Peak Organic Hop Noir | Peak Organic Brewing Company

Peak Organic Hop NoirPeak Organic Hop Noir
337 Ratings
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 NiceTaps
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into room-temp pint glass.

A- Noir it is, jet black with a fluffy tan head. Lots of rings of sticky lace.

S- Well, if it's "dripping with piney, aromatic Centennial hops", as the brewer claims, they are hard to sniff out. A bit of pine hop armoa as it warms, but not much. Dark and roasted malts are what I get; the regulars, coffee and chocolate.

T- Sweet roasted malts like above. Some dark fruits.

M- Thin and slippery, well carbonated. More like a black lager than a heartier ale.

O- This beer improves as it warms, but a good hoppy ale doesn't run from the cold.

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Photo of Dbrag
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Dope
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is aged a bit unfortunately. No bottle date so I have no idea how long. Probably a year.

A: Very dark brown pour but not quite black. Big fluffy chocolate milk colored head. Fades slowly, very slowly. Nice island of foam persists. Excellent fluffy lacework left behind too.

S: Mild roasted malt with a bit of char. Some mild pine with it and a little dark fruit. Kinda bland.

T: Mild char up front with hints of dark chocolate. Hint of pine in there just for a second. Kind of a chalky char in the middle and into the finish. Chalky and dry on the back end.

M: Medium bodied but chalky and drying (especially in the aftertaste).

O: Pretty plain and somewhat bland black ale. Very little hoppiness, I blame the possible age on the bottle. Having said that, they didn't bother to bottle date so there's no way to know anyway. I will give it the benefit of the doubt but regardless, it's pretty middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black, muddy black coloration with big tan head that lasts a long time and laces well on the glass.

S - Mocha, molasses malt, coffee, roasty, booze.

T - A nice mix of dark ale flavors. Roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, raisins, pine, hops.

M - Carbonated appropriately. Hops linger on the afterbite. Pretty dry overall, though. Medium bodied.

D - a solid offering. Will be exploring this brewery further.

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Photo of theotherone7
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of Cyhops
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brureview
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass. 1 finger head with some lacing.

Color- jet black.

Aroma- piney, but not strong.

mouth feel: a pleasant prelude to the finish

Taste: an interesting, distinct pine- very smooth finish, but not prominent.

As the beer warms up, the subtle balance is noticeable.

A smooth, very drinkable and balanced beer.

Best at a warmer temp.

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Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of MarioM
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of GuyIncognito
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very disappointed in this one. I like Peak's other beers, and I love the black IPA style. This tasted like a stout, or maybe a coffee stout. No cascade finish, no crispness despite the dark color, nothing. If it had been labelled correctly as a stout, I still wouldn't have been that impressed.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gavini
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of JaegerMama
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of 4Socialanxiety
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of fastrodney
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 DCav
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of BigTrubble
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of slim2043
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Kendo
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the 22 oz, gold foiled (but twist-off) bottle into a pint glass. Body is black. Small khaki/light-tan head on top. Some splotchy lace.

S: At first blush, I got some molasses and roasted coffee. Molasses dissipates after awhile, leaving charred coffee beans and roasted barley malt.

T: Whoa - big time bitterness. Over-roasted barley malt and char combine with a wallop of bitterness on the back of the tongue, which really lingers as a palate-destroying bitterness. Taste of campfire smoke at the back end too. Unlike the best of the style, this one lacks subtlety or nuance - rather than containing sweet chocolate malt or modestly roasted barley in combination with a citrusy or juicy hop flavor, all I'm getting is a combined clobbering of bitterness - from the burnt, charred malt and the hops - on the taste buds.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is about what you want.

O: Too one-dimensional and leaning towards the heavily roasted/charred malt flavors. Not undrinkable for me (I like a nice roasty porter, for instance), but I could see how others may feel differently.

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Photo of MisterE
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Peak Organic Hop Noir from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 337 ratings
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