Arcadia IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry-hopped with Columbus hops in our open fermenters, our IPA boasts a bright floral aroma and flavor reminiscent of pine and lemon peel. The pronounced hop bitterness is balanced by a medium-bodied caramel and biscuity malt character with a nutty finish. It showcases many subtle earthy bitter notes, rather than the resinous citrus-rind bite often featured in many American-style IPA's.

1060 OG; 41 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-29-2002

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Ratings: 710 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of Sudmissle
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a nice foamy head that quicky settles to about 2mm. Taste is bright and crisp with strong hops bite, but it quickly dissipates and the flavor gets thin. This was my first IPA two years ago, but I find the logical progression took me to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and then to Bell's Two Hearted Ale for the high water mark of a well-balanced IPA style brew. As others have said in prior reviews, this is a great "starter IPA," which is good advice. Overall, a quality brew for those who appreciate a strong hop presence.

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Photo of Viking
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy harvest orange colored body, with moderate amounts of carbonation and suspended sediment. Half-inch-thick creamy head. Retention leaves a bit to be desired, but it still leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Very well balanced aroma of herbal and floral/citrusy hops and caramel malt. Mellow hoppy flavor, herbal and somewhat citrusy. Plenty of toasty caramel malt for balance. Malt flavor and aroma become more dominant as the brew warms, but it never loses its hoppy flavor. Hop bitterness is moderate, but very refreshing and nearly perfect for an English-style IPA. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and almost chewey, with an extremely oily hop finish.

This beer is quite a treat - its very difficult to find a good English-style IPA in this area. Special thanks to my little sister for bringing this one from Michigan.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with Pale, Crystal, and Carapils malts. Hopped with Fuggles, Cascade, and Centennial.

OG=1.060, 5.8% ABV.

Golden caramel in color, slight chill haze, really very clear considering it's not filtered..bits of yeast swimming like fish in a sea of beer. Forms a white, rocky 2-finger head which sticks around and forms nice lace...meringue peaks on top of LARGE bubbles. Fairly well carbonated. Aroma is of cascade hops, but has a certain Tettnang/Hallertauer spiciness, esters, a lemony sourness, and..what is that?...bavarian wheat yeast? Interesting!. Smells quite nice, gets the salivary glands working overtime. Taste is rough around the edges...I think the hopping could be is a bit more hoppy in bitterness than in flavor, and the finish is somewhat astringent. Basically, it has an amateur homebrew taste to it, but a knockout aroma. I'll stick to Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, my favorite IPA.

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Photo of proc
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very enjoyable IPA. Not as good as a Bell's Two-Hearted or Victory, but still delicious. Aroma is that of pine and grapefruit with a nice, bitter hop presence. This would be a decent session IPA as it is easy to drink.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight orange core and a hazy appearance. Very creamy one fingered head sits on top. Smells of grapefruit. How many ways can I describe an IPA? Citrusy grapefruit taste without too much bitterness. Not the beer for you if you are looking for a very bitter IPA. It is the 2nd best bottled IPA from Michigan that I can recall. Bell's Two Hearted gets my first place vote.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of and Arcadia sampler: This is a decent IPA but really doesn't compare to some of the better ones I have had lately (Ruination, 90 Minute etc). Dark murky orange/copper color with a thin off-white head. Very thin lacing. Aroma was somewhat hoppy (are those fuggles?) with a little citrus. Flavor was hoppy with a light malt balance and a light toasty finish. While on the weak side there was really nothing offensive going on here. This would probably be a good starter IPA.

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Photo of yen157
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Buttery and hoppy aroma was found to come from this copper-colored brew. It was solftly carbonated and had a decent head. Fruity hop flavor weighed in heavy against the soft malt in this IPA. This beer had a hard water aftertaste.

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Photo of Wildman
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a copperish gold, but the head was small due to how they poured it and only formed a small white head with not lace. The aroma was of hops and slightly of citrus. The flavor was malt, hops with a hint of a burnt citrus?. There was a nice hop bitterness to the finish. Not as good as some of the others, but a good beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, marmalade color with a dense ivory head that drops to a collar but leaves some good lace. The nose displays notes of fruitiness and lightly sweet malt. I think there may be some citrusy hop contributing to the fruity aroma but it's unclear. The body is medium-light and smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and just a light zest on the tongue. This beer takes a turn for the better at tasting, revealing much more character than the appearance or aroma does. Bright hop flavor hits the tongue first, mellowing into a gently fruity malt at the middle, and finishing with an agreeable, long lasting dryness. As you progress through the tasting the malt and hop flavors trade places, playing off each other, always complimentary. Not a big or complex I.P.A, but one with a great balance and interplay of flavors.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA has a prominent grassy grapefruit aroma and mellow pale golden color. Subtle butter flavor and a strong but smooth bitter quality round off a nice representation.

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Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 710 ratings