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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

303 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-16-2006)
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Ratings: 303 | Reviews: 142 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ryantaussig:
Photo of ryantaussig
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Unusually light for a brown ale. Color is close to almond. Great and long lasting head. Lacing was relatively low.

S: Pretty standard. Some nuttiness and butteriness with plenty of sweet malt.

T: Not the overload of malt than I usually associate with the style. Still very standard. On the drier side with that bit of nuttiness to it. No hop bitterness at all. Slight essence of alcohol esters in there though, which is normal, but not usually in so-called "Nut Browns." Adds a bit of character, but I'd rather not have it in a Nut Brown. Still pretty good overall.

M: Much too thin for the style. Appropriate carbonation though.

O: Very non-offensive. Plus side of the thin mouth feel is that it isn't a meal in a bottle.

ryantaussig, Dec 15, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

ExtraStout, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

The outdoor beer-drinking theme works for organic beers, we guess. They even use organic specialty malts and hops in this beer.

A healthy decanting draws three fingers of bubbly, off-white head; a good amount of clinging action from the lace leaves some rings on the glass. Deep, chestnut brown color displays a satisfactory clarity. Soft blanketing of toasted maltiness, followed by a caramel note in the clean aroma. Moderate body with a delicate smoothness that is quick to disap- pear. A touch grainy and wet up front, the malt base seems just a little watery, with toasted and caramel flavors throughout. Dry middle to end, with a citric, herbal hop flavor which hands off a slightly prudent bitterness. Finishes with more toasted malt, and a kiss from the hops.

Certainly passable; easy to drink and, without a doubt, an easy session beer. But there's no wow here, nothing to set it apart from other Brown Ales, besides the fact that it's organic. Pair this one with a nutty Canadian cheddar on herbed water crackers, or baste a free range chicken and root vegetables.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red/brown color with a medium-sized white head that left a bit of lacing. Caramel malt aroma, some nuttiness also. The taste was not as strong as the aroma suggested. Caramel and hazlenut, but in a muted way. A little bit of hops. I would say medium-bodied. An OK beer.

lordofthewiens, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of dill
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured on tap into a pilsner glass.

A - this has a nice mahogany color with an off-white head.

S - not a lot on the nose, but some grains. perhaps i'll let it warm up a bit.

T - a nice, toasty grain flavor that diminishes and then seems to return.

M - a bit creamy with a moderate carbonation.

D - very easy to drink. a nice beer in this style.

dill, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is typical brown with with a dark amber color. It starts with a good white head and lacing. the aroma is slightly malty with hints of chocolate. The taste starts with a sweet maltyness and ends with a slight chocolaty maltyness. This is a very drinkable beer, I wanted more nuttyness as the name indicated. I want to try this beer on draft as their reviews seem to be much better.

bishopdc0, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown twist off bottle with a freshness date.

A- Nice rocky head that settles down to a sticky lace. Deep mahogany brown color ... good clarity.

S- Nutty toasted malt, slight burnt sugar and a faint fruitiness.

T&M- Smooth and crisp with a moderate body. Dark malt flavors of brown bread and chicory, mild hoppiness hint of fruitiness ... slight raisiny flavor. Nutty toasted grain, hint of dark sugar sweetness as well. Finishes semi-sweet.

D- An all around good brown ale, tasty enough to go back to again ... but I don't really care about the whole organic thing when it comes to beer. Malt, water, hops, yeast ... simple as that.

Jason, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Doppelmax
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a decent tan head that retained well.
The malt aroma was quite prevalent and very pleasant. Light hop smell as expected.
Good balance with malt predominating again as I expected it would.
Quite carbonated and a bit light for my tastes.
I could drink several in a sitting and go away happy. I'll buy more but I like the Peak pale ale a bit more.

Doppelmax, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with best before dating notched onto the label, this one pours typical light brown, with some reddish hues, clear and supporting a thick tan head, that leaves behind thick, scattered lacing. Nose is of nutty malts. This is another tasty creation from Shipyard, brewed under contract, with the Peak Organic label upon it. Nutty, malty and flavorful, with notes of vanilla, honey, cashews, caramel and malty goodness. Subtle, drying hops late finish off this classy sessioner. Well worth a try and recommended highly.

Billolick, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of Mugenlude
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

standardcherry, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light chestnut brown liquid, pretty clear, with a full inch high head of irregularly dimpled foam that remains long.

Far-reaching aroma of toasted malt and cocoa, some grainy brown sugar and grassy hops.

Flavor is immediately malty, dark but not roasted. Hints of cocoa and toffee, grassy hops and slight metallic thing in the background. A sharper hop bitter lingers.

Rich and full mouthfeel, pretty creamy, but bubbles tingle as it rolls over the back of the tongue.

Very tasty, very drinkable. Lots of flavor and pretty complex without getting extreme in any respect and without trying to knock anyone down with malt or hops or alcohol.

far333, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appears more of deep amber than an actual brown color. Head billows with chunk cream colored lacing, left clinging to the sides of my imperial pint after each sip. Aroma has some cereal grain sweetness roasted malts are evident, with a hint of toasted nuts hanging around. No real hop accents just a hint of underlying earthiness coming through. Flavors are light restrained, some caramel malt/darker earthiness with cereal grains and a but of husk character. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation levels, the Peak Organic brews as a whole have confused me. Twist off bottles, certified organic decent beer overall just nothing awe inspiring that's never been done before. There's no point in drinking this except if you really want organic, even though the hops probably aren't actually organic.

WVbeergeek, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with small tan head that leaves good lacing. Looks on the more watery and less dark side of the color variants for this style.

A fine nut brown, with plenty of nutty malt flavor. Hops are clearly present but this is a more malty beer featuring medium roasted malt. Fine malty finish and aftertaste, again with a significant but mild hop presence.

Medium body. Excellent carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

chinchill, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted malts with mild amounts of heavier roasted malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted toasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by mild amounts of nutty flavors. Midway through the sip hints of darker roasted malt flavors make an appearance and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is an easy-drinking brown but it's just not robust enough to make it above average.

glid02, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 01:44 PM
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.

Brenden, Oct 16, 2014
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.

CloudStrife, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Justind04
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Justind04, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

biboergosum, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peak Organic- Nut Brown Ale

On tap at Flatbread- Portsmouth, NH

A- Deep amber brown with a moderate size head.
S- Nice hints of oak chips, pecans, and filberts. A bit of caramel malt thrown in as well.
T- Sweet pecans, almons, hazelnuts, and oak chips. Creamy caramel malt equally balanced in there.
M- Dry and pungent on the tongue with a creamy smooth finish.

Overall- Quite tasty for an organic and went well with my cheese and herb flatbread. Definitely would drink again.

NJpadreFan, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of skloeff
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

skloeff, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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.

tdm168, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a very nice off-white head that possesses great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is nutty and slightly buttery with a good dose of malt, caramel and hops.

T- The taste features a good malty backbone with some nuts, caramel and a good dose of hops. Not bad, but I feel that some of the flavors tend to clash together in this one.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation creating a good texture.

D- A decent brew, but I don't think I would want to drink more than one bottle in a sitting.

cjgator3, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at EuroMarket along with all my weird Eastern European beers. There was a big nutty cocoa aroma and flavor. Sort of a session-strength dessert beer. I like it. There's malty caramel in the background with just a hint of citrus hops that carry through the finish. The body is a little light and oddly acidic, but it's nearly full enough without approaching heavy. You could certainly enjoy a few bottles after dinner.

tempest, May 06, 2011
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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.