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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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3.6
PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Tallahasse, Fl. - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Viscous, tar black pour, bubbly mocha colored head, sticky lace. Eggy aroma, some roasted notes. Chocolate, creosote, some roastiness in the flavor, some light citrsu bitterness come through in the finish. More malty than bitter. Thick Mouthfeel. Overall, a solid Black IPA..

3.7
drfabulous (7950) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 2, 2013
12 ounce thanks to Bob. Hoppy. Black pour. Chocolate and roast throughout. Well balanced. Tasty.

3.7
TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquor (Westborough, MA) au coût de 1,80$. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe de pin. Apaprence: La couleur est noire avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées et de pin avec une pointe chocolatée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de céréales grillées en arrière goût. (Rating #5743)

3.6
AirForceHops (7243) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12oz. Bottle purchased at Top Shelf Brews. The color is black with some lasting head retention. The nose is chocolate malts and hints of pine. The flavor is actually really nice. Hints of citrus hops upfront following a base of chocolate malts and caramel with light pine and more citrus hops coming through in the finish. Texture is lightly sticky and lightly syrup in nature. Pretty good.

3.3
PhillyCraft (7235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
On tap at Pour house, black body with creamy beige head, medium in size with thick lacing. Aromas and flavor are roasted malt and grain, pine, cereal, light chocolate, and smoke. Medium body. Balanced but way too roasty for me, I wish more people would make black ipas that tasted like regular ones. Even half the roast would do wonders for this brew.

3.6
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2013
12oz bottle: Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a clingy-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a lightly sweet dark malty nose with some light piny hop notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and malty sweetness with a good hop balance and light citrus character before a drier bittersweet finish. A little subdued for the style, but errs on the side of drinkability.

3.6
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Draft at blue monk. Dark pour, light fan head, good lacing. Big roasted malt aroma. More about the black than the IPA. Bitterness shines towards finish. Nice mouthfeel. Good beer

3.7
Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2014
On draft at Turner’s High Moon in Avon NC. Pours black with a tan head. Toasty nose. Flavors of dark malts with some grassy hop notes. Bitter finish.

3.6
wlajwl (6814) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Aroma is dark malts, slight mustiness and pine notes. The flavor is dark/earthy malts, light grapefruit/citrus and a tangy/tart/dry finish.

3.3
ekstedt (6790) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, with fresh and a bit rough citric & piney hops. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.


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