mikedR (873) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite style. This is an interesting take on black IPAs. Not as bitter or hoppy as is typical, nor as malty, but there's a wonderful flavor here that I can't pinpoint. Licorice? Don't use this as prototypical of the variety, but do try it!
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Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle served in a FFF pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown with some dark ruby/blood orange hues around the edges where the light hits. A one finger light khaki head forms on the pour and stick around for a while and leaves some splotchy, sticky lace down the glass.
S: I definitely get some citrus hops in the nose balanced out with a caramel malt backbone and some light chocolate as well. Itís a nice smell, but definitely different.
T: Definitely a different taste. Quite the maze of flavors. Biscuit malts with some light toffee and cocoa. The citrus hops come through in the very end with a finish of slight bitterness. Tastes more like a blend of beer.
M: Between medium and light bodied with great carbonation. Very drinkable with a bitter finish.
O: Not too bad. I felt the flavor profiles were sort of fighting for dominance with the hops just squeaking out a victory. I still donít know what to think of this "Black IPA" style.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-17-2011
beerbaaron (865) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a large fluffy off-white head that diminishes. some lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops. Medium body, full and clean on the palate. Very nice development. Complex. Great hop character. Balanced. Bright and clean.
SPDickerman (864) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark red with a large tan head. Smells of grapefruit and caramelized or candied fruits. Taste is bitter with hints of sweetness. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and and mild mouth-carbonation, New Glarus Black Top finishes with some bitterness.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Cocoa brown in appearance with ruby edges and a strong off-white cap that leaves a few sheets of lace down the sides of the glass.
The aroma bursts out of the glass with roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and grapefruit citrus notes.
Each sip starts with a dark, unsweetened chocolate flavor, some coffee, and a generous amount of roasted malt. It is moderately dry from the start. Later on, the sip turns juicy when a strong grapefruit hop presence comes through. The finish is fairly bitter, with enough hops to make me forget all about the dark roasted beginning.
There is a gentle stickiness to each sip. A creamy carbonation retains enough aggressiveness to wash my tongue clean after each sip. The body is right in the middle of the spectrum.
I definitely enjoy black IPAís, and this is a well made example of the style. Easily drinkable and something I would definitely have again.
JoePeesie (853) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
better than good, short of great. Pours a nice black, with a tan frothy head. I really donít find this to be an IPA. Its got a heavy malt finish that I feel really dominates the beer. Iím not sure what I would call this but I think the malt profile is the dominate feature here. Itís different, its worth try or trading for, but I felt it was short of magical.
olr1984 (851) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours deep dark brown with large off white head. Hop aroma. Hop chocolate taste.
ICEatALAMO (849) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at brewery. The pour is a very dark brown. The aroma is malty with faint hops. The taste is good, nice hops. One of the better black ipas.
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drsordr (846) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour dark woody brown. Nose surprisingly sweet with some fruit hop. Taste some citrus up font followed by mid palate sweetness. Some fruit. Roast comes through more inn the late palate and finish
574deadzone (844) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep dark brown/red (black) with a sizable rocky, tight-bubbled khaki head that leaves lots of clingy, soapy lace. Nose is nice and complex: lots of dank pine, deep grapefruit and orange, some chocolate, some sweet caramel, molasses, just a great combo of sweeter malt and big juicy, sticky hops. The taste is nice and bitter, but very well balanced by the sweetness. Palate is medium bodied, tingly, with a very long bitter hop finish. A seriously stellar black IPA, about as clean (non-roasty or stouty) as Iíve had, prefect strength, just really enjoyable.