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 Sharkophile
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Appears near pitch black, with dark ruby highlights and a large tan head with good retention and lacing.

S: Smells excellent, with aromas of roasted malt, charcoal, alcohol and a resiny hop.

T: Mirrors the nose, with chocolate and coffee underpinning flashes of dark fruit and alcohol, and then a resinous grapefruit, pine and earthy hop flavor takes hold and leads to a gentle bitterness and a dry finish. Ashy taste unfolds in the finish, reminiscent of a good porter.

M: Light to medium body and light carbonation makes the mouthfeel a bit too light and watery. Could use brighter carbonation too. That's really the only thing to complain about...

O: A very solid black IPA, it would be right up there with Blue Point Toxic Sludge and Stone Self-Righteous if the mouthfeel was imporved. Good beer nonetheless, and had a bit of chocolate towards the end of the glass which was very complimentary.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a 2-finger grayish-tan head, reducing somewhat fast and retaining minimally with some light sticky lace.

The nose on this turns out to be rather breakfast-y- dominant aromas of slightly overcooked pancakes with maple syrup and coffee, while the hops add some pine and dark herbal tones.

Palate is heavy bodied with flavors of dark cacao and pine and an instant big bitterness that swells to mammoth proportions, too big in fact. The finish recovers a little, tasting like one of those perfect cappuccinos with an expertly pulled espresso shot, still bitter but not so much.

Props to breakfast on the front and back ends, but that bitterness in the middle is simply too much.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an honest pint. This one pours black with a small layer of off white head.

A little bit of a tropical citrus hop aroma with some doughy yeast in the background. A nice touch of char in the aroma but the hops seem to be a little bit on the muted side. Much like the aroma the flavor has a nice bitter citrus hop aroma with a little bit of a yeasty background. The hops seems a little bit muted but still give a nice presence.

The body is nice and light with good carbonation. Overall a solid brew here. Not sure how fresh it is right now but pretty tasty either way.

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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 Dave1999
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a pure black with a tan foamy head.

The smell was big on floral hops and pines, smelled like a forrest.

The flavour was interesting not as hoppy as I expected but hoppy enough. The floavour was balanced with the malts and had some citrus flavours.

This had a medium mouth feel with slight carbonation.

Overall I'm not sure about this beer, I like what it was trying to do but not sure if it's for me.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $2 something from Ned's.

Appearance: Great looking slick black beer with a light brown head. Nice falling sheets of lace.

Smell: Roast and piney/herbal/citrus hops. Its interesting. The aromas are strong, bordering on harsh. There's almost a smoked meat vibe to it. Weird, not bad.

Taste: Big roasty flavors. Moves toward the burnt spectrum of charcoal and firewood, including a smoky flavor. The hops flavor though is excellent-- citrusy, herbal and strongly piney. The flavor is much better than the smell.

Mouthfeel: On the full side, but its a big beer at 8.2%. Carbonation is nice and creamy.

Overall: A little funky in the aroma, but overall a tasty, assertive black IPA. I think its better than my numbers will indicate.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: jet black as night body with a creamy looking head that only lasts but mere seconds, slight rim of brown around the edges, spotty lacing around the sides of the glass

S: pine, burnt roasty coffee, hops in the background

T: bitter through the hops, pine and the burnt coffee

M: medium, sessionable, slight carbonation felt on the tongue, sticky finish

O: its a good brew for the most part, probably come back to

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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 nitro0292
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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Photo of PicoPapa
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a dark brown/black color with an inch of frothy light brown head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is chocolatey and hoppy. Sweet floral and citrus hop aromas. Some caramel. Taste is of chocolate and floral hops. Nicely bitter. Sweet. Not really much citrus like in the nose. Creamy mouthfeel. Floral hop finish. This is a pretty solid Black Ipa. Worth having again for certain.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black in color. Deep red at the edges. Huge 3 finger tan head with awesome retention and good lacing.

S: Big floral hop aroma. Slight piney notes. Decent roasted malt backbone. Some chocolate and coffee.

T: Definitely on the hoppy side of the flavor. It is a good blend of floral, citrus, pine hops, chocolate and roasted malts, and some nice coffee notes.

M: Medium light body. Medium high carbonation. Creamy and a touch dry.

O: Good Black IPA. Still hoppy after 6+ months. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Thads324
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a jet black and thick looking glass. A little bit of tight bubbles dissipates quickly leaving a tiny film around the edges.

