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RATINGS: 179   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - 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 (1619) - 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 (2664) - 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 (1651) - Willowick, Ohio, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (682) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a smooth looking, medium beige head. Aroma is a blend of citrus and malts. It contains pine and grapefruit, which is balanced nicely with chocolate, cereal, and coffee. The taste has a lot of grapefruit bitterness, strong pine, milder chocolate, and coffee. Heavy aftertaste of pine and grapefruit and lasts a very long time. The body is medium, the texture is more on the creamy side, with a below average degree of carbonation. I have found this one to be quite good. Try this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2013
Deep copper pour with ample tan head. Aroma of citrus and pine with underlying notes of roasted grain and coffee. Really bitter hop upfront that gives way to a creamy finish. There are melding tastes of sweet and bitter; dark chocolate, biscuity grains, caramel, citrus, pine. The taste is all over the place, but comes together well. Good beer, but I still haven’t warmed up too much to the black IPAs.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (3142) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
On tap at Pour house, black body with creamy beige head, medium in size with thick lacing. Aromas and flavor are roasted malt and grain, pine, cereal, light chocolate, and smoke. Medium body. Balanced but way too roasty for me, I wish more people would make black ipas that tasted like regular ones. Even half the roast would do wonders for this brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1466) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2013
Aroma of pine hop and wood smoke. As black as it claims to be. Taste is bitter dark roast coffee with some lactic hints here and there. Long roast malt aftertaste. Heavy but not thick really, it is nice and filling.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2178) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottled. Black pour light beige head dark roastmalts and piney hops are predominant. Light espresso.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
12oz bottle. Amber-black body, with a big, frothy, beige head. Crisp chocolate edged aroma, pretty nice. Respectable citrus hop tones and a hefty malt backbone to balance it out....and balanced it is. One of the more enjoyable Black IPAs I’ve had. Dry, sticky bitter aftertaste. Great chocolate, caramel, graham cracker flavors. Solid offering, would be great to go back and forth between this and their regular IPA.


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