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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Noonan Black IPASmuttynose Noonan Black IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.19%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 02-27-2013)
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Reviews by MadScientist:
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MadScientist

New York

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown with good clarity. The persistant head is made of mousse-like dark tan bubble. The head settles a half a finger of foam leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A strong citrus hops aroma mixed with moderate chocolaty, dark grains aromas. The is a medium-strong herbaceous fresh hopped aroma that mixes very well with the malt and citrus. The hops have a light pineapple note to them. A light floral alcohol sweetness.

T: A strong citrus hops flavor and an agressive hops bitterness. There is a moderate amount of chocolate and coffee flavors with just a slight dark grain bitterness. The balance is pretty bitter even with the medium-low malt bitterness. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is of citrus hops bitterness with a bit of dark grain.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: I don't understand kids today and I still think these Black IPA are just a well hopped, unbalanced Robust Porter. That being said I like the blend of citrus and chocolate/coffee malt with the agressive hops bitterness going on here. The hops get just a tad harsh on the finish which could be reduced by the use of higher alpha hops, not that I'm complaining.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:46:21 | More by MadScientist
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a big, frothy brown head, close to three fingers as it crests, full-on mix of bubble sizes, from huge to tiny, dimpled all over, the lacing is thin but forms broad sheets which cover close to half the available glass space. Black liquid yet has a shiny brightness to it, this in spite of the chunky floaties inside the glass, hard to visually gauge the carbonation, shifts to a yellow hue along the rims. The nose is sweetly roasty, oodles of chocolate, coffee, hard toffee with even more malt after that, it’s hoppy in a mellow fashion, more cleansing than herbaceous, subtle floral lift, not much fruit but maybe a little earthiness. Full-bodied, thicker and denser than expected, the carbonation is slow to unwind but it does not feel flatfooted. Here too there’s a strong emphasis on roast although it does adroitly avoid bitterness. Coffee beans, cocoa, mocha more than milkiness, although there’s moments of root beer and vanilla. Mutter of quinine. The mouth feel is grippy and dry, more pine and cut grass than flowers or citrus. Again, hard to discern clear fruit presence, more apricot, maybe cherry. Because it starts with such intent and energy, it’s hard for it not to finish likewise. Sticks to the basics, does them well enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:02:36 | More by farrago
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with bits of ugly sediment floating in the glass. The body isn't a looker, that's for damn sure. The head makes up slightly - a three finger khaki shade with a soft texture and good retention. Lots of lacing is left behind. I have no idea how to score it: the body is ass-ugly, but the head looks great.

S: Very roasty. Lots of espresso and brown sugar, with lesser chocolate notes. The hops are very well integrated within everything; once this opens up, I'm getting a bit more in the way of pine and citrus. More along the lines of a hoppy porter/stout than Black IPA, but still a very good aroma nonetheless.

T: Oh man, this one is roasty. Huge roasted malts and espresso give it a tongue-gripping start, while bitter, piny hops build up subtly on the finish. There are slight touches of chocolate here and there, but otherwise there's no sweetness to be found. Like a lot of Smuttynose offerings, it's bitter in all the right ways.

M: Very light and very crisp - most regular IPAs wish they could be this easy going down. And it's really, really, really dry. There isn't a whole lot of carbonation, so the dry finish is really doing its job here.

O: Rather than punching me in the face with hop bitterness, the IPA portion of this beer integrates so well with the roasted malts, it makes me wonder if I'm really drinking a glass of cold espresso. I'd love to see this tribute become a year-round offering.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 5, 2014.

The pour is a very dark brown to just about black with a puffy, tan head that lingers on and leaves lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma is a well balanced with its dark, roasted malts and earthy hop sensations.

But the hops evolve into a formidable pine and citrus ocean when I sip it with the malts fading quickly into the background. Bitter finish.

Medium body.

Brewed in tribute to a late brewer and it cherishes his memory right.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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I've had a few Black IPAs before and have never liked them, mainly because they just sort of seemed like porters that for some reason classified themselves as IPAs. However, this one definitely showed me what a Black IPA could be. It was a nicely balanced beer, with a nice roasty base that was complemented nicely by a hoppy kick.

Appearance: Just like the name would suggest, it's pretty black. A relatively thin white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell: Definitely tips you off to the hoppiness. One thing I never liked about other Black IPAs was that the smell was all roast and coffee, there was no hop presence, and this one definitely didn't have that problem. Nice balanced smell of roastiness and hops.

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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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