Arcadia IPA | Arcadia Brewing Company

701 Ratings

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 701 |  Reviews: 353
Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange w/ a good one-finger head that died slow on top of a real citric lemony aroma along with orange peel and some sweet malt. A mellow hopbite but the citric and spicy notes are perfectly noticeable and there's a hint of grape in the flavor as well. Real smooth, light-bodied, a hint of sweetness as it passes over and then a nice, crisp dry finish. A simple yet thoroughly enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of claminat420
1.97/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head. medium lacing.

S- smells like some fruity yeast. maybe alil raisony. i thought this was an ipa??

T- just how it smells. it does have some weird plastic-like taste to it. once again where are the hops?

M- light bodied. alil over carbonated if you ask me.

D- last 6 pack i'll ever buy.

Overall- this brew and company blows. the only thing i ever tasted that was worth anything from arcadia was their scotch ale. i'm gonna give the last 4 out of the 6 to my cousin cuz i would rather have my huma's. i really had hopes for this company. i heard within the year or so they got a new headbrewer. i thought of that and their new labels might have been better but still the same... THEY SAY ENGLISH BUT THEY MEAN CRAP!

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Photo of jsh420
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours amber orange with a 1+ finger pillowy head that left lacing all over the glass

smell - pale english bready malts with spicy earthy hops

taste is has more carmel malt then the pale sour english malts - and the hops have a little citrus to them along with the just standard grassy epa hops

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation almost flat

drinkability - takes a hit over the the mouthfeel - while the taste is good i do not want to drink a flat beer of this style

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Photo of Soonami
1.67/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Unimpressed by Arcadia IPA. There are some very obvious defects in this beer, I'm not sure if it's supposed to be like this. First and foremost, in the aroma, I smell that plastic-y, band-aid, chlorinated smell that I usually correlate with contamination or a hot fermentation. Also, the fact that it's overcarbonated means that it could be an infection. There is bitterness, but this is not a good tasting beer with characteristics that I like. If it's not contaminated, then this is a poorly made beer and either way, I recommend against buying and or drinking this beer.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Hazy dark orange with a sticky white head. Plenty of lacing.

S_Citrus,grassy hops, and sweet malt.

T_A more malt forward IPA. Grassy, earthy hops and sweet malt. Hints of caramel and toffee.Bisquity.

M_Medium bodied and slick. Sticks on the lips.

D_Very easy drinking.

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Photo of avw555
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of mwa423
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very cloudy orange with a finger of white foamy head that has great retention.

S - Has an interesting aroma that reminds me of a fruit cocktail or perhaps a peach. It is a mix of malty sweetness and a slight citrusy hoppiness.

T - An interesting mix of malt and hops. There is a ton of sickly malt sweetness and all of the hops are near the end of the taste leaving a steely bitter aftertaste. Closer to a pale ale than an IPA.

M/D - Mouthfeel is full, rich and creamy. Very enjoyable mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, could possibly be a bit fresher, but overall not a bad EIPA.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

English IPA indeed. A little bit on the malty side, almost bordering on ESB, but hoppy enough to be as advertised. Dark amber, almost brown. , no head and no lace. Smells of an average IPA although there was a bit of the alcohol in the pour. Mouth was average IPA. A touch of candy, a touch of licorice but the malt washed through and very little after to speak of. Mouth and earlier pretty much sum this up. Good English IPA, but lots of others out there.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle(no freshness date) into a standard pint glass
Color of dark iced tea, with a big, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Malty citrus
Taste-Sweet malt, then a bitter onrush of hops, followed by an astringent citric note. I can't be sure of the freshness of this beer but the malt and hops seem to be at odds with one another
instead of complementing each other as they should.
Overall, not a bad Michigan IPA, but there are so many better ones to be had from this great brewing state.

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Photo of samie85
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 8/7/10.

A-Dark caramel color with two fingers of white head with nice lacing left behind.

S-Very flowery, with tangerine and pine and a healthy dose of caramel. Also some lemon.

