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RATINGS: 317   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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4.1
ARH (1125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. It’s rather citrusy (a bit unexpected for a black IPA) and grassy, with only a slight roasted note. Later, toffee starts to dominate and a light coffee and bread crust emerge to join the citrus and grass. It’s a deep and dark, but clear mahogany color, with a very light, near-white, tan, dense head that leaves an abundant dense lace and retains a webbed surface and medium ring. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium sweet. The beer is a crisp beer, with a light fizz carbonation, an oily and a bit sticky texture, and a medium full body. There are burnt notes on the palate along with molasses, toast, raisin sweetness, and there’s bitter rind and licorice at the finish. The aftertaste is dry with a bread crust flavor.

3.8
_angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle received in trade. Thank you hackobock! Pours dark blackish brown with a creamy beige head that leaves some sticky lacing and trace in the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly malty, tiny fruity and tiny herbal with roasted malts, burnt caramel, grapefruit juice, freshly cut grass, pine needles, dark roast coffee, minerals and orange zest. Taste is bitter and slightly fruity with roasted malts, burnt caramel, grapefruit juice, unripe mango, dark roast coffee, freshly cut grass, pine needles, salty liquorice hard candy, moist soil, kumquats and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, astringent and light to medium bodied. Finish is bitter with roasted malts, grapefruit juice, unripe mango, freshly cut grass, pine needles, liquorice, moist soil, minerals, ash and lemon zest. Rock solid Black IPA! An easy to drink treat!

3.8
hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
December 30, 2014. Bottle at home, bottled on october 6, 2014.
Dark brown with a creamy dense off-white head. Aroma is sweet ripe pineapple, mango, red berries pine and faint roasted coffee notes. Taste is sweet ripe tropical fruits, light grassy and roasted bitterness. Finish is light bitter with light sweet fruits and light coffee. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

3.2
delnoche (516) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2014
12fl oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Very dark brown with two fingers off white head. Aroma is subtle candy and piney hops. Flavor is basically the same. The hops flavor intensifies for the duration of the long finish. A mellow good-tasting brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle: Deep brown, chestnut body. Translucent at the edges only with a frothy khaki foam that plumps up nicely. Aroma of citrus & grapefruit peel, lightly bitter pines, & a deep undercurrent of semi-bitter roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate sweetness creeping in the back. Maybe some very faint coffee grounds, too. Hint of char. Flavor has a nice balance of the roasted malts, mild ashiness, & burnt cacao bean blending with overtones of pine, grapefruit pith, & bitter citrus rind. Slight balance of sweetness on the back-end from the dark malts. Never swings too far one way, though. Balanced, albeit a touch mild overall. Still a nice, easy drink for the style, though. Not bad.

3.6
Atom (2453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark cola brown win ruby highlights and a large khaki head. Aroma of sweet citrusy resinous pine, with mild chocolate and slight roasted malt. Taste is sweet, resinous bright citrus hops, chocolate malt, with a solid bitterness on the finish. Pretty decent.

3.4
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle, pours a dark reddish-brown body with a light brown head. Aroma of fresh citrus/pine hops with some roasted malts and licorice. Taste is mainly roasted malts, piney hops, and a little cocoa/licorice.

3.6
slowrunner77 (12044) - 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!"

3.6
knickskicks (1162) - - SEP 7, 2014
Dark brown pour, tan head. Nose is piney, roasted malts, hop resin, slight veggies. Taste is pine, a touch of coffee, roasted malts. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish.

3.2
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
On draft at the brewery. Aroma of fresh, piney, leafy and lightly fruity hop, some background caramel sweetness and toasted, dark bread, some faint cocoa as well and slight coffee tones. Rather complex, all in all. Clear dark brown in color, head is very fine, slight and lasting. Flavor profile is likewise full of piney, fresh hops, darkly toasted malts, somewhat husky grains and chocolate, finish is all hop bitterness and lingering, leafy, piney flavor. Slightly prickly mouthfeel, lightly resinous with a medium body. Good, for sure, but not what I would call an outstanding example of the style.


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