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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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3.3
Braudog (6669) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle. I’m not mucha fan of this style in general, and although this is a better example of the "style," this doesn’t change that. Another baseline porter, rich with some ashy chocolate, augmented by a little American hoppy kick. I don’t love the blend, but again this one is among the better I’ve tried. (#5256, 9/18/2013)

3.7
Patrickctenchi (6548) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Pours black with a thick tan head. Cholate, tobacco aroma...resin. Ashy, resiny bitter...burnt coffee malt. Earthy, creamy.... Very solid.

3.3
ben4321 (6391) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Location: Draft at RnH, 8/8/11

Aroma: It has a light nose, slightly hoppy (floral/pine) and some light roast
Appearance: This one has a brown-black pour with a thin tan head atop it
Flavor: The taste is fairly balanced between the pine hops and roasty malts
Palate: The body is medium, with a decent mouthfeel, and a slight dryness to the finish
Overall Impression: Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer. It wasn’t any kind of stand-out, but a fairly solid example of the Black IPA style.

3.6
mansquito (6319) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Half Pint, NYC tap: Pours black with a greyish, creamy head. Aroma is lemon, coffee, chocolate, and hints of pine. Taste is prototypically that of a Black IPA. Seamless convergence of the citrus and chocolate that leaves a somewhat discordant, but pleasant aftertaste. Definitely has a somewhat herbal character at that point. Well put together.

3.9
obguthr (6295) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft @ Rocktown 2014: Licorice, lemon zest, charcoal nose. Cola brown, thin beige head. Pine and charcoal flavor, smoke on the back end. Really solid example of the style.

3.8
kaser (6213) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Dearer pious at cheesies with my friend Nate. Black pour with crey off white head. S'mores and biscuits. Malts. Choclate. Complex beer and delicious. Love it

3.5
TheBeerGod (6207) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, thick, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, citrus and pine with floral hops. Taste is roasted malt, dark coffee, pine, citrus notes, floral hops and hop resins. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation and a strong lingering hop bitterness. Finishes with more strong roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, dark coffee, pine notes, citrus fruit and floral hops.

4
nuplastikk (6206) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2013
12oz bottle. Amber-black body, with a big, frothy, beige head. Crisp chocolate edged aroma, pretty nice. Respectable citrus hop tones and a hefty malt backbone to balance it out....and balanced it is. One of the more enjoyable Black IPAs I’ve had. Dry, sticky bitter aftertaste. Great chocolate, caramel, graham cracker flavors. Solid offering, would be great to go back and forth between this and their regular IPA.

3.3
dmac (6198) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2013
12oz bottle via a 6pack from Spirits Crossroads. Poured a medium density dark black body with a large foamy beige head. Aroma is roasty with burnt toast, citrus rind, chocolate, cold coffee beans and orange slices. Fuller bodied with average to strong carbonation and a harsh bitterness on the end. Favor isn’t so great. More like a hopped up porter or perhaps even a quality Black and Tan. Mostly burnt toast, burnt malts, some citrus rind. Love black IPAs so was hopping for a bit more.

3.5
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
In short: A pleasant chocolaty and herbal/piney hoppy dark ale. Good beer.
How: Tap at Black Back Pub, Waterbury VT
The look: Near black body topped by a small dark beige head
In long: The hoppy nose is very herbal with some floral and piney notes as well as some roast. Taste is round and chocolaty (chocolate cake senation), some molasses, tree bark. Plenty of hops here, herbal and piney hops, juicy and slightly resinous. Feels generously dry hopped. Bitterness of medium intensity. Full body with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good Black IPA, maybe a bit too on the herbal side for me but very enjoyable nonetheless. Another New-England beer that is a tribute to the late Greg Noonan. When I die no commercial product will be named after me, however my death will probably lead to the addition of a warning label on a common household product, like “Warning: Not for human consumption” on tv remotes.


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