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 brystmar
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Hjammer
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of Scotchboy
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of soccerfancooch
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of LoraxLager
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Zbrown2307
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of scaliasux
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark brown. Appears clear. Medium-talll, soapy, light brown head. Fairly persistent.

Smell - Citrusy hops most prominent. Pine and oranges. Not picking up much malt.

Taste - Relatively mild dose of sweet dark malts. Only moderately strong citrus hops. Net result is a kind of a dry chocolate orange flavor with a little pine, grass, molasses. Nicely balanced - nothing over the top, very dirinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium and creamy. Dry finish.

Overall - I haven't had many different beers of this style. I can only imagine that many tilt well to one side or other of the malt/hops balance. This one steers a very successful middle course. Flavorful and very nearly quaffable.

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Photo of Bauman1535
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pabney
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mrelizabeth
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of minnesotaryan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Psychotia for hooking me up with this, truely delightful.

Pours an initial deep dark brown which transitions into a deep black with a one finger cream head. Superb lacing.

Smells nice and hoppy, lots of pine and grapefruit. Hints of chocolate and roasty malt.

Taste backs up the nose, really nice balance of hoppy bitterness and sweet and roasty malt.

Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation, very easy to drink.

Another home run from New Glarus, this is really great.

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Photo of wakajawaka76
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of bootsdomino
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a finger of light khaki head, receding to a ring and some surface film. Very good retention and some streaks of lacing.

S: Very light roasted and chocolate malt.

T: Dark malt, a little roast and chocolate, and just a touch smoke which adds a really nice dimension.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Really nice, mild flavors, and extremely easy to drink. Another winner stout from NG.

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Photo of intoflatlines
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of thebigredone
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of 4DaLoveofStout, thanks Brian!

Black Top pours a light bodied dark hazelnut brown that turns to a black as it pools. It has a nice and soft one finger beige colored head and the beer has amber highlights in the light.The nose is clean and hoppy. It's slightly floral and grassy with no roasted notes. I didn't expect that but welcome the change of pace. The flavors are clean and soapy. It's slightly floral and grassy and has a little malt sweetness to it and very light roast. It has nice flavor. It drinks light and dry. I'm a fan. If I had been blindfolded I would have thought that this was a standard IPA and I love that. I wish more breweries were able to capture that aspect.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
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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