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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Decent black ipa, smooth with cocoa notes, dark brown pour, medium to low bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (577) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Black pour, full creamy head the color of coffee heavy with milk. Aroma is roasted malt and grassy hops. Slight tangerine. Flavor is surprisingly light up front. Not much sweetness at all. Everything is backloaded into roasted malt and hop bitterness. Grassy resins hops provide strong bitter foundation. Malt is there but lacking in depth a bit. A little astringent at times. Some cream and peanut butter. Palate is smooth and creamy. I always find this to be a weird style that is rare to pull off gracefully. This one is pretty decent but displays the problems frequently found in the style. Hops and dark malts often clash. Still enjoyable, though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1090) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Pours black with brown edges and a fair khaki-mocha head that settles to a thicker ring and leaves some soapy, splotchy lace. Nose involves some mild coffee roast notes, some refreshing pine, dark chocolate, hints of herbs and mint, some tropical fruit lurking underneath. Fairly sweet, plenty bitter. Medium bodied, oily and slick, fair carb, with a lengthy hoppy and roasted bitter finish. Very tasty, lots to like all around. Not earth shattering, but well executed. Will satisfy anyoneís hankering for a Cascadian/Escondidan/Green Mountain Dark Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3524) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12oz. Bottle purchased at Top Shelf Brews. The color is black with some lasting head retention. The nose is chocolate malts and hints of pine. The flavor is actually really nice. Hints of citrus hops upfront following a base of chocolate malts and caramel with light pine and more citrus hops coming through in the finish. Texture is lightly sticky and lightly syrup in nature. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1163) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 27, 2014
A well balanced BIPA if tending to be a little more on the roasted side instead of the citrus/pine side. Poured almost like a black lager into the glass, small white head almost no retention. Roasted coffee and nutty aroma, pine and citrus take a backseat. Flavor is the same, nice finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Love me some Smutty. Very nice standard black IPA. This doesnít have any real chocolate or roast which makes it nice. Dark malts and high hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle. Iím not mucha fan of this style in general, and although this is a better example of the "style," this doesnít change that. Another baseline porter, rich with some ashy chocolate, augmented by a little American hoppy kick. I donít love the blend, but again this one is among the better Iíve tried. (#5256, 9/18/2013)

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cousin_Larry (392) - - AUG 31, 2013
Not bad. Really not too noteworthy so the character minimum on the comments is really working against me here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (1021) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Black color with a nice frothy tan head. Strong floral hops smell. Mild bitter hops flavor with a smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (551) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep dark brown, but not quite black, with a good light brown head. Aroma is full of toasty burnt malts with a hint of piney citrusy hops. Flavor is mostly burnt malt bitterness with a light hop bitterness mixed in. Light to medium in palate with a lingering burnt bitterness in the finish. Good beer, but a little heavier on the burnt malts. I would like to see a little more hops shine through, although this beer could easily have just been sitting on the shelf for a bit too long.


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