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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

275 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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Danielr26

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-30-2013 23:09:43 | More by Danielr26
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-29-2013 00:46:03 | More by skaboom420
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-03-2012 23:35:26 | More by PaBeerLover
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jtierney89

New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep hazelnut color with light mocha sticky head. Can tell right off the bat that this is gonna be a big beer based on the nose alone.

Lots of earthy and citric hop resin on the nose. Touch of licorice and pine-sol, some phenolics, soapiness, throat lozenges. Dark fruit some rubbing alcohol.

Taste is strange. Big body, good carbonation. Layered in a strange way hits ya from back to front. Chocolate, burnt malts, some plastic like taste with some citrus hop profile. Drinkable but I feel like it wasn't thought out enough. comes at you in weird layers with flavors that dont exactly pair up perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 23:57:59 | More by jtierney89
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2013 18:33:09 | More by BlissJunkie
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Brewsed

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-09-2012 14:33:35 | More by Brewsed
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-13-2013 12:31:29 | More by laxer8811
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pous a very fdark brown that turns to black in the glass. Red around the edges. A one finger off white/tan head. Decent alcohol legs.

S- Smells like no other black IPA i have ever had. There is a monster amount of pine up front as well as a lot of bright citrus fruit flavors. Some roasted malts and some chocolate and a bitterness that reminds of of an unripened orange.

T- I get a big bit of bitterness up front followed by the dark aspects of this beer. There is some roastedness and some chocolate. You can definitely taste the Carafa in this one. The hop flavors are pretty nice in here. There is ton of pine which is something I look for in an IPA. There is also a bunch of citrus like orange, grapefruit and lemon.

M- This beer has a pretty big feel to it and was a slow drinking beer for me. It also has a massive bitterness to it. This is a big black IPA, not way around that.

O- This is a darn good Black IPA and it even holds a candle to sublimely self righteous. It has an excellent hop profile and a really unique overall flavor to it. A great offering from Arcadia.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 01:29:43 | More by TwelveOunces
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BB1313

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/10/12. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black, but there's light getting through making it a very dark brown. Decent head and nice lacing and retention. Ok, this has a really nice nose. Lots of fresh berries dominate, with some grass and dank lemon zest. It kind of has the onion/garlic aroma. There are subtle roasty chocolate aromas as well. The flavors are very bold. Lots of fruity bitterness from the hops, but a nice sweetness from the chocolate, making it bittersweet. Lots of pine resin going on. There's a touch of heat, but nothing overboard or unbearing. The mouthfeel is very impressive, it's extremely creamy. It's pretty slick and has a resiny feel. The carbonation is very low, but it really works in this case. This is a FUN beer to drink. Very complex.

Wow, this is a nice "Double Black IPA". This is a great beer from Arcadia.. there's something unique about it that I can't put my finger on. Well crafted.. I feel like it should have a higher score from me.. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:46:17 | More by BB1313
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-11-2013 23:54:34 | More by HarmonMW
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-17-2013 10:44:39 | More by ChrisMon02
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JimGlonke

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-08-2014 01:21:53 | More by JimGlonke
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Troville1990

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:45:16 | More by deadonhisfeet
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drbenderdo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-12-2013 23:43:58 | More by drbenderdo
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bnes09

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with ruby hues when held to light. Just shy of opaque. Light tan head with exceptional retention and great lacing especially for the strength.

Mildly roasted, smoky aromas. Powerful floral and pine scent.

Solid malt backbone of wheat toast and rye. Aggressive pine and grapefruit hop bitterness. Ground pepper. Alcohol is there but out-shined by the hops. Great balance for such strong flavors.

Sturdy medium to full bodied, right between a stout and a double stout and just a hair thicker than your standard DIPA. Exceptional, sharp, snappy carbonation which adds to the hop flavor.

Great black DIPA. First example of the style I had tried. Glad someone thought of this style. It was a great idea and well executed.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 04:35:57 | More by bnes09
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-15-2012 19:05:57 | More by danthehopslamman
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durlta

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-12-2012 03:47:14 | More by durlta
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deereless

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

05-16-2014 22:35:40 | More by deereless
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

09-15-2013 18:11:54 | More by Agentveba
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

09-21-2013 12:03:38 | More by csmartin6
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mkennedy119

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-24-2013 02:19:03 | More by mkennedy119
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

B-Craft Black Double India Pale Ale. Black Ale? Imperial IPA? Both?

A- A careful, one handed, pour created a 1/2 finger, tan head that fades to a thin foam. The body is nearly black with deep, dark brown edges. Light stick left on the glass.

S- Right as I pop the cap, there's a really fresh, organic, hoppy aroma. It's almost, how do I put this, schwag? It only opens up even more after the pour. Light hints of sweet malts give an impression of brown sugar. Maybe a hint of chocolate.

T- Initial hit of those fresh, organic hops. Medicinal, herbal even. Just as I think it's all hops, rich malts come through. Toasted and chocolate-like. Like a quality made milk chocolate or even a rich chocolate milkshake. Hops come through again at the finish to make an oddly pleasant combination of flavors. Hoppy chocolate?

M- Rich and smooth. Thick, and creamy with a moderate-light carbonation that really compliments.

O- A really nice brew. Seems pretty unique at this point, combining the newer "American Black Ale" and Imperial IPA styles. Things work really well together. It's difficult to explain. It's something of a hoppy Imperial Stout, but not really. Glad I bought it. At around $2.50 for a single, it's not an everyday beer, but certainly doesn't break the bank. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 21:13:39 | More by GRPunk
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ToddHolder

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-07-2013 14:19:09 | More by ToddHolder
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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