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RATINGS: 161   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (1742) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
12oz bottle from Crossroads Spirits. Pours black with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, roasted coffee, and pine. Taste of roasted malt, burnt toast, pine, and an aftertaste of toffee. Solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Love me some Smutty. Very nice standard black IPA. This doesn’t have any real chocolate or roast which makes it nice. Dark malts and high hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (1704) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 23, 2014
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Opaque, brown-black with a 1 to 2-finger tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, toffee and floral hops. Lots of malt and roastiness with plenty of blended in such that the individual hop aromas tend to blend together. Taste of roasted malt, pine, chocolate, coffee, toffee and grapefruit. Lots roastiness and malt balanced by strong hop flavors. Medium/light body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1615) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Draft. Pours very dark brown with a very thin off white head. Tastes like cola, mint, cream, some coffee bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Smells like funk, flour, biscuits, and hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1611) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Pours black with a substantial tan head into the DFH/Sierra IPA glass. Aroma is roast, pine, smoke, dark chocolate and floral. Taste is sweet with some moderate roast bitters, the sweetness is more prevalent though. Medium bodied with a smooth and silky mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1597) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2013
12oz bottle Pours dark, real dark, brown with a nice looking tan head that left plenty of lacing. This is what a Black IPA should truly be ... a great IPA with the big citrus and pine flavors but also more earthy roasted malt flavors contributing smoke and chocolate notes.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1584) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2013
Bottle from Garden City. Dark dark brown with lasting tan head and lace. fresh hop and roasted coffee aroma. Very mild sweet mocha with subdued dark fruity sweetness and very dry assertive roasty woody hop finish. Nice medium sessionable palate with enough carbo to accentuate the hops. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1486) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle pours deep amber, thin tan head with a thick lacing coat. Nose is of light roast and some citrus. Taste has strong bitterness, not much from the malts and a heavy presnce of citrus that lingers on the finish. Body is medium. I wish there was a bit more presence from the malts. If you did not look at it you’d think it was just another ho hum IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Medium size, khaki colored head atop a dark brown body left good lacing. Toasted malt aroma with hints of tobacco and resin. Woodsy, smoky taste offset by the pine and citrus flavors of the hops. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish and bittersweet aftertaste. Does a good job of balancing the dark malts and hoppiness emblematic of this style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1469) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2011
On tap at Portsmouth Gaslight during the Smuttynose tap takeover. Pours deepest, darkest brown, almost black with a 1 finger head that retains well and laces nicely. Roasted malt and pine hop aroma. Flavor is a well balanced combination of the malt and pine hop. Neither overpowers the other. Even get a hint of chocolate from time to time. The finish is quite bitter with coffee ground notes. Moderate in body with enough carbonation to keep the tongue interested. Theres a smoothness to it that makes it easy to drink.


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