Thursday, October 25, 2012

Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA Review

It has been almost two months since I last posted so I thought I'd end my delinquency and write about some beer!  I haven't tried much lately, certainly not many new brews, but one beer of note I tried recently from a bottle at The Green Lady was the Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA.  It is styled as a "double IPA" and its roasted malts classify it within the genre of black IPA's that emerged several years ago, led by beers such as Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous.  This one's a no-nonsense, straight-ahead creamy black beer with a lot of strong piney hops.

It's relatively thick and develops a rather creamy head like an oatmeal stout.  It's mouthfeel is substantial but not overly dense and the carbonation is fairly tight and consistent throughout.  What separates this from the usual is its flavor profile combination of burnt ashes, licorice, roast and pine with a touch of tangy citrus on it.   It won't bore you to death and there's myriad enough  flavors to distract you from the bitter hops.  This is, overall, a pleasant drinking experience and one I'd revisit.  I'd love to try this on tap or, better yet, from a cask to let those hops really open up.

3.7 of 5 stars.

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