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Peak Organic Pale Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdhilt on 03-18-2006

Our Pale Ale is a complex hybrid between a West-Coast Pale Ale and a British-Style Pale Ale. An abundance of Cascade Hops gives this beer a citrusy, floral nose. We use a high percentage of Caramel Malt to provide a stark contrast to the hoppy front palate, giving our pale ale a smooth, malty finish.

44 IBU
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Ratings: 205 | Reviews: 107
Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Slight floral citrus and lemon hop aroma followed by toasted and pale malts.

Taste: Nice lemony and citrus flavor with bready, pale malts, and mild bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: A nice blend between both sides om the pale ale style. Perfect for the summer time.

Photo of Owl-Head
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Great bubbly aroma and visual appearance and very crisp taste, however didn't excite me as much as I had hoped though it's flavor intrigued me to want to taste more of the flavor! I really respect a crisp taste on a beer even though it is not their most well known beer, so I will definitely try their stronger IPA next, good things expected. This one was a little disappointing especially living so close to the city

Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Poured out a nice gold color, two finger head, medium lacing.
S - Some mild bready malt, and a little real light caramel, some nice mild pine scents, and a little citrus zest.
T - Crisp citrus and pine hop presence with a nice balance of malt that isnt too swee.t
M - Clean, and refreshing.
O - A good moderate pale ale, a decent basic representation of a pale ale.

Photo of alepsycho
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I decided to give Peak Organic a try and I was not disappointed. I snagged a 12 pack sampler for 14.99 and all four offerings were enjoyable. The pale ale poured in to a pint glass had a decent head and not overpowering aroma. This beer was tasty and affordable which in these rough economic times is exactly what I am looking for!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/23/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character followed by a quick burst of caramel and citrus sweetness. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of JG-90
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass gives a moderate sized fizzy, eggshell colored head that becomes more creamy looking as it settles. Head has nice retention. Beer is golden straw in color. Leaves minimal lacing. Subdued aroma consists of mostly bread, with some floral hops, pale malts, and orange.

Caramel malts are more noticable in the taste. There is some citrus, a good amount of floral, but the overwhelmin flavor is a stale biscuity flavor. Medium/light body with heavy carbonation. Very crisp taste and finish with a touch of creaminess. Overall not a knock-your-socks-off pale ale, but very drinkable and tasty, with a crisp finish.

Photo of JayQue
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Pale Ale. Low enough abv to enjoy in mass quantities. Enough flavor to be worth it. Pours a fairly clear amber color with a medium size frothy white head. Head retention is good. Patches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is minimal. I was expecting a blast of Simcoe floral hops. Not so. Very mild aroma, a little bitterness and a little sweet malts.

Taste is pretty good. Bready malt and some floral/piney hops. Nicely balanced, good flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Clean, nicely balanced between bitternes and maltiness. Goes down real easy.

My idea of a good session beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of a pricey mixed 12-pack recently made available in Alberta. Apparently this is brewed at Shipyard Brewing's facilities.

This beer pours a hazy, medium straw hue, with one skinny finger of bubbly, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves some low-riding rain-bloated cloudy lace around the glass as it all quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells of mildly grainy pastry-like pale malt, a bit of faint hard-water minerality, and leafy, citrusy hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, a hint of biscuity graininess, some weakly flinty notes, and earthy, rather softly bitter citrus hops. Uncomplicated, really.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, settling to just a dull hum, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in a weak acclamation sort of way. It finishes off-dry, the increasingly bland malt still holding it out over the equally pithy hops.

