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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
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 mvanwoerm
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mvanwoerm, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of andrewjraab
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black with some mocha head and some spotty lacing.

S - Fruity, malty, faint hops, cherries.

T - Malt forward, chocolate, warming alcohol, raisins, cherries, finishes with a snap of hops. Dry aftertaste.

O - Heavy hitting Black IPA - a nice offering from Arcadia.

andrewjraab, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

JimGlonke, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

hilgart1, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of AGust82
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

AGust82, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours a dark brown almost black hue with a large and lasting light tan head. The aroma is malty with some notes of coffee and chocolate. This one sips light and smooth for an ale with its abv. The flavor is almost reminiscent of root beer with a sweet roasty maltiness accented by notes of vanilla, coffee, and creme soda. This is by no means a bad black ipa but given some of the other offerings out there, it makes one wonder why you would try this witb so many much better offerings out there.

lochef81, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of amonjar
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

amonjar, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -22.3%

BrewtalHonesty, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of linnymtu
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

linnymtu, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of jeffwright
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +3.6%

MacStinson, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

enelson, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of superdoopersauce
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

superdoopersauce, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of vinny21bal
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

vinny21bal, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Syncro-Vox
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Syncro-Vox, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of RyanCFriedrich
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

RyanCFriedrich, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ryanpj, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of J_Barrett
4/5  rDev +3.6%

J_Barrett, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bandi, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but is clear, very dark amber in color with no visible carbonation. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with faint hints of resins from the hops.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has prominent flavors of roasted malts along with a moderate amount of bitterness and associated hints of pine resin malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this Cascadian IPA because it had an excellent balance between the malts and hops.

metter98, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of krustster
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured just a tiny bit into my glass and immediately had to stop because the head reached the top of the glass and threatened to spill over. UUuuuaauuuhhh god man. It looks fluffy and inviting, but a little too ridiculous since it's taken me over 5 minutes to pour the whole bottle into my glass. The beer itself is very dark brown, not black and more transparent than a stout, but certainly qualifies as a black ale. It's been almost 10 minutes and I still haven't finished pouring the bottle; the head is absolutely ridiculous. It looks like a root beer float and isn't going away any time soon. Still going strong at two "fingers". This isn't necessarily a bad thing but kind of inconvenient and possibly over carbonated.

Things pick up a bit once you start sniffing. Sweet citrus, "roasted malts" and "dark fruits", making this one smell like a cross between a lighter stout and a regular DIPA. Seems pretty interesting.

Taste is, once again, somewhere between a lighter stout and a DIPA. The roasted malts and sweetness/coffee flavors are battling to the death with the citrus hops inside of my mouth. On one hand, there's next to no balance between the flavors. On the other hand, I like them both, so it's okay. Bitterness is present throughout the entire profile rather than just on the finish. I like it, but it's confusing and lacking in complexity because everything sort of jumbles together.

Mouth feel is fairly thin and very high in carbonation. The CO2 itself seems to contribute to the bitter/metallic fruit taste. I think this was the main downfall of the beer for me: way too much carbonation. The huge globs of soap suds from the beginnning of my review are still there, nearly half an hour later.

In closing, I'm glad I tried this one; it's rather different and fun to drink, but the flavors are very disjointed and the carbonation is way too high. When all is said and done, this comes across as more of a lighter stout--high in coffee flavors, low in body, high in carbonation--than anything like a DIPA. I don't worry too much about styles but when drinking this one, it's obvious that they were going for something that didn't quite happen. Still a tasty beverage that just falls short a bit.

krustster, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

leadahmer, Dec 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Waveoff, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

ianpstephens, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Morakaton, Nov 24, 2013
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.