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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In remembrance of popular beer writer and founder of the Vermont Pub & Brewery, Greg Noonan, The respectful Smuttynose clan has put together a bold and fortified ale that bridges the worlds of Porter and Pale.

Deep, dark bark-brown hues stop shy of Stout-like appearance, but pours with a hazy texture. Building upon is a light creamy head of semi-firm foam that dissipates to a sheet to skirt the glass and leaving light lacing in its wake.

Aromas of toast, dark chocolate and dark nuts kick off the beer's character. Light roasted grain scents bring about coffee, wood, and a touch of earthen sod. Moderate citrus notes with grass provide final aromatics heading into taste.

Its hop-forward taste pronounces grapefruit peels, orange zest, and torn pine needles. Supporting malt flavors of bittersweet chocolate, heavy toast, bitter walnuts and an earthen wood, coffee and chicory character rounds out the bitter taste to finish.

Medium bodied to start, its creamy texture quickly fades into an arid dryness that's aided by alcohol warmth and resinous hops. Its dry finish is lightly roasty in aftertaste with mild grain and hop-derived astringency.

As a fan of Greg's writings, I get the sense that this is a forward-thinking ale that which he would have found great comfort.

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The dark roasted malts created a taste that was a bit burnt and made the beer a little too bitter, but definitely a solid beer otherwise.

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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.