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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Ratings: 701 |  Reviews: 353
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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Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with no head and orange appearance
S - citrusy hops and some bready malts
T - sweet hops and malts combine for a delicious IPA. Starts of with a bit of grapefruit/citrusy hops, which is then balanced out with some sweet malt. Well balanced.
M - thin but smooth
D - this is a great IPA and one of the better tasting ones I have tried

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Photo of alleykatking
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass while I was out for lunch today.

A- Pours a nice clear darker amber color with 1/2 off white head that stayed awhile leaving nice lacing.

S- Nice floral hop smell along with a hint of malt backbone. Has a light fruit smell (grapefruit or lemon maybe?) to it. Smells like a well made IPA.

T- Big hop kick up front that seems to stick around for a while as it goes down. Slight sweetness to this from the malts that come through a little more than what was first expected. The sweetness comes and goes throughout the whole beer. This a nice balanced beer in my opinion.

M- This beer leaves a nice oily hop resin on the tounge that I like. It is light to medium body and very well carbonated. It hops across the tounge rather nicely and I enjoy it.

D- While there are other IPA's here I like more...for the price you can not go wrong with it. I could drink a whole sixer of this without even thinking about it twice. Nice beer Arcadia!

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

Rusty amber colour with a long-lived moderate head and good lace. Good looking beer. Sharp, hoppy nose and a hint of alcohol. Lots of grapefruit aroma.

Big hop bite, slightly bready note. Lots of bitterness up front and a lingering bitterness to follow. Not a bad imbibe but not real subtle in its approach. Good, but there's better big hop ales out there with added dimension.

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Photo of dmamiano
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golen bronze color with virtually no head but appears to be well carbonated.
Very big floral punch in the nose by the hops with a hint of bubble gum.( unlike the bubble gum perception I find in some Belgian style ales).
Hops hit the palate rather hard followed by the obligatory "lingering" bitterness.Sweet malts mixing and balanncing this on out rather nicely.
Pair well with Jamaican Jerk wings.

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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 ncbeermonger
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

good little IPA

a little hazy, honey golden, and slight amber color

pours with a little head

Good tatse, the hops are noticeable, as is the maltiness. crisp and light mouthfeel. Only 5.9 apv. good taste though

very drinkable, i could have several in one sitting

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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.

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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.

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

from notes
poored a slightly opaque brownish amber, film white head
smell was of light caramel malts and of course hops
taste was light hoppiness, good balance but of course the hops take a lead here as expected
medium to thin body nice to drink
nothing wrong here a good English IPA
And thanks to Arcadia for the freebies for "working" for them for a day

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of serving and recommending this beer to hundreds of people at the 2009 CNY Brewfest. I kept claiming that it was my favorite of the lineup so I'd like to see how this lives up to some closer scrutiny ;)

Pours with a general "unfiltered ipa look"- murky tan yellow with some static bubbles and a light foamy head sticking around the glass.

Really light and sweet aroma. Not overpoweringly hoppy but of what I'd recognize as slightly piney candy. Like sugar coated cascade flowers.

Taste has a great touch of crystal malt character it that goes very well as a British IPA. Seems to kind of resonate on the tongue a bit in both hop and malt character. One of those beers that just gets you excited to have in your mouth.. if that doesn't sound weird. Hop character is brisk and light, not outrageously piney, but with a juicy amarillo character that keeps it both sweet and tart. That plus the decent malt taste makes it damn inviting.

Mouthfeel is on the light side- not a big dextrinous English beer but the pretty neutral character makes the flavor profile come out nicely. I wish I had about 50 bombers of this lying around at all times.

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

Appearance: Kewl label. I guess that counts for something. Anyway, this brew pours with little head but does have some good lacing and surface spiderwebbing. Color is amber/honey. Nothing special, but the lacings with a thin head is a little interesting.

Smell: For an IPA, I was suprised to detect a malt with character. This is kind of neat. The overall aroma is a little soft and citrus can be detected. This selection is a brew that excells in the subtle or this otherwise "over the top" beer type.

Taste: This is definitely an IPA. Strong hops, but to be honest, the flavor strength is a little subdued. The good thing about this is that the hops do not overpower the flavor curve. There is a definite delineation of flavor components. There is a lemon/citrus/biscut/sweet presence that is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Very light on the palate. Very crisp for an IPA. I'm impressed.

Drinkability: For an IPA, this selection is very light on the drinker. I'm impressed. This would be a good choice for a backyard BBQ or get together. Mix this with a few other "easy" beers, and you have a great choice for any of your guests.


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Photo of dickroop
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew comes in a pretty bottle, but I'm not sure why a Michigan brewery is named "Arcadia"? Well, the American Heritage Dictionary says Arcadia is "A region offering rural simplicity and contentment." named after a region is Greece. I'm always looking for contentment, so this is a BIG plus right off.

Pours a hazy dark amber to bronze with a good healthy head. Aroma is rich in traditional PA hops - slightly resinous and floral - but with a healthy dose of malty sweetness and, the malt being a little caramelly. Taste has nice bittering presence with a full, round malt sweetness that supports well. This is no hop-bomb, but it finishes long and gently bitter, quite nice.

