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RATINGS: 314   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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3.8
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
On tap at the GTMW 2011. Pours a deep black with a notable tan head. Aroma of strong piney and resiny hops, lots of chocolate and roast. Some caramel. Flavor is a rush of pine and resin, lots of chocolate, roast, coffee, and other dark malts. Some less pointed citrus and caramel/toffee notes. Pretty nice, slick mouthfeel. Impressive thought New Glarus isn’t known for their hoppy beers. Great beer, great take on this style.

3.8
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled, khaki head that retains fairly well in this glass. Piney hops, grapefruit rinds, chocolate malts on the nose. I was expecting a palatable IPA base when you consider the New Glarus IPA’s made in the past, and that’s exactly what I got out of it. It’s balanced quite well ; roasty, chocolate, molasses, grapefruit, and piney hops rounds it out, with a very drinkable feel.

3.8
Drake (14078) - 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.

3.8
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
355mL thanks to dkachur. Pours a deep brown to black with a rocky, thick, tan head. Awesome retention and big lace. Nose is very melon and tropical fruity with jackfruit, cantaloupe, and pineapple. Taste is bitter, tropical, melony, tropical. Very intense and very fruity hop nose. Pink grapefruit intensity. Excellent Black IPA.

3.8
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
12 oz bottle thanks to Kan. Cheers! Pours a roasty blackish brown hue, decent haze as the edges throw a glowing ruby reddish hue, light, not an opaque beer, just darker, more brownish with a moderate cakey brownish head atop. Dies to a decent layer, laces well enough. Aromas are a melange of citrusy grapefruit and floral hops, lemons and roasty malts come into focus, some biscuits, touches of pine dance on the nose. A good deal of grapefruit, yet letting the malt body kick the tires a bit. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter, leaving a nice impression of floral and citrusy grapefruit hops up front, some touches of mango and melon, dancing into roasty malts, biscuits, and toast. A gentle appeal, the flavors work well together. A rich hop presence with pine and roast, lingering citrus and florals dancing into the backend and lingering on the palate. Gentle roast, a touch of cocoa and toast, nice hopping. Simple, yet the hop profile is prolonged and fairly complex. The malt body doesn’t get too big, instead remaining quite light and drinkable, how the style should be. Lingering toast, roast, firm fruity and citrusy hops which temper into that earth and more gentle pine in the back, playing well with the darker and roasty malts. Pretty damn good. I like a wide variety in this "style", but prefer a lighter malt body girth with fruity hops, not just pine. So this works well for me. Just a hint of anise further in..

3.8
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Thanks to Tooch4321 for this one as a bonus! Cheers, Adam! Pours a light stout brown with an off-tan head. Nose is pine hops with a hint of grapefruit that take most of the aroma followed by slight roast. Flavor is similar- nice and hoppy. A good bit of pine followed by floral and slight citrus hops. The end yields a bit of roast and some chocolate malt. Nice black IPA overall.

3.8
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head...great lacing. Aroma has spicy and citrusy hop notes balanced with roasty malts...just a hint of chocolate. Flavor has good roastiness and nice spicy hop notes...underlying bitter cocoa. Mouthfeel is lively and and the finish is roasty, slightly bitter, and dry...lingers.

3.8
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 12 oz. bottle from wherever my providers bought it. Ar: Citrus zest nose with some resin as well. Nice tropical fruit flavors. Not much roastiness coming through for me on the nose. Ap: Pours a deep black-brown with red streaks. Frothy manila head dissipates quickly. T: Moderate deep roast up front, but really not dominant roast going on here. The finish shows nice hop character; a touch of citrus and a wealth of pine show through. P: Medium body, maybe a tad thinner than medium. Lively carbonation. O: Had to bump this up a couple notches. Really well done.

3.8
ice_p (6) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2012 does not count
This beer is possibly my best of 2010. Very good hop notes for a black IPA. Great balance with a surprising mix of tastes. I wish this was available on the east coast.

3.8
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle in Hotel Room, Chicago - Special Thanks to Derek. Black - offwhite head. Burned malts, light sweetness, nice roasted, light caramel, fruity, ok hoppy, grassy, chocolate, citrus, piney, nice bitterness.


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