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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


maslupulos' rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2013
Deep copper pour with ample tan head. Aroma of citrus and pine with underlying notes of roasted grain and coffee. Really bitter hop upfront that gives way to a creamy finish. There are melding tastes of sweet and bitter; dark chocolate, biscuity grains, caramel, citrus, pine. The taste is all over the place, but comes together well. Good beer, but I still haven’t warmed up too much to the black IPAs.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
grundsow (107) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Excellent beer! Bitter, roasted malt coupled with prominent bitter hops. Just delicious, a great style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and fruity hops. Taste is a nice balance of roasted malt and hops. One of the best black ipa’s in my opinion. Great lacing shown on each sip.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1301) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
A nearly, black pour with a tan head and some sediment. The aroma has pine and lemon with a hint caramel. It has a medium body with somewhat slick texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bitter with a roasted finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (929) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark brown with a nice tan foamy head and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Taste of grassy hops over some roasted malts, some cocoa and coffee notes. Nice beer enjoyable and drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (2887) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. 1st pour went a little too fast I guess. It was 80% thick tan head. Took a bit to regress to the a dark opaque brown with a thick tan lacing clinging to the sides. Aroma of hops intermingled with roasted malts. Taste almost exactly the same as the nose but the malts taste almost burnt and lingering bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1839) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Dark pour, one finger head with pretty good lacing. Milky aroma with some citrus. The flavor was caramel malts with roast...like a brown ale, almost. Mild citrus hops. Very mild on all fronts, but a nice chalky mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking for a black IPA. Good job.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7173) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle. Orange, mint, pine, chocolate and some coffee in the nose. Cloudy matte black color. Flavors of pine resin, coffee, roast, some smoke. Decent, not all that sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (4016) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2014
On draft at Turner’s High Moon in Avon NC. Pours black with a tan head. Toasty nose. Flavors of dark malts with some grassy hop notes. Bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpmaster (1223) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2014
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $9.99/6-pack. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Pure black and standard off white, soapy head. Chocolate and molasses mingle and that ever present late edition hop flavor. Still, pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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