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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1435) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Shared from bottles into sampler glasses at Jasonís 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 (111) - - 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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nero55 (720) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with medium tan head. Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops. Light body with hop bitterness upfront, notes of molasses and roasted malts, and some malt sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (704) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle brought back from the Medici retreat. Pours clear, mahogany brown, frothy khaki head with lacing. Nose of pine, cocoa, coffee, hazelnut, biscuits, cola and citrus notes. Really nice. On the palate, chocolate, caramel malts, nuts, earth, yeast, citrus hop bitterness on the finish. Not too resinous as many black IPA can be. Med to light bodied. Really solid sessionable black IPA ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demmbonz (529) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2013
12oz to nonic. Deep brown pour. Thin, persistent head. A nice malt and hop balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4351) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2013
This one poured a medium brown color with a beige head. Aroma was mostlygrasst and citrusy hops with a small note of roast. Flavor was more on the roasted side, yet still mainly citrusy hops. One of the better black ipas Iíve had.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2013
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three finger-thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head; the head subsides with a creamy texture, and quite a bit of loft. The beer is a concentrated brown color, that isnít quite black; it shows a clear, dark red-plum hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a pungent, sweet, ripe citrus character to it up front that reminds me of peak season tangerines. Supporting notes of guava, lychee, and canned mandarin oranges add to the expressive hop fruit character. There is an earthy dark malt character here that is noticeable at times underneath the dominant hop character; some light char, perhaps a touch of cold dark-roast coffee, as well as a toasted whole grain character, and a bit of burnt grain husk character.

Lots of dry citrus character up front has a bit of an edge to it, the hops get a bit more floral and tropical fruit like towards the finish, but the final finish has an herbal citrusy character that is a bit like essential citrus oil mingled with tropical fruit essence. The dark / roast malt plays a supporting role here, it is quite smooth, but provides a bit of a burnt edge, a touch of cold coffee in the finish, some charred grain, and even a bit of roasted / burnt wood character. The hop flavor has a bit more of an herbal edge to it than in the nose, it is still mostly fruit driven, but there are light notes of pine sap, some menthol character, and a general green herbal character that lingers on the palate along with a bitter hop character; the bitterness is also accentuated by the roasted malt. The body of this beer is quite light, extremely quaffable, without being watery though, as there is just a touch of viscosity to the brew.

This is clearly a brew meant for knocking back a couple pints. The beer is quite tasty, though I think I prefer the juiciness of the aroma a bit more than the flavor; heresy perhaps, but the body / malt is almost a bit too light to fully be able to support the hop character in the flavor department.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (962) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Draft at New Glarus. Tamarind color, offwhite head. Aroma is very piney, and also shows a healthy dose of molasses. Taste: molasses, chocolate, pine, big bitterness throughout. Thick, creamy body, average carbonation, long bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackfrost9p (270) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Kind of a mix of a porter and IPA. I thought it was very good and enjoyable. Nice hop bitterness mixed with some chocolate, vanilla and coffee notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1076) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Black,clear with red-plum hue. Light head receding quick to a ring and light lace. Very aromatic with nice fresh tropical fruits. Very smooth with medium body,lots of good hop refined mellow presence.Kind of a citrus/pine bitter. Nose and mouthfull of hops. Subtle roast with mild smooth chocolate. Malts come across more of a dark caramel. Tasting this blind you may not know its black although it does have a roasty edge maybe coffee possibly. Its so smooth and hoppy that you dont notice the roast much at all.


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