Peak Organic Pale Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Pale AlePeak Organic Pale Ale

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208 Ratings

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Peak says this is a cross between a West Coast Pale Ale and a British-style Pale Ale, and they went with Cascade hops to bring the beer to 41 IBUs--all very 1990's of them.

Dull orange-gold color shows only the slightest of haze, and a good amount of foam that seems to want to stick around. Obvious signature of Cascade hops in the aroma; pungent orange smell with some floral notes in the back. Biscuity malt with a fair shade of caramel in the nose as well. Very smooth mouthfeel, with ample carbonation. A bit creamy in the medium body. The malt flavor is a little lost right from the start; some would say it's wet, though it's somewhat watered down. Kiss of caramel in the middle. The usual Cascade-hop footprint: sharp and slightly brash bitterness, with a long single-file track of citrus. Finishes on the dry side, with modest biscuity malt and citric remnants from the hops.

A step above tolerable--middling when it comes to American Pale Ales--so the organic angle seems like the big sell here. It paired very well with some chipotle-spiked hummus on fresh-baked pita bread.

Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label. The marketing behind this beer makes this brand seem bigger than it actually is.

A- Good lacing, decent retention. Clear pale copper hue.

S- Caramel and bready malt aroma, hint of floral hops in the nose as well.

T&M- Crisp with a medium body. Toasted malt, light caramel in the back. Herbal citric bitterness sets a balanced tone. Mildly fruity, hint of yeast funk . Maltiness seems to drop out quick, a little watery. Finishes dry.

D- Not bad, but nothing sets this pale ale apart from the rest other than being Organic.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with best before dating notched onto the label. This one pours typical PA almond amber with a eggshell white head, clear and leaving lots of intricate and splotchy lacing/sheeting. Grainy hop nose flows into the nostrils. This is a nice PA, malt perhaps just slightly over counter balanced by more grainy, oily hop notes. Smooth, lingering on the taste buds, and well worth a try. Fact that its organic might lead me to go for this one over some other PA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before June 2011, of course I'm not expecting too much from this line of organic ales. But I'm willing to give 'em a go, right? Appears a slightly hazed pale copper hue with excessively thick off white head. Fine intricate lacing spread throughout each sip. Aroma has earthy pale malts/hops convincing eachother that one's the boss. Flavor, let me decide please, earthy hops and hints of bready caramel malts colliding in rough edges. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied hints of cloying thoughts on organic pale ale tastes like earthy oatmeal your hippie cousin wants you to try. Drinkability overall, sucks pretty bad, I can't say this is good pale ale.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm deep orange crystal clear body with a gentle carbonation and a bubbly off-white head. The gentle carbonation leaves a few bubbles to stick to the glass before gliding to the surface.

S- The fresh pale male aroma has a slight sweetness and sulfur note to it followed by a soft slightly fruity hops smell.

T- There is a creamy and slightly sweet pale malt flavor with a soft biscuit malt that compliments the pale malt and doesn't overpower it. The malt flavor melds into a green hoppy flavor that fades to a nice soft bitterness that has a bit of a lemongrass quality to it.

M- This beer has a medim-light mouthfeel with a fuller body in the finish. No alcohol heat at all.

D- This is a very nice session beer with a good fresh malt flavor and some nice depth, followed by a good support of hops. A good example of a pale ale that is very balanced.

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 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 cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Best before June 2009 notched on the label. Pours an amber color with a nice off-white head that has pretty solid lacing and retention qualities.

S- The aroma is a bit on the faint side with some grainy malt and a hint of citric hops as well. The aroma is not bad, but it could be a little stronger.

T- The taste like the aroma starts of with some grain and hints of caramel. The finish is dry with a nice citric hop kick in the finish. The hops are not overly bitter, but they do provide for a nice little touch.

M- The mouthfeel has a pretty solid light-medium bodied texture with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The best part about this beer is it's drinkability. It would make for a very nice session brew. I could see myself drinking quite a few of these in a sitting. Overall, Peak Organic Pale Ale is a pretty decent beer that is worth a shot.

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the LaFesta Brick and Brew in Dover NH.

Pours amber brown with a thick head of creamy long lasting foam. Good retention and lacing.

Semlls mildly fruity and hoppy.

Taste is malt up front with a well balance hop backing. Hold evenly throughout and never gets overly bitter. Good normal carbonation.

Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of woodske1
4.7/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, wonderful for the fall months. Not too hoppy or malty. It also has a great crisp finish that doesn't leave an aftertaste. It's also reasonably priced. Being organic also makes you feel good drinking it. I am a big fan...I would reccomend this beer to anyone who likes ales.

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

A: Poured a clear, bright pumpkin orange with a 1 finger creamy beige head that receeded leaving a solid rim lacing. Visible carbonation was medium-high.

S: fresh oranges, dry caramel malt and a spicy hoppiness of fresh citrus.

T: The initial flavor was dry oranges, apples, pears, with a lightly dry, lightly scorched caramel. There was a spicy, and zesty hopping of fresh citrus sneaking throught briefly while the palate overall was dry with some sour dough and toasted caramel nut. A big dried caramel malting, woodiness and toasted caramel nuttiness highlight this beer more so then the hopping. The finish was very dry with a touch of pepper.

