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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4890) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Craft Brewers Conference 2012 - Dark black in color, clear with a thin head. Nice dark malt and hops forward aroma. Dark roasty malt flavor some light licorice lingers in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2012
CBC 12oz bottle-pours dark brown with a rich tan head. Aroma is resin/citru. Taste is resin hops, 2nd dark malt-roasty. Medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerKurve (497) - - MAY 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Surprisingly potent piney hops followed by a blend of chocolate, licorice, burnt malts and coffee. Interesting flavor alone makes it worth checking out, Overall a pretty good IPA

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoePeesie (857) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
better than good, short of great. Pours a nice black, with a tan frothy head. I really donít find this to be an IPA. Its got a heavy malt finish that I feel really dominates the beer. Iím not sure what I would call this but I think the malt profile is the dominate feature here. Itís different, its worth try or trading for, but I felt it was short of magical.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle from Woodmanís Madison. Pours a brown black with a tall creamy head and the aroma of pounds of hops. Citrus, mango, pine, tropical aromas with some of that chocolate malt hidden beneath the hop goodness. Sweet tropical pine flavors first hit the tongue followed by the chocolate light black patent malt background. Though malts overtake the initial hop flavor a clean citrus bitterness lingers. Really good stuff. I love this brewery, I wish I had bought a case of this stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/30/12. Pours a dark Cola-like ruddy black with light edges. Inch worth of beige head on top, of the creamy sort, leaving gobs of lace in its wake. The nose on this beer is phenomenal! Aromas of pine needles, citrus, faint whisps of roast, damp trail. I dipped my nose in, and it never wanted to leave. Nice hefty body holds up well with the ABV and bitterness. Carbonation is moderately low, which is no complaint. This being a fall-release, I was a little worried that this beer lost too much of its character. I never had this one "off the press," but I find it hard to believe it was much better than it is now, because this was fantastic. Big hoppy flavors abound. Sharp and flavorful. Semi-sweet finish. Mild dark maltiness noted, but the hops take over. Superb beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass. Pours very dark brown with a nice two-finger off-white head. Good retention and some sticky lacing as it falls. The nose has some nice pine and roast, plus backing citrus. Flavor meshes the hops and the backing roasted malt quite well. This is how an ABA should be done. Body is medium with a touch of acrid roast dryness plus hop bitterness cutting through. Quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2012
12oz bottle from yet another unremembered trade. Roiling black pour with some faint brownish notes amidst the considerable carbonation. Nose is sticky licorice and dank malts, with ripe hop notes bubbling up from the core. Some tangy rind, a bit of bitters, and chocolate. Mouthfeel a bit too sticky, but that seems to be a problem I have with the style in general. The intense hops do tend to blend well with the molasses and the pine finish redeems much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle in Hotel Room, Chicago - Special Thanks to Derek. Black - offwhite head. Burned malts, light sweetness, nice roasted, light caramel, fruity, ok hoppy, grassy, chocolate, citrus, piney, nice bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Fresh 12 oz. bottle. The pour yields an extremely dark cola-mahogany body with an initially thick, spongy head of beige foam. The head settles slowly to a thin, bubbly sheet that never fully recedes, giving dense, solid rings and tattered splotches of lacing to the glass. Aromas are based in black patent malt, baking bread, and mild, dry cocoa. Juicy citrus hops suggest of grapefruit mostly, with perhaps a nod to lemon. Flavors follow suit, quite dry and roasty for a black IPA, touching on pumpernickel toast and dry cocoa. Yeast is prominent, even spicy at times, sticking its nose where it doesnít quite belong. Hops are again citrus based, leaning heavily towards grapefruit pith, with secondary pine. Itís well balanced. The palate is a bit overly assertive when it comes to carbonation, and perhaps a hair overly attenuated for the style. Still, I like it dry, and this brew sits well with me. Not outstanding, but solid.


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