Arcadia Brewing Company

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American Pale Wheat Ale
3.66 | pDev: 10.66%
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Pour this White IPA in a tall glass to showcase its hazy, golden color and dense, creamy head. Rapunzel’s up-front blast of aromatic hops ushers your palate into a balance of crisp, sweet, malt character and lush, juicy hop flavors of pineapple, citrus, and lemongrass. The tart wheat character and effervescent carbonation accent Rapunzel’s light, elegant body while the waves of hop flavor ensure you that you’re drinking a well-crafted brew.
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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a hazy gold with a lasting creamy white head, aromas of wheat, grapefruit and light pine. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat and light citrus with a smooth finish.

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Photo of knapples
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at 38d in a rinsed glass, both pours so far look awesome out of the bottle. Great head (thats what she said). On the tongue it has a bit of a copper metal like finish. Somewhat light and clear in color for a Wheat Ale.

Malt of The Earth

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Photo of Phoneguy
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass a hazy golden hue with a 1/4 head and minimal lacing. A hint of pine and lemongrass in the aroma. Well carbonated with a thin mouth feel, pineapple and lemongrass flavors up front with a dry, bitter finish. I've had beers in this style I liked much more than this one.

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Photo of burnstar
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours bright gold with visible carbonation and lacing on the side and surface. Head is small and dissipates quickly. Big citrusy hop smell. I've brewed hoppy wheat beers and the taste is along the lines of what I'd expect from the "style". Some citrusy hops notes and wheat notes (bananas/cloves) up front. And that's actually the taste the whole way through the finish. Lingering strong hop bitterness in the finish, which raises some scores. Overall it's a strong attempt at a difficult style (any wheat beer that isn't a traditional German). This is unique and good- try it.

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Photo of Inspector_Spacetime
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

L: 12 oz. into pint glass. Two full fingers of white head, which was impressively long-lasting. The beer itself was clear copper in color with moderate carbonation.

S: The citrus/grapefruit hops balance the wheat's character brilliantly.

T: Follows the nose in terms of hop/wheat balance. The interplay between the two results in a sweet, smooth, easy-drinking brew.

F: On the fuller side of medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate-low. Finish is sweet, wheat character.

O: Quite honestly, one of my top go-to beers. It goes down smooth and easy, and the citric hop to wheat balance is, in my opinion, impeccable. Not overly hoppy, but not overly sweet, Arcadia has nailed it with this one.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a light hazy gold. It has a nicely floral aroma matched with a delicate citrus hop character. The flavor is pleasantly hoppy with some floral notes. Easy drinker.

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Photo of Raime
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Arcadia Brewing Rapunzel.

Me and a few friends are at the ole cabin up North for a few days and we decided that to start our night out we would each go to the local Meijer and grab four new beers to try. The ones in my posession were basically the only ones in the single section I had never drank. Arcadia is usually quite good so my hopes are up, but not too high. -18 wind chill out tonight in mio, time to warm up!.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours an attractive copper-orange with a two finger head that perfectly fills out the glass. Head retention has been very strong thus far and is already leaving some light stick. Carbonation is on the higher side of moderate. Looks exactly as I was expecting it to. Leaves some attractive lacing amongst a finished glass.

Smell - The nose is quite pleasant and very clean. The hops take an obvious forefront over the wheat factors but they do become more apparent with every degree the beer rises to. Wheats almost seem pretzel like and even gives the illusion of salt on top. The hops consist of grapefruit and a bit floral with a hint of spice.

Taste - Yeah it follows the nose but the flavors kind of switch around in their delivery. At first you get the nice pretzel flavor with salt on top, shortly after the hops introduce themselves and are once again mild grapefruit with floral being the dominant. Juicy over all flavor. Like an elephant ear at the state fair with a juice based drink to wash it down.

Feel - The feel on this brew is thicker than what I was expecting though that is far from a bad thing. The carbonation is still about moderate and it swallows easy. Wheat dominate the tastes as it sits though there is enough grapefruit to stop it from becoming cereal like.

Overall - A big ole salted pretzel in a bottle. If you enjoy pretzels, like I do, then I suggest you pick it up. I'm amazed that they somehow mimicked the salt flavor and feel as well due to how drying the brew is. Hops do their job as well. Good start to the first new brew of the night and an absolute steal at 1.39 for the single. One of the better beers Arcadia has made and one of the most unique beers I have consumed in quite some time...

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Photo of ordybill
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a copper colored beer with a thin white head. The aroma is hops, wheat and yeast. The Taste is hops and wheat and is pretty good.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I often make the mistake of reading reviews AFTER the purchase but before consumption. The luke warm reviews had my expectations a bit on the low side. That said, my expectations were far exceeded. Lovely brew and a fine example of a "white IPA." Would recommend to friend without hesitation.

