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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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959 Ratings

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 71
Gots: 82 | 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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5/5  rDev +22.2%

ericjubeck, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Acquired via trade

A nearly black pour, though though in actuality, it's a very dark brown with a three-finger high light brown head. This beer leaves the glass covered in sheets and irregular lines of lines. By all measurements, this is a truly gorgeous beer.

A very nice, well integrated, and balanced aroma. It's nearly perfect for the style. The hop aromas come in waves of pine and grapefruit, while there's discernible roast, earth, and coffee elements as well.. This is terrific.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, but not quite as bright and vibrant as I was expecting. There's still a good amount of pine and grapefruit presence, backed up nicely by earthy roast and a little coffee. Very nice.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

A delicious black IPA.

ehammond1, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of GripitandSipit
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

GripitandSipit, Mar 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Sidaot, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Petrofessor
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Petrofessor, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of bretsky07
4.5/5  rDev +10%

bretsky07, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of GORUM
4.5/5  rDev +10%

GORUM, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a thick murky dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light beige creamy head that had decent retention and some good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a pine hop, a roasted grain malt and a mild moldy yeast with notes of caramel, coffee, a bit of chocolate and licorice.

The taste was mildly sweet and acidic with notes of caramel and licorice at first and then became lightly bitter with a note of coffee and a piney hop finish. The flavor only stuck around for a short while with the taste fading rather quickly, leaving behind a mild piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel was just a bit under medium in body with a dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a mildly hoppy Black IPA that was very easy going down, and had an enjoyable aftertaste...

KajII, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

thefizzo, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

volta, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

groovy24, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Steggun, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Fitzmke, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle included in the killer WI-box sent down to me from my man, BeerFMAndy. Really excited to try this one! Popped it open and into a pint glass she went...

Pours a dark Cola-like ruddy black with light edges. Inch worth of beige head on top, of the creamy sort, leaving gobs of lace in its wake. The nose on this beer is phenomenal! Aromas of pine needles, citrus, faint whisps of roast, damp trail. I dipped my nose in, and it never wanted to leave.

Nice hefty body holds up well with the ABV and bitterness. Carbonation is moderately low, which is no complaint. This being a fall-release, I was a little worried that this beer lost too much of its character. I never had this one "off the press," but I find it hard to believe it was much better than it is now, because this was fantastic. Big hoppy flavors abound. Sharp and flavorful. Semi-sweet finish. Mild dark maltiness noted, but the hops take over. Superb beer.

Andy, I hope you enjoy this review, because I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Thanks again!

Onenote81, Jan 30, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cola brown-black with about an inch of khaki head that has quite a long life and leaves good lacing down the glass. The bouquet is great--wonderful pine and citrus hops mingling with the roasted malts. The aroma is reminiscent of their Moon Man APA. The taste strikes a great balance between the hops and malts: A rush of pine hops at the start is accompanied by a sturdy backbone of roasted malt that rides out most of the beer's life on the tongue. Only after the malt has subsided does the really nice pine and citrus peel bitterness of the hops come back. One of my favorite things about this particular style is the mouthfeel. Black Top drinks a lot like a stout, with great body and surprising creaminess. And I appreciate the fact that the lingering hop bitterness doesn't have an overt acidity or leave a syrupy residue on the tongue.

While I'm not a huge fan of the ABA style, I find Black Top to be one of the most enjoyable beers that New Glarus has put out. It has fine balance and complexity, and it's a beer that can be returned to again and again (I recommend this while ice fishing). Definitely worth trying for yourself.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

tripelhops, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

theminutemen, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of tvv375ia
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown/black with dark ruby edges with about a finger of head

S-mostly citrus hops grapefruit and lemon with a bit of Carmel malts

T-much like the smell, starts of as grapefruit then some Carmel after the citrus and the a lemon finish

M-good carbonation with a dry finish

O-solid beer to the style good all around

tvv375ia, Jan 19, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear mahogany brown with a light brown head that lingers. Nice lacing.

Aroma is citrusy hops, grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin orange--slightly sweet. Some slightly sweet brown malts. Very citrusy at first, but then starts to fade out.

Some bitter citrus and piney hops upfront. Roasty and bready malts come through in the middle to balance out the bitterness. Citrus hopiness comes back at the finish. Grapefruit flavor without the bitterness. Becomes more roasty at the finish as it warms.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Oily.

Drinks mostly like an IPA with a hint of roasted malt. Very citrusy. Good balance. High drinkability. Excellent take on a kind of gimmicky style.


sidetracked, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

beersis81, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

hilgart1, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

nucmedmario, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

zonker17, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

zchall23, Jan 11, 2012
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.