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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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We invite you to discover this newest beer style Black IPA. Political debate rages over the origins of this jet black beer as both coasts feel they deserve credit. Our Black Top is a pleasant road connecting Villages and Communities statewide on a ride of Black IPA discovery. Expect this beer to pour a hop forward jet black glass brimming with aromatic bitterness. Brewmaster Dan skillfully weaves molasses and chocolate malt undertones with a soaring rush of clean citrus and pine hop notes, to deliver a drinkable Black IPA. Savor Black Top, like Wisconsinís miles of licorice ribbons of ink that meander through armies of corn and bovine mowed fields. Enjoy the journey on a road less traveled.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
12 oz. bottle as a local trade bonus. Pours an initially hazy cola brown that clears up, with a small tan head. Aroma of citrusy, earthy hops, toasty, roasty, and chocolate malts, pine, and herbs. The flavor follows the same tack, with chocolate, roast, earth, pine resin, citrus, and earth. A little metallic note, too. Light-medium bodied, with a fruity mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice BIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
starewich (141) - - AUG 25, 2012
This might be the best-smelling beer Iíve ever had. The nose is crazy strong with fruit and citrus and pine. Flavor is similar but muddled. Make sure youíve taken a few good whiffs of it before finishing it off because the aroma is something to behold.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2012
This is my sixth bottle of this beer and I have love every one. Beer pours dark brown color with a retained tan colored head. Aroma is very pleasent with chocolate and fresh pine also some toast. Taste is a beautiful amalgem of sweet and bitter, somewhat like dark chocolate. Another awesome New Glarus brew. Amazing!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Pours from the bottle a sable red/black with a medium cream head clinging all over the glass - wonderful appearance. Has a bright spruce aroma. Taste is spruce, coffee and a mild background flavor of whiskey. The aftertaste is very dry and lingering. This is one of my favorite easy-to-drink, local beers of the moment.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
naivepegasus (337) - USA - AUG 16, 2012
Pours a black with a shade of red and about a finger of off- dark fruit and hops in the nose. The taste has a lot of depth- the hops are there but thereís also some raisin and dark malts. Good stuff, though.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
aroma is well balanced dead chocolate and near metallic crack, then herbal grass cuttings and other savory fare. pour is opaque with airy soap suds head, lack of density and messy legs. flavor is initial fudgey roast with expected hop twinge to follow. hops begin as citrus then fruits begin to burst, hints of pine and rounder herbal note with mint at forefront. bitter roast closes. what a balance!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: July 01, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: dark with clear ruby edges, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet citrus aroma, caramel sweetness, touch of chocolate
Flavor: rich caramel and chocolate flavor, plenty of citrus hops
Overall: more of a hoppy brown but really great
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jacksuhn (11) - - AUG 11, 2012
Aroma is far and away the best aspect of this beer. Sweet, citrus, and resin are the dominant hop aromas. Itís a thin dark brew, with a short lasting white head. Itís got some decent dark caramel and plumb flavors in there, but a very light body. Thatís where this beer is lacking most. Itís just too thin and fizzy for me. Overall I wonít be drinking much of this. Itís a decent IPA but just lacks the dark malt characteristics Iím looking for, and I canít overlook the lack of body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (5999) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
8/10/12. 12oz bottle from cbfobes! Dark brown pour with a nice khaki head that lasts. Big citrus, dank, and fruity aroma with hints of chocolate. Nice citrus and hoppy flavor as well with lingering milk chocolate and a hint of roast. Delish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. 4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left. 4.0 S: Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Dry roastiness almost like a schwarzbier with a balancing caramel sweetness. Molasses and brown sugar to round things out. 4.0 T: Easily one of the better black IPAs out there. I think the fact that it isnít super citrusy is why this is so. Moderate roastiness. Caramel and molasses. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Quite good. 4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and reasonably creamy. 4.0 D: Solid all around, this is not something I usually say about a black ipa. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-18-2012 17:50:07


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