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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

254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 02-27-2013)
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farrago

New Jersey

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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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
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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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PicoPapa

Connecticut

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
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WyethBednar

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 18:19:56 | More by WyethBednar
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:38:32 | More by secondtooth
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ChiChi

Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out thick, heavy and beastly. Yes, a beast of a beer. Many qualities of a good stout, as far as Black IPA's are concerned, this is way heavier and stronger. Aftertaste of bourbon. Heavy malt taste leaves the palate slightly dry. Nice glass lacing, The Noonan is a complex brew that gets better and takes over with every sip. I can't find any foods to pair it with yet, because this beer is almost like a meal in itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 19:44:17 | More by ChiChi
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 22:44:28 | More by smakawhat
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dsjohns85

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a single 12 oz bottle from a local shop. Poured into a tulip.

Black appearance. Left about a quarter inch in the bottle, but still had tons of off white blobs floating around the sides of my glass. Not appealing. Totally opaque overall. No highlights when help up to light. Off white head. Poor head retention. Quickly faded.

Aroma is predominately mocha. Think chocolate and coffee drink. You can catch hints of cut trees, resin. On return, hints of citrus fruit, mostly towards grapefruit are found.

Flavor is up front roast. Burnt toast and some coffee flavors mostly. Not sweet at all. The bitterness is firm and present. Not harsh at all. Small hop flavors come through, mostly citrus towards lemon.

The beer is well carbonated. No tannin bite. The roasted malts might have contributed a bit of an acrid feeling. Pretty light body.

A solid example of a Black IPA, although in my opinion way too close to a stout with its roast. Honestly, I would consider this beer basically a stout with a light body. While the hop character is present, it doesn't take the main stage as an IPA should. It is a good data point for this emerging style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 23:34:11 | More by dsjohns85
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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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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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dar482

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a very dark black color with tinges of brown in the light, a creamy off white head. A very stout looking beer.

The aroma has tons of roasted malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, but then has light hops to uplift the aroma. Slight citrus, pine, and herbal.

The flavor follows of lots of porter quality in the front. Roasted malt, roasted coffee, semi sweet chocolate. Then onto tinges of orange and grapefruit peel essence. The beer then transitions to heavy bitterness. A piney, earthy, herbal, and woody quality. The finish leaves again a leafy and woody rugged bitterness.

In general, the beer is roasty porter with heavy bitterness. It does not exactly hit where I want “black IPA,” although I prefer a bit more citrusy IPA than roasted malt quality. However, it still packs tons of flavor for 5.7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:33:54 | More by dar482
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 7/23/14

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Black with clear ruby highlights when seen through light. Two inch tall tan head receded very slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dark chocolate.

t: Dark chocolate and smoke up front with plenty of hop bite. Smoke in the aftertaste. Tastes like a hoppy stout or porter.

m: Moderate.

o: Dunno who the Noonan guy is on the label and in the title but whatever he has to do with this brew he did ok. This might qualify as a Baltic or American porter. And a pretty good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 06:55:55 | More by scotorum
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is black, solid, head is tan 1/2 inch after pour, then dissipates to a good top and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is a great mix of toast, bread, biscuit, lighter caramel and chocolate, and roast; hops are light and earthy.

Taste is more roast forward, a little biting from roast and hops, other malts are biscuit and caramel, no chocolate in the flavor; hops are earthy, light pine in flavor.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, some lingering bitterness from the roast, but good for lighter beer; lingers more on the back of the tongue with lighter flavors on the cheek, nice carbonation and a near creamy feel from the wheat/biscuit malts.

Overall, a very solid brew, great roasty flavor, cleaner hop profile and a creamy undertone form the nose and mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:55:58 | More by mvanaskie13
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 00:57:27 | More by tone77
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.25) A: Root-beer brown with a very attractive creamy mocha coloured head. Commendable retention and sticky lacing down the glass.

(3.75) S: Caramel, roasted qualities including dark fruits & some cocoa, slightly herbal, and citrusy. Good mix of pleasing aromas from both the lighter and darker side of things.

(4.0) T: Citrus, caramel, herbal-like, lighter cocoa, and faint raisins. A heavy bitterness with less dryness in comparison. This is quite easy to drink with lots of flavour but not in an overbearing way. Very good.

(3.75) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate-lower carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a
relatively clean texture.

(3.75) D: This is a solid and easy-drinking black IPA that I would gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 00:15:59 | More by Digimaika2
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312HopBomb

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew appears a dark brownish black color with some dark ruby highlights and a three finger head that falls slowly with fine bubbles and thick sheets of tan lacing.

The aroma consists of dark baker's chocolate and some light, slightly citrus hop.

