Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
389 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Smuttynose Noonan Black IPASmuttynose Noonan Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerNinja007 on 02-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
389
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 389 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this brewer, and I find this beer is under-rated on BA compared to my 4.0 experience of it.

A: Starts out with a perfect black pour with an ample, lasting tan head that loads the glass with persistent lacing
S: Balanced hop aroma, more malt than hops. Cocoa, coffee, grass, and roast aromas. Outdoorsy.

T: Rich, velvety malt is layered with grassy hops, bitters, coffee, cocoa and pine. Very complex, rich, layered, inviting, definitely a meditation beer. Tingly bitter, nice feeling. Very dry and long finish. Great.

MF: Chaulky and creamy at once, drying, long finish leaves you almost puckered.

The best black IPA I have every enjoyed. Must try esp if you like em dry.

 686 characters

Photo of Bucktron18
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with freshness date.

Pours almost black. Dark amber hughes with a thick light tan head that sits on top like a dollop of whipped cream. Great lacing. Some chunky off white sediment sits in the center (I'm assuming this was bottle conditioned otherwise I would have some serious problems. Looks much like Finest kind with a stiff pour in that regard). Smells of roasted malt which don't overpower the hops, but do make them harder to pick out. Taste is bitter from the start with some bitter roasted notes that blend almost seamlessly into a middle and finnish of seriously bitter hops. Grapefruit rind and some faint grassy piney notes. Finish is bitter and lingers. Mouthfeel is great. Low-medium carbonation with a smoothness all the way through.

Overall a great black ale with some serious bitterness from start to finish.

 841 characters

Photo of zac16125
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

A: Pours an opaque black with lots of light brown sedimentation suspended in the glass. 2.5 fingers width of light tan head has good retention before dissipating down to thick film that hands around for the remainder of the drink and leaves tons of lacing.

S: Citrus rind and resinous pine. Roasted malts and cream. This one is heavier on the hop notes than some of the style, which IMO is how the style meant to be.

T: Follows the nose. Hops are the most prominent component with piney bitterness and bitter citrus rind. Roasted flavors and cream are present but subtle.

M/D: Full bodied, appropriate carbonation, a bit drying on the finish, drinkability is average.

O: When this style first began hitting the shelves I loved it, but as more and more examples of the style came out I found myself shying away from them because they usually were underwhelming. This one is an exception. The big hop characters with only subtle "dark" flavors is IMO how the style should be done.

 1,035 characters

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.

 789 characters

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep black. Good clarity. Three fingers of rocky tan head retain extremely well. Thick, foamy collars of lacing. Looks great.

S: Citrus forward on the nose with vibrant aromas of tangerine and clementine. A little dank and earthy too. Roasted malt scents of charcoal and dry chocolate. A little woody and nutty.

T: Intense, biting hop bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon juice bitterness hold the tongue in a vice grip. Tangerine and tropical fruits abound. Pineapple juice. Malts do more than hold their own. Bitter black coffee and dark chocolate. Slight acidity. A touch metallic. Deep charcoal and roast. The finish is a deft balance of intense tropical hop bitterness and ashy dark malt.

M: Medium body. Very creamy and lush. Slight prickling carbonation. Very smooth.

O: A fitting tribute to the man who may very well have invented the style as we know it. Great balance between the hops and the roasted malts. A double-whammy of bitterness offered by each as well. An even more enticing buy at the affordable six pack price.

 1,085 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown; 1 finger tan head that receded slowly to a thick ring around the edge of the glass; nice lacing;

S: roasted malt; coffee;

T: coffee ice cream; piney hops show through at mid-palate; finish is moderately bitter with coffee and pine before the swallow and espresso after;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; long, dry finish;

O: complex flavors; I was happy that the hop flavor came through - doesn't seem to happen a lot with this style;

 459 characters

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Warwick, served chilled in a pint glass.

The color is black with no light passing through and thck tan head with good lace. The smell is slightly hop oriented with fruity quality and mild dark malt in the nose with slight woody odor. The feel is good, not very bitter moderate perhaps with light malt sweetness and gentle fruity hop texture with slight yeast and dry spiced aspect in the finish.

The flavor is good with nice balance of dried fruity from the malt with moderate sweet yet herbal and pine-like hops keep the flavor focused more on hops with slight dark sugar backing with an almost woody element in the taste with mild prune-like quality with a dry spiced finish. Interesting beer to see a black ale with elevated hops that could have been the predecessor to today's Black IPA's with nice traditional take on the style.

 855 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Best By 08/06/14.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 3/4 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind. There are also little clumps of sediment resting at the bottom of the glass.

S- Roasty upfront with tones of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Mild hops round things out nicely.

T- Yeah, I feel like the hops have faded quite a bit since this is basically tasting like a slightly hopped up heavy porter. Still very good with some nice dark roast plus some more chocolate and coffee but the bitterness is only really in the aftertaste and there's little hop flavor otherwise. Alcohol is decently well hidden.

M- Quite viscous with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Pretty good, just wish I had gotten to it when it was fresher. Even so, I feel like even at its freshest, it still wouldn't be a match for Durty.

