Sacred Cow IPA
Arbor Brewing - Plymouth Taproom

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Arbor Brewing - Plymouth Taproom
Michigan, United States
IPA - American
3.7 | pDev: 13.24%
Jan 04, 2020
Jul 30, 2002
Notes: None
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3.27 by Seal4676 from Michigan on Jan 04, 2020
3.5 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 03, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

Served on tap at the pub in an English pint. Copper color with a creamy head of foam. Aromas of biscuit, and orange blossom. Bready flavors with a orange and herbal hop flavor and an orange rind finish. Having a pull from the Cask gives it an English style IPA flavor and feel. A nice change of pace.

Nov 16, 2019
3.5 by Coho11 from Ohio on Jul 25, 2018
3.65 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Mar 03, 2018
4.44 by BenHoppy from Michigan on Dec 21, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by deg909 from California

Sampled Nov 2017, in Grand Rapids, MI.
Liked it!

Dec 03, 2017
3.75 by Marvicsin from California on Sep 30, 2017
3.48 by mtomlins from Canada (ON) on Aug 14, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Treyliff from West Virginia

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep amber color with a ruby hue, two-finger foamy white head that has great retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- citrus hop aroma up front with some orange zest, followed by an odd peppery clove aroma. Bready malt with a bit of pine and honey close it out

T- sweet malty base gives way to some citrus and piney hop notes. Mid-palate gives some orange marmalade, the finish is bready with a honeyed sweetness, lingers of citrus and peppery clove

M- medium body with high carbonation leads to a a foamy mouthfeel that fills the mouth into the finish

O- a little raw at times, but nice citrus fruity hop notes

May 10, 2017
4.75 by Irish12 from Pennsylvania on Apr 15, 2017
3.48 by tmcarter23 from Michigan on Mar 19, 2017
2.83 by Stu_Grimson from Michigan on Mar 07, 2017
4.23 by Benjolovesbeer from Michigan on Dec 15, 2016
3.72 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Oct 17, 2016
3.22 by j0hnc2468 from New York on Oct 15, 2016
3.73 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan on Sep 19, 2016
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2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – spicy, fades completely away
Head small (Maximum < two cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy, diminishing to
Lacing fair. Wide partial ring of tiny bubbles
Body – medium amber, hazy, particulates floating about – looks like cider
Flavor – definite hops bitterness and flavor, ends with an alum-like bitterness with a long hang time; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Since this is undated, I don’t know how old it is but it has been sitting in the back of my reefer for three months. Hopefully it’s better fresher.

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 2.75

Aug 11, 2016
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4.56/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Big_Neezy from Michigan

There should be two categories for Sacred Cow IPA: from the bottle and from the Ann Arbor taproom. I had it from the Ann Arbor taproom. The reason for this is that when you get a pull of it from the Ann Arbor taproom, it is served at cask temperature which is a fluctuating 10-15 degrees warmer then you would get from a refrigerated bottle and in my opinion, the one true way to enjoy this beer. Otherwise, pour it into a glass and let it sit for 10 minutes.

A: Rusty, golden color with a modest head.

S: You get classic IPA smells of orange and grapefruit peels. Citrus blossoms and bread notes.

T: At 80ish IPUs, it's got some bitter to it but the malt finishes nicely making for a great IPA. Long in flavor, but not an after taste, that properly develops on the palette.

M: Nice medium body which makes for defining characteristics to develop and for ease of drinking. More than a session IPA but still permits you to enjoy a couple.

O: Sacred Cow IPA should be considered one of the benchmarks for what a traditional American IPA should taste like. Great jumping off point for those just getting into IPAs. If you have the means to enjoy a glass from the A2 location, then please do.

Jun 22, 2016
3.55 by stadmo1 from Michigan on Jun 14, 2016
3.31 by skaboom420 from Pennsylvania on Jun 14, 2016
3.95 by Yeldarb92 from Ohio on May 16, 2016
4.09 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Apr 23, 2016
4.5 by yuenglingfan101 from Ohio on Apr 11, 2016
3.5 by BPMeyer27 from Ohio on Apr 10, 2016
4.24 by shigg85 from Japan on Apr 09, 2016
3.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Apr 08, 2016
4.33 by ESchweers from Michigan on Apr 02, 2016
3.75 by red94tt from Michigan on Apr 01, 2016
3.23 by tommy5 from Michigan on Apr 01, 2016
3.75 by brauseboof from South Carolina on Mar 30, 2016
3.9 by torwart68 from Ohio on Mar 09, 2016
4.27 by torwart94 from Ohio on Mar 09, 2016
1 by Ben_ from Ohio on Feb 26, 2016
3.68 by YpsiKimo from Michigan on Jan 29, 2016
3.54 by mkyer from Connecticut on Jan 02, 2016
3.98 by Lelampp from Ohio on Nov 25, 2015
4.13 by Zuma2k from Connecticut on Nov 10, 2015
4.13 by bluke338 from Michigan on Oct 14, 2015
3.59 by MispeledStalion from Ohio on Oct 10, 2015
Sacred Cow IPA from Arbor Brewing - Plymouth Taproom
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 385 ratings