Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.06/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
We pour a brew of impenetrable, stouty black. It puts up a hearty two and a half finger head of soapy, khaki colored bubbles, showing great retention. This is easily reproducible. Thick and chunky lacing is left around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives brightly sweet citric, grassy, and soapy hops, with additional sugars from bubblegum esters and dried apricots. The malts are a mix of pales, lightly charred coffee malts, and salted barley. Faint booze comes with warmth, as does powdered oat, vanilla extract, floral perfume, milky creaminess, and fine metallics. Our first impression is that the flavoring shows expertly roasted malts, with excellent, juicy balance from the hop camp. The taste opens with surprisingly char-roasted malts, nectarine and apricot fleshiness, orange peel zest, lactic acidity, and fresh grapefruity hops. Bittered soapy hops mix with the depth of coffee and chocolate malts, bringing us to the peak, where char, soured grain, alcohol, and soft caramel sugar sweetness come out. The finish comes with black strap molasses, licorice bite, continued coffee bean acidity, clean coffee malts, white sugar graininess, floral hops, and more juicy grapefruit. The aftertaste breathes of soured coffee char, limey citrus, earthy and soapy hops, roasty chocolate malts, fusel booze, strawberry stems, and big yeasty bite. The body is on the lighter side of medium, while carbonation is the same. Each sip gives fantastic slurp, sip, cream, pop, and froth, with chalky astringency left streaked down the palate. The abv is easy, and drinkability is high.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the feel. Each sip is delightfully slurpable, with appropriate body, soft creaminess, and nice fizziness. The coloring is also robust for the style, and the aroma gives a good deal of complexity through its fusel qualities. The flavoring remains uniform throughout, keeping things smooth, predictable, and flowing. While some may see this as a bad thing, it actually remained easy going and very drinkable. This is a serious take stylistically and certainly in line with some of Smuttynose’s top beers.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2013 01:56:24 | More by TheBrewo
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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
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 22:50:47 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
Brewed in tribute to a late brewer and it cherishes his memory right.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 18:58:35 | More by puboflyons
3.76/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Ny Pizza. Pours black with an inch of khaki head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is a nice mix of hops and roasted malts. Hints of chocolate. The taste is chocolate and coffee with roasted malts. Less of a hop presence than I expected from the nose. Still there are some piney hop notes. Roasted malts and chocolate at the finish. Charcoal as well. Lots of carbonation. Overall, solid Black IPA but maybe a bit too roasty.
Serving type: on-tap
04-03-2014 17:53:54 | More by PicoPapa
Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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