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RATINGS: 310   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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4.4
pcampbel (2) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2011 does not count
Very good balance of flavors. Nice and hoppy with clear undertones of malt. Bitterness of hops blends nicely with the smooth malt taste. Extremely enjoyable, maybe would have liked a little more malt flavor though. Something I hope NG continues to produce.

3.6
badgerben (5283) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Skyview V, 11/11/11. Courtesy of Skyview. Dark brown color with a small head. Very piney aroma with light vegetal notes. Light bitterness and roasted notes.

3.8
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 12 oz. bottle from wherever my providers bought it. Ar: Citrus zest nose with some resin as well. Nice tropical fruit flavors. Not much roastiness coming through for me on the nose. Ap: Pours a deep black-brown with red streaks. Frothy manila head dissipates quickly. T: Moderate deep roast up front, but really not dominant roast going on here. The finish shows nice hop character; a touch of citrus and a wealth of pine show through. P: Medium body, maybe a tad thinner than medium. Lively carbonation. O: Had to bump this up a couple notches. Really well done.

3.4
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
bottle... dark brown body, a bit lighter on the fringe, a big light tan head, creamy with great retention, good looking beer... this aroma is really solid, bursting with soapy hops, grass, and rounded roast... tastes good but the finish is dead and a let down, could drink several of these

4
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle to glass. Picking up notes of pine and citrus. Some dark malt notes as well. Black/dark brown color with white head. Has a sweetness to it, but also has a very nice bitterness from the hops. I love this beer. This is an awesome black IPA. This is a good template for black IPAs

3.9
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bottle from Jeff, thanks! Pour is a dark black, with an off white head that fades to decent lacing. Sticky. Aroma is all about pine: Spruce boughs, juniper, white pine resins. Some roasty malt in there as well. Taste is again pine forward, with some light floral aspects. Lots of burnt roasted malt on the back end mixed with spruce. Not bad at all, but with the heavy pine I can’t see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting. EDIT: I lied. After the initial pine bomb, this really grew on me.

3.2
ryanfolty (2585) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Date: November 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: MN Gathering @ Skyview V Brown pour, hoppy aroma and similar taste with some malty flavor.

3.3
BVery (11238) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at MN Gathering @ Skyview V. Darker brown pour with a slushy off-white head. Aroma was fresh hops, nut, and vegetables. Medium palate. Taste was caramel, nut, hops, and malt. Decent brew.

3.9
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Hazy brown body with faint off-white head. beautiflly hopped aroma. Bitter, fresh. Smells like fresh green hops. There’s a faint, dark malt flavor at the beginning of the body but the hops quickly take over.

3.8
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head...great lacing. Aroma has spicy and citrusy hop notes balanced with roasty malts...just a hint of chocolate. Flavor has good roastiness and nice spicy hop notes...underlying bitter cocoa. Mouthfeel is lively and and the finish is roasty, slightly bitter, and dry...lingers.


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