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Arcadia Angler's Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 01-06-2002

1054 OG; 34 IBU
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Photo of drxandy
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to ale glass, pours a honey amber golden brown, nice light carbonation - cream colored head fades

smells of light crisp malts/hops

tastes of a good weight for a pale ale, bitter yet malty, citrus peel, heavy flavors, biscuity, sweet and delicious

mouthfeel abounds of good flavors, nicely balanced, with good texture and carbonation, extremely sessionable.

a very nice pale offering from arcadia for sure, if not one of my favorite pale ales in general :D

Photo of nrbw23
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright copper color with a quickly dissipating white head. Leaving a few ligh rings of lacing.

S- Smells floral, fruity and bready.

T- Taste is fairly malty with a nice flavour of caramel and toasted malts. Finishes with some hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body and fairly crisp.

D- Pretty average beer here. Not bad but nothing to write home about.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +25.1%
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!!!

Photo of dsa7783
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"A Pale Ale In The British Tradition" on the green, front logo sticker...
Very impressive appearance... A hefty pour conceded a dark-orange hue with massive carbonation and an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power before slowly dissipating...
Nice, enticing, bread and butter aroma along with a hint of caramel thrown into the mix...
A refreshingly, tart, citrus-laden, pepperish flavor... Definitely different from the average APA in terms of taste... Crisp, caramel-filled mouthfeel with aftertastes of vanilla and bubbling carbonation...
Good stuff from Arcadia...
Definitely an interesting sample...

Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was greatly surprised and impressed by this one. I first heard about it last fall and I had looked it up and their own website made it sound like a weak, light beer so I avoided it for the longest time. However, I gave it a shot recently and was very glad I did. It reminded me of a strong, English pale, very similar to a Bass. It had some mild yet distict hops but also a solid malt finish. This may be one of my new favorites from Arcadia!

Photo of jwc215
2.16/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Best by Aug. notched on label:

This was a gusher - poured foam that pretty quickly settled revealing an amber body.

The smell is fruity - pears and apple with a caramelish background.

The taste is of pear and sour apple with a light sweet caramelish/grainy maltiness. Slight metallic notes mix in. Cracker-like and yeasty. This is a mess. Bitter notes don't blend so well with the maltiness.

The feel is the lamest part of this brew. Watery and fizzy.

Odd, non-complementary tastes with a ridiculously fizzy/over-carbonated feel. Not good.

Photo of deapokid
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opening with a mild fruit aroma with notes of hops and multi-grain cereal and followed by a tame orangy/yellow coloration with a grainy appearance and mild sediment, this pale ale plays it safe and never really rises to the occasion.
The taste teeters towards the sweeter side, often reminding me of citrus fruit acidity and tingles the tongue a bit, but not enough to cause any positive or negative reaction. It's not a hard beer to drink and could probably bring moderate enjoyment during a session, but it never really challenges itself to be anything but mediocre.

Photo of alexgash
2.33/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very cloudy dark tangerine is loaded with sediment. Big, gushy, cobweb cumulus head of light beige. Nice head, but the sediment worries me a little. Pine needles are big on the nose along with faint sugar cookie malt. Tart, citrusy hop flavors up front. Acidic and lemony. Mild biscuit and sugar cookie malt, but mostly covered up by the metallic citrus. Gushy, overcarbonated mouthfeel. Not very good.

Photo of hwwty4
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, definitely an interesting brew. Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack goblet. Poured a hazy amber with a sizable off white head that left a slight lacing down the glass. Aroma is of sweet fruits, like apples with a bit of hops. Taste is almost like a hoppy dry cider. Interesting but not necessarily in a good way. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style, but honestly that's they way I like it. It's a good beer. Not great but solid.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright copper-tangerine color with a quickly dissipating white head.

S: On the nose was a faint fruity aroma,light citrus.

F: The initial flavor was toasted malt, dry oranges, and apples for flavor. A lightly hopping of citrus (grapefruit) was also detected. Really light toasted caramel malt hints with some light spicy hop notes finish things out.

M: moderate mouthful that was light and slick at times.

D: Overall just an average table ale.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice crisp copper colour with a massive off-white head that has good retention and leaves thick chunks and rings on the glass.

The aroma is a mix of caramel, butter, some spiciness and a touch of floral hops. Perhaps a hint of citrus fruit as well.

