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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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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4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, darker than a straight Coke. Golden full three finger head.

S: I got more malt than anything, maybe a little coffee and citrus. A strong hit of malt right off the pour though.

T: Not at all bitter for what I'd expect and lacks the depth that I'd expect. I do get the coffee notes and a dark chocolate with a bit of citrus feel that lingers. Malt falls off quick.

M: Leans more toward a watery stout than a Black IPA. Its smooth and warms my mouth despite the temperature.

O: Its a nice balance when I want the hops from an IPA and the malt of a stout and drinks much easier without the bitterness that some nights turn me off from an IPA.

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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into HF "fest" sherry glass. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for sending this cool extra.

A- Pours a dark brownish black that appears almost opaque in the glass. A thin amount of head that recedes fairly quickly to a flat top, not a ton of lacing, about average carbonation.

S- Aromas of citrus hops, some dark malts, and maybe a slight smokiness that balances well. About average aroma.

T- Citrus hops of oranges, light pineapple, with a slight bitterness, some lightly roasty dark malts, finishes with more citrus fruits and a very slight cocoa presence. Interesting flavor profile, but nothing that is overly aggressive.

M- Fairly thin, not a ton of carbonation, easy drinking.

O- This was a slightly above average black IPA. It was good and had a nice aroma/taste profile but there wasn't anything about it that made it stand out too much. Definitely something that I would drink again, but nothing that I would necessarily seek out.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a coca cola color with a foamy tan head with excellent retention and lacing
S-lots of citrus in the nose
T-more citrus and some roasted chocolate notes in the background
M-smooth medium bodied
O-well balanced and very good beer, not quite as complex as I would have expected but still a great brew

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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