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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (679) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle. Wine Warehouse. Charlottesville. Pours dark brown with an inch of tan head. Laces nicely. Smells of luscious tropical hops. Smooth piney hops and grapefruit peel in the mouth. Lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
pours very dark brown with a nice creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. cascadian chocolate, bit of sweetness and lactose, milk chocolate, bit of dark fruitiness, peppery, piney and citrusy. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, short but assertive piney-citrusy finish. very nice black ipa.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Black colored beer - tan head. Hoppy, piney aroma covered slightly by roasted malts. Bitter yet sweet taste - loads of hops, easy drinking. Almost felt like a regular IPA. Pretty good stuff

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4702) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle Best By 08/04/14. Nose is nice and raw, heavily burnt with plenty of tar and deep roast, some ash, just the way I likes ’em! Some mild grapefruit and citric hops, some Black Sun Stout comparables. Pours dark mahogany (no, not black) with a dense, rocky tan head. Taste medium-strongly bitter but more importantly extremely dry, with little bits of ash and tobacco and tar and mild chocolate and resin entering and leaving, but it’s bone dry and nearly astringent all the way through the aftertaste. Piny, woody hops with faint citrus but still remain somewhat bright. Medium body but the intensity of roast makes it seem fuller. Clean and very well made, alcohol mostly concealed, and a great example of what attention to a unified plan can deliver, instead of kitchen-sinking piles of leftover ingredients.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3214) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee (1137) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Black with a thick white head, looks like a stout. Roasty bitterness, and hop bitterness. Some herbal notes from the hop. Drinks very easily. Extremely tasty. Nice. But unless you’re putting food colouring into a normal IPA there’s still no doubt that this is a hoppy beer using porter/stout malt bill.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft @ Rocktown 2014: Licorice, lemon zest, charcoal nose. Cola brown, thin beige head. Pine and charcoal flavor, smoke on the back end. Really solid example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3430) - 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.


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