The flavor is dark and roasty with dark chocolate then transitions to some moderate hop bitterness that's both citrus and pine. Somewhat dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium carbonation and creamy with a bitter finish.

A nice black IPA that has some great roast and assertive fresh hop flavor. Good job Smuttynose!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 23:50:33 | More by 312HopBomb
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yet another lovely weekend day.... Laxing out in the 'Zebo with Mr. Noonan...

Poured a bottle into a nonic... It is a deep, opaque ebony-chestnut hue. Head is creamy, fine and tight, and beige colored. The foam sits at about 1/4" before slowly ebbing to a decent layer. Lacing is pretty nice as well. There are distinct roasty notes first evident, along with some florality. It is a bit less than medium, and rather light and airy on the tongue.

Whereas the nose was more on the malty side, the flavor really kicks off with hoppiness. There is some semi-sweet choco here, plus some very roasty, almost burnt malt hitting the palate. But that is quickly overwhelmed by a pronounced florality, with some earthy notes mixed in as well. It is almost rindy, and that aspect lingers long in the aftertaste. Overall it is quite tasty and refreshing. A fitting tribute to an esteemed New England brewing pioneer. Prosit!

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1583

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 19:05:21 | More by Bierman9
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argock

Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. 1223 and other digits stamped on bottleneck, presumably a Julian date for May 2, 2013. Gifted to me by my father-in-law Erv.

A: Black black with active 2-finger foamy dark beige head with rocky retention and crusty lacing at the top of the mug.

S: Very chocolatey and roasty aroma, about even parts of each with an orange citrus hops note. Dark malt otherwise provides some date fruitiness but there is no acrid notes present.

T: The flavor is very chocolatey, with a little less roasted malt in the flavor profile compared the aroma, although still it is a substantial component. The slightly sweet chocolate works well with the orange citrus hoppiness, which is moderately bitter. The alcohol is well-hidden. The roast and chocolate work together well with the orange to leave an orange-filled semisweet dark chocolate impression.

M: Slightly tacky with medium body and a little too much carbonation.

O: A pretty good American black ale -- definitely a sweeter take on the style and one tha I enjoyed more than most from this style. Pretty smooth with a good balance of roasted and chocolate character and a muted dark fruitiness to prevent it from being too sweet. Another solid brew from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:04:58 | More by argock
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babaracas

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear very dark brown, opaque in the glass. Two fingers thick dense khaki colored foam, sheeting for a couple of inches down the glass. Smell: mild roast and chocolate, light berry fruitiness, pine. Taste: pine, grapefruit peel, dark but not high cocoa chocolate. Creamy upfront, prickly carbonation, medium bodied. Finish is piney and otherwise neutral (as in the abv's a little low but it's attenuated to the right spot). Straightforward but tasty and low-impact. Best by 9/13.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 02:53:15 | More by babaracas
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review from notes, on tap at the White Birch fest this past Aug. Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a smallish tan head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of earth and pine, with a chocolate and caramel maltiness that does a fair job standing up to the hop onslaught. Taste is sweet caramel and a bit roasty and chocolaty behind lots of earthy pine and citrus. Medium body and carbonation level with a resinous and slightly chalky mouthfeel. I went back to this several times that night, this is a great brew, it should be a full time beer!

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 20:27:12 | More by johnnnniee
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 05:25:55 | More by angrybabboon
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metter98

New York

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:37:16 | More by metter98
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Surprised... well actually I guess not, but interesting how many beers there are dedicated to Greg Noonan.

Pours a nice creamy thick 1 finger head that fades very slowly, with tons of thick lacing, over just about pitch black beer.

Nose brings a blend of dark roasty choc malts and citrus hops, orange peel, fruity citrus hops all around, and a caramel dark chocolate creamy malt, Not much else going on.

Taste is just as simple, two track mind of two flavors that don't combine well... citrusy orange peel hop, little pine but barely, quite bitter too. Then malts, dark malts, little roasty, dark crystal malts, etc, with a bit of a creamy taste. Nothing else really. Finish adds more bitter piney citrus hops, a little sticky syrupy dark malts and faint caramel.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall very basic black IPA with citrus, pine, and roast and caramel, which IMO don't blend well, nothing special, very two poled beer and don't combine well. Not very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 01:21:24 | More by jlindros
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barnzy78

Illinois

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

12oz bottle, pours a cola-like black with a frothy, tan head, excellent retention & lace. Piny hops, roasted malts, chocolate, and faint anise on the nose. Nice blend of roast, pine, dank citric grapefruity bitterness, faint chocolate, anise, and coffee on the palate with sharp, lingering bitterness, medium body. Overall, just what I expect from a well rounded American Black Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 21:08:04 | More by barnzy78
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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.