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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

282 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alleykatking on 07-27-2010)
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Reviews by jwc215:
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours black with some ruby highlights. A creamy, thin tan head stays, leaving some lacing.

The smell is strongly of pine with some tropical fruits. There is a "black" undertone - more like anise/black licorice than of smoke (which is good - doesn't clash - lets hops really shine through).

The taste is of sweet resin/pine with a touch of tropical fruits. The "black" character adds a touch of licorice, with just a hint of roast. There is a bitter, boozy bite in the finish. Chocolate comes through in the after-taste.

The body reaches close enough to full-bodied to fit. It is between creamy and slick. The carbonation is under-stated, which works well enough in this case. A touch more carbonation would probably give it a more velvety feel, but it is creamy/velvety enough not to tinker with it.

This is a potent, hoppy - mainly piney - black ale. I do have issues with the term "Double India Pale Ale" on the label - as it should just say what it is - a hoppy American Black Ale, but as for the beer - it's nice - if you like piney beers that have a boozy character with some black (licorice/chocolate) traits - and is balanced enough not to be just pine sap - give this one a shot! Well-done!

10-18-2012 19:42:37 | More by jwc215
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-12-2012 23:16:02 | More by dmheinz57
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bsideone

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-20-2014 18:59:54 | More by bsideone
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nickadams2

New York

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

On tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI

A_ Black with a thick and creamy khaki head. Lacing covers the glass.

S_Hops,dark fruit and floral notes.

T_Hops mellowed out by dark fruits. Figs and cherry. Clove and cinnamon spice on the back end. Great balance of hops and roasted malt.

M_Thick and creamy. Very sticky.

D_Pretty damn good.

08-11-2010 16:37:25 | More by nickadams2
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-15-2012 19:05:57 | More by danthehopslamman
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-21-2013 12:03:38 | More by csmartin6
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warnerry

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

A - Pours very deep brown with less than one finger of tan head. Head fades quickly to a collar and leaves spotty lacing.

S - Initial aroma is a big blast of citrus, both juicy citrus pulp and bitter citrus zest. Orange and grapefruit are both prominent. The malt profile is heavy with chocolate, both bittersweet and a faint amount of milk chocolate, along with roasted malts. Very nice.

T - Malts and hops appear simultaneously in the taste, which is a nice blend of the same components found in the aroma. There is a nice bitter hop presence, but it melds very well with the malt profile. Not sure which hops are used in this, but they seem to be well suited for a Black Ale, bitter, but blending very well with the chocolate and roasted malts.

M - Medium mouthfeel is by turn semi-sweet, creamy, bitter and dry. Finish is a nice bitterness comprising both the hop bitterness and earthy roasted malt bitterness.

O - One of the best I've had from Arcadia, and one of the better black ales I've had.

05-21-2012 01:51:42 | More by warnerry
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mikerap100

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

10-08-2013 05:01:08 | More by mikerap100
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

This beer pours pitch black with strong anise and herbal hop notes rising strong. Tan head dwindles too quickly, leaving anise black licorice notes behind it's crazy. Aroma has sharp herbal hops, black licorice anise notes, dark roasted peppery base malts. Earthy flavor, alcohol flowing fully on each sip, dark malts and dark chocolate...it's unbelievable how harsh the beer is with explosive dark anise notes. Mouthfeel is dark roasted malt sweetness with a slight alcohol burn, dry fruity finish intertwined with black malts. Overall not a beer I'm looking for anytime soon, it's full of dark fruit herbal and earth hops, it's too wild for my tastes.

06-06-2012 19:52:01 | More by WVbeergeek
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tallfellapgh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-17-2013 01:45:18 | More by tallfellapgh
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a oatmeal tan bubbly head that last a good bit and trails of bubbles that glide up the surface.

S- The tropical fruit and bubble gum esters lead into a faint smoky hint of roasted black malt that is overtaken by woody green hops in the finish.

T- The bubblegum, double bubble flavor blends with green herbal hops in the finish and a soft roasted black malt note comes through in the aftertaste. There is a cola note that grows as the beer opens up.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz compliments the hops.

O- This beer has full yeasty ester flavors with the hops being much softer. It is a nice beer but not much of a session beer at 8.5 % abv.

06-26-2012 13:02:07 | More by rhoadsrage
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Brenden

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

This beer may perhaps be the definition of what's referred to as "cola" as far as the color: very dark brown with lighter brown highlights and just a touch of red visible. A creamy tan head grows to almost 2 fingers and recedes fairly slowly, dropping a combination of rings, legs and patches of lacing.
On the nose, I get an initial burst of raw pine and a tinge of alcohol. Delving deeper, there's a touch of mint, something like spruce, and a bit of roast. Rind pulls out a bit with the bitterness and some leaf finishes it out.
As for the flavor, at first sip it's an even level between roast and pine with some unexpected toffee-like sweetness and a bit of wood. The mint comes out again and there's the ghost of char just coming out in the finish. A touch of cocoa and coffee grounds are drawn from the roasted malts while the hops remain at an even level, adding an herbal element.
The body is medium with an evenly crisp and smooth feel to it. Carbonation is light and keeps it lively without overdoing it.

06-20-2012 04:04:06 | More by Brenden
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-11-2013 18:23:09 | More by DruC4
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-11-2013 05:29:54 | More by Sammy
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danp14

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-18-2012 16:07:04 | More by danp14
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

My bro-in-law is awesome!!! He set me up with b-Craft Black from Arcadia...and it is amazing!!! The beer poured a opaque black with thin ecru head that is lacing. The smell contains a piny roast that could be more bold if I am to compare to SSRA from Stone. The taste is more of the same of the smell. It starts off roasty then finishes bitter. The mouthfeel is very nice, full bodied and creamy with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a good beer....the 8.5% will cause everyone pause....and may be a one and done.

12-23-2012 23:17:53 | More by WoodBrew
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown, not quite black body with only a touch of a head. The faintest of collars around a translucent edge at the surface.

Smell - Some musty pine hops, but it isn't hop dominant. The hops are well balanced by a chocolate and caramel malt.

Taste - Pine hops throughout, which is nice. The chocolate is consistent with just a hint of sweetness shining through. It gets more bitter throughout without ever getting heavy on the malts.

Mouthfeel - Like a light, overhopped RIS. Never too sweet. Never too bitter. Nicely balanced without being a hop bomb of a black IPA.

Overall - I usually like hoppier black IPAs, but this is quite nice. There is a strange aftertaste that is there and gone in an instant. So brief I can't really identify it, so I won't peg it back for it.

08-22-2012 01:25:24 | More by Alieniloquium
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Great retention & lacing

S: Woody hops, dark fruit

T: Follows the nose, much dryness & a bit of boooze bite up front. Some pineyness & figs as this warms, more dryness, some leafy hops too, a touch of raisin. Finishes dry, fruitty & with woody hops, just a bit of orange peel

MF: Fairly thick, low carbonation, okay balance

Seems more like an English Barleywine to me, not bad, just not hop-centric enough to please me

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Michigan

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Michigan

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Michigan

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ironwill54


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HuaiDan

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.5%

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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.