Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
It’s good to see Arcadia is more effectively marketing their unique and underappreciated beers. This 22-oz offering hits the senses immediately with the big piney, earthy hops aroma, including the classic "house" soapy potpourri notes shared by their other hoppy offerings (Anglers and IPA). The body is a deep copper red, topped by a substantial light beige head. Soapy, herbal body with notes of toast and sweet breads, coating the mouth with resiny hops, but not of the huge grapefruit variety. Fuggles, methinks. Bitter finish, with the alcohol notes melding with the bitter hops aftertaste. Not the typical West Coast-style I2PA. That market’s cornered. This is another solid, unique offering from Arcadia, well worth the $5/22 oz bottle price. walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
from the bottle. when I opened this I got a big wiff of pine I thought christmas tree in a bottle. poured a honey with a small light tan head. aroma, pine, honey dominate this one for me, malts caramel, hops. flavor was a little surprised that the pine was not very strong, got a sticky brown sugar malt 1st than the hops came out as it warm got a bit of alcohol. jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2005
22 oz bottle. a medium copper amber, and an intense aroma of typical english hops. lots of pale malt and caramel, and lots more earthy bitterness in the body and finish. a very average IIPA, but quite drinkable. SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Draft @ Arcadia. Pours a brownish color with a slight off white head. nose is very sweet and caramel, with a backround of hopps. taste is mostly sweet with hops floating in the shadows and popping up every so often to say Hi! Finishes with a very smooth mouthfeel and a good bitter ending. GTown (127) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2005 Orange/Yellow...citrus aroma. Less than forceful hoppiness. Medium finish. Was served at perfect 55 degrees. Borders on being classified as a double IPA, but a good beer nonetheless.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Tap: Orange/hazy/yellow. nose consisted of sweet fruit, laced with bitter and malt. Hops, ofcourse were somewhat overpowering. Mouthfeel was consistantly like their other beers...quite light. Started off enjoying this, hops faded into a unreconizable mix of malty candy bitterness. A bit more complexity and a heavier mouthfeel would make this a good beer. ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 2005 draught at Berkley Front on 11/23/05. Doubt this should be a distinct entry from the regular IIPA. Pours a amber-honey with a slight reddish tinge and a small and dissipating off-white head. Lightly hazy as well. Aroma of light perfume, bitter pine sap and ruby red grapefruit with some drier lemon and orange notes. Typical caramel malt base is supportive, but lightly done. Flavor is fruit-juicy and sweet at first, with a sticky, candyish malt mixing with sticky resinous hop flavor. Grapefruit and oranges grow on the palate with a large bitterness and low acidity. Becomes too one-dimensional by the end with overdone hops and not enough malt complexity. Texture was watery, but everything at this bar was watery, so I’m not so sure it was the beer. Carbonation is low, alcohol only lightly apparent adding a drying note. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 On tap: Sampled at the Oak Cafe tasting and was told this will be released in 22oz bottles around December 5th. Aroma is very citrusy, a nice blend of sweet orange and grapefruit. Dark cloudy amber with an insignificant off-white head. Lots of sweet orange and malt up front. Finishes with a slightly below moderate grapefruit hoppiness and light orange peel. Overall more sweet citrus (almost like orange juice) than citrus hops. A tad more hops wouldn’t hurt, but still very good.
Much better on tap than from the bottle. From the bottle I would knock the rating down .3-.4 points.