From the other Portland located in the state of Main comes Peak Organic Brewing Company “Hop Noir Black India Pale Ale” known in the West as a Cascadian Dark Ale. The beer pours a deep black colour with some brown hues when held up to a light and has a brown head. The aroma is of roasty malts and some earthy hops. The flavour is of roasty malts, smoke, pine and hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 8.2% with an IBU of 98. I would not have guessed that the bitterness was as high as 98 but more like 60. This was a tasty black IPA and I would like to get more in the future.
Commercial Descripiton: 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.
Food Pairing as per brewery: Brie, grilled vegetables, lamb shank, pungent cheeses.
From the other Portland located in the state of Main comes Peak Organic Brewing Company “Espresso Amber Ale”. The beer pours a deep amber colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of big malts, fruits and some espresso. The flavour is of espresso, malts, dark fruits and some mild hops. The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 22. This beer reminds me a ton of a barley wine but just not as big or punchy as that big beer. I really liked this beer.
Commercial Description: A robust amber ale brewed with locally roasted, organic fair trade espresso with help from our friends down the street at Coffee by Design. This malty amber ale is brewed with substantial amounts of Munich Malt, providing a perfect backbone for the rich, roasty flavor imparted by the espresso.