Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company
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4.39/5 rDev +13.4%
Looks like I'm about to condemn myself to the dark side with this one - like sin poured from the bottle. This one happens to include a creamy head.
Big citrus, with some roastiness in the background. Inviting, but not overwhelmingly so.
Bright, grapefruit, other citrus, followed by cocoa and even some roasted coffee - exceptionally complex. Fading, mildly spicy and wholly soothing hops deliver a long, clean close.
Low carbonation, but I'm not missing it. The existing flavors provide ample presence on their own.
Really great, very enjoyable beer - way beyond expectation based on other Arcadia's I've had. Easily drinkable, with alcohol content barely noticable.
02-09-2013 04:43:04 | More by mdcrouser
4.36/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 6/5/12.
A: Slight cloudy, dark, molasses in color with a creamy cocoa-colored head.
S: Grapefruit, molasses, coffee, chocolate.
T: Roasted coffee and cocoa up front with molasses and a citrusy blast of grapefruit in the middle. Nice bitter hops finish. Everything blends and transitions very well. Well done.
M: Medium- to full-bodied with a nice creaminess not often found in beers this bitter. The complexity of the taste and full body really hide the 8.5% ABV well.
O: Excellent black ale. Picked this up in a mix-n-match, which explains the bottling date being so old. I'm going to certainly pick up a 4-pack of this when fresh.
02-10-2013 02:54:35 | More by tito42
4.35/5 rDev +12.4%
I found this at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.
This is one of my first forays into black IPA's and I quite enjoyed it.
It pours very dark, almost soda-like, without the carbonation. Although I lack the nose for most of the aromas, you can definitely smell a hint of pine and other citrus fruits.
Goes down smoothly, which belies the 8 and change ABV. A very good brew.
07-19-2012 04:43:47 | More by Shibbykaiyai
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Served in a nonic pint glass
A - It pours dark, allowing just a little light through to create some ruby highlights. A couple of inches of tan head made an appearance, leaving behind a skim of tan on top. It looks a lot like a porter.
S - The first scent I recognized was grapefruit. Then the roasted aromas come through. I get a little cocoa and a little coffee.
T - The hops are less prevalent in the taste. The coffee and dark chocolate are more pronounced. Delicious!
M - Medium
O - This is a very well balanced black ipa. It has to be one of the top two that I have tried in this style. I will probably be in the minority since the hops aren't overwhelming. I prefer this style to be more balanced rather than a hop bomb.
06-03-2012 16:45:29 | More by buschbeer
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
12 oz. bottle. Bottled 4/16/12.
Dark cola amber-brown body. Some light gets through. Small, light khaki head. Nice lacing. Nose is a nice mix of hops and dark malt. Lots of pine sap, cat pee, and herbal notes. Caramel and roasted malts complement.
Toasted chocolate malt up front. Caramel and roasted malt settle in. Citric, piny hop bitterness gradually comes on. Some herbal, cannabis-y funk as well. Stays pretty-well balanced until the finish. Dries out, with lingering espresso and pine hop bitterness. Faint resinous notes in the end. Medium-full body with a slightly creamy feel. Nicely done!
04-21-2012 00:42:58 | More by alexgash
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
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
Bottled on 4/10/12. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black, but there's light getting through making it a very dark brown. Decent head and nice lacing and retention. Ok, this has a really nice nose. Lots of fresh berries dominate, with some grass and dank lemon zest. It kind of has the onion/garlic aroma. There are subtle roasty chocolate aromas as well. The flavors are very bold. Lots of fruity bitterness from the hops, but a nice sweetness from the chocolate, making it bittersweet. Lots of pine resin going on. There's a touch of heat, but nothing overboard or unbearing. The mouthfeel is very impressive, it's extremely creamy. It's pretty slick and has a resiny feel. The carbonation is very low, but it really works in this case. This is a FUN beer to drink. Very complex.
Wow, this is a nice "Double Black IPA". This is a great beer from Arcadia.. there's something unique about it that I can't put my finger on. Well crafted.. I feel like it should have a higher score from me.. highly recommended.
05-05-2012 22:46:17 | More by BB1313
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
A- Pours a very deep, dark brown with some dark red highlights. A touch of haziness adds a nice aspect. The head is thin but creamy, has nice retention, and leaves nice lacing.
S- Figs, cherries, clove, mint, and cinnamon. Very unique and inviting. Surprisingly aromatic.
T- Coffee, black cherries, mint, smoke, and a touch of citrus fruit. Very unique. The alcohol is not apparent.
M- a very creamy body with enough carbonation to keep it light. A fairly clean finish.
D- The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are robust but don't build on the palate. Very enjoyable.
02-19-2011 20:22:25 | More by david131
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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