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Peak Organic Hop Noir - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: mcallister on 02-18-2011)
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

Ecxeeder616, Feb 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

Dbrag, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of weaf
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Best Black IPA anywhere...! Absolutely my favorite beer of all time, like taking a great Black Lager and blending it perfectly with an extremely high quality IPA...Awesome!

weaf, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of berliner07
4.9/5  rDev +30.7%

This one was a wild, wonderful ride. The appearance is PITCH black. Almost intimidating. A really intriguiging citrus character shines in the nose. I love Citra hops. Hops hit the palate first, followed by a mix of smoke, black and malt sweetness. This is a very unique malt profile in that the dark roasted flavors and the sweet malt flavors combine for a wonderful experience. The citra hops ride on top the entire time. Bitter, but the right amount to stand up to the malt. Yum.

berliner07, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Stoneyrok
4.78/5  rDev +27.5%

A= nice black, beautiful head lasting 5 minutes, nice lacing

S= floral,hoppy, centennial hops, fresh, nice

T= piney, citrusy, perfect, smooth hops, silky, IPA qualities, but the floral, non harsh hop profile. Medium malty which is a pleasant surprise since very hoppy beers lack a good malty tone. IMO, a GREATLY balanced, smooth, silky, floral, hoppy, beer. Excellent profile.

M= silky smoothy, maybe oats make it silky, strong profile tastes, but subtle if that makes seems all the elements are there, but in perfect balance IMHO.

O= awesome, excellent, creAmy IPA, is that possible? Yes! Buy this, refreshing and killer. Probably my highest rated black IPA, hop noir. I will remember this beer. I have had much more expensive beer nowhere as good as this. Wish I had the all grain recipe!
Y for the rice. I am going to try to stock up on this.

Stoneyrok, Apr 09, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

theotherone7, Dec 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

hoppymcgee, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

bostonryan, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

pma7779, Sep 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Thomas_Picton, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Westvleteren12, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Weekiwachee, Feb 15, 2013
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JSails, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

blmar311, Apr 15, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

oberon, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of ArmOnFire
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%

I like big hoppy IPA's and strong stouts. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite beers that I pick up when I am out food shopping .
I think they did a excellent job of combining these two styles and is definitely worth a try if you like IPA and stouts.
Would like to see it in six packs instead of just bombers.

ArmOnFire, Oct 08, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

jondeelee, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

On tap at the Irish Pol, 5/28/11.

A-Pours jet black, opaque, with a frothy mocha head.

S-Earthy bitter hops, rich, deep aroma.

T-Initial caramel sweetness followed by an excellent hop bite, pleasantly earthy, with a great balance of hops and malt/

M-Medium bodied, nicely bitter.

O-Really tasty. Sublimely Self Righteous defines the style for me. This one is in the ballpark.


sholland119, Jun 10, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

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!

cjgator3, Jun 23, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

A: pours a complete black with thin head that leaves a sticky lace behind

S: dark roasted and sweet malts hit the nose, some hop presence, but very, very slight. Smells like a sort of coffee, chocolate blend, a little sour also.

T: A light burnt malt taste, quickly followed by bitterness and many levels of it. All the way through the finish the bitterness takes over the malt sweetness. The dark roasted malts also provide their own bitterness to coincide with the hops and an earthy quality to the brew.

M: medium body, carbonation is average.

O: A great black IPA, all of the flavors are balanced well, a definite must have.

abgba121, Aug 14, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

Peak Organic Hop Noir is a brownish black ale with a brown sugar colored head that's smooth and dense, lasts forever and covers the glass with solid sheets of foam. It has a bold citrus aroma that is a lot like mandarin orange or tangerine. There is a hint of roast to it, like coffee. It's pretty full bodied, smooth and foamy. The finish is pretty dry and a little acidic. It leaves the teeth feeling a little gritty. It has a pretty bold flavor that's quite bitter and a little sweet. Flavors of mandarin orange, toffee, dark chocolate and pine resin mingle through the taste. Both the citrus flavor and the roasty, almost ashy, flavor linger well after the swallow. This is pretty richly flavored, so it's not really for chugging, but I don't let that stop me. I'm a big fan of this style and these guys did a good job with it. It's a little palette blowing, so don't have it before dinner.

yesyouam, Sep 07, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +16%

22oz bomber, poured into a DFH snifter.

a: poured dark black/brown, with a mocha-colored head that retains well -- almost sticky, great lacing.

s: my first thought: "i can smell the hops from a few feet away!" up close, the hop aroma is evident--grassy, earthy, piney--but not overwhelming.

t: hops up front, but then the roasted malt flavor comes through, settles out in a nice balance between the two. alcohol (8.2%) is barely evident in the taste.

m: great body, well-carbonated but not overly so (small bubbles that give the finish some bite), bit of bitterness on the finish from the IBUs and astringency of the black malt.

o: with the fair warning that i've been a big fan of black IPAs / cascadian IPAs ever since I first had Wailing Wench 5-6 years ago -- Peak gets the style right with this one. a beer that tastes even better than it looks. if the ABV% were dialed down a notch, i could see myself having 2-3 of these.

beals, May 14, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

A - It pours a very deep brown-black hue, and is capped with a medium-tan head, depositing plentiful lace.

S - Great nose, one of the better I've encountered from this fledgling style. Comprised of resiny-piney hops and fruity freshly ground Ethiopian coffee, this really straddles the line between hoppy IPA and roasty dark ale superbly. As it opens up and some of the malt and yeast notes begin to interplay, it gains a fruity berry-ish aroma.

T - The flavor is largely the same animal as the nose with perhaps more lingering roastiness. Bitterness is moderately high, and the dynamic of the hop is specifically discernible, offering woody and somewhat fruity bouquet which is well-tempered by the sturdiness of the malt. Nice take on this burgeoning style.

M - IPA. But black.

O - One of the better Black IPA/CDA/ADA that I have tried.

ktrillionaire, Apr 05, 2011
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Peak Organic Hop Noir from Peak Organic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.