 1,010 characters

Photo of TheBrewo
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of impenetrable, stouty black. It puts up a hearty two and a half finger head of soapy, khaki colored bubbles, showing great retention. This is easily reproducible. Thick and chunky lacing is left around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives brightly sweet citric, grassy, and soapy hops, with additional sugars from bubblegum esters and dried apricots. The malts are a mix of pales, lightly charred coffee malts, and salted barley. Faint booze comes with warmth, as does powdered oat, vanilla extract, floral perfume, milky creaminess, and fine metallics. Our first impression is that the flavoring shows expertly roasted malts, with excellent, juicy balance from the hop camp. The taste opens with surprisingly char-roasted malts, nectarine and apricot fleshiness, orange peel zest, lactic acidity, and fresh grapefruity hops. Bittered soapy hops mix with the depth of coffee and chocolate malts, bringing us to the peak, where char, soured grain, alcohol, and soft caramel sugar sweetness come out. The finish comes with black strap molasses, licorice bite, continued coffee bean acidity, clean coffee malts, white sugar graininess, floral hops, and more juicy grapefruit. The aftertaste breathes of soured coffee char, limey citrus, earthy and soapy hops, roasty chocolate malts, fusel booze, strawberry stems, and big yeasty bite. The body is on the lighter side of medium, while carbonation is the same. Each sip gives fantastic slurp, sip, cream, pop, and froth, with chalky astringency left streaked down the palate. The abv is easy, and drinkability is high.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the feel. Each sip is delightfully slurpable, with appropriate body, soft creaminess, and nice fizziness. The coloring is also robust for the style, and the aroma gives a good deal of complexity through its fusel qualities. The flavoring remains uniform throughout, keeping things smooth, predictable, and flowing. While some may see this as a bad thing, it actually remained easy going and very drinkable. This is a serious take stylistically and certainly in line with some of Smuttynose’s top beers.

 2,195 characters

Photo of CHADMC3
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque black body with brown hues beneath the dark tan, billowing, fluffy head, which is very slow to dissipate leaving a dense, sticky lacing behind.

Fresh grassy and earthy or wood hops greet the nose followed by the roasted and smoky malt.

The flavor offers excellent smoked and toasted malts with hints of chocolate mid-palate and a nice hoppy biting finish that is part woody and part earthy. The flavor is very porteresque meets IPA.

Medium to fuller in body with medium carbonation featuring a semi-bitter, semi-drying finish.

Nice brew and while it may more closely resemble a porter than a Black IPA, it is just as advertised and when keeping in mind what this recipe was when originally brewed, this beer is delicious.

 748 characters

Photo of BigCheese
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pumped to try this, thought it was gone but blanchards had a six pack still kicking.

A: Pours just off back, cocacola color. big sandy head, died quick, not a ton of lacing.

S: Some roasted malts and hops. A little chocolate and some grassy/citrusy hops.

T: Roasted malts up front, some bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, transitions to more of a dry bitter grassy/piney and slightly citrus/lime hop flavor. Finishes rather dry. Definitely some bitterness to this, high IBU's. some charcoal/smokiness in malt profile too.

M: Creamy/velvety mouthfeel, very smooth. Low carbonation. Would have thought higher abv based on taste.

O: Tasty, very flavorful, kinda like a super robust porter. High bitterness especially for ABV. Worthy purchase and up to the smuttynose standard. Glad I bought it, but in the future I would probably tick something else.

 855 characters

Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours deep dark ruby brown, with a nice 2 finger light brown head and good lacing.
S - Roasted coffee beans, chocolates, pine, some dank hops, and toasted grains.
T - Big time flavor, good blend of hops and roasted grains and malts. Citrus and pine from the hops meets a great melding of chocolate and coffee beans, the magnum hops in this really make it aggressive in the bitterness.
M - For as bitter as it is, it doesnt linger too long, but you'll notice it for a little while, still somewhat creamy.
O - Smuttynose usually flies under the radar, but this is a stellar black IPA, and needs more credit, it is seriously aggressively like a good ipa, but definitely complex, and not too overwhelming. Definitely worth having again.

 760 characters

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.

 492 characters

Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 662 characters

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced yo a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, pine,

Taste: Same as above with some long lingering bitterness. Pine, roasted coffee, and mocha blended well together.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly bitterness, medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid BIPA. I could definitely have another.

 550 characters

Photo of MadScientist
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown with good clarity. The persistant head is made of mousse-like dark tan bubble. The head settles a half a finger of foam leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A strong citrus hops aroma mixed with moderate chocolaty, dark grains aromas. The is a medium-strong herbaceous fresh hopped aroma that mixes very well with the malt and citrus. The hops have a light pineapple note to them. A light floral alcohol sweetness.

T: A strong citrus hops flavor and an agressive hops bitterness. There is a moderate amount of chocolate and coffee flavors with just a slight dark grain bitterness. The balance is pretty bitter even with the medium-low malt bitterness. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is of citrus hops bitterness with a bit of dark grain.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: I don't understand kids today and I still think these Black IPA are just a well hopped, unbalanced Robust Porter. That being said I like the blend of citrus and chocolate/coffee malt with the agressive hops bitterness going on here. The hops get just a tad harsh on the finish which could be reduced by the use of higher alpha hops, not that I'm complaining.

 1,218 characters

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.

 692 characters

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 1,257 characters

Photo of Jammergordon
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of roostor07
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ManMoosePig
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Caddant
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kwa357
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 389 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.