Arcadia Angler's Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Angler's AleArcadia Angler's Ale

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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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon first sip, would best describe as an English Pale Ale. The golden / copper, lightly hazed brew shows a moderate (at best) barley malt sweetness and character. Fruits of pears, apples, apricots and papayas show up in the nose and flavor--albeit light. Hopped for bittering and flavor with a light wood / nut flavor. Hops are timid, yet smooth (English?). Weakens considerably into the finsih, saved only by bold carbonation. Finishes clean and lighty fruity and hoppy-dry.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out with a huge head. About 90% of the glass was full of head. It took quite awhile for it to settle so I could pour the rest. Otherwise, it had an orange/amber color.

S - It smelled of grasses and hops.

T - It tasted of grass and clove with an underlying maltiness.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This tasted pretty good despite how it was overly foamy.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/23/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, apple, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, apple, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, apple, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and solid complexity of citrus/earthy hops, bready malt, and light yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and some slight cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly prickly/sticky mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this was a very solid English pale ale. Good balance and solid complexity of citrus/earthy hops, bready malt, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perspicuous ripe apricot with a wealth of carbonation speeding up to a huge, soft, pillowy cap of pale orange-tinted bone white. This is not the sort of head that lasts all that long (it doesn't) or that throws down much lace (it doesn't). An okay appearance, nothing more.

The nose is soft and is fairly nondescript. There isn't much maltiness other than a whiff of caramel. Even though the beer smells fruity and somewhat herbal, I get the sense that there aren't a lot of hops in the house. Forget APA, it smells like it's even underhopped for an English pale ale.

I'm unimpressed. The barely acceptable malt backbone is the most dominant flavor on display (not a way to win me over when it comes to beer of this style). There's very little sweetness to be had, just a toasted dry crackeriness that couldn't support much in the way of hops if it wanted to. I'll never find out since the hop load, as suspected, is woefully light.

I can appreciate a modest amount of slightly spicy, herbal, fruity Goldings flavor and some small measure of bitterness, but it struggles to make a positive impression. Neither malt nor hops distinguish themselves here, and they sure as hell aren't gangbusters in combination. Angler's tastes tired and worn out even though the 'best by' date is this month.

The finish is clean, lightly bitter and almost flinty. I'm actually thankful for a lack of linger. The mouthfeel strikes a pretty decent balance. It has a light-medium feel and a bubbliciousness that's neither too much nor too little. Mouthfeel becomes an afterthought, however, when the taste buds aren't that happy.

Arcadia brews some good beer (Imperial Stout is outstanding), but this is the worst of those that I've tried so far. With no real flavor focus and a glaring lack of hops, it isn't anything that I want to drink again. When he should have been back at the brewery working out the kinks in his pale ale recipe, this Angler has 'gone fishin'.

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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 smcolw
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Starts with a huge head where 80%+ of the glass is foam--too much. It settles SLOWLY with a tight-bubbled dome. Leaves surprisingly little lace. The brew itself is darker gold with some definitive haze.

Darker caramel and light, floral hop are the smells I first detect. Slightly sweet with a touch of raw grain.

Strong yeast bite that I associate with a homebrew. It tastes "thin" although the body is moderate. The flavor picks up (mildly) when swallowed where the hop shows up. It's rather nondescript.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I hope I never tire of picking up random singles at the store... This one pours a clear golden amber topped by over a finger of mostly white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest, lighter grapefruit peel, grass, light caramel, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, but the grass is stronger now, and the caramel has morphed into a mild, lightly biscuity toffee. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty decent brew, nothing special, but something easily drinkable if the desire is there.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My previous review seems like an early one and since I have the opportunity to revisit it, I might as well. I picked this up over the Thanksgiving 2014 break while at Binny's South Loop location.

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour, thanks to a previous bottle that had gone bad. I still wound up with a finger of rocky, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had a toffee malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of prickly carbonation present. The taste was primarily of a caramel-like sweetness, but underlain by a faint minty hoppiness. It was definitely an EPA and while I have (apparently) become more tolerant of them than when I wrote my original review, I was still not finding it to my liking. It just seemed lacking in terms of any Ooomph. Finish was semi-dry with the hops lending a coolness on the finish and breaking up the malt presence.

My original review, with scores of 3.5; 3; 3; 3; 2.5 follows:

This poured in such a way as to create a huge, light-tan head that looked like an ice cream soda. The head was fluffy, rocky, and experienced good retention throughout. It had a light, slightly malty nose and its color was a slightly cloudy medium-amber. The mouthfeel was light, with a modestly hoppy maltiness predominant on the palate. The finish was more malty than bitter, and less refreshing than I would have preferred.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one looks nice on the pour, but it's all downhill from there. Flavor profile shows more nut tones than the hops that I'd be expecting. There are some minor citrus characteristics, but it all just seems to be missing the mark. Might be interesting on cask, but it certainly isn't all that interesting off the bottle.

