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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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915 Ratings

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 69
Gots: 74 | 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 +22.5%

sjstraub, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited at the chance to try this (thanks to a generous relative) - poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Bistre body with burnt umber and chestnut highlights capped by a fist of thick buff foam. Dense ropes of lace; superior retention.

Very fresh evergreen and citrus notes in the nose - malt backed, but bursting with hops. Vague suggestions of rye as well...

Pleasing complex grainy malt bill with hints of cocoa and molasses (as suggested by the description) - bittersweet and dark flavors blend perfectly with the bright full hop elements. Fresh and rich flavors throughout. Increasing earthy/herbaceous/rooty complexity as the ale warms. Finishes dry but free of astringency or any burnt qualities (a common excess of the style in my experience).

Very well carbonated with a full but not heavy mouth-feel.

One of the better examples of the style - unique and expertly balanced.

augustgarage, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -26.5%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of wallrock
5/5  rDev +22.5%

wallrock, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of cradke
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black with dark brown hue when held to the light. Small, fine head that diminishes quickly.

Smell: Lots a pine notes. Very nice, clean hop profile.

Taste: Very pleasant hop profile. Intense pine hop profile up front with very little taste of alcohol. Very pleasant and extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Mild to medium carbonation. Smooth and pleasant texture.

Overall: A great IPA and one of the best black IPA's I've had. A great pine hop profile that doesn't overwhelm but pleases. There is also a great balance with the malt and while 7%, very little alcohol taste.

cradke, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of thetomG
5/5  rDev +22.5%

thetomG, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6pk of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $6.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a slight fluuf off-white head. Scent has chocolate malts, molasses, and bitter hops in the mix. Basically the taste is a more robust version of an IPA. It still has a bitter taset throughout but is nicely complimented by the sweet tastes of chocolate and molasses. A very complex beer that overloads the taste buds at first making for a great sipping beer. A great brew using a more unique style that you just don't find too many of in your local beer store. A must try!

Lemke10, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

KC9LDB, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ChiPool
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the open, BT smelled like the NG IIPA (which i really enjoyed). I wasn't sure what to expect, withthis being my first "black IPA". The benefit is that I have no benchmark...just experience the beer.

Pretty well balanced between hops & malt. The hop presence is piney. Almost no presence of booziness: super smooth. I really think the key to NG beers is to appreciate the subtleties. I know this isn't a "holiday brew"' but i was just able to get my hands on this A few days before T'giving. As a hophead, I prefer this to many of the spiced holiday brews.

Nice, almost sessionable balanced IPA...

ChiPool, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

denimdemon, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of jkrgrs
5/5  rDev +22.5%

jkrgrs, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of johnhenryconway
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

jjheinrichs, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mklinger
5/5  rDev +22.5%

mklinger, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of nppeders
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - jet black, light penetrates the bottom of the tulip glass with a slight reddish hue. Beige head that dissapates to a thin layer and leaves sticky lacing

smell - lots of pine in the aroma, a tiny bit of citrus. Could be a little more aggressive. Slight bit of roast malt in the nose

taste - sweetness coats the back of the throat first followed by a nice piney hop forward taste. Slight bit of roast malt in the flavor, but nothing stout-like about this which is fairly surprising. Not that I mind, I prefer it this way. The finish falls of with a little bitterness.

mouthfeel - thin mouthfeel that makes it extremely drinkable. Medium carbonation.

overall - Probably the most drinkable Black IPA that i've had. It depends on your mood and taste to decide whether that is right for you. This is almost sessionable but is 7%. It certainly is black, and it has a good amount of hop aroma. It's not exceptional in any way.

nppeders, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

sleded, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Treebs
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with some dark ruby/blood orange hues around the edges where the light hits. A one finger light khaki head forms on the pour and stick around for a while and leaves some splotchy, sticky lace down the glass.

S: I definitely get some citrus hops in the nose balanced out with a caramel malt backbone and some light chocolate as well. It's a nice smell, but definitely different.

T: Definitely a different taste. Quite the maze of flavors. Biscuit malts with some light toffee and cocoa. The citrus hops come through in the very end with a finish of slight bitterness. Tastes more like a blend of beer.

M: Between medium and light bodied with great carbonation. Very drinkable with a bitter finish.

O: Not too bad. I felt the flavor profiles were sort of fighting for dominance with the hops just squeaking out a victory. I still don't know what to think of this "Black IPA" style.

Treebs, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

biniek13, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

mykd, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

doucmehu, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hearty black pour with two fingers of creamy khaki foam sitting strongly atop the brew! Aromas kick off with big citric and grapefruit hops that are bright, green and resinous. Somewhat roasted chocolate malts in the backbone with a hint of molasses and caramel sweetness.

First sip brings a mix of roasted grain malts and citric, herbaceous hops. The hops don't come out quite as much as the nose suggested as chocolate, molasses and caramel flavors swirl in as well. Flows down with a nice bitter kick. Nice Black IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with great carbonation. It's hearty but at the same time easily drinkable. A well made beer as I've come to except from New Glarus. For a brewery that does not focus on hops too much I was glad to see them release this and hopefully it will be brewed again sometime!

orbitalr0x, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

SalukiAlum, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

slvrmon82, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

nsmartell, Nov 15, 2011
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.