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 Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

look: 4 | smell: 3,5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4

Decent IPA, maybe not too remarkable, even from the cask, but pleasing to drink.

Presentation: 16 oz cask offering. Menu only notes "India Pale Ale", and Alc. (5.90%) Served in a "nonick" pint glass.

A - Deep amber pour with one inch of good head, average retention, and some nice lacing.

S - Very shy aroma, tiny hoppy whiffs, citrus and pine.

T - Citrus hoppiness, with a nice malt balance. Nothing too assertive or enticing though.

M - Medium to light body, a bit watery at times. Minimal natural carbonation and a soft finishing finish.

D - It's actually rather pleasing too drink. While not extraordinary it would almost make for a good
session brew.

Notes: Hmmm, maybe a touch of a minor let down after expecting something a bit richer from the cask. Other than that it was a decent, if fairly forgettable, drink.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a 16 oz pint glass (October 4, 2009).

Eyes: Clean, clear, not hazy at all. Eggshell colored head is small and laces lightly.

Nose: Piney, hoppy shot to the nose, some citrus Clean smell with a malt undertone.

Tongue: A very good green grass hop taste. Bitter, but not overwhelmingly so, certainly not a pure hop bomb, which is a good thing. Some malt present, but only hints of it.

Mouth: Clean, smooth with a tiny acidic feel.

Libation: I like it. The price is good, the brew is a well balanced and it certainly satisfies my hop-tooth. The alcohol wasn't even noticeable, and I easily downed half the six-pack. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the cask with a thin white head, which quickly dissipated, revealing some nice bits of lacing. The body was a clear medium amber color with no visible carbonation.

S- The nose is predominantly packed with high-alpha citrus hops, and some restrained aromas of pale malts and lemongrass.

T- Tastes much more balanced than anticipated with some sizable vinous and biscuitlike malt flavors. The hops gain dominance once again in the long, lingering bitter finish.

M- Thin to medium body. Slightly oily. With almost no detectable carbonation.

D- Goes-down easy enough... but the hops seem to become more and more astringent with time... making this a *little* less quaffable than I would like...

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Photo of number1bum
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger and a half of light ivory head. Keeps a pretty good, mostly full lace and leaves some nice webbing on the sides.

Smell has a nice, very juicy citrus quality to it, more like tangerines and oranges than grapefruit. Also some caramel sweetness. Nice, clean IPA nose, although the citrus makes me think more American IPA than English.

Taste is not as hoppy or juicy as the nose, but still delivers some juicy citrus flavor with some caramel sweetness. There is a bit of a spiciness to the hops, as well, and a somewhat leafy quality. I still wouldn't consider this an English IPA with the hop flavors I'm getting. Bitterness is modest for the style; although maybe a bit more than modest considering the English designation.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and it's pretty smooth with a good creaminess to it. Finishes pretty dry. I think the taste was just a touch watery although still quite tasty, so I'm docking a half a point here instead of in the latter category.

This is a solid, easy drinking IPA. Nothing that jumps off the page but it's quite tasty and I'd be very pleased to be presented with a pint. As mentioned a few times before, it seems much more American than English in the hop department, although the hop flavor is not over the top so maybe they were just going for some modesty. Good stuff.

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Photo of adamette
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Poured from tap at the brewery 10 15 09 into a clean, clear glass.

A Medium caramel body, translucent with some cloudiness. There is a little head, dissipated within 60 seconds. 4.0

S Little smell, some hops. I appreciated that the hops do not dominate the smell. 3.5

T Underwhelming IPA. Hops predominate, bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste and there is little malt presence to balance out the hops. 3.0

M Bitterness lingering, medium feel as it is propped up by bitterness from hops, little malt. I found the feel to be too harsh for me. 2.5

D Fair or less drinkability. This IPA was really not inspiring. Kind of a one-note IPA. 2.5

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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 Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. A deep orange in color with a sappy soapy head that leaves some stickage.

Smell is of resinous hops and a sweet underlying malt character.

My first thoughts on the flavor...damn theres a really sweet twang to this beer. Sure, resiny bitter hops great the palate, but the malt has a fruity zing to it that I found pretty intense. Moreish flavors of orange zest, slight spice and fresh grapefruit.

Medium bodied beer with a lingering malt sweetness that lasts beyond the hoppy bitterness.

