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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of JeffONeal
3/5  rDev -22.3%

JeffONeal, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of AwYeh
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint. Reviewed to a 3 average, with style heavily in mind concerning ASTM.

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color, with reddish fringes around the edges. There's just a thin coating of tan head on this glass, but some spotty lacing still manages to remain.

S: This beer has a pretty complex smell, anchored by roasted malts and black licorice. Particular aromas include an initial burst of grapefruit, strong pine hops, black licorice, earthy hops, and alcohol.

T: Fairly earthy, with big bursts of licorice and alcohol on the finish, along with piny and citrus hops. Oddly, the taste is quite weak before the finish; as I hold the beer in my mouth, its flavor is quite faint, with just a bit of roasted chocolate malts, mint, and pine hops showing up. Once the flavor does get bigger on the finish, I don't know that I'm the biggest fan of how its components mesh. There's a lot going on, but the more abrasive (alcohol, licorice) flavors seem to stand out and detract from the others. A light soapy flavor as the beer warms doesn't lend it any favors.

M: Fairly thin-bodied, but well-carbonated which lends a considerable creaminess. Rather smooth, with a lightly dry finish.

O: This seems like a pretty standard Black IPA. I enjoyed my glass, but its piny hops coupled with roasted malt, black licorice, and alcohol flavors didn't make the beer stand out for me. I am not the biggest licorice fan (but have grown to appreciate it in other beers), so this still may be one for you to seek out. Despite the slightly below average rating in taste (made with style heavily in mind), I think this is a slightly above average beer overall. Reviewing seems to have drawn me to my least favorite characteristics of it, whereas I enjoyed it a bit more after the review finished and I was simply drinking it for the enjoyment that beer inherently brings.

AwYeh, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of jale
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on cask at the brewery. They added ghost chilis to the mix.

A:Pours a clear brown with little head.

S: Very hoppy with slight hops.

T: Hop forward as it should be. Light sweet malt. Heat from the ghost chili continues to build in the finish along with a nice hop bitterness.

M: Thin and lacking carbonation.

D: One is enough

jale, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of UfosBigRigsnBBQ
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

UfosBigRigsnBBQ, Mar 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

MichiganderHB, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

hilgart1, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of GRBLUE12
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

GRBLUE12, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of deereless
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

deereless, May 16, 2014
Photo of vinny21bal
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

vinny21bal, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Waveoff
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Waveoff, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Valentno7
3.32/5  rDev -14%

Valentno7, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

FaradayUncaged, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty black with a one finger head and not bad thin spots of fine lace.

Astringent smell with piney notes, lots of hops, burnt malts, some alcohol.

Taste is very piney, lots of hops again, chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, a little dark fruit.

Body is kind of slick, low on carbonation, a little syrupy, alcohol is quite notable going down with plenty of warming.

Overall it's pretty tasty but won't be one of my favorites from Arcadia.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, some fruits, hops are present but subdued, easy drinking for the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a little less hoppy than expected, but a pretty good beer.

tone77, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Calypso
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap at the Detroit Fall Beer Festival. Obviously from the name it's a Black IPA. It pours a surprisingly clear black, with fizzy head. There are notes of grapefruit and leather. The darker notes give this an interesting twist on a traditional IPA.

Calypso, Nov 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

DrIPA, Jul 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Danielr26, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

fishmich, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

enelson, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

CEDAMA, Feb 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ALLISON01, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

HardyA, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JohnK17, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of a_beckman25
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

a_beckman25, Aug 11, 2014
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.