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RATINGS: 187   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Very dark in color with a frothy, big-bubbled, tan head. Sweet and sugary nose. Sharp, dark-grain bite along with some assertive hops. Grassy and rind-like bitterness. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Caramel/Crystal malt sweetness is more than I’d prefer, but it wasn’t bad. Overall, it’s a bold and tasty black IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvikar (3404) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 22, 2013
Pours black to brown with a huge beige head, aroma of cocoa, chocolate and notes of hops, flavor is hoppy with lemon, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, medium bodied

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3386) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Half Pint, NYC tap: Pours black with a greyish, creamy head. Aroma is lemon, coffee, chocolate, and hints of pine. Taste is prototypically that of a Black IPA. Seamless convergence of the citrus and chocolate that leaves a somewhat discordant, but pleasant aftertaste. Definitely has a somewhat herbal character at that point. Well put together.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 27, 2014
bottle-purchased at total wine in springfield, va March 2014 Pours almost pitch black with a small lite tan head and sparse lacing. nose is huge roast, burnt notes with a nice note of piney hops. flavors of deep char, smoke, dark chocolate but just lots of burnt notes and piney hops. this is how i want my black ipa’s big and robust! lots of char and piney hops on the finish. this is a very solid black ipa here! i dig this alot. body is slick with medium carbonation. solid black ipa if you ask me! maybe since they make an awesome porter and a soild ipa, this came out as good as it did.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
On tap at Pour house, black body with creamy beige head, medium in size with thick lacing. Aromas and flavor are roasted malt and grain, pine, cereal, light chocolate, and smoke. Medium body. Balanced but way too roasty for me, I wish more people would make black ipas that tasted like regular ones. Even half the roast would do wonders for this brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3174) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Roasted malt and pine aromas. Roasted malt and pine flavors with some bitter dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness. Medium body.with average carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Black and rich. Lots of piney hops, but the roasted nuttiness and chocolate is what makes this beer great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (2920) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle courtesy of AirForceHops. Sweet chocolate and roasty malt, subtle piney hops aroma. Dark brown with a huge tan head, some light flocculation. Chocolate malt, roasty/ashy., and herbal piney hops flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation.


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