Arcadia IPAJanuary 1, 2001 Battle Creek, MI
Arcadia Brewing Co.
Battle Creek, MI
Available: MI, IL
Arcadia’s line-up of English-style ales owe some of their distinctiveness to the Ringwood yeast strain, which originated at the Ringwood Brewery in England,
Original gravity: 1060
Very well done. The hop balance here is especially pleasing, but you wouldn't know it from the beer's aromatics; they don't really convey what to expect from this wonderful beer. There is a dry, pleasing, even friendly, bitterness here; a great hop effect. The balance is the key, and the bitterness is just right. This is not just the kiss of the hops, but a hop-hug--one WITH a kiss.
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer is a very hazy orange-honey color with a thin ring of a head. A marmalade-like hop character dominates the aroma. Brassy hops hit the tongue first, followed by a brief malt center and a very dry finish. A touch of soapiness lingers in the aftertaste. Okay, but fairly thin and one dimensional. The extreme haziness makes me wonder if this bottle has seen better days.
- Garrett Oliver
Very attractive bright bronze-amber color. Dense head and very good lace. Powerful lemony-sweet aroma, predominantly from the hop, but perhaps also from the yeast in fermentation. Firm, smooth-textured body. Very nice interplay of malt (especially), fruit and hop. Late, lingering, quinine-like bitterness in the finish. Some might think the bitterness a little harsh, but I found this a very full-flavored, enjoyable American-style IPA.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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