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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

273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
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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thickgirth

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-23-2013 02:16:26 | More by swtchuck
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Dr_Bahmbay13

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-18-2013 19:30:09 | More by Dr_Bahmbay13
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CrazyQuaker

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 02:04:33 | More by CrazyQuaker
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srv33

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 21:47:15 | More by srv33
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-13-2013 14:26:52 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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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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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.7%

08-13-2013 02:10:50 | More by timjim1327
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-11-2013 05:29:54 | More by Sammy
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-30-2013 21:43:42 | More by ALLISON01
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.