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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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3.7
Viper666 (3287) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
Dégustée en fût au Farmhouse Tap & Grill à Burlington, VT. De couleur brune très foncée et opaque. Nez de malt rôti, de houblon floral, moyennement citrique et fruité (agrumes) avec des notes herbeuses et résineuses, léger de chocolat avec des notes de café. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse. Goût moyennement amer de houblon floral, légèrement citrique et aux notes fruitées (agrumes et zeste - une amertume présente toute la gorgée) avec des notes de pain grillé lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt rôti avec des notes de chocolat noir puis en finale l’amertume de houblon prend une tournure plus herbeuse et asséchante avec des notes résineuses et également quelques notes de café sont présentes. Post-goût long et plutôt sec, moyennement amer de houblon herbeux, légèrement floral et citrique avec un léger goût rôti ainsi qu’avec des notes fruitées (zeste d’agrumes). (3 avril 2013)

3.9
hershiser2 (3266) - 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.

2.8
madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle shared in the GTMW ticket line - Pours black with a thin tan pour. Nose is ashy dry malt. The hops aren’t that pungent--a little herbal and grassy. Taste is dry, ashy malt, a bit of burned wood, and a bitter, roasty finish. Thin and watery, both in body and taste.

3.7
Maverick34 (3239) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottled. Black pour light beige head dark roastmalts and piney hops are predominant. Light espresso.

3.5
NikkTwist (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft at Strangeloves. Black pour. Pint. Started with a large frothy tan head. Lots of dark roasted flavors. Frothy chocolate mousse. Coffee liquor. There are grassy notes off the top that quickly disappear under the strong dark malt flavors. Liquorice. Charcoal grill. Smoked Tootsie Rolls. Like the darkness, but some of the underlying flavors feel raw and out of control. Might mellow and smooth out with age. As is now, feels too combative and uneven - yet ambitious enough to try and try again.

4.1
Chudwick (3219) - Taylor Mill, 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
Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours a deep rich black color with a two finger khaki foam. Big roasty nose with touches of earthy forest floor and bright grassy pine hops. The palate follows the nose nicely with great mouthfeel and spot on flavors. Great black IPA !

3.5
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2013
12oz Bottle, purchased at Yankee Spirits - S. Attleboro, MA. Chalky chocolate nose, edge in cedar and dark toast. Creamy, fresh dark malts up front, a passing thought of kiwi, and a graceful closing in grassy, earthy hops. Oddly middling for Smuttynose. The hops crank up a bit in the finish, adding some grapefruit pith and tea. Otherwise, reasonably soft. Well made, for sure, but perhaps not the most exciting recipe.

3.5
keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
Nice hoppy aroma with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is crisp and clean. A bit on the thin side though. Pours black with an off white head giving it a nice contrast.

3.7
asheft (3083) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
[bottle from Bier Cellar] Potent hops aroma with pine and then grapefruit peel and then some tropical Amarillo-esque note in front of faint coffee and dark toast. Opaque black with ruddy brown highlights under a persistent, light brown cover and lace. Hops flavour and then assertive bitterness up front in the taste followed by subtle dark chocolate. Pine, grapefruit peel, apricot, faint tropical fruits. Not quite smooth, not quite crisp feel, medium to light body moderate carbonation.


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