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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
MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and their very dark chocolate allusions are met by coniferous hops every inch of the way, moving into a lengthy bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the darkness.
-The spiciness of roasted black sesame is hallucinated.
-Malts also develop coffee angles.
-There is some fruitiness on the edges.
-This is a very flavorful Black IPA and a nice testament to Greg Noonan’s amiability and character.

Bottle.

3.6
mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
[5312-20130429] Tap. Roasted orange rind malt aroma. Clear, red-hued black body with a huge long-lasting creamy tan head. Mild grainy citrus grain flavour has an underlying cardboard bitter grains. Medium body. Interesting to sample. (8/4/7-/3/14) 3.6
(@ The Farmhouse, Burlington, VT)

3.3
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2013
12oz bottle. Best by 9/18/13. Black color. Big thick tan head, with good retention. Herbal, spicy hop flavor. Smooth, softer kind of lighter carbonation. Lightly dry texture. Light bitter taste, light sweet, lightly spicy. Not bad, but I think I’d prefer a little more roast / coffee / chocolate malt notes in this.

3.7
blipp (9902) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Draft. Pours deep brown with a thin beige head. Light roasty aroma with floral hops and some lighter piney notes. The flavor is well balanced, with a roasted malty base, and grassy and resinous hoppy notes. Good stuff.

3.6
solidfunk (9729) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2014
Some hops, some roast. Pours cloudy dark brown with good head and lacing. Comes together pretty well. Finishes bitter and roasty. Well balanced. Some citrus as well. Tap at DC Beer festival.

3.9
czar (9601) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
pours very dark brown with a nice creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. cascadian chocolate, bit of sweetness and lactose, milk chocolate, bit of dark fruitiness, peppery, piney and citrusy. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, short but assertive piney-citrusy finish. very nice black ipa.

3.5
b3shine (9257) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Looks Good; a dull cola with fluffy beige head. Smells and tastes of hops and dark malt with some roast too. Average on the palate. Solid beer.

3.5
drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
5/30/13. 12oz bottle from Grassroots Natural Market. Deep brown, not quite black, pour with a small khaki head. Light pine and citrus swim on top of caramel and roasted malts. Pine and citrus in the flavor as well, light bitterness balanced well with roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of acidity. Not bad.

3.6
nimbleprop (8924) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2013
16oz pour at Salty Pig in Boston. Pours a watery black with some creamy, off white head. Nose is malty, toast, caramel, light dried chocolate, hops, citrus rind, light pine. Taste is also a mix, malt, cracker, bread crust, caramel, molasses, pine, lemon, grapefruit. Dry finish.

3.7
drfabulous (8808) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 2, 2013
12 ounce thanks to Bob. Hoppy. Black pour. Chocolate and roast throughout. Well balanced. Tasty.


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