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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 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1387) - Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled, khaki head that retains fairly well in this glass. Piney hops, grapefruit rinds, chocolate malts on the nose. I was expecting a palatable IPA base when you consider the New Glarus IPAís made in the past, and thatís exactly what I got out of it. Itís balanced quite well ; roasty, chocolate, molasses, grapefruit, and piney hops rounds it out, with a very drinkable feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2224) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
More malty than a typical black IPA but thatís a positive in this case. Smells like some real PNW hops in the aroma. Pure pine. Biscuit and light caramels.beautiful presentation as always. Clear dark brown. Light tan foam. Understated. Perfect. With some fun. Love New Glarus style. Perfect like Sierra but with a real soul.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
12oz bottle picked up this weekend at new glarus... Pours an earthy dirty brown cola pour leaning more towards the brownish side and topped with a creamy light beige head... Solid fresh hop notes in the aroma with juicy citrus and piney for the majority with a touch of roasty malt working its way into the equation but no as prominent. Def fond of the aroma on this one... Chocolate and roast hit first in the flavor and quickly followed by a dank green citrusy profile. Body is somewhat flimsy borderline thin. Carbonation is adequate. Somewhat dry finish. Solid for sure but the aroma on this is more to my liking than what was presented from the flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a tan head. Nose is extremely aromatic and is JAM packed full of fruity/piney hops, showing notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lime zest, pine resin, and florals that almost completely drown out a faint note of chocolate and light roast. Flavor definately brings some more malt to the table with a healthy backbone of caramel, cocoa, black tea, and a hint of earth. Overall body is moderate and the bitterness is very well balanced. This style is usually such a disappointment, but NG definately delivers on this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1852) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
12oz bottle. Wow, now this is a bad ass Black IPA, it really tastes like a true IPA. Dan knows how to manipulate brews. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, coffee ande lots of citrussly / pliny hops. Taste is hoppy, grapefruit and pinelike hops. Medium body, soft carbonation, well balanced between the malty and hoppy elements with a lasting bitter finish. Very nice and easy drinking.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshmcg000 (334) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Pours black with amber around the edges. Off white head that goes away pretty quick. Aroma is a beautiful explosion of floral and fruitiness, very intense. Smells almost exactly like Moon man, best smelling IPA ever. Taste is also very similar to Moon man as far as the hops are concerned. Very floral and hoppy with some pine and a hint of dark roasty malts...Doesnt taste at all like it looks. Even my burps taste awesome. One of my favorite hop blends in a beer ever. Very good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1420) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle from Discount Waukesha. Pours a dark brown - interesting in that typically dark browns donít look brown, they look black, however this is very brownish - with a fine off white head. Nice lacing in spots down the glass. Aroma is pure hops. Pine. Sweet citrus. All grass, all the time. Great aroma for an ipa. Taste is grape licorice, chocolate, some roated malts. Very little taste presence of the hoppy aroma. Sweet fruit and malt, but little hops. Finishes a bit short. Thrilled me into the taste, and that is where Stone has this style covered ... through the taste. Drinkable, yet disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1183) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
(bottle) Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and a large cream colored head with plenty of lacing. Aroma is a strong punch of citrus, with plenty of grapefruit and some light pine matched up with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Gets more earthy, resinous, and herbal as it warms up a bit. Flavor has plenty of chocolate, roasted malt, orange zest, and grapefruit. Finish is lightly earthy and bitter with a lingering roasty finish. Hint of iced tea mid-palate. Mouthfeel is fairly light and carbonation is quite low. Overall this is just an alright black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1177) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy, piney, reminds me of NG IIPA. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is bitter, roasty, chocolate, with a clean bitter hop finish. One of the better Black IPAs that I have tried, but I am still not a huge fan of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (662) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Interesting beer to try out...love NG so letís see how this one performs...12 oz bottle from Sonoma in Delavan...pours almost black with tan head and, wow, hoppy nose....more hops than my current NG favorite....Moon Man...with a blend with malty hidden layers....an excellent BLACK IPA...only problem this one is that it canít be aged...bet that the hops will fade...guess Iíll just to have to finish this off soon....


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