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Photo of seedyone
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I'm very particular when it comes to IPAs. In general I'm not a fan.

That being said, this eally drops in the middle of nowhere. The big wheat & shallow hop in the flavor manifest themselves in a a bit of a hodge-podge in the flavor. There's slight oak edge.

The texture is good but the follow thru is a bit cloying with the bitter bits. Sounds silly, but I prefer the taste but not the after taste.

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Photo of zeff80
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of cracked wheat, lemongrass and some citrus fruit. Sweet wheat and caramel with a grassy hop bitterness.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I am usually not a big fan of hauling bottles of beer around, but when I spied this with my little eye during a Thanksgiving 2014 visit to Binny's South Loop location, I inquired with one of my local bottle shops if they had seen it. It turns out that although Arcadia distributes to PA, we don't get everything that they brew! Aha.

The label pus me in mind of The General Sutter Inn's "Pearl" in Lititz, PA.

Having Pop!ped the cap, I employed a gentle pour as the last two bottles from them had been outrageously foamy. The bartender's trick brought up a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had a lemony zestiness, perhaps from the wheat, maybe from the hops, or even from a combination of the two. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. The taste was somewhat muted. I was getting some bitterness from the hops and the wheat seemed to be giving it a slight twang, but the flavor knob need to be cranked up before it will really amount to anything. Finish was semi-dry, but thanks to a decided lack of Oomph!, it was really unsatisfying. YMMV.

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Photo of metter98
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy clear pale golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly settled down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has some vegetal flavors with notes of grainy malts and wheat and hints of citrus rind. There is a light amount of bitterness. The vegetal flavors linger through the finish and detract from the drinkability.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops lend a slight amount of crispness.
O: I'm not sure what hop variety was used in this beer, but it doesn't seem to offer pleasant aromas or flavors to the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Good look a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a mild lace ring. Beer is a nice amber tinted yellow.
S - Good smell wheat is balanced with some citrus hop notes and some bread.
T - Slight dry finish with some wheat in the body and some hops not bitter but sweetly balanced.
M - Light to medium in line with the ABV.

Overall it's OK but not too strong on wheat or hops its balanced and worth drinking.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of herb, hops, pine, slight yeast, sweet malt, and slight grass. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of herb, hops, pine, slight citrus, slight yeast, sweet malt, and slight wheat. Overall, good appearance, complex aroma and body.

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Photo of Chaz
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear golden in color, and with very little haze (which is unique for a beer with wheat malt), and topped with a nice looking cap of off-white head. Decent lacing.

Pretty big blast of hops on the nose. Definitely in the "White I.P.A." range. A bit of wheat/malt character (not too much) and otherwise yep, this is all aromatic hops.

VERY expressive hop character on the first sip: bitter, aromatic, astringent/dry... and with very little in the way of a sweet, malt backbone. It seems very fitting for this beer. Finish is dry. Seems like it might be a good food beer, too.

Pretty good malt and hop interplay, especially as the wheat malt character picks up as this warms up and adds a nice touch of spice. There's a bit of yeast character in here, too, but (it's Ringwood?) it is reasonably light. Altogether a great interplay between the malts, the hops, and low-profile yeast character.

This leads to body and mouthfeel. The body is not exactly light, but is fairly light, so this one is very, VERY easy drinking for a style which can sometimes be pretty strong. Of course, the ABV / alcohol kick is a fair bit lower than average here, and so this one almost seems like "session" beer compared to so many of today's American I.P.A. offerings! On the other hand, with as much character as it has, it is a fairly substantial brew in its own right.

Rapunzel's a winner.

Serving size: 12oz
Format: Bottle -- non-dated (but presumed to be pretty fresh; when was that trip my boss took to Michigan, again? Thanks, Boss!)

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Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light n golden as it pours out of a 12 oz bottle.

Light wheat and yeasty nose.

Zesty citric notes and some pepper and more yeast on the back end

Ehh...not terrible, decent enough sessioner, but nothing special..

