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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 Wisconsins 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
12 ounce bottle
This is a decent enough IPA but coming from New Glarus merely average. With other better dark IPAs available this is one I might actually pass on in the future. On the other hand if you want to drink local you could do much worse.

Aroma / Appearance - Fluid and reddish black the body swirls with life despite the deep tone. Crisp fresh hops smell like a stack of evergreens ready to be sold on a Christmas parking lot. Bright and inviting it still seems somehow meh.

Flavor / Palate - Malt, black coffee (like the cheap kind you get from a gas station, McDonalds, or donut shop), and freshly shaved wood chips tickle the palate. The mouthfeel is refreshing with a smooth finish that teases you into taking another sip. This is like a dark version of Hop Hearty so Im not sure why I didnt like it as much. Maybe I will change my mind when I open another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6611) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle from a trade, pours dirty dark brown with small off white head and nice lacing, aroma has a huge amount of citrus and pine on the nose, the flavor between the grapefruit, spruce/ pine hops and the malt is excellent. Well balanced. It has a lingering hop finish however, light bitterness. Wet, fresh hops. I like that it is mild on the bitterness. As it warms, chocolate malt comes out. Medium body gives it high drinkability. Really well made. Im glad I have 5 more bottles!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13152) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2011
12 ounce bottle from cbfobes. Thanks! Pours a clear dark ruby color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Aroma of floral and resin hop notes with roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. The taste is big roasty notes, citrus and resin hop notes, some caramel sweetness and just a faint bit of soy. Medium bodied with a lingering hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle shared by STL Will. Pours with a deep brown near black body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are very fruity and citrusy, hop forward, pine, chocolate, estery and grapefruit. Flavors are a bit on the sweet side for me, estery, chocolate, floral, fruit, pine, molasses. Finishes somewhat dry. Lively bubbles, medium bodied.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (2342) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Deep brown to black. Pine, pine, pine! Aroma full of piney NW hops. A mild amount of roasted malt. New Glarus nailed the aroma, as it is a lot less muddled than other BIPAs Ive had. Flavor is moderate piney hops along with mild roasted malt, brown sugar, toffee. Some lingering roast and hop bitterness. Clean, smooth taste overall as can always be expected. Flavor is not as in your face as aroma, but still good. Another great take by New Glarus!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottled. Poured medium-deep brown with garnet highlights and a creamy, well-retained beige head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up pine, grapefruit, and some floral hoppage over biscuit and chocolatey malts.. the hops were fresh, vibrant, and enjoyable. The flavor found spicy and citrusy bitterness over mostly chocolate malt.. touches of vanilla down there too.. just a hair astringent in the end, but otherwise very tasty. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. balance was very good.. Ill drink more of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear garnet dark brown color. The head was tall and light brown with good retention and lacing. Hop dominated aroma including citrus and flower blossom notes. There was also plenty of roast, malty brown sugar and an added whiff of anise. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with delicate bitterness. Well balanced malt and hop flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (687) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Dark mahogany with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is perfumey and piney hops with dark, creamy malt. Flavor is tart grapefruit citrus and pine with a backbone of creamy roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. full bodied and creamy with a light carbonation. A great addition to New Glarus line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Pours a deep, opaque cola brown, topped by a thick, sudsy sand-colored head. The aroma is that of a well-made pale ale, with a bright grapefruit hop presence on top of a light caramel sweetness. The flavor is likewise "paler" than the color would suggest, with only a dull, muddled roastiness and an ashy aftertaste breaks up the predominant light, fresh grapefruit hoppiness. The fine, tingly carbonation and medium-light body are fine enough, but just like the flavor profile, it would be nice if the texture was a bit more robust.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Pours to a deep garnet hued brown-mahogany body with a thin, creamy, off-white head. The aroma has a metric boat load of juicy fruity hops. Grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, fruit zests, and balanced with some spruce or pine hops. Its been awhile since hops have been this nice in a beer. The flavor actually works really well. I am not normally a huge fan of Black IPAs. Most often, the malts really dont work with the hops. In this case, it works really well. Bright citrus and pine hops with a lightly bitter chocolate and sweet brown sugars/molasses. The palate is crisp and refreshing and yet moderately bitter. Very balanced with a moderate carbonation. I will be buying more of this beer.

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