Black Top | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cdkrenz on 08-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
1,088
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
135
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 1,088 |  Reviews: 210
Photo of Jlswen2945
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Roasted chocolate and coffee with a nice citrus bite. Resinous finish leads to a nearly perfect mouthfeel for the style. Excellent representation of this style. Thanks DOC.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rwinsand
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Eman17
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewSTL
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

This hidden gem took me by surprise. If you get a chance to try one, go for it. Fully favor and a full boutique of flora and taste. Great lacing, effervescence and coloration. A friend gave me a bottle and now I wish I had a second.

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Photo of Hotdonna
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Typically, I enjoy a higher IBU in an IPA. Blacktop however, has a great balance of citrus and chocolate that keeps me intrigued.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours coffee brown with a nice tan cap; good retention and a webby pattern of lace

Smell: Grapefruit and pine, with an underpinning of chocolate and caramel

Taste: The hops intermingle with the chocolate malt from the outset, bringing a bitter edge to the chocolate and caramel tones; the piney bitterness builds, through the middle, but the sweeter tones persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Not among my favorite styles but still very well handled

Thanks, Virby44, for the opportunity

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Photo of Ichoosefiction
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jws7968
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of christimm
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly translucent body, dark brown, with a light tan head, persistent. Lots of lacing on the edge, coating the glass with thin ribbons.

S - Nose of pine and roasted malts, fairly quiet, honey and molasses.

T - Bright front of pine, lingering orange zest and flesh, roasted malts, and a tail of mild bitterness.

M - A tickle of carbonation, with minimal dryness.

O - Pleasant and tasty, with bright flavors that mingle citrus hops and fine roasted malts. Delicious.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of afinepilsner
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Crackerdevil
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of c014572
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm at a loss for describing this. Has a very hoppy aroma from what smells like dry hopping. I was expecting this to be a more bitter and heavily hopped beer but was taken back with how smooth and balanced this was. Exceptional offering.

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Photo of aleigator
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours totally black with a great, creamy beige head.

Nose is pretty muted, with a note of exotic fruits and a herbal layer becoming visible.

Has a smooth mouthfeel with a silk, refreshing medium body.

Tastes of roasty malts, mellow earth and herbal hops among bakers chocolate. Turns hoppier after the swallow with ripe oranges and juicy kiwi among more chocolate and a note of toffee. Finishes a bit smoky, dry with a bakers chocolate backbone.

Solid black IPA, which does not smell of much, but tastes of an intense interplay between fruity hops and sweet, earthy malts.

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Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,088 ratings