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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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 ToddHolder
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ToddHolder, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

KYGunner, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Ego
3.83/5  rDev -1%

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!

Ego, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Suds, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +3.4%

beergorrilla, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dmorgan310, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

thomseye, Jun 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tallfellapgh, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Bonis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Bonis, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DruC4, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kerrie, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A-dark brown with hints of red and a nice tan head with good lacing

S-dark malt, citrus, pine, slightly herbal

T-citrus, dark malt, earthy, pine, slight sweetness, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a solid black IPA, good flavor and body

MDDMD, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of MichiganderHB
3.25/5  rDev -16%

MichiganderHB, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of rkf1976
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

rkf1976, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of JMurphy41
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JMurphy41, May 31, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%

Bottle > Sensory Pilsner Glass

A - Pours dark ruby brown, very very thin head, medium lacing.
S - Lots of roasted malt, toasted grains, some earthy hops, and a little chocolate, even a little honeydew.
T - Sweetness of the malt stands out, and then comes in dry earthy and piney hops. A minor chocolate taste and more of the roasts are at the end.
M - Thicker and chewy, definitely some warmth from the alcohol as it goes down.
O - I dont think the full potential of this brew were brought out. The hops are a little subdued and more of the roasted malt takes over, and the ABV accompanied with the burn lend this more to a hopped porter.

Omnium, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

DMarlinJ, May 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

GinsuDave, May 17, 2013
Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

HarmonMW, May 11, 2013
Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

CRJMellor, May 07, 2013
Photo of klingenator
4/5  rDev +3.4%

klingenator, May 06, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%

SMELL: Upfront roasted malt, fig jelly, and chocolate.

TASTE: A good mix of dark malt and citrus hop flavor. Pine, earth, and grapefruit come from sizeable hop additions. Cocoa powder and rooty hop flavor work well together. The 8.5% alcohol is well disguised.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated ale. Cocoa like malt flavor lasts well into the finish.

OVERALL: The B-craft Black is a well done strong black Ale. Solid all day, would have it again sometime.

Stinkypuss, May 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

duceswild, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

buzzy, Apr 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

skaboom420, Apr 29, 2013
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.