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RATINGS: 300   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SirADNielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Gabf. Black appearance with a bubbly, tan head. Moderately piney, organic hoppy, mild roasty malty aroma. Fairly bitter, piney hoppy, burnt roasty flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
355mL thanks to dkachur. Pours a deep brown to black with a rocky, thick, tan head. Awesome retention and big lace. Nose is very melon and tropical fruity with jackfruit, cantaloupe, and pineapple. Taste is bitter, tropical, melony, tropical. Very intense and very fruity hop nose. Pink grapefruit intensity. Excellent Black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
12 ounce bottle from cbfobes. Thanks! Pours a clear dark ruby color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Aroma of floral and resin hop notes with roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. The taste is big roasty notes, citrus and resin hop notes, some caramel sweetness and just a faint bit of soy. Medium bodied with a lingering hop bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8170) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose/taste of cocoa, dry dark malt, old citrus, molasses, resin and pine. Some off notes in deep background. Dark roast finish with some resin. Medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
bottle.
dark brown body, off-white head.
cocoa / chocolate / old coffee / roast nose.
light egg shell sulfur.
mild hop aromatics (grassy, citrusy).
medium-light body, watery late.
mostly smooth carbonation, lightly coarse graininess.
easy to drink but somewhat muddled and unexciting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle shared by STL Will. Pours with a deep brown near black body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are very fruity and citrusy, hop forward, pine, chocolate, estery and grapefruit. Flavors are a bit on the sweet side for me, estery, chocolate, floral, fruit, pine, molasses. Finishes somewhat dry. Lively bubbles, medium bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. Dark brownish-black with a touch of red around the edges. Medium tan head that dissipates steadily, and stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, pine and hops. Medium body with a resiny hops character and notes of grapefruit and caramel malt. The finish is very clean with a moderately bitter piney hops aftertaste. Solid Black IPA overall.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle. Caramel malt and pine/orange peel aroma. Dark chestnut with large tan head. Sweet molasses/chocolate malt and moderately bitter pine flavor. Very tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
crossovert (7200) - Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Black IPAs, I usually hate them because they are really lame and un-thought-out recipes. Maybe NG can change my mind. 12 oz bottle. It pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Definitely looks nicer than most of these types of brews. The smell is really nice. It emanates from the glass even when you donít have your nose up to it. It smells like a big time dipa or something but with a hint of cocoa. It is nice and fresh which helps it. Very resiny. The flavor isnít as great, but it is better than most black ipas. It has a bitterness that lingers on the back of the tounge. The flavor is very citrusy with some sugary malt and a hint of roastiness on the back end. It is still kind of jumbled but at least black ipas are evolving into something a bit more drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2012
12oz bottle: pours a barely transparent blackish mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet dark caramel malty nose with some fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and dark malty sweetness with lots of fresh resinous hop flavor and clean bitterness finishing slightly drier and bittersweet. True to style and enjoyable.


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