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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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 268
Photo of EricCioe
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours medium amber with a nice, two finger, highly frothy head with good retention and good lace. On the nose there are biscuit malts, oats, wet grass, and dried fruity esters. In the mouth the hops serve more for the slightly bitter, maybe a little tart, medium finish. Before all that is a dry malt bill, toasted biscuit, with the slightly bitter finish more tacked-on than seamlessly integrated. The oat note in the nose and in the mouth kind of comes across like a pale oatmeal stout, which is sort of strange but it works. This is a strange beer, and I like it quite a bit. I lack reference points for English pales but I like the subdued hop presence, and if indeed those are oats that I was getting, I'm a big fan of that too.

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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 centbeerfest
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a sample from a beer rep for the new restaurant.
This came out of the bottle almost opaque but with a nice looking foamy head which stuck around until the final drop.
Somewhat misleading when you taste the beer which comes off lighter but balanced. Not much on the nose.
Right to edge of the tounge with welcome caramel flavor.
Carbonation is consistent from tongue to throat. Enjoyable going down the pipes.
On the take home scale I'd buy a six pack of this beer.

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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 bfields4
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper color. Big tan head.

Caramel and the fresh cut lawn hop.

Yeasty, light citrus and herbal hop tastes. Somewhat watered down tasting. A bit of caramel. The malt is really lacking.

Very light. Not much going on. All of the flavors are a little too subtle. I'll probably pass this one over.

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Photo of claminat420
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- poured a slight transparent dark amber color with a nice frothy white head. nice lacing.

S- just some caramel malt with some grassy weak hops. not bad but not great.

T- same as smell.

M- light bodied. too much carbonation!!

D- had this in a mixed pack ages ago and now got one in a mixed pack for x-mas. i will never buy this beer!

Overall- this beer sucks! and go figure it's from arcadia... HAHA! once this brew hits your tongue it's like pop rocks. soooo
much carbonation. this beer is just weak. the hops suck and the only thing holding it together is the caramel malt. this shouldn't be a pale ale but just a plain ale.

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Photo of Beejay
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A darker orange straw color, hazy. The head is massive, perhaps it is just the glass though... Ran out of my favorites, so it's in a pilsner style. Huge white fluffy head.

S: A nice honey roasted scent right away. Behind that there is a nice bit of grassy hops. Smells nice.

T: Carmel notes and just a little bit of fruit. Some slight earthy hop flavors as well. Perhaps a little bit of citrus.

M: Medium light body, good carbonation though possibly a little high.

D: Would be a nice summer brew. Very nice, but not amazing.

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

Beer pours into a nice orange-yellow body with a big white head that has some carbonation, good retention and little lacing. It has a nice floral smell with some apple and oranges while the taste is of some apples, oranges, pears, some floral hops and a hint of malts. It has a nice creamy buttery mouth feel that gives it have good drinkability. Not the best Pale Ale I've tasted, but not too bad either.

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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 allergictomacros
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Lightly hazed orange with a wispy head.

S - Lightly malty and fruity with a bit of citric hop.

T - Fairly dry with a big caramel and a bit of yeastiness. Finishes quite bitter. Middle is lots of fruit and citrus.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Nothing special.

D - Flavours don't seem to jive very well in this one. It's not bad but not great either.

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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 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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Photo of hosehead83
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Burnt-orange in color, with a huge head of billowing foam
Aroma-Faint malt and hop notes
Taste-Faint malt and citric notes, not much hop profile at all. Seems unbalanced as flavors do not meld well or complement each other very well.
A lower-tier pale ale at best.

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

12 oz brown longneck poured in to a pint glass. The beer is copper with a decent off-white head. It has a bit of a chill haze.

The beer has an aroma of apple rind, grains and some light citrus hops.

The beer starts with mid-level sweetness. There is some caramel, toffee and then some almost metallic hop bite. There is some apple notes late and then some sourness to finish.

The mouth is smooth with low carbonation. I could have this one once in awhile, but that metallic twang would limit me to one or two.

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Photo of Jpatrix
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at brewery from a sampler.
A = Clear light amber.
S = A slight bitter hop aroma.
T = A bitter taste I was not expecting from this ale.
M = Light but a bitter finish.
D = Not what I was expwcting. An ale that tasted like the others in the sampler with a hop differance.

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

Poured out a honey to gold with a thin light brown head and not much lacing. Smelled on the weaker side typical of a pale with a mild hop and burnt malt aroma. Taste was what i expected from the smell with malts the dominating factor and a slight hoppy bite at the finish. Medium mouthfeel and somewhat oily. Drinkability is very good with the low alchohol content and i can't say i wouldn't buy this again. Not my favorite but very respectable! Michigan micro brews are becoming a force in the craft brew scene and i am glad to be able to drink their offerings at will.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to Imperial Pint
Best by November 2010

A: A moderate pour resulted in a 2.5-finger cream colored head with medium sized bubbles. Color was a clear ruby brown. Head retention was pretty good with the head quickly reducing to 1.5-finger after the initial pour and remained at a frothy cap for the remainder of the glass. Some thin spot lace cluing to the glass.

