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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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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3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Love me some Smutty. Very nice standard black IPA. This doesnt have any real chocolate or roast which makes it nice. Dark malts and high hops.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (2105) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2013
12oz bottle Pours dark, real dark, brown with a nice looking tan head that left plenty of lacing. This is what a Black IPA should truly be ... a great IPA with the big citrus and pine flavors but also more earthy roasted malt flavors contributing smoke and chocolate notes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (2019) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma: Moderate pine meets a respectable dark chocolate/roasted malt backbone; a little citrus creeps in under the radar. Appearance: Unfiltered jet black with a big, billowy mocha head that settles into a rocky cap. Flavor: Piney/slight citrus hops pave the way for a mid-palate that yields a bit more to chocolate/light roast; the pine re-establishes its dominance toward the finish; leaving a lingering bitterness. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Put me on the boat with those who dont dig this style overall, but this is a good representation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (2011) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Dark bodied, citrus nose, medium bitterness with a roasted malt backbone. Just a well built Black IPA. Nice sidebar that its named in honor of Greg Noonan.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (2010) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Dark pour, one finger head with pretty good lacing. Milky aroma with some citrus. The flavor was caramel malts with roast...like a brown ale, almost. Mild citrus hops. Very mild on all fronts, but a nice chalky mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking for a black IPA. Good job.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1981) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1959) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2011
On tap at Portsmouth Gaslight during the Smuttynose tap takeover. Pours deepest, darkest brown, almost black with a 1 finger head that retains well and laces nicely. Roasted malt and pine hop aroma. Flavor is a well balanced combination of the malt and pine hop. Neither overpowers the other. Even get a hint of chocolate from time to time. The finish is quite bitter with coffee ground notes. Moderate in body with enough carbonation to keep the tongue interested. Theres a smoothness to it that makes it easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and fruity hops. Taste is a nice balance of roasted malt and hops. One of the best black ipas in my opinion. Great lacing shown on each sip.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee (1854) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Black with a thick white head, looks like a stout. Roasty bitterness, and hop bitterness. Some herbal notes from the hop. Drinks very easily. Extremely tasty. Nice. But unless youre putting food colouring into a normal IPA theres still no doubt that this is a hoppy beer using porter/stout malt bill.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1834) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2013
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (listed as 5.7% ABV on the bottle). Dark brown, almost black, pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of light smoke, dark chocolate, floral hops, and light citrus. Beautiful marriage of the grapefruit and piney hops along with the chocolate and smoke. There is a bitterness on the front that almost melts away with the wonderful dark roasted malt flavor on the finish. Very nicely done.


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