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Peak Organic Pale Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Pale AlePeak Organic Pale Ale

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203 Ratings

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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: 203 | Reviews: 107
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2.52/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Best before date is 5/2008.

Looks like a pretty solid brew after the pour. Beautiful, orangish/amber color. Lively carbonation w/ a nice head that dwindles to a lace. Unfortunately, the aroma kills it for me. I tried to get something from it, but the aroma is nil. There is a faint "ricey" aroma followed by a miniscule amount of hops. I waited for it to warm up a bit and still nothing.

The taste of this beer is a little better with the aroma, but not much better. There is some bitterness from the hops, but no discernable citrus or floral flavors from the hops. The malts are present but it tastes a little bland and once again, rice like. The flavors aren't horrible, but just not that exciting. The mouthfeel is ok for a beer this style w/ a nice light body. It is crisp beer overall, w/ lively carbonation.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed w/ this beer. I love pale ales. This is not one that I love. Its better than a macro lager, but not much. I like the fact that this is organic and would like to see more organic beers. Unfortunately, I'd rather drink a better non-organic beer at this time. Maybe as organic ingredients get more readily available, these beers will improve. For now I'm gonna stick with my pesticide laden hops and malts.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Peak Organic Pale Ale...in a bottle....at GustOrganics in NYC...

Appearance-tan orange in the Pint glass, small white head, active carbonation otherwise, head dissapears

Smell-light hoppy notes, hints of fruit, alcohol, hop and malt balance each other out.

Taste/Mouthfeel- subdued hoppy flavors, grassy citrus, sweet honey, light to medium mouthfeel, a little watery. Ok smoothness.

Drinkability- Ok but light and watery.

Overall-I suppose this is passable but there are too many better versions out there of this style to recommend this unless you really want to go organic.

Photo of DogFood11
2.64/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Poured into a pils glass it forms a meaty and sticky off white head. Light copper body with medium sized carbonation.

First whiff had me thinking this was going to be one of those pales that leans towards the malty side although there was a nice showing of citrus. Woweee first drink and this has to be one of the earthiest pales I've had. Loads of dry hay, bark, and the herbal hops to try and keep it in check. Woody background reminds me of Firestone Double Barell but it doesn't come close to the quality of said beer. As it warmed the malts show a bit more of a toasted quality. A bit cheap tasting in that its thin in body and the flavors don't come together well. A jumbled effort.

Notes: Ho hummm. Its decent and worthy of a sampling but its got tough competition in this market so it probably won't see my gullet anytime soon.

Photo of goblue3509
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber copper color with a one and a half finger head that gives some lacing. The aroma is of a caramel malt backbone with citrus hops and some floral hop notes as well. The taste is much of the same the backbone is made up of caramel malt, there is a citrus hop bite present and then a floral hop bite. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall it is an okay drinkable beer, there is nothing to write home about, but nothing to completely dislike.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remain unimpressed with the organically-produced beers I've rated. This "pale ale" was more reminiscent of a witbier to me than a hoppy-styled beer.

This beer poured a slightly hazy orange color, with a Sprite-like head that faded to a puffy cloud-like head after a few minutes. Aroma was really strange for a pale ale - I got a lot of coriander and (not very pale ale-like) citrus-ness. In other words, its aroma was very much like a witbier rather than a pale ale. Flavor was similarly confusing - a bit hoppy but with some other witbier - like flavors. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I can't say I'd recommend this beer. I bought it as a single-serve bottle at Woodman's in Oak Creek, WI.

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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

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of albern
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think my first experience with Peak lacked a little of the fizz that some of the other reviewers commented upon. It didn't have too much of a head, and forget about any froth. The color was good, clean, what you would expect from a pale ale. My subsequent experiences were better as far as freshness was concerned, and the beer does have carbonation. The smell is odd, almost a sour milk aroma that isn't too enticing. The taste, well, there is a dryness, a nutty malt flavor and some bitterness that I don't think is coming exclusively from the hops. There is bit of an unpleasant bite in the finish, maybe a little pepperishness. Perhaps there is just too much imbalance in this beer and it compromises it in all the wrong spots. This ale is also on the watery side, and not particularly substantial. One reviewer said it had the consistency of a summer ale. I wouldn't go that far, but it is more the thirst quencher than the sit down at home cozy ale I thought I was in for. Not bad, but it's a "been there done that" and I will move on. L'Chaim.

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2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two-fingered off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Faint hoppy nose. Starts on the hoppy side, finish is smooth (unusual for a pale) and clean but there is a lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH. Contract brewed for Peak Organic Brewing Co.

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2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasting on 07/02 w/ a friend. Poured from a bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: A mild pour yields a nice one-finger, creamy head, moderate lacing, a hazy golden body with hints of orange, and mild carbonation. A very good start.

Aroma: Hmmmm, a step down. Crisp, spicy hops are fairly neutral otherwise. Smells in many ways like a pilsner, and that's never what you want from an APA. There's some grainy notes, as well, and then that strange milk-carton top off-note.

Taste: Very sweet, grainy caramel malts, Cascade hops (orange zest), a good dose of hop bitterness, and a few of strange, funky off-flavors. Wheaty in places.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, but medium-to-thick bodied. Good bubble structure.

Drinkability: Nothing outstanding here. Alcohol's fine and all, but it's just a little too sweet, a little too funky, and a little too strange to make me want to have more than just one.

This beer is notable for being organic, but not much else, in my opinion. I don't think it's not great because it's organic or anything, it's just generally not all that great a beer. Worth it if you're into the whole organic scene, but otherwise, can't say I'd recommend it.

Photo of alysmith4
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, was expecting a "clean" flavor because of the organic status, but it was pretty average. Very fruity though, I was surprised by that. I must be used to IPAs, it's been a little while since I've had an APA so I wasn't used to the flavor profile. It wasn't bad though, I would try it again. Go organic!

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.

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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.