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RATINGS: 316   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 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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. 4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left. 4.0 S: Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Dry roastiness almost like a schwarzbier with a balancing caramel sweetness. Molasses and brown sugar to round things out. 4.0 T: Easily one of the better black IPAs out there. I think the fact that it isnt super citrusy is why this is so. Moderate roastiness. Caramel and molasses. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Quite good. 4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and reasonably creamy. 4.0 D: Solid all around, this is not something I usually say about a black ipa. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-18-2012 17:50:07

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Dark reddish brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is pine hops and roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, pine hops. Nice balanced beer. Great lacing-tasty beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bottle. Hazy black/ruby pour, tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma of roast, chocolate, molasses, licorice, floral/citrus hops. Taste is moderately bitter, molasses, dark chocolate, fruity, citrus, roast. Palate is soft, oily, bitter finish. A solid black ipa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1848) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 7, 2012
Interesting stuff, malty aroma along with the hops, more malty than I expected. Some bitterness but slightly easy. Obvious hops but also some burn and malt. Balanced but was expecting a bit more

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Unexpectedly hoppy. I thought this was going to have a more dark note to it, but much like New Glarus beer, it was light, citrusy and hoppy. Straight up pine in the nose and a generally medium finish. Light color and lots of perfume, floral nose.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ronaldtheriot (1843) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 21, 2015
New Glarus Black Top has a medium, cream colored head, a dark, reddish-brown, slightly hazy appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, grapefruit hop resin, and the flavor is of the same, with white bread, slight char, and low-to-moderate bitterness in the back of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and New Glarus Black Top finishes semi-dry and easily drinkable. RJT

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Dark brown, lots of hops on the nose . Flavor is a very dry black lager, kind of rough, a little bit on the chemical side, I am not to much of a fan

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Appearance: Pours a cola brown with white swirls atop.

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 theres 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, its an IP frickin A. The body seemed too thin for me, but Id take that over a mouthful of roast or black malt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Garnet with a tan head. Big, earthy and hop aromas. Earthy and odd malt and hop bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1601) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle shared by sloth: Pour is light black in color. Nose of some nuts, hops and roasty malts. Taste isnt super hoppy as I was expecting. Lightly hopped, decent roasted maltiness, lots of nuts. Body on the light side, wish it was more full bodied. Overall: mehhhhh, just ok. Thanks bert!


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