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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pablo951 (459) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
This is a great IPA in Black. A creeper of a hop aroma. Heavy on the hop light on the caramel full on the flavor!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TH28 (111) - - SEP 6, 2013
Appearance is jet black with a really creamy off white foam cap. Aroma is a true IPA with a strong citrus hop aroma. Also a bit of pine and floral aroma. Taste is a lightly roasted chocolate with hint of molasses, with a really well balanced hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, essential to make it taste like an IPA despite the dark malts. Finish is a perfect balance of deep roasted malt with a sharp IPA bitterness. A great example of the style

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshmcg000 (320) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Pours black with amber around the edges. Off white head that goes away pretty quick. Aroma is a beautiful explosion of floral and fruitiness, very intense. Smells almost exactly like Moon man, best smelling IPA ever. Taste is also very similar to Moon man as far as the hops are concerned. Very floral and hoppy with some pine and a hint of dark roasty malts...Doesnt taste at all like it looks. Even my burps taste awesome. One of my favorite hop blends in a beer ever. Very good brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a tan head. Nose is extremely aromatic and is JAM packed full of fruity/piney hops, showing notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lime zest, pine resin, and florals that almost completely drown out a faint note of chocolate and light roast. Flavor definately brings some more malt to the table with a healthy backbone of caramel, cocoa, black tea, and a hint of earth. Overall body is moderate and the bitterness is very well balanced. This style is usually such a disappointment, but NG definately delivers on this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Excellent brew from a great midwestern micro. Pours a dark, dark opaque brown with a very foamy tan head. Aroma a tad sweet with hops characteristics. Good hops body, but not overpowering. Hints of licorice. Light to medium build on the palate. Easy finish with a light, lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable Black IPA. New Glarus’ lineup continues to impress.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3270) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2011
The beer pours a deep brown, but more like a dark ruby red when held up to the light. The head is off white, very large and billowy, and has a few big loose bubbles, but keeps it tight for the most part. The beer leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very piney with some citrus rind, and light woodsy earthy notes creeping around in the background. The beer is very pungent, and very hoppy smelling. Like with many hoppy beers that smell great the aroma of this beer is on the verge of stunning but in no way complex. It smells like pine trees and fresh hops, and that’s awesome.

As noted by previous raters, it would be awful hard to pin this as a Black IPA while blindfolded. Yes, there is an earthy character to the beer, and there is a tiny bit of roasty bitterness in the finish.... but I feel like you’ve got to dig through enough hop flavor to find those elements that not seeing the color of the beer these flavors might be overlooked. Which of course leads me to the hopping, here we’ve got a lot of hop flavor particularly in that piney/citrusy "chinooky" vein, but it leaves out a lot of the over the top bitterness that a lot of the beers with this hop profile have. I like beers with that over the top bitterness, but this is really damn good too. Of course this is not to say that the beer is not bitter, it is, and very pleasantly so. But it’s far more fruity than it is bitter. The beer has a nice dry finish and an great lingering bitterness, it seems like every time IPAs finish like that it makes me drink them quickly and frequently. Needless to say this is right up my alley

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Very dark brown pour, a tan head. Aroma has a great juicy hop note up front followed by some roasty malt notes. Flavor is so smooth...hoppy but not overly bitter. The chocolate and sweet notes shine as well as the hops. Skillfully done!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Pours black with a thin head that lasts. Strong American hop aroma - citrus. Strong citrus hop flavor up front, hints of pine in the finish, with some roasted malt flavor that lingers, lightly sweet. Medium body, moderate hop bitterness. This is a wonderful beer. I have some congestion, so I may not be tasting the malt as much as I should, and well as the hops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with Tom and his buddy. Pours very dark chestnut brown, almost black in the right light, with a fat, frothy, creamy one-finger head. Nice spotty lacing. Aroma is pungently floral; lavander, resnious, jucicy pine and citrusy hops, creamy oats and malt. Tastes like a dead perefect hybrid of a juicy single IPA and a clean brown ale. Notes of orange, pear, and sweet, roasty malt. Body is very, very mild with a clean, smooth, soft palate. Finishes with a bit of chalkiness and some rich, yet subtle chocolate and peanut butter notes. Dang, what a great brew.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle. Light nose, some hoppiness. Jet black pour, with thin light tan head. Love the taste. Well integrated hops with coffee and maltiness - nice black ipa that isn’t over the top. Good palate, lingers nicely.


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