Sacred Cow IPA | Arbor Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 382
Photo of BMMillsy
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is ABC's main brew. Pours golden with plenty of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom and a one finger white head. Aroma is mostly pine, bitter for sure. Flavor follows this with a big focus on bitter pine flavors, some light sweetness, and not a whole lot else going on. While this is a solid brew, it could use a little more complexity. I'm happy to have it whenever I go, but not really one to seek out. Decent beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Dense rocky head, hazed golden amber

SMELL: Oily citric rind, nectarines, estery, toasted biscuits, nutty yeast, mild caramel

TASTE: Orange zest, mild toasted biscuit, warming alcohol, hop bitterness, yeasty, taffy, evergreen, mango, bitter semi-dry finish

A solid IPA, 80 IBUs? Sure it is bitter but I focused on the well rounded hop character rather than just the bitterness. A balanced drinkable IPA.

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Photo of warnerry
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber with one finger oh head that dissipates quickly.

S - Floral and citrus hops are about all I get from this. Smell is pretty appealing though.

T - Nice hop bitterness up front. The is some pine in the taste that I didn't get from the smell. Pretty good.

M - Medium mouthfeel that coats the palate somewhat. Good carbonation level.

O - Not the best IPA around, but one of the better beers I've had from Arbor.

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Photo of gopens44
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mountainous beige frothy head rests on the translucent caramel colored beer. A bright immediate citrus aroma drifts ahead of a more malty fragrance. Taste leaps out as quickly with the citrus taste as the nose brings it about but the difference here is the overwhelming bitterness followed by a peppery finish. Body is thin and highly carbonated with an aftertaste that is bitter but also a little cola like, odd as that may seem. Overall, this does not dissapoint. Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of tapman
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 finger of rich, creamy off-white foam. Body is a dark red-brown and is quite opaque from even a careful pour. Sweet, fresh baked toffee-chip cookies and fruity, floral, and slightly spicy hop notes in the nose. Malt flavor is heavy on the darker malts and has a sweet, raisin-like red ale quality while the hops are moderately high in bitterness and taste vegetal and soapy. Mouth is a dry and a little grainy from all the beasties floating around.

A decent brew, but very heavy all the malt. I prefer them slightly cleaner, but still pretty good.

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Photo of tenaciousp65
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- pours a dark amber with a nice one and half inch head

s-it smells like an ipa but with a more earthy, grass smell. hard to describe

t-the hops come through quick but quickly move out of the way for a gentle and deep balance of malt that almost tastes like corn

m-this is really smooth and none of the flavors are overpowering

o- this is a really nice IPA. I don't know if I'd rush out to buy or recommend this one but it certainly gets the job done

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Photo of Spiekerbox
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orange, amberish. Cloudy with a moderate white head that dissipates in a couple minutes while lacing on the glass.

S- More bitter pine and herbal but there are some citrus notes. Malt is also present behind the hops.

T- Mostly citrus hops and maltyness up front with pine at the end of the drink. Nice malty sweetness is also present. Not very bitter of an IPA, but the finish has that orange-peel bitterness which lingers afterward

M- Creamy and sticky with low to moderate carbonation. Body is moderate to thin.

O- Decent IPA but not one of my top choices, pretty easy to drink and is one of the few IPAs that you can drink for a while.

Not a factor in my rating but personally the fact that it is made in Ann Arbor gives me no desire to seek this one out.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I need to pay more attention when pouring some of these wonderful beers...I F'ing hate FLOATIES!!!! Pet peive...sorry. The Sacred Cow from Arcadia is a decent beer. The color is a cloudy copper and thin white head that seems to be lacing quite well. The smell is bolstered with apricot and maybe some sublte pine. The taste isnt bad. I am catching some belgium malt character which isnt my favorite, but there is some citrus and pine that helps to keep this beer towards my favorite. The mouthfeel is ok I porbably would choose to session this beer, but I could. Certainly worth a try if you can.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a copper color with a nice thin white head that maintains good retention and really nice lacing. The citrus, floral and pine comes through nicely in the nose letting you know this will be a beer worth drinking. The taste starts out with some citrus and pine hops and than get some sweet malts and more pine, citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, and little orange) and a hint of floral hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry, but pleasant to drink and overall one of the most balanced IPA's I have tasted. This is every bit as good as Stone, Loose Cannon, Avery, Sierra Nevada, Founders, Dark Horse and Mount Pleasant breweries IPA's. Highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good IPA.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy copper color. It had a thick white head that resembled whipped cream. A good deal of lace.

