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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPASmuttynose Noonan Black IPA

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 389
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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

Pours a dense black color with a light tan head. No light gets through the glass. The head is big and frothy with good retention. Thick bands of lacing.

Aroma is strong, malty with some floral hops. Very nice.

Tastes more like a Porter than an IPA. Roasted malt is the primary flavor. There is some floral hops presence and a good bitter finish as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Just right. Could drink a few of these.

Overall a very solid offering in a style that varies greatly from beer to beer.

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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 OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a cream colored head, Reduces to a skim, decent lace.

Dark roasted malt, coffee, and some sweet notes in the notes. Mint? Some citric notes but not real hoppy in aroma.

Charred malt, malt bitterness, hop bitterness that lingers on the palate. Coffee, bitter bread crust. Long bitter finish. I like the balance here.

Medium body, a little acidic.

Overall, very decent for the style. Drinkable and not over done.

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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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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BEST BY 08/18/13

A: Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges and a fingers worth of tan head

S: Nice mix of malt and hops. Get some citrus and grassiness from the hops and a light spicy breadiness from the malts. Slight roast as well

T: Follows the nose. Hop forward to start with a refreshing citrus kick and then moves into some roast and malt character. Finishes with the roastiness and a light bitterness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid black IPA with a nice mix of hops and roasted malts. Balanced, smooth, and easy to drink. A good choice for their new spring seasonal

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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 scotorum
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 7/23/14

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Black with clear ruby highlights when seen through light. Two inch tall tan head receded very slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dark chocolate.

t: Dark chocolate and smoke up front with plenty of hop bite. Smoke in the aftertaste. Tastes like a hoppy stout or porter.

m: Moderate.

o: Dunno who the Noonan guy is on the label and in the title but whatever he has to do with this brew he did ok. This might qualify as a Baltic or American porter. And a pretty good one.

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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 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 Beer-A-Lot
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid black IPA with mild hop flavors and more roasty malt flavors like a stout. Yet, the dryness is there, which I'd prefer to be balanced by more sweetness. If there's one weakness, its that this is just a little thin in feel and taste, but not so much that it feels watery or bland. Would I like a little more body and spiciness or chocolate/coffee? Yes. But this is satisfying anyway. I could easily drink again.

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Photo of Dope
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 8/18/13. I believe this to be around a month old.

A: Very dark brown, almost black pour. Big fluffy light light brown head. Fades very slowly, top-notch head retention. Almost perfect wall of lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Decent roasted malt with some pine.

T: Piney hops, mild roasted malt with some char and chocolate. Pretty light but decent wave of bitterness. Very drying finish with lots of piney, resinous hops lingering.

M: Fairly light bodied, not watery or thin.

O: A pretty simple black IPA. Really nice bitterness but flavors are fairly soft, muted and simple. Pretty much expected given the ABV. Not bad though, I enjoyed it. On the bitter end of a black IPA for sure, not much roasted malt here.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew appears a dark brownish black color with some dark ruby highlights and a three finger head that falls slowly with fine bubbles and thick sheets of tan lacing.

The aroma consists of dark baker's chocolate and some light, slightly citrus hop.

The flavor is dark and roasty with dark chocolate then transitions to some moderate hop bitterness that's both citrus and pine. Somewhat dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium carbonation and creamy with a bitter finish.

A nice black IPA that has some great roast and assertive fresh hop flavor. Good job Smuttynose!

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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$3 for a pint during happy hour
Sampled 26MAR13

[A] Arrives with a solid finger of dense foamy/fluffy head, oatmeal colored. Retention and lacing are well above average. The body is close to black.

[S] Hopping is clearly abundant. Notes fresh pine wood, sawdust and earth. Bitter chocolate and dark roast are layered into the profile nicely.

[T] Woodsy, earthy, spicy hops with more roasted malt flavor than I care for in a hoppy beer. Semi acrid.

[M] Gritty texture, fine, biting carbonation. Semi-aggressive. The body is medium. Light sweetness up front and rather dry on the finish.

[O] Either an aggressively hopped black ale or an overly roasted black IPA - neither of which suit my tastes too well but this is a good beer nonetheless.

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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 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 wedge
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with an impressively thick head that very slowly recedes to a sustained milky covering. Initial dark chocolate and piney hop aromas becoming more grapefruity as it warms. A whiff of fresh dark malt. Roasted malt flavor met with a wall of hoppy bitterness. The malt flavor is bittersweet and charred and the hops are hard to categorize because they blend so well with the roast. It's leafy, spicy, and piney and comes across a little aggressive overall, but I'll allow it. Smooth, creamy body and fairly astringent. Solid all around, if not particularly memorable...

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark muddy brown - bordering on black. Has a big frothy caramel colored head with very good retention and lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, caramel, and floral hops.

It has a thick malty mouth that is pulled away from an elusive sweet caramel into burnt bitterness. It is very crisp and refreshing and has some good complexities in the interplay of sweet and bitter, but bitter definitely dominates almost to a fault. There is some nice bitter citrus and pine, but the burnt malt bitterness overshadows the rest. A very good beer none-the-less.

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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 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 Digimaika2
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.25) A: Root-beer brown with a very attractive creamy mocha coloured head. Commendable retention and sticky lacing down the glass.

(3.75) S: Caramel, roasted qualities including dark fruits & some cocoa, slightly herbal, and citrusy. Good mix of pleasing aromas from both the lighter and darker side of things.

(4.0) T: Citrus, caramel, herbal-like, lighter cocoa, and faint raisins. A heavy bitterness with less dryness in comparison. This is quite easy to drink with lots of flavour but not in an overbearing way. Very good.

(3.75) M: Lighter bodied with a moderate-lower carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a
relatively clean texture.

(3.75) D: This is a solid and easy-drinking black IPA that I would gladly drink again.

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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 babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear very dark brown, opaque in the glass. Two fingers thick dense khaki colored foam, sheeting for a couple of inches down the glass. Smell: mild roast and chocolate, light berry fruitiness, pine. Taste: pine, grapefruit peel, dark but not high cocoa chocolate. Creamy upfront, prickly carbonation, medium bodied. Finish is piney and otherwise neutral (as in the abv's a little low but it's attenuated to the right spot). Straightforward but tasty and low-impact. Best by 9/13.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yet another lovely weekend day.... Laxing out in the 'Zebo with Mr. Noonan...

Poured a bottle into a nonic... It is a deep, opaque ebony-chestnut hue. Head is creamy, fine and tight, and beige colored. The foam sits at about 1/4" before slowly ebbing to a decent layer. Lacing is pretty nice as well. There are distinct roasty notes first evident, along with some florality. It is a bit less than medium, and rather light and airy on the tongue.

Whereas the nose was more on the malty side, the flavor really kicks off with hoppiness. There is some semi-sweet choco here, plus some very roasty, almost burnt malt hitting the palate. But that is quickly overwhelmed by a pronounced florality, with some earthy notes mixed in as well. It is almost rindy, and that aspect lingers long in the aftertaste. Overall it is quite tasty and refreshing. A fitting tribute to an esteemed New England brewing pioneer. Prosit!

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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Smuttynose Noonan Black IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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