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Arcadia Angler's Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Angler's AleArcadia Angler's Ale

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.11%

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
1054 OG; 34 IBU

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 01-06-2002)
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Photo of DavoleBomb


3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.5 A: Very lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is poor and scant lacing is left.

3.5 S: Wow this is skunky. Not skunky as in it got skunked by light, but rather it smells like woodland creatures with skunk being the most apparent. Mineral, floral and earthy hops, light caramel, and a touch of breadiness round this out.

3.0 T: While the skunkiness worked in the nose, it's not so great in the taste. It's like chewing on woodchips if the wood taste was taken out(, ya I don't know what I mean either). Grainy malts with just a hint of toastiness. Floral and earthy hops. Light caramel and breadiness. Mineral woodchip creatures.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit overcarbonated as it "blows up" in the mouth a bit. Could use some more creaminess as well.

3.0 D: It's not necessarily bad, but it's weird. Some might love it and probably more will hate it. Either way, I was glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:12:56 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Alextricity


3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 20oz glass at Buffalo Wild Wings. $4.75 during their Happy Hour. Not bad.

Appearance: Not bad at all. Has a typical pale ale color with a nice two/three finger head. Lacing lasts until the end of the glass. Above average.

Smell: Average. Smells like a pale ale with a nice, slightly spicy note with the malts and hops. Pleasant.

Taste/feel: I was expecting a rating of about 84 for this beer, but was surprised at the 76. This is my first beer from Arcadia, and I like it a lot. Being a pale ale, it's not the most exciting beer in the world, but it's insanely drinkable, has a very nice mouth feel, and the finish is clean. A refreshing English Pale Ale that I'd love to have again. One of the best that I've had of the style. Seems that I'm the minority, as a lot of people don't care for it that much. Maybe I got a fresh keg? I dig it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2012 21:04:11 | More by Alextricity
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky gold with a finger and a half of white head with steadily rising carbonation bubbles. There were also some odd floaters in the glass. Leaves a good amount of lacing. Definitely a clean looking beer. Smells a lot like a wheat ale, only leaving odd the additional lemon scent. I also smell some mild grains and very light malt. The taste pretty much follows the nose. Tastes predominantly of very smooth wheat along with a very very light malt. Definitely an easy drinker. The mouthfeel pretty much remains the same, except it allows some very slight fruityness to come through. Overall, this is a great summer beer and VERY easy to drink. Probably the best pale/wheat ale that I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 00:49:01 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one looks nice on the pour, but it's all downhill from there. Flavor profile shows more nut tones than the hops that I'd be expecting. There are some minor citrus characteristics, but it all just seems to be missing the mark. Might be interesting on cask, but it certainly isn't all that interesting off the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 08:16:44 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber orange color with a ridiculously big full fist sized off white head that was full of bubbles like champagne and took forever to fade and dissipate; seriously, this head was so stupid big out of a 12 oz bottle and seemed like there was a ton of yeast in the mix or someone had shook the bottle for a minute. After it settled the brew left great foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of citrus hops, roasted grains, sweet malt, wheat bread, biscuit, yeast, herbs and faint spices. Pretty earthy aroma that’s on the mild side with a hint of lemon zest trailing.

Tastes of floral hops, herbs, toasted grains, Ritz cracker, orange peel, citrus hops, light caramel, bread, biscuit, mild spices like pepper and coriander, yeast, peat moss and lemon. Muted, earthy and grainy, this has the classic English pale ale flavor.

Very light and crisp feel that tingles on the tongue, with little to no carbonation, a medium body and a grainy aftertaste that’s slightly bitter; a hint of lemon lingers after each swallow as it did in the nose after each whiff. A nice enjoyable pale ale that goes down smooth, easy and was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 03:34:05 | More by CHickman
Photo of jkrich


2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, dark gold with honey-like hues. There was a faint, quickly dissipating foamy white head.

The aroma was clean and rather dull; very little hop or malt aroma.

The flavor profile was rather one-dimensional with some balanced flavors of hops and malt; nothing was distinct. Like the aroma, the aftertaste was clean and bland.

Light bodied with a watery mouthfeel, this ale did not leave a lasting impression on the palate.

I recall having this ale from the bottle several years ago and enjoying it. Assuming the tap was clean, perhaps my taste has changed or the ale's recipe changed; either way I was disappointed and did not request another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 00:09:04 | More by jkrich
Photo of Forb


2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Strong head; vivid copper translucent; head retains fairly well. Leaves scattered streams of lace along the glass after each sip.

Smell: Detrimentally low start to this review as the aromas come in far too weak. A lemony yeast element pushes forth stronger than the faint hop and malt aromas that can barely be discerned.

Taste: Yet again, weak. Light malt flavoring comes through presenting the faint elements of hop bitterness that lack the ability to be noticed. Bland to a lemony citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of light, fluffy carbonation. Light to medium body overall.

