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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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975 Ratings

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Ratings: 975
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 74
Gots: 91 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this a while back but for some reason skipped over it when going through my notes. Shared by Nate at BYOB before the Indiana Jones - Temple of Boobs burlesque.

A - A half-finger of light tan foam settles to a thick collar and some splotchy lace. Dark brown body that is a bit lighter at the fringes.

S - Big citrus hop aroma with a touch of pine as well. Roasted malts contributed some caramel and chocolate notes. This was probably between 2-3 months old when I had it but the nose was still quite potent and hoppy.

T - Taste isn't quite as good, but it's still a largely enjoyable blend of citrus, roasted malts, and a light sprinkling of cocoa powder. I appreciate the low level of bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, smooth texture, and no obvious alcohol.

D - This is the sort of Black IPA that I like most - low bitterness, big hop aroma, and only light chocolate and black malt notes. Crushable stuff, and with a great price to boot!

Photo of Billakowski
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. No date on bottle.

Tarnished copper to cola brown body. Slight murkiness. Half finger of thick, tight, light khaki head. Good lacing. Mix of roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, citrus, pine resin, and tropical fruit on the nose.

Slightly tannic, roasted coffee bitterness up front. Metallic twang as well. Caramel and fruit sweetness bloom in the foreground as roasted malt and hop bitterness builds in the background. Hop flavors of pine and citrus mix nicely with the milk chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit sweetness. Lingering citrus notes in the otherwise caramel-fruit finish. Medium body with a nice, creamy feel. Don't know how fresh this is, but I can believe that the hops have faded a little. Still, I really enjoyed this beer!

Photo of Mrpickles
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dragomni
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of bierbrauer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally. Bottle dated day #301 or October 28, 2011, just over 2 months old. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, very nearly black with 1"+ fluffy, tan head that drops quickly; some thin lacing, w/ about 50% coverage; no effervescence is evident.

S: Cinnamon/spice; herbs & damp grass; baked goods; light citrus.

T: Sharp and hoppy pine; sweet malt, then slightly sour; bready malt; some rising bitterness.

M: Creamy; medium body and medium carbonation, dry finish; no warming.

O: Quite drinkable; balanced, with some complexity; an interesting style -- another good release from a leading Wisconsin brewery.

Photo of gatornation
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle BO date approx 11/02

A-pours a clear light black color with some brown hues a fast receding tan head and some adequate lacing

S- was roasted malts and citrus hops some choc/coffee smells

T- follows the nose with roasted malts and choc/coffee first but som pine and citrus hops are here, but more malts than hops

M- low medium carbonation with a smooth texture a bit of bitterness

O- a good black ipa mine was 2 months old so some of the hops may have faded, a solid tasty brew would like a fresher one, creamy malty and citrus inspired brew

Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pirmannt1
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of FievelGoesWest
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of fergster75
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of oldvines
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bigben94
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of strangebrew52
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Mrrahn
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ChimRichels
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.