Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Dark cola like pour that leaves a very thin head.
Aroma is extremely unique, grapefruit, orange with some dark chocolate like notes to it. A completely new beer smell for me and something I really like.
Taste starts with some citrus, and then mellows into more of a typical porter taste with coffee and chocolate. Gentle pine in the finish, and I like the that hops continue throughout the taste.
I have never been a huge fan of black IPA style, but this one sets the new highwater mark. A really good beer and one I plan to have many more of. Another winner from Arcadia.
04-23-2012 22:55:45 | More by BrianOhio
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
12 oz. bottle. Bottled 4/16/12.
Dark cola amber-brown body. Some light gets through. Small, light khaki head. Nice lacing. Nose is a nice mix of hops and dark malt. Lots of pine sap, cat pee, and herbal notes. Caramel and roasted malts complement.
Toasted chocolate malt up front. Caramel and roasted malt settle in. Citric, piny hop bitterness gradually comes on. Some herbal, cannabis-y funk as well. Stays pretty-well balanced until the finish. Dries out, with lingering espresso and pine hop bitterness. Faint resinous notes in the end. Medium-full body with a slightly creamy feel. Nicely done!
04-21-2012 00:42:58 | More by alexgash
4.23/5 rDev +9.3%
Gorgeous black with a tinge of ruby when held to the light.
Dank grapefruit nose. Getting some tobacco notes. Unlike everything I've ever smelled. So intense for a Black IPA.
Taste is so unique. Hop citrus assault up front then you're slapped on the back end like a stout almost (coffee, chocolate, and the tobacco).
Really nice texture and smooth finish. You don't know the alcohol until you feel it at the end of your glass.
Home run from Arcadia. This should give them some recognition then deserve.
04-20-2012 01:51:19 | More by kdmcguire10
2.9/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
02-18-2012 16:16:37 | More by BMMillsy
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
On tap at Sycamore.
A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, light brown head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of pine with a touch of citrus. Nice roasted malt aroma, too.
T - It tasted strongly of pine with a burnt toast maltiness. Nice chocolate and caramel flavors, too.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - Very cool to get a tap only offering here in Columbia. Thanks, Sanford. Very nice brew!
11-16-2011 02:32:57 | More by zeff80
4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
Draft to tulip (at Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, MI, which is a PHENOMENAL beer bar. Everything about this beer is GREAT! The best black IPA I've ever had. Black as midnight with a great bouquet of hops and malts. The taste has great balance. And by balance, I mean the hops and malt are equally over-the-top and complement each other nicely. And the mouthfeel is great too. Surprisingly refreshing for its genre. I'd drink it again and again - if it was made with any regularity :(
09-05-2011 17:03:21 | More by b3shine
4.4/5 rDev +13.7%
Nearly opaque black beer with ruby highlights in a strong back light from the summer sunset for my draft on site. Thick, light brown head with extremely tight bubbles. Clean and clear singular hop in the nose with a burnt biscuit and heavy malt underneath. First taste is burnt, charcoal tasting, but, oddly, no smoke. Heavy handed on the patent malt or similar? Very nice. Hops kick in quickly and the light spice and floral of the nose turns into a clean, spicy bite on the tongue. Well balanced and fun. Roast/burnt qualities mellow as this 8.5% IPA warms and is still refreshing on a hot summer night.
07-28-2011 16:22:33 | More by FightingEntropy
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
On tap at Asheleys in Ann Arbor.
Pours a dense, black but oily pour, very little white lacing, no head. Black licorice, plum, dark roast coffee, vanilla bean, some citrusy to grapefruit hoppy notes in the nose.
Big beer this one, ABV comes in at under 10% and it hides the alcohol well. Much more of the hop flavor comes through in the finish and lingers on the palate for quite some time. Dark roast to acrid offee, raisin bread, beet sugar, cleaning solution to rubber band phenol.
I have been told by some that Arcadia is a really under-appreciated brewery in MI having to compete with the likes of Founders and Bells (but that is a little apples to oranges IMO). This beer impressed me by its creativity and boldness from Arcadia which has lacked in "signature" beers.
I must admit this is pretty much the first Arcadia I have really liked, Hopmouth has become tiresome at this point even though I know it still sells.
04-14-2011 19:28:50 | More by biga7346
4/5 rDev +3.4%
on tap at the bavarian lodge. served in a snifter.
A- this one comes to me looking very dark brown with a small khaki colored head. the head quickly becomes no more than a crown and doesnt leave behind much if any lacing.
S- roasted malts and a little bit of chocolate are the first things i pick up in the nose. after that i get some dark fruits and a bit of coffee. floral and herbal hops at the end.
T- the taste starts out with lightly roasted malts and a little bit of sweet milk chocolate. after that i pick up faint raisin notes with some figs also. then comes some coffee. floral and herbal hops at the end.
M- medium body with ample carbonation. very smooth. nicely bitter.
D- this was easy enough to finish. id try this one again if i could find it in a bottle. one of the better arcadia beers ive had in a while.
03-07-2011 01:43:40 | More by jwinship83
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
A- Pours a very deep, dark brown with some dark red highlights. A touch of haziness adds a nice aspect. The head is thin but creamy, has nice retention, and leaves nice lacing.
S- Figs, cherries, clove, mint, and cinnamon. Very unique and inviting. Surprisingly aromatic.
T- Coffee, black cherries, mint, smoke, and a touch of citrus fruit. Very unique. The alcohol is not apparent.
M- a very creamy body with enough carbonation to keep it light. A fairly clean finish.
D- The alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are robust but don't build on the palate. Very enjoyable.
02-19-2011 20:22:25 | More by david131
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
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