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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Black IPA doesnít quite seem to make sense, does it? How can something thatís 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, Smuttynoseís 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 canít avoid the big whiff of piney, herbal and citrusy American hops, but thereís virtually no roasted character. Ponderous, huh? When you take a sip, youíll notice that the beer doesnít taste a lot like a porter either. Instead of the expected astringency imparted by dark grains, youíll find a depth of caramel malts and more American hops. Donít worry thatís by design; itís also what we love about the beer.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cmiller54hr (35) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours dark like cola. Smells very roasty and chocolatey like a stout or porter. Still has a hoppy taste though. Good brew just not my idea of an ipa

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2497) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
12oz bottle from Luckyís Market on N. High. Near black pour with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma is spicy, herbal, chocolate, citrus. Tastes are burnt, cocoa, coffee, oak, background ashy. Bitter, herbal finish. On the malty side overall. Well built for sure - donít know if Iíd seek it out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (2483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Dearer pious at cheesies with my friend Nate. Black pour with crey off white head. S'mores and biscuits. Malts. Choclate. Complex beer and delicious. Love it

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 Iíd prefer, but it wasnít bad. Overall, itís a bold and tasty black IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (1964) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2014
12oz bottle (best by 8/13/14) into Le Duvel - nose is slight roast, grass, caramel, and lemon. Crisp and refreshing on the front end, yet bold and full of roasted coffee on the back end. A truly marvelous style that has been done right with a label worthy of a Struise. All kinds of bitterness (dark chocolate and hoppy) with inferior sweetness. On a side note, rating beers styles you like from breweries you like whilst on a philosophical reevaluating quest makes for inflated ratings.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2814) - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Swamp_Thing (34) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Looks good, chocolate aroma. Orange sweet malty taste with bitter hops taking charge in the middle and finish. Lingering hops and sticky sweet caramel notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1739) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Dark, deepest cola pour with an eggshell head that leaves spotty lacing. The nose is lemon and a soapy "sweet clean". Flavors are of licorice, pine, caramel and finishes with a resinous, deep piney bitter. The body is medium, with easy drinkability that is very complex and fully substantial. This Black IPA is interesting, hoppy and herbal. Nice job.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiercepanda (504) - Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2014
A dark red beer with a small tan head. The aroma is citrus and floral hops. The flavor is bitter, floral, and a little caramel. I just like more pronounced roasted and smoky malt in my black ipas.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Underdogs88 (67) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Citrus, pine hop aroma with roast. Black, clear appearance with a tan head with good head retention. Hop bitterness is high. With citrus, pine hop flavors with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and chalk. Esters are medium. Body is medium with medium carbonation. Roast and hop bitterness leads to a chalky dryness. Roast astringency is present but correct. Overall, is a hoppy, bitter roasty beer. More like an American stout than a black ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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