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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (2216) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (2156) - New York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2013
Draft at pony bar NYC. Deep black cloudy color. Lots of lace on the side. Taste is a perfect balance of malt and hops. Awesome black iPa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 4/4/2013 Total Score: 3.8
Draft at pony bar NYC. Deep black cloudy color. Lots of lace on the side. Taste is a perfect balance of malt and hops. Awesome black iPa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2148) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandman (2148) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2011
Cask ta GBBF. Black body offwhite head. Lots of berries and piney hops in aroma. Slight roastiness too. Quite nice black IPA. Easy for one, I think.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2144) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. A black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Roasty, malty aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, hoppy, some bitterness. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Black colored beer - tan head. Hoppy, piney aroma covered slightly by roasted malts. Bitter yet sweet taste - loads of hops, easy drinking. Almost felt like a regular IPA. Pretty good stuff

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2076) - USA - APR 24, 2013
Draft at The Ginger Man. Roasty, acidic, and dry overall. Pretty aromatic. Black IPA is not my favorite style, but this is solid - and it is a tribute to the brewer who is credited with making the first batch of the stuff, apparently in response to being served divorce papers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2075) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2068) - Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, pine hops, citrus, & light chocolate notes; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, pine hops, light dark chocolate, and citrus; Finish is bitter; Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1963) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
355 mL bottle. Looks right. Aroma and flavour are relatively mild. Leans more tonthe black than the IPA. Good, though. Chocolatey.


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