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Arcadia Angler's AleArcadia Angler's Ale

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
his strikingly authentic English-style pale ale is brewed with all-English malts and a pound and a half of Pacific Northwest hops per barrel. It is medium-bodied, crisp and well-balanced with a flavor profile featuring subtle notes of caramel, toffee and toasted malt, counterbalanced by the ideal level of hop bitterness. The delicate herbal hop finish is produced by Goldings whole leaf hops.

1054 OG; 34 IBU

Added by SheepNutz on 01-06-2002

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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 268
Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.38/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz into kolsch glass.

Beautiful hazy orange amber color. Massive rocky head that leaves lacing down the entire glass.

Honey, apples, bread.

Malts upfront with nice hoppy finish.

Smooth and easy with a slightly dry finish.

Extremely drinkable. Took down a sixer with ease. Not filling and goes well with just about any food. A sleeper for sure. Will put this on my regular rotation.

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Photo of hammer09
4.16/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite its use of Pacific Northwest hops, Arcadia Angler's Ale is advertised as a pale ale brewed in the British Tradition. And after having a few of these I'd have to agree with the company line and to disagree with its APA style category here on Beer Advocate. This pale ale leans more to the English style rather than the American style.

A - Poured a hazy amber with a coarse, half inch head that dissipated quickly. I had hoped that this beer would have clarified upon standing for a few minutes, but this was not the case.

S - Pleasant and lightly hopped. Underlying note of a sweet malt character, slight note of grapefruit, and mild hop aroma.

T - The initial taste reminded me of a lager-style beer, but then the pale ale bitterness asserted itself. Although not nearly as bitter or floral as a typical APA. Overall taste is fairly malty with a nice flavor of caramel and toasted malts.

M - Crisp and sharp at the front with a dry finish. Good balance.

D - Drinkability is very good. I could easily have several of these.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Arcadia's Angler's Ale pours the typical copper colored body and creamy yellowed tan head that you'd expect of an English pale ale. If you hold the glass to the side you can see tiny bubbles sliding steadily upwards. The short head is creamy and holds fairly well, leaving behind spots and splashes as it goes.

Fairly bold floral and grassy hops greet you in the nose over a solidly caramelish base. Very nice!

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and smooth with a delicate tingle on the tongue.

The flavor is as the nose suggests with the addition of a little bit of yeasty fruitiness (pears, apples). It starts with floral and grassy hops, warms to reveal its fruitiness and sweet caramel malts, and then becomes more herbal and leafy at the swallow. Bitterness is kept in check, and given the amount of rich malt present, it can seem almost sweetish at times. Hops linger in the mouth for quite some time, backed by traces of malt and a moderate, clinging bitterness. Nicely done!!!

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Photo of inebrius
4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The perfect golden-amber quaffer when trolling for Walleye or just watching someone else do it on TV. A nose full of dirt and a few curls of lemon skin. Earthy hops linger against an artful toasty backdrop. A precise carbonation makes this beer a session treat. English, indeed!

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy, dirty shade of orangish-bronze. On top is a massive white layer of foam which leaves excellent lacings throughout the duration of the glass. The smells are sweet and citrusy.

The taste is excellent. Several different fruits are exhibited in both their sweet and sour phases. The hops are noticable as well, and very welcomed. The label says that there are english goldings, fuggles, and williamette hops used to make this brew. I'm not familiar with any of that lingo, but damn this one sure does taste good. The mouthfeel probably stretches to the ranks of medium-bodied, and the drinkability is good as well. I want another one before the first one is even gone. I truly enjoyed this beer, and I'm sure I'll be picking it up again very soon. Cheers!

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Photo of mobyfann
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $15 even for the Midwest Taster...

The appearence is starts out with a hazy amber color with a medium head, nice retention and nice lacing as well, a pretty beer. The smell is a bold one of citrus, malt and floral aromas.

The taste is pretty solid with the smell. You get what you smell, the citrus really took control of my mouth with this beer. The mouthfeel works well all around the palette from start to finish. The drinkability is good for 2 or 3, but no more after that, it's hoppier than most Pale Ales that I'v eever had.

Final Thought: Very impressed with this one, the Midwest Taster is proving to be an excellent mix from this region!

