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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
12oz bottled 229th day of 2011--thank you Colin for the bottle! Clear deep ruby with a two finger light tan head, great retention. Big pine hop nose, some grapefruit pith and rind right behind. Toasty and chocolate malt are present, with a little roast supporting. Flavor follows suit, where the pine hops come together with the toast and light roast quite well with the chocolate sweetness. Not burnt at all in the dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 3. Smooth light to moderate carbonation with a medium body. Even at new styles (and ones Iím not a big fan of), Dan is still fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1276) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2011
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a creamy, decent sized beige head. Aroma is great--pine bursts out of the glass, with some grapefruit in there as well. Very little evidence of the "black" portion of this black IPA. Taste is pine up front, but then it melts into roasted malt and cocoa. Very, very nice. Medium mouthfeel, fairly dry, long finish. Really an enjoyable beer. Itís not fancy, it doesnít rely on gimmicks or edgy marketing, it is just an excellently crafted, high quality beer at a reasonable price...as is usually the case with New Glarus. I wish there were more breweries like this, and I wish New Glarus was available here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rustyham (1836) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1882) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8324) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RyanMM (416) - 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.

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