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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (6999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2014
Some hops, some roast. Pours cloudy dark brown with good head and lacing. Comes together pretty well. Finishes bitter and roasty. Well balanced. Some citrus as well. Tap at DC Beer festival.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6943) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a dark brown, almost black with some light ruby notes on the edges of the glass. Aroma is a touch of caramel, a little bit of citrus grapefruit notes. Flavor was some roasted malts, with plenty of grapefruit character. pretty refreshing for the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6657) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2014
On tap at World of Beer Easton on 3/11/14. Clear dark brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt and chocolate along with piney and grassy hops. Flavor starts with piney hops, then moves to a bit of citrus before a chocolate malt finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (6382) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, with fresh and a bit rough citric & piney hops. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6218) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle. I’m not mucha fan of this style in general, and although this is a better example of the "style," this doesn’t change that. Another baseline porter, rich with some ashy chocolate, augmented by a little American hoppy kick. I don’t love the blend, but again this one is among the better I’ve tried. (#5256, 9/18/2013)

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (6176) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 2, 2013
12 ounce thanks to Bob. Hoppy. Black pour. Chocolate and roast throughout. Well balanced. Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5914) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, thick, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, citrus and pine with floral hops. Taste is roasted malt, dark coffee, pine, citrus notes, floral hops and hop resins. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation and a strong lingering hop bitterness. Finishes with more strong roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, dark coffee, pine notes, citrus fruit and floral hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5859) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12oz. Bottle purchased at Top Shelf Brews. The color is black with some lasting head retention. The nose is chocolate malts and hints of pine. The flavor is actually really nice. Hints of citrus hops upfront following a base of chocolate malts and caramel with light pine and more citrus hops coming through in the finish. Texture is lightly sticky and lightly syrup in nature. Pretty good.


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