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Arcadia Angler's Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a golden orange color for me. Nice size 2 finger head after a hard pour. Lacing on sides of glass were a little thick and webby. Not bad for the looks.

S- Faint aroma on the nose for me. Light citrus overtones under a malty backbone. Floral hops were in there as well but nothing too overpowering or on top with the aromas. Kind of a blah beer in the smell department.

T- Doesn't get a lot better in the taste but a little. Upon first sip I get a huge carmel malty sweetness that is hidden a slight second later by light citrus and piney hops. This stays the way through the entire beer except for the tail end which is all floral to me. Not bad but just bland in taste.

M- Nice medium-light mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little much on this beer and gave it a fizzy feeling on the palate. Light floral hints were left on the tongue after the beer was finished. Light floral aftertaste as well.

D- This is a drinkable beer but to be honest I would try something else out if given the chance. Just my opinion but there are better beers to be had in the style. I would drink another though if given to me.

alleykatking, Oct 13, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very nutty flavor,had alcohol almost whiskey type undertones to it.Didnt quite expect that was quite hoppy though wich is a good thing

oberon, Mar 02, 2002
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

DanGeo, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow-orange color into my SN Celebration pint with a tiny, sparse white head that falls instantly to a ring around the top of the beer. Bah. Nose has a light caramel graininess along with a peppery spicy, herbal hop as well. Nothing that really excites me here...

First sip starts out with a nice mix of pale graininess and hints of caramel. The spicy, herbal hoppiness is well placed and brings a nice wave of bitterness over the palate. A good English Pale Ale...however it just doesn't do enough to excite me.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a slight creamy aspect. Fits the style well and is enjoyable. This brew is definetly easy to drink..however it lacks anything special to bring me back.

orbitalr0x, May 03, 2005
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

WuAnquo1, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of merlin48
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Second sampling from an Arcadia sampler box, this one is even more overcarbonated than the Amber Ale. First pour is 90% foam. Settling reveals a yellow gold body, slightly hazy, with an enormous beige head that retains well. Sticky patch lacing is considerable and the head is rocky with pits.

Aroma is mostly spicy hops, with some vague fruitiness and a hint of biscuit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very overcarbonated.

Taste is overwhelmed by the carbonation. Spicy hops, mild pine, and a hint of apple skin. Very little malt character, just a hint of toasted biscuit. A note of soap suds.

The carbonation overwhelms here. Very disappointing.

merlin48, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, label gives a "purchase before" month, but what year? Upper label lists the malts and hops used, a nice touch. Pours a medium amber with a washed out orange hue. Nose is soft malt. Bready, middle of the road Brit style balanced ale. Chalky dryness late. Worthy, if unexciting, sessioner.

Billolick, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of Snyder18
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over-the-top head. Literally over the top if not careful with the pour. Creamy smooth light beige initially five inches deep in pint glass from a mere third of the bottle. Still three inches deep after five minutes. Slowly falls to reveal a nice pattern of lace.

Light golden copper shade with a slight chill haze.

Strong hop nose. Spicy almost pepper like fragrance with a background that reminded me of pine.

Pleasing mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation once the head subsides. Toasty malt sweetness followed by strong hop bitterness and throat warming alcohol. Hops remain on tongue for several minutes.

Snyder18, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Nose: fruit and resiny, piney hops
An enormous, persistent, rocky bone white head takes up 2/3s of the glass and perches over a brilliant reddish amber body. Excellent lace.
Palate: light grains, light fruit, and piney, resiny hops.
Medium body and above average carbonation.

pat61, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of madeofsteel
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

madeofsteel, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of centbeerfest
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

centbeerfest, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent darker amber appearance, head is bright and almost white in color, decently frothy. Laces nicely, rings and lots of fat dots on the glass. Aroma of orange blossoms, hinting at hop influence. Mouthfeel is heftier than light, subdued carbonation gives it some added weight. Overall taste comes out as malty, caramel and some of the butterscotch that influences Arcadia IPA too much (better tolerated here, in my opinion). Hops are nicely evident but definitely Old World UK style -- flowery and bubblegum slick. Drinkable with some refreshing peach qualities going on here and not so jarring as the buttery IPA from the same brewer to my mind.

ADR, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a clouded copper amber hue with a few welcomed floaties from the bottle coniditioning forms a nice off white ample head leaves behind full bands of even lacing. Aroma has a dominant grass and floral hop combo with toasted malts brings out a touch of fruitiness, nice English pale with American hops. Taste has a low sweetness malts have a biscuit bready tone with more of the spoken fruit character, but the pronounced hop bitterness caters to the palate with earthy, leafty, and grassy hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with more natural creamy carbonatino characteristic of bottle conditioned ales. Drinkability another fine beer from Arcadia could grab a variety of their brews and head down to one of my favorite fishing holes and sip on some Angler's Ale all afternoon.

