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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


Scipio's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (679) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1519) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft at Strangeloves. Black pour. Pint. Started with a large frothy tan head. Lots of dark roasted flavors. Frothy chocolate mousse. Coffee liquor. There are grassy notes off the top that quickly disappear under the strong dark malt flavors. Liquorice. Charcoal grill. Smoked Tootsie Rolls. Like the darkness, but some of the underlying flavors feel raw and out of control. Might mellow and smooth out with age. As is now, feels too combative and uneven - yet ambitious enough to try and try again.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cmiller54hr (35) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours dark like cola. Smells very roasty and chocolatey like a stout or porter. Still has a hoppy taste though. Good brew just not my idea of an ipa

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
12oz bottle from Lucky’s Market on N. High. Near black pour with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma is spicy, herbal, chocolate, citrus. Tastes are burnt, cocoa, coffee, oak, background ashy. Bitter, herbal finish. On the malty side overall. Well built for sure - don’t know if I’d seek it out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Dearer pious at cheesies with my friend Nate. Black pour with crey off white head. S'mores and biscuits. Malts. Choclate. Complex beer and delicious. Love it

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Very dark in color with a frothy, big-bubbled, tan head. Sweet and sugary nose. Sharp, dark-grain bite along with some assertive hops. Grassy and rind-like bitterness. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Caramel/Crystal malt sweetness is more than I’d prefer, but it wasn’t bad. Overall, it’s a bold and tasty black IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (1972) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2014
12oz bottle (best by 8/13/14) into Le Duvel - nose is slight roast, grass, caramel, and lemon. Crisp and refreshing on the front end, yet bold and full of roasted coffee on the back end. A truly marvelous style that has been done right with a label worthy of a Struise. All kinds of bitterness (dark chocolate and hoppy) with inferior sweetness. On a side note, rating beers styles you like from breweries you like whilst on a philosophical reevaluating quest makes for inflated ratings.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Black and rich. Lots of piney hops, but the roasted nuttiness and chocolate is what makes this beer great.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Swamp_Thing (34) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Looks good, chocolate aroma. Orange sweet malty taste with bitter hops taking charge in the middle and finish. Lingering hops and sticky sweet caramel notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1746) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Dark, deepest cola pour with an eggshell head that leaves spotty lacing. The nose is lemon and a soapy "sweet clean". Flavors are of licorice, pine, caramel and finishes with a resinous, deep piney bitter. The body is medium, with easy drinkability that is very complex and fully substantial. This Black IPA is interesting, hoppy and herbal. Nice job.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiercepanda (505) - Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2014
A dark red beer with a small tan head. The aroma is citrus and floral hops. The flavor is bitter, floral, and a little caramel. I just like more pronounced roasted and smoky malt in my black ipas.


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