Arcadia Amber Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Amber AleArcadia Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
1059 OG; 34 IBU

Added by TastyTaste on 05-31-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by mmmbeer:
Photo of mmmbeer
2.62/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with B5 notched (translation - 12/18/06). OG 1.059, 34 IBUs, brewed wtih Maris Otter malt; sampled 10/1/08. After decanting off of the judicious sediment, the brew settles to a copper hue, with medium carbonation, and two fingers of semi-tight tan head that retains a foamy cap and leaves a bit of lacing. Little sour, little sweet in the nose, with cherries and pits. Peppery flavor, with alcohol notes, some sourness, lactic acidity and mild hops. It has a medium to full body, with ample carbonation, a prickly middle and dry finish. Not too bad really, but definitely not what they were aiming for and I am judging based on the style on the label. Unfortunately, this is the second soured-bottle review in a row - ah well, gotta try to not let bottles hide in the back of the stash for so long.

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a sampler box. First pour is mostly foam, despite careful handling and a delicate pour. Eventually settles to a hazy, orange amber body with an immense, longlasting, beige head. Considerable lacing.

Aroma is malty with caramel, complimented by fruity apple and orange hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, with considerable overcarbonation.

The carbonation is distracting, but a pretty solid amber ale lies within. Solid caramel and toffee malt character is evenly balanced by spicy and earthy hops. Some nice notes of toasted caramel apple in the middle, with a slightly dry hop finish.

A very likable amber ale here with good drinkability, in spite of the overcarbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled, no feshness/bottling info to be had. BORING style IMHO, but I got a mixed sixer of Arcadia offerings and this one was included, so here goes: pours semi cloudy almond amber, supporting a loose bubble tan head. Slight malt sweetness on the nostrils. Middle of the road brew. Easy drinking, spill some into your marinade, enjoy on a warm day, or as an easy swilling sessioner.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.22/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

poured into a nonic glass froma 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Cloudy,medium to dark amber color,very fizzy a soda-like head, looks flat barely any bubbles.

Aroma was burnt carmell,grassy,metallic a faint musty cardboard aroma.

Burnt carmell tastes with a melon like fruityness,metallic,grassy a bit of a cardboard/musty taste.

Medium mouthfeel with some grainyness. Could be old? couldn't figure out the freshness code it was ABCDEFG123456 and notched at the B&5.

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Photo of ADR
2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Highly charged, as some Arcadia brews tend to be (especially the Battle Creek Special Reserve first bottling), huge head of big bubbles. Hazy dullish amber appearance. Laces in numerous small patches on the glass. Aroma of faint hops, some bitter alkaloids come through as well. Mouthfeel is lighter, carbonation is a little too high and somewhat unsettling in the stomach. Marginal malt impact, slight bready sweetness is muted by the lack of body and diminished in presence. Slight mineral oil flavors, pronounced sour apple acetaldehyde and some sour properties. Finish is gassy and de-composed. For me, this is a mediocre entry at best.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently started distribution in the Pittsburgh area, I welcome the Arcadia line with open arms. Appearance has a bronze amber hue with white head leaves behind fine lacing overall good retention. Aroma has flowery hops with caramel malt tones, a great cereal tones kinda Wheaties-esque. Taste is very nice with toasted caramel English malts with biscuit tones bring a good overall sweetness mild hops floral earthy hop notes very nice amber. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with even natural carbonation slightly sticky with residual sugars. Drinkability...Arcadia knows how to brew some session ales this is for sure.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nicely hopped grapefruit coloured and mildly cascade aroma. Easy drink with lemon and sugar flavour moderately hopped and well malted. Medium mouthfeel, a bit watery. Bit of spice. Pleasant but average offering. Thanks to the single offerings at Whole Earth.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.43/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber brew with a small white head that fades to a collar very quickly.

S - Biscuity malt, light caramel and honey notes, and a bigger waft of hops than i would expect from and amber ale.

T - Really thin malt profile with basic watered down caramel flavors and some big hops. Not bad...not good.

M - Thin, watery, and crisp. Quenching, but just way too thin.

D - I could drink a few of these, but that's not saying much. I wouldn't seek this out.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, light reddish-amber in color with HUGE off-white head that seemed to last forever. I may have poured it too vigorously, but I had to wait quite a while for the head to subside enough to actually drink the beer. Slightly hazy as well. Head had decent stickage and retained nicely after it calmed down.

S: Very sweet caramel aromas dominate. Earthy hops barely penetrate the wall of sweetness in the nose. Then I started getting scents reminiscent of a Hefeweizen; faint phenolic notes, along with some clove and a smattering of banana. A little surprising, but interesting nonetheless.

