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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1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

Photo of HopHead84
1.97/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5


Extra courtesy of funhog, thanks! Snifter.

A: Black with an inch of creamy tan foam and nice retention. Lots of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Pronounced roasted malt presence with a little chocolate. The malt seems burnt. There's a prominent off note that I can only describe as metallic cardboard. Pine accompanies faint grapefruit notes.

T: The beer has a really harsh and acrid roast grain profile. It leaves a burnt toast taste lingering on the palate. There's also a wretched metallic note. Chocolate accompanies a little coffee, pine, and an upper moderate bitterness. The finish is gross: burnt, astringent, acrid, and harsh, with a little booze.

M: Medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Not remotely enjoyable. Avoid. But at least it's organic, right?

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of Schracky
2.26/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was very excited to try this beer, as I do not see too many black IPA's on the east coast yet.

A: Very dark, porter like in appearance. Very little head.

S: Sweet, malty and grassy. Hard to explain the smell, but I really don't like it.

T: Initially it hits the tongue with a decent roasted coffee flavor, but then turns astringent and has a bad lingering aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel was okay, but could use more carbonation.

I did not like this beer. The smell and aftertaste are too off for me. I am having trouble explaining this beer because it does strange things on the palate. I have enjoyed every black IPA I have tried up to this point, especially the Portsmouth Brewery Black IPA.

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2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

At the time of this review, this beer is not on the top beer list for American Black Ale despite being an American Black Ale, probably because this beer sucks. On tap at Meridian pint.

Beer is black with an almost white head, OK.

Aroma is mildly earthy, a little pine, a little hops, a lot of butterscotch.

Does organic mean diacetyl? i'm not up on the hippy lingo of politically correct eating. This beer tastes like buttered popcorn. I didn't even finish my sampler. I'd rather have more of that horrible DIPA from Lost Rhino than this disaster any longer. NEXT.

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2.49/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle - $6.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very, very dark brown body with a tall, well-frothed, tan head.

Smell: Hop Noir smells of a vicious degree of roastiness, beyond roastiness, even, to intensely burnt, cauterized malt. Not just kilned, but killed. Underscored by meek hints of pine and citrus to timid to tackle the still-smoldering maltiness.

Taste: Beings immediately with a strong, sharp roastiness, with an unpleasantly acrid tar-like taste. Low sweetness. Sadly, subtler tones of chocolate or coffee are totally squelched by the astringency. Fire-scorched pine bark and citric citrus fruits are present, though enveloped in the roast, as is a bitterness, which only serves to compound the astringent quality of the beer. The a dash of spirits. Woof. Lingering burnt char on the tongue beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Those black malts sure can be a harsh mistress. The bottle immodestly described it as being "delectable," though I found it hardly even drinkable.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Opaque black color, adequate head and lacing but nothing to write home about.

Smell - Smell is hop forward, but not full of delicious hop scents, more an onion, burnt hop smell.

Taste - More of the same, all burnt onions. No real malt presence and the hops provide bitterness, but also a cloying taste. The hops are not piney, nor citrusy. Not what I am used to from Centennials, which according to the website are used in this brew. These taste more like Summit and that onion or "cat pee" taste. Very, very burnt and overly acrid. Not enjoyable, but hey, it's midnight on a Tuesday (Wednesday). Again, very burnt and not desirable.

Mouthfeel - adequate carbonation for style and ABV. Not syrupy, not thin.

Overall - I want to like this beer. Maybe it needs just a bit more malt backbone to round out the (unfortunately) less-than-desirable hop flavor.

I had this on tap many months ago and don't remember it tasting like this. But then again I can't say for certain that it did not taste like this. I'm hoping that I have a pack that is just "off."

Not sure I'd buy another 6er, maybe just another to see if it is any different. Boo.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown glass twist-top (with foil?) bottle. No date that I can find.

Pours a thick black with some mocha colored head that leaves some spotting. Nose is rather off-putting and smells like soap. Palate is pleasantly bitter, but the combination of green, grassy hops and black malt is strange in this brew. I like black IPAs generally, but this is pretty weird. Reminds me a lot of herbal soap.

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2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Alex for this, the king of Buzzed beers, tasted with Olde Hickory Black Raven, this was the consensus loser... Pours a nice black color, a decent light tan head... The nose is a little light, cascade, lots of hop, a bit of ash... Soapy but has a nice malt balance, too bitter and charred overall

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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Peak Organic Hop Noir from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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