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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Underdogs88 (67) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Citrus, pine hop aroma with roast. Black, clear appearance with a tan head with good head retention. Hop bitterness is high. With citrus, pine hop flavors with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and chalk. Esters are medium. Body is medium with medium carbonation. Roast and hop bitterness leads to a chalky dryness. Roast astringency is present but correct. Overall, is a hoppy, bitter roasty beer. More like an American stout than a black ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (3943) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
When I first got this draft I was thinking it was more like a spicy beer in aroma and flavor. Then as I realized it was supposed tot be a black ipa, I did start to notice some hop backbone in there. Definitely a darker beer but it has some more mild spiced attributes about it aura.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Half Pint, NYC tap: Pours black with a greyish, creamy head. Aroma is lemon, coffee, chocolate, and hints of pine. Taste is prototypically that of a Black IPA. Seamless convergence of the citrus and chocolate that leaves a somewhat discordant, but pleasant aftertaste. Definitely has a somewhat herbal character at that point. Well put together.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2466) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2014
On tap at Augustines, RBYC 2014 bar crawl spot #1. Nic ehop aroma. Orange cream sickle. Roasty malt flavor. Bending towards the cocoa and chocolate side of the equation. After the aroma though there is not a big hop flavor profile until it warms up a bit. Sticky orange flavors. Well done black ipa, an admittedly tough style to do.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft @ Rocktown 2014: Licorice, lemon zest, charcoal nose. Cola brown, thin beige head. Pine and charcoal flavor, smoke on the back end. Really solid example of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (1834) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 23, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Opaque, brown-black with a 1 to 2-finger tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, toffee and floral hops. Lots of malt and roastiness with plenty of blended in such that the individual hop aromas tend to blend together. Taste of roasted malt, pine, chocolate, coffee, toffee and grapefruit. Lots roastiness and malt balanced by strong hop flavors. Medium/light body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackfrost9p (240) - California, USA - APR 23, 2014
Nice beer. A mix between a porter and IPA. Roasted, chocolate, molasses and coffee flavors with a hoppy bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
[bottle from Bier Cellar] Potent hops aroma with pine and then grapefruit peel and then some tropical Amarillo-esque note in front of faint coffee and dark toast. Opaque black with ruddy brown highlights under a persistent, light brown cover and lace. Hops flavour and then assertive bitterness up front in the taste followed by subtle dark chocolate. Pine, grapefruit peel, apricot, faint tropical fruits. Not quite smooth, not quite crisp feel, medium to light body moderate carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
screigh (443) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2014
Pours a deep black. Huge fluffy tan head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is slightly roasty. A roasty porter taste with more bitterness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3605) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2014
Some hops, some roast. Pours cloudy dark brown with good head and lacing. Comes together pretty well. Finishes bitter and roasty. Well balanced. Some citrus as well. Tap at DC Beer festival.


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