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Peak Organic Pale Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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79
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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 03-18-2006)
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-10-2014 23:40:20 | More by Shadman
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

04-07-2010 20:37:42 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -2%

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.

10-17-2006 02:42:08 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +13%

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.

07-18-2006 23:31:53 | More by Billolick
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -13%

11-15-2011 17:33:07 | More by bpfrush
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

02-25-2011 05:20:08 | More by WVbeergeek
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +29.6%

(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.

05-12-2008 02:45:16 | More by rhoadsrage
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CloudStrife

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

01-02-2013 22:04:49 | More by CloudStrife
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

04-21-2013 05:43:07 | More by biboergosum
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

02-21-2013 01:07:43 | More by Damian74Shensky
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cjgator3

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

12-11-2008 04:17:22 | More by cjgator3
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-09-2013 02:55:18 | More by cliff1066
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wroywel

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

04-06-2013 21:33:14 | More by wroywel
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

08-17-2012 17:49:23 | More by Bdel34
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

09-30-2013 03:24:20 | More by mjstacker
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EighthElement

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

05-31-2012 04:29:03 | More by EighthElement
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beerman999999

New York

4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-23-2011 02:14:38 | More by beerman999999
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

11-12-2009 00:45:38 | More by KTCamm
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woodske1

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +36.8%

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.

10-17-2008 03:09:35 | More by woodske1
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

04-04-2008 00:03:33 | More by beerthulhu
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

06-29-2009 01:52:09 | More by BeerSox
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

01-11-2013 23:49:12 | More by WhitmansNiece
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

10-13-2009 22:00:53 | More by u2carew
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edbeered

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

12-18-2007 04:31:56 | More by edbeered
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matjack85

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-27-2013 04:51:04 | More by matjack85
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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.