Noon Day IPA | Nantahala Brewing Company

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Noon Day IPANoon Day IPA
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Noon Day IPANoon Day IPA

Brewed by:
Nantahala Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mikesgroove on 06-06-2010

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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by xseanprimex:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial pint glass a lighter golden with just a slight tinge of orange,thin but well sustained white head atop that leaves one full ring of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.A good shot of grapefruit in the nose along with some toasted grain,the hops are fresh smelling and really jump out at ya.Grapefruit rind at the onset of the palate along with lighter leafiness,some sweet caramel/biscuit malt comes into play with a lightly toasted crisp finish.To me this like an old school left coast IPA with a big shot of grapefruit-like hops and good malty sweetness underneath,damn good.

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Photo of Jcorn
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at 12bones in Asheville. Slightly hazed golden orange body topped by a small offwhite head that leaves wispy patch lacing.

Aroma of pink grapefruit, pine resin, and hints of honey.

Medium body and carbonation. Very clean.

Taste has an assertive hop bitterness that is ideally balanced by the pale malts and just a hint of honey sweetness. Grapefruit,pine resin, and a hint of florals provide a solid bittering hop presence. Finish is clean and even.

Very well balanced. An excellent pint to accompany good bbq.

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Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours tea colored amber under a 2” cream colored foam cap with moderate persistence. S: Dank, herbal nose with some citrus and traces of tobacco, medium low levels of malt, medium low fermentation character and medium hops. T: Light fruit, dank, slightly sweet but dries out on the finish. Hop flavors medium to medium high, malt character medium low. Clean fermentation character. F: Medium low body, high to medium high carbonation. O: Good, clean IPA.

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Photo of juicebox
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.

Pours clear amber with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. A thin coat of sediment remained bonded to the bottom of the bottle and the limited clarity of the body suggests an unfiltered beer. The white head was medium sized with excellent retention and exemplary lacing.

The name led me to think this was a "session IPA" but at 6% this may not be your best noon day choice on some days. The undiminished hop load with no less than average malts for style also suggested a regular IPA. Speaking of the malts, their sweetness kicks in nicely by mid -taste, just as the bitterness is exploding, to keep it at a moderate level overall and actually nicely mild in the aftertaste. Plenty of hop complexity here that's mainly of the citrus variety but has some herbal and soft fruit aspects as well.

Very good mouthfeell with lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of KingEdward
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, duckworths ballantyne

an IPA from a brewery I've never heard of in a town i just heard of the other day (see - Bill Bryson - "The Lost Continent") with a BA rating of A- noted on the list - yeah, I'll check that one out

appearance: shaker pint, hazy orange body - filmy head

smell: hop cones, noticeably bitter, earthy malt

taste: nice IPA - a little rustic - moderate bitterness, citrus rind, bready, grassy, not very refined but pungent and to the point.

mouthfeel: assertive bitterness, medium body

overall: good stuff - glad i went for it

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Photo of KensWorld
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dailyminefield
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of jburns301
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Revolution Pizza & Ale House (Charlotte, NC) on 3/11/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, with a thin covering of white head. This maintains some foamy edges, leaving back some light swathes of lacing. The aroma smells fresh, leafy, and a bit piney, with some crisp green grapefruit character in the nose and then sweeter backing notes of bready grains and tropical tones of pineapple and mango. The malt and fruit are leaving the biggest impression on me here.

The taste is also on the sweeter side, with tropical fruit and herbal character that sits on top of a zestier feeling bitterness. The malts sticks to that juicier hop flavors to keep the overall profile on the stickier side but this does finish with more of an assertive presence, as light resins and leafy pith linger with some dryness. Then mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue but does get more creamy and slick feeling along the sides. Alcohol is well hid.

There was definitely more to like than dislike with this IPA but the sweetness here gave this an overall softness when I was looking for more of a crisp bite from those hops. This went down easy enough but some additional assertiveness here would have been nice.

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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A half gallon growler, from Hops and Vines in Asheville. My first run in with Nantahala.

A: The IPA is amber orange, translucent with a bit of a glow. A huge head, over three fingers on the first few pours, is white and leaves thick lace all around the glass.

S: Grapefruit, a rich citrus hoppiness, wafts out of my glass immediately. I'll be frank, I was surprised as the robustness of the aroma. A light caramel base underlies the hops, their zestiness a mighty fine aspect.

T: The taste stresses balance, bringing more caramel and downplaying the hops a bit - just a bit. The caramel and biscuits are light, breadier. The hops bring grapefruit and orange, flavors that go together nicely. A deep inhale just before each sip draws in more of the hoppy zestiness - a refresh of the powerful first sip. The hops are never bitter, resulting in a very smooth drink. Makes me regret not making the drive out to Bryson City.

M: The hoppiness is surprising, the most oomph of any of the AVL-related beers that I've had over the past week. A good IPA. Makes me wish I had another growler.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Dustin013
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Nantahala

Solid orange-amber color with a slim white head that leaves some lace on the glass. Smells of sweet orange and general citrus zest, fruit, and a touch of caramel. Sweet zesty citrus and fruit again in the flavor. Maybe a bit too much malt sweetness which cut down on the drinkability for me. Medium bodied, somewhat textured in feel, with a decent bitterness. Solid...I'll be revisiting this one.

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Noon Day IPA from Nantahala Brewing Company
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