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RATINGS: 301   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9697) - 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 (8440) - 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 (589) - 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 (598) - 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 (2880) - 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 (9090) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Pours a jet black with eggshell head. Aroma hits like a brick to the face and is full of citrus, pine, and hoppy goodness. The taste is remarkably hoppy, but smooth and easy drinking. A bit of maltyness comes through right at the end. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3270) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2011
The beer pours a deep brown, but more like a dark ruby red when held up to the light. The head is off white, very large and billowy, and has a few big loose bubbles, but keeps it tight for the most part. The beer leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very piney with some citrus rind, and light woodsy earthy notes creeping around in the background. The beer is very pungent, and very hoppy smelling. Like with many hoppy beers that smell great the aroma of this beer is on the verge of stunning but in no way complex. It smells like pine trees and fresh hops, and thatís awesome.

As noted by previous raters, it would be awful hard to pin this as a Black IPA while blindfolded. Yes, there is an earthy character to the beer, and there is a tiny bit of roasty bitterness in the finish.... but I feel like youíve got to dig through enough hop flavor to find those elements that not seeing the color of the beer these flavors might be overlooked. Which of course leads me to the hopping, here weíve got a lot of hop flavor particularly in that piney/citrusy "chinooky" vein, but it leaves out a lot of the over the top bitterness that a lot of the beers with this hop profile have. I like beers with that over the top bitterness, but this is really damn good too. Of course this is not to say that the beer is not bitter, it is, and very pleasantly so. But itís far more fruity than it is bitter. The beer has a nice dry finish and an great lingering bitterness, it seems like every time IPAs finish like that it makes me drink them quickly and frequently. Needless to say this is right up my alley

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (806) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Black w/ tan head. Fresh piney aroma. I like this. Itís an IPA but itís not an overwhelmingly hoppy IPA, which I liked. Pronounced yet mellow citrus hops balanced with a solid caramel biscuit malt baseline. Full bodied; texture is fairly creamy. Solid and unique. Another fantastic offering from New Glarus.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Sampled during GTMW 2011 and picked up a six pack at Monroe Beverage Center in Monroe, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit zest, some tangerine, black licorice, and roasted dark malt. Taste is not as potent piney as its aroma, flavors of roasted dark malt, a hint of chocolate, black licorice, tangerine and spearmint. Finish is quite smooth, a mild bitterness that slowly disappears and leaves behind a tropical fruit and roasted dark malt aftertaste. One of the more mild black IPAs Iíve tried. Yet a great winner.


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