T-Bitter tangerine and a little pine with some sweet caramel notes and a dry bitter finish.

M-Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation and a medium body. has a drying sensation in the mouth.

D-A nice change next to all of the IPAs I've had lately. Although it has some different aromas and flavors going on, the bitterness is still nice and defined.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into the little plastic cup that is what passes for a drinking vessel in my hotel room. Body is golden-orange, topped by a small, creamy white head that leaves some lacing (on the plastic cup). Aroma is big on sharp, floral, acrid hops, with a big note of grapefruit. Palate is a little more balanced, with some lightly sweet pale malt to temper the dose of citrusy hops. A nice grapefruity bitterness lingers on the finish.
Body is nice and lively, a bit creamy. Good for the style. This is a very good example of an English-style IPA, which is a nice change of pace from the west coast hop bombs I'm used to. Well done.

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Photo of mothman
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark yellow pour, minimal head, aroma was a confluence of grain and alcohol.

Taste, a good deal for the English version. Not as good as hopmouth, but more in line with tradition (which is a negative). It is definitely better than your standard English ipa from the island(s), but in the end, you just want them to push the envelope more into West Coast ipa territory if that's your bag. Toffee is nice and all, but I'd like a little more.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a murky rust color with a good 2 inches of off white foam that left plenty of sticky lacing

S - hops mostly, piney and citrus, a nice grapefruit aroma with some malty sweetness as well

T - citrus and piney hops dominate with a bit of malt finishing with a slight hoppy bitterness

M/D - nothing too overwhelming, or exciting, but if you want a mild, nicely balanced IPA, this is a good start

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to an Imperial pint

A: A moderate pour resulted in a 2-finger off-white froth head that quickly reduced to a 1 finger head that had good retention and lacing as it eventually reduced to a 1/4 finger. Slightly hazy with an orange amber hue.

S: Floral and piny hop with some fruity esters and caramel malt.

T: Hop character follows nose. Hop-forward as expected with a lingering bitterness. Malt character was a little subdued but as the beer warmed caramel and toffee maltiness were present. The lingering bitter character often overshadowed the weak malt.

M: Small bubble carbonation with a medium body, however thin enough to give the beer a slight fizzy-pop feel.

D: A decent English IPA despite the slight unbalance in the hop/malt dynamic. Quite refreshing and I could knock a few back no problem.

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Photo of asabreed
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A mildly hazy copper amber color on the lighter side of things. Decent sheets and drops of white lacing, and a head that never seems to dispel into the body of the brew, though it doesn't stay very far above the top.

Smell: Mild fruit esters, with apples mostly, possible brown sugar sweetness, not a lot of bitterness, but it's sparingly there. Balanced enough, but very much lacking complexity.

Taste: A good balance of fruit esters, apples, a bit of sourness, and a lot of grain and earthiness. I wish the fruit esters were pushed a bit more since this is an English style. Finishes earthy, with lingering subtle fruit esters and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Seemingly good carbonation, though the body seems a little thin after each sip, or it's almost deceptively a little too watery.

Drinkability: A decent brew, if it a little boring. I could certainly drink a few of these, and it's tasty enough for a session, but nothing really makes it stand out. I've had better from Arcadia and hope to keep trying some more, however.

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Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

I've never before had an IPA that smelled quite like this...sour apple (much like a cider), brown sugar, and a faint note of toffee, far, far away.

The taste is fairly malty, suggesting that this is the kind of IPA that pushes for malt flavors, rather than an all out blast of hops. No doubt, the hops are definitely there as there is a lot of bitterness to this brew. Clean grains match up to the IBU's, culminating into a very balanced taste.

The color is honey-amber, coupled with a quality off-white head. A nice level of lacing acts as if it is stitched to the body of the beer. An excellent medium body, and an extremely clean finish makes this a highly enjoyable beer for me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really not sure about the "best buy date" Says "B1" so I have no idea what that means!

