Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
Oh, boy. A winner.
Appearance: Very dark, but a bloody red if held up to the light. Good carbonation.
Smell: roasty, piney, sooty. All good. It's as though the Palos Forest Preserve was on fire.
Taste: Hints of citrus, licorice, chocolate...gosh, what have they done?! So good.
Mouthfeel: Defies solid description. Just a wonderful beer with super complexiities. I will say that enjoy the roasted bitterness in the middle with a dry, but NOT bitter, finish.
Overall: Wish I had some more of this stuff!
09-02-2012 02:19:09 | More by RedBaron
4.26/5 rDev +4.4%
poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip
A - Dark brown, couple shades darker than the brown bottle with a massive 3 finger khaki head. Retention is magnificent, with thin cap that remains. Leaves behind large swaths of lacing. Perfect looking Black IPA.
S - Roasty malts, some grain, earthy and floral hops. Mild scents of light roasted coffee and citrus.
T - Earthy and floral hops up front that blend into the light roasted malts. I get some mild coffee and citrus notes. It goes together nicely like breakfast coffee blends that have citrus notes. and a nice light bitter hop finish.
M - Carbonation is ideal, medium bodied, with a richer quality and a slight astringency.
O - One of the best Black IPAs I have had. All the flavors blend well and it is quite a treat. If you have never had a Black IPA it is hard to find one better than New Glarus.
08-29-2012 22:02:14 | More by Ri0
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Sweet chocolate and roasted notes playing off of minty hop aromas. As an added bonus, there are hints of pine and grass and some faint citrus and peach woven in as well. This is a delicious, big, clean, outdoorsy nose that brings to mind a green and ancient fairy-tale forest. (Of course I've been in a fairy-tale forest. Moving on.)
Black Top is surprisingly bitter for having such a sweet smell, but the bitterness fades in due time into a rich, roasted, flavorful finish. Dark-chocolate-covered oranges, chocolate cake and spruce tips pop up in the interim. There doesn't seem to be much bitterness (and no astringency) from the roasted malts (just from the hops), and the smooth, creamy mouthfeel is just plain friendly. This beer is really, really drinkable, which is a shame, because it doesn't give one as long to ponder the fetching dark-brown-almost-black color and accompanying mottled tan-and-white head.
Dan Carey has done exemplary work of marrying big, dank hops and rich, roasted malts here. I would drink trunk-loads of this beer if New Glarus was available in Colorado (perhaps a blessing in disguise that it's not?).
Read the full review at http://vittlesandbrews.blogspot.com/2012/08/new-glarus-black-top.html
08-21-2012 17:27:30 | More by Butzen
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation
Smell: piney hops and roasted malt
Taste: expresso, roasted malt, and piney hops
Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium-high carbonation, slightly bitter
Overall: A good not great black IPA. I do like the piney hops. I would not turn this one down, but there are others in the style I would go to first.
08-20-2012 13:40:53 | More by tigg924
3.3/5 rDev -19.1%
The appearance is nice and dark, with good red tints (that turn to beautiful wood-browns as you go through it), nice dark IPA. Head is decent, doesn't stay around long but leaves a very nice lacing.
Smells of citrus, on the grapefruit side of things, but most interestingly is a slight floral smell alongside the pine hints. Really interesting, I like it a lot, goes well with the charred malts--did I mention those?
The taste is piney, but the citrusy smells give way here to the strong malt flavors. This is where the IPA stops and the dark comes in. Not much bitterness, almost seems sweet at the pull. There's a lot of blank taste coming through this--watery.
The beer feels odd in the mouth. Not crisp, not creamy, not slick. Lots of carbonation that leads to more of a stomach-feel than mouth-feel. Doesn't work for me.
08-18-2012 04:13:34 | More by exx
4/5 rDev -2%
Thanks! Cracked this to celebrate the 15th of August. In keeping with tradition, I poured it into my Woodshop 7 snifter.
A: Very dark in color with an inch of beige foam that lingers for half a minute
S: Perfumy floral aromatics with resinous pine. Citrus is pronounced, redolent of tangerine, peach, and orange. There's a dash of dark malt. Nice aroma.
T: Light roasted malt presence with a whisper of chocolate but only a little of sweetness. There's a smooth moderate bitterness with ample pine resin, orange, and grapefruit. Nice citrus flavor. Dry hop forward finish.
M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.
Overall: A nice dark IPA from New Glarus. The malt provides color but not too much flavor.
08-16-2012 04:15:25 | More by HopHead84
1.25/5 rDev -69.4%
App: Normal dark beer appearence with a decent head.
Smell: Bitter to the nose, thought it a recycle plastic smell.
Taste: Name of the Beer says it all, tar and asphalt.
Mouth: Just not my cup of tea.
Do not like this beer. I would drink it over most IPA's but I really disliked this one.
My brother would tell you otherwise, but lets just say he got to finish the six pack.
08-15-2012 20:15:46 | More by Reinbeck11
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
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