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RATINGS: 305   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (763) - - SEP 7, 2014
Dark brown pour, tan head. Nose is piney, roasted malts, hop resin, slight veggies. Taste is pine, a touch of coffee, roasted malts. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (747) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (720) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (719) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a medium sized, light tan head that doesnít last all that long. The aroma gives you a strong citrus impression, with lots of grapefruit and pine. It has a malty balance of chocolate, some licorice, and light coffee as well. The taste has a heavy hoppy bitterness to it. Lots of pine, with milder grapefruit and chocolate. I still get hints of licorice. Aftertaste is short, with pine and some coffee. Medium bodied, lots of lively carbonation, with a very hoppy texture. I enjoyed this. Its a very good representative of this style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (706) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Dark pour toffee head. Nose is pine tar. Bitter. Middle is chocolate roasted malt. Finish is strong hop bitterness. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (703) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (686) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours black with a good size frothy head and good lacing. Aroma is pine, light roasted malts and caramel around the edges, earthy, and citrus hops -- really complex and enjoyable. Taste is a pretty good balance between sweet, lightly roasted malts and a moderately bitter lingering hop finish. Thereís nothing mind blowing about the taste, instead itís reserved and balanced. Palate is medium bodied but finishes a little dry. Decent example of the style. Aftertaste is great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Cheers to a nod to sanity and balance. The cirtusy and grassy nose hint at a hop dominated beer, as an IPA ought to be of course, but taking a sip, the balance really shines through. The most notable quality is the dance between resinous hop notes, and dark caramel and chocolate malts on the finish. This is bitter and sweet, refreshing and satiating all at the same time. Exactly what I was looking for on an unusually chilly summer afternoon in central VA

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (662) - 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....


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