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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 79
Gots: 105 | 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

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Beer added by: cdkrenz on 08-27-2011

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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pine, citrus and a little spice on the hop dominant aroma. There is a base of dark malt in the background. Nicely done.
More of a dark brown with garnet highlights and quite clear. Tan head that's smallish but with good stamina.
Oh goodness that's a nice drink. Well blended flavors with bright hop flavors and solidifying malt base. But hops are the story. I would venture to guess there is a couple of varieties involved displaying pine, citrus a shot of hop oil that in the end has a relatively short finish and a soft bitterness.
Just shy of a moderate body, but the lighter body really shows in the drinkability. Smooth drink marked a tad by an enhanced carbonation of sharp bubbles.
This amazed me less as I went through it, but it's a fine drink and enjoyable drink, overall.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left.

4.0 S: Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Dry roastiness almost like a schwarzbier with a balancing caramel sweetness. Molasses and brown sugar to round things out.

4.0 T: Easily one of the better black IPAs out there. I think the fact that it isn't super citrusy is why this is so. Moderate roastiness. Caramel and molasses. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Quite good.

4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and reasonably creamy.

4.0 D: Solid all around, this is not something I usually say about a black ipa.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Tulip

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a small 1finger head. Minor retention and some lacing.

S: Smells of pine/resin, malts and some roasted malts. I also get a hint of some nuttyness, although it could just be the malts.

T: Hop foward. Pine/resin, some spice followed by roasted malts. A little bit of alcohol on the end.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Rich and creamy up front but watery on the end.

O: Overall, a decent Black Ale. Plenty of hops and roasted malts but falls on it's face towards the end of the taste. Way to watery which almost drowns out the flavors for me.

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4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very dark, almost black with some amber hints near the edges where light is creeping in.

Smell- Hop forward with citrus and pine. Reminds me of two hearted a little.

Taste- I get the same citrus as in the nose but there is a nice roasty burnt flavor. I would have expected more bitterness given the amount of hop flavor but it stays in check.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body, doesn't stand out in a good or bad way.

Overall- This is probably my new favorite New Glarus and black IPA in general.

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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Backlit Black Top is reddish-brown mahogany with some clumpy brownish white head and some fat bubbles along the rim.

Smells gummy...bubble gum and citrus along with some pine and a dusting of cocoa powder. There's an underlying chocolate cake as well.

Dry chocolate, bark, hop bitterness, some pine, and a lingering faint citrus rind. This batch around feels less hop centric, which I find a bummer.

Mouthfeel is light and drying while the carbonation veers towards the high end.

Well, New Glarus continues to make solid, if sometimes unspectacular, beers. I love having them accessible, affordable, and never a bad bottle or qc issue. Having said that, this batch isn't quite as vibrant as last year's.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of InebriatedJoker. Thanks Mike.

Live review, bottle poured into my 16oz snifter.

A: Pours pitch black, 1.5 finger tan head that settles to a thin skim and ring. Lacing holds on everywhere, albeit a little patchy. Good start.

S: Oh yeah, this is my kind of black IPA. Citrus, resin, and pine are right up front, with a light roast and molasses note behind that. Really, REALLY nice. I can't wait to get into this one.

T: Follows the nose, and is really solid. Maybe a bit more roast and a wee bit of alcohol shows up in the aftertaste, but not enough to hurt the experience.

M: Creamy, well carbonated, coating, and finishes bitter although a bit abrupt.

O: Very solid black IPA. One of the better ones I've had, and probably the easiest drinking one that I've had. Definitely worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cola brown with good, light khaki head, some sticky lacing. Scent brings balance of piney and citrus hops with a sweet and lightly toasted malt backbone. Piney hops at the front with some citrus notes, malts have an odd combo of lightly sweet and burnt, almost molasses like. Strangely bubbly and lighter in body. A little too light on the hops and "interesting" on the malts for me to love.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, two fingers of head that slowly faded to a 1/4" bed of foam. Deep reddish brown, nice lacing, good clarity for a dark beer.

Smells of earthy citrus. Slight pine notes.

Tastes different than it smells. Big notes of pine, followed by faint citrus aromas with some dankness on the finish. Mild carbonic bite washes over the palate.

Thin-ish bodied, easy to drink. Creamy for a thin beer, good carbonation.

Not a remarkable beer, not bad by any means, but not something I'll long for. Great example though, just not my favorite style.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into DFH globe

Pours a dark brown/black with a nice tan head that dissolves into nice lacing on the glass. Very appetizing, yet subtle, scents of citrus hops and a bit of roasted malt with a touch of pine. Taking a sip releases a sharp blast of dark roasty malts paired with orange and grapefruit, melding together perfectly...excellent! I think the carbonation level of this beer is perfect, as well as the viscosity, which is medium-bodied and perfectly fitting for the style. Take care not to drink this one too quickly. Another home run for New Glarus. Will definitely buy more than a single next time I see this.

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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Handsome black pour with thick, frothy, tan head spawning atop the body. Leaves sticky lace. Nothing special about the aroma, though: piney hops and touch of malt; no roastyness to be found.

Strong, roasty malt base blends harmoniously with the hops and pine. Smooth and refined. With this much malt to support the hoppiness, Black Top becomes a recommended beer for those who typically dislike IPAs. A gateway drug, per se.

New Glarus delivers once again with Black Top!

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Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
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