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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

282 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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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Morakaton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-24-2013 21:43:05 | More by Morakaton
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Beerdanza

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-12-2013 23:46:56 | More by Beerdanza
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kyle86

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-08-2013 00:31:18 | More by kyle86
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Calypso

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

11-04-2013 18:33:25 | More by Calypso
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GG_80

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-03-2013 03:30:19 | More by GG_80
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +1%

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.

10-27-2013 01:55:54 | More by marcobrau
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

10-19-2013 03:48:46 | More by heerboth
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GRBLUE12

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16%

10-13-2013 23:23:18 | More by GRBLUE12
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Troville1990

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-09-2013 06:20:42 | More by Troville1990
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thickgirth

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-08-2013 22:49:17 | More by thickgirth
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mikerap100

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

10-08-2013 05:01:08 | More by mikerap100
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-30-2013 22:13:29 | More by jplopez21
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1%

Arcadia misguidedly labels this beer a Double IPA despite that it uses enough dark malts to virtually turn it opaque. Though relatively light for an American Black Ales, it's black nonetheless. Heck, even its head isn't entirely white; the surface is encircled by a dirt brown foam.

The aroma has the desired coffee-and-cream sweetness and is blended with leaves and herbals, but it's all a bit sapless (pun intended) by my tastes - there isn't the resinous pine notes that I (and most hopheads) fiend for. I've come to expect my Black IPAs to smell like a tree that's been dissected into two... whereas this merely smells like I'm in a treehouse.

The taste, fortunate for me, offers a more vivid glimpse of the hops; spruce and pine grow in stature but not as much as the citrus notes; the flavour is like a strongly-steeped black tea blended with lemon myrtle. It is earthy, bitter, herbaceous and lightly, faintly tropical. There's also a flash of coffee on the finish that provides a juxtaposing kind of flavour...

And texture! This modest and subdued beer proves to have a fairly roasty aftertaste, however short-lived; the impression of burnt grain comes built-in to the finish but, for all its pent-up bitterness and roast, little interferes with drinkability. Ditto the 8.5% alcohol. At 85 IBUs this has a kind of profile that could appease both hop-heads and stout or porter fans.

For a well-hopped beer that is almost 9% and contains a good amount dark malts, B-Craft Black is surprisingly approachable to just about anyone. Sure, some will react by spitting and running as far as possible from this considerably bitter, comparatively bold offering but, on the whole, it's an ale that marries dark malt and bright hoppy flavours in a mild and engaging fashion. Good stuff.

09-26-2013 03:31:57 | More by biegaman
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Docrock

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-23-2013 04:02:32 | More by Docrock
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HardyA

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

09-21-2013 19:23:19 | More by HardyA
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-21-2013 12:03:38 | More by csmartin6
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Bsetz

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-20-2013 03:34:53 | More by Bsetz
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loupap

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-19-2013 01:19:44 | More by loupap
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-15-2013 18:11:54 | More by Agentveba
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carlborch

Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

09-14-2013 00:15:09 | More by carlborch
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edenstjames

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-09-2013 20:39:36 | More by edenstjames
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mcdsports

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-08-2013 03:27:09 | More by mcdsports
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-29-2013 14:35:13 | More by tommy5
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-29-2013 02:12:39 | More by petermethot
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

08-26-2013 00:45:16 | More by deadonhisfeet
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.