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Arcadia's Rapunzel last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and a hoppy wheat beer sounds pretty good right now, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it fits the name and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a lightly hazy golden color that took on more of darker golden amber color when held to the light with just a little over two fingers worth of creamy white head that left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart a slightly fruity, earthy and spicy hop aroma, but I also get this weird vegetal aroma that has a slightly rotten aspect to it. Up next comes the malts which impart some wheat, bready, sweet malt and slightly grainy aromas. This beer had an ok aroma, but I could have gone without the light rotten vegetal aroma.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by hops still being the first to show up and they impart all those hoppy aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time it's the spicy hops that really stand out the most. I only get a just a slight hint of of that rotten vegetal aspect that I got in the aroma. Up next comes the malts which are very light and impart a slight wheat, sweet malt and grainy flavors comes through on the aftertaste. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium sweetness that lingers just a little and it had a very spicy hop and light grainy wheat like aftertaste. This beer tasted ok, but i thought the hop profile was too one note and I wish it was more like the hop profile in the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, pretty crisp, a little prickly, medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but the carbonation could be toned down a little and it could be smoother.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok, and I thought it was a very average example of the style, almost every aspect had something off with it and in the end that made for a a beer that was for sure rough around the edges and it wasn't as balanced and as tasty as I would like. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't smoothest, it was pretty crisp, a little prickly, not filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it was the only aspect that didn't have anything wrong with it and I thought it was just a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer was the taste and aroma, they were disappointing and they really didn't have the nice balance that I look for in this style and I also didn't like that rotten vegetal aspect. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it either, I don't think it's a good example of the style. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, Arcadia is a good brewery, but I think they dropped the ball with this one, I normally wouldn't expect to get any off aspects in their beer, but this one had more than a few and in the end I just didn't enjoy it. This is now one of the least favorite beers from Arcadia and I think it's on the lower end of the style. Better luck next time guys, this beer needs some work.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Chill hazed gold in color, moderate-to-short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint citrus hop note
Taste-Citrus hop, pale wheat, light-bodied but nice hop flavor all around.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, floral, grass, pine, wheat, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt balance; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, wheat, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, wheat, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice, Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good wheat IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Artwork on the label expresses a Rapunzel figure bathing in the foam of a wheat beer lying in the hefeweizen glass; I’m a fan so far. Pours with a copper color in the glass skimpy fierce white head whimsical layered lacing.

Aromatics offer up some earthy vegetal notes brewed with Michigan hops,but I’m not sure of the Variety. A bit perfumey kind of off putting to me at first followed with some mango and faint apple fruitiness.

Flavor is definitely off, dirty hop water dank cloying unfermented sweetness lingering raw hop bitterness and perfume like spice notes just kill it. Wow, what a disappointment for me, the label looks great but don’t judge this beer by it’s cover.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied linger hop notes really kill the experience, comes off cloying with each sip and it doesn’t improve. There are so many great hoppy wheats out there, a style that’s hard to beat when done right.

Overall, Arcadia needs to re-work this recipe very harsh and unpleasant I’m praising the beer gods as we speak, due to the fact that I didn’t buy a whole six pack.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%

This was a very refreshing beer last evening. Had it at a former colleagues cottage on a lake. The beer was well balanced with hops that leaned toward citrus and pine. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a very nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The eggshell-colored head starts off with some extremely creamy heft after rising to nearly two fingers. It doesn't take long to fall, though, but the thick foam is strong in its own right. It leaves a sticky, frothy ring of lace at the top of the glass and follows its recession with spotting.
Wheat just brings in a little dryness and must on the nose along with an earthiness that's clean. There are some sweeter, slightly tangy fruity esters. Hops offer what for the style is an assertive dose of leafy, grassy and slightly herbal bitterness. Underneath is a ghost of powdered sugar and a lemony zest.
The overall character is lost in the flavor, though the hops are more assertive. It's a tit-for-tat I'd like in this beer's case to have gone the other direction. The hops become pithy and astringent to a moderate degree, adding a bit too much sharpness before finishing with some toasted grains. It's still leafy in its overall character, but the malts are simply pushed aside rather than integrated to complement the hops. While a step down from the nose, it isn't bad, though.
The body is medium. It's crisp, clean and fairly dry with a twang that holds the tongue all the way through. The pith builds up as it goes, but it holds up for a good while.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from Arcadia Brewing Co., haven't had anything new from these guys in quite a while. A 'wheat India pale ale' according to the label. The label also lists a 5.80% abv, so I'm not sure if this is a new incantation of an old beer or what.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a cloudy golden orange colored body with a finger of frothy white head. Adequate carbonation streaming topside from the etching at the bottom of the glass. Some soapy sudsy lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The smell is mostly grainy and wheaty. Light yeast presence, orange rinds, & citrus pith, but it is basically a pretty tame aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - grainy, wheaty, and grassy. Light herbal hop presence, but nothing in the way of what a normal IPA would taste like.

M - The feel is crisp and clean. Dry & bready on the finish. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a fairly bland and uninspired wheat "IPA" from Arcadia. It's really not a bad beer in any way, but like others have said it just feels uninspired and average at best.

Arcadia Rapunzel ---3.5/5

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

Another wheat IPA. Innovation. My industry-wide cynicism aside, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, grass, light lime peel, a touch of mango, and a hint of toasted biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the grass taking the lead amongst the hops, much to my chagrin (as this toned down the interplay between the citrus-ish wheat character and the fruity hops). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice enough "white IPA", though I feel it copped out with the grassy hop dominance, basically ignoring the wheat aspect. Still, it's not bad, it's just uninspired, I guess.

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Rapunzel from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 144 ratings