Black Top | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.09/5
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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

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Added by cdkrenz on 08-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,475
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
1,086
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
131
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 1,086 |  Reviews: 208
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

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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

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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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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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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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Photo of FBarber
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black color. Thick velvety tan head dissipates somewhat leaving lots of sticky lacing and about a half finger of residual foam. Head re-constitutes even while drinking the beer. Gorgeous looking beer.

Smell has notes of roasted malts and some lightly citrusy floral hops.

Taste has notes of caramel and dark roasted malts. Light citrus and grapefruit notes along with some floral hops come through on the back end with a mild bitterness. There is a mint like flavor in here that I keep picking up on as well. Adds some lightness to the flavors.

Feel is medium bodied and coats the mouth. Mild carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall this is an outstanding black ale - one of the few I really enjoyed and would drink again.

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3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,086 ratings