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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
Christian (13927) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black with a small tan head. Fresh hoppy aroma of citrus and grass with a touch of licorice. Citrus and licorice flavour with a somewhat rough grassy hop bitterness, otherwise a very tasty beer

3.7
j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle around my sisters pool out of a big ol’ plastic cup on the fourth of July. Pours a clear brown with a medium sized beige head. Big roast and cocoa on the nose, soft earthy hops. Chocolate, cocoa. Medium bodied, roast and cocoa, long roast. Chocolate and soft grapefruit bitterness. Tasty.

3.5
hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
On tap at the Blue Dog, PA. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Chocolate, roasty, pine, and earth.

3.4
Sammy (12989) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2013
Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Spot on black IPA, emphasizing the roast and yet still citrus hop supporting it. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Not the best black IPA I have had, still well crafted and worth trying. Dry finish.

3.5
shrubber85 (11706) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle (courtesy of jtclockwork). Chocolate malt and orange peel aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet cocoa malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Body a bit light. Not bad.

3.3
alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark cola brown color with a large, lasting khaki head. The aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and some resiny hops. The flavor has some dark malts, but not very roasted, thin black coffee and resiny hops that seem a bit green. I wish the flavor followed the nose. This is a touch thin and missing some of the roasted qualities that make this style work.

3.8
DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle and draft at Capone’s. Pours hazy deep blackish with clingy tan head. Nose is very piney hoppy, with black patent malt, cacao. Tastes resiny hoppy, with notes of roasty black malt, cacao, and a roasty finish.

3.6
jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
2013-04-29. Mahogany tinged black body, nice creamy tan head. Aroma is mild, light dusty malt with mild leafy green hop character. Flavour is pleasant, modest dry malt, light leafy green hops. Earthy leafy hops linger in the finish. Very smooth average bodied palate, pleasant soft carbonation. Enjoyable, surprisingly mild for a black IPA but quite drinkable. On tap at Farmhouse, Burlington

3.5
KyotoLefty (10808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle. Orange, mint, pine, chocolate and some coffee in the nose. Cloudy matte black color. Flavors of pine resin, coffee, roast, some smoke. Decent, not all that sweet.


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