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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 Wisconsin’s miles of licorice ribbons of ink that meander through armies of corn and bovine mowed fields. Enjoy the journey on a road less traveled.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2011
bottle. pours black with foamy off white head. a big juicy fruit aroma, not really an interested hop character here, subtle sweet beechwood smoke, chocolately malts are undertones. flavors are rather sweet, dulled ashy chocolate mess, juicy fruit hop notes, citrus, licorice finish. med body. just not digging this take on a black ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2165) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Nice floral hoppy aroma. Brown in color with a khaki head. A bit thin-bodied, dry hoppy. The hops really linger on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Black pour with garnet hints. Every facet of this beer is dominated by grapefruit. And evergreen-citrus. A hint of roast to round out the style. Awesome!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Ruby brown with a large slowly dissipating brown crown. Aroma of pine and resinous hops, cat pee, some dark malt, mild chocolate. Taste is hoppy up front and sweeter in the middle with a mild bitter finish that grows a bit. Pine, citrus, caramel, peppery yeast and notes of alcohol along with roasted malt and sugar round out the bill. A bit of artificial sweetness on the finish as well, the beer is almost too sweet. Much better than non descript moon man.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle shared by dkachur. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is roast, earthy and minty malt, chocolate malt with prunes and raisins. Flavor is roast and chocolate malt, light coffee, prunes and raisins, earthy hops with fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
355mL thanks to dkachur. Pours a deep brown to black with a rocky, thick, tan head. Awesome retention and big lace. Nose is very melon and tropical fruity with jackfruit, cantaloupe, and pineapple. Taste is bitter, tropical, melony, tropical. Very intense and very fruity hop nose. Pink grapefruit intensity. Excellent Black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekoerper (590) - Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Nice bright, floral hop aromas greet the nose, grapefruit and some tropical fruit, a touch of roast malt lingers in the background but mostly hides behind the fresh hops. Pours black, not quite opaque, large tan head has very good retention and leaves spotty lacing. Flavor: fresh fruity hops, moderately high bitterness, some coffee and roast notes, pine, a touch of chocolate. Medium body, somewhat creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Chocolate malts, rye, and citrus aromas. Pours dark and tastes bitter and sweet. Flavors of rye, pine, chocolate, coffee, and citrus intermingle nicely. Very nice black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
12oz bottle. Rating #37. This was an outstanding beer. Real nice blend of light roast and hops, really enjoyed the few swallows that I had and I wish I had a few more. (1923)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9464) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Gabf. Black appearance with a bubbly, tan head. Moderately piney, organic hoppy, mild roasty malty aroma. Fairly bitter, piney hoppy, burnt roasty flavor.


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