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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9083) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2013
12oz bottle. Best by 9/18/13. Black color. Big thick tan head, with good retention. Herbal, spicy hop flavor. Smooth, softer kind of lighter carbonation. Lightly dry texture. Light bitter taste, light sweet, lightly spicy. Not bad, but I think I’d prefer a little more roast / coffee / chocolate malt notes in this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2013
On draft at propig, sweet and rich, of herbal hop flavors, decent but forgettable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Spot on black IPA, emphasizing the roast and yet still citrus hop supporting it. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Not the best black IPA I have had, still well crafted and worth trying. Dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1906) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2013
12oz bottle Pours dark, real dark, brown with a nice looking tan head that left plenty of lacing. This is what a Black IPA should truly be ... a great IPA with the big citrus and pine flavors but also more earthy roasted malt flavors contributing smoke and chocolate notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1691) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2013
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (listed as 5.7% ABV on the bottle). Dark brown, almost black, pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of light smoke, dark chocolate, floral hops, and light citrus. Beautiful marriage of the grapefruit and piney hops along with the chocolate and smoke. There is a bitterness on the front that almost melts away with the wonderful dark roasted malt flavor on the finish. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (3132) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle shared in the GTMW ticket line - Pours black with a thin tan pour. Nose is ashy dry malt. The hops aren’t that pungent--a little herbal and grassy. Taste is dry, ashy malt, a bit of burned wood, and a bitter, roasty finish. Thin and watery, both in body and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
2013-04-29. Mahogany tinged black body, nice creamy tan head. Aroma is mild, light dusty malt with mild leafy green hop character. Flavour is pleasant, modest dry malt, light leafy green hops. Earthy leafy hops linger in the finish. Very smooth average bodied palate, pleasant soft carbonation. Enjoyable, surprisingly mild for a black IPA but quite drinkable. On tap at Farmhouse, Burlington

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Dark bodied, citrus nose, medium bitterness with a roasted malt backbone. Just a well built Black IPA. Nice sidebar that its named in honor of Greg Noonan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oneeighthcuban (106) - - MAY 7, 2013
Smells very dark and roasty. Coffee and chocolate smells, slightly hoppy. Taste is bitter both from the hops and the roasted malts. Pretty balanced though, very roasty flavors. Really good black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2830) - Ocean County, 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.

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