Arcadia Batch #999 | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Batch #999Arcadia Batch #999

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by redmosquito on 09-18-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by Bierguy5:
Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date. "Hop Fueled". Pours a dark bronze cloudy liquid, with a thick off white head. Head retention was pretty good, and there is a great amount of lace on the glass. Smells slightly fruity, though not citrusy. Hop aroma is slightly piney. Small amount of carmel -like malt, followed by a great amount of hop flavor. Bitterness is not overwhelming, especially for a Double IPA. Dry on the palate. Medium to full body, with low carbonation. This is a pretty drinkable brew. This doesn't really seem to stack up to other Double IPA's in terms of bitterness, but it is a pretty flavorful brew.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy brownish orange with a small khaki head on top. Quite dark appearance. Big hop nose and grapefruit with a slight hint of caramel sweetness and some pine. Nice!

Alright you sons-of-bitches...which one of you took my hops!!! Subtle citrusy hops flow over my tongue along with weak caramel, slightly bready malt background. The flavor does not hold up to what I expected from the nose on this one. This beer is a cock tease....the nose draws you in and gets you excited...but once you take a sip you're suddenly left with blue balls.

Mouthfeel has some creaminess to it, but it's too thin for me. This is more akin to a regular IPA. As for drinkability...I enjoyed trying this brew, but I'm not really excited for another. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Arcadia pours a hazy, burnished orange body with a small beige head that appears to have some orange streaking. Active carbonation apparent with a multitude of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Quite a bit of patchy lace is left on the glass.
Aroma is dominated by all kinds of citrusy hops. Orange zest and grapefruit are prominent, with a note of pine in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a powerful hops presence that is resinous and biting.
The taste follows the nose, with lots of citrusy hop goodness. Orange, grapefruit, and a hint of lemon and pine comprise most of the flavors here. Very little malt character here, just a note of caramel that really isn't sufficient to tame the hops domination.
Alcohol is well hidden, and this seems more of a single IPA than a Double. Not much balance for the hoppiness, but nicely drinkable.

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Photo of cokes
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Muddied burnt sienna with a sticky puff of bleached tan.
Big hop-aided nose of pine resin, tin, and burnt watermelon and nothing else.
Enters with a feeble malt that yields brown sugar, peach, and water(logged)melon. Toastier in the middles with the requisite Arcadia butter diacetyl. Hops from here on out. Bitter herbs, and concerntrated pine juice. Hops, strangely, are mostly cut short on the finish, with just some lingering quinine bitterness and a sense of scalded butter.
A medium bodied brew that, due to a general lack of carbonation and a greater lack of finesse, drinks like melted hop gin jello shots.
This is too out of sorts, presenting not so much as overhopped (although it certainly is) as lacking any attention at all to the malt end. Or any attention whatsoever.
Here's to a better #1000.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with cloudy, orange and maber hue. 1/4 inch head off-white head leaves uneven layers of lace on the pint. Lots of yeasties suspended in the liquid.
Aroma of heavy pine, citrus and resin hop notes with light caramel backdrop.
Flavor is hop infusioned as the label says. Almost overpowering resins and citrus undepinned by light caramel, toffee and a slightly toasted bread note.
Mouthfeel is lip-puckering, glass of water-craving bitterness accompanied by a subtle underlying sweetness. Kind of reversed feel as most of the bitterings are up front and sweetness on the finish. Only caveat I have is a slight hard water, metallic aftertaste. Little bit detracting from overall quality.
Drinkability is solid, would most likely be a lot better on draught as beer is allowed to breathe more. Solid, if not truly memorable.

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Photo of trumick
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark orange red color, with a nice finger or two head and lots of lacing all around.

Scent is nothing special for a double IPA. Smells like their IPA with, some citrusy hops, sweet malts maybe a bit of dark fruit.

Taste is really nothing specilal either. It tastes like their IPA, sweet malts with maybe a slightly more bitter, lingering finish. I can barely tell the difference between the two. It is not, as they say, "Hop Fueled".

