotta try to not let bottles hide in the back of the stash for so long.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 18:31:42 | More by mmmbeer
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3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Poured from tap at the brewery 10 15 09 into a clean, clear glass.

A Basic amber look of light brown, some red hues, translucent with lightly creamy head that sticks around for a minute. 3.0

S Not a strong smell of some medium malt. 3.0

T Basic amber taste of medium malt, barley. It might have a bit more taste (more taste of an amber) than the most basic amber. 3.5

M Thin feel with only some moderate amber like medium malt to beef it up. 2.5

D Just fine. 3.0

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 02:43:35 | More by adamette
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4.33/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While this is described by the brewery on their literature as an amber, the bartender tended to describe it more of an ESB. I think ESB fits the label here a little bit better. Beautiful red color with a white head. Also a very clear beer (it seems most of the Arcadia beers had a surprising amount of clarity). The aroma was very subtle with a suggestion of hops on the nose. The taste was of hops with a distinctive malt sweetness. Hint of alcohol with a taste of caramel and nuts at the end.

The hops are quite apple-like, making me think Goldings, however I learned that this was hopped with a local hop, so it's probable that it's a similar variety.

Really a great beer, although, IMO much more of an ESB in character with the light fruitiness and caramel sweetness. According to the bartender this beer is brewed with Marris Otter malt, one of the most expensive malts you can come by, but one that adds a ton of character. I really felt that this was craftsmanship at its finest!

Serving type: cask

09-22-2009 18:01:36 | More by Reneejane
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3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Arcadia brewpub last week. From my notes:

A= This ale poured a deep orange color with a dense 1" white head. The head dropped slowly to a 1/4" cap and left some nice lacing down my glass.

S= I found this beer to smell malty sweet and nutty. Faint hops in the background lent an earthiness to this one.

T= Lots of caramel malt sweetness played up against a nutty toasted grain note. The middle was fairly clean, with the hops being slightly spicy and showing some tea-like qualities. Finish was dry.

MF= Medium bodied with a lively carbonation level that added a lot of crispness.

D= This beer was ok, but it didn't really gel for me. Sort of a "meh" as there was something about the malt flavors that just didn't sit right. Still, it wouldn't be hard to session a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2009 04:04:08 | More by spointon
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2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes on my blog Pilgrims Pub. Pours a dark cloudy copper, with huge off white head. Fair amount of lacing. I can smell sweet caramel and biscuit malt with some light honey notes. The taste has some sourness to it but also can detect the toasted caramel malt. The hops add some fruity and citrus flavor to the mix. Medium bodied and above average carbonation. The strange somewhat sour taste hurts the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 15:32:15 | More by nota
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2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a mixed 12pk.

Appearance=Orange/copper in color. Cloudy/unfiltered. Huge, pillowy, thick, dense white head at first that leveled off to a nice cap of foam but lace was lagging. Pretty good looking beer.
Aroma-Smells a bit sour but still has a sweet malt and nutty aromas in the background.
Flavor-Rich carmel malt with a moderate spicy hop presense. Some bready notes as well. Sweet up front,spicy mid-palate, dry finish. A bit minerally. Malt flavors don't stick around for very long.
Mouthfeel-Very high carbonation that leaves the tongue tingling for a while. Maybe too carbonated. Drinkability is only so-so.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 11:56:55 | More by Tomas77
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3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear amber color with some yellow hues around the edges. Only a couple streams of rising carbonation are visible. The white head is splotchy, but has alright retention.

S- Butter, caramel, almonds, a bit of floral notes, and a touch of citrus. A bit different, but pretty nice.

T- Same as the aroma, but the citrus comes through a bit more. At first the buttery aspect was a tad strange, but it grew on me.

M- A nice carbonation level and overall things are pretty smooth. Nice and dry aftertaste.

D- An okay beer, but there is not too much that is memorable about it. It is enjoyable while it lasts though.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:18:59 | More by david131
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from notes
poured a deep cloudy amber with a film head that left slight but nice lacing
smell was kind of off putting and very cider like, also was weak to pick up
taste was malty with some wood hints finished with a weak hint of cider
mouthfeel was light to medium and tart which left the mouth watering (not in the drooling I want more sense)
drinkability well not something I'll look for again kind of a let down from the line up as everything else I've had has been pleasant to excellent

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:59:50 | More by sliverX
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4.2/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I would have to agree with wiseguy142 and that this beer has great malt qualities, is very clean, drinkable, and deserves more attention.