Decently drinkable, but seems more like an american IPA than the english, minus the quite funky ale yeast componants.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a softly clouded ripe orange gold crested with an ecru colored top. Lacing is very pleasant and divides its time between blobs and filmy slabs across the glass. The body remains motionless and almost glows under low lighting

S: smells bring together hearty caramel and malts with a nice snap of citrus (lemon, grapefruit) type of hops with some piney whiffs making headway

T: a small zapping of lemon zest and grapefruit bitterness coats the tongue. I find a stronger dose of hops would serve this IPA right. The body relies on a light pale toasted malt character with ample caramel sweetness. Not a bad bit of flavors going on but nothing seems to really stand out overall. I think the sweet malt profile slashes away at some of the hop flavors and leaves a hole on the this light, I guess it nails the English IPA style pretty close

M: a little meager in body, something seems awry. Nothing hangs on in the flavor profile and the body is much the same. I would say the body houses a mild feel and when paired with smooth carbonation levels makes drinking relatively easy, some dryness is present at the finish

D: not bad and somewhat of a staple for Arcadia's line up. I would reach for other Arcadia brews before this one and when in the mood for an IPA this one is further down the pecking order

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Photo of theirishdago
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass ( I'm partial ti ipa's)

A- Hazy orange-rubyish with a very thin white head that doesn't stick around long

S- Nice floral citrusy smell typical of an IPA

T- Citrusy hop bitterness right off the bat, with a touch of malt sweetness in the middle then finishes with a sourdough bread taste

MF- You can taste this beer everywhere on your palate and your gums tingle a little bit. Kind of watered down though

D- Overall a very drinkable IPA. Nothing out of the ordinary.Had worse, had better

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Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the FireKeepers casino just outside Battle Creek last week. From my notes:

A= This ale poured a cloudy light orange with a 3/4" white head. The head droped very slowly to a 1/4" cap, and left loads of streaky lace down my glass.

S= I found pine resin and light cirus to be the dominating hop characteristics. Some light malt and a faint floral note in there too.

T= Started off with a nice biscuit/malt sweetness, followed by a short flash of honey and then on to the hops. The bitterness was very much in the pine needle category, but was never overwhelming. In that sense I guess it keeps its "Englishness". Lemon/citrus, herbal, floral hop notes all came through too. Finished comfortably dry.

MF= Medium bodied with a slightly softer than medium carbonation level (again the English influence).

D= Very sessionable and a lot better beer than the Arcadia pale ale (which I have had side by side with this). I would happily drink more of this.

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

From tasting notes on my blog Pilgrims Pub. This beer pours a hazy copper color with frothy white head, that settles down to oily rings on glass. Has a soft citrus and floral smell. The usual IPA flavors of pine and grapefruit. Medium body, zesty carbonation. A toned down IPA, but never less enjoyable. This beer is not a hop bomb and may be a disappointment to those who look for that. I found this beer to be a good English IPA.

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

12 oz bottle from batch F5, whatever that means.

The Union Jack flag behind a massive boat on the front is a good way to advertise an English IPA. Pours hazy, unfiltered peachy orange, short and high-resolution head, very glossy.

Smell is all pine with a little bit of sweet lemon.

Well balanced taste. Hops have an unexpected low-alpha herbal element, malts are biscuity and have a bit of honey while remaining on the dry side. Moderate bittering. Mineral water.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little sticky but still gulpable.

Highly sessionable, a balanced medium-to-big beer taste at a reasonable ABV.

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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: A nice copper color that was semi-transparent without being cloudy. Small, thin head.

Smell: Somewhat subdued fruit aroma. Not bad, but more bland than I was expecting.

Taste: Again, kind of bland. It had some fruit flavors that reminded me of grapefruit, and a light bitter edge...but not much (at least for what I expected).

Mouthfeel: This is pretty thin. It feels almost like a Bud or MGD in its carbonated thinness.

Drinkability: Not bad, but there are certainly some more flavorful IPAs out there.

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Photo of ccrida
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (thx northyorksammy!) poured into my sammy smith's imperial pint, Arcadia's IPA is a hazy ruddy bronze with a small off-white head that leaves scattered lace. I like the amber color, but the lack of head hurts it.

Smell is sweeter, nice bright, herbal EKG hops.

Taste is pretty malty, not to sweet, decent balance, nice, American take on what is definitely an English IPA. For the style, I'm liking it, good British noble hops, kind of minty, some toast from the malts.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, smooth.

Drinkability is pretty nice, a fine example of the style. A pleasant surprise, well done.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had seen Arcadia's beers before in Wisconsin, but was surprised to see quite a few of them in the Chicago area. I had the IPA from the beer engine at Sheffield's in Chicago. Not sure if I'd feel differently about this beer if I'd had it from the bottle or from a conventional tap, but this beer struck me as being nothing special. Color was a hazy straw color with the smooth head of miniscule bubbles that is typical for a beer-engine poured beer. Aroma was virtually non-existent, and taste was only slightly more pronounced. It wasn't quite a widgeted can of Boddington's in terms of its mild-mannered-ness, but throw in some discernible amount of hops and you've got a pretty good approximation of my experience with this beer. Pretty unexciting stuff. The high marks in my review (aroma, mouthfeel) come from the beer-engine pour primarily, rather than the beer.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with an off whitehead of good proportion. The head thins out leaving little trace of lace along the glass. Tiny dark flecks that look like pieces of dead leaves float amid the bottom and are not very appealing.

