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Noon Day IPA - Nantahala Brewing Company

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Noon Day IPANoon Day IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Nantahala Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 06-06-2010)
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Reviews by wedge:
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Nantahala

Solid orange-amber color with a slim white head that leaves some lace on the glass. Smells of sweet orange and general citrus zest, fruit, and a touch of caramel. Sweet zesty citrus and fruit again in the flavor. Maybe a bit too much malt sweetness which cut down on the drinkability for me. Medium bodied, somewhat textured in feel, with a decent bitterness. Solid...I'll be revisiting this one.

wedge, Jul 21, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial pint glass a lighter golden with just a slight tinge of orange,thin but well sustained white head atop that leaves one full ring of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.A good shot of grapefruit in the nose along with some toasted grain,the hops are fresh smelling and really jump out at ya.Grapefruit rind at the onset of the palate along with lighter leafiness,some sweet caramel/biscuit malt comes into play with a lightly toasted crisp finish.To me this like an old school left coast IPA with a big shot of grapefruit-like hops and good malty sweetness underneath,damn good.

oberon, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at 12bones in Asheville. Slightly hazed golden orange body topped by a small offwhite head that leaves wispy patch lacing.

Aroma of pink grapefruit, pine resin, and hints of honey.

Medium body and carbonation. Very clean.

Taste has an assertive hop bitterness that is ideally balanced by the pale malts and just a hint of honey sweetness. Grapefruit,pine resin, and a hint of florals provide a solid bittering hop presence. Finish is clean and even.

Very well balanced. An excellent pint to accompany good bbq.

merlin48, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev -1%

JC333, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Zonian1, May 02, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, duckworths ballantyne

an IPA from a brewery I've never heard of in a town i just heard of the other day (see - Bill Bryson - "The Lost Continent") with a BA rating of A- noted on the list - yeah, I'll check that one out

appearance: shaker pint, hazy orange body - filmy head

smell: hop cones, noticeably bitter, earthy malt

taste: nice IPA - a little rustic - moderate bitterness, citrus rind, bready, grassy, not very refined but pungent and to the point.

mouthfeel: assertive bitterness, medium body

overall: good stuff - glad i went for it

dirtylou, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of dailyminefield
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

dailyminefield, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

woodchip, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of jburns301
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jburns301, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Revolution Pizza & Ale House (Charlotte, NC) on 3/11/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, with a thin covering of white head. This maintains some foamy edges, leaving back some light swathes of lacing. The aroma smells fresh, leafy, and a bit piney, with some crisp green grapefruit character in the nose and then sweeter backing notes of bready grains and tropical tones of pineapple and mango. The malt and fruit are leaving the biggest impression on me here.

The taste is also on the sweeter side, with tropical fruit and herbal character that sits on top of a zestier feeling bitterness. The malts sticks to that juicier hop flavors to keep the overall profile on the stickier side but this does finish with more of an assertive presence, as light resins and leafy pith linger with some dryness. Then mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue but does get more creamy and slick feeling along the sides. Alcohol is well hid.

There was definitely more to like than dislike with this IPA but the sweetness here gave this an overall softness when I was looking for more of a crisp bite from those hops. This went down easy enough but some additional assertiveness here would have been nice.

Kegatron, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

dvmin98, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A half gallon growler, from Hops and Vines in Asheville. My first run in with Nantahala.

A: The IPA is amber orange, translucent with a bit of a glow. A huge head, over three fingers on the first few pours, is white and leaves thick lace all around the glass.

S: Grapefruit, a rich citrus hoppiness, wafts out of my glass immediately. I'll be frank, I was surprised as the robustness of the aroma. A light caramel base underlies the hops, their zestiness a mighty fine aspect.

T: The taste stresses balance, bringing more caramel and downplaying the hops a bit - just a bit. The caramel and biscuits are light, breadier. The hops bring grapefruit and orange, flavors that go together nicely. A deep inhale just before each sip draws in more of the hoppy zestiness - a refresh of the powerful first sip. The hops are never bitter, resulting in a very smooth drink. Makes me regret not making the drive out to Bryson City.

M: The hoppiness is surprising, the most oomph of any of the AVL-related beers that I've had over the past week. A good IPA. Makes me wish I had another growler.

akorsak, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4/5  rDev -1%

BeerBuzzGuy, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one from a new and up and coming brewer.

The pour was nice, deep amber color with a light haze to it at first. Smoothing over the top was about a finger and half depth of white fluffy head that settled down nicely and left some light touches down the sides of the glass. Aroma was light grapefruit, touches of orange, sweet notes of buttery malts and light tangerine. Carries over well into the taste as the crisp hops jump on the tongue immediatly and let their presence be known.Nice quick hit of bitter grapefruit up front melts into a nice malty backbone that carries it through into the lightly dry finish.

Overall a really solid offering here. I had a good deal of IPA's today and this one can hold its own for sure.

mikesgroove, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of tclapper
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Immortale25
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains well before eventually dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and various thicknesses of surface foam. On its way down, there's some nice topographic foam bumps. At one point, a cavern is formed which I've yet to see in any other beer. Very cool. Craggy puffs of lacing. This may be the most interesting head I've ever seen on a beer.

S- Bright tangy citrus hop aroma that's a bit effervescent and has notes of green apple to go with it.

T- Taste follows suit but there's an initial alcohol bite that's unpleasant. Bitterness is moderate and the hops add a bit of character but could use some more flavor to go with the bite. After a while, I find that the aroma was a bit misleading and the the flavor ends up being one-dimensional with just a grassy hop bite prevailing over the rest of the flavors. Maybe some more malt presence would've helped there.

M- Sharp and bitey from the hops and alcohol. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Not a bad beer but it could use some fine tuning for sure. Too bad the rest of the beer wasn't as entertaining as the appearance was.

Immortale25, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: standard glass, the beer is a hazy, rich golden in color, with a light layer of white carbonation

s: bright tropical and citrus hop nose, fresh grapefruit and orange, resinous and pungent - skunky in an "herbal" kinda way, simple pale malt body lets the hops have their way, very nice

m: carbonation on the lower side, body lightish

t: citrusy hop flavors on a body of clean pale malts, more tropical flavors underneath, grapefruit pith bitterness, hops pushed to the foreground here

d: great drinkability and a very nice ipa from a brewery I hadn't yet heard of, maybe it was just the setting, but this one went down with ease

taken with a half-rack of pineapple-habanero ribs at 12 Bones

2014 bottling: medium currents of pine and bitter citrus atop a malt body that's a touch caramel and a touch sweet, moderately bitter, nothing here is outstanding but it's very very solid all through. tangerine and orange. hop aromas are fresh, and hop strength is above average. nice beer.

old scores: 4, 4, 4, 4, 45

blackie, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but seems a little weaker and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tasted very fresh, but seemed more like a APA instead of IPA. Nonetheless, it is very easy to drink.

metter98, May 27, 2013
Photo of jorrx003
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jorrx003, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -1%

rbrefbeerman, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of memphischas
4/5  rDev -1%

memphischas, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep golden apricot to copper in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and amber + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film and a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer along with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of lighter aromas of caramel malts, pine hops, and even lighter floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavors of grainy malts with just a touch of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and floral hops as well as a touch of pine hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very easy to drink and enjoyable brew - I could easily have a couple of these and would be happy. Not quite as intense as some other IPAs but it does have a really nice flavor/aroma.

dbrauneis, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Fordknox
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%

Fordknox, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of WCW
4/5  rDev -1%

WCW, Aug 16, 2014
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Noon Day IPA from Nantahala Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.