Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by zeledonia:
3.99/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Tasted 15 June 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours very dark brown, not quite black but almost there. One finger of light tan head, good retention and really nice lacing.
Smell is really nice, quite a bit better than most black IPAs I've had. The citrus burst of hops blends quite nicely with the gentle chocolate aromas of the malts. Showcases the aromatic hop and rich malt elements that I look for in this style, and they come together harmoniously.
Taste is good, but a little simpler than I'd like it to be. Rich, chocolatey malts that have a full chewy character that I have a hard time pinning down, but that I really like. Biggest thing that's lacking is bitterness - the dark malts and the hops should both bring it, but I don't get it from either.
Feel is one of the highlights. Smooth, rich, and mouth-filling. Carbonation swells up, becoming foamy and fluffy in my mouth, and a finish that lasts just as long as it should.
A really good black IPA. The smell mixes hops and malts quite well, and the feel is excellent. Taste is the low point, but it's still pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2013 19:15:07 | More by zeledonia
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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.