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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Black IPA doesnt quite seem to make sense, does it? How can something thats 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, Smuttynoses 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 cant avoid the big whiff of piney, herbal and citrusy American hops, but theres virtually no roasted character. Ponderous, huh? When you take a sip, youll notice that the beer doesnt taste a lot like a porter either. Instead of the expected astringency imparted by dark grains, youll find a depth of caramel malts and more American hops. Dont worry thats by design; its also what we love about the beer.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2014
On tap at Brunzies. Roasted barley, licorice, cocoa, mild soy tang and some hop oily notes. Dark brown-black clear with thin tan head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts stark and bitter with big hop presence. Roasted barley, chocolate, and carbonic bite. Big roast bitter finish tim roasted after and bitter dark chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aniela (4216) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2011
At GBBF in London. Black IPA with licorice aroma, a bit smokey. This is a beer I liked a lot :-)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (4151) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4146) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
This is along the lines of a big, hoppy porter. It pours a nice deep garnet brown w/ an off-white and long lasting head of mixed, foamy bubbles. This is definitely a hop forward brew but there are definitely some roasted grain notes lurking in there amidst the piny hops. It is quite dry and a touch of bitterness helps bring out some coffee notes from the grain used. A bit of astringency lingers on the tongue to finish along w/ a slight ashy note. This will definitely satisfy those who like dark, hoppy brews.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (4112) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Review from notes, on tap at the White Birch fest this past Aug. Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a smallish tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of earth and pine, with a chocolate and caramel maltiness that does a fair job standing up to the hop onslaught. Taste is sweet caramel and a bit roasty and chocolaty behind lots of earthy pine and citrus. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous and slightly chalky mouthfeel. I went back to this several times that night, this is a great brew, it should be a full time beer!
Earlier Rating: 12/17/2011 Total Score: 4.1
Review from notes, on tap at the White Birch fest this past Aug. Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a smallish tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of earth and pine, with a chocolate and caramel maltiness that does a fair job standing up to the hop onslaught. Taste is sweet caramel and a bit roasty and chocolaty behind lots of earthy pine and citrus. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous and slightly chalky mouthfeel. I went back to this several times that night, this is a great brew, it should be a full time beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Black pour with good ring of khaki head. Nice foresty hop aroma. Flavor leans more bitter pine than roasty. Semi well balanced with a good lingering bitterness. Decent black ipa.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2014
bottle - Pours near black with a two finger tan head and big chunks of suspended yeast floating around. The aroma is of piney hops and chocolatey malt. The flavor has high bitterness with the piney, resinous hops in the fore and the roasted chocolate malt lending a full body to this enjoyable brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3872) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of citrus, light fruits, apple skins, wood, and a hint of roasted malt. Flavor is sweet initially with lots of dark, roasted malty notes in the finish. More akin to a hoppy imperial stout (or even a hoppier Rochefort 10) in the flavor actually with dark fruits, chocolate, sweet malt, and citrusy hops. Lots of complexity in this beer, more than most of your typical black IPAs. This is a great black IPA, maltier than most. 8/4/8/4/16 [4.0/5]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3844) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. 1st pour went a little too fast I guess. It was 80% thick tan head. Took a bit to regress to the a dark opaque brown with a thick tan lacing clinging to the sides. Aroma of hops intermingled with roasted malts. Taste almost exactly the same as the nose but the malts taste almost burnt and lingering bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3707) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Cola brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate,roasted malt, and hops.Lots of chocolate flavor with roasted malt, pine, and a bot of hop bitterness. Decent beer.


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