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RATINGS: 292   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 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (663) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle. Nice black IPA. Nose and taste very similar with nice balanced hop profile, chocolate malt, and molasses. Light on the palate yet nice body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTStiles (660) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 pours black with a lasting beige head and some lacing. aroma is sweet dark malt and some hop acidity. taste is bitter dark malt with piney hops. finish is juicy and bitter. a rare beer whose last sip is its best.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (660) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour. Smell citrusy. Tastes sweet with bitter finish. Very smooth mouth feel. Excellant black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Pine aroma galore. Smooth chocolate malt palate. Light to mid hops. Lots going on. Solid black ipa.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (642) - USA - JUN 4, 2012
Solid citrus and pine hops on aroma. Some slight malt on nose, slightly sweet roast. Pretty black brown dark red when held up to the light. Taste is thoroughly pine hops with spots of citrus brightness coming through. Gentle malt roast is expressed side by side with hops with some elegance. Not too heavy handed for a black ipa. very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (631) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
LSU Game Day Tasting. Notes are pretty sparse on this brew. The roasted malts doesnít over power the natural hoppiness of the and IPA. One of the best Black IPAís I Iíve ever had. Bottle - Tasted at Sharing

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (598) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown, not really black. Aroma is pretty standard for an IPA, some citrus. Taste is some citrus and a bit of nice roasted malts. Not too bad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (593) - 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....

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekoerper (587) - Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Nice bright, floral hop aromas greet the nose, grapefruit and some tropical fruit, a touch of roast malt lingers in the background but mostly hides behind the fresh hops. Pours black, not quite opaque, large tan head has very good retention and leaves spotty lacing. Flavor: fresh fruity hops, moderately high bitterness, some coffee and roast notes, pine, a touch of chocolate. Medium body, somewhat creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (584) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours a dark, almost reddish-brown. Malt and hops in the aroma. Hop bitterness, coupled with malty sweetness. Some hints of coffee, chocolate, even licorice in the flavor. My first sip was very alcohol-heavy; after that, the booze flavor settled down quite a bit. This is an interesting, flavorful beer.


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