Mouthfeel is a little cloying but quite palatable, medium body, a little chewey, but the bittering hops keep it all in balance on the tongue. I find this ale highly drinkable, either cooler, where it imitates the western IPAs or warmer, where its truer, more English PA character come out. All-in-all, tasty and satisfying. Recommended

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Photo of danielharper
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangish-yellow, very hazy, with a thin white head that sticks around. Pretty much perfect for the English IPA style.

Smell: Crisp white hops with a slight citrus underneath. Strong notes of grapefruit and hints of lemon.

Taste: Strong lemon flavor up front, followed by a crisp hoppiness. Finishes dry but also sweet. As with a lot of English IPAs, it's very slightly cloying.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, high hops. Thickness moderate.

Drinkability: A very nice English IPA. Love to try it on-tap at some point.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint

A: finger of eggshell atop apricot haze on a softl pour

S: Subtle apricot hop, citrus, more malty than most in the nose

T: Subtle, but rich. Citrusy with big apricot, balanced from the back by maltiness

M: Smooth. Mild carbonation works nice with this thick beer. The hops try to leave a bitter dry finish, but stay smooth til the end.

D:Good drinkability, I'd like to try one draft, and an imperial version pulled from a cask.


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Photo of nicktay
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a beautiful golden amber. The head forms nicely, an off-white color. It looks pretty well carbonated, but we will see.

The hops smell fresh and floral and a little piney. The smell blends well with the light malty aromas.

The flavor of the hops is nice, but its not as bitter as I expected it would be. I would appreciate this beer more if the hops were better balanced with the bitterness aspect in mind.

The mouthfeel is light but not too thin.

Very drinkable. But not the best IPA I have ever tried.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a mug.

Arcadia IPA poured a cloudy orange/gold color with a 1-½ finger head that was full of bubbly carbonation. The nose is of clean light hops. Taste is also of hops, a little fruity malt with a hint of grapefruit. The body is to the lighter side with a smooth and a little creamy mouth feel with a medium hoppy and crisp finish.

A decent IPA that is not overly hopped so bitterness is lighter- making it easy-to-drink.

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Photo of omahawk
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper into my pint glass. Good sized head and decent lacing. Aromas of non-lemon citrus (grapefruit???) and piney hops. The taste is a decent, yet somewhat unexpected balance of malt and some hops bite - definitely not an American-style IPA. Overall, good version of the British IPA, not my favorite by any means.

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

A- Hazy orange mahogony with large cream colored head. Head dissipates to a foamy covering.

A- Citrusy hop aroma with a light malt backing.

T- High hop flavor throughout. Nice toasted biscuit flavor that sticks around into the aftertaste. Dry finish.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth drinking.

D- Quite a delicious IPA, not a hop bomb like its American counterpart. Solid hop flavor backed by an English malt flavor.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/23/08. On cask at the Ginger Man. Pours an amber/orange with a slight head. Aroma is predominantly citrus and grapefruit with some slight piney hops. Flavor is dominated by grapefruit, other citrus hops, and wheat. Nice bitter hops finish. Fairly mellow due to the large citrus presence. Deliciously citrusy and more citrusy than any other IPA I've had to date. No carbonation, which made the mouthfeel a little odd, but it was very good. Worth it to seek out, at least on cask.
7/4/8/3/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a coppery-amber with a foamy, slowly fading white head.

S: The nose bursts with fresh northwest hop varieties that give off a piney, and lemony aroma.

T: The initial flavor starts out with a light breadiness and lemonyhopping. There were some strong floral hopping, with citrus and a huge caramel sweetness. Overall the flavor was pretty basic in nature.

M: light with a decent floral hop bite and aggressively carbonated.

D: Slightly above average drinkabiliyt. Nothing special and wouldn't go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Sep 7, 2008
Pours cloudy amber with a decent offwhite head that laces well. Aroma is citrus and hoppy.Flavor is citrus and grapefruit with a decent sweet malt background,and maby some bready tones as well,quite balanced and tasty. I enjoyed this,and thought it quite drinkable

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Photo of schellsbeer
1.69/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

HIGH carbonation. Too high....way too high.

Old. We will sure find out. Picked up on a whim. Good thing I just got one bottle.

A - High carbonation. Still waiting for the huge head to disappear. Waiting...2 minutes...still waiting... 4 minutes and the bottle is still not all in my glass. Otherwise, nice orange brown color. Light orange bubbles.

S - A little pine but not like your classic IPA. Citrus smell but light and small. Hops sure don't hit me in the face like I like. On to the taste...

T - After waiting a full 5 minutes, I can now experience my first taste of this brew. Bitter but not like an IPA should taste. The wrong type of bitter. It is like the brewer tried to rush the beer making process for this beer. Didn't really care about the final product. Overall, not impressed as far as IPAs go. Very light on the hops. Makes me want to cough after each drink. Just tried pouring the last part of the bottle into my glass and it overflowed once again. Not worth my time. Drain we come. Not willing to wait for this any more.

M - Bitter...can taste on lips. Too many bubbles.

D - Nope.

Review meet drain. Good bye Arcadia IPA. Nice to now know you any more.

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Arcadia IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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