RateBeer
overall
94
83
style
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2013
12oz bottle: Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a clingy-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a lightly sweet dark malty nose with some light piny hop notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and malty sweetness with a good hop balance and light citrus character before a drier bittersweet finish. A little subdued for the style, but errs on the side of drinkability.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
[5312-20130429] Tap. Roasted orange rind malt aroma. Clear, red-hued black body with a huge long-lasting creamy tan head. Mild grainy citrus grain flavour has an underlying cardboard bitter grains. Medium body. Interesting to sample. (8/4/7-/3/14) 3.6
(@ The Farmhouse, Burlington, VT)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark cola brown color with a large, lasting khaki head. The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and some resiny hops. The flavor has some dark malts, but not very roasted, thin black coffee and resiny hops that seem a bit green. I wish the flavor followed the nose. This is a touch thin and missing some of the roasted qualities that make this style work.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Draft at blue monk. Dark pour, light fan head, good lacing. Big roasted malt aroma. More about the black than the IPA. Bitterness shines towards finish. Nice mouthfeel. Good beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6851) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Draft. Pours deep brown with a thin beige head. Light roasty aroma with floral hops and some lighter piney notes. The flavor is well balanced, with a roasted malty base, and grassy and resinous hoppy notes. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6754) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
5/30/13. 12oz bottle from Grassroots Natural Market. Deep brown, not quite black, pour with a small khaki head. Light pine and citrus swim on top of caramel and roasted malts. Pine and citrus in the flavor as well, light bitterness balanced well with roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of acidity. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6503) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks Good; a dull cola with fluffy beige head. Smells and tastes of hops and dark malt with some roast too. Average on the palate. Solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquor (Westborough, MA) au coût de 1,80$. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de pin. Apaprence: La couleur est noire avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées et de pin avec une pointe chocolatée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de céréales grillées en arrière goût. (Rating #5743)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6136) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Tallahasse, Fl. - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Viscous, tar black pour, bubbly mocha colored head, sticky lace. Eggy aroma, some roasted notes. Chocolate, creosote, some roastiness in the flavor, some light citrsu bitterness come through in the finish. More malty than bitter. Thick Mouthfeel. Overall, a solid Black IPA..

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
In short: A pleasant chocolaty and herbal/piney hoppy dark ale. Good beer.
How: Tap at Black Back Pub, Waterbury VT
The look: Near black body topped by a small dark beige head
In long: The hoppy nose is very herbal with some floral and piney notes as well as some roast. Taste is round and chocolaty (chocolate cake senation), some molasses, tree bark. Plenty of hops here, herbal and piney hops, juicy and slightly resinous. Feels generously dry hopped. Bitterness of medium intensity. Full body with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good Black IPA, maybe a bit too on the herbal side for me but very enjoyable nonetheless. Another New-England beer that is a tribute to the late Greg Noonan. When I die no commercial product will be named after me, however my death will probably lead to the addition of a warning label on a common household product, like “Warning: Not for human consumption” on tv remotes.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 » 20


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50