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: 699 |  Reviews: 353
Photo of foureyedgeek
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Sudsys into a Sam Adams pint-tulip.

Pours a very frothy head, had to wait a while top pour the 2nd half of the bottle, fluffy for days. Body is a translucent gold with a lot of rising carbonation, nice lasting head, huge almost like a pilsner or root-beer float. Decent lacing as well.

Smells of muted spruce and rooty herbal wood. Certainly not a huge aroma.

Tastes of grainy biscuit malts almost like an amber ale minus the caramel. There's a slight wash-in of citrus hops in the finish along with a bit of woody cardboardness. Just seems off as far as an IPA goes.

Mouthfeel is decent, medium body helped out by the head and carbonation.

Drinkability is kind of low. If I said 'give me an IPA' and this is what I got in return I'd be a bit confused and disappointed.

I've had other beers from Arcadia that have been very good, not sure what's going on here.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.79...
Arcadia's stuff is usually hit or miss, but this one was certainly a hit...
A steady pour resulted in a huge, tremendous, frothy and foamy head that exhibited strong staying power and left a copious amount of lacing under a bright, orange hue with rising carbonation present...
Strong, sweet, hop-aroma noticeable along with a touch of vanilla and honey...
Decent mouthfeel without too much bitter hops present or any alcohol noticeable...
Decent drinkability as well, as this one went down clean and crisp without any interference...
Good stuff from Arcadia and a solid representation of the style...
Worth a try...

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark tan with tons of light orange head. It smelled like mild orange hops and lots of sweet malt. It tasted like an interesting mix of citrus hops and sugary malt. It was watery with a little carbonation and a solid bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very drinkable beer with an enjoyable and unique flavor. Nice change of pace for an IPA!

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Photo of marcobrau
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whoa...pours with an absolutely huge head...this bottle is definitely over-carbonated. A few minutes later, the foam retreats enough for me to get my nose in the glass of this light orange ale. Lightly flowery aroma. Buttery on the palate with butterscotch and honey. Hops are flowery and buried under the butterscotch flavor. Heavy carbonation leaves nice lacing halfway through. Not bad, but more an English Pale Ale than an IPA to me, as this beer seems to lack the powerful bitter finish of its namesake. Reminds me a bit of Fuller's London Special, but with more restrained hops and more diacetyl (too much). Perhaps some age on this one? I had the Arcadia Starboard Stout earlier and prefer that to this one. Have to give this one low marks on the appearance due to over-carbonation.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale copper with a one inch foamy slightly yellowish white head that initially leaves some sticky looking lacing but after a few minutes the head completely disappears and all lacing disappears, though with some agitation a creamy quarter inch head can be brought back to life for a little while at least for a moment.

S: Strong piny medicinal hop kick, very strong and spicy floral aromas with a bit of grapefruit rind mixed in, there is also a lightly detectable sweet and grainy maltiness hiding in the wings here as well, very fresh smelling.

T/MF: This is were I was a bit disappointed after such a nice nose. Pretty damn astringent and medicinal hop kick in the teeth and localized on the tongue. Pine is there but that medicinal taste is really kicking my ass here. It sort of covers up anything else that might be hiding here. The carbonation and hop bitterness are working well together but the taste they spread so effectively across my palate leaves something to be desiered.

D: Very nice and fresh and strong hop aroma but that is where the goodness ends for me. The hops are a bit out of balance and undermines everything else that might have been in this beer. Still there are worse IPAs out there than this one.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice copper color, slightly cloudy. Thick white foam when poured. Looks delicious.

Not much of a smell to it although I picked up some fruity aromas.

You can taste the fruit. The hop bite gets you a little bit on the end, but then mellows out to that fruity taste.

Good mouthfeel - medium, not too carbonated. The taste lingers a little bit.

I could drink a few of these in a sitting. Good session beer.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of dense white froth top a dark amber body, with thick rings of lace adorning the Yankees pint glass. The nose is very faint, a big disappointment. Eventually, fruity hops emerge, but this IPA fails to deliver a staple of good IPA--bold, hopped nose.

The taste atones nicely, with some hops and sweet fruit carrying the day. Smooth, but still in need of some more hops. I'm more than willing to admit that I'm a little spoiled by other IPAs, but this is surprising in its all-too subtle hop quality.

A good IPA and one that I won't avoid, but one that would be vastly improved with more hops, without question.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a few pints of this last night at Dek's American in Rocky Point NY, which received a dry hopped cask of this. It looked good in an orange and brown way and the aroma was getting the attention of the hop heads in our crowd. The grapefruit and lemon twang of the aroma came through in the first taste, which had a slight malt character to it. The taste was merely plain to me in a light to medium body. It took three pints for me to say it was an average ale and the reason I had so much of it was my beer group sanctioned the event of the cask arrival, so we were supporting the team, so to speak.