S: Caramel and crystal malt sweetness with a buttery toffee undertone. Floral hop as well.

T: Follows aroma somewhat. Sweet caramel and spicy floral hop. Flavor is crisp and finish is quite bitter. Bitterness lingered quite a bit.

M: A little strong on the carbonation leaving a tingly sode-like sensation. Less carbonation may have allowed for a smoother creamy texture. Thin on back-end.

D: Body was mid-range. Smooth and clean flavor make this one I could knock back a few of in an evening.

A good English pale ale. Hop character is much more pronounced overshadowing a lot of the malt.

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Photo of imaguitargod
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a two finger head that when it started to dissipate looked a little odd (large bubbles). Pale orange/straw color. Tastes like a Pale ale, that’s for sure. Malty up front with a light hop character in the center. For a pale ale, it’s on the lighter side of the scale for the hops, would have liked to see more. Slick mouth feel that I didn’t quite like either.

~Jonathan Passow

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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 n0315
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a good, lighter ale which works great with food. Pours a light golden color with a little bit of head to it. The smell was not overpowering, but smells like any other ale. Taste was on the lighter side with mild bitterness. once again, not overpowering but not tasteless. Mouthfeel was pretty thin a crisp. A good beer if you want to have several and a great beer to have with food. Overall a pretty normal ale.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.29/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to an inch and a half of white head. It is amber and has a moderate yeast haze. It has a sweet macro lager smell to it but it does have a hop presence to make things more pleasant. There isn't much up front on the taste and it finishes with a watered down hoppiness. It is surprisingly refreshing. I wasn't expecting much out of this beer but I think I could sit down and have a session of these.


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Photo of GoldenChild
1.9/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hmmm i have to say that most of the beers that i have tasted from acradia seemed very sweet to me and this one is no exception.

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz into a glass, no head at all light amber color to it.

Smell: has a sweet smell to it.

Taste: just like i said before has a very sweet sugar taste to it, and like others have said maybe a plastic taste followed by dry mouth after taste.

Mouthfeel: has a light carbonation to it that you feel on your tongue has a cant get it out of my mouth feeling to it.

Drinkability: i would say that this is an easy to drink beer because it is light on alcohol flavor.

Overall: not impressed with any of the beer that came in the mixed twelve pack of arcadia that i purchased. it all kinda had the same taste to me like there was not enough yeast in it to ferment all the sugars?

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Photo of bonk0076
2.54/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber golden color, with a slight white head and no lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, some mild hops, and something I can't place but seems off. Taste consists of a slight hop flavor, with a plastic taste as well. Mouthfeel is pretty light and watery.

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Photo of adamette
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at the new SAVE-ON Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $1.30. Very reasonable price as the broken up 6 pack was simply the price of the 6 pack divided by 6. Very BA friendly as far as an effort to try a lot of different beers. I picked this one up as I have just visited Arcadia in Battle Creek but they did not have this one on tap. Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass. . Both "Aug" and "Sep" are punched on the right side of the label. Message above that says "Best when purchased before the month notched." Label also mentions that this is a "Pale Ale brewed in the British Tradition."

A Rather basic light brown/orange translucent body with brief (30 seconds) but bubbly very light brown head. Reasonable lacing on my glass as I sip though. 3.0

S Distant smell of barley, little to no hops and very little malt. 2.0

T Barley is primary. As suggested by the smell, very little malt or hops tasted by me. This may be a Pale Ale but you should not expect the hop levels that we Americans have become accustomed to from most of our Pale Ales. Even Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has a significantly higher hop presence (and malt presence now that I think of it) than this beer. 2.0

M Thin but this is appropriate to the style. 3.0

D Good but I will not buy this again. 4.0

Notes: Probably a great beer for the 'ol fishing trip or a weekend with the guys (as long as it is very cold!). The thing is, there are many other (cheaper) options that would fit the purpose that this beer serves.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a golden orange color for me. Nice size 2 finger head after a hard pour. Lacing on sides of glass were a little thick and webby. Not bad for the looks.

S- Faint aroma on the nose for me. Light citrus overtones under a malty backbone. Floral hops were in there as well but nothing too overpowering or on top with the aromas. Kind of a blah beer in the smell department.

T- Doesn't get a lot better in the taste but a little. Upon first sip I get a huge carmel malty sweetness that is hidden a slight second later by light citrus and piney hops. This stays the way through the entire beer except for the tail end which is all floral to me. Not bad but just bland in taste.

M- Nice medium-light mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little much on this beer and gave it a fizzy feeling on the palate. Light floral hints were left on the tongue after the beer was finished. Light floral aftertaste as well.

D- This is a drinkable beer but to be honest I would try something else out if given the chance. Just my opinion but there are better beers to be had in the style. I would drink another though if given to me.

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Arcadia Angler's Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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