Peak Organic Hop Noir - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 17
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 02-18-2011

Hop Noir is a delectable Black IPA, dripping with piney, aromatic Centennial hops. The malt base is dark and rich, anchored by organic black malt. This provides a strong foundation for the extravagant kettle hopping and dry-hopping that this beer experiences. Enjoy with a night-light.

98 IBU
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Reviews by Boto:
Photo of Boto
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: this one pours a dark chocolate brown color. There was about a finger of a tan head on it that didn’t linger long. It has a surprisingly lighter nose. Malts, but not much sweetness at all. Perhaps a bit of chocolate roast and pine. It tastes OK, but I’m not sure why they call it a black IPA. Almost no bitterness to it. There is a good malt body, with some chocolate and roasted notes trying to peak thru but no real sweetness either. It needs a whole lot more hops to be in an IPA category. Let’s just call it a very good strong porter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is one black beer,many of the style pour more of a deep chocolate color but this is impy stout ink black here,a fluffy one finger tan colored head atop.Spicy and resiny hop hit ya in the nose along with a little brown sugar and raw earthiness,hops command the aromas.Earthy and very dry on the palate,a little dark bread and very light molasses notes as well,it becomes really spicy after a few sips.Iam gonna say this is what this style is supposed to be,its spicy and hoppy with a real dark bread element to it,this is a damn fine beer,for me its a standard for the style.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Black color with a small cafe-au-lait head. Little bit of lace.
Roasted malt aroma, strong piney hops.
Taste followed form. Coffee/roasted malt, followed by a blast of piney hops. Really bitter.
I thought the hops dominated this beer, and not in a good way. I love hops, but this beer was way too aggressive for me.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my wife. Poured intto our tulips.

A big head forms right away, black very black with a tan head. As the head shrinks it leaves a thick lace.

The aroma is wonderful. It starts piny with a slight earthy hop. The hops subside and leave a creamy chocolate malt finish nice.

Every time I have a peak I am surprised. The beer starts with a mouth full of carbonation. As it dissipatesa creamy chocolate malts and spicy hops come in. As the taste becomes roasted a bitter hop lingers very well done.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours near black, but with brown burnt ends, light shining through. Dark mocha large head, than a looser, thick collar and scattered thick sheeting and gobs o' fine lace.

Musty hopped up nose with some tea and mint.

Full flavor, musty, earthy, roasty,hoppy brew. Dark roasted grains, milk chocolate, some coffee grinds, some hoppy grapefuit notes. Tasty stuff, no doubt. Complex offering from P.O. Worth a try.

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Noir begins with the sort of nose you would expect from a 98 IBU IPA: hoppy, with a hint of hops, and a nice undercurrent of hops to counter the hops. More specifically (and seriously), there is a wonderful multilayered effect to the hops, which come across with not only the expected grapefruit and pine flavors, but shades of rosewater and rose hips, flowery sugars, wild honeysuckle, and pixie stick candy-sweet tartness.

On the tongue, the beer is of course numbingly bitter, but in the most wonderful way, the IBUs hitting the tongue with all of the above flavors--heaviest on the grapefruit and pine, with hints of apricot. But this is a Black IPA, and the beer quickly descends into the realms of espresso, tobacco ash, and black malt, and stays there for the remainder of the mouthful. It says much about the quality of the malts in this beer that they not only keep up with the hops, but overpower them in the later stages. In fact, the aftertaste is heavy on the black malt, and the hops almost strain to throw in a grapefruit rind bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is a fantastic Black IPA: a double-barreled mouthblast of all that is good about both black malts and hops, and sure to please any fan of the style. My only big qualm was with the bottle, as the gold foil was heavily glued on, and rather irritating to deal with.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep tawny cola brown hue with a deep brown tan head, forms fine lacing. Aroma has dark roasted malted barley with herbal hops pretty much a tame organic black ale from the Northeast. Flavor has roasted bitter dark coffee with herbal highlights with a mild hop flavor and dark chocolate malt finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied not very oily or resinous rather clean in fact, carbonation is moderate nothing to complain about. Overall not a beer I would seek out again but much better than other Peak Organic brewing products.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 20 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar, temporarily removed to very wintery Grande Prairie, AB.

This beer pours a solid oily black, with significant basal cola highlights, and three fingers of foamy, frothy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some patchy snow rime lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of roasted bready caramel malt, a marzipan-like nuttiness, citrus cream, pine-scented air freshener, and further floral, earthy hops. The taste is more lightly toasted caramel and bready malt, acerbic orange and lime citrus rind, a bit of free-associative ash, wet pine needles, and a softly simmering booziness.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but generally just supportive, the body a sturdy medium-full weight for the style, and mostly smooth, the hops taking their predictable pound of flesh. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the malt persisting through the roast and hops.

