Black Top | New Glarus Brewing Company

1,053 Ratings
Black TopBlack Top

Brewed by:
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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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Photo of BWED
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice

A- Deep dark brown and hazy. Light tan head with nice retention though hanging very low. Good lacing.

S- Big pine hop and some dry citrus rind. Very subtle sweet malt and caramel.

T- Mild caramel. Finish is pine.

M- Full bodied, with a bitter, dry finish. The finish, however, doesn't linger.

O- Very very good. It isn't over the top, which I'm learning that New Glarus is very good at that. It's a lot more mild than the big black ales I've had before, but it still holds the same qualities of a great one.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

12oz bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter today 8/22/2013. Have had at least a six pack of this in the past year or so but this is the first time I'm able to sit down and review this beer on its own merits.

Pours a dark mahogany brown, not far off from black but definitely not black with a large, fluffy 2-finger tan head that slowly dissipates into a bubbly film that aggregates in the collar. Lacing is very nice here as well- it sticks well on the side of the glass I'm drinking from. All in all, a very nice looking dark beer.

I can smell a good bit of citrus flavours initially. Lots of citrus- tangerines, orange, even a bit of grapefruit. Or maybe the orange=grapefruit, I don't know. But its definitely citrusy. I can smell a faint background of dark malts- very faint coffee, toffee and some sweet candied sugar. When its chilled, its very hop dominant. When it warms up, the malts come out a little bit more. Still rather hop-forward and pungent.

It tastes very much like a sweet IPA. Lots of tangerines and orange in the flavour throughout, and the coffee and chocolate kind of poke out in the middle a little bit. But this is very much a hoppy beer. The flavours don't meld together quite that well compared to the nose but this is still tasty.

Medium bodied brew that isn't too sticky or dry; it is actually quite refreshing. Aftertaste is rather citrusy. Carbonation is just right for this beer. Generally a smooth, hoppy flavoured beer that has a different sweet background, likely from the different types of malts used.

Its a very good black IPA. Don't think I've had a better one in a while, if ever. As a guy who loves Black Butte Porter/Eddy Fitz Porter/etc., I would like a bit more of that roasty malt presence in a Black IPA- that is what would really do it for me. Anyway, if you like both IPAs and porters, this is an interesting one for you to try.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

A: Clear deep brown body under an inch of dense, creamy tan head. Terrific retention and lacing. Attractive.

S: Piney hops dominate, with some dark chocolate malt in the background. Simple and good.

T: Spicy, piney hops up front, with the roasted malts contributing some coffee notes toward the end. Clean, bitter, herbal finish. Balanced, flavorful, and drinkable. Great.

M: Creamy, soft medium body. Delicate and rich at the same time.

O: Excellent hoppy dark ale (I prefer to stay out of the naming controversy), and one of the few examples of the style that I find genuinely drinkable. I could easily put away several of these, which is impressive given their strength of both ABV and flavor intensity. Another winner from New Glarus, and an incredible value as a $7-$8 sixpack.


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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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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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