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RATINGS: 314   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3505) - 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 (876) - 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 (5283) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2386) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Pretty good beer. Generally I donít care for dark hoppy brews, but there are exceptions and this is one of them. Poured a lovely, light tan, thick, foamy, billowy head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a very dark, clear garnet with some bubble trails (seen with a flashlight). Aroma is very hoppy with pine, citrus, and pineapple predominant along with malt. Flavor is similar to nose and I donít pick up much of the roastiness that I expected. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is fairly long, ending with fresh hop. Good drinking beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2011
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!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2000) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2011
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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4032) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 21, 2011
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!


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