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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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Reviews: 76
Hads: 388
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 02-27-2013

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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 388
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Spot on black IPA, emphasizing the roast and yet still citrus hop supporting it. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Not the best black IPA I have had,owing to some burnt parts, still well crafted and worth trying. Dry finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a half finger beige colored head atop that lasted for quite awhile.Aromas of earth,bitter chocolate,and citric hops,it does smell like a hopped up porter.Roast and earthy notes upfront with mild brown sugar-like sweetness,a shot of pin resin and sharp grapefruit in the finish.Not overly complex but flavorful,this seemed a bit more porter-like than many of the style i have had.

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Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours black with a rich and creamy mocha head. Robust sticky lace soaps the sides of the glass. This smells of a rich blend of chocolate, caramel, coffee and ripe citrus. A floral and lightly spicy feel hangs on the edges of the nose. The taste is similar, with a robust yet smooth mix of chocolate and caramel malts, a firm leafy and spicy green bitterness and coffee flavor throughout that leaves this burnt and roasted in the finish. The feel is medium with soft creaminess that spreads out and prickles the tongue a bit. Nice smooth feel here to this. This was a really nice take on a Black IPA, with a well balanced mix of flavors and a super drinkable body. A well done tribute beer for sure.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 5/20/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, some hops, dark chocolate and coffee.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character and flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in to create a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very good hoppy dark beer to drink for long time.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; best before 7/23/2014, 6.2%. Pours moderately murky nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice malt driven black IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte.

Near black, slightly dark even for style, with an above average tan head that leaves a fine coat on the glass when tilted.

Smell is more dark malt than hops, but this tastes like it should: i.e., an IPA with ample dark roasted malts. Unlike the aroma, in tasting these two ingredients mesh better, and are in better balance than in some other black IPAs.

M: slightly harsh; medium body and carbonation.

O: Aroma lacks IPA hoppiness, but the taste is true to style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Modest head but it leaves a blanket of lace. Dark brown color where no light shines through.

Mild darker malt aromas. Light cocoa with some peppery hop.

Starts off watery but this quickly yields to some strong burnt malt. The aftertaste is a lens of hop and malt bitterness. The body is thin and the carbonation high, but it doesn't detract from the strong finishing flavors.

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Photo of jwc215
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black. A creamy light brown head lasts. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, coffee, pine, herbal notes.

The taste is of chocolate, roasted coffee with a bitter hop finish.

Smooth medium-to-full body.

Hop-forward, but balanced by firm, rich dark malt. Flavors blend well!

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice array of scents ranging from bitter black malts, roasted malts, and citrus hops. It's bone dry and inviting with lots of complexity. The taste is good as well. It's extremely balanced with excellent malt character and hop flavor. It's goes down silky smooth and finishes dry with a roasted/black malt feel. The hop character add a mild citrus flare and adds a mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer that's interesting and delicious.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Once upon a time, I was taken to task by another user on this site for name-dropping. Tough bananas, pal, since people now name-drop ME! My point being that I was very fortunate to meet Greg Noonan following the Vermont Brewers' Festival in 2004 and so I raise my glass as a toast to him. It is my hope that he will save me a seat at the bar alongside of him.

Unquestionably, this is one of my least favorite beers styles, and do not expect any quarter just because a beer luminary's visage and name grace the label. I just want to be up front about this.

My pour went off without a hitch and the resulting pseudo-cascade was a pleasure to watch. It settled into a finger of dense, light-tan/mocha-colored head with great retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44) and I have to ask if anyone really registers any beer as "black". Although it was dense enough to prevent any light penetration in the glass, I could see what it looked like during the pour. Nose had the dark, deep-roasted, burnt/smoky scent that I dislike in this style. I got a faint grassy mintiness from the hops, but the malts were getting in the way. Bah! Let nothing stand between a hophead and tasting his/her hops. Mouthfeel was dense, thick, especially for an IPA of any stripe. Nice. The taste, however, was a different story, or better put, it was more of the same. Man, I just cannot get past the roasty malt characteristic that defines this style. I kept tasting charcoal and not in what I would define as a pleasant way. Finish was dry, smoky, almost stout-like, but where were the hops? I weep for the hops that go into these recipes as they have given their all for naught. Nice lacing, by the way. Next!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 06/04/14 noted on the label

Pours black, dark khaki head, lasting nicely, leaves a nice looking tiny bubble film, thicker collar, and areas of high sheeting , bits and strands of fine lacing.

