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Peak Organic Pale Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a modest head that retains fairly well and occasionally laces the glass

Smell: Toffee and a modest earthy hop profile; some diacetyl as well

Taste: Opens with a biscuity/toffee flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by an earthy/grassy hop element; after the swallow, the earthy flavors build but are balanced by the residual sweetness of the brew

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The best of the Peak line but that is not saying much

brentk56, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured a very hazy amber color with massive white frothy head that threatened to (and did) escape the top of the glass. Much too carbonation.
Smell is fruity sweet, but nothing extraordinary.
Taste is very pleasant and refreshing. There are some strong fruity malt notes, and a modest hop presenace at the endine.
An enjoyable beer, but nothing to go out of your way for.

tgbljb, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%

Drank on-tap at O'Naturals, Acton, MA

What a pleasant surprise it was when I found this beer on-tap at my local O'Naturals. And at $3.75 a pint, what a bargain!

As for the beer, it poured a slightly hazed, medium amber with a small, tight, bubbly, white head that lasted throughout most of the drink. Dense spiderwebs of lacing stuck all along the glass.

The aroma was a nice mix of smooth hops and sweet malts. The hops were grassy, floral and slightly herbal. Sweet caramel malts were apparent along with candy-like notes and hints of bubblegum. As the beer warmed, the malt character really came out.

The taste was hoppy and snappy. A touch of malt sweetness was noticeable up front before the hops took over. The hops were quite citrusy (orangey) and punchy. Notes of spice and pepper also came through. The finish was crisp, clean and refreshing with a noticeable hop bitterness. As the beer sat, a touch of grain came out as well, along with some German malt characteristics.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied.

Overall, I was really impressed with this beer. It was hoppy and flavorful, yet well-balanced and quite drinkable. Best of all, it made a perfect accompaniment to my wild salmon, brie and root vegetable sandwich.

Damian, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%

Pours with a translucent but hazy amber body with a half inch of off-white head. Smells malty, fruity, caramel, and butterscotch. Roasty caramel and chocolate malts play a big role with a fair bit of supporting diacetyl and fruity flavor. Unlike in many beers, the diacetyl actually helps this beer. Very balanced. The flavors mix, but also come through individually one at a time at different places in the mouth throughout a good sip in a way that few beers do. Medium in body with a bit less carbonation than expected. Overall this makes a good EPA and a tasty beer.

MrHurmateeowish, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

DogFood11, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%

This beer pours a medium pale color with a head that fades after a minute or so. Aroma is one of hops and it seems to be well-hopped. Taste is somewhat dry and hoppy with a sweet finish at the back of the throat and some lingering bitterness. Far from perfect and the alcohol shows through after a second taste. Still an IPA but just not what I was hoping for overall.

Brad007, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

poured a honey golden color with a two finger white head that held well and nice lacing to the finish. floral, herbal and pine aromas. taste bready malt, toasty with hint of caramel, nicely hoped and slightly sweet. mouthfeel light to medium and carbonation good. would definitely buy again and not for the reason it being organic it was just a nice tasting beer.

billybob, May 14, 2007
Photo of albern
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

albern, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-copper color. Head is off white, thick, and frothy, leaving a good lacing.

Smell: Nice balance of somewhat spicy and bitter hops, with mild malty florals.

Taste: A bit more complex than some APAs... Initially a good floral flavor, soon followed by the addition of a good bitter hop flavor. Seems well balanced, though a bit more on the sweet side than I'd expect for this type of beer. Bitter aftertaste, however.

Mouthfeel: Probably the smoothest APA I've had. Medium- to light-bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Taste works well for drinkability; alcohol is fine.

A nice American pale ale, a bit sweeter than most, but nothing outstanding. A bit on the pricey side (probably a result of it being organic), so I may pass in the future. Nevertheless it's a solid beer.

mithrascruor, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

geexploitation, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of dickroop
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured with modest, off-white head that faded quickly leaving a ring and streaky lacing. Light-amber clear color, lots of fine bubbles apparent.

Has a pleasant and inviting nose, light citrusy hops and not much malt detectable to me.

First sip delivers some good hop flavor, grapefruit in the mid-palate. Malts are present but nicely balancing and understated. Nice bitter finish. Very tasty

Mouthfeel-Very pleasantly carbonated, light bodied but not watery, only a faint malt-stickiness. Very drinkable! Recommended.

Got a single bottle of this at Treats, Wiscasset, ME. Label is noteworthy: Includes “Best enjoyed before Dec 06”. Bears the “USDA Organic” logo, and a picture of a hiker on a California mountainside, with a quote: “While hiking up from the lower Sierra forest with friends, there was just rock snow and vista – and some exhilarated people breathing hard and looking at it all” Walker Able, Covelo, CA. The label wrapping around the longneck states: “a toast to life’s peak experiences [TM]” and “The photos and stories on our packaging are from people who enjoy our beer. Submit a peak moment of your life at {website]”. So here you have what might be described as a truly yuppie ‘organic’ beer that wants to BE with you at life’s pinnacles. Please, it’s actually good beer, but this marketing hype is a little over the top!

I will look to buy some more of this brew. Dunno ‘bout submitting my “peak experiences”.

dickroop, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

plaid75, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12 oz brown bottle, poured into a pint glass.
Note: USDA certified organic.

Pours a light oak/amber in color beneath a light off-white head with average retention. A few trails of random, condensed lacing with typical strength.

Bright citric aromas: lemon zest, lime, subtle grapefruit, above a yeast-filled breadiness. A touch of honey/diacetyl.

A mild biscuit character up front with notes of astringent yeast. Lemon and soft grapefruit flavors go in and out of the bready malt character. There's an underlying creaminess to the hop character giving a rounded feel that can best be described as honeysuckle or light butterscotch/diacetyl. The finish is crisp and dry followed by lime and lemon in the aftertaste.

Medium in body; malt character wins out over the hop profile, making for a much more rounded feel on the palate.

Reminds me more of an English take on the style with a little more weight to it than most American Pales. A slightly above average offering with bonus points for the USDA certification.

NEhophead, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of Billolick
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.

Billolick, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%

Peak Organic Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best before September 2006 notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy peach color with a really nice, puffy white head. Fluffy traces of sticky lace cling to the sides. Little, mini carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the glass.

Pleasant aroma of floral and fruity hops.

Juicy, sweetness with a grainy quality. The mouthfeel is so soft and enjoyable on the palate. Nicely balanced for the style with a fruity and citrus hop snap on the finish. Just a touch of caramel sweetness. Quiet smooth and tasty, making this a nice session brew.

This is one solid APA. Well crafted and very drinkable. I certainly applaud Peak Brewing for keeping this brew strictly organic.

Hibernator, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

jdhilt, Mar 18, 2006
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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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