Mouthfeel is good for an IPA, and it may be a bit more full than their IPA, but this is supposed to be something special. If it were an IPA I would rate it higher.

Drinkabilty is average.

I am sorry. This is not anything that I would consider special. I don't see where they get off charging people extra for the Batch 999, when it is the same thing as the IPA they brew. I feel like I have been duped. I have to give it low numbers.

I am not impressed, rather disapointing beer. Rogues I2PA is special, Batch 999 is not.

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Photo of redmosquito
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An ESB (Extra Steroidal Bitter) they had at the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Fest & the Great Taste of the Midwest. This beer is fabulous. Reddish copper in colorwith an off white head. Hoppy aroma with some caramel, and the flavor is more hops and sweet malt. Finishes clean with a lingering hop flavors yet no grassy flavors. I’m really impressed by how extremely well balanced this beer is, it’s full of hops but not overhopped. If you can find this get it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from tangfoot, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a hazy light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramel, brown sugar and alcohol.

T: The taste has a strong sweetness up front with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and citrus. Then a pretty heavy hops bitterness comes in. I found it surprising that the hops held up so well, given the age of the beer, but it seems to have become nicely balanced. The malt character is very hearty and there's a little bit of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, high carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this might not be the type of beer to pound down several of but I found it to be a decent beer to relax with and enjoy. I also thought the age has done it some good.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the murky dark amber brew. Head pretty nicely, and lacing is excellent. Aroma is sweet, citrus, and pine. They don't seem to all go together, but that's what I'm finding. Taste seems to have any sweetness I thought I smelled, and we've more or less got a lemon-fresh pine thing going here. Aftertaste is just not good. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, and drinkability is not so great due to the many above concerns. Had high hopes, but this one has let me down...

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color was fresh polished copper, with a light head. the aroma pulls you in with its citrus and grapefruit. the flavor is malt, hops/citrus/grapefruit, minerally, spicy, carmel.

goes down smooth, good blend of hop bitterness and aroma. i would not call it a double ipa. michigan is a green state (hop head party) and this would be fine as a american ipa. but not a double in my book. body not rich enough, and would need more aroma, maybe more carmel flavor.

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Photo of granger10
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This one really disappointed. I'm a big beer lover and I've been all about DIPA's recently but I guess this proves that not all DIPA's are great. In fact, it kind of sucked and was hard to finish. Really syruppy malts carried the liquid with lots of bitter resiny hops that didn't have much flavor besides bitterness. Maybe some citric qualities and there seemed to be a little diacetyl here as well. It was like citric maple syrup, yuck. Finish is bitter and had a metallic quality to it. This is like a dollar more for a single than any of there other beers and its probably their worst beer yet. Stay away.

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Photo of hopdog
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired is trade with BBB63 (thanks!).

Poured a dark and hazy amber color with a huge (5 finger) tan head. Aromas of juicy oranges, pine, pineapple and light pepper. Tastes of oranges, pine, caramel and pineapple. Medium bitter with a sweet balance to it. Enjoyable.

Notes from 5/30/05

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The abyssmal crimson of a toasty double IPA. Sticky beige head that leaves plenty of lacey luster. Cloudy with a resinous viscosity that displays particles suspended within. A few select plump bubbles bobble their way through what does not appear to be a homogeneous body of ale. This beer seems to be layered.

Smell: Heaps of citric grapefruit pings come gusting out of the glass at first nosing. Burnt pine and caramel constituents congregate with the immense citrus in an alcoholic vapor swirl that has me ready to shrink down and dive into the glass.

Taste: Wonderfully vibrant with grapefruit and the embittering properties that hops bestow when strewn about so generously. Utterly absorbing and flavourful. Tons of acidic activity. Through it all, a discreet yet seemingly appropriate malt presence is revealed. The cumulative effect of the combined entities is superb.

