Friday, November 12, 2010

Beer Review: Arcadia Ales IPA, Battle Creek, MI

Good Evening Friends and Enemies (Because I know you both read this).
I hope your week has gone splendid. I figured it was time for a quick beer review. I grabbed some Arcadia Ales IPA earlier in the week to enjoy. Attached is a photo and my brief thoughts.

A- Deep but bright amber hues come through the small wine glass on this one. There is a chill haze, but the beer is hazy enough without any chill (which is a good thing). A small white head rises a finger-high and gently falls. Lacing is surely present.

S- The fragrance on this one is fantastic. I could easily put it up to Two Hearted. Tons of citrus notes flood the nose. I am picking orange, grapefruit and even some tangerine notes. If you explore it deeper the next waft has a little edge to it, like the smell of fresh-cut grass and a few pine needles. A beer that already has a great nose is made infinately more pronounced with the right glassware kids! Shaker pints are great, but to do a tasting of a floral beer you need to use a wine glass or something similar. The nose on this beer is fantastic, do they make an air freshener of this??

T- Oh my, while the citrus is there in fine form, it is not over-powering not does it bully out the other flavors of a great American IPA. You oddly enough get grass and pine on the very front, and then a wallop of citrus and more earthy grass. More pine rounds out the flavor on the finish. This beer certainly can hold it's own against the best American IPA's these days. The flavor continually stays with you as well, but not in a bad way. Great balance!

M- Good mouthfeel for an IPA. Good carbonation and no unusual oddities that shouldn't be there.

D- This beer is 6% by volume and a couple of these are certainly easy to enjoy on a night out or while watching the game.

I'd recommend you grab some of this, you can find it at most any Meijer in Michigan!

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