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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4566) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a dark brown, almost black with some light ruby notes on the edges of the glass. Aroma is a touch of caramel, a little bit of citrus grapefruit notes. Flavor was some roasted malts, with plenty of grapefruit character. pretty refreshing for the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2153) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours a deep rich black color with a two finger khaki foam. Big roasty nose with touches of earthy forest floor and bright grassy pine hops. The palate follows the nose nicely with great mouthfeel and spot on flavors. Great black IPA !

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
abcfan (715) - New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2013
Pretty good. Pours deep brown with a small tan head. Great lacing left on the glass. Aroma is slight roast, primarily malt, with some subtle hop notes. Smooth, in the mouth, finishes with a nice bite, dry.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2015) - USA - APR 24, 2013
Draft at The Ginger Man. Roasty, acidic, and dry overall. Pretty aromatic. Black IPA is not my favorite style, but this is solid - and it is a tribute to the brewer who is credited with making the first batch of the stuff, apparently in response to being served divorce papers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1811) - South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2013
On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte. Pours is near black; slightly dark even for style, with an above average tan head that leaves a fine coat on the glass when tilted. Smell is more dark malt than hops, but this tastes like it should: i.e., an IPA with ample dark roasted malts. Unlike the aroma, in tasting these two ingredients mesh better, and are in better balance than in some other black IPAs. M: slightly harsh; medium body and carbonation. O: Aroma lacks IPA hoppiness, but the taste is true to style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3611) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a very thick tan head. Nose is a little hoppy, but not all that strong. Taste is a little bit bitter, and quite roasty. Very easy drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2013
Draft. Medium beige head with nice lacing atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate/caramel, some grapefruit, light orange. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some bittersweet chocolate, roast. Medium body, light resin. Does everything well, but for some reason the whole is less than the sum of its parts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1679) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle pours deep amber, thin tan head with a thick lacing coat. Nose is of light roast and some citrus. Taste has strong bitterness, not much from the malts and a heavy presnce of citrus that lingers on the finish. Body is medium. I wish there was a bit more presence from the malts. If you did not look at it you’d think it was just another ho hum IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2684) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
Nice hoppy aroma with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is crisp and clean. A bit on the thin side though. Pours black with an off white head giving it a nice contrast.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1685) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bottle from Garden City. Dark dark brown with lasting tan head and lace. fresh hop and roasted coffee aroma. Very mild sweet mocha with subdued dark fruity sweetness and very dry assertive roasty woody hop finish. Nice medium sessionable palate with enough carbo to accentuate the hops. Excellent.


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