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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
napdynmite (54) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pours a beautiful black. Aroma has notes of pine and citrus with molasses undertones. An unexpected experience and worth another glass.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle->SA. Mahogany with medium tan head. A: strong pine and grassy hops, resin, forest. T: strong pine hops, dank and resiny, with notes of wet sour hay. Juicy, spicy. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (6474) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2013
12 oz bottle. (Kwik Trip) Lake Mills, WI.
Dark reddish brown colour with a small tan head. Grassy and fruity hops, liquorice, mild roasted malt and mild bitterness in a delicious aroma. Very balanced. The flavour is a bit more leaning to a porter and the aroma to an IPA. Roasted malt, bitterness, berries and grassy hops in the flavour. Nice and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Thanks bullzeye. Juicy hoppy aroma. No blackness in aroma. Nice foam. Thinner than I thought it would be. Highly drinkable. Nice roasty IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1427) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bottle: Dark brown with an off-white head with a warm inviting aroma of juniper, apricot, a piece of rye bread in the toaster, and grapefruit. Hoppy flavors but not overpowering. Creamy feel, very nice. Thick bitter aftertastes with lots of juniper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2313) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 22, 2013
12oz bottle brought back from Wisconsin. Dark brown with a lasting tan head. Soft light roast aroma. Big hoppy flavor and moderate bitterness. Soft roasted flavors are rounding out everything. Very nice CDA or Black IPA or whatever.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1650) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours nearly black with medium tan head. Smell is pine and citrus hops with dark roasted malts that take a backseat to the hops. Nice nose. Taste is mostly piney hops with some spicy and citrus notes. Dark malts some come off mild with medium to medium high bitterness where the spicy hops linger in the finish. Good.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Really? Do you just take all your "standard" beers and make them a mild ale of some sort? Come on. I love your fruits and unchained series, but this is shit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1384) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Shared from bottles into sampler glasses at Jason’s place, thanks Mike & Kelly! It poured a very dark brown colour with off-white head, long-lasting with lace. Very strong hoppy aromas, with complex grainbill smells underneath. Same goes for the flavour: all the delicious aspects of a porter or stout AND all the delicious aspects of a citrusy, resiny, fruity hob-bomb. Light-medium body and carbonation, lingering hoppy aftertastes. An excellent example of this new-fangled American Black IPA style. Absolutely delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TH28 (95) - - SEP 6, 2013
Appearance is jet black with a really creamy off white foam cap. Aroma is a true IPA with a strong citrus hop aroma. Also a bit of pine and floral aroma. Taste is a lightly roasted chocolate with hint of molasses, with a really well balanced hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, essential to make it taste like an IPA despite the dark malts. Finish is a perfect balance of deep roasted malt with a sharp IPA bitterness. A great example of the style


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