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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.6
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Black with big, foamy, tan head / Bright nose of weed, cut pine, and citrus / Medium body, chewy, big hops but creamy and smooth, lots of fruit body, with excellent balance and bitter finish / Flavors of weed, cut pine, cream, orange, toast, and grapefruit / A terrific black ipa.

4
kaser (6430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Poured from a bottle at Thirsty Horse. Reddish brown dark pour. Good lacing on the head. Smells awesome - fresh IPA aroma. Taste is deep rich chocolate and molasses. Very good beer

3.7
mcberko (19869) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
12 oz. bottle, bonus’d to me by ekoerper (thanks Ed), pours a deep dark brown / black with a medium foamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, spruce trees, and citrus and piney hops. Flavour brings out caramel and roasted malts upfront, a bit of chocolate, and a solid but slightly underwhelming citrus hop backing. Well-balanced, though perhaps slightly weak on the hop profile, or maybe I’ve become jaded by these over-the-top black IPAs - it seems like more of a hoppy brown ale. Whatever it is, it’s well-constructed and highly drinkable. Great stuff.

4.2
beerbaaron (1997) - 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.

4.3
Lemke10 (996) - 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!

3.3
dekester1 (371) - Town of Maple Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Poured a nice dark, clear brown/red with a moderate head that slowly faded to a nice lacing. Aroma was primarily of the hops - piney, fruity (pear). Taste was similar with a mix of piney, pear, apricot hop flavors and a subtle malty backbone. Although hoppy, the finish was not too bitter. Palate was very nice. Overall, this is a complex IPA that works well for those of us that are not big IPA fans to begin with.

3.1
sjohnny (686) - - JAN 18, 2013
Pine and citrus hops and some malt in the aroma. Very dark brown almost black with a thick foamy light tan head. Roasted malt with a slight cocoa hint. Pine and citrus hops. Medium bodied. Surprisingly good despite the hops.

4.2
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!

2.9
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours deep brown. Nose is citrus, pines, grapefruit, roast, some earthy sugary sweet malts. Flavor is citrus, grassy, and piney hops with a dry tart malt character of roast. Light body. Not super special.

3.8
akoeninger (776) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Thick giant tan head. Brown color. Citrus and piney aroma. Taste is hop forward but with a smooth malt finish.


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