Meh- while not actually off-putting at any particular level, everything here seems a little too calculated for maximum inoffensiveness, but still holding fast to the tenets of the style. Nothing worth seeking out, but I'm sure none of us would blanch at accepting one at whatever shindig you may be stuck at. That's how they getcha, I suppose.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Enjoyed Before July 2013

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that retains for a good couple of minutes before dying down to a cap

S: Quite malty, with a hint of spicy bready malts and earthy hops. Not too much aside from the breadiness

T: Follows the nose. Again, taken over by bready malts with a hint of spiciness. Earthy hops do almost nothing to balance the malts, and fall to the background quickly. Finishes with more breadiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An overly malty pale ale, with almost no hop presence. Easy enough to drink, but nothing to really take away. Try it if you like organic beers, but don't go searching for hops

Photo of andrewinski1
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium golden. There is a nice thin head that has just a bit of nice lacing.

The aroma has some crouton with some graham cracker. There is a bit of crisp hop in the aroma, but not much so I can't describe it beyond that.

The taste has a strong emphasis on bready malt. Lots of toast flavor here. There is a slightly crisp finish, with a subtle hop bitterness. There is a murky yeasty aftertaste that lingers a bit long.

This is medium bodied with nice sharp carbonation. This beer isn't bad but there are many many many other beers I'd rather have before getting to this one. This seems to be aimed at the Shipyard crowd.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best Enjoyed Before April 2013.

A: Pours a cloudy light yellow gold with a 1 finger dense white head. Lots of visible carbonation. A quick swirl invigorates a lot of head. Leaves some good lacing.

S: Not an overwhelming aroma. Has a sweet malt backing as well as some citrusy hops. Somewhat of a bready/toastiness to it.

T: Starts off with a nice bittering hop, taste good and cascade hoppy. After swallowing a sweeter malt side appears and lingers in the finish. A nice balance here.

M: Average body with ample carbonation. Has a crisp finish to it. Real easy drinking.

Overall a nice clean beer with pure ingredients. Good for those looking to expand their craft beer palette.

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best by November 2012. The beer frothed up out of the bottle the moment I opened it, so hopefully it's not infected or anything.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a moderate haze and a good effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam which is leaving a nice lace on the glass as it slowly dissipates.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a twinge of biscuit and a moderate helping of citrusy and earthy hops. Not bad.

Taste: sweet and biscuity malt along with more of those citrusy hops. The flavor is really right in line with the aroma. Not bad at all, but not precisely to my personal taste.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a very nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a decent enough and well-crafted beer. I would personally not go out of my way to have this again, but then again I would not turn one down.

Photo of BigPlay1824
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear light amber honey color with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a ton of head that is light and fluffy with large bubbles and lingers nicely, dissipates leaving an outrageous amount of lacing
S: not at all the kind of scent i had been anticipating, more of a smell like a cream ale, almost like malted milk balls and a slight amount of grass, odd
T: well it tastes pretty damn good, nice earthy hop character with a great amount of bitterness at the end, lots of grasses and organic material like flavors, kinda like a pile of grass and leaves, nice
M: smooth, very dry at the end, bitter, smooth with little carbonation tingle up front
O: its a good enough drinking brew, doesnt really pop right out but id call it sessionable, its not a hop bomb like so many other APAs nowadays, nice earth notes and smoothness to it, kind of creamy which brings me back to my thoughts of it smelling like a cream ale, a little odd but still nice enough, i could do a sixer of it

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but left a small head covering the surface and a thin film of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose; these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of fruity yeast along with pale and toasted malts. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking APA. I would have no problem knocking back a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" velvety white head with decent lasting power. The body is a clear golden yellow. It smells of malt and hops. The taste is far more hoppy and in fact I'd have categorized this as an IPA and so I was a little surprised. Of course they already have an IPA marketed which is even more hoppy than this sample. Anyway, there's a fairly long and sweet aftertaste. I'd say this is a quality beer but probably wouldn't appeal to many of the pale ale lovers who aren't IPAers.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Pours out an ultra clear caramel body, active carbonation, egg white head goes up to about two fingers and then settles to around a half finger of patchy froth.

S: Mild, but pleasant, hop aroma – a little pine here a little dash of citrus there, but nothing overwhelming. Some nutty malts follow with a bit of toasted almond and then caramel and butterscotch following up.

