Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.