Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Pours a deep, opaque cola brown, topped by a thick, sudsy sand-colored head. The aroma is that of a well-made pale ale, with a bright grapefruit hop presence on top of a light caramel sweetness. The flavor is likewise "paler" than the color would suggest, with only a dull, muddled roastiness and an ashy aftertaste providing any indication that this beer isn't dyed to be as dark as it is. In contrast to the other black ales I have tried (and made myself), the predominant characteristics are again a light, fresh grapefruit hoppiness that would be more expected in an APA/IPA. The fine, tingly carbonation and medium-light body are fine enough, but just like the flavor profile, it would be nice if the texture was a bit more robust.
Overall, although this beer largely lacks the deep roasted character of a black ale, and it isn't potently bitter like many IPAs today, it was still quite a pleasure to drink.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2011 13:20:05 | More by devilben02
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