A - Pours a hazy amber with a inch of lacy foam head
S - WTF? Do I smell Robitussin? Seriously strong medicine smell kind of off putting.
T - Slight grapefruit with little hops presence. Not the best or worst IPA
M - Not as bitter which is weird for an IPA but eh I don't know
D - Did I get a bad bottle or is this just the weirdest IPA I ever had? A step up from west coast hops and soap flavor yet no where near what an IPA should be WTF?

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Photo of kalkavekkian
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle from the sixer i bought a week ago into a tulip glass and was impressed with the honey gold color and light creamy head. Light lacing dissipates quickly as does the head. Smelled malts predominantly followed by hops with a slight pine twang. Tasted like it smells with a bitter aftertaste and a citrus bite. Average mouthfeel a bit on the light side. Drinkability is good for me and i would recommend this beer to others who like the style.

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Photo of jakeyb
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Amazing head on this one! Three fingers thick and it passed the 'bottle cap' test.

Rich and creamy aroma with a light and delicate grapefruit and pine nut scent and nuances of butterscotch. Deep golden red color.

Taste is maybe a little flat, but every sip brings in more pine scent. Light body, with a good hop finish. Fruity front, but slightly bitter finish.

Aftertaste is a little like after having chewed on an orange rind. Could use a little more balance, but great drinkability. This one could easily get you into some trouble if you threw a couple down in a crowded restaurant (or the Arcadia Brewing Company).

Highly viscous, with a few tannins to remind you that you are indeed drinking beer. I have had this on tap, and just bought a six-pack for a party tonight, and I'm sure this won't be my last glass of this IPA.

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Photo of youngleo
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice two fingered head. IPA was light brownish gold in color. Head was white with some overtones of gold. Head hung around for a while. Lacing I thought was average. Smelled slightly sweet. Also noticed some citrus going on. And of pine. Had that piney taste and citrus. Also malt. Had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. I think this would be a good session beer. Doesnt have the big ABV some other IPAs have, so you could enjoy a few.

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Photo of teovaldi
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a large head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice sticky lacing.

Smells of piny hops, a bit of citrus and an even smaller bit of malt.

Taste isn't as hoppy as the nose but there's still a bit of bitterness bite. I detect a touch of spiciness to the hops as the beer warms up. Finishes with a very clean aftertaste This is an English IPA so I guess expecting more hops in the taste was my fault...but still a bit less than other EIPA's that I have tried.

The mouthfeel on this one is fairly light but with a slight creaminess. Also this tended to be a bit on the watery side, though still good, hence the 3.0 mouthfeel rating.

This is a solid, easy drinking IPA. Nothing really jumps out at you but I expect it would be very easy to polish off a few of these.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong pour into tulip, surprising even with a heavy pour head produced is minimal. Bright white and bubbly head dissipates very quickly. Very loose lacing does not manage to stick. Body is slightly hazy jack-o-lantern orange color. The body is what I would expect from an IPA and is up to par, the head is far less than average.

Pale malt drives the aroma more than I anticipated. Juicy citrus hops settle in side by side with the malt. A quick check of the style shows this one as an English IPA. The aroma is much more to style than originally thought with the realization of correct style. While the hop selection may not be of the traditional English variety the much more balanced approach fits.

Hop profile presents itself more on the tongue than what it had in the nose. Bitter grapefruit and citric pith flavor with the slightest piny aftertaste lingering. Sweet pale malt provides a substantial backbone with subtle caramel flavor through out. Flavor is good but not great.

In previous days I have had two pale ale varieties from Arcadia, Sky high Rye and Angler Ale. In the two I noticed a creamier texture when compared to others in the style. Unfortunately the mouthfeel does not carry over to this one. Light to medium body with a more crisp mouth feel. Finish is rather dry with slight lingering bitterness. Carbonation sit just south of moderate, though somewhat appropriate.

Overall Arcadia IPA does not quite meet my expectation. Arcadia is a fine brewery putting out many quality products, IPA included, though this is not one of my favorite. With that being said it does drink quite well. There are no offensive qualities and the attributes do work well together. I would fine drinking a few of these in a given time period. Good beer and worth a try, just not my favorite.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 701 ratings
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