Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPASmuttynose Noonan Black IPA

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 02-27-2013

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Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 78
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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a half finger beige colored head atop that lasted for quite awhile.Aromas of earth,bitter chocolate,and citric hops,it does smell like a hopped up porter.Roast and earthy notes upfront with mild brown sugar-like sweetness,a shot of pin resin and sharp grapefruit in the finish.Not overly complex but flavorful,this seemed a bit more porter-like than many of the style i have had.

Photo of MadScientist
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Jchicks
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't think Smutty makes a bad beer. I've been brewing for over 15 years and I struggle to produce a beer like this. Nice hop character, great lasting dark (cholocate?) malt flavor. This is top notch stuff...and at 5.7 ABV you can have a couple and enjoy them without walking head first into the TV getting up to take a leak at halftime/end of quarter/end of peroid. If you like flavor and well crafted beer grab some of this and enjoy!

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 06/04/14 noted on the label

Pours black, dark khaki head, lasting nicely, leaves a nice looking tiny bubble film, thicker collar, and areas of high sheeting , bits and strands of fine lacing.

Dark chocolate, pine, grapefruit on the nose.

Full flavor BIPA, more dark chocolate, dark grains, and bitter, citric hops sealing the deal.

Fresh tasting and well crafted tribute to a true Vermont craft beer pioneer

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte.

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.

Photo of WyethBednar
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Taste: Complex and awesome. Really well-balanced, with enough hop presence to please any fans of IPAs. Versatile enough to pair well with either a spicy meal or a dessert.

Mouthfeel: A little thin feeling. Decent carbonation, but due to the roasty character of the beer a little more smoothness would be a nice improvement.

Photo of brother_rebus
2.54/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

So thin. No foreward taste of much. It all kinda blends. I do like the carbonation of it though- it's kinda like Sri Lanka: not as latent as a stout or porter, still stays in touch with India.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Spot on black IPA, emphasizing the roast and yet still citrus hop supporting it. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Not the best black IPA I have had,owing to some burnt parts, still well crafted and worth trying. Dry finish.

Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black in appearance, with ruby highlights. Thick, tri-finger of foam and a pleasing tree-line lace.

Nose is chocolate malts, with maybe a slight hint of citrus hops sharpness. Overwhelmingly, though the aroma is chocolate and roastiness.

Taste is definitely bitter and roast up front, with the bittersweet cocoa notes coming in around an astringent, acidic hops character. Solid and enjoyable, though not a favorite.

Photo of Kegatron
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours black with a rich and creamy mocha head. Robust sticky lace soaps the sides of the glass. This smells of a rich blend of chocolate, caramel, coffee and ripe citrus. A floral and lightly spicy feel hangs on the edges of the nose. The taste is similar, with a robust yet smooth mix of chocolate and caramel malts, a firm leafy and spicy green bitterness and coffee flavor throughout that leaves this burnt and roasted in the finish. The feel is medium with soft creaminess that spreads out and prickles the tongue a bit. Nice smooth feel here to this. This was a really nice take on a Black IPA, with a well balanced mix of flavors and a super drinkable body. A well done tribute beer for sure.

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, light hops, a touch of smokiness, mild and easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not a bad beer, but a little less hoppy than I would have liked for this style.

Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Best before 08/04/2014.

Deep black opaque body, just a hint of dark red along edges for the body color too. Head is a bit out of control booming. Giant fistful on the pour. Super soapy, cocoa tan in color and big clumpy aggressive appearance. Lots of lacing and big retention while it settles. There's some pretty good amount of trub chunk in this glass too.

Bouquet hits more towards the roasty character with a faint hint of grapefruit and pine hop. Some sweet juicy fruit action slightly. Slightly char and even a hint of campfire smoke, but quite tiny on the nose. Overall not too bad.

Palate matches fairly straightforward what the nose senses. Mild senses of hop juicy pine and some grapefruit rind. Light roast character hinting toward coffee in the mid palate. Finishes clean, if possibly a little oily with a good long hop aroma and presence. Palate feel is a little weak, but flavors do manage to coat quite a bit.

