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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2012
12oz bottle purchased at Pick ní Save outside of Milwaukee. Pour is black with almost no head. This beer reminds me a lot of another Wisconsin favorite - Sprecher Black Bavarian. The fantastic mix of chocolate and toasty malt blends with the sharp bitterness and piney character of a top-notch IPA. This beer does really shows off the potential of black IPA by combining the best of both worlds in a mix that is better than either beer separately. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Pours from the bottle a sable red/black with a medium cream head clinging all over the glass - wonderful appearance. Has a bright spruce aroma. Taste is spruce, coffee and a mild background flavor of whiskey. The aftertaste is very dry and lingering. This is one of my favorite easy-to-drink, local beers of the moment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours a dark brown, aromas of pine and citrus, sweet malty characteristics along with citrus and hops, very unique!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1974) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Black with a large fluffy off-white head that diminishes. some lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops. Medium body, full and clean on the palate. Very nice development. Complex. Great hop character. Balanced. Bright and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Yessir, another Black IPA. I know there is a lot of animosity towards this style, but I absolutely love it. Combines my love of stouts and IPAs into one nice black, hoppy pour. This pours brownish black with tannish head that fades nicely. Big floral hops and even bigger citrus notes. Tastes fantastic. Chocolate, roasted malts, citrus and pine and just a hint of licorice too. The body is not too heavy and this is easily a beer I could go back to for many glasses. Overall this is a up there with Hop in the Dark and comes in just after Fate Brewingís Black IPA. If I could get more in AZ Iíd be a very happy man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2013
My favorite style. This is an interesting take on black IPAs. Not as bitter or hoppy as is typical, nor as malty, but there's a wonderful flavor here that I can't pinpoint. Licorice? Don't use this as prototypical of the variety, but do try it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Very enjoyable black ipa. Aroma and taste convey fresh pine and hay. There is also some flavor of coffee and cocoa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Pours nearly black with a 1-2 finger biege head that has good retention and leaves a couple specs of lacing here and there. Aroma is huge, bursting from the moment the bottle is cracked with a full gamut of IPA hop notes, citrus, tropical fruit, pine, bright floral notes abound, some nutty, chocolate and caramel notes can be found as well, but the hops really steal the show. Flavor is sweet caramel, toasted nuts and chocolate up front, but they are all prettty subdued and quickly overtaken by the delicious hops. It doesnít taste quite a brightly hoppy as it smells and along with the citrus, pine, and floral notes present in the aroma there is a distinct spicy, herbal note and the tropical fruit doesnít seem to make an appearance until the lightly bitter, mineral and somewhat nutty finish. Palate is light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation, creamy, slightly sticky entry and pretty dry, mineral finish. Really this reminds me quite a bit of Moon Man, even the mineral notes, just cranked up a notch or two and with just enough dark malt to make it (nearly) black. In this case that is a great thing. Delicious stuff. I really like the hop blends they are putting out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvike (3205) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle - Deep mahogany pour with a huge foamy light tan head. The nose is pungent citrus hops with a touch of pine. Fresh and dry, with actually pretty little malt presence--just a touch of light chocolate sweetness. Smells a lot like Moon Man, actually. The malt comes out a bit more in the taste. The initial flavor is all hops--fruity and citrusy. Then the malt comes through, but real delicate. Cocoa and light notes of dark bread, with a finish that transitions back into the citrus/pine combo. Would be a little heavy to drink more than one or two, but man--this was good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (755) - 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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