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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Black IPA doesnít quite seem to make sense, does it? How can something thatís 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, Smuttynoseís 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 canít avoid the big whiff of piney, herbal and citrusy American hops, but thereís virtually no roasted character. Ponderous, huh? When you take a sip, youíll notice that the beer doesnít taste a lot like a porter either. Instead of the expected astringency imparted by dark grains, youíll find a depth of caramel malts and more American hops. Donít worry thatís by design; itís also what we love about the beer.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2525) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours almost black with a big tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, toast, lightly bitter notes, burnt grains. Taste is burnt toast, some bitter citrus/grass, chocolate, coffee, light earthy maduro tobacco, mild bitter notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle from the great Samís Quik Shop in Durham. Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a soft light tan head and good lacing. Nose is more roasty malt than hops, though some light pine and orange peel notes make their way through. Taste adds hop bitterness, but this is definitely more of a malt-forward black IPA than some, for the better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (881) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
Pours dark brown with a thick mocha head. Roasted malts, toast, and piney hops. Pretty smooth and easy drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12470) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2013
Draft. Almost black color, brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of roasty grass and pine. Taste is smooth cocoa, coffee. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4781) - 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 (2263) - 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 (729) - 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 (2042) - 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 (1975) - 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 (3723) - 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.


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