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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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
Single bottle, Total Wine. Very dark brown with a long-lasting, foamy tan head. Good blend of mats and citrus on the nose - slightly more citrus/grass than chocolate. Flavor is the opposite - more chocolate/dried fruit than hops, although still closely balanced. Big hoppy finish. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very good example of the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (923) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours a dark opaque brown with a thick layer of light tan head. Aroma of hops intermingled with roasted malts. Taste almost exactly the same as the nose but the malts taste almost burned and linger.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikeq215 (69) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle, pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Smell is wood and roasted malt. Flavor is medium hoppyness and roasted malt, which gives a lot of bitterness. Medium body, dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (792) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
(bottle) Pours dark brown with thick, lasting and creamy tan head. Woodsy aroma of pine, roasted malt and yeast. The flavor is piney hops balanced with toasty malt. Big rings of glass lacing with each sip. Long finish. Well crafted.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1918) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2014
Dark toast and malt, char and a fairly bitter hops through the finish. Long and lingering aftertaste. Punchy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
strongpieman (1481) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a tall tan head. Roasted malt aroma, medium body, plenty of bitterness. Well rounded complex beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2014
On tap at Brunzies. Roasted barley, licorice, cocoa, mild soy tang and some hop oily notes. Dark brown-black clear with thin tan head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts stark and bitter with big hop presence. Roasted barley, chocolate, and carbonic bite. Big roast bitter finish tim roasted after and bitter dark chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2227) - New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2014
acrid black ash with hardly dicernable licorice, coffee and cocoa. some sweetness and A bit of grapefruit hop.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9599) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark brown to black with a medium, frothy cream colored head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is moderate earthy and minty hops, some herbal notes, roast and chocolate malt, light burnt notes and raisins. Flavor is moderate hops and heavy bitterness, including roast malt bitterness, light background malt flavors, raisins, and a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2127) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 5, 2014
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Deep brown to near black pour with a tremendous, lasting brown head. Laces. The aroma has a keen mixture of dark roasted malts and more earthy hops. Yet the taste comes across as far more piney and bitter with the hops. Medium body. Nice tribute beer.


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