Arcadia IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

701 Ratings
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 Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 701 |  Reviews: 353
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 Chadbertel
4.78/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Punqbert
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of AndreRus
4.71/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 OleLouIPA
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of brealbg
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of MisterMagoo
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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 jscheuf
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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 Rcrise
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jharris0624
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of hoptitsbrews
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of GinsuDave
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 701 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.