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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (3116) - South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2013
On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte. Pours is near black; slightly dark even for style, with an above average tan head that leaves a fine coat on the glass when tilted. Smell is more dark malt than hops, but this tastes like it should: i.e., an IPA with ample dark roasted malts. Unlike the aroma, in tasting these two ingredients mesh better, and are in better balance than in some other black IPAs. M: slightly harsh; medium body and carbonation. O: Aroma lacks IPA hoppiness, but the taste is true to style.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle shared in the GTMW ticket line - Pours black with a thin tan pour. Nose is ashy dry malt. The hops aren’t that pungent--a little herbal and grassy. Taste is dry, ashy malt, a bit of burned wood, and a bitter, roasty finish. Thin and watery, both in body and taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3056) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. 1st pour went a little too fast I guess. It was 80% thick tan head. Took a bit to regress to the a dark opaque brown with a thick tan lacing clinging to the sides. Aroma of hops intermingled with roasted malts. Taste almost exactly the same as the nose but the malts taste almost burnt and lingering bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2975) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a black/brown color, with a frothy tan layer of head foam that expeditiously diminished to a ring & film, and left some etched-like lacing on the glass. The nose was roasted, with more malt, and chocolate expression than hop. The flavor continued an average roasted presence, and offered a lingering, earthy hop bitterness, that was somewhat citrusy, but more resin & grass. Still a decent & drinkable, Black IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2975) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Review from notes, on tap at the White Birch fest this past Aug. Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a smallish tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of earth and pine, with a chocolate and caramel maltiness that does a fair job standing up to the hop onslaught. Taste is sweet caramel and a bit roasty and chocolaty behind lots of earthy pine and citrus. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous and slightly chalky mouthfeel. I went back to this several times that night, this is a great brew, it should be a full time beer!
Earlier Rating: 12/17/2011 Total Score: 4.1
Review from notes, on tap at the White Birch fest this past Aug. Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a smallish tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of earth and pine, with a chocolate and caramel maltiness that does a fair job standing up to the hop onslaught. Taste is sweet caramel and a bit roasty and chocolaty behind lots of earthy pine and citrus. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous and slightly chalky mouthfeel. I went back to this several times that night, this is a great brew, it should be a full time beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2945) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
Nice hoppy aroma with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is crisp and clean. A bit on the thin side though. Pours black with an off white head giving it a nice contrast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2933) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2930) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2013
pint at Tylers. good aroma, sweet, roasty. chocolate, pine, . dark orangy brown color, good initial head, faded quick, spotty lace. bitter flavor. medium body, bitter finish. pretty good. nice roasty black ipa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2011
Cask @ GBBF 2011. A black colored beer, with a small beige head. The aroma of dark malts and fruits like prunes. Some bitter. The taste is some sweet moving to bitter. Some spices in the back. The aftertaste is bitter with spices.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
Dégustée en fût au Farmhouse Tap & Grill à Burlington, VT. De couleur brune très foncée et opaque. Nez de malt rôti, de houblon floral, moyennement citrique et fruité (agrumes) avec des notes herbeuses et résineuses, léger de chocolat avec des notes de café. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse. Goût moyennement amer de houblon floral, légèrement citrique et aux notes fruitées (agrumes et zeste - une amertume présente toute la gorgée) avec des notes de pain grillé lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt rôti avec des notes de chocolat noir puis en finale l’amertume de houblon prend une tournure plus herbeuse et asséchante avec des notes résineuses et également quelques notes de café sont présentes. Post-goût long et plutôt sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux, légèrement floral et citrique avec un léger goût rôti ainsi qu’avec des notes fruitées (zeste d’agrumes). (3 avril 2013)


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