Mouthfeel: Worthy of the term "chewy" that is loosely tossed around in space. Coating of the oropharynx in a sheath of lasting character throughout the drinking. Teeth enveloped in residue.

Drinkability: I am filled with great sorrow that I am nearing the end of my odyssey with this glass. This brew was a delight to drink. I am left to ponder what it was like as a younger beer. I am further regretful of the fact that I will not know what it would have been like at a greater degree of age. A pleasure was had by myself.

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Photo of ken3c
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very foamy with big bubbles. A full cap of head stays throughout the beer and laces here and there. Orange brown and very hazy.

Good strong malt aroma with a strong hops sense. There are also some fruity notes.

Quite sweet and fruity like melons with a strong citrus and spicy hop finish.

Very foamy and full-bodied.

This is pretty good.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting a real hop bomb here, but it was much more subdued than anticipated. Shockingly well balanced, it struck me as a Doubled English style IPA than the over the top American style. The malt in this beer actually stands up to the hops toe to toe. Piney hops lead before a solid malty middle fades to a moderately clean finish. The mouthfeel really surprised me too, it was solid, but without any of the syrupy sensation in the finish it made me expect.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Arcadia Batch #999 "Hop Fueled"

My first offering from Arcadia. Pours a hazed sepia with a good amount of yeast sediment peppered throughout. Carbonation is mild and the doesn't stick around long. Lacing is sticky and has no problems remaining after each sip. Aromas are an oily pine with a slight sweet floral character. The taste brings forth a nice dose of the resiny pine hops and sweet grapefruit. Mouthfeel is fairly full and very slick with each sip--nice and smooth. Each sip finishes somewhat sweet and slightly dry with just a touch of bitterness lingering. I would believe you if you told me this was a hybrid of English and American IPA styles, as the hop profile seems to suggest influences from both. I wish I could get more of this one, because its a nice change over some of the sharper domestic IPAs and DIPAs.

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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light brown color with a small head that leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is all about the hops - grapefruit and pine. Not much else can get past. The flavor is much like the aroma, as the hops take over the taste and have a large bitterness. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is just ok. I'm not a fan of this style, so it may have swayed my judgement a bit.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy brownish orange color with four huge fingers of head. There's lots of yeast chunks in it, and lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly light, not much going on. There is some citrusy hop aromas in there though. The taste is very bitter in hop flavor. Even though I love me some hops, the hops here almost overpower everything else. It's kind of one dimensional. A hint of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is decently thick and strong. The drinkability is fairly good. It's an average double IPA.

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Photo of marburg
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of these days, I'm going to stop buying these damn double IPAs altogether. Hops can be a great thing, but double IPAs are something of a fad -- and this one fits the bill perfectly. It's a limited batch, and that's a big plus. There are some who do it well, but they tend to experiment a bit, which is kind of what big beers are supposed to be about. When everyone follows the all-pine-tree-all-the-damn-time formula, people are bound to lose interest.

Consider my interest wandering around the fields of Kansas without a compass.

There's a little bit of fruit in the aroma, but this is really dominated by a pine tree forest and paint thinner sort of intensity. There are hops in this. I get it. Really.

The bottle says "hop fueled." It should say "hop fucked," because that's what this is. There are some mild fruit and lemon flavors here -- some grapefruit creeps in at mid-to-finish. But ultimately, you can't taste a lot in this other than the hops. It's hoppy malt water...minus the malt.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is uselessly overcarbonated, I am barely able to get one inch of beer into a full British pint glass, the rest of course is foam. To say that the head is voluminous is a vast understatement, but it is. It is also pillowy and a full tan color. The beer itself is a hazy orangish copper color. The aroma is quite hoppy, which is nice and has notes of pine and something that seems a bit sweet and a bit spicy as well.

