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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

868 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
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)
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thornburyslasher

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Stoshua

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-16-2013 23:49:58 | More by Stoshua
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cosine


3/5  rDev -26.7%

01-15-2013 20:19:56 | More by cosine
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eyemustard

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-15-2013 15:41:20 | More by eyemustard
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Cthulhu

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-15-2013 07:12:38 | More by Cthulhu
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barczar

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with amber highlights and a frothy half inch khaki head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of thick lacing.

Huge pine and citrus aromas erupt from the glass. Grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, mango, resin, and a hint of caramel malt become more distinct subsequently.

Pine and tart citrus begin the flavor profile, with deeply toasted malt peeking through mid palate, and lingering into the resiny, slightly bitter finish. Sour lemon is almost puckering, and lime becomes evident later. Reminds me of lemonhead candy. The resiny hops complement the lightly roasted malt very well. Floral hops emerge.

Body is on the light side, which is exacerbated by the fairly high, sparkling carbonation. Flavor lifts off the palate, practically.

Huge hop flavor. Tons of citrus and resin. Carbonation could be dialed down a notch. Malt presence is fairly subtle. Yeah, if that carbonation was right, this would be stellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 23:22:32 | More by barczar
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Brunite

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-11-2013 21:45:53 | More by Brunite
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-11-2013 02:24:49 | More by nmann08
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with some hints of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid three finger light tan head with decent carbonation. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely hoppy aroma with a good balance of roast and malts. Big hop scent upfront with hints of citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel along with lots of earthy pine resin. Solid balancing presence of dark roasty malts. Good hints of burnt toast, biscuit, chocolate, nuts, and a little smoke. Also some burnt molasses sugar and a little hint of anise spice. Aroma leans a little more to the hoppy side but the dark malt presence is good.

Taste: Like the nose hints, a strong mix of hops with a solid dark malt backing. Big taste of hops upfront with notes of citrus orange peel, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some earthy grass and a big taste of spicy pine resin. Midway comes the malts which add a nice dark bready balance. Taste of chocolate, burnt toast, biscuit, smoke, and nuts. A slight sweet kick of molasses. Subtle anise spicing. Slightly more hoppy than malty and fairly drying. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and somewhat creamy. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A very solid black ale. Hops stand out at first but the dark roasted malts are very solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 07:22:53 | More by MattyG85
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

01-09-2013 20:12:54 | More by fredmugs
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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eorwar

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-09-2013 18:56:38 | More by eorwar
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NickSMpls

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-09-2013 01:04:23 | More by NickSMpls
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tswater

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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emyers

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy dark brown with a thick off-white head.

Smell: Citrus and pine up front, and it's balanced out very quickly by caramel. There's a little bit of cocoa and roast, but not much. In a way it almost comes off more like a hoppy amber than a black IPA.

Taste: This for me is the toughest area for a black IPA to get right. They tend to either come off like hoppy stouts or standard IPA's with not enough contribution from the roasted malts. This one strikes the balance very well - grapefruit, lemon zest, and pine from the hops, and caramel, toasted biscuits, and cocoa from the malt. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Pretty smooth with some prickly carbonation as it goes down. Drinks very well.

Overall: The black IPA is a difficult beast to master, but this beer is very well done. Nails the balance between hops and malt, and while I'm not sure I'll ever have a black IPA that really wows me, this is one of the better ones out there in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 05:05:59 | More by emyers
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Idaho

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

12-27-2012 04:31:49 | More by stanale
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.