Black Top
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Style:
American Black Ale
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 10.73%
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
1,090
From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  94
Gots
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SCORE
91
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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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1000th rating of Black Top!

Pours with a huge head that leaves copious lacing on the glass. I'm not the biggest fan of the black IPA style but I have no complaints. The malts provide a slightly sweet caramel flavor the melds well with the citrusy hops (the bottle says the hops are piney and citrusy, but I get more citrus than pine).

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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.

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Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1090 ratings