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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,019 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,019
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 78
Gots: 103 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: cdkrenz on 08-27-2011

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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

khaki finger of head, into a tasting snifter. Aleutian islands of lace sticks permanently to the glass.

Aroma of summer citrus. Thought there'd be roastiness, but there's none. Maybe the slightest vague caro-syrup sweetness. Aroma is basically American IPA.

Flavor in the mouth is a shock of sweetness on the front of the tongue. Then of course American IPA with assertive hops. Profile fades into a molasses back-end. It's all perfect, balanced, bitterness and malt.

Cracked my top-five non-big-beer beers of all time.
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I'm revising my review of 9/9/13 after having tried Lake Louie Radio Free IBA. I totally loved Black Top when by itself. But next to Radio Free IBA, my malt-lover preferences assert themselves, and I have to downgrade Black Top from 4.58 to 4.34.

Also, it seems to fight with a lot of different foods.

Still, amazingly flavorful while remaining eminently refreshing.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of tan head that recedes to a cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Nicely balanced. A good amount of roasted malts combine with piney, citrusy, and earthy hops. Some chocolate and caramel in there. Alcohol well hidden

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of roastiness and fruitiness and slowly unfolds to reveal plenty of pine, citrus, earth, caramel sweetness, dark chocolate, and molasses. Bitterness hits midway and continues into the finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice black IPA with great balance and drinkability. Black IPAs are usually hit or miss with me, and this one is a hit. Recommended

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three finger-thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head; the head subsides with a creamy texture, and quite a bit of loft. The beer is a concentrated brown color, that isn’t quite black; it shows a clear, dark red-plum hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a pungent, sweet, ripe citrus character to it up front that reminds me of peak season tangerines. Supporting notes of guava, lychee, and canned mandarin oranges add to the expressive hop fruit character. There is an earthy dark malt character here that is noticeable at times underneath the dominant hop character; some light char, perhaps a touch of cold dark-roast coffee, as well as a toasted whole grain character, and a bit of burnt grain husk character.

Lots of dry citrus character up front has a bit of an edge to it, the hops get a bit more floral and tropical fruit like towards the finish, but the final finish has an herbal citrusy character that is a bit like essential citrus oil mingled with tropical fruit essence. The dark / roast malt plays a supporting role here, it is quite smooth, but provides a bit of a burnt edge, a touch of cold coffee in the finish, some charred grain, and even a bit of roasted / burnt wood character. The hop flavor has a bit more of an herbal edge to it than in the nose, it is still mostly fruit driven, but there are light notes of pine sap, some menthol character, and a general green herbal character that lingers on the palate along with a bitter hop character; the bitterness is also accentuated by the roasted malt. The body of this beer is quite light, extremely quaffable, without being watery though, as there is just a touch of viscosity to the brew.

This is clearly a brew meant for knocking back a couple pints. The beer is quite tasty, though I think I prefer the juiciness of the aroma a bit more than the flavor; heresy perhaps, but the body / malt is almost a bit too light to fully be able to support the hop character in the flavor department.

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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice

A- Deep dark brown and hazy. Light tan head with nice retention though hanging very low. Good lacing.

S- Big pine hop and some dry citrus rind. Very subtle sweet malt and caramel.

T- Mild caramel. Finish is pine.

M- Full bodied, with a bitter, dry finish. The finish, however, doesn't linger.

O- Very very good. It isn't over the top, which I'm learning that New Glarus is very good at that. It's a lot more mild than the big black ales I've had before, but it still holds the same qualities of a great one.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter today 8/22/2013. Have had at least a six pack of this in the past year or so but this is the first time I'm able to sit down and review this beer on its own merits.

Pours a dark mahogany brown, not far off from black but definitely not black with a large, fluffy 2-finger tan head that slowly dissipates into a bubbly film that aggregates in the collar. Lacing is very nice here as well- it sticks well on the side of the glass I'm drinking from. All in all, a very nice looking dark beer.

I can smell a good bit of citrus flavours initially. Lots of citrus- tangerines, orange, even a bit of grapefruit. Or maybe the orange=grapefruit, I don't know. But its definitely citrusy. I can smell a faint background of dark malts- very faint coffee, toffee and some sweet candied sugar. When its chilled, its very hop dominant. When it warms up, the malts come out a little bit more. Still rather hop-forward and pungent.

It tastes very much like a sweet IPA. Lots of tangerines and orange in the flavour throughout, and the coffee and chocolate kind of poke out in the middle a little bit. But this is very much a hoppy beer. The flavours don't meld together quite that well compared to the nose but this is still tasty.

Medium bodied brew that isn't too sticky or dry; it is actually quite refreshing. Aftertaste is rather citrusy. Carbonation is just right for this beer. Generally a smooth, hoppy flavoured beer that has a different sweet background, likely from the different types of malts used.

Its a very good black IPA. Don't think I've had a better one in a while, if ever. As a guy who loves Black Butte Porter/Eddy Fitz Porter/etc., I would like a bit more of that roasty malt presence in a Black IPA- that is what would really do it for me. Anyway, if you like both IPAs and porters, this is an interesting one for you to try.

Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.