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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head and nice lacing on a jet black body. Aroma is nice resin, pine, licorice, mint and earthy hop notes. Flavor is very grassy and floral hop notes. Chocolate and roasted malts cone in at the finish. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall a very nice beer for the style. Nice hop character and strength.

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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 metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly died down, eventually leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts and notes of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of roasted malts and is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is lots of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink but isn’t that sessionable due to its high alcohol content and the strong amount of dryness.

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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 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 nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of tan foam on top of a black body with amber highlights. The head fades slowly and leaves good lace.

S - A strong, sweaty hop aroma; very green and fresh. Some caramel and chocolate malt character in the background.

T - Citrus and pine hops as well as roast malt up front. More bitter roast in the middle. The beer finishes with dry caramel, coffee, and pine hops, all of which is balanced by stiff bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very nice, the hop aroma is spectacular and it works well with the dark malt. The bitterness is very strong and it lingers on the tongue to such a degree that it is almost overwhelming. This is a really nice beer, and it shows that organic beers can be excellent on their own merits when they don't rely on the organic label as their only selling point.

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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 jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fluffy head with light lacing over midnight black beer.

Nose lots of aromatic and fresh grassy light spicy hops, chewy hops, light roasty dark malts.

Taste starts with cheu spicy fresh hops, fairly bitter, light astringent briny hop taste, a bit of dark malts, light roast, light creamy malt, light coffee, finishes semi astringent and minerality briney taste, fairly bitter.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, a bit astringent and light on the overall malts, nice fresh hops.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz gold foil topped bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black in the glass, topped with a couple fingers of milk chocolate colored head. This is surprisingly dark, looking much like what you would find on a Porter or Stout. This retains with a tight cap of rich froth, which just slathers the sides of the glass with sticking swathes of lace. The aroma is grassy (with a touch of a medicinal plastic tinge), layered on top of a green citric bitterness. A mix of sweet chocolate and smoky roast rise up from underneath. I’m not getting any pine out of this, even though there is supposed to be Centennial hops used in this.

The taste is forward with grapefruit and other pithy citric fruit but it’s the aggressive burnt character of the malts that bring most of the bitterness to the profile. This is sweetened up some on the edges by notes of chocolate and caramel but the hops strike back in the finish, with a strong lingering rind flavor that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an initial creamy slickness that then gets much pricklier on the tongue. This definitely has a certain amount of oiliness to it from the hops. There is some light warmth to this but it’s actually pretty well kept in check for a 8% beer.

With its off-smelling nose and too roasted taste, it’s safe to say that this wasn’t the best example of the style that I’ve had lately. The taste did bring some decent hop flavors to the table though and the body was at least pretty smooth for a big beer. I mean it's drinkable if you find yourself with a bottle but there are definitely better options out there on the market right now. Hopefully Peak will continue to work with this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/29/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, some grassy hops and a touch of chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter burst of hops followed by a hearty roasted malt character. There are some flavors of citrus and dark chocolate in the background, but there doesn’t seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but a bit too dry to drink for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle that indicates best by Dec 2012.

A: Pours an opaque black in color with some reddish brown hints when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall tan head that reduces by about 50% and still covers the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Some aromas of dark roasted malts, some aromas of charred wood, but the dominant aroma is of pine + resin hops (and lots of them).

T: The flavor starts with the dark roasted malts with some subtle bittersweet chocolate and charred wood. The flavor finishes with a full on assault of pine hop and bitterness leaving a resin like coating of bitterness on the tongue which last well after you swallow the mouthful.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy.

O: The alcohol which is no lightweight by any stretch is very well hidden making this beer quite easy to drink. A little too high in alcohol for me to claim as a sessionable beer, it is certainly a delicious and refreshing beer that I enjoyed. I would also like to enjoy this one again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another gem that was busted out at our weekly tasting, poured into a snifter.

the tell tale black pour with a huge tan head and lacing that coats down the side of the glass, the big black ipa. such a huge citrus nose here, really just incredible with an amazing orange and tangerine presence that was simply unmatched. the flavor followed suit perfectly with tons of hop notes and a small balance of roasted malt but this was totally and completely demolished by the intense hop profile.

overall this was a love it or hate it beer, for me i loved it and thought it was a brilliant beer, but then again i love the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good bar pour head, leaves a solid ring of lace with each sip. Near black where no light shall pass.

Tootsie roll chocolate smell, semi-sweet but with lots of chocolate. Slight "clean glass smell".

Lots of dark toasted malt flavor up front. There's a decent hop kicker. This creates a very good balance. Rich body with a high carbonation that tantalizes. Long dark aftertaste of strongly caramelized sugars and puckering bitter hop.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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 johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty solid black color with a creamy frothy khaki head that just wont quit. Spicy resinous pine mixed with hints of roast and a slight mineral/earthiness. This on fills my taste buds with and enormous resinous hop bite. Hints of roasty coffee break through and mix with the resinous hops, like drinking coffee out of the bong pipe. Bone dry finish with long lingering hoppy roasty aftertaste. Medium level of carbonation, medium body, slick resinous mouthfeel. I enjoyed this. This is another solid brew from a brewery that seems to be finding ways to get out from under the radar.

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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 Billolick
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 MasterSki
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Discount Liquor in Milwakee. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Looks pretty similar to Black Raven - perhaps a bit darker and murkier.

S - The aroma has more hop presence than the Black Raven - lots of herbs, oranges, and lemons. The malt backbone is more sugar and less roasty as well. However, there's something very artificial about the citrus flavors.

T - The taste has far too much char and burnt malt astringency. Gets unbearably bitter after a short while, and there's minimal sweetness to balance things out. Just too burnt and ashy here.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, and a sticky finish. Texture is somewhat gritty.

D - I didn't care for this one very much, and found Black Raven to be superior where it counted.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler, the beer is jet black, with a strong, thick, dense, one inch milk chocolate colored head. Looks intense, with a great cling on the glass. Aromas of molasses sweetness, coffee bitter and roast, and wet, resinous hops. Good, strong nose. Flavors are very strong and forward on the tongue with a dark fruit sweetness and molasses robustness. The hops presence follows quickly, cleaning everything up with a drying and pungent bitterness, with lots of wet, green characters. The aftertaste is almost all coffee, both in roast and bitterness. There is a resiny and mid-linger finish to the brew that slowly dries in mouth until it is clean and clear. Very strong flavors, and a hint of alcohol presence throughout, make this a sipper, but a good one. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
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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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 flagmantho
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by November 2012.

Appearance: extremely dark body, nearly completely black, which lets a few ruby highlights through when held up to the light. Head pours a thick finger of frothy dark tan foam. An attractive beer.

Smell: sweet malty aroma with a nice fruity character and a hint of chocolate. It smells almost like a Belgian strong dark ale, but with the addition of tons of citrusy and slightly piney hops. What an interesting concoction!

Taste: strong hop flavor right off the bat, slowly moving into the sweeter, maltier body. This beer has a very interesting strong ale character to it; it definitely takes advantage of this ill-defined style category. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, silky smooth creaminess. Dig it.

Overall: this is an interesting beer; I'm glad I picked this up. I don't know if it's an everyday drinker, but it's definitely worth trying.

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Peak Organic Hop Noir from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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