Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Spiced Beer State/Country: Michigan ABV: 6% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Medium amber color, off white head, sticky lacing Smell: 8 Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, clove, malt Taste: 7 Spice, cookie, toast, nutty, soapy, very long spicy finish that lingers Mouthfeel: 7 Medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 6 If you like spicy beer, go for it! Too much spice and a weird aftertaste. One and done! Overall Score: 7.4 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.75 Overall Impression: So far I have liked Arcadia beers but this one was a total miss for me. They should have called this beer “Deception Ale” because the label leads you to believe it's a Pumpkin Ale, but guess what? There's no pumpkin in it! It's overly spiced (like those spiced cookies my Nana had in her house). So, Pumpkin Beer haters rejoice! You have a non pumpkin Pumpkin Ale you can drink, if you can get past the spices!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Stout State/Country: Wisconsin ABV: 7% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Cola color, tan head, sparse lacing Smell: 7 Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts Taste: 8 Coffee, chocolate, malty, slight bitterness on back end Mouthfeel: 7 Light to medium with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8 Not a heavy stout. Easy to drink, Could do at least two. Overall Score: 7.6 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.52 Overall Impression: This was a decent Stout. It didn't knock my socks off, but it was not expensive and would be a nice starter Stout for newbies before they jumped into the more complex Stouts out there.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: American Pale Ale State/Country: California ABV: 4.4% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 7.5 Light amber color, head fizzles fast, very sparse lacing Smell: 8 Biscuit, wet grass, caramel, citrus Taste: 7.5 Cracker, caramel, grass, citrus, soapy, astringent, musty Mouthfeel: 7.5 Dry with medium carbonation Drinkability: 7.5 This is a session beer at 4.4 pounds, but I can barley drink one Overall Score: 7.6 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.67 Overall Impression: Not being a big Pale Ale drinker and having drank better crafted Pale Ale's in the past, I wasn't blown away by this beer. It tastes stronger than the ABV implies, and if you like the style, you might like it. It just wasn't for me.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Altbier State/Country: Vermont ABV: 7.2 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Medium amber color, medium off white head, sparse sticky lacing Smell: 9 Sweet, fruity, caramel, toffee, biscuit Taste: 9 Malty, doughy, caramel, some banana, figs, light burnt toast, grassy Mouthfeel: 8 Medium body and carbonation Drinkability: 9 This is one tasty brew! Keep em' coming! Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.17 Overall Impression: This is one of those beers you buy for 7 bucks and think to yourself “How good can this beer be for 7 bucks?” Well let me tell you, it's freakin' amazing! This beer has so much complex flavors going on that it will be a different experience for you with each sip! And you'll want more! Seek this one out peeps!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Belgian Pale Ale State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 5.9 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Medium golden color, small white head, good lacing Smell: 8 Yeast, pine, grass, slight banana Taste: 8.5 Citrus, bready, grass, slight banana, clove, earthy Mouthfeel: 8 Medium and a little sticky Drinkability: 8 This is a session beer for sure. Overall Score: 8.2 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.78 Overall Impression: This is an easy drinking Belgian style brew that isn't over the top with the Belgian Funk. It's nice to have on hand for company.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial Stout State/Country: California ABV: 9% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9.5 Pitch black color, tan head so thick I think I can stand on it, sticky lacing Smell: 9 Chocolate, coffee, smoke, licorice, caramel Taste: 9 Dark chocolate, espresso, tobacco, burnt toast, licorice, some grassy notes, very intense flavors Mouthfeel: 9 Thick and creamy with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 This is a heavyweight of a beer! Nice nightcap. Overall Score: 9.1 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.50 Overall Impression: I thought this was going to be just another Oatmeal Stout. WOAH! This brew was complex and very tasty! Didn't even know it was 9% until I started drinking it and had to check the label. Well done lads!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Belgian Style Stout State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 9% Serving Type: 750 ml Look: 9 Black coffee color, khaki colored frothy head, light lacing Smell: 8.5 Dark fruits, chocolate, banana, wood, earthy Taste: 9 Dried dark fruit, coca, slight banana, oak, touch of coffee, Belgian yeast Mouthfeel: 9 Medium weight, silky smooth, light carbonation Drinkability: 9 Good to quaff on a cool night and share the bottle with a friend Overall Score: 8.9 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $5.00 Overall Impression: This was a tasty brew. The flavors punch through as it warms, although it drank more like a Strong Dark Ale than a Stout. I finished the whole bottle myself and it satisfied. Pick this one up if you can.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Wheat IPA State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 5.6 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Golden color, marshmallow white head, clingy lacing Smell: 8 Pine, grapefruit, orange, slight biscuit Taste: 8 Up Front: Lemon, pine. Slight sweetness, orange, mint, cracker, dry resiny aftertaste Mouthfeel: 8 Medium, dry Drinkability: 8 It's light enough and for a session beer on a hot day Overall Score: 8 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $ 1.42 Overall Impression: I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but I love IPA's. This combo style hits on some notes, but misses on others. It's still a good brew if you like the two styles.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Czech Pilsner State/Country: California ABV: 5.4 % Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Clear golden color, big head that dipped fast, sparse lacing Smell: 8 Grass, floral, citrus, sweet Taste: 8 Slightly spicy, grass, doughy, sweet finish Mouthfeel: 8 Light body and carbonation Drinkability: 9 A nice Czech style session beer. Yes, I'll have another! Overall Score: 8.2 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.00 Overall Impression: I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this brew being I'm not a Pilsner drinker. For a Trader Joe's beer and six bucks a pack, this is a nice beer to bring to a party and to have on hand to show the crap light beer drinker what an inexpensive craft Pilsner style beer really taste like!