Aroma- fantastic. Slight toast- maltyness clean hop
Slight coffee over flavorful malt and a great cascadee hop.
So well balanced- so easy to drink.
This is a young style and there are a lot of contenders out there. I think the mid west has a great entry for a standard to compare others to. This is an enjoyable cascadian dark and that's the key point I'll hold others to. Loving it.
A: Deep, dark brown with medium thick light-tan foam.
S: Light floral and citrus. And the very light roasted malt has a slight nuttiness or woodiness to it. The flavor notes synch up into a very appealing aroma.
T: Really nice taste, and again the flavor notes mix very well together. The hop fruit is most like pineapple, but it blends so quickly into the most perfect roasted malt taste I've ever had. It's very refreshing and almost seems light for a medium weight and alcohol style. If there's a hop bitterness it's as a perfect ingredent, not a distraction in any way.
O: This is a really good beer and like the best of New Glarus it's perfection is slowly revealed. Any doubts that the Black IPA style is a gimmick should be dis-splled by this brew. And, the other myth of this style being only done well by the West Coast brewers is shattered. Another big win for a championship team.
Reviewed: Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 22:18:01
Pours clear on the edges until it fades to opaque. Tan foam covers the beer an inch deep. Retention is quite quick with a ring-like lacing.
Aroma is mixed as it comes and goes, interestingly. Fruit (tropical) and citrus hops play with light roast.
Taste is clean. Hops start immediately: tropical (pineapple) and citrus then a mix of caramel and light dark malt. There is a fruity bitterness that finishes quickly and nicely.
Medium body and light end of medium carbonation. Of course the hops dry.
Another solid offering from New Glarus. Over the last year they have flexed their hop muscle, proving they can brew any style and well. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 22:12:23
Tasted: Thursday, September 08, 2011
$1.50 for 12 oz. bottle
One fine body…
We invite you to discover this newest beer style Black IPA. Political debate rages over the origins of this jet black beer as both coasts feel they deserve credit. Our Black Top is a pleasant road connecting Villages and Communities statewide on a ride of Black IPA discovery.
Expect this beer to pour a hop forward jet black glass brimming with aromatic bitterness. Brewmaster Dan skillfully weaves molasses and chocolate malt undertones with a soaring rush of clean citrus and pine hop notes, to deliver a drinkable Black IPA. Savor Black Top, like Wisconsin’s miles of licorice ribbons of ink that meander through armies of corn and bovine mowed fields. Enjoy the journey on a road less traveled.