Smell is mixed. The hop sent has lost it potency. Now the malt smells are coming through stronger.

Taste is great. Reminds me of a Two Hearted with a little more bitterness to it. There is also some spicy flavors in there that remind me of a good strong tea. I suspect this tea taste is the reason for the dark specs.

Feel is medium with some dry hop after taste.

A drinkable beer. I would drink it again.


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Photo of hike20
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a deep amber, almost brown, with a thin head. Very strong hoppy, citrus and pine aroma. Taste is fairly astringent and follows the aroma, with hops and pine predominant with some citrus as well. Mouth feel is medium and dry. Bitterness is very much there but not overpowering. I need to drink more IPA's to get a better sense for the style.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a freshly washed pint glass.

Clear golden straw. Good 1 inch head with ample lacing.

Smells of fresh citrus and piney hops.

Taste is crisp, light and refreshing cirus hops and cara-pil malts.

Great session IPA for the summer time. Hell, for anytime!


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

Had out of a 12 oz. bottle.
A- Nice opaque, copper color. Good head and excellent lace.
S- Nice bitter, hop scent.
T- The hops, which comes through through on the smell, is very balanced. Not a lot of spice for an IPA BUT, it's very high quality beer. I like a nice, bitter, spicy IPA, which this is not, but I like this beer.

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

A more impressive head when I poured this one vs. some of the other Arcadia brews I got in my sampler. But still the head went away. A dark chestnut orange with medium head at first.

Nose is a little grassy and lemon. Taste is moderately hopped with good citrus blends. Mouth feel is medium but not remarkable. Overall a pretty good tasting beer.

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

12oz bottle -> pint
Notched A-2 (not sure what that means, not on their website)

Pours a clear oranged-amber with a soft short lasting head, that settled to dishwater suds almost before the pour finished, (well not quite, but you get the picture.) Some random dots of lace. Carbonation is mild and proper.

Nose: Floral hops, some caramel, sugar, grass

Good flavors, sweet caramel malt and brown sugar, up front, with grassy hops, spice, quite earthy, and nice change from the citrus dominated American IPA's all over out there. Good balance. Mouthfeel is proper for an English Ale, with almost a little too much carbonation, but not quite. Good representation of the English IPA. Very Drinkable.

Always been of fan of Arcadia, and that doesn't stop with the beer.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to JordanEllwanger

Poured into my pint glass from a 12fl oz bottle

Pours a medium to dark copper color with a huge three inch creamy slightly off-white head. Nice tiny bubbles rise to the top and can be seen in the head. Good head retention that stays on top of the beer all throughout, leaving minimal amounts of lacing sticking to the sides of my glass.

Smell is that of a mixture of floral pine hops with some citrus. Oranges come to mind as I smell it. Pretty dominant malt caramel smell .

Hops seem to have faded quite a bit, dominant malt flavors come to my taste with just the slightest hint of bitterness in the end. Not bad but I would have liked to taste at least a little of them hops.

Mouth feel is actually very smooth and velvet like. Small amounts of carbonation.

In the end, the question of drink ability is, am I looking forward to drinking this beer again? no. Way better IPAs out there.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, bronze-tinted amber with one finger of creamy off-white head without much retention. Lively carbonation.

Nose is primarily clear but subtle pine hops, with light citrus in the background and a solid malt backbone. A few sips in, and the hops fade such that the malt is about the only thing I can detect.

Biscuity malt up front, surprisingly. Earthy hops take a back seat to the malt, and on the whole the hops add much more bitterness than flavor. Caramel sweetness comes through after a few sips, followed by a bitter finish.

Medium bodied and lightly creamy. Smooth and clean. But this beer gets kind of heavy toward the end, especially for what it seems ought to be a somewhat sessionable beer.

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Photo of berserker256
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark bronze color and opaque clarity. Moderate off-white head with big IPA bubbles. Smells like sweet pine and lemony hops. Kind of like Fruit Loops and pine cones... In a very good way. Mild hoppy bitterness in the flavor with a sweet fruity citrus note and a touch of pine. Very pleasant and not overpowering in the least as some IPAs can be. Good moderate body and carbonation and easy to drink. Very good beer.

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

Pours an orange/copper color with a decent light tan head which has some decent stick.

Smell is more English with the malts being more obvious as opposed to the American Ipa's which tend to be hop heavy.

Taste is much of the same. More of an English Ipa as opposed to American. Malty and bready flavors dominate with hops bringing up the rear.

Medium mouthfeel.

Could drink a few of these, but then I'd be craving something else.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not band, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this beer. This sample was given to me, as will be the case with my next one.

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Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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