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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

899 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 899
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 66
Gots: 68 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Beer was black (not jet black); seemed a bit more transparent than a traditional stout or porter. A short head appeared while pouring which dissipated quickly.

Aroma: faint smell of citrus and very subtle notes of pine. It's the smell of a traditional IPA just seemed little more murky than a solid IPA. Also picked up some woodsy scent in a way.

Taste: At the start of a sip, it tasted like an IPA, primarily notes of citrus. But the flavors gradually to transformed to what resembled a brown ale - resulting in roasted malts and a woodsy flavor. The beer was dominantly bitter, with very minimal sweetness.

Mouthfeel: silky and smooth

Overall: It's a perfect blend of a dark ale and an IPA. I have to say this beer pulled it off combining two opposing flavors - the roasted malts from dark ale and bitter hops from the IPA. I do not recall last time I had a black IPA so this will be my baseline comparison. Its one of those beers where I could have 2 or 3 in a single day - pretty sessionable.

Benish, Jun 01, 2013
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Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.