It pours with an inch head and smells of roasted malt. Bitter walnut and slight caramel flavors complement each other. It came out smooth for how heavy the flavor really is. Would like to try this one on tap!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 01:55:04 | More by Payso10
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful pumpkin orange with a thin but sturdy eggwhite head and a flurry of carbonation visible throughout the glass.

Aroma is very light and nutty, like toasted almonds or pecans. Sweet, rich, and inviting.

Taste is.. wow.. one of the best ambers I've ever had. Not amber tasting like "Ok I just put a pound of crystal 80 in my pale ale recipe and now it's an amber" (uhh relative to 5 gallon batches) but super intoxicatingly amber. Surprisingly little up front crystal taste.. maybe the equivalent of using the same amount of a lower lovibond crystal malt and a little bit of the higher lovibond just for appearance. Slightly bready like an Oktoberfest, but with an additional floral hop twang towards the end.

Mouthfeel is just slightly on the light side.. a bit more body could make this feel like a really proper English amber. And of course drinkability is off the charts for me on this one.

Seriously.. the highest rating is only a B+ below this? This beers has one of the most finely crafted malt bills I've ever tasted. This beer makes me think of fall even in the dead of winter when I should be longing for summer. Hopefully it shows up in Rochester some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 07:54:27 | More by wiseguy142
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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, light reddish-amber in color with HUGE off-white head that seemed to last forever. I may have poured it too vigorously, but I had to wait quite a while for the head to subside enough to actually drink the beer. Slightly hazy as well. Head had decent stickage and retained nicely after it calmed down.

S: Very sweet caramel aromas dominate. Earthy hops barely penetrate the wall of sweetness in the nose. Then I started getting scents reminiscent of a Hefeweizen; faint phenolic notes, along with some clove and a smattering of banana. A little surprising, but interesting nonetheless.

T: Caramel sweetness up front was tempered slightly by toasty malt and earthy hop notes. The word "balanced" comes to mind. Nothing stood out amongst the other components. Pleasant, but not spectacular.

M: Lighter side of medium bodied. Good carbonation. Finishes nice and clean with a faintly sweet and toasty aftertaste that does not linger too long.

D: All of the above leads to easy drinking here. Could easily make a night out of a sixer or more of this, no problem.

Very balanced, yet a bit too middle-of-the-road to hold my interest for long. On the plus side, it would make a good, malty session beer or even a good gateway beer for the uninitiated (for lack of a better term). May be worth your while to bring a case of this to your next party and see if you get any takers.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 07:59:45 | More by PirateUlf73
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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a good-sized head
S - bready, malty, with hops a
T - it initially struck me as kind of watery; some malts; a bit of caramel; and some hops present on the finish. Also, there was a bit of alcohol present at the end each drink.
MF - very thin and carbonated
D - this was an okay beer. It was easy to drink and very refreshing

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 02:16:25 | More by birchstick
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3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of an Arcadia mixed 12 pack. Cryptic date code reads C2. Don't see why they can't print this in a clear easily interpreted style. Smell is malty with an overtone of sour apples. Pours with a decent head that dwindles quickly to a thin line of foam. Taste is malty with a slight twinge of hops but the sourness carries through into the taste making this a relatively unpleasant beer. Not a stellar example of an amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 22:58:57 | More by LarryV
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3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, dark nectarine body. Gauzy, small, off-white head. Nose is full of butterscotch malts, butter rum, and hints of cookie dough and spicy hops. Too buttery for me. Toasted malts and vaguely herbal, bitter hops up front. Cookie dough malt with light fruitiness. Citrus hops come in. Citrus and herbal bitter hop finish. Buttery malts linger. Not bad, but I'm not crazy about the butter and the citrus together. Moderate body with a slightly creamy feel. There are better Arcadia beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:00:01 | More by alexgash
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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ummm not what i was expecting with a beer labeled as an 'amber ale'. As a Belgian Pale, it's not to bad. A batch of unripened sour tart apples must be thrown in with the brewing process :) Date labeled as G4. Saturated carbonation, poured mostly head at first. Micro bubble lacing, I don't know. This beer would probably get higher ratings if it was marketed as an aged Belgian strong ale, instead of an amber.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 02:09:49 | More by BeaBeerWife
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New York

2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium amber, slightly cloudy with a thin white head. Aroma was non-descript; slightly sweet, somewhat spicy, but nothing noteworthy. In fact that's a decent description for the whole beer. There's an odd spiciness to the taste (yeast esters perhaps) that throws off the balance. Mild fruit flavors and medium bitterness doesn't do much to wow the palate in any one regard. Mouthfeel is medium-light and pretty highly carbonated. To be honest, this is an underwhelming effort from Arcadia. I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 18:40:17 | More by BBM
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Arcadia Amber Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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