Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company
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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
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
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.