Hop Noir
Peak Organic Brewing Company

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #358
Ranked #26,608
3.81 | pDev: 13.39%
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of pine. Taste is of pine, minty, some roasted malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it's decent, but nothing special.

Jul 15, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Happy New CANned Modern Twin Peak Evil Times Beer Sunday (Week 744), Round 5! The CANQuest (tm) is getting a good workout.

From the CAN: "A dark and dank Double IPA"; "Local sourcing[,] Bright juicy hops[,] Certified organic"; "The best ingredients in beer".

I usually CAN't get excited about these Cascadian/Black IPAs, but the name of this one just speaks to me. My surname is ChANdler & my late Pops referred to the novelist as his "pseudo-Uncle Raymond", making him my "pseudo-Great Uncle". He is the floating head in the upper L of my avatar. I have studied Film Noir extensively & I have read most of the Akashic Books' "Noir" series. I Crack!ed this mutt over the head & dragged him into the alley for further questioning, Oops! I Crack!ed open the vent on the CAN & gave it a brass knuckle Glug, letting it run freely into the C-Line of the awaiting cell, I mean, glass. It actually caused a pseudo-cascade, which was a double-plus bonus for yours truly, eventually settling into two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with very good retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Nose had the scent of a liquefied York Peppermint Patty - dark chocolate & minty hops! This is why it should be listed as an American Black Ale - calling it a DIPA would not do it justice. Mouthfeel was medium, good for an ABA, light for a DIPA. My bugaboo with the ABA style is and has been that the roasty malts get in the way of the precious hops. That said, if one is reviewing to style, then it is spot on! This was a great example of the ABA style in that it was really rich with a dark chocolatiness offset by a pleasant minty hoppiness. Even better was that it had an admixture of mints to include peppermint & spearmint. Yum! It was literally quite cool in the mouth & on the tongue. Finish was cool and dry. like smoking a menthol cigarette in a Maduro wrapper. Yum! YMMV.

May 26, 2019
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Burniefloyd from Rhode Island

3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark and dark is a perfect description.
Very dark color.
Taste is a tad bitter with strong hops and a touch or caramel.
Almost stoutish.
I prefer a lighter cloudy IPA but this was tasty.
Not sure I would buy again but would drink one if offered.

May 06, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out dark brown, but looks black in the glass. Topped by a huge fluffy, creamy beige head with great retention and sheets of lacing.
Smells like pine, grapefruit, blueberry, dark chocolate, coffee, earth, maple syrup.
Tastes of lemon, grapefruit, blueberry, lemon, and pine upfront. Burnt toast, cacao, dark chocolate, and black coffee ease in, leading up to a roasted finish with some lingering bitterness of black coffee, pine, and grapefruit peel.
Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, slightly resinous.
A fine black IPA. A good example of the style.

Jan 27, 2019
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge, billowing, fluffy beige head with a nice steady lacing. Nose is really sweet and malty with the bitterness supplied by just a hint of piney, which is quickly supplanted by candy orange. Taste is a touch more earthy and less sweet, therefore I think it’s in pretty good balance. So it starts out with a black olive thing before the malt pops in, supplying a steady sweetness that cuts the bitter. On exit is a nice bitter dark chocolate before the gritty, dry bitterness remains on the tongue. For being a high ABV beer, there is virtually no heat at all, like none. Body is deceptively thin as well.

Jan 27, 2019
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated BB 6/29/19.
Look is cloudy black. Smell is light fruit on top and roasted malt ending. Taste follows nose exactly. Feel is light. Overall a nice interesting IPA that's a little maltier than most. Worth a try.

Dec 30, 2018
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generallee from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one has a deep thick roasted malt base with mix of bitter black coffee and a blackstrap molasses sweetness. The hop flavor is strong and adds a dank piney resin like character. It finishes with some lingering sweetness fighting with hop bitterness and a touch of boozy alcohol. The feel is full and almost chewy with soft slick carbonation.

Sep 07, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black. Short crown of tan bubbles.

Aroma: Nose is piney, herbal. Notes of coffee.

Taste: Nice mix of dark chocolate, coffee, pine and some citrus. Tastes more or less like a piney stout.

Mouthfeel: Depth is more akin to a stout than an IPA. A sipper.

Overall: Well executed beer. Had I to drink this again, I wouldn't pair it with leftover pizza. More of a companion for a good, hearty meal. Well done.

Dec 10, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a dark ruby brown, almost black, with a moderate head, dissipating to a thin layer with a slightly larger ring. Some citrus in the nose, along with some malt. The mouth revels in the roasted malt, ending with a slight bitterness in the back of the mouth. To me it is lighter than I expected, considering the alcohol. Wow!

