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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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4.2
nearbeer (5463) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2014
12 oz.bb 08/05/14. Opaque with a lasting thin creamy film on top. Delicious aroma is a blend of caramel, orange, resin, espresso and chocolate. Taste is resin, citrus zest, caramel coffee and unsweetened chocolate. The medium body is velvety smooth with low carbonation and an excellent balance.

3.6
jkwood04 (5452) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2013
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of darker and lightly roasted malts plus a decent amount of citrusy and floral hops. Flavor the same, with a decent blend between the dark malts and strong hops. Average texture. A decent beer.

3.5
Aurelius (5386) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bright AIPA aroma mixed with doughy and roast notes - some cocoa, some blackstrap, some dark fruitiness. A viscous-looking pour, big clingy khaki head. Standard longneck, fair label. Assertively acidic, grassy tones over roast. Buffered cocoa. Long coffee-pine finish that lays bitter on the top of the tongue. A buffered/chalky mouthfeel at first that trims the points off a bristling carbonation and bittering. Black IPA’s aren’t my bag, but this was probably more enjoyable than most. New Leaf Market.

3.1
chinchill (5075) - South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2013
On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte. Pours is near black; slightly dark even for style, with an above average tan head that leaves a fine coat on the glass when tilted. Smell is more dark malt than hops, but this tastes like it should: i.e., an IPA with ample dark roasted malts. Unlike the aroma, in tasting these two ingredients mesh better, and are in better balance than in some other black IPAs. M: slightly harsh; medium body and carbonation. O: Aroma lacks IPA hoppiness, but the taste is true to style.

3.6
DialSquare (5071) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
12oz bottle from Lucky’s Market on N. High. Near black pour with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma is spicy, herbal, chocolate, citrus. Tastes are burnt, cocoa, coffee, oak, background ashy. Bitter, herbal finish. On the malty side overall. Well built for sure - don’t know if I’d seek it out.

3.3
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black color. Aromas of tart and flowery hops; lemon and black currant. Roasty and bitter flavor with coffee, dark chocolate and lemony hops. Sharp firm taste.

3.4
kerenmk (4806) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2013
Bottle, BBOTM club. Black with tan head, chocolate, nuts and raisins aroma, hoppy bitterness - pine and some exotic fruit. Dry, full-bodied, bitter finish.

4.1
ads135 (4735) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Black and rich. Lots of piney hops, but the roasted nuttiness and chocolate is what makes this beer great.

3.5
tmoreau (4452) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a black/brown color, with a frothy tan layer of head foam that expeditiously diminished to a ring & film, and left some etched-like lacing on the glass. The nose was roasted, with more malt, and chocolate expression than hop. The flavor continued an average roasted presence, and offered a lingering, earthy hop bitterness, that was somewhat citrusy, but more resin & grass. Still a decent & drinkable, Black IPA.

3.8
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a very thick tan head. Nose is a little hoppy, but not all that strong. Taste is a little bit bitter, and quite roasty. Very easy drink.


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