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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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916 Ratings

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 69
Gots: 73 | FT: 3
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Danmullens1, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

stephensinner, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of d5001986
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

Appearance is a slightly transparent black with off-white head.

Smell is piney and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is lots of piney hops and a bit of chocolate malt. This is probably the most intensely hopped beer I've had from NG, I definitely dig this!

Feels medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall a great buy from NG. If you're a hop-head, you can't go wrong with this one.

d5001986, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

olafphysics, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

mletten, Dec 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

seangibbs60, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

mndanika, Dec 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

fellowrs, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown to black with a lasting tan head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citrus with some pine, licorice and charred molasses.

The taste is of citric, piney hops that blend with chocolate and coffee. Complex, hoppy and dark. The roast is present, but mild enough that it doesn't clash with the bitterness of the hops. I like how the touch of pine tie the citrus and malts together. Bitter-leaning finish.

It has a smooth, creamy body.

Hoppy and dark. Like mentioned above the flavors are complex, but do not clash. The flavors weave together to make a very enjoyable brew!

jwc215, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark russet brown with a fine half finger light brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, pineapple, sweet malt. Flavor of biscuit, lightly toasted malt, citrus and grassy hops with hints of coffee and orange family citrus; finishes with grapefruit rind and citrus hops bitterness. Medium bodied. A nice black ale with good hop character; not quite as toasty and dark malt as a Northwest style (CDA), but pleasant and well made for a black IPA.

LiquidAmber, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Zonian1, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

jackieT, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Doyle, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

DbbC, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DrewLikesBeer, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

RayOhioFelton, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

cliffjeckel, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Zuidman, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

zimmee66, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black Top
New Glarus Brewing Company, Wisconsin
---from bottle to pint glass---

Very dark brown, dark ruby around the edges. Thick creamy looking head. Great lacing.

Roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little citrus seeping through.

Oh man! Espresso-like malt right away, followed by sweet/bitter hops.

Maybe over carbonated for this beer. Sticky and bitter – but very drinkable. Flavor profile changes in between sips.

More hoppy than I thought (when is that a bad thing?) Carbonation seems to cover the malt flavor a bit. That being said, I really enjoyed this beer. Espresso flavor is always welcome, day or night. Hop heavy dark beers aren’t common, so this is a treat. Opening another soon.

Post review addition - Just learned from a fellow beer aficionado that this beer is in fact a Black IPA

Kevin-Wieken, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a dark brown to mahogany color with lighter brown around the edges. A tan cap rests atop fading slowly leaving some spotty lace.

The aroma is dank and herbal with a roasty earthen coffee undertone. Somewhat weedy with hops that blends to more fruity and floral as it is smelled more.

The tastes has some bready grain, biscuits and chocolate. Quite roasty like coffee with a bitterness that seems to come from the kiln of the grain instead of oily, resinous hops. Somewhat dank and weedy hops are more present towards the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very easy drinking and enjoyable with a solid mix of character. I would drink this again.

stakem, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown and almost black color with some clarity when held up to light and bubbles can be seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Pine, smoke, roasted malts, chocolate malts, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste: The citrus flavors stick our the most. There is also ash, roasted and chocolate malts, pine, and some mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, mild bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid and tasty black ale. A nice hop and malt blend that rolls off the tongue. 6.9% too. A trip to Wisconsin is seen in the immediate future to get more.

Flounder57, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Shawner, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Ajlvt, Dec 08, 2013
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.