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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Black IPA doesnt quite seem to make sense, does it? How can something thats 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, Smuttynoses 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 cant avoid the big whiff of piney, herbal and citrusy American hops, but theres virtually no roasted character. Ponderous, huh? When you take a sip, youll notice that the beer doesnt taste a lot like a porter either. Instead of the expected astringency imparted by dark grains, youll find a depth of caramel malts and more American hops. Dont worry thats by design; its also what we love about the beer.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6724) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2014
On draft at Turners 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 (1383) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7610) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Bouteille de 12 oz achete chez Julios Liquor (Westborough, MA) au cot de 1,80$. Arme: Odeur de crales grilles avec une pointe de pin. Apaprence: La couleur est noire avec une faible densit de bulle. Prsence dun moyen col beige mousseux et dune large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de crales grilles et de pin avec une pointe chocolate. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Prsence de crales grilles en arrire got. (Rating #5743)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (1439) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2014
It pours black with a rather large and long lasting brownish head. There is a definitive roasted, piney aroma. There are hints of caramel and citrus as well. Moderate lacing is present as well. There is definitely roasted characteristic along with piney flavors. It is unique in that the usual hop bitterness of the usual IPA styles is not as predominant.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
Nice beer shared at the stinking rose pub. Nice piney nose, chocolate malts. Beautiful head. Nice dark colour. Not as much hops in the flavour but nice anyways. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2014
bottle - Pours near black with a two finger tan head and big chunks of suspended yeast floating around. The aroma is of piney hops and chocolatey malt. The flavor has high bitterness with the piney, resinous hops in the fore and the roasted chocolate malt lending a full body to this enjoyable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
355 mL bottle. Looks right. Aroma and flavour are relatively mild. Leans more tonthe black than the IPA. Good, though. Chocolatey.

1.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
lewiscb (4) - - AUG 18, 2014 does not count
Very bitter, strong punch but overall a great taste and appearance from this draft. Aroma is pleasing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Another winner from Smuttynose. Very nice complex palate. Right amount of hops and malt. Very enjoyable, a must try for IPA lovers


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