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

From a 12 oz. bottle with C/04 notched on the side, whatever that means. Brewed with English 2-row barley and Pacific NW hops. It pours a lightly-hazed amber, with high carbonation that accumulates three fingers of almost frothy head, which deposits lots of lacing as I drink. Earthy and citric in the aroma - nice, but could be more complex. Tastes of citric, piney, earthy and lightly spicy hops that contribute a medium bitterness atop lightly toasted malts; there's a touch of heat in there as well. The body is medium and drying, with a fairly long finish. Pretty good IPA - sessionable for sure - but in the oversaturated IPA market, there are certainly better ones out there.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very nice burnt orange, copper color with a slowly fading head. Looks like it will have solid flavor and taste.

S: Orange rinds, chamomile, and molasses dominate my immediate senses. Almost reminds me of a wheat beer, which is different that the smell I'm used to getting from an IPA.

T: Again, this beer has so many characteristics of a wheat beer. The taste is very orangy, with spice following up right behind it. Any tartness diminishes quickly and you are left with a pretty clean taste.

M: Heavily carbonated, but rather refreshing. Sits nicely on the tongue for a moment and then disapates.

D: A different tasting IPA for me, but I did enjoy it while I was relaxing and catching some TV. Would recommend for someone who enjoys a wheat beer but would like a little more kick.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a real pretty copper color with a huge white head that laces all the way down, its really pretty. the smell is just as good, lots of piney hops dominate the nose. taste is pretty good, has a nice piney hop taste to it, has a strong bitterness to it, almost too strong. mouthfeel is fine and so is the drinkability.

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Photo of Goliath
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense amber color and is seemingly cloudy. This beer has a huge light yellowish head. I had to wait for the head to subside several times to fit the bottle in the glass.

Aroma is decently hoppy. Fairly floral and slightly grassy but not much else going on.

Taste is ok, there is a decent bitterness that accompanies the grassy and floral tones of the hops.

Mouth is medium bodied with tons of carbonation.

Drinkability is low to moderate. Tatse is pretty average.

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, solid choice for an IPA. Pours a darker amber color, almost a copper. Lots of foam. Both good signs for an IPA, IMHO. Nice aroma, can pick up the hops, slightly floral, but not too strong nor overwhelming. The taste is this brew's strong point. Strong hops, excellent aftertaste. No sweetness nor noticeable alcohol burn. Made me want another.

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

Huge head that recedes slowly with lots of lace on the glass. Leaves a solid dome. Very cloudy with a dark amber color.

MIlder aroma than expected, but still quite traditional--closer to British than American in style.

Dry flavors with light malt. Very strong hop finish (as would be expected). The aftertaste is long lasting and lip puckering from the hop. The body is rich with an appreciable amount of carbonation.

This is a fine IPA with a welcoming nod to its origins. While the hops dominate, they are not overpowering like some. The malt is also on the low side, providing for a relatively nice balance for this style.

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Photo of budducci
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head rose very fast and took several pours to empty the bottle. The head did look very firm and dense.

Dark brown-amber in color, small bubbles that feel good on the tongue. Mild hop flavor for an IPA, definitely different from the current trend of seeing how much hopps a beer can take.

Good beer overall, but not outstanding.

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Photo of timmy2b
2.19/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass, poured with a heavy head that forced me to stop pouring to wait for head to decrease, first time thats happened in a while

Has a lighter mouthfeel but is has a slightly bitter and has a fruity aftertaste

has a very nice color and a white/offwhite head to it

The English Barley smell is nice, but is a little strong, almost overwhelming

Going to finish drinking this one,but I will not be heading back out to the store to get any more. I would expect a different taste and a lot more out of an IPA

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Photo of jackorain
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Very good hazy amber brown color, almost murky. 3/4 inch pillowy, white head. Very good retention. Recesed to hilly uneven bumpy coating that left really great lace. A dichotomy in the appearance department with a great looking head and not so great looking beer beneath.

S-Fruity hops, carmel malt, biscuit malt, stone fruit.

T-Big sweet malt up front Stone fruit, peaches and plums, earthy english hops, citrus rind bitteness.

M-medium body, creamy carbonation

D-not bad I could have a few.

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Photo of enfield249
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper in color, slightly hazy with small particulate stuff. Decent lacing and a ring of foam that stays.

S - Strong floral hop smell. Also some malty smell.

T - Good amount of hop character, but it's not a lingering bitterness, which I like. A very clean IPA.

M - Medium fullness, and a sparkling amount of carbonation.

D - A good middle of the IPA, not to strong and very clean on the pallet.