Aroma was mostly citrus with a tiny bit of piney hops. Some sweet malt.

Primarily citrus taste, mostly grapefruit but some tangerine also. Little bit of piney hops late. Solid malt background.

Medium-bodied, pretty hoppy.

Nice beer.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in 8oz mug at Arbor Brewing Company

A - Dark amber body ; nice one finger white frothy head; head looked healthy; held well; lots of lacing; sticky; semi-opaque body

S - Light pine and citrus notes; smooth and not overwhelming aromas; deep roasted malt nose; nutty and slightly floral; soapy-rinse smell at the end

T - Not much bitter IPA bite; beer sip washes away with a dry feel and bitter taste; nutty; light roasted malt flavor in the middle of palate, touch of pine and light citrus notes at the front of the sip

M - Creamy, then turns very thin; deep bitter aftertaste; slight tingly feel on tongue; flat; no spunk or IPA kick; retro-olfaction has moderate level of bitter mucus taste

D - I give this a higher overall score due to the high, cask temp, nice! Well served; easy to drink and enjoyed, cask conditioned, hard to do, but well done; I'd have another if I were to come to Ann Arbor!

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Photo of chugalug06
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice pour! Great white foamy head builds slowly. Brew is nice amber color

S - Very bland. Not too much on the surface of the scent. Some earthy tones. kinda a dirty scent...

T - Very unusual for an AIPA... Certainly not a west coast IPA... Very nice grape flavor.

M - DRY! Zero bitterness, but lots of off flavors. Carbonation is spot on.

O - Very disappointing. There's no date on the bottle, so i assume it's fresh from my last round of trades...

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating on the bottle or label. Pours a hazy, yellow body with a touch of brown. Looks a bit like a hefeweizen. Big three-finger off-white head that has good retention and settles into a foamy cap leaving rings of lacing.

The aroma starts with citrus, primarily orange. A little pine resin and bready malt in the background.

Plenty of hops in the flavor. The citrus is on equal footing with the piney notes in the flavor. Still some orange and little lemon on the citrus side, and hint of sweet malt to finish.

Medium mouthfeel with a high level of carbonation. Solid IPA.

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Photo of masey222
4.88/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. It pours a pale amber and is filled with tannons. It is pretty "fizzy" and has a thick wet frothy head that laces the side of the glass well.
The smell is pleasant, filled with grapefruit and rich citrus notes, and has a nice overtones of tobacco and nutty malt. but it lacks a the pungency I enjoy in a good IPA.
After sipping it fills your mouth with a bright spicy citrus hop flavor, that is really tasted in the finish. Its sweetness from the malt really is a pleasant contrast to the bright hops. All-in-all it is one of the more well balanced IPA's I have ever had.
It has the perfect consistency for an IPA and its carbonation freshens up the experience.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, n8dietz, you are the man for the pick-up.

Hazey and deep copper, rust, amber hues. Great lacing, good bubbling, and a good head.

Rather sweet bouquet of malt and hops. The citric, caramelized orange peel combined with heavy toasted malts makes me think of caramel drizzled over an orange right before you bite into it.

The malts are so sweet that the flavors make me think of toasted honey, bread crust, and biscuits. Resiny sweet palate that has the combined sweetness of orange peel hops and super toasted malt and almost Belgian like fruity yeast.

Very America styled IPA. Very complex and seems to use more than the standard IPA ingredients to get their desired flavor.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an aggressively carbonated, light orange color with a dense two finger pinch of foam sitting on top. Good retention. Lacing. Floral, perfumey hops reach the nose first and are followed swiftly by a clean, slightly grainy malt. Fruity, orange candy hops make a late arrival. More subtly hopped flavor with an herbal presence. Lacking the punch promised by the aroma. Moderate level of bitterness, short dry finish that left a tinge of toasted malt and a mild bitter impression. Medium-light in body with a moderately-high level of carbonation.

Overall: Decent IPA with an aroma that overpromised but underdelivered in hop character.

