Arcadia IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

352 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 352 | Ratings: 693
Photo of madmanjf
4.97/5  rDev +40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on cask, second day.

I'll admit, A British Style IPA from America, and done right .... I was excited.

This is not an American IPA, it's a British IPA .. two different styles.

It appeared Reddish-Tan with some foam which quickly became a light froth with milky bubbles. There was a grassy hop aroma that was unquestionably present, giving you the notion that it was taste the same; however, true to style it, does not.

This beer tasted great. It had a mild hop taste balanced with a noticeable malt backbone. Basically, quite contradictory to the aroma.

It was extremely smooth with subtle carbonation and the malt finish was extended here.

This definitely came across as a British style which was highly drinkable without the hop bite. It was terrifically balanced.

Kudos to this American Brewery for keeping up with the way the Brits have been doing it!

I look forward to trying their other British styles and hope that other American Brewers begin following in

 981 characters

Photo of thagens
4.59/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is delicious. The resinous hops add a very pleasant piney smell and the taste is just as pleasant. It has a clean finish and in my opinion is good till the last drop. It is a good ale to just chill with. After a few of these I felt like taking a nap. At 5.8% abv it's not super strong but something about it just made me feel extremely relaxed.

 353 characters

Photo of xav33
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arcadia India Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Unknown bottling (notched F4), shipped out 02/07.
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured a hazy dark amber with a large frothy and fluffy off-white mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong pineapple, gummi peach candy, flowery hops, light bread.

Taste was upfront moderate perfume hops and rosewater and sweet peach candy followed by a strong bitter green grassy hops and moderate bitter mushroom yeastiness on a long bitter finish.

Palate was medium bodied, oily, moderately astringent and lively carbonated.

Overall, this is a great English style IPA. The classic peach flavors are there. Soft and subdued British style. English IPA's are one of my favorite styles, so a bit of a skew in the scoring, but even for the style it gets strong points.

 812 characters

Photo of jaz
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ever slightly hazy golden color with a thin yet dense head, lace ringed the glass to the end. The smell was bready and mild. The taste was amazing. Initial taste was smooth and refreshing, becoming sweet and floral bitter in the middle. the finish was mildly sweet with a citrus floral hoppiness that lingered pleasantly. Very drinkable beer.

 342 characters

Photo of BierStein711
4.41/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Stone IPA shaker pint, hazy gold body with off-white head, and moderate carbonation.

mouthfeel: thicker

Smell: Hemp, pine, and floral hop

Taste: ropey malts paired with hoppy delights-- grapefruit flavors abound with an orange finish

Overall, this is a grand beer; I'd buy a sixer.

 304 characters

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer after a long night on the second shift. Boy, this beer tastes wonderful. I picked up a six pack of this Arcadia offering in Bridgman, MI on March 14 and WOW, what a wonderful beer. I had heard of Arcadia, but never tried a beer from them, so I asked the sales clerk at Mid-Town Liquors and she said this IPA was a top seller from Arcadia and I can see why. Poured into my Sam Adams sensory glass and viola, the beer looks wonderful. Smell, too, doesn't disappoint. But the best thing going for this IPA from Arcadia is the Taste, Mouthful and Drinkability. At 5.9 ABV, I could drink this all night. Thanks Arcadia, for a wonderful IPA.

 646 characters

Photo of SuperNova777
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/27/10

A:Pours a amber/orangish color with a fingers worth of head that falls fairly quickly,
excellent lacing is left down the glass

S:A nice mix of citrus and pine hops aroma hits the nose with a hint of some caramelized
malts in there as well.

T:Initially there is some citrus hops up front followed in the middle with a balance
out from the malt backbone. The backend is then hit with another dose of hop bite
with a lingering tingle on the palate.

M:Near perfect body with excellent carbonation, palate is left wanting more

D:Arcadia is one of those breweries that is just waiting to explode on the market with
all the other Michigan breweries. Very crisp and refreshing, excellent taste, and nicely
balanced out with still leaving a nice hop bite. Check out this brews from this place
if you get a chance.

 832 characters

4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the most hop-forward English IPA i've had.
There is a good blast of cascade in the nose. The 3 hops used give the character a great depth of smell and taste of the almighty hop spectrum. The English malts really give this thing some good shoulders too, and just a touch of sweetness in the middle. This is surprisingly full bodied, with a slight oiliness clinging in the end. I didn't really have any expectations of this beer. What I got was a hell of an English IPA that I strongly recommend.

 504 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer poured really clear but a chunk of yeast got free and landed in the beer at the last of the pour, ended up cloudy. Beer is dark yellow / light orange. Minimal white head and steady carbonation, beer leaves lacing on the glass. Smell is full of hops, more of the piney character than the citrus kind. Aroma is not overwhelming, but you can find it when you need it.
The flavor is interesting, very malty, almost tastes like a DIPA, or something similar. The hops are more citrusy and not that bitter in the actual beer. No aftertaste at all. The second taste was better than the first. More bitterness than the first but it still finished cleanly. Overall a very good IPA.

