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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Black IPA doesn’t quite seem to make sense, does it? How can something that’s black also be described as pale? Noonan is our interpretation of a New England original, the Black IPA. Dark like a porter, but hoppy like an IPA, this seemingly contradictory beer style originated in 1994, in Burlington, Vermont by brewer Glenn Walters and under the watchful eye of Greg Noonan. Greg was many things, a brewing pioneer and author, founder of three brewpubs, 2005 Russell Scherer award winner and genealogist. When Greg passed away suddenly, Smuttynose’s brewing team wanted to brew a beer in his memory and this was the result. We hope you find it a worthy tribute as well. Noonan (the beer) looks like an ordinary porter or stout, until you get the pint up to your nose. You can’t avoid the big whiff of piney, herbal and citrusy American hops, but there’s virtually no roasted character. Ponderous, huh? When you take a sip, you’ll notice that the beer doesn’t taste a lot like a porter either. Instead of the expected astringency imparted by dark grains, you’ll find a depth of caramel malts and more American hops. Don’t worry that’s by design; it’s also what we love about the beer.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a large, tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, light chocolate and pine/citrus hops. Pine and citrus hop flavors nicely blended with roasted malt and chocolate. Similar finish with a nice, lasting hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, thick, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, citrus and pine with floral hops. Taste is roasted malt, dark coffee, pine, citrus notes, floral hops and hop resins. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation and a strong lingering hop bitterness. Finishes with more strong roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, dark coffee, pine notes, citrus fruit and floral hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3663) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of citrus, light fruits, apple skins, wood, and a hint of roasted malt. Flavor is sweet initially with lots of dark, roasted malty notes in the finish. More akin to a hoppy imperial stout (or even a hoppier Rochefort 10) in the flavor actually with dark fruits, chocolate, sweet malt, and citrusy hops. Lots of complexity in this beer, more than most of your typical black IPAs. This is a great black IPA, maltier than most. 8/4/8/4/16 [4.0/5]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3469) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Review from notes, on tap at the White Birch fest this past Aug. Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a smallish tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of earth and pine, with a chocolate and caramel maltiness that does a fair job standing up to the hop onslaught. Taste is sweet caramel and a bit roasty and chocolaty behind lots of earthy pine and citrus. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous and slightly chalky mouthfeel. I went back to this several times that night, this is a great brew, it should be a full time beer!
Earlier Rating: 12/17/2011 Total Score: 4.1
Review from notes, on tap at the White Birch fest this past Aug. Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a smallish tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of earth and pine, with a chocolate and caramel maltiness that does a fair job standing up to the hop onslaught. Taste is sweet caramel and a bit roasty and chocolaty behind lots of earthy pine and citrus. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous and slightly chalky mouthfeel. I went back to this several times that night, this is a great brew, it should be a full time beer!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5039) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black color. Aromas of tart and flowery hops; lemon and black currant. Roasty and bitter flavor with coffee, dark chocolate and lemony hops. Sharp firm taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
In short: A pleasant chocolaty and herbal/piney hoppy dark ale. Good beer.
How: Tap at Black Back Pub, Waterbury VT
The look: Near black body topped by a small dark beige head
In long: The hoppy nose is very herbal with some floral and piney notes as well as some roast. Taste is round and chocolaty (chocolate cake senation), some molasses, tree bark. Plenty of hops here, herbal and piney hops, juicy and slightly resinous. Feels generously dry hopped. Bitterness of medium intensity. Full body with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good Black IPA, maybe a bit too on the herbal side for me but very enjoyable nonetheless. Another New-England beer that is a tribute to the late Greg Noonan. When I die no commercial product will be named after me, however my death will probably lead to the addition of a warning label on a common household product, like “Warning: Not for human consumption” on tv remotes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (21888) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2011
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2011. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy licorice aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor with hints of licorice. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 1, 2011
GBBF. Cask.
Black as hell, residual-froathy tan-beige head. Hoppy, citrussy aroma, resin and some grapefruit combined with a roasted character, licorice. Roasted character in the flavor, citrus and licorice taste, light resiny-grassy hop

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12548) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black with a small tan head. Fresh hoppy aroma of citrus and grass with a touch of licorice. Citrus and licorice flavour with a somewhat rough grassy hop bitterness, otherwise a very tasty beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2011
3rd August 2011
GBBF. Cask. Opaque black beer, residual tan head. Light dry palate. Nice mild malt backbone. Pokey green piney hops. Super fresh hop nettley sting - grassy and pretty bitter. Real fresh hop attack. Dry finish. Nice Black IPA.


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