Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Blargimus:
4.08/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into tulip. Bottled 8/17/2011 - I didn't realize this beer was almost 8 months old until I opened it. Too late now.
Pours a bit lighter in color than I expected for something called "black top" - it's really more of a deep brown. About one finger of light tan head. The lacing that remains is very pretty, and the beer is thick on the glass when swirled.
Smells somewhat muted, but then it IS an old IPA. Hops are definitely there, but they don't pop. I also get some honey and malt. Maybe a hint of roasted characteristics.
Definitely plenty of bitterness left, but the actual flavor of the hop is a bit wilted. A good deal of roasted flavor in the finish. Very, VERY tasty.
Carbonation is good. Finishes a bit drier than I prefer, but it's perfect for the style.
When I received it in a trade with Willseph, it was moderately fresh! I guess I'm to blame for not cracking it open sooner... it's very good as is, so I bet it's even better when it's not 8 months old.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2012 23:40:18 | More by Blargimus
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3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle with no freshness date served in a pint glass
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with 2 fingers of a light tan head that settles into a thin coating. Nice patchy lacing as well. Body is dark but translucent when held up to light.
Smell: Mango, grapefruit, lightly roasted malt, hint of chocolate.
Taste: Citrus, floral hops, iced tea, hint of bready malt with some light residual sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium strength carbonation. Light lingering bitter finish.
Overall: Nice, easy drinking black IPA. Nothing special, but still enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 05:18:47 | More by Jonada
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.