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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

287 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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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Ohiovania, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Morakaton, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

MichPaul, Jan 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

heerboth, Oct 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

MichiganderHB, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

KFrank729, Jun 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

DudMan, Dec 23, 2012
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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pretty much opaque. Amazing dark chocolate pine aroma. Very piney. Almost like Pine-Sol. Tastes piney hoppy with some dark chocolate, but also a touch watery towards the finish, which is piney, a bit boozy and pretty bitter. A little to prickly in the mouthfeel with the carbonation. Maybe a little bit of black pepper before the finish. Overall, it's pretty delicious.

marcobrau, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

kybeerdrinker, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JRBecks, Sep 04, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

HopBrain, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

cwd, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

salinasa, Mar 30, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

FightingEntropy, Jul 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

DMarlinJ, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

snansel, Jul 06, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A heavy pour delivered a finger of tan head over a deep brown body. Lacing can't quite hold on to the sides.

Mmm-mmm, this smells good. Grapefruit and pine start off the aroma, and its quickly followed up with brown sugar and passionfruit.

The hops on the flavor here are very mixed. I get grassy, orangey, grapefruit and pine. Conglomeration actually doesn't seem to go as well as I would expect, but it's still good. Brown sugar, light crackers and caramel finish off the end with just a hint of bakers chocolate and passionfruit.

Good carbonation bite, medium body. A little sticky on the back of the tongue, definitely dry.

CFHMagnet, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Supergenious, May 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

AGust82, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dunlap926, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.