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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 taylorhamrick
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color, moving to orange, pretty hazy I think - but it slowly clears up, with a nice 2cm white head. I must say that the head is loose, and it sort of fell down, and only left a bit of lacing. The smell is very raw, and there are sort of 3 elements. First I noticed a distinct graininess, with something like lemon zest on top of it. Then there's a yeasty smell, with a bit of a fermentation smell - as if it was actively going on. Then there's an airiness to it a real lightness to the whole beer. The taste comes first with this slight pale maltiness, almost like it's mixed with lemon-lime soda, almost some artificial (read: un-malty, like sucrose). There's just a little bit of all of the normal stuff in this one. The body is somewhere around medium-thin, and the carbonation rushes in with every drink, almost stinging and biting. Lively and interesting. Fairly enjoyable and easy to drink. I doubt if I would come back to it with so much more out there. And I have to say honestly, this beer fits just perfectly as an average beer in the category.

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Photo of spointon
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Arcadia brewpub last week. From my notes:

A= This ale poured an orange-tinted gold color with a thin 1/4" white head. The head dropped to a skim in no time, but left behind lots of web lace on my glass.

S= The smell was...odd. Sort of like a beer that is a little bit English pale ale and a little bit American pale ale and not enough of either. Mildly malty, faintly fruity, with light citrus hops.

T= Much like the smell, but slightly better. Malty sweetness up front with a brief but present caramel note. This was followed by a pretty clean middle and lightly hoppy finish. Faintly floral in the aftertaste.

MF= Light to medium bodied, with an average carbonation level. Ho, hum.

D= This was somehow well made yet it fell flat for me. I think the flavors were so light that the floral note seemed out of place. All in all, a decent pale ale but not one I would especially seek out again.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a freshly rinsed with Spider Lake water pint glass.

Pours a deep gold with a nice rocky 2 inch head. Good lacing and the northern sun enhances the golden glow.

Smells really balanced; noble hop and cara-pil/crystal malts.

Taste is like it smells a very well balanced American Pale Ale. Good hop spiceyness and a good malt follow-through. Clean finish!

This beer is appetizing, light and flavorful. A good session beer!

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Photo of johnd513
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one came out of Arcadia's mixed 12 pack. This is the first of the four to review. Pours a hazy orange copper color with a nice two finger head that slowly dissipates to about half the size and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and fruity with orange and honey. The taste follows the smell with crisp hoppy flavor followed by sweet honey and orange flavors. The mouthfeel has a mediium body with high carbonation. Drinkability is good. I could easily throw back two or three of these.

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Photo of Morey
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish orange color with what appears to be a decent head at first. But then it settles rather quickly and has very little head retention.

Smell is malt heavy with a somewhat fermented wine aroma.

Taste is mild. Hops are there, but very subtle. Malty and Wine (grape) like flavors are more dominant.

Easy to drink as there is nothing really offensive about this beer, but I'd prefer something like a Phin & Matt's or Troegs Pale Ale over this offering.

Morey's Bottom Line: Taste like a home-brewed pale ale in my opinion. A well done one, but not good enough to be satisfied with for a decent brewery.

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Photo of TerryW
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An average looking beer, coppery with a short head that settles to a heavy film and gives up spotty lace.

After that this beer gets a little odd. Some off aromas and tastes, slightly funky or vegetal. Bitter metallic finish over top of some sweetness and a noticeable hit of rough edged alcohol. Something not quite right here and its off-putting.

Overall, not enjoyable verging on slightly unpleasant and not as good as other pale ales I've had. Poorest of the lot from the brewery sampler.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my bud dmamiano for this one, and the two other Arcadia we split at his place.

Poured a bottle into a pint glass at about 50 degrees F. A slightly hazy orange/amber colored beer sits beneath jst atrace of light tan head.

Aroma is a very sweet caramel malt, earthy and grainy and thick smelling. Taste is thick with malt, very sweet and somewhat grainy in character. Syrupy. Not APA by any stretch of my imagination. I would have guessed Irish Red just by some of the characteristics of this beer.

Heavy in body, thick in the mouth, lightly carbonated. A good, hearty, drinkable ale. Not sure what the brewery classifies this ass but it misses the mark as an APA in my book.

Still a fair beer though. Try it.

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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 pmcadamis
1.79/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Medium orange and slightly cloudy with a billowing four finger head. Head retention is amazing, and lots of really nice lace is stuck in huge clumps all over the glass.

S - Funky fruit notes.... peach, apricot, and a slightly sour mustiness behind all that.

T - Eww. This is not good. Sour rotten fruit and chemical notes make this almost a drain pour. Almost.

M - Light bodied, sour, and dry.

D - No thank you! Hopefully this was a bad bottle, but it doesn't really have that noticeable skunked aroma and flavor. Not good.

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Photo of danielharper
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange body, slightly yellowish, with plenty of bubbles and a thick white head. Hazy. Very nice presentation.

Smell: Sweet citrus at first, with a nice crisp hoppy backbone. Very strong orange aroma, almost like orange juice, but tangier.

Taste: Crisp hops up front, tangy and slightly tarty orange flavor. A bit sour on the finish. Dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin body but high amounts of carbonation and moderate hops.