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Photo of drseamus
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn! Just as I barely cracked the cap on this beer and it blasted CO2 all over. It didn't overflow at all, but it took a long time to pour into the glass. The body is a nice amber color with an (as mentioned before) overwhelming white head. This had a little age on it, so the hops were probably a bit subdued from their fresh state. There was just a hint of hop aroma left. The flavor had a lot of caramel in it with just a little bittering in there. This beer is on the wrong side of the hop/malt scale. The mouthfeel is pretty much the only redeeming quality. It is medium bodied and it works well. If this wasn't billed as an IPA I would have rated it much higher.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sizable cream colored head tops off a hazy coppered color brew. Fair amount of lace. Nice floral hop scent eminates from the glass backed by sweet malt. Taste is fronted by a sweet caramel malt, but is dominated by a nice predominately floral malt, with some bitter elements as well. Nice berry tones as well. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

apricot colored with a huge four finger foamy head which settled into a thin head that remained throughout. Tons of lacing on the walls of the glass.

a tame nose for an IPA bitter slight cirtus scent, mixed with subtle bready malts

bitter hops lack complexity of any real flavor other than "bitter" slight citrus notes and some subtle hints of tropical fruits or apricot.

Thin bodied with light carbonation

over all a fairly average beer, not awful but I can't say I'll be picking this IPA up again any time soon

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A huge four finger head quickly rose up over the edge of by huge snifter, and as it slowly shrinks it becomes honeycomb-like in appearance and leaves enormous amounts of sticky dry lace on the glass. The amber brew underneath this pretty head is cloudy, littered with yeast particles, and is slightly oily in appearance. The head shows amazing retention, and the lace is a beautiful icy web-work. This beer looks good!

S - The initial smell reminds me of a gentle apricot girly soap...something that I might find in my fiance's massive stash of Bath and Bodyworks products. I think that the main hop scent might be Fuggles, but it's definitely very British and restrained. Juicy apricot is the main fruit component, and some succulent floral notes remind me of a springtime garden in full bloom. Also, it smells a lot like old lady floral perfume. There is a bit of a soapy funk behind the fruit, and it's slightly distracting. It's almost like an asparagus cooked greens smell thats hiding just behind the fruity hops.

T - It's beautiful in the glass, pleasant but a bit funkified in the nose, and loaded with weirdness in the mouth. This has a big green apple tartness, and it retains some of the apricot and peach flavors that were prevalent in the nose, but adds a lot of canned veggies on top of that fruit base. It's almost like taking a can of syrupy apricots and mixing them with a can of mixed vegetables (DMS?). I can't say that it tastes bad, but It's not really something that I care for, but the more I sip it, the more it's starting to grow on me.

M - Zingy carbonation tickles the tongue at first, then rounds out to create a foamy pillowy feel in the mouth. Some greasy hop oils coat my tongue after swallowing, and the finish is nice and hoppy.

D - This is a average-ish English IPA. It's definitely's got the fresh springtime flower garden and perfume thing going on, and it lacks the American citrus and pine hop flavors. I think that this is a good brew to outline the difference between American and English IPA's. A side-by-side tasting of this and something like Sierra Nevada IPA should clear up any confusion between us and the Brits.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes courtesy of BARLEYWINEO

Pours a ever-so hazed amber with 3+ fingers of pillowy eggshell-white head. Hazing clears a little. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Citrussy (lemons & orange) & floral hops with a little breadyness

T: Lemony & peppery hops & little grainy breadyness up front. Grapefruitty hops & caramel surfaces as this warms. Finishes biscuitty with lemony hops & some dryness, plus a little warmth

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation & great balance

Drank easy, a solid EIPA, that I could session on, no problem

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Photo of Dalem
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky orange in color and the smell of sour green apples, a bit of caramel and a hint of hops. Sorta odd for an IPA it seemed. Isn't that more of an Amber Ale thing?
Tastewise it's pretty medium body with that apple coming through and sweet malt. Medium bodied and crisp...but HARDLY A TASTE OF HOPS! What?! Are they sure this is an IPA? What variation of the theme is this? I don't necessarily want a some kinda over the top pucker-up hop smack in every IPA out there but I when I have one I expect them to be there. That's why they're one of my favorites...and it ain't happening here.
This kinda leaves me in a conundrum because this is a decent tasting beer...if it were sold as an Amber I'd probably be getting a little more excited about this but since it says IPA on the label and has both a Union Jack and a tallship on it-that's enough indicators to me be expecting one in the English style and that's not what I got.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky golden-orange color with a huge, frothy cream colored head. The smell is not overwhelming, obviously hoppy (citrus) but also slightly sweet. The taste is similar to the nose, not overpowering. The hoppiness is citrusy, slightly piney and there is a pretty good malt balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a frothy carbonation. Overall, a drinkable beer and while it isn't an "extreme" IPA it is well done and enjoyable.

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