Arbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPA | Arbor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
374 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good
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Arbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPAArbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arborbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beernut7 on 07-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
374
Reviews:
152
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
46
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Treyliff
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of Irish12
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tmcarter23
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stu_Grimson
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

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Photo of Big_Neezy
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skaboom420
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dremiliolizardo
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shigg85
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ESchweers
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of torwart68
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben_
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of mkyer
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Arbor Brewing Sacred Cow IPA from Arbor Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 374 ratings.
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