GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown, appears black. Great citrusy hop aroma with hints of sweet dark malts. Nice mouthful of hopís up front with a smooth roasted malt finish. More hoppy than malty, which I think is where most black IPAís go wrong. After the black IPA craze fades, this one may be still standing!
LtDan (1740) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a cola brown with white swirls atop.
Aroma: Danky citrus hop. Tangerine and a lil fresh mint.
Taste: Bitter juicy hop slight burnt roast. Hop linger.
Mouth: Thin bodied juicy moderate bubbles.
Overall: There are so many confused Black IPAs out there. Some roasty with no hops, some with a power struggle between the hops and malt, and then thereís Black Top. Black Top is what I have in mind for this confusing style. Appearance is dark, but if you sip and smell with your eyes closed, itís an IP frickin A. The body seemed too thin for me, but Iíd take that over a mouthful of roast or black malt.
bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent brew from a great midwestern micro. Pours a dark, dark opaque brown with a very foamy tan head. Aroma a tad sweet with hops characteristics. Good hops body, but not overpowering. Hints of licorice. Light to medium build on the palate. Easy finish with a light, lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable Black IPA. New Glarusí lineup continues to impress.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours dark brown with soapy off white head that fades and some lacing. Aroma is strong hops and grapefruit with a malty scent as well. Taste is nice and bitter hops that come off piney and grapefruity with a roasted malt throughout. Palate is medium and chaulky dry. I really love this style and was happy to see New Glarusís version!
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle
This is a decent enough IPA but coming from New Glarus merely average. With other better dark IPAs available this is one I might actually pass on in the future. On the other hand if you want to drink local you could do much worse.
Aroma / Appearance - Fluid and reddish black the body swirls with life despite the deep tone. Crisp fresh hops smell like a stack of evergreens ready to be sold on a Christmas parking lot. Bright and inviting it still seems somehow meh.
Flavor / Palate - Malt, black coffee (like the cheap kind you get from a gas station, McDonalds, or donut shop), and freshly shaved wood chips tickle the palate. The mouthfeel is refreshing with a smooth finish that teases you into taking another sip. This is like a dark version of Hop Hearty so Iím not sure why I didnít like it as much. Maybe I will change my mind when I open another one.
AirForceHops (2561) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle from a trade, pours dirty dark brown with small off white head and nice lacing, aroma has a huge amount of citrus and pine on the nose, the flavor between the grapefruit, spruce/ pine hops and the malt is excellent. Well balanced. It has a lingering hop finish however, light bitterness. Wet, fresh hops. I like that it is mild on the bitterness. As it warms, chocolate malt comes out. Medium body gives it high drinkability. Really well made. Iím glad I have 5 more bottles!
Drake (7839) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from cbfobes. Thanks! Pours a clear dark ruby color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Aroma of floral and resin hop notes with roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. The taste is big roasty notes, citrus and resin hop notes, some caramel sweetness and just a faint bit of soy. Medium bodied with a lingering hop bitterness.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by STL Will. Pours with a deep brown near black body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are very fruity and citrusy, hop forward, pine, chocolate, estery and grapefruit. Flavors are a bit on the sweet side for me, estery, chocolate, floral, fruit, pine, molasses. Finishes somewhat dry. Lively bubbles, medium bodied.
arkurzynski (1370) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown to black. Pine, pine, pine! Aroma full of piney NW hops. A mild amount of roasted malt. New Glarus nailed the aroma, as it is a lot less muddled than other BIPAís Iíve had. Flavor is moderate piney hops along with mild roasted malt, brown sugar, toffee. Some lingering roast and hop bitterness. Clean, smooth taste overall as can always be expected. Flavor is not as in your face as aroma, but still good. Another great take by New Glarus!
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured medium-deep brown with garnet highlights and a creamy, well-retained beige head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up pine, grapefruit, and some floral hoppage over biscuit and chocolatey malts.. the hops were fresh, vibrant, and enjoyable. The flavor found spicy and citrusy bitterness over mostly chocolate malt.. touches of vanilla down there too.. just a hair astringent in the end, but otherwise very tasty. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. balance was very good.. Iíll drink more of these.