Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company
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3.96/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but is clear, very dark amber in color with no visible carbonation. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with faint hints of resins from the hops.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has prominent flavors of roasted malts along with a moderate amount of bitterness and associated hints of pine resin malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this Cascadian IPA because it had an excellent balance between the malts and hops.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2013 00:50:38 | More by metter98
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
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-04-2013 18:33:25 | More by Calypso
3.91/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours pretty much opaque. Amazing dark chocolate pine aroma. Very piney. Almost like Pine-Sol. Tastes piney hoppy with some dark chocolate, but also a touch watery towards the finish, which is piney, a bit boozy and pretty bitter. A little to prickly in the mouthfeel with the carbonation. Maybe a little bit of black pepper before the finish. Overall, it's pretty delicious.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 01:55:54 | More by marcobrau
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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