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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

355 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 02-27-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Noonan425, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

baklo, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

AngusOg, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

WynnO, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

WanderingFool, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jaxon53, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

scottDC, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

dar482, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

BEERchitect, Apr 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

IPeteA91, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Falcone, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

NHSTEVE, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mater, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

BuzzLitebier, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

erlenmeyer, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jbeervt, May 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Paul68, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Aprice34, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

vfgccp, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dbrelsfo, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

DBosco, Jun 19, 2014
Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.