RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Sicilianoís in Grand Rapids, MI.
Pours a really nice looking dark amber color with a one finger head that settles to almost no cap. Despite the head fading almost completely away thereís quite a bit of lacing.
Smell; slightly herbal with notes of oranges and pine trees. Thereís also a distinct malt presence in the aroma. Really nice.
Taste; the hops hit at first with the citrus and resiny pine, but itís not over the top like a lot of DIPAs. Thereís a really solid sweet malt backbone to this that Iím really enjoying. I get no alcohol bite in the flavor, but there is a definite warming after a few sips. This is one of the more balanced DIPAs that Iíve had so far. Mouthfeel is medium bodies and slightly oily from the hop oils.
Iíve had other Arcadia beers in the past, and while not bad, I wouldníe seek them out. As for this one, I wish I had picked up more than just this one when I had the chance.
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep amber with a large frothy white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Good hoppy pine and citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Complex moderate bitter flavor with a long finish.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep copper in color with a nice lacing. Piney hoppy aroma. Citrusy notes. Flavor is hoppy and citrusy. Finish is hoppy. Thin bodied. Decent beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Color is deep garmet witth a small head and some lacing. Aroma is like a pine tree with nice west coast hops and a lemon and tangerine zest twist. Taste is more citrus than anything. Nicely hopped and although I donít mind unblaanced ipaís, the body seems a bit thin. Big hats off to Arcadia though for making this stuff, especially in a 22.
ElGaucho (2201) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. $5.29. Wonderfully sweet hoppy aroma. Not sure if itís a hop variety(ies) I like, but they are not listed anywhere. Reddish amber body. Avg-sized, creamy off-white head. Beautiful lace. Hop levels are very high and very appropriate for the style. Very good balance. The only negative I can say for the flavor is that it has a little salty/sourness in the finish that is perhaps either the biproduct of an inferior hop variety or diacetyl. Itís a nagging imperfection that prevents full enjoyment of this brew. Peppery hops are plentiful and are integrated nearly perfectly. It may not score all that highly for its style, but just as a beer, it has a lot of positive qualities and is definitely worth your trouble. If I ran across this brew in a brewpub, I would be very pleased with my discovery and would perhaps only come short of raving about it.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle - Pours deep amber with a short offwhite head that fades pretty quick to a ring but laces the sides of the tulip after that. Aroma is a nice blend of grapefruit, pine and caramel malts. No overpowering hops but a very nice blend. Flavor is again a beautiful blend of caramel and roasted malts and citrus and pine hops. Nice mouthfeel to this one. Not overly carbonated but enough to make it feel soft in the mouth. Medium bodied and the alcohol is completely covered by the full flavor. Nice hoppy finish. Very well crafted..
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep gold and slightly hazy in color. Light head but not too viscous so not much lace either. Light floral hops and an almost winey like nose. Nice roasty, sweet malt in your mouth with a piney hoppy taste that is long lingering balance of mellow english hops and sweetness. But then gets a little grainy in the finish.
demitriustown (1063) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma on this is WOW! Pours a dark marroon color with a short lived head. Orange rind and grapefruit with a piney texture are prevelent in the aroma. Taste is great too with the rind like quality mixing with the smack you in your face hops. A soft carbonated medium bodied palate that is abrubt. I really liked this brew but I donít know It felt like it was missing something
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours burnt orange with nice creamy tan head. Nose is very citrusy and light hops. Flavor has mild hop bitterness blended with sweet piney/citrus-like notes. Moderate yet smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with slight drying character. Nice beer.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is a strong grapefruit and some pine. The color is a deep reddish brown with a decent tan head. The flavor starts of with a bitter grapefruit flavor and finishes with a modertate palate.