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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3269) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3268) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3263) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2013
12oz Bottle, purchased at Yankee Spirits - S. Attleboro, MA. Chalky chocolate nose, edge in cedar and dark toast. Creamy, fresh dark malts up front, a passing thought of kiwi, and a graceful closing in grassy, earthy hops. Oddly middling for Smuttynose. The hops crank up a bit in the finish, adding some grapefruit pith and tea. Otherwise, reasonably soft. Well made, for sure, but perhaps not the most exciting recipe.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3161) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (3152) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - APR 8, 2013
Into a mug, it pours a dark brown body with a two and a half finger off-white/slightly tan head that gets a bit lumpy here and there; the smell is pine, wood, earthy, slight roasted coffee, roasted barley - perhaps if so, well its ever so subtle; hops coming out as the beer warms; the taste is mainly bitter and roasty through previously mentioned flavors, coffee aftertaste, dry finish, the palate is light to medium, semi-sessionable; overall: well, Iíd say it fits the style pretty good, glad I tried it, and well, I might come back to this, unsure...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madvike (3147) - 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 arenít 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3056) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3019) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2896) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours almost black with a big tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, toast, lightly bitter notes, burnt grains. Taste is burnt toast, some bitter citrus/grass, chocolate, coffee, light earthy maduro tobacco, mild bitter notes.


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