The taste is quite sweet with a soft, fruity note that is reminiscent of raisins and plums. The finish has a bit of alcohol to it, actually it is even a bit hot. The beer is of course hoppy, I get notes of sweetened lemon citrus type notes, some notes of tangerine, and some typical grapefruity. The hop bitterness is apparent in the finish and there is a bit of tannic astringency here as well. Interestingly enough, there is almost a note of something that reminds me of cinnamon. It is definitely from the hops and I have also found similar notes in Yulesmith that only show up with a few months of age, but then quickly disappears. Despite the sweetness of this beer it is fairly light and drinkable.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.18/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Murky looking crimson tone. Thin white head. Not much light penetrates. Aroma's just there. Average. If anything, I get some rust tones. (Oxidation maybe?) Onto the tasting... There might be a bit of oxidation, but not much. This is moreso just an unappealing DIPA to me. It's like PineSol mixed with adhesive resin. The more I taste, the more I think this really sucks. This has chemical tastes written all over it. This is the first one in a while that I'm actually contemplating on whether to dump it or not. They quote on the bottle, "Hop Fueled." It's fueled alright, but not with hops. More like Gasoline, Jet Fuel, Outboard Motor Fuel, Funny Car Fuel...Fuck, John Force could turn over 350+ mph using this shit in his tank.

Gotta thank cokes anyway. At the time he gave me one, he had not tried it yet and didn't know the horror...

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a tea brown color with 2 fingers of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is awesome. Lots of grapefruity and piney goodness. There is a touch of caramel in there as well. The flavor is nice on this one. The caramel sweetness is there to balance the hops. The grapefruit hop and pine hop are more subdued in the flavor than the nose tells me. The bitters don't last too long. I really like it. Drinkability is pretty good on this one as well . Overall, a well built beer. I'm glad I have a few more.

Edit: Having a second bottle of this with my boy Dwight. The flavor is nice. Very nice, but not bold enough to be a doube IPA. I need to dock the flavor points a bit. The feel is not thick enough, topping out at moderate. I still like this beer, but looking at it from a new angle has done me some good.

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Photo of mentor
2.32/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

My second review of this beer. This first review was conducted on a store-aged bottle, this one is on a bottle provided by Eyedrinkale, as part of BIF20. Thanks for the second opprotunity!

Pours a half finger light tan head over a miserably cloudy reddish rust liquid. Smells pine-sol citrus hoppy with some grapefruit pith and a faint caramel underneath. Tastes Better than I recall. Starts piney hop before malt sweet jumps in. Caramel and biscuit. This fades as hops re-establish themselves. At late stages this beer is bitter and citrus hoppy, but I also get a faint tinge of munich malt and yeast. The aftertaste has a bit of carbonation acrid and sour malty hoppy pine-sol. Bitterness is in line with the flavors, although I find the flavors unpleasant. Md-thick body and mild, but sharp, carbonation.

Overall, pine-sol medicinal. Not a great offering. Better than I remember, and a challenging mix of flavors, but not something I found enjoyable.

Edit: I just compare my reviews. Funny how I see this beer better now than what I remember, but I scored it higher last time. Goes to show what and expanded palette and changing preferences can do.

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Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a reddish orange. aroma the hops jumped out as soon as I popped the cap, got grapefruit, pine toast, apples, lemon. flavor, the hops were not as strong as I thought they would be had to let it warm up before they came out nice and strong, grapefruit, pine, a nice sweetness comes out with a slight bitterness after taste.

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Photo of Atron67
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- had huge head on top, almost overflowing my duvel snifter. actually when i tried to pour the last ounce in after the rest of the head settled, the whole thing took off again this time overflowing, really damn annoying.

S- smells pretty hoppy still after all this time. strong maltiness as well.

T- very malty, the hops still exist in the nose, but only balance out the malt in the mouth. still a tasty malt though, interesting flavors i havent found in other beers, theres slightly sweet fruit notes that have come in and give it a light sherry characteristic that tasts pretty good.

M- thick body, had a high carbonation i guess from the annoying head, but it was low by the time it hit my mouth

D- not bad, decent beer, glad to have gotten it, def better fresh. its almost a barleywine, but not enough complexity.

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Arcadia Batch #999 from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 29 ratings