Peak Organic Hop Noir | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Hop NoirPeak Organic Hop Noir

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

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

Added by mcallister on 02-18-2011

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Ratings: 336 |  Reviews: 129
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is aged a bit unfortunately. No bottle date so I have no idea how long. Probably a year.

A: Very dark brown pour but not quite black. Big fluffy chocolate milk colored head. Fades slowly, very slowly. Nice island of foam persists. Excellent fluffy lacework left behind too.

S: Mild roasted malt with a bit of char. Some mild pine with it and a little dark fruit. Kinda bland.

T: Mild char up front with hints of dark chocolate. Hint of pine in there just for a second. Kind of a chalky char in the middle and into the finish. Chalky and dry on the back end.

M: Medium bodied but chalky and drying (especially in the aftertaste).

O: Pretty plain and somewhat bland black ale. Very little hoppiness, I blame the possible age on the bottle. Having said that, they didn't bother to bottle date so there's no way to know anyway. I will give it the benefit of the doubt but regardless, it's pretty middle-of-the-road.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of generallee
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of JupiterJesus
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sgn4779
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TheLevi4000
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of dcbeers
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of alamode
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

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Photo of WSB
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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