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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

289 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

dlin0sbb, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

akttr, Oct 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

_morandi_, Sep 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

MButkus, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

HarmonMW, May 12, 2013
Photo of Dshep1340
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Dshep1340, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Dyerseve
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Dyerseve, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of g0cubz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

g0cubz, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

SammyJaxxxx, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Athockalypse
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Athockalypse, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

durlta, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Beerdanza
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Beerdanza, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mrfrancis, May 10, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

djrn2, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of rkf1976
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

rkf1976, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of GG_80
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

GG_80, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a short ,tan head of foam.
Aroma-Dank, resinious hops
Taste-Roasty,mocha coffee, then onrush of those dank, resin hops that throw off the balance of flavor in my opinion. Finishes dry and unsettled.
not terrible, but I was hoping for better.

hosehead83, May 07, 2012
Photo of sliks96
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

sliks96, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

skaboom420, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of drbenderdo
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

drbenderdo, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

russpowell, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of krustster
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

krustster, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of carlborch
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a 2-inch tan head. The initial nose suggests toasted grain, smokiness, and density. Medium full body with rich, smoky notes on the palate. Nice bitter lingering. Belgian lace. The ABV is not noticeable. Modest carbonation. Delicious. Would be excellent with grilled and smoked food. Will seek again.

carlborch, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich chocolate pour is dense black in the vessel. A mocha tinted head has a beautiful coloring, sadly is weak and washy, refusing to hold to give you a lasting visual even after constant agitation. Minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate coffee-roast and pine is most evident on the nose. A touch of dark licorice, burnt citrus bitterness with a strength a bit under par for a advertised.

T: Roasty pine bitterness, citrus and dark licorice first meets the taste buds. Rich coffee, vanilla with a dark roasty bitterness that was fresh and very smooth and polished. Hop bitterness level was good, some roasted barley, burnt flowery bitterness and coffee on the finish.

M: light to medium body, oily slickness texture with a quiet carbonation factor. Huge roasted bitterness on the swallow with signs of black licorice (sambuca type alcohol) coming upon warming and stay.

O: Overall while the nose could of used a bit more ummph the flavor was generally good and easy consuming material for casual affairs.

beerthulhu, Dec 18, 2012
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.