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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Photo of illpass78
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 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 BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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....

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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 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 Boto
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Swift989
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of JAFoley
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of tkelley
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of suspect
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a UMASS shaped pint glass.

A: On the lighter side of black. Aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger mocha foam colored head. Lacing is plentiful and head retention is good.

S: A bit on the bland side but hops and chocolate malts do poke through after a good swirl.

T: Definitely more full flavored than the nose. Lots of good malt flavors with some darker fruits, hop flavors and a touch of black licorice at the tail end of the sip.

M: Perfectly carbonated, nice smooth finish.

O: A solid, easy drinking Black IPA.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First, this pairs amazingly well with spicy food. Just sayin'.

A: I may have never given a five before, but I just can't see how to make a black IPA look better. It is pitch black in color and has a head that last all day long. Again I didn't want to go so high, but how can you lower a score when there is nothing better out there.

S: A good clean blend of hops and the coloring malt. Doesn't have that Yankee Funk many Peak brews have.

T: I enjoy this a ton. It isn't just a crisp hop bite, but there is a lot of spice on the tail end as well. Very nice mellow IPA.

M: Medium to strong. Carbonation is nice and steady as well. very solid here.

O: I now know what Peak beer to get when in doubt. I have been underwhelmed by them in the past, but this one is certainly something to brag about. Find it and enjoy!

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Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A:Black with not much of a head.

S: Strong malt aroma with some hops coming through.

T: Malty flavors that over power the slight bitterness. Also, an underlying earthiness.

M: Rich and slightly grainy.

Overall: Not what I was expecting. It doesn't seem to fit the style. Very sweet and not much bitterness for an IPA but still drinkable.

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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 atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with a sudsy tan head with decent retention
S-perfume, pine, citrus
T-roasted malt with notes of coffee blended with pine, more roasted flavor lingers after the finish
M-medium bodied
O-A well balanced black IPA with heavy roasted and pine flavor. Not my favor version of the style, but not a bad brew

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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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Photo of DesertRat
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, tan head very crisp and tasty for a black IPA. The taste at first is bitter and holy, but finishes chocolate aromas.

I prefer the Dubhe from Uinta Brewing, but this beer is Organic and comes in a six pack rather than a 4 pack.

High quality black IPA, definitely recommend it.

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Peak Organic Hop Noir from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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