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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

886 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 886
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 64
Gots: 64 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 08-27-2011)
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Eraut

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -75.5%

03-05-2014 03:50:38 | More by Eraut
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Reinbeck11

Iowa

1.25/5  rDev -69.4%

App: Normal dark beer appearence with a decent head.

Smell: Bitter to the nose, thought it a recycle plastic smell.

Taste: Name of the Beer says it all, tar and asphalt.

Mouth: Just not my cup of tea.

Do not like this beer. I would drink it over most IPA's but I really disliked this one.

My brother would tell you otherwise, but lets just say he got to finish the six pack.

08-15-2012 20:15:46 | More by Reinbeck11
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

05-16-2013 06:33:36 | More by BrownAleMale
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.48/5  rDev -39.2%

Pours a dark chocolate almost black color with a solid 3 finger tan head. Excellent sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells of roasted chocolate malts with just a little earthy hop presence.

Not as much hop presence as I'd expect. Just a slight citrus flavor on the front end. Some dark roasted malts are present, but really the flavor on this one is lacking.

A bit thin and carbonation on the lower side.

Very disappointed by this one as I've loved almost everything I've had from NG before. It just kind of tastes liked a watered down porter.

12-13-2011 19:55:15 | More by jmarsh123
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WhatAlesMe

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

09-30-2012 01:14:47 | More by WhatAlesMe
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krl2112

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

06-01-2013 20:39:11 | More by krl2112
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cardinals22

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

08-10-2014 23:36:24 | More by cardinals22
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Raduea84


2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

07-23-2014 00:31:10 | More by Raduea84
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znichols

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -30.6%

A - Not black, but closed to it. Dark ruby body when held up to the light. The head is off-white and settles pretty quickly. Would have wished for this sucker to be a little more opaque.

S - Great aroma of pine needles, lime, and roast. Very enticing. A good aromatic balance of American hops and dark malt.

T - This is where this beer lacks for me, unfortunately. I was hoping for a greater malt and/or hop presence. It starts with a pretty subdued citrus hop flavor and quickly moves to light roastyness then fades altogether. Could have used a little more lingering flavor from either the hops or malt. Perhaps some more flavoring hops and a little crystal malt?? Also not a whole lot of bitterness for any style of an IPA...

M - Somewhat sticky but a little watery. Moderate carbonation and a strange grittiness to it.

O- I tend to look at Cascadian Dark Ales as a full-flavored beer that blows your palate but you can only have one or two a night. I could probably drink 10 of these if i had to, but thats not really a good thing. Its pretty watery and lacking the robust flavor promised by the roasty, hoppy aroma. NG tends to make more approachable beers, which this is, but maybe not every style needs to be made approachable. I would say this is the first New Glarus beer i've had where they really dropped the ball. Its a Black IPA, but not a very good one.

08-28-2011 23:15:49 | More by znichols
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CWhite

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-10-2012 17:09:36 | More by CWhite
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ChainChompsky

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-15-2014 06:05:02 | More by ChainChompsky
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jhillwastaken

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

07-12-2013 17:19:00 | More by jhillwastaken
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-23-2011 23:24:41 | More by spoonhawk
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paralyzer

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-11-2013 03:14:27 | More by paralyzer
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-14-2014 01:58:30 | More by Hugonaut13
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smogfood

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-26-2011 20:29:11 | More by smogfood
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bcm75

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-14-2013 02:15:52 | More by bcm75
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4amepiphany

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

08-05-2013 09:25:44 | More by 4amepiphany
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

09-12-2013 18:57:57 | More by CityofBals
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NicholasOfMKE

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.5%

02-17-2014 05:11:22 | More by NicholasOfMKE
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cosine


3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-15-2013 20:19:56 | More by cosine
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mattvandyk

Michigan

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-07-2013 21:14:06 | More by mattvandyk
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SouthSider14

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.5%

02-24-2014 19:44:23 | More by SouthSider14
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Florida9

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -25.7%

A: Dark brown in color with moderate translucency. Forms about half an inch or so of creamy light tan that reduces to a patchy surface coating. Lots of lacing.

S: First thing I get is a load of roasted malts and some coffee. Then the hops arrive, mostly in the form of citrus, grapefruit, and pine to a lesser extent.

T: A potent blend of roasted malts, cocoa powder, coffee, and even a slight note of char with some powerful citrus hops and a bit of pine. But there is a fight for dominance between the malts and the hops and it is not overly pleasant. Finishes with a dry, citrus astringency.

M: On the lighter side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness, but exceedingly dry on the finish - beyond chalky to the point of being powdery in the mouth.

O: The bottle lists this as a Black IPA, so that is what I'll rate it as. Sure this one is packed full of charred malts and citrus hops, but there is no balance between the two. Actually there is disharmony and, while this beer isn't a bad beer, I'm just not feeling the love from it either.

01-07-2012 23:45:15 | More by Florida9
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brock146

Nevada

3.16/5  rDev -22.5%

A - Pours a dark chocolate color with a thin white/tan head

S - Citrus and piney hope smell.

T - Tropical hops and roasted malt. A slight carmel flavor with some pine and citrus to back it up.

M - Much thinner than I was hoping for. Thin and bubbly.

O - Decent black IPA. It is much like the rest of the New Glarus offerings in that I was expecting much more out of the beer than it actually provided. Another beer from NG that I feel doesn't live up to all the hype. I just wish that the minds at work in New Glarus Wisconsin would be a little bit more bold when it comes to their brews. However, I may be tainted by trying to compare it to Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

08-13-2013 05:25:58 | More by brock146
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Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.