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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPAArcadia B-Craft Black IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

274 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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 krustster:
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krustster

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured just a tiny bit into my glass and immediately had to stop because the head reached the top of the glass and threatened to spill over. UUuuuaauuuhhh god man. It looks fluffy and inviting, but a little too ridiculous since it's taken me over 5 minutes to pour the whole bottle into my glass. The beer itself is very dark brown, not black and more transparent than a stout, but certainly qualifies as a black ale. It's been almost 10 minutes and I still haven't finished pouring the bottle; the head is absolutely ridiculous. It looks like a root beer float and isn't going away any time soon. Still going strong at two "fingers". This isn't necessarily a bad thing but kind of inconvenient and possibly over carbonated.

Things pick up a bit once you start sniffing. Sweet citrus, "roasted malts" and "dark fruits", making this one smell like a cross between a lighter stout and a regular DIPA. Seems pretty interesting.

Taste is, once again, somewhere between a lighter stout and a DIPA. The roasted malts and sweetness/coffee flavors are battling to the death with the citrus hops inside of my mouth. On one hand, there's next to no balance between the flavors. On the other hand, I like them both, so it's okay. Bitterness is present throughout the entire profile rather than just on the finish. I like it, but it's confusing and lacking in complexity because everything sort of jumbles together.

Mouth feel is fairly thin and very high in carbonation. The CO2 itself seems to contribute to the bitter/metallic fruit taste. I think this was the main downfall of the beer for me: way too much carbonation. The huge globs of soap suds from the beginnning of my review are still there, nearly half an hour later.

In closing, I'm glad I tried this one; it's rather different and fun to drink, but the flavors are very disjointed and the carbonation is way too high. When all is said and done, this comes across as more of a lighter stout--high in coffee flavors, low in body, high in carbonation--than anything like a DIPA. I don't worry too much about styles but when drinking this one, it's obvious that they were going for something that didn't quite happen. Still a tasty beverage that just falls short a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 03:25:41 | More by krustster
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A - Pitch black with some mocha head and some spotty lacing.

S - Fruity, malty, faint hops, cherries.

T - Malt forward, chocolate, warming alcohol, raisins, cherries, finishes with a snap of hops. Dry aftertaste.

O - Heavy hitting Black IPA - a nice offering from Arcadia.

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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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