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It’s been over a year since I had an Arcadia beer. I’ve had 6 others from their lineup and I’ve enjoyed most of them. This is one that Val picked up for me that I assumed was part of their year round lineup. After checking the website, it’s actually one of the seasonals that they currently offer and the first one I’ve had from their seasonal lineup. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 6%

Style: English Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This English-style brown ale has an alluring mahogany color and is capped by a rich foam head. It is brewed with six different varieties of premium malted barley, creating a robust body and delicious flavor profile that features hints of chocolate, raisins, dates and almonds. It’s ripe fruit notes and malty, sweet finish are counterbalanced by a subtle hop bitterness and aroma.”

Random: I’d be very interested to try their summer seasonal. Hopefully it appears on the shelves soon.

This brew poured with a one finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy chestnut color with very high carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant with nuttiness, toasted malts and bread with toffee and caramel as well. The taste was really nice. It started with lots of bready and toasted malts with caramel and toffee. I got nuttiness towards the middle of the sip and it tames some of the sweetness that was up front. The brew had medium carbonation and was towards the thicker side. It had a long nutty finish. It was a really nice brown and one that I will be trying again, no doubt about that.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Kate seems to have this love affair with Arcadia beers. Not that she actually drinks them, of course. But, anytime she does a beer run for me, I feel like she comes home with a different six-pack of their beers. Soon, I’ll have tried the entire lineup. Let’s crack this one open…
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ABV: 8%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our tribute to the Scottish Highlands, this beer offers a gorgeous garnet color joined by the aroma of ripe plums and freshly-baked biscuits. The rich, full-bodied texture reveals notes of roasted chestnuts and caramel in a smooth single-malt style of brew. Balanced with just the right amount of hop character, this beer delights with crisp alcohol finish.”

Random: The name of the beer is pretty witty. Hopefully it tastes good too.

This brew poured with a full finger of off white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with high carbonation. On the nose, I got dark malts, booze and some peat. There was smoke there as well. It smelled quite nicely. The taste was peat and smoke up front, then booze came through with caramel and toffee and burnt coffee. The body was heavy, even for the style. The carbonation was at a moderate level. The finish was long and peaty with a touch of bitterness. This was a really enjoyable beer, my only complaint about it would be how heavy the beer was. I couldn’t have more than one or two in a sitting.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Kate has figured out that when she’s picking out beer for me, getting something hoppy is always a good call. What’s interesting is that Arcadia actually has 2 double IPAs in their lineup. This one and their Hopmouth DIPA which I reviewed a few months ago and really enjoyed. Let’s see if this one is as good.
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ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This Imperial IPA has an assertive aroma of sticky, resinous hops (mostly Summit) and an equally complex flavor profile including notes of grapefruit, lemon peel, spruce and cellared mushrooms. Although the flavor focuses on hops, a trio of malts balances this beer to a delicious level of palatability with hints of caramel, toffee and freshly-baked biscuits.”

Random: The label on this one is pretty cool too.

This poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark orange color with heavy carbonation. The nose was piney with some grapefruit and resin. There wasn’t any malt on the nose to balance it out. The taste was less intense than the nose. I got bitter, dank hops with grapefruit pith. There wasn’t any malt on the taste either. At the end of the sip, I got a noticeable booze burn. The body was thick with heavy carbonation. It had a long, citrusy finish with alcohol as well. This beer wasn’t all that balanced and really didn’t do it for me. I wouldn’t have this one again, although almost everything else from their lineup is solid.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

We’re now onto the next movie of the day. My sister and I started watching the Ken Burns’s documentary about the American National Parks. So far, it’s quite interesting. They just showed a scene with grizzly bears catching salmon swimming upstream that was very cool. So, now back to the brew. Kate got this one for me awhile ago and it now comes in cans. I really do love cans, especially when they have tasty beer in them. Here’s what I thought about it….

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ABV: 6%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This West Coast-style Pale Ale is brewed with 80% English barley malt and 20% rye malt. It boasts a massive floral aroma of resinous hops, contributing notes of lemons, peaches and pine needles and anchored by sweet, malty flavor of toffee and freshly-baked pumpernickel bread.”

