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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
fonefan (49527) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2011

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2011, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England.

Unclear dark black brown colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass, pine, grapefruit, sharp. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, licorice, dark malt, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110803]

3.7
yespr (45709) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
From cask. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty, mild smoked and dark chocolate. Bitter, dark to hard roasted and dense malty. Bitter and dry roasted finish.

3.8
joergen (28377) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel, liquorice and smoke. Roasted flavour of caramel, liquorice and smoke. Roasted and smoked finish.

3.8
anders37 (26678) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2011
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2011. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy licorice aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor with hints of licorice. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.

3.7
oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2011
[email protected] Deep brown, close to black, colour with a minor head. Aroma is liquorice, some mild roasted notes as well as caramel. Flavour is liquorice, chocolate, some dark fruityness, syrup, wood and mild earthy and floral hops. Balanced and quite nice.

3.9
Travlr (25185) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2013
Draft. Almost black color, brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of roasty grass and pine. Taste is smooth cocoa, coffee. Nice.

3.7
madmitch76 (24980) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2011
3rd August 2011
GBBF. Cask. Opaque black beer, residual tan head. Light dry palate. Nice mild malt backbone. Pokey green piney hops. Super fresh hop nettley sting - grassy and pretty bitter. Real fresh hop attack. Dry finish. Nice Black IPA.

3.8
cgarvieuk (24788) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2011
cask at GBBF 2011 ... Deep dark brown black ... thin tan head ... chocolate cherry roast ... dry hop nose ... sofyt cherry ... big dry hop ... wooody chocolate ... prickly body ... soft otffee hop

4.1
Leighton (21463) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011, Day 2. Pours opaque brown with a bubbly, tan head. Big, raw hop aroma, pine, slight roast. Medium sweet flavor, plenty of bitterness, notes of citrus and earth, dark roasted malts. Has a bit of a raw edginess to it, which I like. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sticky, resinous hop finish, some floral character, more grass and pine. Lingering pine, roast and oily hops. Great stuff.

4
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Fresh hop aroma, fruity, pine apple, grapes, hay notes. Hoppy grassy flavor, metal notes, fruity. Fresh hoppy finish.


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