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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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Justin for this one.

Pours dark mahogany with some copper hints around the edges under a big creamy beige head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is fantastic. Tons of citrus - oranges, pineapples and white grapefruit, not to mention some pine hints. The black roasted malts are subtle but noticeable.

Taste doesn't quite bring the citrus like the aroma with the initial taste having some oranges but there are equal parts chocolate malts and roasted notes. Finish is lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Another excellent brew from New Glarus, a very balanced hoppy black ale in a style where subtlety and balance are not often appreciated.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pstutzman
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark, almost opaque with a lingering tan head.

S. Almost entirely hops. Strong citrus.

T. Dominant hop bitterness, with the slightest hint of dark malt - bordering on a regular IPA. Quite tasty.

M. Medium body.

O. A very good beer. Personally, I'd prefer just the slightest bit more dark malt presence and a hint more hop flavor.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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

Nice pine, citrus and a little spice on the hop dominant aroma. There is a base of dark malt in the background. Nicely done.
More of a dark brown with garnet highlights and quite clear. Tan head that's smallish but with good stamina.
Oh goodness that's a nice drink. Well blended flavors with bright hop flavors and solidifying malt base. But hops are the story. I would venture to guess there is a couple of varieties involved displaying pine, citrus a shot of hop oil that in the end has a relatively short finish and a soft bitterness.
Just shy of a moderate body, but the lighter body really shows in the drinkability. Smooth drink marked a tad by an enhanced carbonation of sharp bubbles.
This amazed me less as I went through it, but it's a fine drink and enjoyable drink, overall.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left.

4.0 S: Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Dry roastiness almost like a schwarzbier with a balancing caramel sweetness. Molasses and brown sugar to round things out.

4.0 T: Easily one of the better black IPAs out there. I think the fact that it isn't super citrusy is why this is so. Moderate roastiness. Caramel and molasses. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Quite good.

4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and reasonably creamy.

4.0 D: Solid all around, this is not something I usually say about a black ipa.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Tulip

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a small 1finger head. Minor retention and some lacing.

S: Smells of pine/resin, malts and some roasted malts. I also get a hint of some nuttyness, although it could just be the malts.

T: Hop foward. Pine/resin, some spice followed by roasted malts. A little bit of alcohol on the end.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Rich and creamy up front but watery on the end.

O: Overall, a decent Black Ale. Plenty of hops and roasted malts but falls on it's face towards the end of the taste. Way to watery which almost drowns out the flavors for me.

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Photo of Jfriz25
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very dark, almost black with some amber hints near the edges where light is creeping in.

Smell- Hop forward with citrus and pine. Reminds me of two hearted a little.

Taste- I get the same citrus as in the nose but there is a nice roasty burnt flavor. I would have expected more bitterness given the amount of hop flavor but it stays in check.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium body, doesn't stand out in a good or bad way.

Overall- This is probably my new favorite New Glarus and black IPA in general.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

12 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Backlit Black Top is reddish-brown mahogany with some clumpy brownish white head and some fat bubbles along the rim.

Smells gummy...bubble gum and citrus along with some pine and a dusting of cocoa powder. There's an underlying chocolate cake as well.

Dry chocolate, bark, hop bitterness, some pine, and a lingering faint citrus rind. This batch around feels less hop centric, which I find a bummer.

Mouthfeel is light and drying while the carbonation veers towards the high end.

Well, New Glarus continues to make solid, if sometimes unspectacular, beers. I love having them accessible, affordable, and never a bad bottle or qc issue. Having said that, this batch isn't quite as vibrant as last year's.

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Photo of Keffa
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of InebriatedJoker. Thanks Mike.

Live review, bottle poured into my 16oz snifter.

A: Pours pitch black, 1.5 finger tan head that settles to a thin skim and ring. Lacing holds on everywhere, albeit a little patchy. Good start.

S: Oh yeah, this is my kind of black IPA. Citrus, resin, and pine are right up front, with a light roast and molasses note behind that. Really, REALLY nice. I can't wait to get into this one.

T: Follows the nose, and is really solid. Maybe a bit more roast and a wee bit of alcohol shows up in the aftertaste, but not enough to hurt the experience.

M: Creamy, well carbonated, coating, and finishes bitter although a bit abrupt.

O: Very solid black IPA. One of the better ones I've had, and probably the easiest drinking one that I've had. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
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