Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by barczar:
3.99/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a murky dark brown with amber highlights and a frothy half inch khaki head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of thick lacing.
Huge pine and citrus aromas erupt from the glass. Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, mango, resin, and a hint of caramel malt become more distinct subsequently.
Pine and tart citrus begin the flavor profile, with deeply toasted malt peeking through mid palate, and lingering into the resiny, slightly bitter finish. Sour lemon is almost puckering, and lime becomes evident later. Reminds me of lemonhead candy. The resiny hops complement the lightly roasted malt very well. Floral hops emerge.
Body is on the light side, which is exacerbated by the fairly high, sparkling carbonation. Flavor lifts off the palate, practically.
Huge hop flavor. Tons of citrus and resin. Carbonation could be dialed down a notch. Malt presence is fairly subtle. Yeah, if that carbonation was right, this would be stellar.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2013 23:22:32 | More by barczar
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A- Pours dark brown with a 1.5 finger fluffy off-white head. Really settles nicely around the edge
S- Clean citrus of bitter grapefruit. Fresh cut pine. Caramel and molasses malt base. Not the most pungent, but clearly an IPA
T- Flavor profile not as discernible as the aroma. Sweet and hoppy up front before mellowing out some. A musky, minty, spice thrown in there as it finishes bitter.
M- Sticky and resinous. Sits a little heavy. Solid, but not quite as crisp as I would prefer.
O- A great example of a black IPA. Love the bright citrus character. Another great showing from a brewery that really impresses me.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 18:40:14 | More by Bosoxfan20
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.