Overall it's alright in the realm, but there's some better out there. No worries this drinks easily.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$3 for a pint during happy hour
Sampled 26MAR13

[A] Arrives with a solid finger of dense foamy/fluffy head, oatmeal colored. Retention and lacing are well above average. The body is close to black.

[S] Hopping is clearly abundant. Notes fresh pine wood, sawdust and earth. Bitter chocolate and dark roast are layered into the profile nicely.

[T] Woodsy, earthy, spicy hops with more roasted malt flavor than I care for in a hoppy beer. Semi acrid.

[M] Gritty texture, fine, biting carbonation. Semi-aggressive. The body is medium. Light sweetness up front and rather dry on the finish.

[O] Either an aggressively hopped black ale or an overly roasted black IPA - neither of which suit my tastes too well but this is a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of wedge
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with an impressively thick head that very slowly recedes to a sustained milky covering. Initial dark chocolate and piney hop aromas becoming more grapefruity as it warms. A whiff of fresh dark malt. Roasted malt flavor met with a wall of hoppy bitterness. The malt flavor is bittersweet and charred and the hops are hard to categorize because they blend so well with the roast. It's leafy, spicy, and piney and comes across a little aggressive overall, but I'll allow it. Smooth, creamy body and fairly astringent. Solid all around, if not particularly memorable...

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid black IPA with mild hop flavors and more roasty malt flavors like a stout. Yet, the dryness is there, which I'd prefer to be balanced by more sweetness. If there's one weakness, its that this is just a little thin in feel and taste, but not so much that it feels watery or bland. Would I like a little more body and spiciness or chocolate/coffee? Yes. But this is satisfying anyway. I could easily drink again.

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Best By 08/06/14.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 3/4 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind. There are also little clumps of sediment resting at the bottom of the glass.

S- Roasty upfront with tones of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Mild hops round things out nicely.

T- Yeah, I feel like the hops have faded quite a bit since this is basically tasting like a slightly hopped up heavy porter. Still very good with some nice dark roast plus some more chocolate and coffee but the bitterness is only really in the aftertaste and there's little hop flavor otherwise. Alcohol is decently well hidden.

M- Quite viscous with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Pretty good, just wish I had gotten to it when it was fresher. Even so, I feel like even at its freshest, it still wouldn't be a match for Durty.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 6/28/13

Appearance: While I'm tempted to say this is black, it's really more of a dark, dark brown - pours with a big, creamy beige head - leaves a nice, above-average web of lacing

Smell: Roasty and chocolatey, with some hints of citrus - on the mild and balanced side for this style - nicely roasted malts, chocolate malt, and some roasty coffee - a bunch of dark chocolate and baker's chocolate - a vague hint of grass and grapefruit hops

Taste: Roasty and chocolatey, as the smell would suggest - roasty and lightly burnt malts - chocolate malts - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some semisweet chocolate - above average bitterness - some oily grapefruit rind, but not much hop character - some burnt coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, extremely dry finish

Overall: Good, but very far from legendary

The biggest problem with this beer is the name. As Greg Noonan is often credited for inventing this style, a black IPA named after him should be very exceptional. This is good, but I wouldn't call it exceptional.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When viewed from afar, the beer is black in appearance but closer inspection reveals amber hues at the bottom when the glass is held up to a light source. It poured with a half finger high tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts and notes of pine resin and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: A moderate amount of bitterness stands out in this beer, which has underlying flavors of dark malts along with notes of pine resin hops and hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very nice beer if you are looking for lots of bitterness without the accompanying hop flavors. It's quite drinkable.

Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger light brown head that leaves some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, nice earthy notes, slight citrus and mild coffee.

T-Rather malty, too much, but as it warms more coffee comes through along with dirt, pine and grass.

M-Light to medium bodied, not as creamy as I was expecting.

