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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 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 well..at least I got a sweet cap out of it.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with a dense, rocky off-white head. Smells of vague citrus fruit rind. The taste begins with a sweet orange, followed by a very herbal, caramel middle, and a hint of rye bread. The finish is citrus fruit rind. Mouthfeel is creamy, pretty high carbonation. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: This pours a copper amber color with an unfiltered look. A dollop of white foam rests on top, and it demonstrates brilliant retention and leaves a sheet of lace down the glass.

Smell: Biscuity malt with a light sweet quality to it, with a blend of soft citrus hops.

Taste: The taste is fairly simple and follows the nose nicely. A soft biscuity malt starts lightly sweet. The hops are mostly grapefruit in nature, with some soft orange zest. The finish is a little bitter.

Mouthfeel: This is a little bit thin for my taste. The carbonation is nice and creamy, and although there is a light graininess, it is nice and smooth.

Overall: This does not fall into the explosive IPA category, but it is pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. No bottling date is present on the bottle. Thanks to pocwolf for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy amber. 1/4 finger thin white head, that's barely there. Some carbonation rolling off bottom of glass. A few floaties.

S: There is no bottle date but I assume this is a bit old. I get lots of breadiness from the nose. Mild if any hop character. Almost more of a pale ale smell.

T: Taste is better than the smell. There is actually some piney hop character in there. You get a little on the tip of the tongue, but the breadiness takes over mid-mouth. It's a little over balanced on the malt side. Finish is again, on the pale ale side.

M: Light leading to medium bodied. Session IPA.

O: I don't hate it as an IPA, I just don't love it as an example. It reads pale ale all over it.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle picked up from the brewery store fridge.

Pours a cloudy brown with a tinge of orange at the highlights, topped by sticky looking head with sticky lacing.

Loads and loads of caramel in the aroma. Earthiness.

Taste is mildly fruity, like red grapes, a little raisiny. Not enough hop flavour or bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, thin, and it's a tad watery. For how it smells and tastes I expected something with a lot more body.

Overall it's on par with a lot of the English IPAs I have tried. That's not necessarily a good thing. You know, now that I think about it it kind of reminds me of a watered down English barley wine. Bah.

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

A- hazy orange or copper with slight head that held up

S- sweet with citrus

T- hits me with hops and malt. finishing a little bitter.

M- medium body, lingers on the tongue

O- Solid beer for the style, The abv makes it a good session-able beer. Will buy it again

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Berkley Front (Berkley, Michigan)

The beer appeared a very nice hazy amber color with a very nice and big white head that was very well retained. The aroma was nice, citrus hops, but the hops seemed to be a bit muted.
The taste is good, hoppy but with a nice malt backbone as well. The beer also ended with a nice dry bitter aftertaste. The beer had a medium to heavy feel in the mouth, very pleasant to drink with minimal carbonation, as expected.
Overall, a solid beer and one that I would expect myself to buy again.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.39/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

no freshness date so i can't tell if my issues with this beer are due to freshness. purchased as a single at naperville binny's this week.
A: hazy copper/amber. lasting off-white head and lacing.
S: has a soapy, sourish character, maybe a bit funky. some earthy notes and caramel malt underneath.
T: very light malt sweetness and again some sourness. the hops have a soapy, astringent quality.
M: nicely carbonated, but the sour and soapy tinge hurt it again here. light to medium body.
O: definitely something off here, not that i am a huge fan of english ipa's to begin with. drain pour unfortunately.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Why is this listed as an English ipa? Is it the mild ale yeast? It certainly seems less malty and more hoppy than an English ipa...

Beer is a nice orange color with an off-white head of two fingers. Pretty weak retention and lacing.
Smells of grapefruit hops mostly. Some sweet malt action and a little lemon peel make an appearance as well. There is a mild ale yeast on the finish, but it works well due to this beer being less hoppy than a lot of other ipas out there.
This goes for balanced drinkability over crazy hop flavor... Not my favorite take on the style, but one I can respect.

The body is nice. Good firm carbonation with a light oily feel.

Overall, this isn't one I'll be buying again, but it isn't entirely unpalatable.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass in a rather chaotic bar...

