Arcadia Angler's Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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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

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Ratings: 269 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of deapokid
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opening with a mild fruit aroma with notes of hops and multi-grain cereal and followed by a tame orangy/yellow coloration with a grainy appearance and mild sediment, this pale ale plays it safe and never really rises to the occasion.
The taste teeters towards the sweeter side, often reminding me of citrus fruit acidity and tingles the tongue a bit, but not enough to cause any positive or negative reaction. It's not a hard beer to drink and could probably bring moderate enjoyment during a session, but it never really challenges itself to be anything but mediocre.

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Photo of alexgash
2.33/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very cloudy dark tangerine is loaded with sediment. Big, gushy, cobweb cumulus head of light beige. Nice head, but the sediment worries me a little. Pine needles are big on the nose along with faint sugar cookie malt. Tart, citrusy hop flavors up front. Acidic and lemony. Mild biscuit and sugar cookie malt, but mostly covered up by the metallic citrus. Gushy, overcarbonated mouthfeel. Not very good.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, definitely an interesting brew. Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack goblet. Poured a hazy amber with a sizable off white head that left a slight lacing down the glass. Aroma is of sweet fruits, like apples with a bit of hops. Taste is almost like a hoppy dry cider. Interesting but not necessarily in a good way. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style, but honestly that's they way I like it. It's a good beer. Not great but solid.

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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 SixpointJMH
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice crisp copper colour with a massive off-white head that has good retention and leaves thick chunks and rings on the glass.

The aroma is a mix of caramel, butter, some spiciness and a touch of floral hops. Perhaps a hint of citrus fruit as well.

The flavour is A bit mellower version of the aroma. Floral notes come out a bit more here, as does the citrus flavour, although neither are dominant, as caramel malt blends nicely and a hint of butter is still here as well. Problem is, most of these flavours are fairly faint and bland overall. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and basically as expected for the style.

Not bad overall, probably slightly above average. Could use some work in terms of boosting overall flavour but no real complaints anywhere. A typical Pale Ale for the most part.

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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 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 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 Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber with generous carbonation. Head is crisp white with thick lacing.

Aroma is bready toasted malt. Nice bit of floral hop and light fruit.

Taste is similiar to the nose with excellent bready toasted malt. Tropical fruit flavor melds well with a very earthy hop bitterness. Enough biscuit to be an english pale ale, however hops are fully American.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, generous carbonation.

A tasty brew. Definitely has an English feel to it. Excellent bready character. A good session 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 bashiba
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper with a bit of pillowy white head.

Smell had a clean bit of toasted malt and a bit of spicy hops.

Taste was balanced with some good toasted malt notes and a crisp clean hoppy finish, lightly spicy with just a hint of mint.

Mouthfeel was very light with just a touch of oil and stickyness.

An easy to drink decent APA, I wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't turn it down either.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
1.76/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is the foamiest beer I've ever opened! It didn't surge out of the bottle when I opened it, but the gentlest of pours down the side of a pint glass gave me nothing but a glass of foam and about 3mm worth of beer at the bottom. When things finally settled down I took a wiff and got some very mild hoppiness and some non-hop-generated citrus. Flavor is malty, watery, and unpleasant. Mouthfeel is watery. I can't say I recommend this at all.

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Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WHOA ! This is an English PA , NOT an American PA as listed here !

And, as such, this one really comes across nicely – starting with a crimson amber with a massive ice cream cone of ivory. Perhaps too hard a pour.

Aroma of resinous and vinous soapy malt. Soapy in a good way. The quaff was a very enjoyable woody malt, hops way in the background, and there for balance only. Very, very dry brew, this would make for a great session brew, too bad the alcohol is not .5 lower.

Tasty bottle conditioned brew made in Feb.

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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 NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arcadia- Angler's Ale

Appearance- Ruddy orange brown with a small head after a hard pour.
Smell- Yellow cake batter. Butter, Vanilla, caramel, egg creme.
Taste- Very sweet malt. Creamy vanilla, caramel, butter, and yellow cake batter taste.
Mouthfeel- Sweet!! Sugary and slighty cloying.

