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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

289 Ratings
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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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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

duceswild, May 03, 2013
Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

skaboom420, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of mkennedy119
4/5  rDev +3.4%

mkennedy119, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with some prune-brown tones. Small lip of foam became a ring pretty quickly.

Mellow earthy nose with a languid hoppiness and smooth maltiness in the balance. Lightly fruity. Not particularly roasty.

Spicy pine and woodiness, blanched by stewy roast malts and notes of unsweetened chocolate. Bit of a boozy sting. Almost rosy. Finishing bitterness gets a little intense. Dominated by grain and earth. Not dirty, but a little woody. Hints of dark fruits or berries. Almost port-like in the finish, only super-dry.

Smooth and a little oily. Biting carbonation toward the end punctuated by the bitterness. Alcohol turns out to be a whole lot sneakier.

Pretty good black ale. A DIPA is a bit of a stretch. Still enjoyable.

thecheapies, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Punqbert
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Punqbert, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JamesShoemaker, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head

S-an odd mix of coffee and citrus, also a bit of oreo crumbs, which i find nice. good strength

T-comes in more or less how it smells. Upfront it's mostly oreo crumbs and coffee beans with an underlying citrusy hops flavor. lack of bitterness. the after-taste is mostly of espresso beans. it's a good flavor, just really not all that much to it.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-it's really an okay beer. it's even okay as a black ale. i could see this being mistaken as a citrusy porter. the abv isn't apparent at all. i think most black ale fans might not like this, a bit light on hops possibly. as easy as this is to drink, i don't recommend it or think i'll get it again in any situation.

AdamBear, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Ncpogs
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Ncpogs, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of amishbooze
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

amishbooze, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Giggy, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Danielr26, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev +3.4%

salinasa, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of TheConnMan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

TheConnMan, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of TimRoss41
4/5  rDev +3.4%

TimRoss41, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev +3.4%

ChrisMon02, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of sixerofelixir
4/5  rDev +3.4%

sixerofelixir, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Snagged a single from Vintage Estate in Ohio. Cost is $2.49

A - Ah good no sediment I fear it was over 3+ months old. Just a 1/3 inch of deep mocha head and the beer itself is Imperial Stout Back, very viscous.
S - Mild tones of citrus hops, and some ashy roasts.
T - Quite an original Black IPA it seems to have some anise or molasses tone along with some citrus hops, English malts, and coffee roast.
M - The ABV seems well hidden if not somewhat watery.
Overall I really liked this black IPA it imparts tones of Russian Imperial stouts with anise and molasses and hides the ABV well.

DrDemento456, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of CEDAMA
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

CEDAMA, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

RoryOMoore, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of tito42
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 6/5/12.

A: Slight cloudy, dark, molasses in color with a creamy cocoa-colored head.

S: Grapefruit, molasses, coffee, chocolate.

T: Roasted coffee and cocoa up front with molasses and a citrusy blast of grapefruit in the middle. Nice bitter hops finish. Everything blends and transitions very well. Well done.

M: Medium- to full-bodied with a nice creaminess not often found in beers this bitter. The complexity of the taste and full body really hide the 8.5% ABV well.

O: Excellent black ale. Picked this up in a mix-n-match, which explains the bottling date being so old. I'm going to certainly pick up a 4-pack of this when fresh.

tito42, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of mdcrouser
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I'm about to condemn myself to the dark side with this one - like sin poured from the bottle. This one happens to include a creamy head.

Big citrus, with some roastiness in the background. Inviting, but not overwhelmingly so.

Bright, grapefruit, other citrus, followed by cocoa and even some roasted coffee - exceptionally complex. Fading, mildly spicy and wholly soothing hops deliver a long, clean close.

Low carbonation, but I'm not missing it. The existing flavors provide ample presence on their own.

Really great, very enjoyable beer - way beyond expectation based on other Arcadia's I've had. Easily drinkable, with alcohol content barely noticable.

mdcrouser, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I remember really enjoying this stuff during my birthday's visit to a trade show last year, so expectations are high to begin with this time. Full disclosure, I guess. This stuff pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger of tan-cream foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light blackened pretzel, dry pine resin, and a touch of straight booze tossed in for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, softening the resin, getting rid of the booze entirely, and adding a faint hint of hickory smoke. Nice. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice black IPA, one that lived up to my pleasant memories in every way save the smell (which, to be fair, was probably getting pretty weak by the time I got to this one last year...).

TMoney2591, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

zekeman17, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of MichPaul
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

MichPaul, Jan 30, 2013
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.