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RATINGS: 191   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1946) - 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 (1543) - 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 (3778) - 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 (2303) - 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 (10145) - 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 (2233) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
closey22 (992) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Dark brown with ruby hilites and lasting lacy beige head; aroma is sweet chocolaty roasty some hoppiness; Flava is grainy slightly roasty and hoppy; feels light; finishes dry hoppy bitter

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee (1271) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Black with a thick white head, looks like a stout. Roasty bitterness, and hop bitterness. Some herbal notes from the hop. Drinks very easily. Extremely tasty. Nice. But unless you’re putting food colouring into a normal IPA there’s still no doubt that this is a hoppy beer using porter/stout malt bill.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and their very dark chocolate allusions are met by coniferous hops every inch of the way, moving into a lengthy bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the darkness.
-The spiciness of roasted black sesame is hallucinated.
-Malts also develop coffee angles.
-There is some fruitiness on the edges.
-This is a very flavorful Black IPA and a nice testament to Greg Noonan’s amiability and character.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7982) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle (courtesy of jtclockwork). Chocolate malt and orange peel aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet cocoa malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Body a bit light. Not bad.


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