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RATINGS: 303   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.


3.3
   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 (6124) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1909) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2012
12oz bottle purchased at Pick ní Save outside of Milwaukee. Pour is black with almost no head. This beer reminds me a lot of another Wisconsin favorite - Sprecher Black Bavarian. The fantastic mix of chocolate and toasty malt blends with the sharp bitterness and piney character of a top-notch IPA. This beer does really shows off the potential of black IPA by combining the best of both worlds in a mix that is better than either beer separately. Very well done.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mediamarv (3) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2012 does not count
Nice hops balance with malt flavors, satisfying finish. I had more than one and enjoyed the second one just as much. Curses that I canít get this in CA on tap... not yet any way!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Big thanks to Justin for this one. Pours dark mahogany with some copper hints around the edges under a big creamy beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is fantastic. Tons of citrus - oranges, pineapples and white grapefruit, not to mention some pine hints. The black roasted malts are subtle but noticeable. Taste doesnít quite bring the citrus like the aroma with the initial taste having some oranges but there are equal parts chocolate malts and roasted notes. Finish is lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with strong carbonation. Another excellent brew from New Glarus, a very balanced hoppy black ale in a style where subtlety and balance are not often appreciated.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (986) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Pours dark red with a large tan head. Smells of grapefruit and caramelized or candied fruits. Taste is bitter with hints of sweetness. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and and mild mouth-carbonation, New Glarus Black Top finishes with some bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2012
12oz bottle from Three Cellars. Pours dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of piney and earthy hops, roasted malts, and some chocolate. Flavors of pine, hop bitterness, light citrus, chocolate, and some roast. Very well balanced which is rare for this style. Expected nothing less from New Glarus.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4983) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle given to me by thebaldwizard. Dark brown pour with a thick beige head. Aroma of spicy and grassy hops with some roast. Malty and roasty flavor with a grassy hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. Dark brownish-black with a touch of red around the edges. Medium tan head that dissipates steadily, and stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, pine and hops. Medium body with a resiny hops character and notes of grapefruit and caramel malt. The finish is very clean with a moderately bitter piney hops aftertaste. Solid Black IPA overall.


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