T: Caramel sweetness up front was tempered slightly by toasty malt and earthy hop notes. The word "balanced" comes to mind. Nothing stood out amongst the other components. Pleasant, but not spectacular.

M: Lighter side of medium bodied. Good carbonation. Finishes nice and clean with a faintly sweet and toasty aftertaste that does not linger too long.

D: All of the above leads to easy drinking here. Could easily make a night out of a sixer or more of this, no problem.

Very balanced, yet a bit too middle-of-the-road to hold my interest for long. On the plus side, it would make a good, malty session beer or even a good gateway beer for the uninitiated (for lack of a better term). May be worth your while to bring a case of this to your next party and see if you get any takers.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this one! Date code of D4

Pours a hazed amber with 3+ fingers of fluffed up eggshell colored head. Cleared later, above average head retention & average lacing

S: Caramel & some off sour smells, uh oh...

T: Caramel, dryness & some appleskin up front. Earthy hops & grainy notes in the middle. Finishes with caramel & appleskins& a little booze

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation, balance out of whack

Drinks slow, close to a drain pour, maybe too old? If I intepet the code right, this is 7 months old. Maybe better fresh..

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Photo of bditty187
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy but essentially clear, coppery-amber in hue, fairly dark it seems; I really like the color. The head was awfully foamy, I tried to pour it softly but I kept getting four/five fingers of foam. Yikes. It took multiple pours to get it all in the glass. Needless to say it had great head retention, a small cap lasted the entire consumption. Oddly, there was no subsequent lacing (and I am sure my glass is clean). The appearance, overall, is solid.

The nose has metallic hints, caramel malts, and some light fruitiness, orangey with just a smattering of spiciness. Low potency; I fail to find this beer chatty enough for me to call it inviting. While the nose is not offensive, even with the metallic kiss, I’m not too impressed. It doesn’t smell like an Amber Ale, it just lacks a good malt foundation. Also, based on the label, is it trying to be British? It is far too clean if it is. *Thought Edit* As this beer warmed it got a little to vegetablely for me. I don’t care for the nose.

The palate is a little better then the nose led on, for a while anyway. Juicy upfront, it is both hoppy and malty, well balanced. Fruity in the middle with caramel undercurrents; lightly spicy at times but slightly harsh at the finish. I don’t find the end a major downer though. Overall, the palate is kind of simple and straightforward… but tasty enough. However, after about half a glass I found it kind of sweet, boring, and with veggie hints. Without putting this beer into context I’d call it average. For an Amber Ale, it is a tad below par. So, generally speaking, this is an okay beer.

Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is a tickle low for my tastes but the mouthfeel is workable.

Well, I suppose this beer is drinkable but I find too many flaws for me to really get into it. I should clarify; it is flawed for my tastes and not an off-beer (I think). Regardless, I am not enjoying this beer. Bummer. There are many better beers similar to this on the market. Nevertheless, thank you RedHaze for the sample.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid $1.49 for a 12 oz. bottle. Good creamy white head on top, somewhat unexpected. Taste is sweet, piney, maybe a bit sugary/winey? Cider? Hops are strong, but not bitter. Big bubble, but not sharp. Nice and light. Bitter aftertaste that stays on the tongue.

This beer isn't as bad as I first thought, but there's a taste in it that I can't identify but I definitely recognize. I think the 3 reviews below hint at the same thing. Maybe someone else can figure it out?

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed August 10, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Nice hazy orange amber pour, topper with a creamy head, tinged light banana color. Light aroma of malt and cream. Slightly metallic flavor, backed with bland hit of grass and malt. Totally unexciting. Palate is light dry smack of sugar. Bland.

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Photo of nortmand
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow! What a vigorous pour with no less than four fingers of white foam.
Body of the beer is a slightly cloudy reddish-amber.
Slightly sweet smell to begin but dominated by what I can only describe as kegger funk. You know that slightly sour almost vomit-like smell that you get at a college kegger? Not good. Yuck.
OK, so the taste redeems itself a bit. Slight sweet, cascade mix. Ends with a tinge of bitterness. Not too bad.
After all the head, little carbonation. I like to see ambers and the such well carbonated.
You know, with that vom smell, it would be hard to come back to this beer.

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Photo of bashiba
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy dark copper brown with a thin off white head.

Smell was sweet and grainy with a bit of buiscuit.

Flavor had a light bit of sweet grainy malt with just a hint of light minty and lemony hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is watery and slightly slick.

