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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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916 Ratings

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 69
Gots: 73 | 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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4/5  rDev -2%

pirmannt1, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

FievelGoesWest, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Black Top from New Glarus has it positives and a few negatives. The beer pours just about opaque, slight light still coming through...the head was thin, slightly off-white and is leaving a lacing. The smell includes pine, citrus, and chocolate. The taste provides hints of pine and slight bitter citrus. There are some tones of chocolate but not overly present. The mouthfeel is a good medium body with decent carbonation. Overall it is a very good beer. Besides being a great beer, other notable positives is that the abv is lower making this a decent session beer. One draw back is that when comparing against Stone Self Righteous or Two Brothers Black Hop Juice, just do not have the big double IPA flavors mixed with big roasty finish.

WoodBrew, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

fergster75, Dec 28, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to curtisloew for sending this out. Blacktop pours black, but far from the darkest black you've ever seen, has a great sizeable light beige head to it. Big hoppy aroma, not just bitterness, this one had some of that passion fruit of a tropical nature to it.

Taste was like the smell. Fruity, hoppy, kept the bitterness low. Body was nice and light, despite the appearance. Plus points for not having the dehusked bitterness that a lot of the less than ideal black ales sport. This drinks very different than the appearance, none of that chocolate, coffee or acrid bitterness. Carbonation was just were it should be. Dry and crisp mouthfeel so dominated by luscious non bitter hops.

I'm kinda skeptical of the reviews that give you the typical lazy review simply based on appearance. Coffee, chocolate etc. . . sorry, your eyes have played tricks on you my taste buds believe. Show some initiative, where's the peach, passion fruit and pineapple mentions with green fresh vegetal hop mouthfeel in your review? Or maybe you all got old bottles and I drank a fresh one 2000 miles from the source.

I need to drink this back to back with O'Dells and Grand Teton's black ales, these three beers make up the exemplary models for style, to this guys palate.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

oldvines, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

bigben94, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

strangebrew52, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Mrrahn, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's. split during a recent bender in Madison.

from notes

appearance: served in a shaker pint, dark mahogany body, light tan head, some minimal sticky lace

smell: hop resin, grapefruit rind, light chocolate and roast

taste: roasted dark malts, grapefruit, hop resin, char, dry roast. An enjoyable release but i do think this style works best in imperial form.

mouthfeeel: medium, dry, moderate bitterness

overall: good stuff

dirtylou, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

sliks96, Dec 18, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Just a tiny bit of light seeps through a deep mahogany body. A luxurious beige head sticks around for quite a while and leaves heaps of lacing.

S - Chocolate is really dominant. Hops are not as prominent as I was expecting, but they are there somewhere, providing subtle aromas of grass and pine.

T - As with the aroma, the flavor is more malt-forward than expected. Tastes a lot more like a rich brown ale. Chocolate is very strong. The hops provide a nice dry aftertaste.

M - Dry on the finish, but otherwise amply full.

O - Solid brew, easy to drink. Very fine-tuned flavors rather than big in-your-face flavors like a lot of beers.

ChimRichels, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

Skylermandela, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

trevorjk, Dec 15, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Glarus’ take on a black IPA. This pours a really deep brown nearly black color, hints of caramel and garnet come though the light. A nice single finger of really fizzy head sits atop but dissipates quickly leaving behind a nice layer of film atop the beer, minimal spotted lacing. Lots of bubbles stick to the glass suggesting high levels of carbonation. It smells wonderful, big hop aromas show off resinous pine and other coniferous aromas while still showcasing some citrusy notes with a really nice bitter coffee layer and some strong chocolate malt undertones. The flavors follow the nose really nicely, strong piney hops with a nice splash of grapefruit citrus burst onto the tongue, a nice layer of roasted coffee comes through at the finish supported by the chocolate malt backbone, really nicely balanced and a great progression. Very bubbly feel, very crisp but a little too many bubbles as it goes down.

Verdict: A really nice black IPA from one of the finest breweries in America. New Glarus never lets me down and this is no exception, great hoppy flavors, great malty flavors, a job well done.

kevanb, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

CummingsK21, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

davidthebruce, Dec 14, 2011
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2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chocolate almost black color with a solid 3 finger tan head. Excellent sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells of roasted chocolate malts with just a little earthy hop presence.

Not as much hop presence as I'd expect. Just a slight citrus flavor on the front end. Some dark roasted malts are present, but really the flavor on this one is lacking.

A bit thin and carbonation on the lower side.

Very disappointed by this one as I've loved almost everything I've had from NG before. It just kind of tastes liked a watered down porter.

jmarsh123, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

zachary80, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

schomber, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever New Glarus beer. Had a friend grab some when he went home for Thanksgiving. Pours a dark brown with a quickly dispersing head. The smell is mildly hoppy with some nutiness. Has a good mouthfeel, not to thick or thin. Taste was bitter, then citrus, then hops, and finished with a dark wood/nut tone. I havent had many dark ipa's but this is one that I will for sure seek out again. Food pairings would be fun with this beer.

gbbass16, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

Montrose79, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

DruD, Dec 09, 2011
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.