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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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3.6
Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Pours black with a substantial tan head into the DFH/Sierra IPA glass. Aroma is roast, pine, smoke, dark chocolate and floral. Taste is sweet with some moderate roast bitters, the sweetness is more prevalent though. Medium bodied with a smooth and silky mouth feel.

3.8
BroSpud (2244) - , 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.

3.7
bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Dark, deepest cola pour with an eggshell head that leaves spotty lacing. The nose is lemon and a soapy "sweet clean". Flavors are of licorice, pine, caramel and finishes with a resinous, deep piney bitter. The body is medium, with easy drinkability that is very complex and fully substantial. This Black IPA is interesting, hoppy and herbal. Nice job.

3.9
JorgeLee (2234) - 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 you’re putting food colouring into a normal IPA there’s still no doubt that this is a hoppy beer using porter/stout malt bill.

3.9
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Black colored beer - tan head. Hoppy, piney aroma covered slightly by roasted malts. Bitter yet sweet taste - loads of hops, easy drinking. Almost felt like a regular IPA. Pretty good stuff

3.9
mcox90 (2138) - 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.

3.5
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Love me some Smutty. Very nice standard black IPA. This doesn’t have any real chocolate or roast which makes it nice. Dark malts and high hops.

3.5
closey22 (2101) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Dark brown with ruby hilites and lasting lacy beige head; aroma is sweet chocolaty roasty some hoppiness; Flava is grainy slightly roasty and hoppy; feels light; finishes dry hoppy bitter

3.5
ContemplateBeer (2097) - 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 it’s 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 don’t dig this style overall, but this is a good representation.

3.7
JFGrind (2071) - 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.


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