Overall a pretty average amber.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Carmalized thick amber in color, an active and cloudy tan head with lake-like lacing. The aroma is heavy on malts, caramels and notes of dark fruit. Sweet and twangy up front; the initial tastings reveal sharp bready dough and crusty pasty malts. Dried orange peel and overly powered light carbonation. Too doughy and thick; acidic and some off-smokey flavorings. A beer that leaves you guessing, not a good effort for the style. Worth passing over.

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Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull copper with an excellent head. Smell is slightly understated, mainly malt with a slight hop presence. Taste follows smell...nothing special..sweet malt with a balnce of hops..not overly complex. Mouthfeel is smooth with light hop notes expressing themselves. Drinkabilitry is fine...slight dry hop finish.

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Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a thin layer of lacing on top.

The smell featured a complex grainy aroma with a mild caramel sweetness. Slight floral hop aroma.

The taste consisted a solid toasted grain flavor with a hint of sweet caramel. Mildly spicy hop at the finish.

The mouthfeel was average with a good smoothness.

Overall a very drinkable amber ale. Very sessionable and tasty.

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Photo of BBM
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium amber, slightly cloudy with a thin white head. Aroma was non-descript; slightly sweet, somewhat spicy, but nothing noteworthy. In fact that's a decent description for the whole beer. There's an odd spiciness to the taste (yeast esters perhaps) that throws off the balance. Mild fruit flavors and medium bitterness doesn't do much to wow the palate in any one regard. Mouthfeel is medium-light and pretty highly carbonated. To be honest, this is an underwhelming effort from Arcadia. I'll pass.

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Photo of BradDurbin89
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

Poured a dark orange and had a nice 1 finger white head. The head left some lice lacing on the pint.

Nice malty and slightly nutty and a bit sweet on the aroma. A touch dirty, and a small amount of hops.

There was more sweetness that I anticipated. Malty, and a little nutty. A touch of spice and hops. .

Medium body with a little bit high carbonation.

The beer was alright.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this single off the discount rack at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, Ohio because I liked the orange label and rampant lion.
More than any beer I've purchased in a while, this has an unstoppable head that made me stop pouring to let it die down three times over fifteen minutes. Truly impressive but a bit unexpected for an amber ale. The afforementioned head is thick and dry and bursts from the rim in a strange unfettered shape, like a good Belgian style ale. Lacing is likewise impressive. The color is a translucent medium brown. The nose is very sweet, with caramel malt presiding.
Again the main flavor here is sweet malt, with a caramel note leading the way. Texture is slightly flat but reasonable for the style. I'd like to see a little more balance with the hiopsasnd yeast to counter the hops. I'm not sure why but this offering reminds me of some of Saranac's selections..similar texture and smell.
Not a great beer but interesting enough for a single if you're in the mood.

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Photo of LarryV
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of an Arcadia mixed 12 pack. Cryptic date code reads C2. Don't see why they can't print this in a clear easily interpreted style. Smell is malty with an overtone of sour apples. Pours with a decent head that dwindles quickly to a thin line of foam. Taste is malty with a slight twinge of hops but the sourness carries through into the taste making this a relatively unpleasant beer. Not a stellar example of an amber ale.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful pumpkin orange with a thin but sturdy eggwhite head and a flurry of carbonation visible throughout the glass.

Aroma is very light and nutty, like toasted almonds or pecans. Sweet, rich, and inviting.

Taste is.. wow.. one of the best ambers I've ever had. Not amber tasting like "Ok I just put a pound of crystal 80 in my pale ale recipe and now it's an amber" (uhh relative to 5 gallon batches) but super intoxicatingly amber. Surprisingly little up front crystal taste.. maybe the equivalent of using the same amount of a lower lovibond crystal malt and a little bit of the higher lovibond just for appearance. Slightly bready like an Oktoberfest, but with an additional floral hop twang towards the end.

Mouthfeel is just slightly on the light side.. a bit more body could make this feel like a really proper English amber. And of course drinkability is off the charts for me on this one.

Seriously.. the highest rating is only a B+ below this? This beers has one of the most finely crafted malt bills I've ever tasted. This beer makes me think of fall even in the dead of winter when I should be longing for summer. Hopefully it shows up in Rochester some more.

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Photo of cameraman
2.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass with an inch thick head, off-white in color, that disappates quickly. A light amber color, with slight view of carbonation. A malty scent, with an off scent flatness, for lack of a better term, being fairly prevalent, not much of hops in the aroma. An okay taste of mildness of the malt, but it seemed to be lacking in strength, there is a bit of hop bitterness at the end. Medium bodied feel as it crosses the palate, seems to get heavier as moves to the back of the throat. Drinkability wise, a possible session beer, the flavor still was a little weak, overall a descent amber.

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Arcadia Amber Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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