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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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79
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321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-16-2006

Our Nut Brown Ale starts out very smooth, like an English-style Brown Ale. The use of Chocolate Malt, Munich Malt, and Hallartau Hops give this beer a crisp, nutty finish. Peak Nut Brown is a delectable beer loaded with complex, differentiated flavors that don’t overwhelm the palate, making it a perfect dark beer for food pairing.

21 IBU
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Ratings: 321 | Reviews: 144
Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a clear brown body.
The aroma is dry hay, barnyard and grain.
The taste at first nutty, toasted malt, then finishes with a sharper bitterness.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
The taste finishes weird and the texture was too thin.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with thin tan head, color is excellent. Smell is mild malt and slightly nutty. Taste is also a bit underwhelming with a sweetness that quickly fades to a clean nut finish. Only real nit is it seems a bit overcarbonated. Otherwise very drinkable in quantity!

Photo of Brenden
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale is actually more of an orange-red-brown and completely clear. The head is a bubbly tan one that rises to one finger for a brief time, falling quickly and leaving just some foam at the edges that drop a bit of spotting.
It starts dry and enforces it with toast even as some caramel comes in. Toast is the main element, with a bit of nut, a fruity note, and more dryness as it goes and some leafy and herbal hops bitterness comes out. Nut comes out most strongly in the late part of the finish with herb.
It's crisp all the way and moderately smooth in a dry medium body. It thins a little into the finish.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best Enjoyed Before July 2014

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: A nice, nutty maltiness is the stand out, with a hint of sweetness and some caramel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a good dose of maltiness, which provides some caramel, chocolate, and nutty notes. Lightly sweet. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and house yeast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: An easy-drinking English brown with a nice signature nuttiness. Good for a small session

Photo of Ron_House
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What an extremely accurate name. Its nutty, but the aftertaste is a bit sweet, almost like a hint of honey, making it a perfect complement for some fiery wings or even some of the sweeter flavors of wings available at some pubs. Carbonation is a bit higher than average, but its pretty well balanced with the taste. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, before I even finished my first bottle I was thinking about picking up another.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours with almost no head. The beer itself is a very deep, dark red color.

The nose is buttery and sweet. You can certainly tell that this is contract brewed by Shipyard.

The beer itself is surprisingly bitter, this bitterness lingers quite a long time on the tongue and is accompanied with an unpleasant astringent taste. It almost seems like there is some burned flavors here, not particularly tasty.

This is not a beer I would ever purchase again.

Photo of Minkybut
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice amber color and it smelled really good. I had high hopes for the beer. The beer had a nice bready smell however the taste was just not there. Watery weak coffee hit. Lacing was good but that's about all the good I can give it. No nut did I get!. I will not buy this beer again.

Photo of dtivp
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear reddish brown with a one finger dull white head that fades slowly into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma is weak with slight hints of caramel and light malt.

Taste starts with a slight hop bitterness, then balances with a slight caramel nutty flavor and light malt.

Mouth Feel is light body with moderate carbonation, thin with a crisp ending.

Overall this is an average beer that taste OK, with nothing that really stands out to make me want to buy it again.

Photo of alepsycho
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My favorite out of the 12 pack sampler that I purchased. I always saw Peak Organic on the shelf but was never inclined to throw it in the shopping cart. With my budget a little tighter now than years past, I tend to search out reasonably priced twelve packs instead of pricey six packs. Peak Organic is a great tasting beer at a reasonable price. I would definitely purchase again although I just snagged the Magic Hat Summer Scene sampler for a little variety.

Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, one of the selections in a mixed 12-pack currently available north of 49, in Alberta, at least. I'm becoming increasingly suspicious of American craft offerings that give no shrift whatsoever to marketing descriptions on their labels. Odd, and strangely hypocritical, yes, but true all the same.

This beer pours a clear, dark brickish amber colour, with two fingers of bubbly, tightly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a few tiny specks of islet lace around the glass as it hastily sinks away.

It smells of caramelized bready malt, a thin generic nuttiness, very vague and misdirected cocoa notes, and weirdly herbal, earthy hops. The taste is mildly toasted bready malt, middling, but still prominent caramel notes, stale mixed nuts, a bit of bland store-brand tea, and staid herbal, dead grassy hops.

The bubbles are a bit peppy at first, but die down quite soon, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth in a rather unobstructed manner. It finishes off-dry, with just the malt - so ineffectual (thank you, Mr. Graffin from the mp3 list), and the hops hardly capable of taking any sort of due advantage.

Another offering from this brewer that implies lazy shortcuts and a dumbed down target audience. The nuttiness of the title is just too understated, and the whole affair is altogether restrained, too afraid of putting it all out there for the world to see, becoming nothing more than a mote in the proverbial dust in the wind.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

These organic beers just mostly don't cut it for me.

Pours a light, clear brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

It honestly smells like nothing. Maybe a little bit of sweetness.

Tastes include some mild bitterness, a little bit of caramel and toasted bread, and water. Just really, really weak, very watery brown ale.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, drinkable due to the complete lack of flavor.

Just weak, pass on this one.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.32/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very clear reddish-brown color. A half-inch of creamy tan head settles into only a thin slip. A thin blanket of lacing coats the entire glass.

S: Thin caramel, tea-like hops, hint of lemon peel, touch of cocoa, vaguely fruity, lightly buttery. Not particularly aromatic or memorable.

T: Thin tastes of toffee, molasses, and caramel. Strong hit of herbal and tea-like hops. Buttery ringwood taste. Hints of cocoa barely pull through. Perhaps a light kiss of smoke. Slight toasted bread crust. Rising hop bitterness. Finishes with toast and crust and a gritty, earthy hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: I haven't had this beer in years, but this is not at all what I remember. It's oddly hoppy and bitter, with what tastes like a strong noble hop presence. This hop presence is at odds with the buttery house ringwood taste. But the biggest problem is that it's desperately in need of a beefed-up malt bill. There just isn't enough backbone to hold everything together.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best enjoyed before April 2013.

