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Angler's Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
his strikingly authentic English-style pale ale is brewed with all-English malts and a pound and a half of Pacific Northwest hops per barrel. It is medium-bodied, crisp and well-balanced with a flavor profile featuring subtle notes of caramel, toffee and toasted malt, counterbalanced by the ideal level of hop bitterness. The delicate herbal hop finish is produced by Goldings whole leaf hops.

1054 OG; 34 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,853
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
270
pDev:
15.71%
 
 
Wants:
4
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Ratings: 270 |  Reviews: 144
Reviews by Calculat0r:
Photo of Calculat0r
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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Photo of nrbw23
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright copper color with a quickly dissipating white head. Leaving a few ligh rings of lacing.

S- Smells floral, fruity and bready.

T- Taste is fairly malty with a nice flavour of caramel and toasted malts. Finishes with some hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body and fairly crisp.

D- Pretty average beer here. Not bad but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of adamette
2.56/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at the new SAVE-ON Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.30. Very reasonable price as the broken up 6 pack was simply the price of the 6 pack divided by 6. Very BA friendly as far as an effort to try a lot of different beers. I picked this one up as I have just visited Arcadia in Battle Creek but they did not have this one on tap. Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass. . Both "Aug" and "Sep" are punched on the right side of the label. Message above that says "Best when purchased before the month notched." Label also mentions that this is a "Pale Ale brewed in the British Tradition."

A Rather basic light brown/orange translucent body with brief (30 seconds) but bubbly very light brown head. Reasonable lacing on my glass as I sip though. 3.0

S Distant smell of barley, little to no hops and very little malt. 2.0

T Barley is primary. As suggested by the smell, very little malt or hops tasted by me. This may be a Pale Ale but you should not expect the hop levels that we Americans have become accustomed to from most of our Pale Ales. Even Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has a significantly higher hop presence (and malt presence now that I think of it) than this beer. 2.0

M Thin but this is appropriate to the style. 3.0

D Good but I will not buy this again. 4.0

Notes: Probably a great beer for the 'ol fishing trip or a weekend with the guys (as long as it is very cold!). The thing is, there are many other (cheaper) options that would fit the purpose that this beer serves.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, definitely an interesting brew. Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack goblet. Poured a hazy amber with a sizable off white head that left a slight lacing down the glass. Aroma is of sweet fruits, like apples with a bit of hops. Taste is almost like a hoppy dry cider. Interesting but not necessarily in a good way. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style, but honestly that's they way I like it. It's a good beer. Not great but solid.

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Photo of Brew33
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of dsa7783
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"A Pale Ale In The British Tradition" on the green, front logo sticker...
Very impressive appearance... A hefty pour conceded a dark-orange hue with massive carbonation and an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power before slowly dissipating...
Nice, enticing, bread and butter aroma along with a hint of caramel thrown into the mix...
A refreshingly, tart, citrus-laden, pepperish flavor... Definitely different from the average APA in terms of taste... Crisp, caramel-filled mouthfeel with aftertastes of vanilla and bubbling carbonation...
Good stuff from Arcadia...
Definitely an interesting sample...

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Photo of Duhast500
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is orange/gold with a finger of foamy white and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little citrus in aroma with some slight lemon and a tart orange in the nose. This is not very strong and is a lttle hard to detect.
The taste is pretty full with a caramel taste that is also a bitter buttery as well. Some biscuit/bread flavor is there as well with a slight touch of a bitterness that is somewhat piney.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is easy going down. There is a nice smooth feel that makes this a good drinker and not bad to have paired with food.

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Photo of spointon
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Arcadia brewpub last week. From my notes:

A= This ale poured an orange-tinted gold color with a thin 1/4" white head. The head dropped to a skim in no time, but left behind lots of web lace on my glass.

S= The smell was...odd. Sort of like a beer that is a little bit English pale ale and a little bit American pale ale and not enough of either. Mildly malty, faintly fruity, with light citrus hops.

T= Much like the smell, but slightly better. Malty sweetness up front with a brief but present caramel note. This was followed by a pretty clean middle and lightly hoppy finish. Faintly floral in the aftertaste.

MF= Light to medium bodied, with an average carbonation level. Ho, hum.

D= This was somehow well made yet it fell flat for me. I think the flavors were so light that the floral note seemed out of place. All in all, a decent pale ale but not one I would especially seek out again.

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Photo of enelson
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bfields4
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper color. Big tan head.

Caramel and the fresh cut lawn hop.

Yeasty, light citrus and herbal hop tastes. Somewhat watered down tasting. A bit of caramel. The malt is really lacking.

Very light. Not much going on. All of the flavors are a little too subtle. I'll probably pass this one over.

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Photo of BlissJunkie
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of n0315
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a good, lighter ale which works great with food. Pours a light golden color with a little bit of head to it. The smell was not overpowering, but smells like any other ale. Taste was on the lighter side with mild bitterness. once again, not overpowering but not tasteless. Mouthfeel was pretty thin a crisp. A good beer if you want to have several and a great beer to have with food. Overall a pretty normal ale.

