Black Top | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Black TopBlack Top
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by cdkrenz on 08-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,053
Reviews:
201
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
118
For Trade:
3
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of diddy4l
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ZombPumpkin
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Millersbrewers
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chris912
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Disclosure #1: if I had to pick one brewer, New Glarus would be it. (See my Place review.)
Disclosure #2: if I had to pick one ale in this style I'm not particularly fond of, this ale would be it.
Disclosure #3: If I were to write long tasting reviews (which I tend not to do because I'd rather comment on the social/cultural contributions of beer), I would not write a long tasting review for this style. Here are my two sentences on taste.

Like many New Glarus beers, this one is straightforward, much like their lagers (maybe that Wisconsin German influence?)
I liked Black Top because its hops are subtle and the brewer did not let the roasted malt make the ale too bitter.

The biggest problem with New Glarus is its distribution. (I don't blame them for not doing business with the Illinois ABC or the state for that matter; being a taxpayer and increasingly awkward citizen.) Back on point, Black Top did not appear as a seasonal this year. Fortunately, I had one left from its last release. Still good.
Went well with a mildly spiced Pad Thai in a BYOB restaurant.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black pour, not used motor oil black, its more fair than that. Tan, 1 inch head. Hoppy aroma that isn't all roast and bitterness, there are some legitimate pine and tropical fruit impact going on here.

Taste was also just great, already establishing itself as a top tier black ale, this one gave more hop mouthfeel flavors than it did roast or bitterness, which it seems 90+% of the black ales do. This one hits with peach, mint, pineapple and pine flavors, so well done.

Would not hesitate to grab more of this.

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright dark brown under a 2” finely bubbled tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Dark roast malt aromas with spicy hops.
T: Light coffee and roast with a bitter hop accent on the finish. F: Clean, smooth medium carbonation and body.
O: A well balanced, easy to drink American Dark Ale.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a great balance of roasted malts and hop character. It goes down smooth, with a slight but pleasant bitterness.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus Black Top has a medium, cream colored head, a dark, reddish-brown, slightly hazy appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, grapefruit hop resin, and the flavor is of the same, with white bread, slight char, and low-to-moderate bitterness in the back of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and New Glarus Black Top finishes semi-dry and easily drinkable.

RJT

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,053 ratings.
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