WVbeergeek, May 06, 2006
Photo of JIMTRK16
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of cynical1027
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of soper2000
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice light orange color body supports an assertive (maybe a mispour?) white foam head with some unusually large bubbles. Smell manages to be flowery and earthy at the same time. The first thing that strikes me about the taste is the malt profile, it could be because i've been drinking Eisenbahn's Pale Ale in Brasil for the last 3 months which is super flowery and citric and i haven't adjusted to our pale ales yet. But malt is definately what i first notice. A light (I emphasize light) citrus taste rounds out the flavor. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both ok, nothing special and nothing bad. An ok pale ale by my book.

soper2000, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arcadia- Angler's Ale

Appearance- Ruddy orange brown with a small head after a hard pour.
Smell- Yellow cake batter. Butter, Vanilla, caramel, egg creme.
Taste- Very sweet malt. Creamy vanilla, caramel, butter, and yellow cake batter taste.
Mouthfeel- Sweet!! Sugary and slighty cloying.

Overall- A tasty beer but the sweetness limits this to a 2-3 beer max!

NJpadreFan, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
1.68/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Medium orange and slightly cloudy with a billowing four finger head. Head retention is amazing, and lots of really nice lace is stuck in huge clumps all over the glass.

S - Funky fruit notes.... peach, apricot, and a slightly sour mustiness behind all that.

T - Eww. This is not good. Sour rotten fruit and chemical notes make this almost a drain pour. Almost.

M - Light bodied, sour, and dry.

D - No thank you! Hopefully this was a bad bottle, but it doesn't really have that noticeable skunked aroma and flavor. Not good.

pmcadamis, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Arcadia's Angler's Ale pours the typical copper colored body and creamy yellowed tan head that you'd expect of an English pale ale. If you hold the glass to the side you can see tiny bubbles sliding steadily upwards. The short head is creamy and holds fairly well, leaving behind spots and splashes as it goes.

Fairly bold floral and grassy hops greet you in the nose over a solidly caramelish base. Very nice!

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and smooth with a delicate tingle on the tongue.

The flavor is as the nose suggests with the addition of a little bit of yeasty fruitiness (pears, apples). It starts with floral and grassy hops, warms to reveal its fruitiness and sweet caramel malts, and then becomes more herbal and leafy at the swallow. Bitterness is kept in check, and given the amount of rich malt present, it can seem almost sweetish at times. Hops linger in the mouth for quite some time, backed by traces of malt and a moderate, clinging bitterness. Nicely done!!!

NeroFiddled, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

WoodBrew, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of lumpy1126
4/5  rDev +21.2%

lumpy1126, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of hammer09
4.15/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite its use of Pacific Northwest hops, Arcadia Angler's Ale is advertised as a pale ale brewed in the British Tradition. And after having a few of these I'd have to agree with the company line and to disagree with its APA style category here on Beer Advocate. This pale ale leans more to the English style rather than the American style.

A - Poured a hazy amber with a coarse, half inch head that dissipated quickly. I had hoped that this beer would have clarified upon standing for a few minutes, but this was not the case.

S - Pleasant and lightly hopped. Underlying note of a sweet malt character, slight note of grapefruit, and mild hop aroma.

T - The initial taste reminded me of a lager-style beer, but then the pale ale bitterness asserted itself. Although not nearly as bitter or floral as a typical APA. Overall taste is fairly malty with a nice flavor of caramel and toasted malts.

M - Crisp and sharp at the front with a dry finish. Good balance.

D - Drinkability is very good. I could easily have several of these.

hammer09, May 13, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes courtesy of BARLEYWINEO, cheers! BBD of Jan ??, not sure what year, tastes fine, so I'll say 08

Pours amber with loads of carbonation (resounding whoosh when I opened this) & 4+ fingers of sand/tan colored fluffed up to crazy heights head. Above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Caramel sweetness & a whisper of lemon hops

T: Caramel sweetness in a big way, plus some grapefruit hops up front. I get toffee notes & more grapefruit, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes with a slight iron/metallic hop falvor, more dryness & a little booze & grapefruit at the back of the throat

MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. This one skews a little malty & chewy/syrupy

Drank good, could drink 3-4 without getting too bored or excited. Hopheads may find it a bit tame

russpowell, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of Shumista
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from an Arcadia sampler pack poured into a pint glass. Like the other beers from the pack this one also is pretty average, nothing too exciting.
Pours a clear copper with a good sized head. It smells of mild hops, malt and caramel. I'm really having trouble putting the taste into words but it reminds me alot of Bass Pale Ale but more tart. I'm not sure why this is categorized as an American Pale Ale, it seems much more along the lines on an English Pale Ale (it even says it is brewed in the English style on the label). The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, again, similar to Bass. Overall, not bad but not great.

Shumista, Sep 11, 2008
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Arcadia Angler's Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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