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RATINGS: 305   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rustyham (1732) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Dark brown, lots of hops on the nose . Flavor is a very dry black lager, kind of rough, a little bit on the chemical side, I am not to much of a fan

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of resiny hops, some citrussy hints, some roasted malt. Tastes sticky resiny pine with some bitter citrus and a spicy bite. As the beer warms, some roasty elements develop.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 21, 2011
12oz bottle, courtesy of pantanap. Thanks, Kan! Pours a murky chocolate-brown color; thin, creamy, fine-bubbled, medium-tan head with solid lacing. Lots of juicy pine and grapefruit in the aroma; mostly dank hops, and if I was tasting this blind Iím not sure Iíd have registered the "black" part of this IPA. I like that, as itís kind of magical. Medium body; medium-high CO2; there was a bit of a light cocoa character in the beginning, but itís kind of remarkable how quickly it disappears under the juicy lemony and grapefruit notes, an assertive bitterness making this black IPA turn into almost an IPA just a quarter of the way through the glass. Pretty freaking awesome; no wonder it took gold at GABF - itís a black IPA that doesnít taste like one. The major clue left is the finish, which gives some nice dry chocolate notes and a touch of cocoa and toastiness; nicely dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Thanks to GT2 for this one. Black pour with a creamy beige head. Nose holds pink grapefruit, big floral hops, and pine tree. The flavor brings more evergreen presence with increased roast prevalence. Quite good, but not breathtaking.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
loafgoat (53) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2011
sweet citrus aroma with a hint of roasted malt. Pours with nice brownish head and good lacing. Overall experience is not all that different from drinking gummy peach rings with a bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1243) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Good black IPA. Very balanced and super drinkable for a black IPA-could happily put down a few of these when normally Iíd be over it after one. Some roasted malt notes and clean hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6308) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
On tap at GABF 2011. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet citrus and pine with a malty chocolate background. Some bitter pine hops and sweet oranges, very light chocolate malts and toast. Quite nice, smooth and easygoing.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Pours black, medium head that quickly fades. Piney hops dominate the nose. Itís all aroma, though. On the palate, chocolate and roast dominate, but instead of being full and rich, itís dry and bland. Odd stale aftertaste. Good body and mouthfeel though. Calling this one a miss.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
12 oz bottle thanks to Kan. Cheers! Pours a roasty blackish brown hue, decent haze as the edges throw a glowing ruby reddish hue, light, not an opaque beer, just darker, more brownish with a moderate cakey brownish head atop. Dies to a decent layer, laces well enough. Aromas are a melange of citrusy grapefruit and floral hops, lemons and roasty malts come into focus, some biscuits, touches of pine dance on the nose. A good deal of grapefruit, yet letting the malt body kick the tires a bit. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter, leaving a nice impression of floral and citrusy grapefruit hops up front, some touches of mango and melon, dancing into roasty malts, biscuits, and toast. A gentle appeal, the flavors work well together. A rich hop presence with pine and roast, lingering citrus and florals dancing into the backend and lingering on the palate. Gentle roast, a touch of cocoa and toast, nice hopping. Simple, yet the hop profile is prolonged and fairly complex. The malt body doesnít get too big, instead remaining quite light and drinkable, how the style should be. Lingering toast, roast, firm fruity and citrusy hops which temper into that earth and more gentle pine in the back, playing well with the darker and roasty malts. Pretty damn good. I like a wide variety in this "style", but prefer a lighter malt body girth with fruity hops, not just pine. So this works well for me. Just a hint of anise further in..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 bottle. quite roasty, with a pleasant floral citrus hop bite. touch of grainy chocolate. chawky cocoa. dry. tasty. liked.


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