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Arcadia Angler's Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 252 | Reviews: 145
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.

Photo of mntlover
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crazy foamy mess head is huge the whole glass but falls to normal size soon. Color is a hazy amber color with lots of bubbles rising to a big head. Appearance is good after all settles but too much exploding carbonation glad I started with a light pour.

Aroma is light malt some musty wet hops, nothing special but may be hard to sniffer through a giant head.

Taste is some bitter dirty hop flavors on a bland lightly toasted malty base. Flavor is earthy musty also, some lingering bitterness with grassy dirt mixed in. Not sure if I am not in the mood for this or what but not finding it good.

Mouthfeel is light medium good carbonation lightly peppy must of expended all the CO2 sporting that huge head.

Drinkability is not impressive, thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

Photo of jpkoch1962
2.32/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a good batch. This ale gushed from the bottle, overflowing my pint glass. Once things settled down, a cloudy copper colored brew remained. The aroma was sweet and malty wiith sour citrus overtones. The taste matched the aroma. It was a moldy sweet taste with sour, flowery somewhat bitter background.

A best-by date bar was on each bottle, but nothing was notched. This is really getting tiresome. I don't know how many micros I have purchased that were oxidized or stale because of thier age. This one was probably infected, yet it was on the shelves selling for almost 10 bucks/six pack. This is becoming a real problem for micros. Either they intentionally ship defective products, or they refuse to give the consumer a freshness date.

Photo of woodychandler
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My previous review seems like an early one and since I have the opportunity to revisit it, I might as well. I picked this up over the Thanksgiving 2014 break while at Binny's South Loop location.

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour, thanks to a previous bottle that had gone bad. I still wound up with a finger of rocky, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had a toffee malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of prickly carbonation present. The taste was primarily of a caramel-like sweetness, but underlain by a faint minty hoppiness. It was definitely an EPA and while I have (apparently) become more tolerant of them than when I wrote my original review, I was still not finding it to my liking. It just seemed lacking in terms of any Ooomph. Finish was semi-dry with the hops lending a coolness on the finish and breaking up the malt presence.

My original review, with scores of 3.5; 3; 3; 3; 2.5 follows:

This poured in such a way as to create a huge, light-tan head that looked like an ice cream soda. The head was fluffy, rocky, and experienced good retention throughout. It had a light, slightly malty nose and its color was a slightly cloudy medium-amber. The mouthfeel was light, with a modestly hoppy maltiness predominant on the palate. The finish was more malty than bitter, and less refreshing than I would have preferred.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed August 10, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Nice copper hued color. Dry citrus hoppy aroma. Bland hop and malt flavors. Dry hop palate. Not real interesting, pretty boring. A certain metallic malt edge makes this one particularly unexciting, along with some lack of carbonation and an edge of oxidation.

Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The bottle has a drink before notched date label on it, but no notch. I got it in a Midwest Sampler 12 pack, so I think it is pretty fresh.

Appearance: Poured a lite copper color with a good foamy off white head. The head dropped leaving nice lacing. A lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the pint.

Smell: You can smell the hops upfront, the maltiness fades into the background. Nice floral aroma.

Taste: Medium bitterness, nothing crazy like you get from some craft brews today. This one is definately more traditional. Floral and citrus flavors of the hops are evident. A little bit a sweetness. Nicely balanced with the bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of head stayed with this beer, giving me the milk moustache look everytime I took a sip. The carbonation level is low, which is normal for an English ale.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, medium weight beer.

Photo of cameraman
2.82/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, with a significant white head, about two inches thick. Adeep amber color, slightly cloudy with visible carbonation. The scent of roasted barley is strong, but is soon dominated by floral and citrus aromas. The taste has that barley at the start, it then takes a backseat to a citrus/grapefruit bitterness, that comes right to the front, and is there till the finish. In the mouth it is light to medium bodied, a bit watery towards the end. Drinkablity is very weak, I was expecting stronger hop flavor from the aroma. The nice start of barley was good, it just lacked that hop flavor one would expect from a pale ale.

