Arcadia IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 facundoCNB
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean amber/copper pour with copious amounts of frothy off white head, leaving behind insane amounts of lacing. a beautiful looking beer. the smell is lacking, unfortunately.. a mild soapy/pine scent with a metallic overtone. a slight sweet malt profile up front, then comes a nice hoppy bitterness. very earthy, very subtle.
medium body with a very creamy feel on the lips, moderately carbonated.

a very standard ipa, very easy drinking. nothing too special, but not bad by any means.

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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 Bitter_Echo
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a darker, almost brownish rusty copper, cloudy, and unfiltered. Head is modest, and lacing is punctuated as fine foamy dots. Nose isn't recognizably floral IPA like, actually showing more malt and sweet than anticipated for an IPA. Mouthfeel has lower carbonation for this bottle, but is fine in character, like champagne. Bitter notes are late, a sweet, not too dry note early, the echo of bitter notes not well extended. This won't last long for an IPA, which for an IPA is usually not the case, in its echo, I mean. Perhaps this is better considered a mild session ale, to my tongue the hop notes giving is a lower IBU if I were to guess. I wouldn't pass this up on tap, or at a party, but given other IPA's out there, I wouldn't take six.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a darker amber with a big fluffy head. Lots of lacing and big bubbles that stuck around for the entire beverage.

Smelled like a mix of Belgian yeast and malts, with a hint of citrus and grass.

Taste wasn't pleasing. Good balance of bitter and sweet, but it reminded me of salt water. Orange peels, malts and grassy flavors were what really stood out to me.

Medium to high carbonation, really easy to drink. Finishes dry and bitter but with the sweet start its a good balance on the tongue.

I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again. I've had a few English IPA's that were hard to drink, this one is no problem. Can't really taste the alcohol either. I'm certainly not an English IPA expert.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date on the label.
Slowy poured into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to about one finger of khaki colored head that lasted a reasonably amount of time. The brew is a medium copper color with a bit of a golden hue; and, it is just a little cloudy.

S: The aroma is a piney hops with just a hint of citrus, too.

T: The taste consists of a bitter and piney hops. There is very little malt in the flavor, only enough to take the harsh edge off the hops bitternes.

M: The brew has a light body and plenty of tingly carbonation. It is also smooth and finishes very clean.

O: This is a good IPA, but not an outstanding IPA. It has a good, strong hop forward flavor, but nothing to standout in a crowded field of IPA's.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-05-31 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear copper-amber with a 2.5-finger pillowy-white head and decent, ringed lacing.

S - Sweet peach and orange flesh, pale and caramel malt and some hop floral. Very pleasant.

T - Initially tarter and more bitter than I expected from the smell, like an somewhat-fermented peach with a dash or orange zest and mildly roasted malt. The finish is fairly dry with a herbal-metallic, tart and quite bitter aftertaste.

M - Light body and highly carbonated (a bit too much). It's pretty crisp.

O - Enjoyable with some uniqueness to the flavor with the fermented-peach flavor. Not overly complex.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No freshness date

A: Poured with a thin white head that didn't have to fade much to become a ring of foam. The beer is a dark copper color that can't be seen through.

S: A little bit of floral smell with some pine.

T: Initially biscuity malts followed by a growing bitterness that reaches moderate levels that exceeded what I was expecting out of the 41 IBUs. A fair amount of pine flavor tags along with the bitterness. Very straight forward flavor profile.

M: This has a good feel to it. A medium-ish body with good carbonation. Not watery at all.

O: This was quite good, and gave me more than I was expecting out of an English style IPA. It stood up well to some habenero-jack cheese.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A la! This is very, very foamy! Fizzy! I cracked it open and poured while it overflowed. Fortunately my quick acting saved most of it.

Once it settled own I saw it was a tan-amber color. There’s a faded but still noticeable hop presence with a citrusy aroma. The flavor has a nice hop bitterness. I pick up a subdued citrus hop flavor with a mellow bittering and a pleasing malt finish. It’s a testament to the malt profile that it has held up even as the hops have faded. I shared this with my pops!

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Photo of Forb
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Amber/copper body with a moderate off white head. Minor lacing is visible.

Smell/Taste: Biscuity bread malt backbone stands strong on the nose with lemony citrus and grassy/pine hop notes lingering into the scent but prevailing mostly on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, slightly carbonated, and crisp.

Overall: Great session IPA.

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Photo of spartanfan
2.52/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz with no date.

A: pours a nice amber color with a good amount of suspended sediment. Head is a light beige color and leaves good lacing behind.

S: aroma is not very pleasing to me. Smells of Belgian yeast, and a little like hand cream. It's not good...

T: taste at first reminds me of a pbr. Up front sweetness with a faint trailing hint of bitterness. The hops really are hard to find in this one.

