Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerNinja007 on 02-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
389
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
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6
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24
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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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 enelson
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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 mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 whatname
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another new Smutty that I just noticed on the shelves recently. Best by 09/18/13.

A- Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a black but not oily thick body. A nice dark tan cap forms on the beer to about three fingers in height (slimmer glass). Good head retention with a thick, foamy texture. Big thick rings of lace wherever I stop my sips.

S- Dark roasted grains with a nice hop presence. I get some citrus, pine and floral notes from the hops used here. The malts are nice and roasty but not overpowering like a stout with hints of cocoa.

T- More malt character and flavor comes through in the taste for me. I'd say it is roast forward here as opposed to the nose being slightly hop driven. Dark bitter roast grains, cocoa, slight burnt sugar and some nutty hints come to mind. Hops open up nicely after some time with orange peel, pine and flowery notes.

MF- Moderately thick feel to a fairly creamy overall body. Carbonation is at a moderate level and gains a very silky feel when agitated. Good, clean hop and roast bitterness in the finish.

Solid Black IPA with a good orange peel and dark grain flavor.

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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 thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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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Photo of n2185
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger light brown head that leaves some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, nice earthy notes, slight citrus and mild coffee.

T-Rather malty, too much, but as it warms more coffee comes through along with dirt, pine and grass.

M-Light to medium bodied, not as creamy as I was expecting.

O-Although still within the best by date it was too malty, maybe fresh the beer would better. Then again it could just be too malty.

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Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with bits of ugly sediment floating in the glass. The body isn't a looker, that's for damn sure. The head makes up slightly - a three finger khaki shade with a soft texture and good retention. Lots of lacing is left behind. I have no idea how to score it: the body is ass-ugly, but the head looks great.

S: Very roasty. Lots of espresso and brown sugar, with lesser chocolate notes. The hops are very well integrated within everything; once this opens up, I'm getting a bit more in the way of pine and citrus. More along the lines of a hoppy porter/stout than Black IPA, but still a very good aroma nonetheless.

T: Oh man, this one is roasty. Huge roasted malts and espresso give it a tongue-gripping start, while bitter, piny hops build up subtly on the finish. There are slight touches of chocolate here and there, but otherwise there's no sweetness to be found. Like a lot of Smuttynose offerings, it's bitter in all the right ways.

M: Very light and very crisp - most regular IPAs wish they could be this easy going down. And it's really, really, really dry. There isn't a whole lot of carbonation, so the dry finish is really doing its job here.

O: Rather than punching me in the face with hop bitterness, the IPA portion of this beer integrates so well with the roasted malts, it makes me wonder if I'm really drinking a glass of cold espresso. I'd love to see this tribute become a year-round offering.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a more or less opaque black with a thick khaki head.

S: Aromas of coffee, roasted grain, dark chocolate, herbs, bitter orange, lemon, lime, pine, and cedar quickly reveal themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon rind, bitter orange, grapefruit pith, lime, kumquats, cedar, pine, herbs, roasted grain, leather, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and coffee coat the palate. The finish is bitter and citrusy with a combination of roasted grain, leather, burnt toast, coffee, lemon rind, pine, cedar, and grapefruit pith notes.

M: Medium in body and oilier than I would expect a beer of this style to be. Carbonation is firm. Very smooth and easy to drink.

O: A nice, easy drinking American black ale. It is not the most refined example of the style in the world, but it is still unique and very much worthwhile.

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Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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