O-Although still within the best by date it was too malty, maybe fresh the beer would better. Then again it could just be too malty.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very impressed with the appearance. It has a solid full inch of deep mocha head that sticks around forever. Color is a pitch black with little es capable light.
S - Smells of leafy bittering hops and balanced roasts. Not getting much else maybe a fruity yeast?
T - Well it's a nicely crafted black IPA. It's fairly aggressive with a lingering bitterness that sticks to the tongue well after each sip. It's not too chalky or roasty just balanced and tasty.
M - Has a light to medium body with a somewhat session-able ABV. Not bad.

Overall I was impressed with this one clashes the roast of a stout or porter with the bitterness of their finest kind IPA. A fairly great Black IPA overall.

Photo of BB1313
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 9/18/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a kakhi head which fades and leaves decent lacing. The aromas are full of roasted malts and has subtle hints of pine and grapefruit. Smells nice, but doesn't smack you in the face. The flavors are dominated by dark chocolate, giving it a nice bitterness. Burnt/char overload. Earthy hops. Hints of soap. Bold flavors. Finishes dry with hints of citrus and smoke. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Active carbonation. Good stuff.

This is full flavored and actually has some depth to it. Stout/porter/chocolate lovers will appreciate this one. It's not a mind blower, but it's well crafted. Solid brew.

Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another new Smutty that I just noticed on the shelves recently. Best by 09/18/13.

A- Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a black but not oily thick body. A nice dark tan cap forms on the beer to about three fingers in height (slimmer glass). Good head retention with a thick, foamy texture. Big thick rings of lace wherever I stop my sips.

S- Dark roasted grains with a nice hop presence. I get some citrus, pine and floral notes from the hops used here. The malts are nice and roasty but not overpowering like a stout with hints of cocoa.

T- More malt character and flavor comes through in the taste for me. I'd say it is roast forward here as opposed to the nose being slightly hop driven. Dark bitter roast grains, cocoa, slight burnt sugar and some nutty hints come to mind. Hops open up nicely after some time with orange peel, pine and flowery notes.

MF- Moderately thick feel to a fairly creamy overall body. Carbonation is at a moderate level and gains a very silky feel when agitated. Good, clean hop and roast bitterness in the finish.

Solid Black IPA with a good orange peel and dark grain flavor.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smuttynose makes great dark beers and even better IPAs, so this seems to be a sure thing. You never know until you try it, though, so cheers!

Best before 08/04/2014, five months after the date of this tasting.

A: Pours pitch black with a lofty head of fizzy tan foam, two fingers high. The head condenses into a wafer-thin layer of soft retention, leaving very little in the way of lacing – just a few thin strands here and there.

S: A blend of porter scents – baker’s cocoa and spent coffee grounds, more tight and acrid than rich – and sweet berry fruitiness. That tinge of raspberry and lemon I’d suspect is due to the hops, but wherever it came from, it’s quite welcome.

T: Begins with the toasted sweetness of brown sugar, semisweet chocolate, and acrid burnt toast; it’s like an over-baked chocolate chip cookie, all buttery and crisp. Then, within seconds, the bitters light up the palate. This beer has certainly earned its “IPA” moniker – it’s massively hopped. The rest of the palate is dominated by a lemony, grassy hop flavor, shining so bright in this dark palate that there’s little left at the end but an American IPA. It’s an inoffensive dryness, too: bold, sure, but not puckering as much as it is crisp. Finishes in that manner, with a light (but lasting) citrus rind taste.

M: Quite a light body for an IPA, which is accentuated by all that hoppiness and a dry, bubbly carbonation. Goes down like Founders All Day IPA: a lawnmower beer with a crisp hop bite.

O: This is the best blend of styles I’ve had in a long time, and that’s because you can taste the transformation from porter to IPA – experiencing that evolution on your palate is really interesting. It’s something you don’t come across with every hoppy black ale you try, or sometimes it’s there but it just doesn’t work; here, though, the transition to a brisk, hoppy pale is so stark and refreshing that you can’t help but enjoy it. Grab a six-pack if you can, because one won’t be enough.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 5/20/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, some hops, dark chocolate and coffee.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character and flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in to create a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very good hoppy dark beer to drink for long time.

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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.