Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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389 Ratings
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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
Gots:
24
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0
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ny Pizza. Pours black with an inch of khaki head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is a nice mix of hops and roasted malts. Hints of chocolate. The taste is chocolate and coffee with roasted malts. Less of a hop presence than I expected from the nose. Still there are some piney hop notes. Roasted malts and chocolate at the finish. Charcoal as well. Lots of carbonation. Overall, solid Black IPA but maybe a bit too roasty.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WyethBednar
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had a few Black IPAs before and have never liked them, mainly because they just sort of seemed like porters that for some reason classified themselves as IPAs. However, this one definitely showed me what a Black IPA could be. It was a nicely balanced beer, with a nice roasty base that was complemented nicely by a hoppy kick.

Appearance: Just like the name would suggest, it's pretty black. A relatively thin white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell: Definitely tips you off to the hoppiness. One thing I never liked about other Black IPAs was that the smell was all roast and coffee, there was no hop presence, and this one definitely didn't have that problem. Nice balanced smell of roastiness and hops.

Taste: Complex and awesome. Really well-balanced, with enough hop presence to please any fans of IPAs. Versatile enough to pair well with either a spicy meal or a dessert.

Mouthfeel: A little thin feeling. Decent carbonation, but due to the roasty character of the beer a little more smoothness would be a nice improvement.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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