Random: I think a good narrator can be a big influence on what I think about it. If their voice annoys me, there’s a good chance that I will lose interest quickly.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a cloudy, light yellow color with high carbonation visible throughout. The nose was really nice. I got earthy and grassy hops with pronounced rye and spice. The taste was very rye forward, but not abrasive. I got some subtle grassy hops, but rye was the star here. The taste was clean and pleasant. The body was thick for the style with high carbonation to compliment it. The finish was long with rye. This was just an outstanding beer for me. Whenever I have rye beers, I either get a lot of rye, or find myself searching for it. This was just the right amount of rye and it really added something to the beer. Go grab this one now!

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’ve been seeing Arcadia beers everywhere. I’m guessing this is because they just came back into New Jersey after a short hiatus, but I’ve been picking up a bunch of them. It doesn’t hurt that their labels are pretty cool and relatively unique. Anyways, I picked up their regular old IPA to see how it was.
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ABV: 5.9%

Style: English India Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dry-hopped with Columbus hops in our open fermenters, our IPA boasts a bright floral aroma and flavor reminiscent of pine and lemon peel. The pronounced hop bitterness is balanced by a medium-bodied caramel and biscuity malt character with a nutty finish. It showcases many subtle earthy bitter notes, rather than the resinous citrus-rind bite often featured in many American-style IPA’s.”

Random: I’ve started using my new cat glasses. They’re pretty funny. The one above is entitled “dinner theater.”

This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark burnt orange color with lots of carbonation visible throughout. The nose was grapefruit and tropical fruit (pineapple and maybe even mango?). It was very fragrant and fruity, definitely not what I would consider an English IPA as one very popular beer website calls it (although I will not mention its name). The taste was more piney than the nose. I didn’t get a lot of malt, wait take that back, I just got a little bit. There was some grapefruit present as well, but no tropical fruits. The body was thick with heavy carbonation. The finish was long and hoppy. This was a solid IPA, nothing spectacular, but good.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I love when Kate picks me up beer. She always picks out these ones that I would never pick, but end up being totally solid. She said that when she got this one, the beer guy told her that this brewery just came back into New Jersey. If you follow the blog, you know that black IPAs tend to be hit or miss with me, so I was definitely excited to see if this was a good one.
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ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Massive in every way, B-Craft delivers a complex bundle of flavors with citrus-hop aroma. Moving beyond the massive hop aroma, rich roasted malt flavors of coffee and chocolate move forward only to be checked by an impressive hop bitterness. Texture and flavor dance together so seamlessly that you may need to remind yourself that this beer slides down as a session; yet delivers like an assassin.”

Random: My cat just tried to steal a rib off of my plate. Not very nice.

This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly with lots of lacing left on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with lots of sediment visible. Due to the color, I couldn’t detect how much carbonation was there. The nose was a bit hoppy with roasted malts and coffee.  There was one way to describe the taste of this brew: big. I got the coffee and roasted malts in the nose, but this was coupled with piney hops and nuttiness. Cocoa powder came through as well. The body was thick with high carbonation. The booze was present, albeit not overwhelming, but warm. The finish was lengthy, sticky and piney. This was one of the better black IPAs I’ve had and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

And this would be the last of my backlogged reviews. One good thing about that is that I can review some new brews during football. This is one I picked up because I had heard some great things about the brewery in general. I’m not exactly sure if they’re new to New Jersey, but I don’t remember seeing them a lot. Let’s try their DIPA offering.
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ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This remarkably balanced brew has a deep amber hue with a generous white head. Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and sweet caramel notes as a result of the high-quality Maris Otter malt, imported from England. The hops are right up front in the aroma, reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.”

Random: The label is pretty cool. It almost reminds me of the “Mouth of Truth” in Italy.

This one poured with a finger and a half of off white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark and cloudy burnt orange color. There was light carbonation visible throughout. The nose was very fragrant with grapefruit and lemon, followed by a health dose of malt. The booze was also hinted at on the nose. The taste was really nice with a definite grapefruit and pine presence. The malt came up almost immediately after to balance this out. It was really balanced and really enjoyable. Some lemon came up as well. I also got a touch of vanilla, which I can only assume was brought with the malt. The body was thick with light carbonation. The finish was length, teeming with citrus and pine. There was also a booze presence at the finish. This was a really good DIPA, not the best I’ve ever had, but definitely solid. Grab one if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0