Peak Organic Hop Noir | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Hop NoirPeak Organic Hop Noir

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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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Photo of weaf
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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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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Photo of sholland119
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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Photo of cjgator3
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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 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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Photo of yesyouam
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic Hop Noir is a brownish black ale with a brown sugar colored head that's smooth and dense, lasts forever and covers the glass with solid sheets of foam. It has a bold citrus aroma that is a lot like mandarin orange or tangerine. There is a hint of roast to it, like coffee. It's pretty full bodied, smooth and foamy. The finish is pretty dry and a little acidic. It leaves the teeth feeling a little gritty. It has a pretty bold flavor that's quite bitter and a little sweet. Flavors of mandarin orange, toffee, dark chocolate and pine resin mingle through the taste. Both the citrus flavor and the roasty, almost ashy, flavor linger well after the swallow. This is pretty richly flavored, so it's not really for chugging, but I don't let that stop me. I'm a big fan of this style and these guys did a good job with it. It's a little palette blowing, so don't have it before dinner.

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Photo of beals
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, poured into a DFH snifter.

a: poured dark black/brown, with a mocha-colored head that retains well -- almost sticky, great lacing.

s: my first thought: "i can smell the hops from a few feet away!" up close, the hop aroma is evident--grassy, earthy, piney--but not overwhelming.

t: hops up front, but then the roasted malt flavor comes through, settles out in a nice balance between the two. alcohol (8.2%) is barely evident in the taste.

m: great body, well-carbonated but not overly so (small bubbles that give the finish some bite), bit of bitterness on the finish from the IBUs and astringency of the black malt.

o: with the fair warning that i've been a big fan of black IPAs / cascadian IPAs ever since I first had Wailing Wench 5-6 years ago -- Peak gets the style right with this one. a beer that tastes even better than it looks. if the ABV% were dialed down a notch, i could see myself having 2-3 of these.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a very deep brown-black hue, and is capped with a medium-tan head, depositing plentiful lace.

S - Great nose, one of the better I've encountered from this fledgling style. Comprised of resiny-piney hops and fruity freshly ground Ethiopian coffee, this really straddles the line between hoppy IPA and roasty dark ale superbly. As it opens up and some of the malt and yeast notes begin to interplay, it gains a fruity berry-ish aroma.

T - The flavor is largely the same animal as the nose with perhaps more lingering roastiness. Bitterness is moderately high, and the dynamic of the hop is specifically discernible, offering woody and somewhat fruity bouquet which is well-tempered by the sturdiness of the malt. Nice take on this burgeoning style.

M - IPA. But black.

O - One of the better Black IPA/CDA/ADA that I have tried.

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Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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 andrewm190
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the few Peak Organic Brewing Company beers I've tried. I've generally been pleased, and this beer continued that trend. It was also my first black IPA. Frankly, it tasted like a stout to me, but good is good, and chocolaty and roasted malts are adjectives that I enjoy. Poured very much black with an active head, brown in color. The aroma matched the taste, the alchohol was not overwhelming, and I felt the combination agreed with my pallete. I'll be honest here, the advertised "kettle hopping" and dry-hopping are still elements of the brewing process that I am learning about. I didn't pick up much of a traditional IPA taste, but these hopping techniques didn't seem to detract from my enjoyment of the brew. I'll have to figure those out a bit as the summer progresses.

Good beer and recommended.

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Photo of jcreegan
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

A- great look. Dark oily black, with two fingers of pale brown head. The head definitely lessened but kept a strong presence tongue end. It left a wade of head on only the top half of my glass.
S- hops, coffee, chocolate Malts and a hint of pine. Very well balanced.
T- mild flavor but very nice. Can definitely taste the hints of coffee and chocolate. In the end tast there is a hint of pines and hops that linger.
M- good amount of carbonation and very smooth. It finishes very clean.
O- solid black ipa. Probably one of the smoothest especially at 8%. A good mix between porter and ipa.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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 coobstar
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid roasted and black malt scent along with a nice piney hop nose. The black malt bitterness and the hops compliment each other. The taste is great! It has a bitter hop bite that jumps up and grabs you. It's followed by an excellent malt base that's adds balance and complexity. The black malts provide their own bitterness as well as a roasted/earthy feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a delicious black IPA. It's complex while maintaining a high drinkability.

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Photo of TonyReaves
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Pours completely black with a dense head. Smells like chocolate with some smoke and coffee. A little pine in the smell.

Chocolaty malt follows in the taste. Starts like a stout, with heavy coffee roastiness and a touch of smoke, and finishes with a pile of piney hops.

I love how they didn't just but some black malt in an IPA. This is like a really hoppy porter. The malts in this are so good I want to age a bottle and see how it tastes when they fade out.

Reasonably dry for such a roasty beer. I wouldn't have minded a bit more body, but I suppose that would have made it more of a porter.

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Photo of u2carew
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with two finger head then slowly settles. Opaque body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Robust hop aroma. Piney. Notes of coffee and chocolate.
T) Bitter hop rind taste from start to finish but gets off set by chocolate malts and coffee tones. An aggressive hop bite lingers in the finish and beyond with a warming alcohol.
M) Fizzy and creamy. Medium body.
O) Not a gateway beer. Definitely for Hopheads but porter and stout lovers might find some favor in the taste profile.

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Photo of Casey10
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one today on the shelf of my local store looked interesting was surprised at a 22 oz bomber with a twist off top would be my only criticism.

Okay the appearance was dark almost stout like thick head with lots of lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is really strong and piney it reminds me of a amber like beer.

T is where this one shines it is almost hard to decribe as well taste almost strong coffee roasted.

Feel is smooth and creamy the roastiness stays with you.

I am not the biggest fan of the Black IPA but this is really good, I think those that like the style will like this it is worth giving a try.

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with faint reddish edges and a frothy light tan cap. Good head retention and a bit of clumpy, spotty lacing clung to the glass. Nice hop aroma, fruity citrus along with grapefruit pith, pine resin, herbal and earthy -- but nothing overpowering and everything in balance. Good malt nose as well, notes of caramel and chocolate, a bit of roast. Solid bitterness throughout, slightly sharp in the finish, pine and spicy hops, toffee sweetness, mild citrus, light alcohol. Medium bodied with medium plus carbonation, light in texture, mild astringency, a bit spicy in the finish. I liked this quite a bit, really balanced overall with plenty of character.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night with a tan creamy head.

S - Wonderful and intense pine scent pops you one in the snoot! Coffee and burnt peat also present

T - Wonderful hoppy flavor, burnt coffee and molasses.

M - Full flavored, but a bit over carbonated.

O - The flavor isn't without its flaws--it's burnt coffee flavor was a bit heavy--but over all quite tasty. I enjoyed it, and it's pine scent is seductive.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours rich deep brown with a tan head. Nice retention, good lace, but this head is pure foam.

Some pine notes mixed with coffee, burnt edges, and dark roasted malt.

Nice balance. Hops shine in this one, but do not overtake the carbonized richness of the malt. It is the transition that makes this so drinkable, with hops first, then the dark roasted malt, some bitter chocolate, a hint of sweetness in there somewhere, then back to the hops with the malt in the background for a well rounded finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, finishes fairly clean.

One of the better versions of the style. I am not a big fan of his style because they tend to be so far out of balance. A brewer who shows restraint and creativity and purpose with their recipe. Nice brew -- I'll have this again.

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