A decent ABA, one led by the malt, and feeding us the neutered hops in small doses here and there. Not my favorite style, but this certainly hits the spot after more than 4 hours on snowy, icy roads.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Zyn's in Calgary. After having had the BC Collaboration Black IPA the day before, I was underwhelmed. Thick roast, but this is on the mildly astringent side. Above average bodied, very black. Not as integrated with the hops and roast that I would like.Not tremendously drinkable, and strong carbonation.

Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - black with a big, thick, brownish head with great retention

S - floral, faint citrus, chocolate

T - roasted malts, chocolate, some caramel, piny, floral, mildly bitter, faint citrus

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I really liked this beer. It wasn't perfect, but it was complex and well put together. The hoppyness wasn't overbearing nor did it fatigue the palate but it had depth and was multi-layered. Much the same can be said about the malt. I was impressed also with how drinkable such a complex offering could be. Any fan of Black IPAs should definitely give this a try.

Photo of cjgator3
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle 

A- Pours a dark black color with a light fan head with nice retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is highlighted by fresh resinous hops with some roasted malt in the background. Very nice!

T- The taste is dark roasted malts with a good dose of hop bitterness in the finish. Delicious!

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed Hop Noir! Great beer!

Photo of WSB
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy Dark! This beer pours BLACK. I caught hints of dark, dark cherry red when I held it up to intense light. Head was thick and tight and brown. It looked stout thick during the pour.

Smell is malt- dark roasted malted, with an intense sweetness that I couldn't quite identify- Fruit? Candy? Chocolate? I'm not 100% sure, but there is something super sweet hidden in the nose. Overall it was very...earthy, with hints of hops on the back.

Mouthfeel is much lighter than expected- This beer may pour like a stout, but it feels like a porter. Much more carbonation that is indicated in the pour. Slightly creamy on the palate.

Taste is very... GOOD. I taste dark roasted coffee, almost burnt, with a sweetness I still can't articulate (maybe a dunks dark roast with extra extra?). Its very malty, with a hop flower bitter finish.

Photo of Kegatron
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz gold foil topped bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black in the glass, topped with a couple fingers of milk chocolate colored head. This is surprisingly dark, looking much like what you would find on a Porter or Stout. This retains with a tight cap of rich froth, which just slathers the sides of the glass with sticking swathes of lace. The aroma is grassy (with a touch of a medicinal plastic tinge), layered on top of a green citric bitterness. A mix of sweet chocolate and smoky roast rise up from underneath. I’m not getting any pine out of this, even though there is supposed to be Centennial hops used in this.

The taste is forward with grapefruit and other pithy citric fruit but it’s the aggressive burnt character of the malts that bring most of the bitterness to the profile. This is sweetened up some on the edges by notes of chocolate and caramel but the hops strike back in the finish, with a strong lingering rind flavor that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an initial creamy slickness that then gets much pricklier on the tongue. This definitely has a certain amount of oiliness to it from the hops. There is some light warmth to this but it’s actually pretty well kept in check for a 8% beer.

With its off-smelling nose and too roasted taste, it’s safe to say that this wasn’t the best example of the style that I’ve had lately. The taste did bring some decent hop flavors to the table though and the body was at least pretty smooth for a big beer. I mean it's drinkable if you find yourself with a bottle but there are definitely better options out there on the market right now. Hopefully Peak will continue to work with this one.

Photo of jmerloni
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black, muddy black coloration with big tan head that lasts a long time and laces well on the glass.

S - Mocha, molasses malt, coffee, roasty, booze.

T - A nice mix of dark ale flavors. Roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, raisins, pine, hops.

M - Carbonated appropriately. Hops linger on the afterbite. Pretty dry overall, though. Medium bodied.

D - a solid offering. Will be exploring this brewery further.

Photo of tkelley
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - dark, cola colored body. Softer around the edges. Tan head. Moderate lacing and fair retention of a thin layer of foam.

N - not as choppy as I would like. Much more roasty.

T - again lighter on the hops, particularly no citrus or pine notes that I expect. Roast, coffee, and chocolate dominate with some hop presence.

M - silky. Fine carbonation.

O - not the best bipa ive had, but a good beer anyway.

Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep, chocolate-brown with about a finger of light, tan head. Lots of carbonation in this one. Aroma is very malty, with some hops and I even get the aroma of red wine, interesting. Taste is full of roasted(almost burnt) coffee but balances pretty good. The wine seems to be coming through again on this one. Not sure what is causing this. Carbonation is very plentiful, almost being to the level of too much, but stops just short. Mouthfeel is decent, very carbonated and slight coffee bitterness follows. Some weird stuff going on here, but it still manages to come together pretty good....

Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with myself, beeruser, and funkydelic at one of our weekly tastings. Served from growler into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a minimal cream colored head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, orange peel, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, orange, orange peel, citrus, citrus hop, and orange rine. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Based on the flavor description I just gave, if you don't like ALL aspects of oranges this brew is not for you. Just overwhelming with orange. A few of our guests at the tasting could not choke this one down due to this fact. So be forewarned about this... Worth trying at least once, but I would leave it at that.

