xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Arcadia India Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Unknown bottling (notched F4), shipped out 02/07.
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Poured a hazy dark amber with a large frothy and fluffy off-white mostly lasting head with good lacing.
Smelt of strong pineapple, gummi peach candy, flowery hops, light bread.
Taste was upfront moderate perfume hops and rosewater and sweet peach candy followed by a strong bitter green grassy hops and moderate bitter mushroom yeastiness on a long bitter finish.
Palate was medium bodied, oily, moderately astringent and lively carbonated.
Overall, this is a great English style IPA. The classic peach flavors are there. Soft and subdued British style. English IPA’s are one of my favorite styles, so a bit of a skew in the scoring, but even for the style it gets strong points.
Kevin (2026) - Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick gold body with a tight lacing albino head. Fantastically shocking hop nose that is loaded with orange, cream, and fudge. This one is a gem. Sweet and rich flavor that makes my taste buds dance. Great chewy citrus hop flavor matched with a malt sweetness that is like a warm sugar daddy. Lingering hop taste that is mostly citrus with a touch of pine. A damn fine IPA.
Ap-4 ar-9 tas-8 pal-5 ov-18
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very interesting beer from MI... the pine smell has a soapy(?) fruity smell with a similar taste. Unique hop flavors. Not the best but worth giving a try.
islay (860) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Strong, tart citrus and pine hops aroma; yeasty; almost made my eyes water; quite appetizing. Pours a hazy, effervescent, tawny amber with a large amount of thick, uneven, cream-colored head; almost champagne-like bubbling. I saw the mist of the escaping carbon dioxide as I opened the bottle. Great looking. Sharp, "Premium Pacific Northwest Hops" dominate the flavor, producing pine and grapefruit tastes. Reminiscent of gin (that is, juniper like taste; there is no alcohol flavor). Welcome long but subtle bitter aftertaste. Medium to full in body. Smooth and buttery in the palate. Very drinkable, but it demands to be savored. Perhaps just a bit overcarbonated.
<P>This is what an American IPA is supposed to taste like! Great! I believe that this is the most underrated beer on this site that I have yet encountered. One of the best IPAs that I have ever had, and IPA is my favorite style.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Pours to a slightly hazy, deep golden to light amber color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with very fragrant aromas of piney/citrus hop paired with some earthy yeast aroma. The palate is firm, with lots of good biscuit, and caramel malt flavor, with hints of earthy/yeasty flavor. This beer finishes with more good malt and yeast flavor, then ends with a zesty, piney/citrus bitterness that lingers. Rock soild IPA. Great hop aroma, good malt character, good bitterness. Great beer to sip and enjoy, and very food friendly.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice slightly hazy deep amber color, generous beige head, with large sheets of lace. Nose floral and musky malt, front malt, middle full, thick and creamy rich, quite decent hop finish. UUUUMMMM not bad, Fuggles to the max, seems like you love this or hate it? Oh well, I like it, different to be sure.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper in colour with a thin white head. Piney hops in the aroma with a subtle citrus smell as well. Medium-bodied; perfect for an IPA with a clean hoppy taste. Almost perfect hoppiness level, not as much as west-coasters, but very good. Nice maltiness to balance the hops. A pleasant hop bitterness rests on the palate after the last sip. One of the better IPA's i've ever had! Overall, better than the average IPA and should be tasted if it's available to you! I had mine from a 500 mL goblet served on draught at the Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck, Michigan on 14-August-2003.
williamherbert (1198) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a very cloudy burnt orange color. Very hazy with large, prominent bubbles floating to the top. Excellent foamy head. Now THIS looks like a beer. Frosty lace, lookin’ good...
Fantastic hop aroma. The hops have a floral and woody scent. Very very strong. Has a slight hint of mild oak flavor.
Very smooth hop flavor with a bitter bit toward the end. Has the flower-hop taste with a mild oaky malt base. The oak is not overstated, very subtle.
Thick and bubbly, sticks around after the facst, but doesn’t leave a film or anything. A strong, flavorful IPA. The oak does a nice job of dulling the sharpness of the hops. It’s a very nice beer indeed.
tourette (207) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this IPA. Its different than most. Very hoppy and tasty. I had it on tap, so perhaps it was different. I’ll get a bottle and rerate it if I notice a significant difference.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2003 Rerate again: Body conveyed by malt, but not any real sweetness. I also agree that for a standard, Englishy IPA this is really very good. My regular beer these days (Feb and March 2003). Yummy. Rerate: Fairly straight bitterness, with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Far better than my first time - but I think that's my tastebuds maturing! Original: Hopped + dry-hopped aroma, big time. Cloudy as others have mentioned. Fair body, certainly hoppy, not long finish, mostly hoppy, very little malt balance.