Arcadia IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

High quality IPA. Cloudy with lace. Grapefruit aroma, moderated in taste by carmel and being well malted. Juicy peach and piney. Heavy carbonation. Thanks Dr. Jay for sharing Medium mouthfeel. .Better than average brew and decent representation of style, and would like to try on tap.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice three finger head with scattered lacing and decent retention on a cloudy copper body. Lots of pear in the aroma, more so than any other IPA I have had. Also with some orange peel and little on the malt side. More pear heavy in the flavor with a lot of green apple again light on the malts. Some caramel and floral notes as well with hint of metallic flavors in the finish. Medium body and fairly highly carbonated. Not a bad IPA, certainly unique with nice flavors. Not a malt forward beer but enough malts are there to provide some flavors.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a decent looking copperish gold color with a fluffy white head on top. The lacing was pretty good looking on the glass. The smell had a good amount of hoppy aromas and to it along with a nice balance of malts. The taste of the beer was hoppy and finished with a good amount of bitterness to it. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty smooth with a nice little hop bite on the sides of the tongue. Overall this brew was pretty good.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of leafy floral hops are present in the nose along with hints of toasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts along with a light to moderate amount of hop bitterness. Faint hints of nutty sweetness are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this IPA has a really nice balance between the malty flavors and hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent little punch for a standard Micro IPA. Light caramel malt body allows fruitiness and hoppiness to shine. The barley sugars gives way to a noticable alcohol flavor that weaves with the hops for a pleasant boquet, citrus, and drying quality. Smells quite citrus and caramel / toffee-like. Tastes boldly bitter under light malt profile with enough sweetness to balance. Feels light (almost thin) with a clean and modestly dry finish. A good session beer. Throw'em back and enjoy.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and a modest head that drops to a ringlet while leaving some lace behind

Smell: Citrusy, with biscuit tones underneath

Taste: Biscuity, up front with some fruity and pithy flavors developing by mid-palate; there is a lemony aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; could use a bit more malt

Drinkability: Sure doesn't taste like an English IPA to me; the website says that Columbus hops were used and that doesn't sound very English to me either; aside from that, I am not thrilled by the lemony element to this beer

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a three-finger, foamy head. Great lacing.

S - It smelled of hops, grass and floral notes.

T - It tasted very sweet and malty with a good dose of hop bite. It also had a nutty'grainy quality.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - Great English IPA. Very impressive appearance and good taste.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up in Michigan a few weeks ago. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a somewhat-cloudy orange-copper color with a good white head and a small amount of lacing as it goes down. Thick collar and a spotty cap. The nose has a bit of caramel and British pale malt along with some herbal and earthy hops. Pretty tame, but not bad. The taste is pretty different from the nose, actually. The caramel fades to the background and there are some hops, but the dominant flavor comes from a frutiy English Ale strain. The back end is pretty bitter, showcasing the hops again. Interesting and a decent take on the EIPA style; certainly pretty drinkable.

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Photo of mothman
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades to a thinner layer leaving light lace. Color is a hazed pale golden bronze.

Aroma: Bready/biscuity malts. Grassy hops with some some sweet fruit flavors. Kind of bland.

Taste: Very malty with an off flavored fruit note to it. It is a very sweet flavor like a strawberry or a peach. Some floral hops, but nothing I am enjoying.

Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter, but overly creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, not my type of ipa. Not overly hoppy like an American and it had some off fruit flavors here. Somewhat drinkable if one likes these flavors.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at Big E's in Midland.poured into a standard pint a brass color with that flat creamy cask head atop.Very light aromas,mild floral hops and light toasted malt. An English IPA no doubt here for the flavor profile,herbal and grassy hops over top of bready lightly sweet malts.A subtle easy drinking IPA,sociable but actually a little boring.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/6/2014. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, bready malt, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pine, floral, grass, toast, biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Good complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops, bready malt, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good English IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, bready malt, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of hops, caramelized malts and a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a moderate hops bitterness, which is a bit weak for the style but seems to work quite well for this beer. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice flavorful session beer with some substance and is worth drinking for a very long time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ripe pumpkin orange with a superfine dusting of yeast. Atop the beer sits an alabaster colored cap that is almost dark enough to be considered light ecru. It has a tight-bubbled texture and looks good as it deflates. A much better than average amount of BB-shot lace is yet another positive.

The nose is okay for an APA, but an IPA needs to be more pungently hoppy. Why is this an English IPA? It's hard to believe that the beer will taste very English with some of America's finest hops (Columbus) dominating the palate.

As expected, this Aracadia offering tastes like a classic New World IPA. Each mouthful brings a minor blast of white grapefruit and lemon zest that could be classified as bitingly bitter. No hophead will be seriously challenged, though. That's okay, all IPAs don't need to be tongue shredders.

Beneath the hops is a pale malt backbone, with just a hint of caramel, that is sweeter than most. Perhaps all those malt sugars are responsible for keeping the alpha acids in check. Warming brings the expected increase in flavor intensity, while not changing the general flavor profile much at all.

The mouthfeel is close to good. However, it doesn't hang in there long enough to get the higher score. Most people will probably think it's fine, but I expect more out of an IPA. Laid back carbonation is fine.