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Photo of b3shine
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint. Appearance is ORANGE. Much like a summer wheat (or for those of you who know what Bell's Oberon is, it looks identical). Smell is sweet and citrusy. Tastes pretty good, but it drinks much more like a pale ale than an IPA. Mouthfeel is okay, but a little syrupy. Overall, it was good, but I'm a little disappointed. I'm a fan of Arbor Brewing, and it did not meet my expectations.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at the brewpub in Ann Arbor. It's got a hazy appearance, copper-amber color, frothy wet foam.

Nice aroma, grapefruit and other citrus notes, fresh and hoppy. This tasted really good too, you almost can never go wrong with a cask IPA. This one had the creamy and smooth body you'd expect, generally solid in every category. If I wasn't trying to hit other brewpubs in the same night I might have stayed here and ordered a few more, this really hit the spot.

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Photo of
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was available on cask at the ABC brewpub in Ann Arbor.
Appearance - nice deep copper with a moderately frothy white head.
The texture is like an English ale - creamy, a little slick, and gently carbonated.
The aroma, however, is intense American hops, citrus and grapefruit predominate with sweet malt and caramel lurking gently beneath.
The taste is fruity upfront, with sweet and biscuity malt notes backed by intense citrus hops and a strong bitter finish.

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Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra from lewis1rg. Thanks Ryan!

A: Dark and extremely murky orange-red-bronze color, with a very white head with very fine bubbles... almost into nitro-tap territory. The lacing was substantial.

S: Very sugar and caramel-like, with a scent very reminiscent of red-velvet cake batter.

T: Very rich! If I didn't know any better and didn't know the style before-hand, I would have called this an imperial red ale. It sort of tasted like a cross between Boulevard's "Double Wide IPA" and Port's "Shark Attack." Very interesting indeed. The hop character was create by sugar and candy quality rather than citrus and pine.

M: Sugary and grainy for sure, but not at all bad. The carbonation was fine and the sweet elements didn't linger for long. Spicy food would cut this nicely.

O: It appears from sifting through some of the past reviews, this one divides a lot of people. As for me, I wouldn't drink it every day, but I would love to try it again, especially on tap....

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Photo of kwjd
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour with thick white head. Head dissipates leaving a thin layer on the top of the beer. Smells of citrus hops with caramel malt. Flavour has a nice bitterness level to it, with some metallic aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. Just an ok IPA.

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Photo of lnashsig
2.39/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my Dfh snifter, a dark orange color that leaves a little bit of fluffy foam and some glass lacing. Smell- uh oh, there is something wrong here. I get a unpleasant grass flavor, mixed with a hint glue? Taste- unpleasant band aid scent, some toffee, some bitterness (but not apparently from the hops- I can't seem to find them anywhere!). This IPA is a disaster. Total drainpour, and I will not seek out again.

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Photo of southsider
2.82/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving size was 12 oz in pint glass.

A- Hazy coppery gold with a 3 finger thick head that eventually collapses to a thin film. Small bits of coppery sediment are in suspension and on the foam.

S-Typical hoppy smell at pour quickly diminishes.

T-Piney,resiny bitter hops at beginning with moderate carbonation.Watery middle,I was expecting some spicy notes. Not really picking up the grains at all. Sharp lingering bitter finish.

M-light to moderate slightly watery mouthfeel.

D- Pretty disappointed because local relatives raved about this beer.I've had many finer examples of this style. Perhaps the sediment and quickly fading smell reveal a beer past it's prime or improperly stored. Will try again next visit on tap if possible.

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Photo of readbaron
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy orange color with a nice foamy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops - mostly orange with a hint of lemon and grapefruit. Slightly flowery as well.

Tates like you'd expect it to - hop forward with a hint of citrus. Some pine notes too (from the hops). Maybe a hint of malt towards the end.

Mouthfeel is very nice - a bit creamier and thicker than I expected.

I could drink more than one, if necessary.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No bottling or best by date. The body was a dull golden that had a bit of sediment causing haze. There was a light tan head that settled to a film.

The smell was apple skins and a little sour rag. Floral. It became more pungent as it warmed. Organic hops, lightly spicy.

The taste was hops oils that lingered. Not really that bitter but hops oils. A bit like sucking on a penny. Earthy "dirty" hops flavor as it warmed. Spiciness. Subtle malts.

The mouthfeel was adequately zesty with a medium body/density.

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Sacred Cow IPA from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 382 ratings