Overall: Bland - but an extremely easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 18:04:52 | More by Forb
Photo of scruffwhor


3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

HOLY HEAD! I had to be very careful when pouring this beer. Super craggy head with good foam stickage. Modest bubbling for this super heady, foamy beer. The foam is way too much. Cloudy and sedimenty, mild copper color.

A little fruity yeast aroma mixed with nicely toasted malts. Nice earthy hop aroma. Smells like a nice EPA.

Chalky palate with muted toasted caramel and crystal malts. Yeasty, chalky fruit that is more muted than the malt. The palate finishes thin, but with good, subtle Earthy, Natural hopping.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:28:34 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of soju6


3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep golden, almost bronze color with a huge head that fades slowly to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of pine, bit of nut and herbs. Not much else.

T: Taste starts with a crisp bite up front with some malt sweetness and a bit of herbs. A nice bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and quite refreshing. More carbonated than most English Pale Ales.

O: Decent beer, quite enjoyable. Most English Pale Ales are a bit more laid back than this one. Will have to visit this fishing hole again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 21:40:39 | More by soju6
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a notebook that had a bunch of beer reviews that I had previously written down. This is one of them.

I got this out of the Arcadia Sampler 12-pack.

This beer pours a bright orange copper color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass. The nose has a nice bit of floral hops and some caramel sweetness. There are also some aromas of lemony citrus and a bit of yeastiness. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts out with some bready malts and a decent hop presence. There are some other flavors of caramel and fruit. Some lemony citrus is on the back end. The finish leaves some lingering caramel malt flavor and a little bit of hop bitterness. This has a medium body and average carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. It is pretty refreshing. There is a good amount of a sweetness and a bit of hop bitterness. The drinkability here is pretty good. It is easy to drink, and I wouldn't mind having a few in an evening. The flavor is pretty good, but it could use more hop presence. Not the best, but I think it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 18:03:58 | More by JizackFH
Photo of madeofsteel


2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a warm golden color with a finger's worth of fizzy head that dissipates to a thin film after about a minute, leaving some lacing.

S - Not a whole lot of hops going on, but it is a little citrusy, but what I'm picking up is mostly funky sour. Not much aroma to speak of, even.

T - There's that weird, unpleasant sour... but now it's in my mouth! Faint hops in the back, but it's such a weird, funky flavor. Almost reminds me of Magic Hat #9, which I cannot stand. Maybe it's past expiration?

M - Prickly carbonation, it's a very excited beer for being a pale ale.

O - Since this is from a brewery that has put out some other decent beers, I'm inclined to give them the BOTD and say it might have been past expiration or somesuch, but I probably won't ever get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:54:42 | More by madeofsteel
Photo of Dope


3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale goldenpour with a nice white head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Almost no smell. A little citrus is about it.

T: A little citrus and grapefruit with a nice caramel malt balancing it out.

M: Middle of the road, super smooth.

O: Very mild but smooth and sessionable. Could drink about 50 of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 04:12:23 | More by Dope
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a glossy/shiny amber, a bit lighter than that though. Big foamy white head, soft. Gentle lacing.

Faint nutty aroma. Earthy and some caramel. Maybe toffee. Wet pine and some butteriness.

Taste is sharper than the aroma suggests...to me anyway. Caramel and toffee-ish in the front and soft throughout. Somewhat metallic twang introduces the hop characteristics. These aren't over the top, but a bit more "American" in that the florals move toward the citrus side. Pine is a bit more aggressive. With that said, the hops are not dominant. The malt is steady all the way through and keeps the beer well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:17:20 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of TMoney2591


3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I hope I never tire of picking up random singles at the store... This one pours a clear golden amber topped by over a finger of mostly white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest, lighter grapefruit peel, grass, light caramel, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, but the grass is stronger now, and the caramel has morphed into a mild, lightly biscuity toffee. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty decent brew, nothing special, but something easily drinkable if the desire is there.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 16:05:09 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with an extraordinary amount of head. Loads of carbonation streaming upwards. There's almost too much head retention and thick, foamy lacing.

Aroma of light lemony citrus and the skin of an unpeeled yellow grapefruit.

Taste is a light creamy caramel, citrus and a very mild bitterness, just a light touch of pine. Finishes quick with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little watery and despite the visual carbonation there isn't enough of a crisp snap here, which leaves the flavours muted.

