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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3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: quarter finger head that doesnt last long on a deep amber brown body with some red tinges.

S: tangerine and orange citrus, brown sugar, caramel and roasted malts. Overall mild.

T: This one is pretty sweet and chocolately to me. The hops seem to be represented by citrus but I was wanting more earthy and roasted flavors but its really more of a heavy caramel malt IPA over black IPA to me.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: wanted more from the hops personally. Still a very good beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is more like a regular IPA than the style they were going for in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a hoppy black ale that combines sweet and roasted barley and chocolate malt with a rather delicate, if high volume, citrusy hopping. a very interesting marriage of flavors here. not as black as expected, dark brown glowing amber in the light under an inch of off white fluff that settles slowly. the nose here is citrus hops and roasted barley with all of its attendant bitterness. seems brighter than it looks, and a sturdy ale yeast ties the two together. the flavor starts and ends with the dark malt. not brutally dark, but earthen and well roasted. the hops are only in the middle, not in the finish, which i find odd and enjoyable. lemons and even kiwi fruit are coming from the hops, a very cool palate, before the wave of dark barley washes them clean. id like a little more body in this one, the flavors are great but the journey from a to b is too short. carbonation could also use a little kick up. overall though a very cool beer from new glarus. thanks to drlovemd87 for bringing this one back for me.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a very deep brown color, a decent looking tan colored head on top. The retention settles leaving a thin film over top of the beer and a scattered lacing. The smell of the beer is aromatic, it's got a nice piney hop aroma blended with the roasted earthy malts and chocolate in there too. The taste is really balanced, it's got a hoppy flavor upfront with a chocolatey roasted aftertaste. It's not nearly as hoppy as some of the Black IPA's out there. The mouthfeel is smooth, it's rich and slightly creamy. The carbonation is really nice also. Overall this is a very good beer, high drinkability with a lot of flavor. Enjoyable for sure!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Bell's pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Bottle courtesy of crewfan16 in our last trade. Thanks again, buddy! Expectations are high.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a very dark ruby-black; nontransparent and opaque. Head is two fingers of khaki cream featuring good thickness and retention. The label's description of the body colour as "jet black" is downright wrong. Lacing is decent. Retains for a good four minutes; I won't be waiting because I can't wait to taste it. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramel malt, pleasant floral hops, hints of well executed hoppy pine notes, some orange citrus, and chocolate when I really really look for it. Can't say I detect molasses. A very fresh and pleasant moderate strength aroma.

T: A pleasant balance of citrus, pine, and dominant floral hops. Hints of chocolate and brief emergences of dark malts. No molasses. Marvelously balanced. Hints of yeasty spice and the illusion of fruit from the hop esters. Quite tasty and subtle. Brewed with the understanding that IPA brewing is not a game of dicksizing IBUs and hop content. I'm impressed. Still, it does come off a bit simple, if only from its seemingly effortless construction. I quite like it.

Mf: Smooth, slightly creamy, silky, and wet. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavours nicely. Some delicacy is involved.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, especially for the style. Another solid brew from New Glarus, a brewery that is really meeting my high expectations so far. I remain impressed. I've had few better beers in the style. The marriage of mouthfeel to flavour is particularly impressive here. Every IPA fan should try this. The silky texture was a highlight. That said, its simplicity does hold it back.


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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super sticky and creamy tan foam, fluffy and billowing above the rim of the glass. Slow to recede, sticking to the sides of the glass in sheets and three dimensional clusters. Dark mahogany brown with a reddish ruby glint in the light.

Superb grapefruit and sweet citrus, integrated with the mellow richness of roasted malts. Sweet hop resin, begins to approach dank greenery, but stops short.

Smooth and well integrated flavors, leaning to the sweet side with minimal roastiness, just a bit of dark malt sweetness and plenty of hoppy citrus notes. Grapefruit, orange rind, and toasted malt pretty much sum up the flavors. Mellow on the roast and stout/porter aspects, low bitterness, full hop flavor. Pretty unique interpretation of a Black IPA if you ask me.

Thanks orbitalr0x for the bottle!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to paco1029384756 for this one.

Pours a big fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with hints of lacing, over very dark brown color, slight hint of ruby light sneaking through the edges.

Nose wafts tons of hops, I could smell it on the pour. Lots of citrus, tangerine and orange zest, some pine, bit of grapefruit, and hint of musty resins. Also there is a bit of darker creamy porter like malts, hint of caramel and black malts.

Taste brings hops as well, more of the bright fresh hop flavors, more pine as well, hints of tangerine and citrus, bit of earthy and chewy hops as well. Then come the malts, bit of caramel and dark malt flavors, hint creamy, slight hint of molasses and honey like sweet malt flavors, and even slightly chewy. Finishes semi bitter but never gets overly bitter, with some lingering pine and earthy hops as well as chewy darker malt flavors.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice hop profile that really explodes, some nice malts to back it up, nothing goes over the top or out of place, drinkable and tasty.

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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ours with a small head of off white foam on a very dark brown body. A nicely spicy hop aroma with notes of pine and citrus. Thick malt up front with a nicely balanced hop character. Notes of orange and grapefruit and light roast in the finish. Very drinkable, this has a great hop flavor and just enough dark malt character to make it more than an issue of appearance.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.

Pours very dark brown with a nice two-finger off-white head. Good retention and some sticky lacing as it falls. The nose has some nice pine and roast, plus backing citrus. Flavor meshes the hops and the backing roasted malt quite well. This is how an ABA should be done. Body is medium with a touch of acrid roast dryness plus hop bitterness cutting through. Quite good.

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Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
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