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Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was greatly surprised and impressed by this one. I first heard about it last fall and I had looked it up and their own website made it sound like a weak, light beer so I avoided it for the longest time. However, I gave it a shot recently and was very glad I did. It reminded me of a strong, English pale, very similar to a Bass. It had some mild yet distict hops but also a solid malt finish. This may be one of my new favorites from Arcadia!

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Photo of dmamiano
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice polished copper color wth a small head that fades to a white mist that lasts.
Sweet english malts of caramel, cracker and spicy hops dominate the nose.
Balnced on the palate. Good mix of hops/malts.
Smmooth feel and a nice , clean finish.
A nice "session" beer for sure.

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Photo of granger10
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer I tell my friends to try who want an introduction to microbrews. There are no real hugely noticeable flavors but more of a withdrawn blend of flavors. The beer is more complex than I thought it would be with a good blend of hops and somewhat of a nutty taste in it. Anglers Ale goes down easy and is an enjoyable beer to have, esp. in these hot summer days.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, peachy-orange color with a huge, frothy off-white head. Smell is primarily hops, slightly spicy and pale malt is also apparent. Taste is very well balanced, a slightly sweet malty background complemented nicely with a slightly spicy hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a frothy carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer and not too shabby either. I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of nota
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a pale ale that rivals the quality of a SNPA . This beer has a goldish copper color. As you pour a large off white head appears. You can only pour 2/3 of a bottle into a pilsner glass and wait awhile for the head to subside before pouring the rest of the bottle. Leaves light amount of lacing down the glass. This beer is well balance with taste consistent with agood APA. Sweet malt, floral and pine and nicely hopped, but not as much as other APA's I have had. I will not hesitate in buying this beer again.

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Photo of nortmand
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramle-amber with alot of white foam, maybe should have chilled this one.
Smell delicious, piney-Goldings, very English.
Taste is sweet caramel with a bitter, pine resin finish. Again, very British.
Too carbonated! Maybe I'm drinking it a bit warm, but explodes into foam as soon as it hit the tongue.
Good beer, but serve cold, of it will bomb out on you.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.89/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes 9/10/08
Pours dark golden/to slight orange and is a bit cloudy. I found everything about this beer to be very subtle,and balanced, nice sweet earthy malty,hoppy tones in the aroma and flavor. Not alot to say ,just a damn good drinkable glass of ale.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours an amber/golden color, with a substantial head. After several minutes, there is still a distinct layer of foam on top of the beer (a frothy off-white color). Where the little head that has dissipated has done so, there is moderate to heavy lacing on the glass. Visible carbonation. Clear.

Smell: Rich, malty, buttery. Subtle hop notes accent the malty canvas.

Taste: For an EPA, it is right on target. Hop bitterness is more prevalent than the 34 IBU rating would seem to suggest. There is a rich, buttery aftertaste which is pleasing to the senses. Gentle malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: A touch buttery for my liking...but not buttery enough to damage the experience. Rinses fairly clean, with just a subtle note of hops left on the palate.

Drinkability: Not bad. But I don't plan on having another one right after this one.

Not exactly my cup of tea, but a decent brew. It's worth a try if you like the maltiness and buttery texture.

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Photo of ken3c
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head. Cloudy. Amber. Thin layer of foam leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells flowery and a little citrusy.

Good strong taste, then sweetness. Unfortunately a slightly unpleasant finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

I liked drinking this beer but that aftertaste caught up with me in the end. Next time I'll be ready with the opener for the second beer.

I'm bumping up the taste a half point after a second pour. I left the bottom half inch in the bottle and with it all the harsh taste.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes courtesy of BARLEYWINEO, cheers! BBD of Jan ??, not sure what year, tastes fine, so I'll say 08

Pours amber with loads of carbonation (resounding whoosh when I opened this) & 4+ fingers of sand/tan colored fluffed up to crazy heights head. Above average lacing & below average head retention

S: Caramel sweetness & a whisper of lemon hops

T: Caramel sweetness in a big way, plus some grapefruit hops up front. I get toffee notes & more grapefruit, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes with a slight iron/metallic hop falvor, more dryness & a little booze & grapefruit at the back of the throat

MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. This one skews a little malty & chewy/syrupy

