Black Top | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cdkrenz on 08-27-2011

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1.26/5  rDev -69.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

App: Normal dark beer appearence with a decent head.

Smell: Bitter to the nose, thought it a recycle plastic smell.

Taste: Name of the Beer says it all, tar and asphalt.

Mouth: Just not my cup of tea.

Do not like this beer. I would drink it over most IPA's but I really disliked this one.

My brother would tell you otherwise, but lets just say he got to finish the six pack.

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1.5/5  rDev -63.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.54/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chocolate almost black color with a solid 3 finger tan head. Excellent sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells of roasted chocolate malts with just a little earthy hop presence.

Not as much hop presence as I'd expect. Just a slight citrus flavor on the front end. Some dark roasted malts are present, but really the flavor on this one is lacking.

A bit thin and carbonation on the lower side.

Very disappointed by this one as I've loved almost everything I've had from NG before. It just kind of tastes liked a watered down porter.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.87/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Not black, but closed to it. Dark ruby body when held up to the light. The head is off-white and settles pretty quickly. Would have wished for this sucker to be a little more opaque.

S - Great aroma of pine needles, lime, and roast. Very enticing. A good aromatic balance of American hops and dark malt.

T - This is where this beer lacks for me, unfortunately. I was hoping for a greater malt and/or hop presence. It starts with a pretty subdued citrus hop flavor and quickly moves to light roastyness then fades altogether. Could have used a little more lingering flavor from either the hops or malt. Perhaps some more flavoring hops and a little crystal malt?? Also not a whole lot of bitterness for any style of an IPA...

M - Somewhat sticky but a little watery. Moderate carbonation and a strange grittiness to it.

O- I tend to look at Cascadian Dark Ales as a full-flavored beer that blows your palate but you can only have one or two a night. I could probably drink 10 of these if i had to, but thats not really a good thing. Its pretty watery and lacking the robust flavor promised by the roasty, hoppy aroma. NG tends to make more approachable beers, which this is, but maybe not every style needs to be made approachable. I would say this is the first New Glarus beer i've had where they really dropped the ball. Its a Black IPA, but not a very good one.

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