Photo of andrewm190
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the few Peak Organic Brewing Company beers I've tried. I've generally been pleased, and this beer continued that trend. It was also my first black IPA. Frankly, it tasted like a stout to me, but good is good, and chocolaty and roasted malts are adjectives that I enjoy. Poured very much black with an active head, brown in color. The aroma matched the taste, the alchohol was not overwhelming, and I felt the combination agreed with my pallete. I'll be honest here, the advertised "kettle hopping" and dry-hopping are still elements of the brewing process that I am learning about. I didn't pick up much of a traditional IPA taste, but these hopping techniques didn't seem to detract from my enjoyment of the brew. I'll have to figure those out a bit as the summer progresses.

Good beer and recommended.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black into a pint glass with about four fingers of creamy putty colored head.

Nose is full on hop pine - like rubbing fresh pellets - and some very subtle chocolate and coffee in there, too.

A sip is smooth and bitter. Just Centennial hops all in my grill, some light roasted malt and bitter chocolate and a slick lingering bitterness and warming booze.

I think I've reviewed enough black ales recently to say I really enjoy this one and it's a great example of a great style. Organic? Yeah that's awesome, too!

Photo of Swift989
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle as part of a mixed 6-pack with no bottled date but freshness date of best before: Jan, 2014

A: Small head poured probably too gently into a Nonic Pint Glass. Short lived medium brown head of a porter. Sloppy barely noticeable lacing. Color is a really dark red of a rich merlot not quite brown.

S: Nice roasty smell to this one but not particularly complex. All sweet notes.

T: surprisingly rich and roasty. I thought there would be more bitterness. Leans with sour and bitter hops really rounding more into the roasty, chocolate and burn cherrywood type flavor. bitterness returns and lingers on a significant finish of at least 15 seconds. I like the malt on this one. At 8.2% there is a lot going on, but definitely a lingering heat or burn on this beer's finish.

M: Fairly carbonated with nice play to it and dry tongue smacking finish.

O: I like porters and i like Pale Ales that aren't too bitter so this is a nice interplay. The bitterness def tastes like a chinnock or centennial so it is pretty strong, but the malt balances it out. I would buy a 6 pack of this next time both because of the complexity mixed with high ABV and I like that it is organic.

Photo of Sharkophile
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Appears near pitch black, with dark ruby highlights and a large tan head with good retention and lacing.

S: Smells excellent, with aromas of roasted malt, charcoal, alcohol and a resiny hop.

T: Mirrors the nose, with chocolate and coffee underpinning flashes of dark fruit and alcohol, and then a resinous grapefruit, pine and earthy hop flavor takes hold and leads to a gentle bitterness and a dry finish. Ashy taste unfolds in the finish, reminiscent of a good porter.

M: Light to medium body and light carbonation makes the mouthfeel a bit too light and watery. Could use brighter carbonation too. That's really the only thing to complain about...

O: A very solid black IPA, it would be right up there with Blue Point Toxic Sludge and Stone Self-Righteous if the mouthfeel was imporved. Good beer nonetheless, and had a bit of chocolate towards the end of the glass which was very complimentary.

Photo of GuyIncognito
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very disappointed in this one. I like Peak's other beers, and I love the black IPA style. This tasted like a stout, or maybe a coffee stout. No cascade finish, no crispness despite the dark color, nothing. If it had been labelled correctly as a stout, I still wouldn't have been that impressed.

Photo of aepb1
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- black body with a huge brown airy head

S- piny and grassy hops and a bit of roastiness

T- piny hops up front, roasty malts give this lots of nice body with a nice dry finish from the hops and roastiness

M- medium-body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. a bit airy

O- a very good example of the style and I really enjoy this. The strong malt presence is great!

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from the gold foil topped 22 ouncer on June 25, 2011. It pours black with a silky, soft light brown head that eventually settles to a ring and leaves clinging lacing along the way. The aroma emits a topnotch earth and pine hopped character with some rich, chocolate malts balancing it all off. I wouldn't make the body bold but it has a decent medium texture. The taste has a vague chocolate note with a 50-50 balance of dry hops and sweet malts. Just well-balance in the end.

Photo of omokoro
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is stamped best before December '12.

This is my second go round with a Black IPA, also known as an American Black Ale, and also known as a Cascadian Dark Ale. Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. It smells good. A shot in the dark I would say that there are either chinook or amarillo hops, I cannot distinguish between the two, perhaps both. There is some hop funk, resin, and maybe some grapefruit. I am getting some roasted barley. Wow that is exactly what I imagined a black ipa to tastee like. Thhere is a lot of chocolate and a lot of hop flavor. The last black ipa I tried tried tasted like a moderately hopped porter. A lot of grapefruit and resinous flavors. It does finish a bit hot but I do not mind that quality. Seeing as though I can taste both the dark elements of this beer; the dark fruit, the chocolate; and the IPA qualities of this beer, distinctly, I consider this beer a success. And I am quite sure I used those semi-colons incorrectly. I have been quite happy with the two beer I have tried from this brewery.

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Peak Organic Hop Noir from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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