M: carbonation is spot on in this one. Medium light body. Certainly very drinkable.

O: I was hoping for more from this one. I have a sneaking suspicion that this may be old, but without a bottle date I have no way of telling.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good amber color with a hazy complexion, maybe chill haze. The foamy tan head is a fair size and with lacing dotting the glass. Carbonation is light. Aroma has a quite aromatic hop bouquet smelling like floral and herbal hops.Malts have a good caramel base. there is low levels of diaceytl in the aroma I must point out. Taste is hop forward with a pretty densent hop bill. Hops have a floral taste. Malts have a caramel taste and do a good job of boosting up the hops. Has a medium weight on the palette with a slick, smooth feel. Dry and bitter at th end.
I feel this is a pretty good interpretation of the English style IPA.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Even after a hard pour I had a hard time getting a head on this beer. All I was able to get was a thin line of off white head. The body was an orange amber color.

Smell: Very hoppy strong tones of citrus and pine.

Taste: Some melon and citrus surrounded by herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied a bit warm with a great deal of bite.

Overall: I was not overly fond of this beer. The flavor was the best part but it was mainly just above average.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with an enormous, rocky white head.

S: Aromas of pine, cedar, biscuits, chalk, and citrus make it known that this IPA is more in the English style.

T: Notes of pine, cedar, lemon rind, bitter orange, herbs, and chalk wash across the palate. The finish is clipped with an odd combination of herb and biscuit notes.

M: Medium-bodied, but a little fuller than most. This ale is very dry with spritzy, cleansing carbonation. Really, it's pretty drinkable and refreshing.

O: As is, this is a solid English-style IPA. If the flavor profile weren't so odd and off-putting, it would potentially be a wonderful take on the style. I feel that this one needs a bit more work to reach its full potential.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into 16.9 oz glass.

A: Slightly cloudy light amber with a really thick khaki head. Head retains fairly well and there is good lacing.

S: Smelling mostly hops, especially those of the pine variety.

T: Pine hops up front, malty caramel base. Bit of leather, flower and phenolic tastes merge themselves with the dominating pine. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Lighter side of medium.

O: Good English-style IPA. Pretty much exactly as you would expect: balanced, no off-flavors, and good drinkibility.

There are better examples of the style out there. I personally recommend the Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and the Sam Smith IPA if you're looking for a good English IPA.

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

A: Warm golden copper with a ghost hint of haze & quite a few random bubbles rising to the off-white head of moderate size. Okay retention & very fine lace.

S: Hops are herbal, citrus rind, and light pine. Background caramel and cookie malts with some sweetness. Fruity esters increase as the brew warms.

T: Hops are even more forward in the palate. Quite bitter. Running more to resin with herbal, earthy, and spice notes. Some citrus rind and pine at the margins. Lingering earthy resin in the finish. Malts take a backseat, just providing a platform for the hops. Faint caramel with minimal sweetness. Mostly toasty pale base malt that is fairly dry too. Hints of esters at the edges. Ghost hint of diacetyl. Overall it is tasty and pleasant.

M: Slightly over medium body with carbonation balanced to match and with a finely sized bubbles & a moderate softness that gives a cushiony feel. Hop tannins & oils, some dextrins, and a few residual sugars all provide some texture. A fine feel that is light overall and refreshing. The finish is drying from hops.

D: A blend of English and US styles. The malts are a bit dry and it lacks the caramelly richness often associated with British interpretations. But though it might lean toward being clean it does have hints of esters and diacetyl. The hopping is done to a bold US level. However it is not a cascade clone or super dank. It does have some citrus, but mixed right in with an herbal, earthy, resiny profile that is more UK. Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light amber with a good light cream head that lingers nicely. Little lacing.

Aroma is biscuity malt with light bitter floral and citrus hops.

Upfront taste is slightly bitter floral and lemony hops with a light malt presence. Biscuity malt middle. Kind of odd finish of lemon, floral hops, a little orange peel ... somewhat tropical fruit-ish? Finish is hard to describe.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly creamy. Clean finish.

Kind of a lightly flavored IPA--good for a hot day but underwhelming for the most part, especially compared to it's "American IPA" counterparts. More similar to an ESB.


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Photo of climax
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one comes out a bright copper, clarity is pretty good. The head is an even two fingers, retention isn't fantastic, but it doesn't look flat.

The nose is English in character for sure. Noble hop varieties expel grassy flavors from the aroma above slightly sweet toffee-like malt sweetness. Some fruity esters from deep within start to emerge as I dwell in further. Not a whole lot of intensity in there, but the flavors mingle together nicely.