 717 characters

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a clouded amber, a thick finger of creamy foam, patchy and sticky.

Aroma - lots of pine, some soapiness upon setup.

Taste - essentially biscuit/caramel grain start. Light orange citrus, going quickly bitter with pine and grapefruit. Peaks out right at the swallow, almost getting medicinal, but instead settling back with a mildly sour grapefruit rind finish. I like the various flavors and character of this beer.

Mouthfeel - prickly on the tongue, some hop slickness. Crisp beer, making this all the more enjoyable.

Drinkability - great stuff from Arcadia here, dial me up a few more...

 611 characters

Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark tan with tons of light orange head. It smelled like mild orange hops and lots of sweet malt. It tasted like an interesting mix of citrus hops and sugary malt. It was watery with a little carbonation and a solid bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very drinkable beer with an enjoyable and unique flavor. Nice change of pace for an IPA!

 356 characters

Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes courtesy of BARLEYWINEO

Pours a ever-so hazed amber with 3+ fingers of pillowy eggshell-white head. Hazing clears a little. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Citrussy (lemons & orange) & floral hops with a little breadyness

T: Lemony & peppery hops & little grainy breadyness up front. Grapefruitty hops & caramel surfaces as this warms. Finishes biscuitty with lemony hops & some dryness, plus a little warmth

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation & great balance

Drank easy, a solid EIPA, that I could session on, no problem

 557 characters

Photo of albern
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on this beer is a delight, and I'm completely surprised by the 5.9% ABV, since I would have pegged this quite a bit higher given is medium bodied thickness. The beer pours a slightly cloudy orangey amber color with a decent off white head, not much lacing. The aroma is peach, apricot, some hoppy grapefruit, and a peculiar candied smell. This is really interesting and sweet and malty.

The beer is a tad syrupy, very sweet in parts but balanced nicely against some leafy and tart hops. This is a complex beer and well worth seeking out. The slightly syrupy sweet maltishness complements the slightly bittering, slightly acerbic leafy hop. The beer is bittering in the finish, but it carries with it the apricot sweetness and a slight liqueur like consistency and character into the finish as well. If nothing else, this is a very interesting beer that demonstrates how the sweet malts, and the bittering hops can really play off each other. L'Chaim.

 960 characters

Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I don't know if this has been tweaked, but it's now listed as 6% ABV and seems by memory to be slightly different than a fresh bottle I had of the exact same stuff a couple years ago.

This is a clear, amber-orange colored IPA. A fluffy white head sits on top and, while it doesn't last all that long, never fully dissipates and leaves a thick, sturdy foam that drops some thick lacing down the glass.
The aroma pours out as soon as I open the bottle. This one's pungent, with a nice strength and balance of floral, citrus and resiny hops behind a strong caramel malt. I assume malts are stronger in this one to balance it, as it's in the higher ABV bracket for the style. Anyway, this smells like all kinds of fresh, raw hops as well as tasty malts adding caramel and toffee notes.
The taste is similar with the exception that less of the citrus pulls through, though it does make for a more floral, earthy, raw flavor, and somewhere in the middle a buttery diacetlyic flavor comes through lightly; while it doesn't particularly detract and adds to the toffee aspect, it's not heavy and just sneaks through. The finish is semi-dry.
The body is medium, a little fuller than I remember it being, and goes quite smooth. The malts pull this one through for easy drinking and add some body to it, with a moderate carbonation giving it activity without going overboard.
There's very little that detracts from this brew's drinkability. Either this is underrated or all the reviews are old and it's been tweaked.

 1,524 characters

Photo of RBorsato
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold to auburn with a nice ivory head, lots of black suspended particles, and sheets of lace. Intense piney hop aroma and flavor. Good balance all around but certainly more hoppy/bitter. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a dry hoppy bitter finish.

Nice resiny hop burps....

Per label: OG: 1060 & "English 2-row malted barley, Columbus, Cascade, and Fuggles hops"

Per B.O.M. notes: 41 IBU. English 2-row, Pale, and Caramalt. Cascade, Columbus, and Centennial. Columbus Dry hops.

'4296' lasered on bottle ('04' emb on bottom)
Tasted: 05/27/05

 559 characters

Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Sep 7, 2008
Pours cloudy amber with a decent offwhite head that laces well. Aroma is citrus and hoppy.Flavor is citrus and grapefruit with a decent sweet malt background,and maby some bready tones as well,quite balanced and tasty. I enjoyed this,and thought it quite drinkable

 284 characters

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with the ABV (6%) on the label. Not sure if this is meant to be an unfiltered ale, but there is surely some sediment coming thru from the bottle.
Massive, and I mean, massive head that dissipates ever so slowly to a thin persistent head, leaving very nice lacing along the insides of the glass. Very good carbonation.
Earthy, floral aroma with hints of fruity, cirtus/lemon notes.
Hop dominant taste interlaced with biscuity, malty notes. The finish is dry and hoppy, reminiscent of a traditional english IPA.
Nice rich, creamy mouthfeel leaves the palate coated evenly.
A delicious offering from Arcadia Brewing, and is definitely worth a try.

