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: 128
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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!

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Photo of berliner07
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Stoneyrok
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of DonWeymouth
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a thin black lager, smells like a double IPA and tastes like a pure black IPA. It is a keeper for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ZachT
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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 ArmOnFire
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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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4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottleĀ 

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 abgba121
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Peak Organic Hop Noir from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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