Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company
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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
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter, pours black with a thin head, even with a fairly rigorous pour, and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas are somewhat odd, or at least not what I expected: Dank citrus, evergreen, mango, candy black licorice cigar. Tastes are well balanced and very complex with up-front citrus/grapefruit, tropical with sweet fresh pineapple and mango, then pine, anise, mint, and roasted barley. Wild ride, but comes together nicely collectively. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and resinous, finishes bitter, but rather refreshing. Alcohol is well concealed. This one was strange, but I really enjoyed it. I wasn't expecting the tropical flavors that were present, but it was well balanced, both sweet and bitter, and a pleasant surprise. I need to grab another one when I get the chance!
06-23-2012 03:11:24 | More by barnzy78
4.04/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured in brussells glass on tap at Beer Kitchen in KC
A: deep dark black, small one finger head, whiter than I expected. Great lacing. The white/black contrast looks really nice.
S: this is my favorite part about the beer. Sweet and malty, a hint of sawdust and a little chocolate. No scent of alcohol.
T: the description on Beer Kitchen's menu is pretty accurate. "Citrus, dark malt, earthy, pine, slight sweetness, moderate bitter finish." The only thing I disagree with is the "slight sweetness." I actually get a lot of sweetness on this pour. I really like the flavor, and if you enjoy bitter endings, this one does it.
M: good feel, not heavy, excellent carbonation, easily drinkable beer. It does have a little burn after a few sips. I didn't notice at first, but the feel is similar to a whiskey shot but not quite as powerful.
O: excellent black IPA. I'm really satisfied with the complexities and sweetness. Again, I love how this beer smells. Even though I had it on tap, I did look at the bottle label online. The label solidified my desire to drink this over Halloween season. It just gives you that warm fall feeling while maintaining the hoppiness and bitterness of an IPA.
08-17-2013 02:04:33 | More by CrazyQuaker
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Appearance is rich black, with hints of brown. It has a very fluffy head with great lacing.
Nose is dense, with cigar smoke, roasted malt, and tight hops.
Taste is malty, with very dark chocolate, rich cigar smoke, candied nuts, with a spiced finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and easygoing; great balance to the heavy, dense flavors.
Overall, this is a great Black Ale: smoky, dense, but never overwhelming. And all the flavors compliment each other.
07-06-2012 02:41:05 | More by dorianmarley
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
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.