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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 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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3.9
ccex (1371) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2012
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown, almost black with a pillowy tan head and some lacing. Aroma has citrus hops, licorice, and some hay. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Slight bitter finish. Overall a very interesting well-balanced beer.

3.4
ICEatALAMO (1355) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Draft at brewery. The pour is a very dark brown. The aroma is malty with faint hops. The taste is good, nice hops. One of the better black ipas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Pours dark red with a large tan head. Smells of grapefruit and caramelized or candied fruits. Taste is bitter with hints of sweetness. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and and mild mouth-carbonation, New Glarus Black Top finishes with some bitterness.

3.5
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2011
(bottle) Pours dark brown with a reddish hue and a large cream colored head with plenty of lacing. Aroma is a strong punch of citrus, with plenty of grapefruit and some light pine matched up with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Gets more earthy, resinous, and herbal as it warms up a bit. Flavor has plenty of chocolate, roasted malt, orange zest, and grapefruit. Finish is lightly earthy and bitter with a lingering roasty finish. Hint of iced tea mid-palate. Mouthfeel is fairly light and carbonation is quite low. Overall this is just an alright black IPA.

3.6
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy, piney, reminds me of NG IIPA. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is bitter, roasty, chocolate, with a clean bitter hop finish. One of the better Black IPAs that I have tried, but I am still not a huge fan of the style.

3.8
jbeatty (1263) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle, 06/25/2012. Nice deep brown pour, maroon highlights, fine lacing. Hoppy grapefruit aroma cut with pine and resin, underneath is roasted malts and chocolate, molasses. In the taste, piney hops, tongue tingling, burnt roast bitterness. Light medium body, high carbonation. Tasty for sure, my taste buds are still tingling.

2.9
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours deep brown. Nose is citrus, pines, grapefruit, roast, some earthy sugary sweet malts. Flavor is citrus, grassy, and piney hops with a dry tart malt character of roast. Light body. Not super special.

3.5
bookman10 (1246) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours a dark, almost reddish-brown. Malt and hops in the aroma. Hop bitterness, coupled with malty sweetness. Some hints of coffee, chocolate, even licorice in the flavor. My first sip was very alcohol-heavy; after that, the booze flavor settled down quite a bit. This is an interesting, flavorful beer.

4.2
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with Tom and his buddy. Pours very dark chestnut brown, almost black in the right light, with a fat, frothy, creamy one-finger head. Nice spotty lacing. Aroma is pungently floral; lavander, resnious, jucicy pine and citrusy hops, creamy oats and malt. Tastes like a dead perefect hybrid of a juicy single IPA and a clean brown ale. Notes of orange, pear, and sweet, roasty malt. Body is very, very mild with a clean, smooth, soft palate. Finishes with a bit of chalkiness and some rich, yet subtle chocolate and peanut butter notes. Dang, what a great brew.

3.8
Scipio (1238) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a medium sized, light tan head that doesn’t last all that long. The aroma gives you a strong citrus impression, with lots of grapefruit and pine. It has a malty balance of chocolate, some licorice, and light coffee as well. The taste has a heavy hoppy bitterness to it. Lots of pine, with milder grapefruit and chocolate. I still get hints of licorice. Aftertaste is short, with pine and some coffee. Medium bodied, lots of lively carbonation, with a very hoppy texture. I enjoyed this. Its a very good representative of this style.


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