Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
12oz bottle. Rating #37. This was an outstanding beer. Real nice blend of light roast and hops, really enjoyed the few swallows that I had and I wish I had a few more. (1923) cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Gabf. Black appearance with a bubbly, tan head. Moderately piney, organic hoppy, mild roasty malty aroma. Fairly bitter, piney hoppy, burnt roasty flavor. DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Pours a jet black with eggshell head. Aroma hits like a brick to the face and is full of citrus, pine, and hoppy goodness. The taste is remarkably hoppy, but smooth and easy drinking. A bit of maltyness comes through right at the end. Very nice. CanIHave4Beers (4184) - 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. vikingguy (1102) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2011
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
Black w/ tan head. Fresh piney aroma. I like this. It’s an IPA but it’s not an overwhelmingly hoppy IPA, which I liked. Pronounced yet mellow citrus hops balanced with a solid caramel biscuit malt baseline. Full bodied; texture is fairly creamy. Solid and unique. Another fantastic offering from New Glarus.
Skyview (6021) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Sampled during GTMW 2011 and picked up a six pack at Monroe Beverage Center in Monroe, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit zest, some tangerine, black licorice, and roasted dark malt. Taste is not as potent piney as its aroma, flavors of roasted dark malt, a hint of chocolate, black licorice, tangerine and spearmint. Finish is quite smooth, a mild bitterness that slowly disappears and leaves behind a tropical fruit and roasted dark malt aftertaste. One of the more mild black IPAs I’ve tried. Yet a great winner. drpimento (3630) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Pretty good beer. Generally I don’t care for dark hoppy brews, but there are exceptions and this is one of them. Poured a lovely, light tan, thick, foamy, billowy head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a very dark, clear garnet with some bubble trails (seen with a flashlight). Aroma is very hoppy with pine, citrus, and pineapple predominant along with malt. Flavor is similar to nose and I don’t pick up much of the roastiness that I expected. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is fairly long, ending with fresh hop. Good drinking beer. GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Pours a deep brown, appears black. Great citrusy hop aroma with hints of sweet dark malts. Nice mouthful of hop’s up front with a smooth roasted malt finish. More hoppy than malty, which I think is where most black IPA’s go wrong. After the black IPA craze fades, this one may be still standing! LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Appearance: Pours a cola brown with white swirls atop.bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Aroma: Danky citrus hop. Tangerine and a lil fresh mint.
Taste: Bitter juicy hop slight burnt roast. Hop linger.
Mouth: Thin bodied juicy moderate bubbles.
Overall: There are so many confused Black IPAs out there. Some roasty with no hops, some with a power struggle between the hops and malt, and then there’s Black Top. Black Top is what I have in mind for this confusing style. Appearance is dark, but if you sip and smell with your eyes closed, it’s an IP frickin A. The body seemed too thin for me, but I’d take that over a mouthful of roast or black malt.
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.