Tartness overwhelms the mouth upon entry. Sour and bitter tones seem kind of messy as the beer struggles to achieve any sort of order. Only fleeting dashes of sweetness and toasty flavors come in to try and straighten things up. The finish is loooong and bitter, definitely aiding to drinkability.

It's very smooth and slick, there's enough body and carbonation to keep things positive. Not the best beer to come out of the woodwork.

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

Found this review in one of my old beer notebooks that I was going through.

This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color. There is about 2-fingers of off-white head resting on top. The head has decent retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass. The nose has a nice citrusy piney hop aroma to it, and there is a good amount of malty sweetness here as well. There are also some scents of caramel, fruit, and some toffee. The taste follows the nose pretty well. It is hop forward and there is a sweet malty backbone. There are some other flavors of caramel, toffee, citrus, and some fruity esters. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness, citrus, and a bit of sweetness behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a nice smooth quality to it. There is a good amount of piney hop bitterness here. Some sweetness is in the background, and it balances out the bitterness pretty well. The hop bitterness lingers on the palate for a bit. This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down good and the flavor is nice. I could drink a few of these in an evening. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a nice example of the style. I think it is worth checking out, I would drink this one again.

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Photo of NuggetNectar22
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color. A little light. Nice head retention and lace around the glass.

S: Delicious. Piney-Hoppy nose.

T: I enjoyed this beer a lot. I'm an IPA guy and I'll be buying this one again.

M: Slightly carbonated, but generally nice.

O: I really like this beer. They don't distribute this in upstate NY, so it's a treat I will buy again when I visit my brother in Cleveland.

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

A: A hazy amber pour. Okay head and retention.

S: Caramel malt along with a little citrus/pine hop.

T: Opposite of the smell. Citrus and especially pine hop are surprisingly strong. Nice caramel malt throughout.

M: Mid-range, prickly carbonation.

O: Interesting style. It's basically halfway between a milder english pale and a hoppy india pale ale. Not bad but not spectacular.

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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 GossageBrewery
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this IPA from a bottle into a pint glass. This IPA poured an orangish color and produced an off white head. Good Head retention and lacing. The aroma of this IPA is decent, not as strong as I would like it to be for an IPA. Notes of malt and citrus grapefruit shine through. This beer is medium in body, malt backbone and bit on the sweet side. Decent amount of citrus grapefruit hops. Decent mouthfeel, good starter IPA, nothing that makes it stand out however.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Light amber body with two fingers of near white head.

S: Toasty, bready malts are clear. The hops are a bit on the citrus side for an EIPA. Not bad, but not what I expected.

T: Not too bitter, but there is a clear tropical hop flavour. Maltiness is there all the time, keeping the hops from taking over, but not providing quite the right amount of balance.

D: Its pretty drinkable stuff. Heavier for an EIPA and tasty, but not outstanding.

Overall: Its a tricky style, where you have to balance the delicate (not overly-assertive) hops perfectly against a fragile malt profile. This one doesn't screw it up, but doesn't shine either. I much prefer Goose Island's IPA to this one.

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Photo of cratez
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Siciliano's Specialty Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pours a beautiful hazed copper hue with amber edges, a thick off-white cap, and loads of stringy lacing on the tulip. Looks fantastic in the glass.

Smell is flowery hops, perfume, sulphur, green apple, hard water, apricot, orange pekoe tea, lemon zest, bread dough, and nectarine. Completely nails the style.

Taste is juicy, floral, and tannic hops upfront, faint caramel, earthy and resinous flavours precede a strong abrasive bitterness (overdone IMO) with bruised peach and biscuit on the cough. An appetizing and surprisingly refreshing brew, but the 41 IBUs are too prominent for an English IPA, producing an aspirin-like bitterness that scrapes the palate. This needs more balance, and you almost never hear me say that.

Mouthfeel is silky, light side of medium-bodied, soft carbonation, bold astringent bitterness lingers in the long, off-dry finish.

Overall, while this is a decent stab at a traditional India pale ale, the excessive bitterness holds it back from being great. I'd gladly drink this if it was offered to me by a friend, and would probably grab a half pint if I saw it on tap, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a full 6-pack. It's a quaffable IPA that could use some tweaking.

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Photo of titosupertramp
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with large off-white head, decent retention. Spotty lacing and foamy film.

S: Very sweet..almost candy like. Orange citrus and caramel malts. Not terrible, but not exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA.

T: Very similar to the nose. Super sweet, candied orange, sweet malt. To be perfectly honest, this kind of tastes like someone's partial-extract homebrew.

M: Nothing bad here. Medium bodied with a bitter, dry finish.

O: I can't recommend any IPA fan to buy this beer. My initial impression from the nose and taste was this seems an awful lot like a homebrew. Oh least I got a sweet cap out of it.

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