T: Very subdued but nice flavor. Nutty, again with hints at almonds, buttered rolls, caramel malts, and then tinge of hop bitterness shining through at the end.

M: Medium to light bodied with a silky feel.

O: Had my first Peak Organic after a road race in Cambridge, MA in December. Was sold instantly. This particular pale ale reminds me of a nut brown with some hops thrown in for character. Which, is really good.

Photo of ggilman
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy cider colored beer with one finger of off-white head. Quickly settles and collars the glass with minimal lacing. Lots of yeast and a little vinegar in the nose. Spicy herbal hop with crisp carbonation and caramelized malt. Metallic bitter dry finish. Solid pale ale.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

not nice. way way way to malty and watery for a pale ale, even if it was an english one. smells like spent grains and taste like a tea made from those same grains. no discernable hops anywhere here, and an undercarbonated mouthfeel makes this one feel odd. ive got to say i havent had many non-adjunct beers that i didnt like at all, but this one just about makes the list. i love to support organic stuff, but this is borderline undrinkable. must try more of their beers to see if this is one mistake or a whole like of lousy beer. blah

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass:

A: deep orange copper appeared with a clear body and a slight white head

S: bitter light hops and a bit of caramel come through

T: sweet and bitter at different times, though slightly bland as well around malts, citrus, and hops

M: light to medium, sessionable with some harshness on the tongue

O: average APA, but good to me, probably have it again depending upon what else was served

Photo of joesmithrealname
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm a malt guy, so this is right down my alley.
As a pale ale, I'd take this over Sierra.

I like the nose, and the flavors hit me just right. Fruity, not overly acidic.

Served too damn cold for my liking! (At a BUFFALO WILD WINGS, no less!)

A good session beer if you want to impress some Trust Fund Kids!

Photo of gestyr
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with slightly orange cast. Head is thick, billowy white and long lasting with lots of lacing left behind.

S: Cascade hops with caramel notes and clean maltiness.

T: Cascade hops with a slight lingering bitterness. It is balanced by the malt and caramel sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied. Carbonated well with no sting.

O: A well balanced pale ale. I would buy again.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color that has a light haze. Small amount of heads pops up but doesn't hang out. Nose has is grainy biscuit and a very shy flowery earth hop presence. Toffee sweet with the a quick hit of fruitiness but then it quickly finishes with some dry earthy hops. It was sweet at first but finished with a dryer than expected earthy hop finish in contrast to the flowery aroma and fruity blast in the middle.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber with lots of carbonation visible coming up from the bottom of the glass. There was not really much of a head here, rather just a thin film of foam lace covering the top and a tiny bit of side glass lace down the sides.

f floral and citrus hops, earthy with a a nice grainy and grassy dominance that had a touch of bitter in it towards the end. This was rahter nice and had a good bread like malty back bone coming though in it as well nice grainy and grassy like hoppiness that was very dominant even from the beginning. This evolded nicely into a finely grained and bread like base that really pushed the envelope as far as hop much malt could go into this one while still keeping it true to its IPA roots. This then showed a touch of sweetness, almost caramel like, but more toned down then that. The finish was strong with dominant bitter

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a touch of Munich malt sweetness and a light to mild hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a light pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a touch of dryness and a light to mild bitterness. It's not the most complex taste, but it's quite drinkable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. Again, it's just a standard pale ale with no flare, but it's a fine session beer.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5 for a big boy glass a Gulu Gulu in Salem.

Gold bullion with a thin, sticky white head. Collar retention with some marbling in the middle.

Aroma is orange and grassy - Cascade all the way. Caramel with some bread that becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Steely, metallic caramel is balanced by a spicy grass hops, crabgrass I guess. The caramel sweetness and hoppy bitter play off of each other beautifully. Caramel is so close to being apple juice-ish but stops just in time. Again, bready as it warms.

Clean, simple and earthy I'm a fan.

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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.