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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

edenstjames, Sep 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mcdsports, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tommy5, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

petermethot, Aug 29, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very dark and nearly black with just a hint of brown where some light escapes through. It has a very thin head that evaporates quickly. The nose is pretty pronounced and impressive. Lots of roasty notes, some licorice, and a really interesting phenomenon. The sweet malty notes and citrusy hops contribute a note to the aroma that can best be described as lemonheads candy. Surprisingly, this is the first time I have noticed this particularly redolent aroma on a beer.

Medium body and nice balanced flavor. There are just enough roasty coffee-like there to cut through the hops and identify this as a black IPA. The hops still come through on the back of the palate as a nice lemony complement to the roastiness, which lingers a bit on the finish. Very drinkable. This beer would go really well with a grilled steak.

I had this beer at a beer tasting some time ago and decided to pick up a single for a detailed review. As the roastiness is somewhat subdued, this beer would be a good introduction to someone new to black IPAs before they try something with more intense roastiness like Stone's SSRA. On a side note, I never would have thought that coffee and lemon complement each other, yet both flavors can be found here and the combination is intriguing.

deadonhisfeet, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

swtchuck, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Dr_Bahmbay13, Aug 18, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

CrazyQuaker, Aug 17, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near-black into my wine glass, a thin and beautiful light brown head with very fine lacing. Scents of chocolately malt are balanced with a more delicate smelling hop profile. Taste is of dark, thick, almost lactic malts very well balanced with a lighter hop component - very un-IPA like. But I love it for that, its quite well balanced. Mouthfeel is where it really shines though, very smooth, thick and creamy like that of a milk stout. Well recommended, a surprising brew and very well put together, likely my favorite from Arcadia yet.

srv33, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

laxer8811, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

timjim1327, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Sammy, Aug 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ALLISON01, Jul 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

gulogulo, Jul 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Andrew526, Jul 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

lccrunchy, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

MgoJohnStamos, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Scotthuller, Jul 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

fishmich, Jul 18, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tannish head. In the aroma, big citrus hops and a small caramel like malt. In the taste, dryer orange citrus hops, somewhat minty even. A small hop bite, but mainly smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer orange citrus and small maltiness in the aftertaste. Nice big hops, and a nice balance of flavor between orange citrus and caramel malt.

OWSLEY069, Jul 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

DrIPA, Jul 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Jsher, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

drbenderdo, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

rixcat, Jul 12, 2013
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.