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Black Top | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 1,066 |  Reviews: 205
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Pours a dark, cola brown with good, light khaki head, some sticky lacing. Scent brings balance of piney and citrus hops with a sweet and lightly toasted malt backbone. Piney hops at the front with some citrus notes, malts have an odd combo of lightly sweet and burnt, almost molasses like. Strangely bubbly and lighter in body. A little too light on the hops and "interesting" on the malts for me to love.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, two fingers of head that slowly faded to a 1/4" bed of foam. Deep reddish brown, nice lacing, good clarity for a dark beer.

Smells of earthy citrus. Slight pine notes.

Tastes different than it smells. Big notes of pine, followed by faint citrus aromas with some dankness on the finish. Mild carbonic bite washes over the palate.

Thin-ish bodied, easy to drink. Creamy for a thin beer, good carbonation.

Not a remarkable beer, not bad by any means, but not something I'll long for. Great example though, just not my favorite style.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mychalg9
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into DFH globe

Pours a dark brown/black with a nice tan head that dissolves into nice lacing on the glass. Very appetizing, yet subtle, scents of citrus hops and a bit of roasted malt with a touch of pine. Taking a sip releases a sharp blast of dark roasty malts paired with orange and grapefruit, melding together perfectly...excellent! I think the carbonation level of this beer is perfect, as well as the viscosity, which is medium-bodied and perfectly fitting for the style. Take care not to drink this one too quickly. Another home run for New Glarus. Will definitely buy more than a single next time I see this.

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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Handsome black pour with thick, frothy, tan head spawning atop the body. Leaves sticky lace. Nothing special about the aroma, though: piney hops and touch of malt; no roastyness to be found.

Strong, roasty malt base blends harmoniously with the hops and pine. Smooth and refined. With this much malt to support the hoppiness, Black Top becomes a recommended beer for those who typically dislike IPAs. A gateway drug, per se.

New Glarus delivers once again with Black Top!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz bottle poured into a Leinenkugel's mug.

Picked up a 6 pack from a gas station in Oconomowoc yesterday evening. God bless you Wisconsin!

A: Pours a deep deep DEEP brownish-red. Gives way to a light creamy brown head. A little over a finger and a half to start, slowly dissipating to a trace amount.

S: Refreshing pine notes that fade into a mellow chocolate haze. Little hints of some rye maybe?

T: Burnt toast, or any burnt/charred food. Grapefruit bitterness, orange peel. Rye again maybe? Very subtle, and I MEAN subtle sweetness; the type of "sweetness" present in a dark chocolate bar.

M: Nice and frothy. Sleek and smooth down the gullet.

O: I approve of the black IPA trend. Surprisingly drinkable for how bitter it is. Does NOT destroy the palate. I would have liked a bit more of the sweet scent to translate into my tastebuds, as this guy is a little too charred for my liking, but I would gladly buy another 6 of this guy.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Aaron (thanks man!) poured into my Jackie O's tulip.

A: Dark brown pours borders on black in the glass...big light khaki head with some nice lacing...carbonation visible on the sides of the glass.

S: Woody pine and spiked sweet orange/orange peel...sweet hemp seeds, with lots of floral & oily hop notes.

T: Citric oil, pine sap, flowery hemp, faint burnt caramel, orange sweetness and an underlying cloying sweetness, almost alcoholic...herbal finish.

MF: Moderate body for a beer of this abv, creamy body, dry-ish finish.

O: Decent Black Ale, easy to drink at first but a bit cloying and overwhelming with the sweetness of that particular hop profile.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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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%

Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,066 ratings
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