 701 characters

Photo of avw555
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one.

A- nice clear copper color. thin white head. lacing doesn't last long.

S- Astringent, but sweet.

T- slightly bitter on the back of my tongue. almost a citrus flavor come through. Tastes good.

M- is refreshing. not to sweet, not to dry.

D- This is very drinkable. I could tear through a six pack of this in no time.

 348 characters

Photo of jar2574
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color, with average head and retention.

Smells good, honeyed sweetness. Almost smeslls like an amber ale.

An extremely smooth, drinkable beer, with a nice blend of sweetness and hoppiness. Slightly sticky aftertaste, but it's a good brew.

Nice work. I would buy this again.

 289 characters

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright orange and very active looking. Doesn't look flat like some other IPAs from the region.

S - Excellent array of citrus fruits, from lemon to grapefruit, with smooth floral aromas as well.

T - Heavy on the grapefruit up front. Seems common in a lot of these Michigan IPAs. Gives way to a rich, and surprisingly tame floral flavor. Sometimes the floral flavors get out of control. Not in this brew.

M - Great feel. Crisp finish leaves your tongue dry and wanting more. Has a good "cleansing".

D - Easy to drink from the solid feel, but the flavors get a bit tiring after a few.

I'm liking this one more and more every time. They could've packed in a bit more alcohol, however.

 689 characters

Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sizable cream colored head tops off a hazy coppered color brew. Fair amount of lace. Nice floral hop scent eminates from the glass backed by sweet malt. Taste is fronted by a sweet caramel malt, but is dominated by a nice predominately floral malt, with some bitter elements as well. Nice berry tones as well. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Pretty solid IPA.

 361 characters

Photo of 1fastz28
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a real pretty copper color with a huge white head that laces all the way down, its really pretty. the smell is just as good, lots of piney hops dominate the nose. taste is pretty good, has a nice piney hop taste to it, has a strong bitterness to it, almost too strong. mouthfeel is fine and so is the drinkability.

 320 characters

Photo of dickroop
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew comes in a pretty bottle, but I'm not sure why a Michigan brewery is named "Arcadia"? Well, the American Heritage Dictionary says Arcadia is "A region offering rural simplicity and contentment." named after a region is Greece. I'm always looking for contentment, so this is a BIG plus right off.

Pours a hazy dark amber to bronze with a good healthy head. Aroma is rich in traditional PA hops - slightly resinous and floral - but with a healthy dose of malty sweetness and, the malt being a little caramelly. Taste has nice bittering presence with a full, round malt sweetness that supports well. This is no hop-bomb, but it finishes long and gently bitter, quite nice.

Mouthfeel is a little cloying but quite palatable, medium body, a little chewey, but the bittering hops keep it all in balance on the tongue. I find this ale highly drinkable, either cooler, where it imitates the western IPAs or warmer, where its truer, more English PA character come out. All-in-all, tasty and satisfying. Recommended

 1,017 characters

Photo of danielharper
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangish-yellow, very hazy, with a thin white head that sticks around. Pretty much perfect for the English IPA style.

Smell: Crisp white hops with a slight citrus underneath. Strong notes of grapefruit and hints of lemon.

Taste: Strong lemon flavor up front, followed by a crisp hoppiness. Finishes dry but also sweet. As with a lot of English IPAs, it's very slightly cloying.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, high hops. Thickness moderate.

Drinkability: A very nice English IPA. Love to try it on-tap at some point.

 536 characters

Photo of wiseguy142
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of serving and recommending this beer to hundreds of people at the 2009 CNY Brewfest. I kept claiming that it was my favorite of the lineup so I'd like to see how this lives up to some closer scrutiny ;)

Pours with a general "unfiltered ipa look"- murky tan yellow with some static bubbles and a light foamy head sticking around the glass.

Really light and sweet aroma. Not overpoweringly hoppy but of what I'd recognize as slightly piney candy. Like sugar coated cascade flowers.

Taste has a great touch of crystal malt character it that goes very well as a British IPA. Seems to kind of resonate on the tongue a bit in both hop and malt character. One of those beers that just gets you excited to have in your mouth.. if that doesn't sound weird. Hop character is brisk and light, not outrageously piney, but with a juicy amarillo character that keeps it both sweet and tart. That plus the decent malt taste makes it damn inviting.

Mouthfeel is on the light side- not a big dextrinous English beer but the pretty neutral character makes the flavor profile come out nicely. I wish I had about 50 bombers of this lying around at all times.

 1,165 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 693 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.