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, label gives a "purchase before" month, but what year? Upper label lists the malts and hops used, a nice touch. Pours a medium amber with a washed out orange hue. Nose is soft malt. Bready, middle of the road Brit style balanced ale. Chalky dryness late. Worthy, if unexciting, sessioner.

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Photo of jwc215
2.16/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Best by Aug. notched on label:

This was a gusher - poured foam that pretty quickly settled revealing an amber body.

The smell is fruity - pears and apple with a caramelish background.

The taste is of pear and sour apple with a light sweet caramelish/grainy maltiness. Slight metallic notes mix in. Cracker-like and yeasty. This is a mess. Bitter notes don't blend so well with the maltiness.

The feel is the lamest part of this brew. Watery and fizzy.

Odd, non-complementary tastes with a ridiculously fizzy/over-carbonated feel. Not good.

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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 Tone
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of dry hops, sweet malt, slight spice, floral hops, slight citrus hops, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dry hops, hint of honey, slight sweet malt, slight grain, slight pale malt, and slight floral hops. Overall, better aroma than body, great appearance, but still lacking as an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with some yellow highlights. 1" head lasts a bit, and some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: loads of ripe sweet fruits are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel candy, red apples, plums, and pears make up the dominating fruity tone of this beer. The bitterness is very weak and seems detatched from the flavor profile making this a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: crisp start, lightly crisp and touch dry at the finish. Medium bodied beer. Short fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability: very average beer here. A bit too sweet for a APA, and the unbalanced flavors makes you want to look for a different beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this brew from Vancer.

Pours a cloudy dark yellowish color, nice carbonation, huge head, lots of sticking lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, yeasty, and some caramel. The taste is malty, a little bit hoppy, yeasty, with some caramel. This does not remind me of a APA at all really, Medium body. Drinkable, this brewery is disappointing me at this time, definitely not recommended.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a glossy/shiny amber, a bit lighter than that though. Big foamy white head, soft. Gentle lacing.

Faint nutty aroma. Earthy and some caramel. Maybe toffee. Wet pine and some butteriness.

Taste is sharper than the aroma me anyway. Caramel and toffee-ish in the front and soft throughout. Somewhat metallic twang introduces the hop characteristics. These aren't over the top, but a bit more "American" in that the florals move toward the citrus side. Pine is a bit more aggressive. With that said, the hops are not dominant. The malt is steady all the way through and keeps the beer well balanced.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale and crystal malt scent along with some fruity yeast esters. It's dry with a light hop presence. The taste is decent as well. It has a very drinkable pale and light crystal malt flavor that goes down easy with a mild hop character and a fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good English pale ale. It's easy drinking and true to style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright copper-tangerine color with a quickly dissipating white head.

S: On the nose was a faint fruity aroma,light citrus.

F: The initial flavor was toasted malt, dry oranges, and apples for flavor. A lightly hopping of citrus (grapefruit) was also detected. Really light toasted caramel malt hints with some light spicy hop notes finish things out.

M: moderate mouthful that was light and slick at times.

D: Overall just an average table ale.

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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 ppoitras
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 4 1/2" off-white head over 1" of cloudy medium amber brew. And that was with a gentle pour. Ok, after much ado to get the bottle in the glass, lots of meringey head still present, and loads of pretty, foamy lace. Aroma is lightly of fruity hops. Taste is hops bitterness over a light pale maltiness. Hmph, after the wait was expecting something more. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, and even after expending all that head, still overcarbonated. Drinkability suffers from same. Too bad this one's flavor was overpowered by the presentation.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

HOLY HEAD! I had to be very careful when pouring this beer. Super craggy head with good foam stickage. Modest bubbling for this super heady, foamy beer. The foam is way too much. Cloudy and sedimenty, mild copper color.

A little fruity yeast aroma mixed with nicely toasted malts. Nice earthy hop aroma. Smells like a nice EPA.

Chalky palate with muted toasted caramel and crystal malts. Yeasty, chalky fruit that is more muted than the malt. The palate finishes thin, but with good, subtle Earthy, Natural hopping.

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Photo of Gusler
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange-amber color, modest beige head, the lace pleasant as well, but they vanish quickly, leaving lumpy globs upon the glass. Malt nose dominates, clean and crisp, the start slightly sweet, thin top, finish is charmingly hopped, enchantingly acidic, droughty long lasting aftertaste. As with the “Nut Brown”, pretty much run of the mill, and drinkable, which is why we buy beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in an arcadia variety pack. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a nice looking copper with an inch of off white foam.

S- Typical pale ale malts with a little more bittering hops then i would expect from a pale ale.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose, very crisp, bitterness lingered for a while.

M- Pretty thin with too much carbonation

D- A pretty drinkable beer, but the flavors arent interesting enough to keep my attention.

Overall i am glad i tried but i wouldn't seek it out, there's many more tastier pale ales out there.

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