Photo of whynot44
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice hazy copper color with a substantial foamy ivory head that retains well, and plenty of nice lacing.

The aroma is slightly spicy hops, pine, grass, and a mild malt background.

The taste is biscuity with a slightly grassy, pimey hops note kicking in and lasting into the aftertaste. Slightly dry at the finish. Hops are definite but mild, more like an English pale ale. Aftertaste is slightly carbonic but not bad.

Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Worth a try.

Photo of merlin48
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon first sip, would best describe as an English Pale Ale. The golden / copper, lightly hazed brew shows a moderate (at best) barley malt sweetness and character. Fruits of pears, apples, apricots and papayas show up in the nose and flavor--albeit light. Hopped for bittering and flavor with a light wood / nut flavor. Hops are timid, yet smooth (English?). Weakens considerably into the finsih, saved only by bold carbonation. Finishes clean and lighty fruity and hoppy-dry.

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

Finally a pale ale that rivals the quality of a SNPA . This beer has a goldish copper color. As you pour a large off white head appears. You can only pour 2/3 of a bottle into a pilsner glass and wait awhile for the head to subside before pouring the rest of the bottle. Leaves light amount of lacing down the glass. This beer is well balance with taste consistent with agood APA. Sweet malt, floral and pine and nicely hopped, but not as much as other APA's I have had. I will not hesitate in buying this beer again.

Photo of ypsifly
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint glass. The label is not notched for best by date.

Loud hiss when the cap was popped and a huge head developed despite a careful pour. Light copper underneath.

The nose is mostly sweet caramel malt with faint fruity hops and biscuits.

The caramel flavors are not as strong when tasted, but it carries a lot of fruit and a touch of pine. The malts do retain some biscuit character and there's a bit of diacetyl. The mouth leans towards light and this makes for a really sessionable beer.

Nothing spectacular, but this has session beer written all over it. Cool label. Makes me want to go out and dunk some flies.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perspicuous ripe apricot with a wealth of carbonation speeding up to a huge, soft, pillowy cap of pale orange-tinted bone white. This is not the sort of head that lasts all that long (it doesn't) or that throws down much lace (it doesn't). An okay appearance, nothing more.

The nose is soft and is fairly nondescript. There isn't much maltiness other than a whiff of caramel. Even though the beer smells fruity and somewhat herbal, I get the sense that there aren't a lot of hops in the house. Forget APA, it smells like it's even underhopped for an English pale ale.

I'm unimpressed. The barely acceptable malt backbone is the most dominant flavor on display (not a way to win me over when it comes to beer of this style). There's very little sweetness to be had, just a toasted dry crackeriness that couldn't support much in the way of hops if it wanted to. I'll never find out since the hop load, as suspected, is woefully light.

I can appreciate a modest amount of slightly spicy, herbal, fruity Goldings flavor and some small measure of bitterness, but it struggles to make a positive impression. Neither malt nor hops distinguish themselves here, and they sure as hell aren't gangbusters in combination. Angler's tastes tired and worn out even though the 'best by' date is this month.

The finish is clean, lightly bitter and almost flinty. I'm actually thankful for a lack of linger. The mouthfeel strikes a pretty decent balance. It has a light-medium feel and a bubbliciousness that's neither too much nor too little. Mouthfeel becomes an afterthought, however, when the taste buds aren't that happy.

Arcadia brews some good beer (Imperial Stout is outstanding), but this is the worst of those that I've tried so far. With no real flavor focus and a glaring lack of hops, it isn't anything that I want to drink again. When he should have been back at the brewery working out the kinks in his pale ale recipe, this Angler has 'gone fishin'.

