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Peak Organic Pale Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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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
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glossy pumpkin with butterscotch trim. Several streams of slow moving bubbles plink into the underside of a whipped frothy crown that is somewhere between pastel orange and ivory. The foam looks sticky and is beginning to decorate the glass with an eye-pleasing array of lace.

Oh boy. I hate it to say it, but Peak Organic Pale Ale smells organic. Not all, but some organically brewed beer has a musty, dusty, clay-like quality that permeates both the aroma and the flavor. Only a distant Cascade hoppiness brings the nose, kicking and screaming, up to average.

Things aren't quite so bad on the taste buds, but they aren't enough of an improvement to tempt me into the next highest score. On a good note, there's plenty of hop bitterness (41 IBUs) to cut through the off-flavors. While Organic Pale may not be 'near IPA status', as the brewery claims, it's definitely a snappily bitter APA.

The caramel malt backbone is large enough and provides some much needed sweetness. This is one of those cases in which the Cascade hops aren't allowed to work their citrusy magic. They're too bogged down by a sour, vegetal, borderline metallic flavor that I'm going to blame on organic farming. We need some pesticides here, dammit!

Ain't nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. It's at least medium for the style and has neither too many nor too few bubbles. Too bad it doesn't have more appealing cargo.

While waiting in line at the Madison Woodman's several weeks ago, I spotted this single sitting on a set of plastic shelves holding Coke and Sprite. When I saw that the 'best by' date was still three months off, I took a chance. Well, you win some and you lose some. Oh well, $1.00 isn't much of a loss.

Photo of iceball585
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Yellowish golden color, semi-cloudy, half finger thick fluffy white head that lowered to a thin cover, bubbles rising throughout

S- Citrus, caramel malts, biscuits, flowery hops, buttery, slightly sweet smelling

T- Burnt grains, yeast, pale malts, sugar, bitter hops, hints of citrus, metallic taste

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp dry feel then fairly oily finish

D- Worth trying

The look and the smell really got me excited to try this beer. But then the taste kind of falls short. Not quite what I usually look for in a good APA.

Photo of Tballz420
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very organic scent...

Just kidding, I'm not sure what organic smells like.

Anyway, clear, deep gold colored brew. Nice sized white head lasts for quite a while, and leaves a nice lace trail. It actually does smell a little like another organic brew that I have had in the past, curiously. Fair amount of bitter hops backs a fairly subdued caramel malt front. Clean mouth. Not a bad beer overall.

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

Pours a clear orange with a very small off white head. Nose is leafy. Flavor is pretty earthy. Leafy like the nose and earthy, but does not really have a mass of complexity or character. Just delivers a firm experience. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and a good liquid feel. Drinkable, yes. It is good, but like I said it lacks any width of character. It is also a bit too robust to make it a session brew. Nice to try, especially if you want organic, but certainly nothing stellar here.

Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a fluffy one finger head. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: only some soft grapefruit tones came through.

Taste: mild grapefruit, some orange slices, caramel, sugary sweetness, and a partially balancing bitterness covers the flavor spectrum. I found this to lean towards the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Brief caramel and grapefruit aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decent but IMHO this needs a bit more bitterness to balance out the sweetness. More often than not I am not overly excited with what organic breweries produce.

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

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Best Buy April 08

Pours a nice clean/clear golden color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, hoppy, slight citrus, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, with some nice malts/hops, some spicyness, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty APA, would buy if available here, Thanks Joe.

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 brewdoc75
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 timtim
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

claer pale light coppery color with a nice fluffy white head and good lace. looks good. smells of pale malt and some hops. a little biscuity thing and some sweetness going on. taste was the same, but a little flat and watery, and the malt seemed to drop out and the hops weren't very exciting either. light side of medium body, and a little watery. ok brew, but just not a standout. kind of a shame because organic produce can really be worlds beyond conventional. i just wish beer was the same way.

Photo of ffejherb
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 20-oz. pint glass at Piper's Pub in Pittsburgh, PA on 11/23/07.

A - Pretty clear light amber body with average looking fizzy white head. Not much head retention or lacing. Body was pretty thin with tiny carbonation bubbles.

S - Light bready maltiness with some sweet caramel and graininess. Moderate hop aroma with traces of citrus fruit.

T - Moderately bitter initial flavor followed by a more dominating caramel malt flavor. Finish was quite bitter for a pale ale, with hints of lemon rind, and slightly acidic.

M - Light and kind of watery texture in the mouth/throat, but slightly oily around the lips. Carbonation was pretty soft. The overall finish felt a bit astringent.

D - This brew is big on the caramel malts in the nose, taste and overall finish. Moderately hoppy on the tastebuds, but nothing too bitter. Definitely quite different than other pale ales I've had, probably due to the organic ingredients. This brew is pretty drinkable, but I'd rather stick with non-organic offerings.

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!

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 Brad007
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 dickroop
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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”.

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 NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Peak Organic Pale Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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