M: medium in fullness with dry oranges, a big maltiness and dry hop bitterness that yielded to a flowery fade. Carbonation was soft.

D: Overall a great malty pale that had a dry earthy bitterness that stood out from most by style. Very earthy, respectable and worthy of a try.

Photo of BeerSox
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Very hazy honey color with a two finger slightly off-white head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Lots of the butterscotch aroma that's also present in their IPA. I'm guessing they use a yeast that produces a lot of diacetyl.

A decent amount of hops giving off some herbal flavors and a little bit of citrus. The malts are slight biscuity. More of the butter and butterscotch flavors are in there. Full bodied.

A decent pale ale, but like the IPA, still with some heavy butter aromas.

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
A) Pours with a 2 finger head. Lacing is semi sticky. Head is tight and creamy. Some haze. Visible upward CO2. Bronze in color.
S) Grainy. Caramel maltyness. Fruity notes mixed in.
T) Caramel and earthy spice up front. Then the malty stays and adds a nutty grainyness. A mellow hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Medium bodied. A light tannin feel.
D) A nice, refreshing PA. The malty sweetness is a bit more overpowering than hops.

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

One of the great things about good beer bars is that they will occasionally bring in a beer from somewhere that has never distributed in one's home region. I live in Minnesota and have never been to Maine, but I can go to my local and get(for a limited time)Peak Organic Pale Ale on tap. How sweet is that? When the beer is as nice as this one, sweet indeed!

Served on tap, this pours a clear amber color, with a small white head and some fine white lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is balanced between a sweet maltiness, with flavors of maple and caramel, and a crisp piney hop flavor. The taste is more toward the sweet, but the hops keep it from being cloying. The beer is ultra smooth and the flavors complement one another nicely. This is a very good Pale Ale and I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

Photo of musicforairports
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into tulip. Best by August, reviewed in early April.

Clear and golden. Not much head nor lacing.

Smells nutty and buttery, some earthy hops.

Taste is crisp, simple and clean. Malty, nutty, buttery, somewhat citrus-y.

Thin-medium mouthfeel. Comes and goes quickly.

An easy, in not very flavorful or hoppy, pale ale. Average on all fronts, really.

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 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 wcdoyle
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

clear copper with a generous light, light caramel head. Smell that borders somewhere between grapefruit and pine but leans toward the grapefruit. Light caramel down below. Malts in the taste are light and fresh with warm dough all around. Medium to light moutfeel at first with carbonation on the medium side between sharp and dull. Citrus calls out after. Good but not great.

Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft malt element with a slight flowery hop aroma.

The taste was maltier than most APAs. The flavor scale is tilted more toward the malt sweetness than the mild citrus hop flavor. Flavor wise, more of an English pale ale.

The mouthfeel was good.

Overall, a tasty beer. Personally I prefer a bit more bitterness and a bit less sweetness in my APAs.

Photo of geexploitation
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber, a touch on the brown side, with a lush head that fades quickly. Good nose, with grainy malts reminiscent of a brown ale and lightly floral hops matching one another in a nice, balanced way. The palate is a bit of a letdown after the nose. Some grapefruit acidity at first, then the grains come out, followed by a metallic, lemony finish. It's simple and unassuming, with little complexity but plenty of drinkability. Mouthfeel is standard for the style, a bit rough from the hop acids. Overall, this is a fine pale ale -- a good organic option.

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 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.

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

A- Gold-amber body with a small fizzy white head. The foam falls down quickly and leaves just a ring and some small clouds on top of the beer. A few nice drizzles of lace.

S- I basically get small amount of caramel and light fruit. Most of the aroma comes from yeast and malts. A tiny bit of floral hops balance this out.

T- More caramel malt flavor than I am used to in pale ales, it seems a bit rich or something. Hops are bit more substantial with citrus, earthy and floral hints. A decent amount of bread in the finish.

MF- High carbonation stings the palate in a beer with a light body. Slightly reminiscent of a tonic water mixed beverage. Slight bitters.

DB- Goes down smoothly and drinks pretty well. No off-flavors or big mistakes. I would have to say that Peak Organic has a fairly common oxidized flavor in their beer. This was best before June 2011.

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 jwc215
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before April 2008:

Pours golden orange/amber with a thick foamy white head that descends to a lasting cover, leaving some broken rings of lacing.

The smell is of light citrus, caramel and a touch of butterscotch. "Shipyard" comes to mind...

The taste, oddly enough, comes through much better than the lackluster (though not "off" aroma). Being aware that most of what we taste comes through our sense of smell I am pleasantly surprised that the taste brings this up to a respectable brew. Citric fruitiness and carmelized graininess go hand-in-hand throughout. Very well-balanced (and complementary, to boot). Ringwood yeast and diacytel are present, but mix in well. Finishes balanced and dry.

Medium, bodied with lingering flavor, this is a "sessionable" pale ale. I can see this getting mixed reviews, but it "hit-the-spot" for me!

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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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