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RATINGS: 158   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (405) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Pours pitch black with a slightly tan head. Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and hops. Taste is a good balance between the malt and hops. After taste is very bitter, the hops certainly take over.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Medium size, khaki colored head atop a dark brown body left good lacing. Toasted malt aroma with hints of tobacco and resin. Woodsy, smoky taste offset by the pine and citrus flavors of the hops. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish and bittersweet aftertaste. Does a good job of balancing the dark malts and hoppiness emblematic of this style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (885) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Pours black with brown edges and a fair khaki-mocha head that settles to a thicker ring and leaves some soapy, splotchy lace. Nose involves some mild coffee roast notes, some refreshing pine, dark chocolate, hints of herbs and mint, some tropical fruit lurking underneath. Fairly sweet, plenty bitter. Medium bodied, oily and slick, fair carb, with a lengthy hoppy and roasted bitter finish. Very tasty, lots to like all around. Not earth shattering, but well executed. Will satisfy anyone’s hankering for a Cascadian/Escondidan/Green Mountain Dark Ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (746) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
(bottle) Pours dark brown with thick, lasting and creamy tan head. Woodsy aroma of pine, roasted malt and yeast. The flavor is piney hops balanced with toasty malt. Big rings of glass lacing with each sip. Long finish. Well crafted.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2011
Entered to celebrate my 7800th Rating. Cask @ GBBF, 2011. Pours black with small bubbles on top. Pine, grapefruit and vague roast. Freshly hopped and smooth. A bit of caramel. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1463) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2011
On tap at Portsmouth Gaslight during the Smuttynose tap takeover. Pours deepest, darkest brown, almost black with a 1 finger head that retains well and laces nicely. Roasted malt and pine hop aroma. Flavor is a well balanced combination of the malt and pine hop. Neither overpowers the other. Even get a hint of chocolate from time to time. The finish is quite bitter with coffee ground notes. Moderate in body with enough carbonation to keep the tongue interested. Theres a smoothness to it that makes it easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandman (1992) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (753) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2013
Toast, citrus fruit, and caramel on the nose, with hints of dark berries. Deep, dark ruby-brown, almost black, with a mostly lasting, beige head. Dry, bitter, spicy, and a little smokey. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, and finishes with a roasty, dry, herbaceous hop profile and lingering floral notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (650) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a smooth looking, medium beige head. Aroma is a blend of citrus and malts. It contains pine and grapefruit, which is balanced nicely with chocolate, cereal, and coffee. The taste has a lot of grapefruit bitterness, strong pine, milder chocolate, and coffee. Heavy aftertaste of pine and grapefruit and lasts a very long time. The body is medium, the texture is more on the creamy side, with a below average degree of carbonation. I have found this one to be quite good. Try this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2013
Draft. Almost black color, brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of roasty grass and pine. Taste is smooth cocoa, coffee. Nice.


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