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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

375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 3
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerNinja007 on 02-27-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

comradekyle, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

sgttibbs, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

thinwhiteduke, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

secondtooth, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of ChiChi
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

ChiChi, Mar 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

RIKIM, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Tumble, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

CMOrak, Mar 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

oriolesfan4, Mar 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tclipse, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

comrade_tony, Mar 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jsh420, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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

NHSTEVE, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

blivingston1985, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Celtics76, Mar 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

unclejazz, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tdm168, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Shawnspl, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mltobin, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

paulish, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of dsjohns85
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

dsjohns85, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

BarryMFBurton, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Fahz, Mar 09, 2014
Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.