Drinkability: Decent beer, worth a shot. Not my favorite APA by a long shot.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Arcadia's Anglers Ale poured a nice Amber color with a slim off white head that dissipated quickly. Carbonation produces tiny bubbles that rushed to the top of my mug. Mouth feel is to the lighter side with those bubbles bouncing around in the mouth. Aroma and taste is of light flower/fruity hops [grapefruit hops] and a little sour citrus at the finish.

The Angler's Ale was my least favorite of Arcadia's 12-pack, however, it is worth a try.

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Photo of gpogo
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear orange golden. Very lively, carbonation is everywhere. Poured a large white head with great retention. Head left a nice sparse lacing.

A- Very light floral citrus aroma.

T- Lemony citrus bitterness. I'm not tasting too many malty flavors, it's a bit bland in that aspect. Seems to be fermented to dry. Finishes bitter and slightly tart.

M- Medium-light body with high carbonation.

D- Not bad. Seems rather thirst quenching. It lacks complexity and the malt flavors are pretty bland. The lemony citrus was interesting and enjoyable.

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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 AylwinForbes
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening a proverbial fountain of foam preceded the liquid into the glass; you could say this was highly carbonated. Eventually the several inches of thick foamy head subsided to a residue of dull cloudy amber. I think if I had received that down the boozer I would have sent it back.

An inauspicious start and the flavour profile was not too promising either. After warming for a while though it began to come into itself. Taste-wise I was vividly reminded of your English bitter. Fairly mild in flavor, dry bitterness, nice citrus tartness.

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Photo of hopdog
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

***I would classify this one as a gusher. As soon as I popped it open, it proceeded to try and cover my entire desk in a volcanic flow of carbonated Angler's Ale. Lucky I was fast and was able to catch most of it in my glass as I ran to the bathroom, in the process stepping on my dog (at least he was compensated by being allowed to lick up everything from the bathroom floor).***

Now to the beer. Poured a medium and see through orange color with a huge, huge off white head. Aromas of floral, light caramel and nuts. Also had a little bit of a perfume or soapiness to it. Tastes of caramel, floral and toasted malts. Not too crazy about the whole experience with this one.

Notes from 12/25/05

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
1.59/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance - pours a cloudy, murky and dull orange. A few fingers of stiff foam, decent lace. Lots of bead action in the glass.

Aroma - initially, not much at all. Powdery grain maybe. Some light floral citrus, very distant. As it sets up I pick up the rumblings of possible infection with a vague, acrid and sour scent.

Taste - some light biscuity grain, a brief glint of citrus, then yes, the definite flavor of contamination. Whassap with Arcadia? Not the worst level of infection but enough to make me cut this sampling short.

Mouthfeel - medium weight, uber-crisp (typical for an infected brew), a decent smooth feel.

Drinkability - I'm certainly disappointed as I can taste a decent beer hiding in there somewhere. Per the notch, best purchased before February. Hmm, it's still September, I did *my* part!

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Photo of jneiswender
1.48/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--yellow brown and somewhat cloudy

S--spicy, somewhat bubblegum

T--mushroom like, off, tannic

M--light to medium mouthfeel

D--This just tasted way off. Doesn't really resemble an APA at all. This may just simply be a bad batch but I don't get a sense that the base is close to the style it says it is.

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Photo of Shumista
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from an Arcadia sampler pack poured into a pint glass. Like the other beers from the pack this one also is pretty average, nothing too exciting.
Pours a clear copper with a good sized head. It smells of mild hops, malt and caramel. I'm really having trouble putting the taste into words but it reminds me alot of Bass Pale Ale but more tart. I'm not sure why this is categorized as an American Pale Ale, it seems much more along the lines on an English Pale Ale (it even says it is brewed in the English style on the label). The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, again, similar to Bass. Overall, not bad but not great.

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Photo of kmeves
2.32/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a highly carbonated clear copper color with a huge off white head. The aroma is lightly sweet malt, light floral, fruit and paper. The flavor is masked by paper although minimal amounts of fruit, floral and malt manage to make there way through. Medium bodied, oily texture. Finishes very metallic.

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

12oz to ale glass, pours a honey amber golden brown, nice light carbonation - cream colored head fades

smells of light crisp malts/hops

tastes of a good weight for a pale ale, bitter yet malty, citrus peel, heavy flavors, biscuity, sweet and delicious

mouthfeel abounds of good flavors, nicely balanced, with good texture and carbonation, extremely sessionable.

a very nice pale offering from arcadia for sure, if not one of my favorite pale ales in general :D

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Photo of nrbw23
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright copper color with a quickly dissipating white head. Leaving a few ligh rings of lacing.

S- Smells floral, fruity and bready.

T- Taste is fairly malty with a nice flavour of caramel and toasted malts. Finishes with some hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body and fairly crisp.

D- Pretty average beer here. Not bad but nothing to write home about.

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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 dsa7783
3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"A Pale Ale In The British Tradition" on the green, front logo sticker...
Very impressive appearance... A hefty pour conceded a dark-orange hue with massive carbonation and an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power before slowly dissipating...
Nice, enticing, bread and butter aroma along with a hint of caramel thrown into the mix...
A refreshingly, tart, citrus-laden, pepperish flavor... Definitely different from the average APA in terms of taste... Crisp, caramel-filled mouthfeel with aftertastes of vanilla and bubbling carbonation...
Good stuff from Arcadia...
Definitely an interesting sample...

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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 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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Arcadia Angler's Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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