Cloudy-orange color makes for a hazier-than-expected IPA with a thin, white head. Not too much retention. A refreshing scent of grapefruit, floral hops, and a peppery characteristic is rather inviting.

Flavor is a bit hard to define. Grapefruit is definitely the lead flavor on the tongue, but it disappears and turns into an incredibly sweet brew. Sharp carbonation and a thick body doesn't compliment the beginning to well, but the malty finish gives it a saving grace. Surprising that the carbonation doesn't cause any lacing down the side of glass.

Overall/notes - Well, this is a bit surprising for me, as I've enjoyed this out of the bottle before. It's a nice beer, but I'm not so sure I'd call it a go-to IPA. I wonder when this batch was actually brewed, as the malty finish overpowered the hops. I'll have to try it again.

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

I like a lot of Arcadia products. They are generally well crafted ana a joy to drink. This IPA is no exception. It could be a bit more aromatic, and it isn't as clear as you might like, but all that may be from making it what they made of it - a flavorful IPA that neither bores nor overwhelms.

It has a nice unique, refreshing taste. One could easily drink a lot of these, and I recommend everyone to do so.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle's label is different From te one pictured above; also, the label states that the beer is 6% abv, not 5.9%.

Pours a honey amber with a sticky white head that reduces to leave flecks of foam painting the inside of the glass.

Has a honey-sweet citrus smell, quite floral, with a mild pepper spice aroma. Ruby red grapefruit, tangelos, and mild lime combine for a very pleasing aroma.

Pithy grapefruit taste upfront with hints of rosewater, honey and malt. Light, but not airy, with a bit of resin to oil it up before becoming bitter to finish. Floral, almost grassy in taste, with mild herbs to balance it out. The bitterness is fleeting, content to nip at the mid-to-back tongue before disappearing.

Mild to medium bodied, this is a rather easy drinking beer.

Pleasant, almost easy enough to be a session beer but for the 6% abv. Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack, this is a tasty beer. I'll be rating the other beers from ths 12 pack later, but I've tried them all already, and can without hesitation recommend that mixed 12 pack, whether to stock up for yourself, or to have on hand for a party.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a hazy orange/copper with a finger of foamy white head ans some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit orange citrus aroma with a little tangerine and Clementine in the nose as well.

The taste is a little pine and then there are some nice citrus flavor spiking the flavor here and there. A malty sweetness that was quite clean and biscuit flavor.

The feel of this beer is rather smooth and has a medium drinking with it is going down easy.

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

A: Pours with a copper color and a 2.5 finger fluffy white head. Exquisite looking beer.

S: Citric hoppy aroma but with a nice hit of malts in the background. Somewhat sweet and smooth.

T: Very carbonated and the flavor profile is amazing. The bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts make for a very smooth brew.

A very smooth and CRISP beer. Very balanced flavors as well. Great beer Arcadia Brewing Co!!

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Photo of csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color with a little bit of white head with little lacing. The aroma is strong with floral hops and that's about all. The taste starts with floral hops and then ends with some malty sweetness. The mouthful is slightly harsh with overcarbonation but I would recommend trying this IPA.

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Photo of betsona
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Cannot find a bottled on or best by date. Nothing to indicate it is fresh other than buying it with Arcadia's distributor assuring me it is fresh. I believe him after having one.

A- Dark amber with a little bit of haze. Can barely make out my hand through it. After a moderate pour, a finger white head appeared. 30 seconds later, I had a nice film of head with air bubbles. Minimal glass lacing after each sip. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S- Earthy smells with a very mild hint of floral hops. Slight hint of lemon. Not much malt action going smell wise.

T- Lemon and a little pine. Not much bitterness. Malt tones of biscuit and dash of caramel. Balanced well. No off flavors. Does not distinguish itself all that much, nor offend the palate. Solid English IPA taste.

M- Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Lingering lemon and biscuit taste on the palate with that dash of caramel.

D- I would pick in up for price (9 for 6), but overall I prefer the 400 Pound Monkey and a few other English IPAs. Well worth the price if Arcadia ever distributed to Indiana again.

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Photo of DCon
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off a tap into a Pint Glass from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO.

Appearance- Very hazy/cloudy with the coolest color (golden around an orange base). Half a finger of head that turned lacy kepted a bubbled head. Wild appearance!