Photo of walleye
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle poured like the discription copper with a nice size white head and good lacing. aroma a nice spicey, yeast, hops, caramel with just a nice touch of malts. flavor didn’t let me down aleast you could get the spices, caramel and hops wit out searching for them. not to bad of a beer.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.31/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another explosive Arcadia beer, what is with that?
Head is absolutely massive, about 3" atop about 1" of beer. The head is a light tan color, the body is a hazy copper color, with lots of visible carbonation bubbles. Taste is bitter, like an ipa should be, but doesn't have the bouquet (floral, pine, or citrus) of many a PA. Is this an infected bottle? It seems like Arcadia would be a big enough brewer to have better quality control, but this beer seems lackluster all around. Not great in any category, Arcadia is very hit and miss (Hit: Porter, Scotch Ale. Miss: Pale Ale, ESB).

Photo of nomad
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive medium copper color, clear as day, in a pint. Maybe the glass was a little dirty because the head would prop up but wouldn't stay for long despite moderate, tight carbonation.

Smells of lightly toasted biscuits, a soft fruitiness, and a mix of pine and earthy/fruity hop scents (bottle says hopped with Goldings). A bit quiet but spot on for British-styled pale.

Taste is true session material, no doubt - barely sweet but full maltiness, followed by fruity wisps of Ringwood, a smidge of diacetyl, and a lemony dry finish that pops with slaking texture and a complex twine of floral and fruity hop flavors. Great balance for a Bitter sort of brew, sliding from smooth but characterful malts to estery punch to hoppy intrigue. Mouthfeel was a little slight but slick, aiding in drinkability.

Great session pint, not a big complex but one that shows in crossing waves over time. Not a beer that takes its age well in the bottle.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.23/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy, dirty shade of orangish-bronze. On top is a massive white layer of foam which leaves excellent lacings throughout the duration of the glass. The smells are sweet and citrusy.

The taste is excellent. Several different fruits are exhibited in both their sweet and sour phases. The hops are noticable as well, and very welcomed. The label says that there are english goldings, fuggles, and williamette hops used to make this brew. I'm not familiar with any of that lingo, but damn this one sure does taste good. The mouthfeel probably stretches to the ranks of medium-bodied, and the drinkability is good as well. I want another one before the first one is even gone. I truly enjoyed this beer, and I'm sure I'll be picking it up again very soon. Cheers!

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale bronze color, with numerous flurries, it's a yeast storm, if that's what they are...head is slim, white, with small brown dots here and there.

Aroma: spicy, fruity hops, mingled with malt, a touch of citric sour, as well, which gets louder over time, becoming more English as we go...?

Taste: slides right on and off the tongue, revealing some of those flavors found in the nose, the fruit and spice, the citrus, and a woody character, too. Really digs in the palate, too, hangs on good, leaves the finish soft and dry.
Medium-bodied, well-balanced, flavor-wise, essentially adequate.

While it's several shades shy of spectacular, I also can't really find fault with it. Very nice, easy drinker, grab one for a mellow session at the ol' fishin' hole.

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

Best by May 05 found this lurking in the back of the fridge. Served at 50°F. Pours golden copper with huge rocky white head that falls and leaves thick lace as the surface is capped by a few mm of fine dense head supported by strong beading. Second pour from the bottom half a little murky with some floaties and similar strong head falling and leaving a dense marshmallow size head in a cap of small dense bubbles. Aromas of nutty malt and citrus. English malt and English hops (Goldings) very subdued for a American Pale Ale. Near medium body and thinnish medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable summer session IPA.

Photo of nortmand
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramle-amber with alot of white foam, maybe should have chilled this one.
Smell delicious, piney-Goldings, very English.
Taste is sweet caramel with a bitter, pine resin finish. Again, very British.
Too carbonated! Maybe I'm drinking it a bit warm, but explodes into foam as soon as it hit the tongue.
Good beer, but serve cold, of it will bomb out on you.

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 4 1/2" off-white head over 1" of cloudy medium amber brew. And that was with a gentle pour. Ok, after much ado to get the bottle in the glass, lots of meringey head still present, and loads of pretty, foamy lace. Aroma is lightly of fruity hops. Taste is hops bitterness over a light pale maltiness. Hmph, after the wait was expecting something more. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, and even after expending all that head, still overcarbonated. Drinkability suffers from same. Too bad this one's flavor was overpowered by the presentation.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Arcadia Angler's Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.