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Photo of Morey
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish orange color with what appears to be a decent head at first. But then it settles rather quickly and has very little head retention.

Smell is malt heavy with a somewhat fermented wine aroma.

Taste is mild. Hops are there, but very subtle. Malty and Wine (grape) like flavors are more dominant.

Easy to drink as there is nothing really offensive about this beer, but I'd prefer something like a Phin & Matt's or Troegs Pale Ale over this offering.

Morey's Bottom Line: Taste like a home-brewed pale ale in my opinion. A well done one, but not good enough to be satisfied with for a decent brewery.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright copper-tangerine color with a quickly dissipating white head.

S: On the nose was a faint fruity aroma,light citrus.

F: The initial flavor was toasted malt, dry oranges, and apples for flavor. A lightly hopping of citrus (grapefruit) was also detected. Really light toasted caramel malt hints with some light spicy hop notes finish things out.

M: moderate mouthful that was light and slick at times.

D: Overall just an average table ale.

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Photo of gpogo
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear orange golden. Very lively, carbonation is everywhere. Poured a large white head with great retention. Head left a nice sparse lacing.

A- Very light floral citrus aroma.

T- Lemony citrus bitterness. I'm not tasting too many malty flavors, it's a bit bland in that aspect. Seems to be fermented to dry. Finishes bitter and slightly tart.

M- Medium-light body with high carbonation.

D- Not bad. Seems rather thirst quenching. It lacks complexity and the malt flavors are pretty bland. The lemony citrus was interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of imaguitargod
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a two finger head that when it started to dissipate looked a little odd (large bubbles). Pale orange/straw color. Tastes like a Pale ale, that’s for sure. Malty up front with a light hop character in the center. For a pale ale, it’s on the lighter side of the scale for the hops, would have liked to see more. Slick mouth feel that I didn’t quite like either.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was greatly surprised and impressed by this one. I first heard about it last fall and I had looked it up and their own website made it sound like a weak, light beer so I avoided it for the longest time. However, I gave it a shot recently and was very glad I did. It reminded me of a strong, English pale, very similar to a Bass. It had some mild yet distict hops but also a solid malt finish. This may be one of my new favorites from Arcadia!

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.38/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz into kolsch glass.

Beautiful hazy orange amber color. Massive rocky head that leaves lacing down the entire glass.

Honey, apples, bread.

Malts upfront with nice hoppy finish.

Smooth and easy with a slightly dry finish.

Extremely drinkable. Took down a sixer with ease. Not filling and goes well with just about any food. A sleeper for sure. Will put this on my regular rotation.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.5 A: Very lightly hazed yellow orange color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is poor and scant lacing is left.

3.5 S: Wow this is skunky. Not skunky as in it got skunked by light, but rather it smells like woodland creatures with skunk being the most apparent. Mineral, floral and earthy hops, light caramel, and a touch of breadiness round this out.

3.0 T: While the skunkiness worked in the nose, it's not so great in the taste. It's like chewing on woodchips if the wood taste was taken out(, ya I don't know what I mean either). Grainy malts with just a hint of toastiness. Floral and earthy hops. Light caramel and breadiness. Mineral woodchip creatures.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit overcarbonated as it "blows up" in the mouth a bit. Could use some more creaminess as well.

3.0 D: It's not necessarily bad, but it's weird. Some might love it and probably more will hate it. Either way, I was glad to try it.

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Photo of mmcnaughton
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of taylorhamrick
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color, moving to orange, pretty hazy I think - but it slowly clears up, with a nice 2cm white head. I must say that the head is loose, and it sort of fell down, and only left a bit of lacing. The smell is very raw, and there are sort of 3 elements. First I noticed a distinct graininess, with something like lemon zest on top of it. Then there's a yeasty smell, with a bit of a fermentation smell - as if it was actively going on. Then there's an airiness to it a real lightness to the whole beer. The taste comes first with this slight pale maltiness, almost like it's mixed with lemon-lime soda, almost some artificial (read: un-malty, like sucrose). There's just a little bit of all of the normal stuff in this one. The body is somewhere around medium-thin, and the carbonation rushes in with every drink, almost stinging and biting. Lively and interesting. Fairly enjoyable and easy to drink. I doubt if I would come back to it with so much more out there. And I have to say honestly, this beer fits just perfectly as an average beer in the category.

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Photo of kmeves
2.32/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a highly carbonated clear copper color with a huge off white head. The aroma is lightly sweet malt, light floral, fruit and paper. The flavor is masked by paper although minimal amounts of fruit, floral and malt manage to make there way through. Medium bodied, oily texture. Finishes very metallic.

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Photo of Shumista
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from an Arcadia sampler pack poured into a pint glass. Like the other beers from the pack this one also is pretty average, nothing too exciting.
Pours a clear copper with a good sized head. It smells of mild hops, malt and caramel. I'm really having trouble putting the taste into words but it reminds me alot of Bass Pale Ale but more tart. I'm not sure why this is categorized as an American Pale Ale, it seems much more along the lines on an English Pale Ale (it even says it is brewed in the English style on the label). The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, again, similar to Bass. Overall, not bad but not great.

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Angler's Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 270 ratings