The flavour is A bit mellower version of the aroma. Floral notes come out a bit more here, as does the citrus flavour, although neither are dominant, as caramel malt blends nicely and a hint of butter is still here as well. Problem is, most of these flavours are fairly faint and bland overall. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and basically as expected for the style.

Not bad overall, probably slightly above average. Could use some work in terms of boosting overall flavour but no real complaints anywhere. A typical Pale Ale for the most part.

Photo of gmfessen
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, peachy-orange color with a huge, frothy off-white head. Smell is primarily hops, slightly spicy and pale malt is also apparent. Taste is very well balanced, a slightly sweet malty background complemented nicely with a slightly spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a frothy carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer and not too shabby either. I would definitely try it again.

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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

Photo of kimcgolf
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a bright copper color with medium thick white head, that reduced to a nice white skim atop the beer thru most of the glass and left fair lacing. Aroma was a muted, yet very pleasant blends of malts and hops, but the surprise was in the taste, which was a very complex mixture of spcies, bubblegum, floral hops and a hint of malty sweetness....all intertwined.

Keeping this theme, the finish seemed to alternate between a bitter and sweet, and although only 5.1% abv, the alcohol seemed to work itself in at the end as well. A very tasty and enjoyable beer.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber with generous carbonation. Head is crisp white with thick lacing.

Aroma is bready toasted malt. Nice bit of floral hop and light fruit.

Taste is similiar to the nose with excellent bready toasted malt. Tropical fruit flavor melds well with a very earthy hop bitterness. Enough biscuit to be an english pale ale, however hops are fully American.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, generous carbonation.

A tasty brew. Definitely has an English feel to it. Excellent bready character. A good session beer.

Photo of Wasatch
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this brew from Vancer.

Pours a cloudy dark yellowish color, nice carbonation, huge head, lots of sticking lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, yeasty, and some caramel. The taste is malty, a little bit hoppy, yeasty, with some caramel. This does not remind me of a APA at all really, Medium body. Drinkable, this brewery is disappointing me at this time, definitely not recommended.

Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper with a bit of pillowy white head.

Smell had a clean bit of toasted malt and a bit of spicy hops.

Taste was balanced with some good toasted malt notes and a crisp clean hoppy finish, lightly spicy with just a hint of mint.

Mouthfeel was very light with just a touch of oil and stickyness.

An easy to drink decent APA, I wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't turn it down either.

Photo of BeerBelcher
1.76/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is the foamiest beer I've ever opened! It didn't surge out of the bottle when I opened it, but the gentlest of pours down the side of a pint glass gave me nothing but a glass of foam and about 3mm worth of beer at the bottom. When things finally settled down I took a wiff and got some very mild hoppiness and some non-hop-generated citrus. Flavor is malty, watery, and unpleasant. Mouthfeel is watery. I can't say I recommend this at all.

Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WHOA ! This is an English PA , NOT an American PA as listed here !

And, as such, this one really comes across nicely – starting with a crimson amber with a massive ice cream cone of ivory. Perhaps too hard a pour.

Aroma of resinous and vinous soapy malt. Soapy in a good way. The quaff was a very enjoyable woody malt, hops way in the background, and there for balance only. Very, very dry brew, this would make for a great session brew, too bad the alcohol is not .5 lower.

Tasty bottle conditioned brew made in Feb.

Photo of hammer09
4.16/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. 1" head lasts a bit, and some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: loads of ripe sweet fruits are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel candy, red apples, plums, and pears make up the dominating fruity tone of this beer. The bitterness is very weak and seems detatched from the flavor profile making this a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: crisp start, lightly crisp and touch dry at the finish. Medium bodied beer. Short fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability: very average beer here. A bit too sweet for a APA, and the unbalanced flavors makes you want to look for a different beer.

Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out with a huge head. About 90% of the glass was full of head. It took quite awhile for it to settle so I could pour the rest. Otherwise, it had an orange/amber color.

S - It smelled of grasses and hops.

T - It tasted of grass and clove with an underlying maltiness.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This tasted pretty good despite how it was overly foamy.

Photo of peabody
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa, suds out the yin-yang here. Almost as bad as La Fin Du Monde. No lacing as of yet.
Smells like ferminting pears in the back yard. An alcohol aroma is very strong here with a cleaning product smell.
Taste is a little weird but I can taste soured apple peels and caramel.
The dirty aftertaste bring this beer down a few notches for me.
Arcadia has better offerings.

Photo of Snyder18
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Arcadia Angler's Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.