Drank good, could drink 3-4 without getting too bored or excited. Hopheads may find it a bit tame

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Photo of sabrills70
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden color, slightly hazy. Good 2 finger head and good lace. Smells of moderate floral and citrus with malt overtones. Taste is at first a sweet malt and then the nice bitterness of the hops. A nice balanced beer. Not too hoppy or malty. Just enough of what I like in a good brew. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.79/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a bright copper color with medium thick white head, that reduced to a nice white skim atop the beer thru most of the glass and left fair lacing. Aroma was a muted, yet very pleasant blends of malts and hops, but the surprise was in the taste, which was a very complex mixture of spcies, bubblegum, floral hops and a hint of malty sweetness....all intertwined.

Keeping this theme, the finish seemed to alternate between a bitter and sweet, and although only 5.1% abv, the alcohol seemed to work itself in at the end as well. A very tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Billet
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A great tasting Pale on tap at the brewpub. I had this right after their ESB. They were almost exactly the same color, a nice dark amber. It was decidedly hoppy, but still had a good balance. The hops were of the earthy spicy variety, not fruity or piney like a typical American IPA. The beer was very smooth, I kept liking it better as the glass neared the empty mark. Highly recommended for anyone who likes a good Pale Ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale bronze color, with numerous flurries, it's a yeast storm, if that's what they are...head is slim, white, with small brown dots here and there.

Aroma: spicy, fruity hops, mingled with malt, a touch of citric sour, as well, which gets louder over time, becoming more English as we go...?

Taste: slides right on and off the tongue, revealing some of those flavors found in the nose, the fruit and spice, the citrus, and a woody character, too. Really digs in the palate, too, hangs on good, leaves the finish soft and dry.
Medium-bodied, well-balanced, flavor-wise, essentially adequate.

While it's several shades shy of spectacular, I also can't really find fault with it. Very nice, easy drinker, grab one for a mellow session at the ol' fishin' hole.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Nose: fruit and resiny, piney hops
An enormous, persistent, rocky bone white head takes up 2/3s of the glass and perches over a brilliant reddish amber body. Excellent lace.
Palate: light grains, light fruit, and piney, resiny hops.
Medium body and above average carbonation.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a clouded copper amber hue with a few welcomed floaties from the bottle coniditioning forms a nice off white ample head leaves behind full bands of even lacing. Aroma has a dominant grass and floral hop combo with toasted malts brings out a touch of fruitiness, nice English pale with American hops. Taste has a low sweetness malts have a biscuit bready tone with more of the spoken fruit character, but the pronounced hop bitterness caters to the palate with earthy, leafty, and grassy hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with more natural creamy carbonatino characteristic of bottle conditioned ales. Drinkability another fine beer from Arcadia could grab a variety of their brews and head down to one of my favorite fishing holes and sip on some Angler's Ale all afternoon.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle indicates that this beer is 5% abv, not the 5.4% represented at the top of this page. Also, the label has updated to a watercolor painting of a trout fisherman.

Beer pours a honey gold color, with a 6" head. Leaves plenty of spiderweb lacing as the glass of head reduces. Head itself is an off-white color.

Has a grassy, malty smell, with dandelion, toffee and barley.

Bitter up front, with a mildly sweet toffee malt that ends dry. A lemon pith flavor hits mid tongue, and a bit of honey that ramps it out.

Medium bodied with a dry finish.

A serviceable pale ale, and easy drinking enough to have another. Obtained as part of Arcadia Ales' mixed 12 pack, a recommendation I make for anyone looking to have a mix of good craft beer on hand for friends.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours copper red with a excessive large head. Smells of grassy hops. Tastes of earthy and grassy hops with a decent grain profile. Beer is light bodied and very easily drinkable with above average carbonation. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: "best of purchased by March"...er...ok...what year?

Appearance: Copper color with little floaties in it. A crusty white head forms that retains pretty nicely.

Smell: Mild tea, carmel, and orange. Nothing over the top but nicely balanced.

Taste: Wheat bread and citrusy. Nothing out of the ordinary but has kind of a bity, spicy, and peppery finish that keeps me interested.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy with a nice hint of alcohol that dries the palate as it finishes.

Drinkability: Probably more suited for the warmer months but not bad drinking overall. There are better APA's to be had locally out there.

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