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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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2/5  rDev -42.4%

makaip, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of muffiewolf
2.05/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

muffiewolf, Dec 24, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

prisdefer, May 07, 2013
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.3/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Nice looking beer. Translucent chestnut brown body with thick foamy cream colored head. Great Head retention. Leaves plenty of lacing the whole way down the glass.

S- Nose of hops, malt, and some spiciness to it.

T- Initial taste is bland and watery. Hops kick in. They would be a nice touch if they were in the background but they are all I can taste. Finish is quite bitter. I didn't detect any smooth nutty taste at all.

M- high carbonation and medium weight body. Watery and overcarbonated.

D- I couldn't finish this. I was in the mood for an english brown and this didn't taste like one to me. If it were a blind tasting where I didn't have a style in mind I would give it another chance. It's not terrible...just not very good.

PittBeerGirl, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of tatoodkelt
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Consumed 12/27/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass. Best by date of Jan 2010. Picked this one up at the Whole Foods in Reston.

A- Transparent chestnut brown topped off with about a finger and a half almond head that settled pretty quick. Not much lacing or carbination.

S- Sticky sweet roasted nuts.

T- I got some of the smell but it was over whelmed pretty quick by a chemical taste similar to the smell of nail polish remover.

M- Medium bodied.

D- Because of the flavor I only got a couple of sips into this one before it went down the drain. Given the other reviews, I'm chalking this one up to a bad batch and I'll pick up another to review again.

tatoodkelt, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Of the three Peak Organic beers I've tried, this one was definitely the best, although by no means did it stand out in my mind as a great beer experience. Still, pretty drinkable.

Appearance was pretty normal; minimal head with a copper colored body that was clear but not brilliant. Aroma had some off notes to it; there was caramel-ness and a touch of sourness, but also with some sourness. First sip gave the impression of smoothness which was a side-effect of a lot of diacetyl flavor, which I felt didn't really belong. There was nice caramel maltiness and some ashtray mouthfeel to it that I've experienced in the Peak Amber as well. Not bad, but hardly terrific.

Why do these Peak beers grate my mouth like I'm licking an ashtray?

I wouldn't really recommend this beer. I bought this bottle at Woodman's in Oak Creek, WI.

BeerBelcher, Apr 22, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

largadeer, Aug 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

Aisha, Jul 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Brewblues
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Really disappointed with this beer. Had it on tap at Kinsale in Boston. Thought the appearance was pretty watery, though the mouthfeel wasn't as much so. In terms of taste, it was a pretty run of the mill nut brown: malty, caramel notes, definite nuttiness, little bit of toffee. However, the killer for me was the aftertaste. I just couldn't shake a horrible lingering of cigar/cigarette smoke in the aftertaste. Had my gf try the beer, and she didn't notice it as much. But I couldn't get past it...every sip. Pretty much ruined the beer for me. I'd probably prefer Newcastle to this...

Brewblues, Sep 29, 2011
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 nick76
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The aroma is toasted with some chocolate, nuts, malt, and vinegar. The appearance is medium red brown with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma and not to my liking. The palate is smooth but the finish is acidic and astringent. It is like sucking on a bar of soap. Overall it's not even average.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
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 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.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Liquids
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a true brown with tinted head that is full, foamy, and holds a bit. Aroma smells like candy? So odd, not bad in and of itself, just not a beer smell. Possibly there are only early addition hops so the aroma is all malt aromas and residual sugars...? Taste is very sweet and likable at first sip, but too sweet, and the lack of hops reveals the roasted charred malt as a detectable flavor in and of itself, as opposed to having some hops in there for a clean finish to mask the charred flavor directly, where it would instead be part of the mix of flavors that adds to the complexity and smoothness. Two extremes, syrupy sweet/nutty, and charred malt. Sad; the more i drink the less I like it. Good in a sample size. Mouthfeel is standard medium-light. Drinkability - this could be impressive if tweaked and ANY hops at all were present in the flavor - I'm no hophead, but I mean this is not even "English" kind of hop amounts, its more like "theres hops in here?" NOT a winner.

Liquids, Feb 25, 2008
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2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light brown with a small tan head. Very little retention with some spotty lace.

S: Roasted malt with light hints of caramel and darkened brown sugar.

T: Roasted malt, caramelized sugars, with a dash of nuts. Rather ho hum.

M: Medium in body, smooth with good carbonation.

D: I would seek out another brown ale as there are many better exmaples.

tpd975, Dec 29, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

skloeff, Nov 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

ErieBeerMan, Jul 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Danny1217, May 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

AngusOg, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of mralphabet
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Ruby brown in color, about a fingers worth of lightly tan head that settles to a nice ring and layer... Good lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted sweet malt, little coffee and just a touch of earthy hops.

T: Quick splash of sweet roasted malt then a quick shot of hoppy bitterness and then it is gone.... aftertaste is a little grassy... Strange, flavors don't last very long...

M: Lighter bodied than I was expecting from a Brown... carbonation was crisper than I was expecting also.

D: Strange brew smells and looks like a brown, the first shot is brown and then everything just shuts down. A little disappointing.

mralphabet, Aug 12, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

davidwhatshisnam, May 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

VonZipper, Jul 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

nineworldseries, Dec 14, 2013
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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.