1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Black TopBlack Top

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

875 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 875
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 61
Gots: 61 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Black Top Alström Bros
Ratings: 875 | Reviews: 191 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BColton1
BColton1

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -2%

11-18-2013 00:04:01 | More by BColton1
Photo of Cubatobaco
Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-17-2013 23:57:16 | More by Cubatobaco
Photo of JoeMans
JoeMans

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

11-17-2013 20:17:20 | More by JoeMans
Photo of Riik3
Riik3

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-16-2013 02:43:32 | More by Riik3
Photo of virinow
virinow

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

11-16-2013 00:12:11 | More by virinow
Photo of HopHealth
HopHealth

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2013 04:12:05 | More by HopHealth
Photo of Lebzilla
Lebzilla

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-13-2013 20:51:42 | More by Lebzilla
Photo of paralyzer
paralyzer

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-11-2013 03:14:27 | More by paralyzer
Photo of thegrimone
thegrimone

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

11-10-2013 09:10:38 | More by thegrimone
Photo of pisano
pisano

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

11-04-2013 18:54:42 | More by pisano
Photo of Damian74Shensky
Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-04-2013 14:40:47 | More by Damian74Shensky
Photo of sisterthelonious
sisterthelonious

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-02-2013 21:42:54 | More by sisterthelonious
Photo of hoptician
hoptician

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-02-2013 03:51:25 | More by hoptician
Photo of MCain04
MCain04

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Dark brown pour with a fluffy cream-colored head, good retention, some lacing

smells of piney hops, roasty malts, some sweetness, molasses, and fruity notes.

Taste is roasty with some piney floral hops, sweetness lingers, molasses, some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a sticky dry finish.

Overall a solid black IPA, there are some better ones out there but for the price this one is solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 01:43:51 | More by MCain04
Photo of NickyT
NickyT

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

10-27-2013 00:01:12 | More by NickyT
Photo of jumboj11
jumboj11

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-24-2013 15:35:51 | More by jumboj11
Photo of Mgm54
Mgm54

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-22-2013 16:50:27 | More by Mgm54
Photo of Tracker83
Tracker83

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%

10-21-2013 03:09:14 | More by Tracker83
Photo of Mdodge8837
Mdodge8837

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%

10-18-2013 20:36:40 | More by Mdodge8837
Photo of cabrina
cabrina

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2%

10-18-2013 14:36:11 | More by cabrina
Photo of DanSmith17
DanSmith17

Delaware

4/5  rDev -2%

10-17-2013 01:30:24 | More by DanSmith17
Photo of TubbyDullard
TubbyDullard

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

10-15-2013 02:13:42 | More by TubbyDullard
Photo of Ryan011235
Ryan011235

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/26/12

A) Pours a mahogany brown but settles much darker, exhibiting a deep ruby and crimson hue when held to the light. One thumb head deflates to an evenly thin layer of foam that reaches upward to the lace dripping from the glass. Thin retention, but pretty good lace overall.

S) Huh. The balance between malt, hops and roast is about the most expertly integrated that I've come across. Bright citrus, soft pine needles and floral hints meld seamlessly with mildly roasted dark grains and subtle chocolate sweetness. The aroma is not bombastic or particularly showy. It is, however, darn smooth.

T) The flavors are well-integrated too, though the hops outshine the malts. Nothing wrong with that, right? Green, sappy pine carries a dry, bitter kick throughout. Citric overtones are peppered along the way. Dark roast supports the hops without stifling them. Notions of cocoa powder, coffee beans and grain. Very dry.

M) Underneath waves of ample, rolling carbonation and resinous hop cling lies an otherwise silky-smooth medium bodied beer. Residual pine and roast linger.

D) Aside from far higher carbonation than I prefer this is really good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 19:58:40 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-14-2013 18:49:10 | More by djrn2
Photo of mtbdonn
mtbdonn

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-13-2013 15:44:19 | More by mtbdonn
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.