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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
bomber shared by jsprime. black with a tan head. nicely hoppy black ale. could be a hoppy porter, could be a light impy stout. its pretty much a light expedition stout. really good black ipa.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
aroma starts out very burnt/roasty malt, flavor is same. pours very dark with a tan head on top. sharp astringency in this one, thick body. flavor has tons of black malt, the 8% abv tastes/feels more like 10-11. very hot. honestly, if you put this blindly in front of me iíd think it was a moderately hoppy imp stout. black ipa? didnít seem like it to me, the hop bite is piney but this is definitely more BLACK than IPA. regardless, for 3.99 a bomber I enjoyed this for a big beer on a budget, but itís definitely a little heavy handed and one (maybe 1.5) dimensional.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (5642) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Location: Draft at Blind Tiger, 1/2/12

Aroma: The nose is roasty, with lots of coffee, some licorice, citrus and pine hops
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown-black color, with a small frothy light brown head
Flavor: The heavy malt up-front, more roasty then sweet, with a mid hop, and a dry, roasty finish
Palate: Itís light-medium bodied, a touch watery for the style, with a soft carbonation, and a short duration
Overall Impression: I thought that one was a solid Black IPA that leaned toward the roasted side. It was pretty good, but there was something about it that was a bit lacking. Still though, it was a reasonably enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2011
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark black color with an off white foam head. Chocolate toasty aroma. Roast. Some citrus and resin mixed in. Sweet grape taste with a nice roastiness. Some charcoal and dark fruit.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Strong citrus hop aroma with a light amount of sweet chocolate malt. Black color with a large brown head. Sweet beginning with a light bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2011
22 oz bottle: Pours a light black with a little light seen through. Nice brown head. Citrus hop aroma but I had a cold and could not smell very well. Smooth, malty and fizzy on the tounge. Good citrus and pine hop with a malty balance. Nice but nothing too special.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: May 18, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, sticky lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, lots of citrus hops
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, touch of black malt bitterness, plenty of hops, nice citrus, caramel sweetness
Overall: too heavy on the black malt
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2011
In short: A exaggeratedly roasted dark ale with restrained hopping. Lame.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh 2 weeks after purchase
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head receding to a thin layer of foam
In long: Nose is highly roasted, burnt stuff, a bit of citrusy hops. This wonít be a hop bomb. Taste is more of the same. Grainy burnt malts that pile up and get a bit chalky, flour, light notes of rubber, wood ashes, burnt toasts. Discreet fruity hops that with a signature that is citrusy and also add a strange breakfast apple juice flavor. Body feels a bit empty. Low complexity and fortunately low intensity. This beer is not really offensive, it is not tasty enough be offensive. It is just lame and poorly executed. I like drinking a beer from Peak Organic once a year, it really makes me appreciate not drinking it the rest of the year.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6074) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2011
22 oz bottle from local market. Enjoyed 18 Oct 2011. Used a pint, dark brown with light tan head. Some retention. Roasted malt nose with some citrus. Notes of licorice, burnt malt, chocolate, bitter pine hops. Medium body, low carbonation. Itís ok. I picked up a lot of pine resin. Which Iím not a fan of. Still decent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5607) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Deep dark brown body with a creamy tan head and only a shade of translucency when held up to a light. Aroma of strong roasty malt, bright grassy and earthy hops and a touch of caramel sweetness. Full-bodied; Pungent roasty malts with a lot of body, a big hop bite with grassy and grapefruity earthiness and a long lasting, bitter and slightly sweet finish. Aftertaste lasts quite a while - very strong and very heavy bodied for the style. Deep sweetness runs long, but the fresh hops show off well, too. Overall, a nice and strong Black IPA that is almost more of a hoppier Baltic Porter to me, with a strong hoppy note kind of overshadowed by the rich body, strong alcohol and large format bottle. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 04-July-2011 for US$5.99 sampled at home in Washington on 18-September-2011.


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