Arcadia's big beer (Hopmouth DIPA, Imperial Stout, London Porter) is outstanding, while their less than big beer is merely good. This offering is a pretty good American IPA that has the unfortunate luck to be brewed in the same state as Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Founders Centennial IPA.

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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

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head that recedes slowly with lots of lace on the glass. Leaves a solid dome. Very cloudy with a dark amber color.

MIlder aroma than expected, but still quite traditional--closer to British than American in style.

Dry flavors with light malt. Very strong hop finish (as would be expected). The aftertaste is long lasting and lip puckering from the hop. The body is rich with an appreciable amount of carbonation.

This is a fine IPA with a welcoming nod to its origins. While the hops dominate, they are not overpowering like some. The malt is also on the low side, providing for a relatively nice balance for this style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper slightly hazed tone with a full bubbly cream tinted head leaves impressive patches of well dispersed lacing. Aroma: Herbal, floral, and citrus mixture of hops with a tone of nutty caramel malt sweetness chiling there. Taste: Bitter upfront with a citrus twang absorb most of the malts here not as English as I was expecting. Hop flavors are muted a bit by the bitterness I feel that there many other IPAs out there I would go for over this one. Mouthfeel: Medium body slightly sticky enjoyable but a bit forgettable evenly carbonated can't complain too much. Drinkability: A beer that I was happy to try, but I can't say I will miss having a steady supply of this one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thin creme head. Nose is citric bitter hops. One dimensional, but full enough to keep it interesting. Flavor is more hoppy than I would have imagined for the style, but it's nice. Salty and earthy tones that appear and then fade fairly soon on. Though as it warms the piney, citrus, and salty tones show more so and even longer on the flavor ride. Feel has a fairly nipping carbonation. Liquid is well bodied. This is a decent session ale. Nothing crazy, but enough to keep it interesting I think.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Arcadia IPA...which is an English Style there is not much scent or taste outside of what you would call normal. The beer poured a tan clear with very thin white head that is not lacing. The scent and taste are a fresh hop with a slight malt balance. The mouthfeel is medium to light beer with good carbonation. Overall, a tasty beer that is worth a try if you like English style IPAs.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy amber with a one-finger head that slowly descends to a thin, lasting cover. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of mild citrus with a brown-sugar-like sweetness in the background.

The taste is of citrusy orange. Hops are supported by a honeyish maltiness. Hops stay ahead of the malt, as per style, but is balanced for the style.

The body thins a bit too much, but stays within medium-bodied. It has a certain creaminess about it, but lacks the hop bite of the style.

This is smooth and easy-to-drink. Relatively moderate abv for style also adds to drinkability, as the alcohol is hardly noticeable. I expected a more English-style IPA, as there is a British ship and flag on the label, and it is designated as such. But, the hop profile is American. It is a milder, more-balanced interpretation of an IPA that uses American hops.
It's not a great one, but a nice one, nevertheless, especially if you are looking for a milder, easy-drinking IPA with enough taste to be satisfying.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely orange-ish color, with criss-crossing, highly active bubbles rishing up and hitting the capper, a sureslab of fluffy, creamy white foam. Nice, nice.
Nose instantly hints at grapefruit, orange, lime, ...a bit candy-ish, actually, with a wicked, bitter kick...and grapefruit rings loudest, and bitterest...
Taste: easy, smooth, lightly bitter, those same fruity sensations from the aroma kicking it on the tongue...a very English style IPA, sterling in that regard, coppery, none too bitter, brisk, and quite refreshing. Flavor floods the senses for a while, but does not devastate, merely washes the giddy ride along the tongue and mouth.
Really reminds me of hometown favorite, Summit IPA, which was the first beer I really fell in love with, although now, my passion turns to American, West Coast styles, rather than these English types. Still, it's this that ignited the passion, way back when. It's still a damned tasty turn at the brew.
Malt is big and rich enough, a caramel character carries through...with fruity rind dripping over...very nice ale, I applaud Arcadia for it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap In Ann Arbor , MI., Poured honey/apricot amber, tiny bubble head and then film, left a delicate coating of fine lacing, nice. Grainy, leafy hop nose. Medium bodied IPA, lots of grainy hop flavor. NIce malt counterpoint adds up a balanced, smooth drinking ale. Slightly watery in the center, but finishes with more hops flavor flowing on the tongue. Pleasant sessioner.

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, brown color with a maize color along the bottom of the glass. 5/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, pine nuts, slight wet hop, slight citrus, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong floral hops, dry hops, slight citrus, hint of alcohol, and slight sweet malt background. Overall, a good blend and body. Strong hop flavors like an American IPA, but the malt background is clearly English.

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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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a light pale orange color with yellow highlights on the glass edge. A weak 1/4" head has some big bubbles, and falls pretty quick.

Smell: orange and piney bitterness is easilt detectable.

Taste: orange is up front, but even though this is a weak looking beer it has a decent maltiness. Piney bitterness and some grapefruit round it out. Not a bad IPA, but not great.

Mouthfeel: very crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Pine and citrus linger long into the aftertaste. Bits of dryness too.

Drinkability: slightly better than average. With the wealth of great IPAs out there, this is so so.

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