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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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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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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
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gulogulo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-27-2013 03:04:01 | More by gulogulo
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Andrew526

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.7%

07-22-2013 14:21:44 | More by Andrew526
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

07-22-2013 11:15:33 | More by lccrunchy
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MgoJohnStamos

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-22-2013 00:46:48 | More by MgoJohnStamos
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Scotthuller

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-19-2013 00:39:41 | More by Scotthuller
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fishmich

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-17-2013 23:12:50 | More by fishmich
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tannish head. In the aroma, big citrus hops and a small caramel like malt. In the taste, dryer orange citrus hops, somewhat minty even. A small hop bite, but mainly smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer orange citrus and small maltiness in the aftertaste. Nice big hops, and a nice balance of flavor between orange citrus and caramel malt.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 13:51:10 | More by OWSLEY069
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DrIPA

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-14-2013 23:33:00 | More by DrIPA
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Jsher

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

07-14-2013 18:11:44 | More by Jsher
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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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rixcat

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-12-2013 03:03:29 | More by rixcat
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radiofish

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-09-2013 21:52:51 | More by radiofish
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ToddHolder

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-07-2013 14:19:09 | More by ToddHolder
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silky black coloring yields a relatively substantial head the wicked away quickly and left no lacing.

Very interesting scent as its advertised an IPA but has a nice creamy milk stout quality. Subtle malt aroma ends the nose.

Lots of roasted coffee taste with chocolate malt and roasted grain flavor. It distinguishes itself more for what it is not than what it is; No IPA character, as the label suggests, but nice black ale character in taste, scent and feel.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 22:20:14 | More by KYGunner
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Ego

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
audible head starts with loud fizzle and then settles down, off white head hovers around that for some time (ie good retention), lacing is good, black in appearance but not a pit of unearthly blackness, upon close inspection you can catch the streams of suds rising up to the surface, pretty nice looking

nose...
on first pop the hops dominate, but after this settles for a minute you get some nice roasted malt tones, not a dark roast, somewhere residing in the medium range with whisps of faint smoke, some of the juicy nature of the hops is always lurking in the background, a nice balance

taste etc...
immediate bitterness that melds into some sweetness and then lingers in roast tones, all are sort of mid range and not strong or competing, medium in the mouth with sort of underwhelming carbonation, the further you go on in the glass the roast tones become slightly more pronounced, the ABV taps you on the shoulder but is pretty well in the back for the most part (kudos), in the medium zone weight wise (just right)

verdict?
a tasty version with some kick, better executed than many black IPAs but lacks the deep roast or top hops of the best, a very good beer though. definitely grab one if you see it, well rounded!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 06:04:00 | More by Ego
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep brown color. The head is a tan, thick foam. Some brownish-ruby highlights when held to the light. Murky. The smell is great...roasts malt, earth, smoke and charcoal...nice hop scents...resin and spice. It has a sugary, malt flavor, and a very sharp hop bitterness. Hoppy and flavorful. The mouthfeel is full and thick. This beer was enjoyable and worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 23:42:37 | More by Suds
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-03-2013 14:09:26 | More by beergorrilla
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-28-2013 03:59:54 | More by dmorgan310
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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