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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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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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1/5  rDev -74.1%

snowdogmatt, Aug 12, 2014
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1.65/5  rDev -57.3%
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.

jtierney89, Sep 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Steimie, Sep 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

TastyIsBeer, May 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

MIP229, Mar 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

rudy0908, Jun 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

heerboth, Oct 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

AGust82, Apr 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

GinsuDave, May 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Jsher, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had both on draft at Ashley's and the bottle. Smell of mostly roasted malt, some peppery presence, very little citrus or hop. Tastes of roasted grain and very little else, a watery roast to me, with little sweetness, muddled hops if any, just weird. Heavy mouthfeel for the style despite the lack of flavor. Nothing to really enjoy here for me. Bland, and no hop bite. An unfortunate miss by Arcadia.

BMMillsy, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

goast8127, Oct 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

timjim1327, Aug 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

boonejag75, Aug 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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

Trainman4beer, Nov 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Shnanign, Jun 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

jenray, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Andrew526, Jul 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

GeoffK, Jul 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

JeffONeal, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of AwYeh
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into nonic pint. Reviewed to a 3 average, with style heavily in mind concerning ASTM.

A: Pours a nearly opaque black color, with reddish fringes around the edges. There's just a thin coating of tan head on this glass, but some spotty lacing still manages to remain.

S: This beer has a pretty complex smell, anchored by roasted malts and black licorice. Particular aromas include an initial burst of grapefruit, strong pine hops, black licorice, earthy hops, and alcohol.

T: Fairly earthy, with big bursts of licorice and alcohol on the finish, along with piny and citrus hops. Oddly, the taste is quite weak before the finish; as I hold the beer in my mouth, its flavor is quite faint, with just a bit of roasted chocolate malts, mint, and pine hops showing up. Once the flavor does get bigger on the finish, I don't know that I'm the biggest fan of how its components mesh. There's a lot going on, but the more abrasive (alcohol, licorice) flavors seem to stand out and detract from the others. A light soapy flavor as the beer warms doesn't lend it any favors.

M: Fairly thin-bodied, but well-carbonated which lends a considerable creaminess. Rather smooth, with a lightly dry finish.

O: This seems like a pretty standard Black IPA. I enjoyed my glass, but its piny hops coupled with roasted malt, black licorice, and alcohol flavors didn't make the beer stand out for me. I am not the biggest licorice fan (but have grown to appreciate it in other beers), so this still may be one for you to seek out. Despite the slightly below average rating in taste (made with style heavily in mind), I think this is a slightly above average beer overall. Reviewing seems to have drawn me to my least favorite characteristics of it, whereas I enjoyed it a bit more after the review finished and I was simply drinking it for the enjoyment that beer inherently brings.

AwYeh, Jul 06, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on cask at the brewery. They added ghost chilis to the mix.

A:Pours a clear brown with little head.

S: Very hoppy with slight hops.

T: Hop forward as it should be. Light sweet malt. Heat from the ghost chili continues to build in the finish along with a nice hop bitterness.

M: Thin and lacking carbonation.

D: One is enough

jale, Jan 31, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

UfosBigRigsnBBQ, Mar 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

MichiganderHB, Jun 02, 2013
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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.