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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cdkrenz on 08-27-2011

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Photo of brock146
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a dark chocolate color with a thin white/tan head

S - Citrus and piney hope smell.

T - Tropical hops and roasted malt. A slight carmel flavor with some pine and citrus to back it up.

M - Much thinner than I was hoping for. Thin and bubbly.

O - Decent black IPA. It is much like the rest of the New Glarus offerings in that I was expecting much more out of the beer than it actually provided. Another beer from NG that I feel doesn't live up to all the hype. I just wish that the minds at work in New Glarus Wisconsin would be a little bit more bold when it comes to their brews. However, I may be tainted by trying to compare it to Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Vogie
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of StlHopHead77
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mjohnson17
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Respect_the_Saaz
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of 4amepiphany
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pkrager5
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of SCZ
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a dark black pour with 2 fingers of creme colored foamy head leaving behind tons of lacing. smells of grapefruit and dark roasted grains.. definitely a fresh black ipa! a dark bitterness coming from the dark grain bill, with a nice floral/citrusy hop profile that balances this beer out perfectly and takes the attention away from the color. medium body, slightly creamy, mostly sticky.. medium carbonation.

i think aside from wookey jack, this is one of my top black ipa picks. too bad it's not available here!

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Omnium
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a dark brown, one finger head, light lacing.
S - Has a roasted nutty quality to it, some decent pine and other earthy hop scents, and a mild toffee malt.
T - Taste follows the smell a lot but this is really a lot more like a brown ale than a black, which isnt bad, but I'm not sure how to lean on it, the hoppiness does come through midway.
M - Creamy yet enough bitterness to cut through.
O - Its not really a black ale, but its still pretty good, but there's better black IPA's out there.

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Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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