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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPASmuttynose Noonan Black IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 02-27-2013)
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 20:41:33 | More by Immortale25
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours deep dark ruby brown, with a nice 2 finger light brown head and good lacing.
S - Roasted coffee beans, chocolates, pine, some dank hops, and toasted grains.
T - Big time flavor, good blend of hops and roasted grains and malts. Citrus and pine from the hops meets a great melding of chocolate and coffee beans, the magnum hops in this really make it aggressive in the bitterness.
M - For as bitter as it is, it doesnt linger too long, but you'll notice it for a little while, still somewhat creamy.
O - Smuttynose usually flies under the radar, but this is a stellar black IPA, and needs more credit, it is seriously aggressively like a good ipa, but definitely complex, and not too overwhelming. Definitely worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 23:52:29 | More by Omnium
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black color with copper edges. The finger of beige head quickly dissipated down to a thin layer of film that retained for awhile and left nice lacing on the glass. The nose has mild roasted notes and mild hoppy notes, but the roast is more prevalent. The roasted malt also is quite apparent in the flavor profile as well. The finish is dry and mildly hoppy.

This is a rare black ale that accentuates roastiness over hoppiness. It is more closely related to a classic Baltic porter than an American Black “IPA.” I liked this beer more and more the further down the glass I got. An excellent, but definitely different kind of black ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 05:32:09 | More by 57md
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pumped to try this, thought it was gone but blanchards had a six pack still kicking.

A: Pours just off back, cocacola color. big sandy head, died quick, not a ton of lacing.

S: Some roasted malts and hops. A little chocolate and some grassy/citrusy hops.

T: Roasted malts up front, some bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, transitions to more of a dry bitter grassy/piney and slightly citrus/lime hop flavor. Finishes rather dry. Definitely some bitterness to this, high IBU's. some charcoal/smokiness in malt profile too.

M: Creamy/velvety mouthfeel, very smooth. Low carbonation. Would have thought higher abv based on taste.

O: Tasty, very flavorful, kinda like a super robust porter. High bitterness especially for ABV. Worthy purchase and up to the smuttynose standard. Glad I bought it, but in the future I would probably tick something else.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 01:59:11 | More by BigCheese
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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.

Medium body.

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
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 20:19:50 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced yo a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, pine,

Taste: Same as above with some long lingering bitterness. Pine, roasted coffee, and mocha blended well together.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid BIPA. I could definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:31:49 | More by Flounder57
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 04:55:50 | More by DrDemento456
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Jammergordon

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5%

07-20-2014 20:36:10 | More by Jammergordon
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roostor07

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

04-20-2013 15:50:22 | More by roostor07
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ManMoosePig

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

04-11-2013 00:54:44 | More by ManMoosePig
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

05-17-2013 10:59:12 | More by Snellgg5
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5%

04-29-2014 21:52:38 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

04-20-2013 23:58:13 | More by KevinGordon
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cistercian12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

04-17-2014 01:48:27 | More by cistercian12
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blivingston1985

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

03-23-2014 22:46:40 | More by blivingston1985
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

06-02-2013 23:53:47 | More by Chugs13
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

08-02-2013 00:18:10 | More by st9647v3
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

03-20-2013 22:41:49 | More by ScaryEd
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Matt_Felix

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

04-21-2014 23:59:47 | More by Matt_Felix
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BColton1

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5%

05-09-2013 03:03:01 | More by BColton1
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

04-21-2014 21:04:09 | More by kjfinnerty
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

03-17-2013 04:06:30 | More by kevgod
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

04-24-2014 01:56:46 | More by mpalestino
Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.