Smell- Extreme hops with citrus/orange aroma.

Taste- Very hoppy of course, an orange taste throughout and then a nut-ale finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied beer that was smooth and yet rigid at the same time.

Drinkability- Not bad. I wouldn't have more than one at a time but a great 4th or 5th beer during a session. Arcadia has always brewed great beer.

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Photo of mafeeker
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear copper color with a small white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S: A light floral piney hop aroma, accompanied by a nice malty bready character

T: The flavor is very interesting. A bit of the hop flavor, but mostly bitterness, balanced by a malty flavor. Finishes quite dry, but still very nice

D: The drinkability on this is pretty high, I could easily go through a couple pints of this at a bar, and for and IPA the alcohol is not too bad either. Overall very nice.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from South West Michigan where the best beer in the world is brewed. This IPA is a lush copper color with a great creamy head. Just a wonderful blend of hops and malt to give it easy drinking session beer. Over all not the best IPA out there but not to shabby either.

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Photo of bfields4
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent looking brew. Nice full lacy off white head. Crisp clear amber body nicely effervescent.

A bit of piny minty aroma and nice spice. Biscuity quality from the malt.

Slightly more citrus in the taste. Biscuity and caramel to balance out the bitterness.

Nice creamy mouthfeel but almost a bit watered down tasting (kind of contrasting I know, but hard to explain better than that). Not to knock this beer. Would be a very sessionable IPA. Nothing over the top. Mellow, but good flavors. If I were looking for a nice pale ale with a little extra twang. I would keep this in mind.

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

Poured a hazy, dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with the ABV (6%) on the label. Not sure if this is meant to be an unfiltered ale, but there is surely some sediment coming thru from the bottle.
Massive, and I mean, massive head that dissipates ever so slowly to a thin persistent head, leaving very nice lacing along the insides of the glass. Very good carbonation.
Earthy, floral aroma with hints of fruity, cirtus/lemon notes.
Hop dominant taste interlaced with biscuity, malty notes. The finish is dry and hoppy, reminiscent of a traditional english IPA.
Nice rich, creamy mouthfeel leaves the palate coated evenly.
A delicious offering from Arcadia Brewing, and is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I don't know if this has been tweaked, but it's now listed as 6% ABV and seems by memory to be slightly different than a fresh bottle I had of the exact same stuff a couple years ago.

This is a clear, amber-orange colored IPA. A fluffy white head sits on top and, while it doesn't last all that long, never fully dissipates and leaves a thick, sturdy foam that drops some thick lacing down the glass.
The aroma pours out as soon as I open the bottle. This one's pungent, with a nice strength and balance of floral, citrus and resiny hops behind a strong caramel malt. I assume malts are stronger in this one to balance it, as it's in the higher ABV bracket for the style. Anyway, this smells like all kinds of fresh, raw hops as well as tasty malts adding caramel and toffee notes.
The taste is similar with the exception that less of the citrus pulls through, though it does make for a more floral, earthy, raw flavor, and somewhere in the middle a buttery diacetlyic flavor comes through lightly; while it doesn't particularly detract and adds to the toffee aspect, it's not heavy and just sneaks through. The finish is semi-dry.
The body is medium, a little fuller than I remember it being, and goes quite smooth. The malts pull this one through for easy drinking and add some body to it, with a moderate carbonation giving it activity without going overboard.
There's very little that detracts from this brew's drinkability. Either this is underrated or all the reviews are old and it's been tweaked.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew came in Arcadia's mixed 12 pack, I have had this beer many times but have never reviewed it, so lets give it a go. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a hazy golden orange color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that dissipated to a thin ring that stayed.

S- A mix of piney and citrus hops dominate the aroma of this brew, there is a slight presence of caramel malts at the end.

T- Pretty similar to the aroma with the piney and citrus hops leading the way and nice malty back bone. This brew isn't that bitter I have had pale ales that were bitterer then this.

M- Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

D- This IPA isn't as bold and bitter as most in its style so it makes it rather drinkable but it just isn't interesting enough to warrant drinking more then two.

Overall this was a Mediocre IPA, the flavors were they were just a lot more weaker then they should be. A good choice for someone getting into the style, but it's just no my cup of tea.

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