Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/26/12
A) Pours a mahogany brown but settles much darker, exhibiting a deep ruby and crimson hue when held to the light. One thumb head deflates to an evenly thin layer of foam that reaches upward to the lace dripping from the glass. Thin retention, but pretty good lace overall.
S) Huh. The balance between malt, hops and roast is about the most expertly integrated that I've come across. Bright citrus, soft pine needles and floral hints meld seamlessly with mildly roasted dark grains and subtle chocolate sweetness. The aroma is not bombastic or particularly showy. It is, however, darn smooth.
T) The flavors are well-integrated too, though the hops outshine the malts. Nothing wrong with that, right? Green, sappy pine carries a dry, bitter kick throughout. Citric overtones are peppered along the way. Dark roast supports the hops without stifling them. Notions of cocoa powder, coffee beans and grain. Very dry.
M) Underneath waves of ample, rolling carbonation and resinous hop cling lies an otherwise silky-smooth medium bodied beer. Residual pine and roast linger.
D) Aside from far higher carbonation than I prefer this is really good. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2013 19:58:40 | More by Ryan011235
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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 797 ratings.