Apr 02, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma is somehow herbal, like some sort of plant extract. Taste is a bit smokey, dusty, slightly sweet and roasty at first but gets bitter on the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. Body is quite light and well carbonated. Alcohol is present but I wouldn't have guessed it's as strong as it is. It's ok but I wouldn't drink it again.

Jan 03, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours bright dark brown to black under a 1” cream to light tan colored foam collar that takes 2 minutes to reduce to a thick, clingy film. S: Some initial tart aromas combine with light roast and mid range grains, lightly spiced, and freshly malted grains. T: Starts with lighter malts and then some darker flavors devbelop with traces of chocolate and force. The bitterness on the finish has some citrus qualities but it melds in with the roast flavors to suggest more of a bitter chocolate rather than a citrus. The roast is not quite strong enough to evoke coffee. There is a light tartness on the finish. The grainy element iss especially strong in the aftertaste. F: Exceptionally creamy with a soft palate yet slightly astringent on the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. O: An
American black ale with some character and interest.

Sep 07, 2015
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves splotchy lacing

S: Lots of piney hops up front, combined with some roast and dark chocolate. Hints of candied fruit as well

T: Starts off with a combination of the roast and piney hops and then picks up hints of sweetness from the notes of candied fruit and dark chocolate. Some coffee in the back, as well as some char. Finishes with lingering bitterness and pine

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth

O: A nice black IPA that leans more towards the piney hops but still remains quite balanced. The roast and moderate sweetness hold the 98 IBUs back to a reasonable bitterness, which helps the drinkability quite a bit. One of the better examples of the style, which can get out of balance quickly

Jun 08, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -16%
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....

May 29, 2015
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weaf from Florida

5/5  rDev +31.2%

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!

Aug 31, 2014
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coobstar from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

one of those that got me moving away from 40's a few years ago. hi-grav, flavorful, with rich suggestions of chocolatey biscuit behind a pleasantly bittering hop profile. I wonder what it would be like within a week of bottling - it can in some locations have a low turnover on the shelves.

Jun 18, 2014
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Boto from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Jun 15, 2014
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Willytee3 from New York

4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate black with raspberry red highlights when held to light. Nice coffee colored fluffy two finger head leaves a thick lace and is slow to recede.

Smells of dark roasted malts, dry cherries and sweet raspberry. Moderate dank pine, and wheat bread crust.

Tastes of bright toasty malts with touch of malt sweetness, dry cherries, and raspberry sweetness, follows the nose well. Mild evergreen hop bitter with a smoky dry chalk middle. A touch of burnt malts on the finish with a tiny bit of metallic tinge.

Feels smooth up front turning thin, with a bit of smoke, and burnt malts, thinning out the carbonation

Overall a pleasant sweetness balanced by a touch of smoke and slightly burnt malts, light in general but good and refreshing dark IPA.

Jan 20, 2014
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly a black IPA, but I wouldn't even call it a CDA... this is more like a Baltic Porter. Lot's of tar & piny bitterness, soya sauce, black strap molasses and hints of bitter orange rind. Old Rasputin comes to mind. Along with the tan head, I'd say there's more than just carafa here... probably some black patent malt. It really misses the style, and would probably benefit from some age.

Dec 22, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Dec 21, 2013
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Swift989 from District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Oct 31, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks like a stout with a very impressive mocha head; lots of huge bubbles on the surface and a few streaks of lace

Smell: Roasty, with citrus, pine, molasses and caramel

Taste: Roasty, almost burnt, up front, with piney bitterness growing, in the middle; after the swallow, some of the sweeter elements enter, with molasses and caramel building in the finish; the bitterness doesn't fade, however, and lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty decent beer that packs in the key elements of the ABA style

Oct 25, 2013
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JAFoley from New Hampshire

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black as night with a thin tan head of fine bubbles. Really no retention or lacing to be seen.

S - Malty but not very aromatic.

T - Deep woody and cherry malts along with the bite of the alcohol reminds me of campfires. Then a huge rush of hops, fruity and floral to cut the sweetness. Aftertaste brings back the cherry and woody flavor.

M - Full-bodied with fine carbonation. Washes away oily and resinous.

O - Not a bad beer and it makes for a perfect transition into the fall season. I have found beers by Peak to be a bit thin and lacking flavor in the past. But that can hardly be a complaint for Hop Noir. I look forward to enjoying this some night under the stars with friends around a fire and a bite in the air.

Aug 28, 2013
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Poured a dark black with a small brown head. Smells of dark malt and coffee and raisins. Tastes of earthy hops and coffee. Beer is medium bodied, carbonated nicely, great finish. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Jul 19, 2013
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tkelley from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Apr 20, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 6/2013.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and candied citrus zest. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Apr 04, 2013
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