The extreme carbonation in the pour and the lack of carbonation in the mouthfeel coupled with the restrained taste make this a pretty mediocre offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 01:49:28 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of Brent


3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think the brewery may have tweaked the beer a bit. The label has been updated (but not on their website?). A bit more hop-forward than I recall on first trying the beer some time ago (but never got around to reviewing). A bit grassy up front, with some sharpness quickly fading to a more broad malt presence. Finish is lasting bitternes. Struck me as a bit hoppier than the English pale ale prototype.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 14:35:19 | More by Brent
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is orange/gold with a finger of foamy white and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little citrus in aroma with some slight lemon and a tart orange in the nose. This is not very strong and is a lttle hard to detect.
The taste is pretty full with a caramel taste that is also a bitter buttery as well. Some biscuit/bread flavor is there as well with a slight touch of a bitterness that is somewhat piney.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is easy going down. There is a nice smooth feel that makes this a good drinker and not bad to have paired with food.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 13:03:42 | More by Duhast500
Photo of DCon


2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up for $1.99 and added to my Mix-A-Six Pack from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO, (Second beer of the night). Poured into my Boulder Beer Pint Glass and had no B.O.D. or Bottled on Date whatsoever. Hate this from Arcadia! Just date the damn thing!

Appearance- Pours a 5+ finger white head that stays around forever. Has a clear/light brown color body and not much lace on the side of the glass.

Smell- Nice grassy hop aroma but then has a spice tone to it. Nothing else really except these two attributes.

Taste- Not much flavor here! There is a mild citra hops taste and spice but isn't very profound. Wondering how this is a Pale Ale?!?!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, TOO MUCH carbonation, but smooth. Nothing really left on the palate.

Overall- This is my 2nd time having this pale ale and thought possibly the first time I tried it was an old batch. Certainly not the case. Too light for a pale ale, and has way too much carbonation! Of course it could be sessional and drinkability is easy but I will never go back to this one again. Glad I tried again though.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:24:57 | More by DCon
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle indicates that this beer is 5% abv, not the 5.4% represented at the top of this page. Also, the label has updated to a watercolor painting of a trout fisherman.

Beer pours a honey gold color, with a 6" head. Leaves plenty of spiderweb lacing as the glass of head reduces. Head itself is an off-white color.

Has a grassy, malty smell, with dandelion, toffee and barley.

Bitter up front, with a mildly sweet toffee malt that ends dry. A lemon pith flavor hits mid tongue, and a bit of honey that ramps it out.

Medium bodied with a dry finish.

A serviceable pale ale, and easy drinking enough to have another. Obtained as part of Arcadia Ales' mixed 12 pack, a recommendation I make for anyone looking to have a mix of good craft beer on hand for friends.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 20:34:14 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of FanofHefe


3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Light copper-colored body that is clear. The head off of the tap is less than one finger in depth and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma does not impress much. Faint grassy hops and some light caramel malt.

The flavors are typical of an English Pale Ale, but again, fairly muted. Enough bitter, earthy hop flavor to notice, but not blended with the caramel malt flavor as well as others I've had of this style.

Average at best.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 21:54:58 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of EricCioe


3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours medium amber with a nice, two finger, highly frothy head with good retention and good lace. On the nose there are biscuit malts, oats, wet grass, and dried fruity esters. In the mouth the hops serve more for the slightly bitter, maybe a little tart, medium finish. Before all that is a dry malt bill, toasted biscuit, with the slightly bitter finish more tacked-on than seamlessly integrated. The oat note in the nose and in the mouth kind of comes across like a pale oatmeal stout, which is sort of strange but it works. This is a strange beer, and I like it quite a bit. I lack reference points for English pales but I like the subdued hop presence, and if indeed those are oats that I was getting, I'm a big fan of that too.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 18:18:43 | More by EricCioe
Photo of Tone


3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of dry hops, sweet malt, slight spice, floral hops, slight citrus hops, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dry hops, hint of honey, slight sweet malt, slight grain, slight pale malt, and slight floral hops. Overall, better aroma than body, great appearance, but still lacking as an English Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 13:43:33 | More by Tone
Photo of centbeerfest


3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a sample from a beer rep for the new restaurant.
This came out of the bottle almost opaque but with a nice looking foamy head which stuck around until the final drop.
Somewhat misleading when you taste the beer which comes off lighter but balanced. Not much on the nose.
Right to edge of the tounge with welcome caramel flavor.
Carbonation is consistent from tongue to throat. Enjoyable going down the pipes.
On the take home scale I'd buy a six pack of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 04:40:20 | More by centbeerfest
Photo of smcolw


2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Starts with a huge head where 80%+ of the glass is foam--too much. It settles SLOWLY with a tight-bubbled dome. Leaves surprisingly little lace. The brew itself is darker gold with some definitive haze.

Darker caramel and light, floral hop are the smells I first detect. Slightly sweet with a touch of raw grain.

Strong yeast bite that I associate with a homebrew. It tastes "thin" although the body is moderate. The flavor picks up (mildly) when swallowed where the hop shows up. It's rather nondescript.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:28:10 | More by smcolw
Photo of bfields4


2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper color. Big tan head.

Caramel and the fresh cut lawn hop.

Yeasty, light citrus and herbal hop tastes. Somewhat watered down tasting. A bit of caramel. The malt is really lacking.

Very light. Not much going on. All of the flavors are a little too subtle. I'll probably pass this one over.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 00:30:04 | More by bfields4
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Arcadia Angler's Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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