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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
89
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Nantahala Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mikesgroove on 06-06-2010

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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by zeledonia:
Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to n2185 for the bottle. Tasted 24 January 2014.

Pours 98% clear, bright orange. One finger of off-white head, okay retention, really nice lacing.

Smell is bright citrus and juicy fruits. Deliciously sweet. Peaches and oranges with a touch of citrus bite. Excellent.

Taste is clean and nice, if a little one-dimensional. Moderately bitter, well-balanced. Pretty good, actually.

Feel is really good. Medium-bodied, with fantastic carbonation. Tingly, just the right level, and lasting with a slight rise-fall.

A delicious IPA. Fruity and balanced, with hop aromatics and bitterness right where I like it. Yum. This is one where I'm happy there's another half-bottle waiting for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -7%

Pours a cloudy, maize color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of alcohol, hint of yeast, pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Overall, great appearance, decent aroma, feel, body, and blend.

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy honey color with an impressive head; nice retention and lacing

Smell: Grapefruity, with a slightly floral aspect; slightly bready

Taste: A little bit of bread and then we are off to hop land, with grapefruit and floral hop elements leading the way; nice, floral/bitter finish with a touch of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the better IPAs brewed in NC - this is an up and coming brewery that bears watching

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this a number of times now, including on tap at the brewery, but right now I'm reviewing from a pre-filled growler I just bought today in Franklin, NC. I was a little hesitant on the pre-filled growler, since I just had an IPA in one from Pisgah that was a little off. This one is fresh and as good as I remember it at the brewery. Kudos for that! I really like this IPA- to me it strikes an excellent balance and has an appealing freshness and thirst quenching quality to it while still exhibiting lots of character. The character, of course, primarily comes from the hops, and what's here is a nice combination of grassy, herbal, and citrus in the taste, and primarily grassy and herbal in the aroma. What's also appealing, though, is that there is a touch of bubblegum in the taste, which makes me think a bit of a hoppy wheat beer like Gumballhead. A bit juicy up front, and drys out at the back, with some more grassiness and a touch of grain. Just a tad thinner than I'd like on the finish, but I'm quibbling. A fine IPA.

Photo of Finatic
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a sealed growler into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden color with a finger head. Excellent lacing retention that sticks to the glass throughout.

S: Huge hop bomb with a lovely piny, resinous aroma.

T: Oodles of floral hops with a nice piney aftertaste.

M: A medium like carbonation to it, very easy drinking.

O: My session IPA when I visit my buddy's cabin in NC 4-5 times a year. Always head to the brewery once or twice when I'm there and always leave with 4-5 growlers of Noon Day.

Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A passive pour still yields close to half a glass full of eggshell to cream white foam, very airy and light but the retention is pretty admirable and the lacing is thick and gluey as well. There’s a filmy dullness to the liquid, more darker orange than red or brown, curious lack of visible bubbles given the size of the head, basic. The nose has a herbal, earthy base but it’s mainly grapefruit, pine, flowers and peach, apricot, gets a lot maltier as it warms. Full-bodied, soft mouth feel from the carbonation, lessens the innate bitterness of the mouth entry. More earthy and loamy than herbaceous, any of this short lived due to the strength of the mocha, cocoa notes. Decent amount of sweetness in the tangerine, mandarin orange, white grapefruit citrus, a big overall factor. Texture turns syrupy after repeated sips, honeyed too. Pepper, scone and bread crusts, does not indulge in over sweetness nor “bigger is better” bombast. The pineapple, apricot, yellow apple fruit stays present and consistent. It’s easy to see how some could find this “boring” but it’s really just keeping it simple for simplicity’s sake. Too thick to be sessionable, otherwise you could pound these back with ease.

Photo of mklinger
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had 4 pints of this beer across two days at River's End Restaurant at the Nantahala Outdoors Center.

Served in a pint glass, this beer was a bronze color -- golden with amber hints. It was slightly hazy as often seen in IPAs. A solid 1 inch head was on it each time it was served & it left lots of nice lacing behind.

Aroma was strongly grapefruit initially, with some orange & piney resin. Really nice hop character. Not a lot of malt in the aroma, but maybe a bit of toasty, bready aroma. This beer has great fresh aroma -- up there with a lot of my favorite classics, Two-Hearted Ale, Sweetwater IPA, Stone IPA. Really nice hop character. Given that they've only been selling beer for a couple weeks, this beer was as fresh as it gets.

Taste was similarly strong in character. Lots of great hop flavors balanced out with both some nice malt character including a bit of caramel sweetness & some Munich bready character and with some solid hop bitterness. This isn't a super bitter beer (not a Stone IPA), but it has enough bitterness for good balance. This beer was really about hop flavors & aromas more than bitterness.

Nice mouthfeel, thin enough to be drinkable but full enough to be malty in body. Well carbonated, too. This was a wonderfully drinkable IPA.

Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville.

Cloudy, hazy gold pour with thick 1/2 finger of deep cream head. Pretty decent retention and good lace.

Earthy, peaty nose with lots of herbal, floral hops. Has a very raw quality.

Lots of malt balance the hops very nicely. Bready, thick, and chewy middle. Floral sweet finish.

A little on the thick side for a true session IPA, but 2 of these went very well with lunch.

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More malty than expected, though this bottle was at least a few months old. Nice balance of bittering and flavoring hops, but I would've probably preferred more diversity in the flavoring hop arena. Nice citrus notes, somewhat muted, with hints of resin.

Photo of callisbeers
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery. Nice yellowish orange color with nice layer of head and good retention. The IPA smell I love, citrusy, grapefruit with just a hint of pine. And the taste to match. This is a well balanced IPA, not too much bitterness but enough to let you know what you are drinking. Mouthfeel is just right as well. Not sure is if it was just the perfect storm, being in the mountains on a nice summer day, hanging at the brewery on a Sunday evening with family, that is the reason I really really enjoyed this beer. But whatever the reason this was one of my favorite IPA's. I bought a growler event though I live 5 hours away. I'll be back!

Photo of Shaw
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my best man, Chris, for bringing me back the bottle from North Carolina!

Lovely golden color with a very foamy head.

Hoppy aroma with notes of grape.

Nice hop flavors. Citrus. Bitter, but not crazy so. There's a good amount of malt flavor for balance.

Good body.

Overall a very nice IPA.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightly hazed, golden-yellow body with a sustained, just barely off-white head fed by some streaks of sustained carbonation.

Smell: Citrusy, fruity grapefruit aroma, growing a bit as it warms, and paired with pine resins and lightly floral hints. Yeah, you've got some malt accents of pale malted barley and honey, but, predominately, it's a hoppy nose.

Taste: Pale malts with hints of honey and a flash of sweetness, then, resinous pine, white grapefruit lending plenty of pith and a slight citric quality. Moderately bitter. Meager malty rebound gives a bit more honey and golden syrup. Drying, bitter finish with a lingering resinous flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight discernible oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good, no-nonsense, punchy IPA.

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Noon Day IPA from Nantahala Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.