A: Pours a clear copper with a 1 finger. Head sticks around for a minute before dissipating to a thin film. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S: Similar smell as the other Peak Organics in this mix pack. It is a soapy bittering hop

T: Good nutty taste with a backing of crisp hops. Has a sweetness to it as well as carmel. Could drink a few of these in a row.

M: Light body with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty crisp finish.

Overall this a tasty one and probably my favorite in the mix pack I got. Could use some more body but it is one you can sip on all afternoon.

Photo of muffiewolf
2.06/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a poor example of Nut Brown Ale. It is watery, flat and has no body. It is very similar to Trout River Scottish Ale which is the worst dish water (not worthy of being called a beer) known to man. At $10.00 @ six pack, I can think of a whole bunch of better ways to use 10 bucks. The take away here is that there is a lot of room to start a micro brewery because this sucks!. This is lousy and there are better ways to make a quality beer.

Photo of Immortale25
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Magic Hat #9 pint glass. Notches on label indicate best enjoyed before February '13.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the glass's edge and a solid, thick sheet of surface foam. I like that the head sticks around throughout almost the entire drink.

S- Light toasty aroma with a (surprise surprise) nutty quality. Mostly hazelnut and pecan. Also a bit of milk chocolate sweetness and a tinge of hops.

T- Toasty malt hits the palate smoothly with some hop bitterness and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Has a slight glassy taste as well. Pretty standard brown ale flavor profile. Not as much nuts as in the aroma.

M- Kind of tight with medium carbonation and a body that's pretty middle-of-the-road for the style.

O- I think the only drawback to this beer is that there's nothing overly exciting or impressive about it. That being said, it's a decent session ale and one of the better organic offerings I've had.

Photo of gskitt
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a relatively light brown shade, a bit translucent, its head was there and then it was gone. It did not over power you with its scent but there were some nutty, burnt brown sugar notes, just not many. Taste was solid. Again, nothing overwhelming here, but some coffee and some dry bitter sweetness can be detected. Mouthfeel was on the dry side, it did not leave any lingering aftertaste either. Overall, this is a solid English Brown, and can be easily drunk.

Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a thick finger of frothy tan foam atop. Head didn't have much retention or lacing qualities. Decent.

Smell: caramelly, nutty aroma. This bad boy is all-malt; no hops to speak of. Sweet, but not overly so; it's a pretty well balanced brown ale in my opinion.

Taste: sweet and caramelly with a little hint of biscuit. There's also a tiny hint of smokiness which I really like. Kind of an interesting character; it seems pretty true to the style. Not a bad brown ale at all.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation and an OK creaminess. Not the best, but not bad.

Overall: actually a pretty tasty and successful nut brown ale. I'd have this again.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$

Appearance - Clear brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel,chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste light hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some chocolate and a light smokiness. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of lingering smoky bitterness.

Overall - Perhaps a little too bitter to be really sessionable, but still pretty tasty. I won't rush out to get more but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light to moderate brown with a half of an inch of dense, foamy, brownish head that has decent retention

S - faint caramel; very little nose at all

T - caramel, nutty, faint coffee; all flavors are fleeting, they hit the palate but then dry out quickly

M - smooth, dry, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a decent beer, but it's a bit dry which effects the flavor and the drinkability. For those getting into the style or are new to craft beer, this would be a good offering.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Clear reddish brown color with a single finger of head with average retention and lacing levels.

S,T. Mostly about the sweet lightly toasted malts with a modicum of nuttiness and garnishes of herbal hopping. Nothing fancy worth writing home about, but it certainly does the trick.

M. Slightly thin for my tastes but otherwise good enough in carbonation.

Another beer from Peak that does nothing in particular special other than having been competently made and "organic."

Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown ale with slight reddish tints, and just barely translucent. The head is small, slightly off-white with moderate retention and some slight lacing.

S: Sweet and malty, and (unsurprisingly) nutty. Not an overly complex smelling beer, but nice and pleasant.

T: Grainy, with a malt sweetness which brings some toasted malts and caramel and an herbal hop finish. Overall the taste seems a little dull and watery, and the flavors, though good, are not strong enough.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

O: A decent beer, not great. It has some good flavors that just come through as being rather muted. I wish the maltiness was more potent.

Photo of Dave1999
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a brown/red with a white head.

The smell was of sweet malts and nut not overly strong.

The taste was of malts and a little bit bitter.

There was a little carbonation and a smooth medium body.

Overall a decent enough beer but not very exciting.

Photo of yesyouam
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale is a clear, sparkling copper ale with a lumpy beige head that has outstanding retention and lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet malt and caramel with a sharp grassy note. It's medium bodied and foamy with a very dry, slightly abrasive finish. There really isn't much flavor. There is a little malt that's almost sweet and a hint of bitterness at the finish. The aftertaste is nutty and chocolatey. It's not a very exciting beer, but not unpleasant at all.

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down but left a bit of lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of nuts and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and also has
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very sessionable and goes down very easily. I would have no problem having a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of ExtraStout
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had it out of 12 oz. iced bottle.

Looked bronzish brown in color, basically opaque, with a bubbly head and lace.

Slight malt and soap (?) scent.

Crisp, thin, almost...watery, which is probably a sin for a beer. Not much in the way of flavor. It's just tastes too "clean" for a beer. Slight smokeyness to it and malt in the back of the mouth.

I would only drink another if all other choices were Bud or something of the same ilk.

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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.