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RATINGS: 199   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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3.5
sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Tap. Pours dark brown with creamy beige head; great lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy malts, chocolate notes, figs, and faint toffee. Flavor is roast malts, cocoa bitterness, earthy notes, and dried dark fruit; dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.6
snoworsummer (5696) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Draft. Pours very dark brown with a very thin off white head. Tastes like cola, mint, cream, some coffee bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Smells like funk, flour, biscuits, and hops.

3.8
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - JUL 1, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass. Clear and very dark brown with a decent tanned head. A nice mix of roasty and piney aromas, with some dark chocolate. Highly roasted malts flavor, with high bitterness, resinous hops and black coffee. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, super long finish and off balanced in a good way.

3.1
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Very smooth beer with a roasted malt flavor. Mellow hop overtone that balanced out the beer

3.6
beerme31 (685) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours black medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, pine, caramel, grass. Mild sweet taste. Medium roasty body, ave carbonation, thicker texture, mild hop bitterness in the finish that lingers nicely. Solid black ipa, would get again.

3.4
ThreeCats (900) - ISRAEL - JUN 26, 2013
Nice tan head over black body with ruby highlights. Aroma of roast, grass, pine, and citrus. Taste of hop bitterness, then roast bitterness, then hop bitterness. Citrus, grass, roast, nut, coffee. Hoppy-bitter palate. Quite nice.

3.9
hershiser2 (3242) - 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.

3.4
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Dark brown to black color with a frothy beige head. Nice aroma of roastiness and hops, citric and piney. Bitterish roasty flavor with faint sweetness, a hint of coffee and nice bitter piney hops with some grapefruit notes. Medium-bodied. Quite good.

3.1
zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 22, 2013
Pours black to brown with a huge beige head, aroma of cocoa, chocolate and notes of hops, flavor is hoppy with lemon, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, medium bodied

3.6
wlajwl (6811) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Aroma is dark malts, slight mustiness and pine notes. The flavor is dark/earthy malts, light grapefruit/citrus and a tangy/tart/dry finish.


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