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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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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3.8
cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours pitch black with a thick light tan head and sticky lacing through out the entire glass, aroma has a good amount of citrus and pine with a kick of chocolate as well, flavor is of more roast and chocolate on the front end with some pine and hops in the finish, pretty solid.

3.8
JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2014
On tap at World of Beer Easton on 3/11/14. Clear dark brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt and chocolate along with piney and grassy hops. Flavor starts with piney hops, then moves to a bit of citrus before a chocolate malt finish.

3.8
kaser (6312) - 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

3.8
Finhead (1761) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
A nearly, black pour with a tan head and some sediment. The aroma has pine and lemon with a hint caramel. It has a medium body with somewhat slick texture and lively carbonation. The taste is bitter with a roasted finish.

3.8
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and fruity hops. Taste is a nice balance of roasted malt and hops. One of the best black ipa’s in my opinion. Great lacing shown on each sip.

3.8
thepatrickman (1347) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2016
From notes. This is a really enjoyable black IPA. It might not be the most intense, but it’s strength is in its balance. It’s a very nice IPA with some firm hop bite and a bit of pine and citrus aroma, but it has just enough roasted barley flavor to remind you that it’s definitely a distinct style from traditional IPA.

3.7
yespr (45447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
From cask. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty, mild smoked and dark chocolate. Bitter, dark to hard roasted and dense malty. Bitter and dry roasted finish.

3.7
oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2011
[email protected] Deep brown, close to black, colour with a minor head. Aroma is liquorice, some mild roasted notes as well as caramel. Flavour is liquorice, chocolate, some dark fruityness, syrup, wood and mild earthy and floral hops. Balanced and quite nice.

3.7
blipp (9268) - 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.

3.7
fonefan (49305) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2011

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2011, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England.

Unclear dark black brown colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, grass, pine, grapefruit, sharp. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, licorice, dark malt, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110803]


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