GranvilleTim (1857) - 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. 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. 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. 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 LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Appearance: Pours a cola brown with white swirls atop.
jmohno (1662) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2013
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.
Black,clear with red-plum hue. Light head receding quick to a ring and light lace.
Very aromatic with nice fresh tropical fruits.
Very smooth with medium body,lots of good hop refined mellow presence.Kind of a citrus/pine bitter. Nose and mouthfull of hops. Subtle roast with mild smooth chocolate. Malts come across more of a dark caramel. Tasting this blind you may not know its black although it does have a roasty edge maybe coffee possibly. Its so smooth and hoppy that you dont notice the roast much at all. GMCC2181 (1613) - 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! 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. DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Black, juicy hops, toffee, coffee, caramel, citrus, clean, light sweetness , good carbonation, new glarus ttoadee (1584) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Dark pour toffee head. Nose is pine tar. Bitter. Middle is chocolate roasted malt. Finish is strong hop bitterness. Good.