In this beer blog, we are going to take a look at the fifth of seven beers from New Glarus Brewing. The beer is called Black Top. If you read my earlier blog on their Fat Squirrel Ale, you are pretty up to speed on this brewery. If you have not, please, go back and read the first part of that beer blog post. Let us get into this Black India Pale Ale.
It has a dark brown to black color with a heavy constant white head on the beer. It has a citrus smell to the beer. It has a slight chocolate to citrus taste with a dry bitter aftertaste to the beer. It is kind of drinkable beer.
Here is a descriation from the beer bottle and their website (www.newglarusbrewing.com):
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. Happy Trails, Daniel & Deborah Carey
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In closing, I am a HUGE fan of this beer style, which is Black Ales or Black India Pale Ale. This has a ton of flavor. It is just as smooth as Widmer Brothers Pitch Black. It has a little bit more hoppiest and bitterest than that beer from Widmer Brothers. This beer would be in my regular beer line up. I really enjoyed this beer but I love Milwaukee Brewing Black Iron more but their beer is more of a seasonal. New Glarus Black Top is available all the time and I will be drinking this beer when I get it in my hands when I cannot get Black Iron. Great Job on this one, Dan! Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/