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RATINGS: 303   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 Wisconsin’s miles of licorice ribbons of ink that meander through armies of corn and bovine mowed fields. Enjoy the journey on a road less traveled.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle:   Root beer in color, moderate to large sandy head, nice lacing.   Seems a shade lighter than others.   Soft roasted malts, also soft citrusy/pithy hop on the nose.   Pale roasted malts, slight pith on the tongue.   Seems a very light Black IPA.   Seems more like a Black Pale Ale to me.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Clean finish, but not bitter, not terribly roasty either.   Its like its starts out (aroma) as a Black IPA, but quickly seems to be lesser than that.   If you want something very roasty, this aint it.   If you want something very hoppy, this is not it either.   If you want a lighter example of the style this will be the one you want.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6250) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
On tap at GABF 2011. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet citrus and pine with a malty chocolate background. Some bitter pine hops and sweet oranges, very light chocolate malts and toast. Quite nice, smooth and easygoing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6134) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
8/10/12. 12oz bottle from cbfobes! Dark brown pour with a nice khaki head that lasts. Big citrus, dank, and fruity aroma with hints of chocolate. Nice citrus and hoppy flavor as well with lingering milk chocolate and a hint of roast. Delish.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2014
12 oz bottle and served in a nonic pint glass; Pours a mahogany brown hue with frothy fading head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of citrus, pine, roast, anise, char,, pipe tobacco and bread. The taste is mostly ashy roast with a fair amount of fruity hops and faint diacetyl. The mouth feel is tannic and tea-baggy, very dry and honestly not has refreshing as i would like. Color me disappointed for I had high hopes for this beer since NG does such a nice job with most styles but this one is just to mundane and flawed to make me ever want another, alas I have another bottle from the "winner box" to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6108) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
bottle, black pour, medium bodied. more roasty than hoppy. chocolate malts, heavy roast, medium citrus pine hop presence, pretty good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"the hoppy stuff has been the only chink in the new glarus armor. nothing bad, but definitely not standouts like the fruit beers...or the wheats...or the barleywines...or the lagers :) this ended up being a very nice, well-done session ale. lighter in all aspects than the majority of black ipas i;ve had, but very pleaseant and well balanced at the same time. reminded me of the hop and malt profile of odell mnt standard, and awesome black ipa...just a ton lighter. easy drinking and refreshing, though. thanks Lou, for the liver damage!"

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5873) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Draft at the brewery. For a beer with "black" in the name, this is surprisingly reddish-brown. It has a frothy, tan top. Drinks with a rich, caramel malt edge and a sweet topping. Middle of the road body. I’m not much of a fan of the black IPA "style", but this is drinkable enough. (#5118, 7/3/2013)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
12 oz bottle thanks to Kan. Cheers! Pours a roasty blackish brown hue, decent haze as the edges throw a glowing ruby reddish hue, light, not an opaque beer, just darker, more brownish with a moderate cakey brownish head atop. Dies to a decent layer, laces well enough. Aromas are a melange of citrusy grapefruit and floral hops, lemons and roasty malts come into focus, some biscuits, touches of pine dance on the nose. A good deal of grapefruit, yet letting the malt body kick the tires a bit. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter, leaving a nice impression of floral and citrusy grapefruit hops up front, some touches of mango and melon, dancing into roasty malts, biscuits, and toast. A gentle appeal, the flavors work well together. A rich hop presence with pine and roast, lingering citrus and florals dancing into the backend and lingering on the palate. Gentle roast, a touch of cocoa and toast, nice hopping. Simple, yet the hop profile is prolonged and fairly complex. The malt body doesn’t get too big, instead remaining quite light and drinkable, how the style should be. Lingering toast, roast, firm fruity and citrusy hops which temper into that earth and more gentle pine in the back, playing well with the darker and roasty malts. Pretty damn good. I like a wide variety in this "style", but prefer a lighter malt body girth with fruity hops, not just pine. So this works well for me. Just a hint of anise further in..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Sampled during GTMW 2011 and picked up a six pack at Monroe Beverage Center in Monroe, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit zest, some tangerine, black licorice, and roasted dark malt. Taste is not as potent piney as its aroma, flavors of roasted dark malt, a hint of chocolate, black licorice, tangerine and spearmint. Finish is quite smooth, a mild bitterness that slowly disappears and leaves behind a tropical fruit and roasted dark malt aftertaste. One of the more mild black IPAs I’ve tried. Yet a great winner.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5085) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a watery brown with some foamy, beige head. Nose of rubber, toast, pine, orange peel. Flavors of brown malts, toast, crackers, orange. Clean finish. Solid.


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