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RATINGS: 301   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhilDBrewer (50) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Pours a deep, dark brown - not really black. Aroma is phenominal - grapefruit, pine, citrus. Medium bodied. Tastes of grapefruit and pine hops coupled with roasted malts. This is incredibly enjoyable - one of my absolute favorite beers and, in my opinion, the benchmark for what a black IPA should taste like.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mediamarv (3) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2012 does not count
Nice hops balance with malt flavors, satisfying finish. I had more than one and enjoyed the second one just as much. Curses that I can’t get this in CA on tap... not yet any way!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiGuy68 (411) - Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2013
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. Poured a rich dark brown with a lasting, frothy, light brown head . Big hop aroma and taste. My favorite New Glarus beer to date.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erzengel (2607) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2013
12fl.oz.-bottle. Toller hopfenaromatischer Geruch. Der Antrunk ist toll aromatisch, gepaart mit röstmalzigen Tönen, die zum Hauptteil hin stärker werden. Dazu angenehm herb. Der Hauptteil ist toll ausgewogen zwischen der hopfenaromatischen Herbe und dem malzigen, röstmalzigen Körper. Der Nachgeschmack ist toll-aromatisch, schön ausgewogen. --> super tolles Bier! 14/12/15/15

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Pours to a deep garnet hued brown-mahogany body with a thin, creamy, off-white head. The aroma has a metric boat load of juicy fruity hops. Grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, fruit zests, and balanced with some spruce or pine hops. It’s been awhile since hops have been this nice in a beer. The flavor actually works really well. I am not normally a huge fan of Black IPAs. Most often, the malts really don’t work with the hops. In this case, it works really well. Bright citrus and pine hops with a lightly bitter chocolate and sweet brown sugars/molasses. The palate is crisp and refreshing and yet moderately bitter. Very balanced with a moderate carbonation. I will be buying more of this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2224) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Pretty good beer. Generally I don’t care for dark hoppy brews, but there are exceptions and this is one of them. Poured a lovely, light tan, thick, foamy, billowy head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a very dark, clear garnet with some bubble trails (seen with a flashlight). Aroma is very hoppy with pine, citrus, and pineapple predominant along with malt. Flavor is similar to nose and I don’t pick up much of the roastiness that I expected. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is fairly long, ending with fresh hop. Good drinking beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2012
This is my sixth bottle of this beer and I have love every one. Beer pours dark brown color with a retained tan colored head. Aroma is very pleasent with chocolate and fresh pine also some toast. Taste is a beautiful amalgem of sweet and bitter, somewhat like dark chocolate. Another awesome New Glarus brew. Amazing!!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhp40219 (304) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Pours a murky dark brown with a nice light tan head and lots of lacing. Nose is citrus, pine, hops, chocolate, caramel, and malts. Taste is citrus, lemon, black pepper, hops, caramel all perfectly balanced with some faint chocolate. Creamy palate with light carbonation. Finish is dry with a nice citrus taste that lingers. Another winner from arguably America’s best brewery!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lemke10 (784) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Pours a dark brown/black color with a slight fluffy, off-white head. Scent has chocolate malts, molasses, and bitter hops in the mix. Basically the taste is a more robust version of an IPA. It still has a bitter taste throughout but is nicely complimented by the sweet tastes of chocolate and molasses. A very complex beer that overloads the taste buds at first making for a great sipping beer. A great brew using a more unique style that you just don’t find too many of in your local beer store. A must try!


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