Overall- A tasty beer but the sweetness limits this to a 2-3 beer max!

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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 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 peabody
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa, suds out the yin-yang here. Almost as bad as La Fin Du Monde. No lacing as of yet.
Smells like ferminting pears in the back yard. An alcohol aroma is very strong here with a cleaning product smell.
Taste is a little weird but I can taste soured apple peels and caramel.
The dirty aftertaste bring this beer down a few notches for me.
Arcadia has better offerings.

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Photo of Snyder18
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Over-the-top head. Literally over the top if not careful with the pour. Creamy smooth light beige initially five inches deep in pint glass from a mere third of the bottle. Still three inches deep after five minutes. Slowly falls to reveal a nice pattern of lace.

Light golden copper shade with a slight chill haze.

Strong hop nose. Spicy almost pepper like fragrance with a background that reminded me of pine.

Pleasing mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation once the head subsides. Toasty malt sweetness followed by strong hop bitterness and throat warming alcohol. Hops remain on tongue for several minutes.

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Photo of mntlover
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crazy foamy mess head is huge the whole glass but falls to normal size soon. Color is a hazy amber color with lots of bubbles rising to a big head. Appearance is good after all settles but too much exploding carbonation glad I started with a light pour.

Aroma is light malt some musty wet hops, nothing special but may be hard to sniffer through a giant head.

Taste is some bitter dirty hop flavors on a bland lightly toasted malty base. Flavor is earthy musty also, some lingering bitterness with grassy dirt mixed in. Not sure if I am not in the mood for this or what but not finding it good.

Mouthfeel is light medium good carbonation lightly peppy must of expended all the CO2 sporting that huge head.

Drinkability is not impressive, thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.32/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a good batch. This ale gushed from the bottle, overflowing my pint glass. Once things settled down, a cloudy copper colored brew remained. The aroma was sweet and malty wiith sour citrus overtones. The taste matched the aroma. It was a moldy sweet taste with sour, flowery somewhat bitter background.

A best-by date bar was on each bottle, but nothing was notched. This is really getting tiresome. I don't know how many micros I have purchased that were oxidized or stale because of thier age. This one was probably infected, yet it was on the shelves selling for almost 10 bucks/six pack. This is becoming a real problem for micros. Either they intentionally ship defective products, or they refuse to give the consumer a freshness date.

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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 CharlesDarwin
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed August 10, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Nice copper hued color. Dry citrus hoppy aroma. Bland hop and malt flavors. Dry hop palate. Not real interesting, pretty boring. A certain metallic malt edge makes this one particularly unexciting, along with some lack of carbonation and an edge of oxidation.

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Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The bottle has a drink before notched date label on it, but no notch. I got it in a Midwest Sampler 12 pack, so I think it is pretty fresh.

Appearance: Poured a lite copper color with a good foamy off white head. The head dropped leaving nice lacing. A lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the pint.

Smell: You can smell the hops upfront, the maltiness fades into the background. Nice floral aroma.

Taste: Medium bitterness, nothing crazy like you get from some craft brews today. This one is definately more traditional. Floral and citrus flavors of the hops are evident. A little bit a sweetness. Nicely balanced with the bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of head stayed with this beer, giving me the milk moustache look everytime I took a sip. The carbonation level is low, which is normal for an English ale.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, medium weight beer.

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Photo of cameraman
2.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, with a significant white head, about two inches thick. Adeep amber color, slightly cloudy with visible carbonation. The scent of roasted barley is strong, but is soon dominated by floral and citrus aromas. The taste has that barley at the start, it then takes a backseat to a citrus/grapefruit bitterness, that comes right to the front, and is there till the finish. In the mouth it is light to medium bodied, a bit watery towards the end. Drinkablity is very weak, I was expecting stronger hop flavor from the aroma. The nice start of barley was good, it just lacked that hop flavor one would expect from a pale ale.

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Arcadia Angler's Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.3 out of 5 based on 269 ratings.
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