Dark chocolate, pine, grapefruit on the nose.

Full flavor BIPA, more dark chocolate, dark grains, and bitter, citric hops sealing the deal.

Fresh tasting and well crafted tribute to a true Vermont craft beer pioneer

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, chestnut highlighted brown-to-black coloring with a frothy, filmy, clingy, light tan head that starts a solid inch, but settles quickly into a lingering surface coating. Solid cling all over the glass as you drink. Aromas of dark roast coffee on a subtle backbone with a heavy dose of floral and fruity hops. Grapefruit and mango blend for the fruity highlight, with a resiny ribbon throughout. Flavors are very bitter and in your face initially. Hop heads rejoice. Resiny and sharp on the forward tongue, with a bitter blast that dries and slightly puckers. The heavy roast and coffee characteristics creep in on the backside of the palate, but the middle of the tongue is locked in to the resiny, fresh hops characteristics completely. The coffee roast flows into the aftertaste, bringing a bit more balance than the palate had during the initial tasting. Floral highlights dance throughout, giving a lightness to the heavy bitterness your mouth is getting hit with. Dry, bitter finish that lingers for a second and then completely vanishes, leaving the palate clean and clear for another flurry of punches from this robust beer. A bit unbalanced, but a tasty brew. Definitely not for those unlearned in the ways of the hops, but as I said before, hop heads rejoice...this one certainly is!

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of oatmeal. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Always nice to see other NE breweries pay tribute to Greg Noonan.

Pours a dark brown/blackish tint with a huge frothy head into my glass. Very aggressive pour but looks great so far.

Balanced hop aroma that leans more on the malt than the hops. Cocoa and very slight coffee aromas as well.

Rich, almost velvety malt is complimented by coffee, cocoa and piney hops. For some reason, it reminds me of the imperial stout from Smuttynose. Not a bad thing. This isn't as hop-forward as other examples.

All of the flavors linger nicely at the back of the throat. Nothing stands out much.

An interesting tribute to Greg Noonan that if I'm correct, mimics VT Pub's own Blackwatch IPA, which is said to be the (or one of, depending on who you ask) prototype for the American Black Ale style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with amber highlights and a thick, dense 2 inch cappuccino head that lingers, slowly dissipating and leaving sheets of lacing.

Roast malt, coffee, chocolate, and dank hops form the initial aroma. Hops are fairly subtle in comparison to the malt. Fresh cut grass emerges.

Flavor reveals more hop character than aroma. Citrusy notes of grapefruit open the profile, fading to roast malt and charred breadcrust at the finish, along with coffee bitterness. There's a bit of resin evident. But malt is definitely dominant.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. There's a bit of astringency present.

A little too roasty for my liking. Burnt is not a flavor I enjoy. Would benefit from more base malt, less roast, and more hop character.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown. Mild light penetration. Head is a thicker hat of tan foam. Head remains cohesive and leaves mild lacing.

S-Well, its safe to say that the nose is a huge letdown. I really can't get too much of anything. I can tell that its relatively balanced between dark malt and piney hops. Aside from that, its incredibly subdued. About a 4 on my homemade intensity scale.

T-The flavor has a bit more to like. There is some respectable coffee and chocolate but also a solid amount of biting, piney hoppiness. Malt is a bit charred and the hops are a tad soapy. It grows in strength after every sip. By my last few sips I am pretty impressed with this beer's intensity (despite its lower ABV and its boring aroma).

M-Bitter; and the bitterness lasts. No booze. A bit abrasive. Drinks like it was closer to 7%.

O/D-Pretty solid, minus the nose. I may need to come back to this one to makes sure my review is applicable.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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