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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and citrus with a roast character. Flavor is dry, semi-sweet with a strong bitter finish. Somewhat thin, highly carbonated. Good, potently flavored brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9365) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle and draft at Capone’s. Pours hazy deep blackish with clingy tan head. Nose is very piney hoppy, with black patent malt, cacao. Tastes resiny hoppy, with notes of roasty black malt, cacao, and a roasty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Black colored beer - tan head. Hoppy, piney aroma covered slightly by roasted malts. Bitter yet sweet taste - loads of hops, easy drinking. Almost felt like a regular IPA. Pretty good stuff

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Black pour with good ring of khaki head. Nice foresty hop aroma. Flavor leans more bitter pine than roasty. Semi well balanced with a good lingering bitterness. Decent black ipa.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9286) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle around my sisters pool out of a big ol’ plastic cup on the fourth of July. Pours a clear brown with a medium sized beige head. Big roast and cocoa on the nose, soft earthy hops. Chocolate, cocoa. Medium bodied, roast and cocoa, long roast. Chocolate and soft grapefruit bitterness. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7040) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
pours very dark brown with a nice creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. cascadian chocolate, bit of sweetness and lactose, milk chocolate, bit of dark fruitiness, peppery, piney and citrusy. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, short but assertive piney-citrusy finish. very nice black ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7775) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
5/30/13. 12oz bottle from Grassroots Natural Market. Deep brown, not quite black, pour with a small khaki head. Light pine and citrus swim on top of caramel and roasted malts. Pine and citrus in the flavor as well, light bitterness balanced well with roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of acidity. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (1261) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Enjoyed this one like most of the black ipas i had. My one grievance is that this example uses more bitter hop notes opposed to the nice citrus/floral hop flavors that balance nicely with bitter chocolate ones. I think this has a nice malty flavor up front that is really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3456) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Roasted malt and pine aromas. Roasted malt and pine flavors with some bitter dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness. Medium body.with average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2588) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted cereal for the malt, pine and resin for the hops, faint soap for the yeast, with hints of wood and charcoal. Head is small, fizzy, lightly brown with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts faintly sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, watery with a lively carbonation. A really nice Black IPA with great balance between malt and hops.


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