S: smells like a bit of citrus hop and a little bit of sweet malt. Nothing stands out much.

T : starts a bit roasty then come the hops. Sharp piney and citrus hops with mild bitterness. The malts kind of disappear into a sweet toffee bit of water. Hops stand alone at the end with nice bitterness and piney flavor.

M : medium bodied with smooth malts and good bitterness

Overall a better flavor than aroma. Pretty nice, and the alcohol is well hidden. Not bad, but could use more malt body. The hops are good and vibrant.

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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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Photo of sulldaddy
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a deep black hue with light passing through only on the edges of the glass revealing some rich ruby and mahogany color.
Creamy tan head foams up about 1 cm and fades to a sturdy edge layer. Very strong windowpane lattice clings to the glass long after each sip of the beer.
Aroma is some roasted malt and dark cocoa, but mostly some pine sap and grass. The aroma isnt huge but is appealing and well balanced.
First sip reveals an average body with minimal fine carbonation. Flavor is bitter black malt with some roasted notes, and just a little bit of burnt flavor like overheated coffee. I also get some bready, grainy notes mixed in with some sappy and grassy hops. No real hits of booze on this beer and I find it easy to drink with a long lingering roasted flavor after each sip. The hops come up on the burps with heacy grass notes.
An interesting beer but not very robust flavor or nose, makes it easy to drink, but bordering on uninteresting.

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Photo of aepb1
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- black body with a huge brown airy head

S- piny and grassy hops and a bit of roastiness

T- piny hops up front, roasty malts give this lots of nice body with a nice dry finish from the hops and roastiness

M- medium-body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. a bit airy

O- a very good example of the style and I really enjoy this. The strong malt presence is great!

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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 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 Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/11/11
-22oz bottle to pint

"enjoy with night light"

A: Hop Noir pours a coffee black hue with a one finger tall beige head. Nice retention and intervalled tracks of lace down the glass.

S: Smells of smoky pines, earthy & resinous. Toasted grains. Coffee and hints of black licorice.

T: Intense bold flavors of roasted coffee and just juicy with hops. Charred earthy pines. Real nice bite to it. High bitterness factor. A slight smoky rich acrid effect to the palate but does not detract from overall enjoyment. Combo is coffee, citrus, and pine and really well balanced considering.

M: Medium body, good creamy texture and nice sleek mouthcoat.

D: Drinks more like a roasty stout with some real earthy pine and coffee notes. Nice intense flavors and bitters with a light creamy mouthfeel.

Tasting more and more Black IPA's these days and would have to say this is a pretty good one. Walks that fine line of too much going on...too many bitter acrid flavors but this one was very enjoyable. Glad to have the chance to try.

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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 jdhilt
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours three finger tan head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is burnt coffee with a long, lingering burnt coffee after taste. $5.49 for a 22 oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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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 Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quaffed this 22oz bomber last Friday eve (12AUG11) out in the 'Zebo... Unsure where I bought it; perhaps Ayotte's for around $4.50-$5.00 or so...

Color was a deep, deep, dark mahogany, dense and opaque. A creamy, mocha head crowned the liquid, sitting about 1" high and slowly receding. Lacework was decent, all in all. Nose was a bit restrained, with some roasty notes melding with a bit of citrus. Body was solid, falling in the medium range, and the bier was fairly smooth, even a touch creamy, as it traversed the palate.

A little malt sweetness showed up, though light, with some bitter, roasty dark malts being more dominant. A pleasant, rindy, dose of piney hops show up, leaving a resiny coating in the mouth. I enjoyed the balance of roasty malts and rindy hops here. Prosit!!

3.9 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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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 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 WSB
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy Dark! This beer pours BLACK. I caught hints of dark, dark cherry red when I held it up to intense light. Head was thick and tight and brown. It looked stout thick during the pour.

Smell is malt- dark roasted malted, with an intense sweetness that I couldn't quite identify- Fruit? Candy? Chocolate? I'm not 100% sure, but there is something super sweet hidden in the nose. Overall it was very...earthy, with hints of hops on the back.

Mouthfeel is much lighter than expected- This beer may pour like a stout, but it feels like a porter. Much more carbonation that is indicated in the pour. Slightly creamy on the palate.

Taste is very... GOOD. I taste dark roasted coffee, almost burnt, with a sweetness I still can't articulate (maybe a dunks dark roast with extra extra?). Its very malty, with a hop flower bitter finish.

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Peak Organic Hop Noir from Peak Organic Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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