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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

Peak Organic Nut Brown AlePeak Organic Nut Brown Ale

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270 Ratings

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.79%

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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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brown in color with a huge tan head Seriously this had to have looked better then damn near anything else I have run across recently Aroma is dark fruits, lots of sweet brown sugary notes, hints of clove and light earthy hops, all mixing together nearly perfectly at this point in time. Nice smooth, even carbonation and feel here now as well, really well placed I have to admit. Rich warm flavor here, nice mix of pear, light spice, hints at brown sugar and a nice even caramel flavored dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 01:48:23 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rocky head that retains reasonably well and sends a few shards of lace to climb the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Whole wheat bread with hints of caramel and diacetyl

Taste: Starts out rather toasty with a nice nuttiness that starts to sour by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sour flavors linger into the otherwise bready finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Kind of a cross between an amber and a brown ale; just OK

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 23:21:17 | More by brentk56
Photo of metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:28:04 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, medium brown body with a small-sized cap of off-white foam. Thin spiderweb lacing on the way down.

Smell: Nose smelling modestly of toasted nuts, cocoa, and some standard caramel. Lesser, lighter notes of fruit, spicy hops, and even diacetyl.

Taste: Malty beginning with touches of dry caramel and chocolate powder and, of course, some palpable nutty tones as well. Smattering of buttery diacetly. Flash of estery fruitiness. Spicy, earthy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Dry, bitterish finish, though it still remains nutty even at the end.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad lil' brown, really, and one I could cheerfully consume a lot of.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 18:01:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 06:21:32 | More by biboergosum
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/22/09 at Triple P Sports Bar in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, nuts, maple, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of honey, maple, caramel and nuts. Then there's a mild hops presence that comes in along with an odd bite to it. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are several other beers in the style that I would drink first.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 22:39:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful pale and crystal malt scent that is sweet and malty with a nice English yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent. It has a solid malt base with a nice nutty flavor. It also has quite a bitter finish, that is a bit out of character for this style. It goes down easy and finishes a bit dry with some malty notes. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's a bit out of style, but not a bad session beer. One of the better organic beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 01:30:45 | More by WesWes
Photo of jwc215


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by March '08:

Pours rubyish brown with an ample foamy head that slowly descends.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with some nuttiness.

The taste is of caramel/toffee and nuts with an earthy balance. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

It's on the thin side of medium-bodied.

It's a decent, tasty, easy-drinking brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 15:40:53 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear dark brown with a tan-nish head. Nose isn't as robust as I would love for it to be, but there are still tones of nuts there. Flavor is very earthy with a massive robust and consistent flavor profile. Great body to it. Never falls off at all. Feel has a full and slightly biting carbonation to it. Liquid is fairly thick and bodied. Overall a very drinkable beer. Easily sessionable and something I would hunt down on tap and definitely if it were on cask.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 03:06:22 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WVbeergeek


2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 17:36:06 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear light brown in color with a short 1/2" head that falls apart quickly. Some spots of lace paint the glass during the session.

Smell: very mild caramel and nut tones are hard to detect without sticking the nose just above the surface of the beer.

Taste: caramel, mild nuttiness, unripe grapes, and a touch of earthiness is matched with some moderate bitterness. Flavor profile is nice but a bit weak and too dry overall.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry from start to finish. Very short-lived aftertaste as the dryness stays in the mouth for a bit. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a definite session ale but a bit too dry to have several of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 17:47:09 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Low lace on the glass, but the head is long-lasting and rocky. The color is ruby, rusty brown and clear.

A very attractive aroma of hazelnuts and slightly cocoa.

This is a highly hopped brown ale which is particularly notable after the swallow. The start is quite dry (and not at all bitter). The body is thinner than I expected. The carbonation is slightly high for this.

This is an easy beer to consume--great for a flight.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 02:31:31 | More by smcolw
Photo of tempest


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 02:34:14 | More by tempest
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 01:34:04 | More by Billolick
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nutty nose. Starts with nutty bread flavor some hops, finish has hints of bitterness. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Smiley's Beverage Dover, NH. Best by Nov 2005

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 23:55:01 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Jason


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 03:02:15 | More by Jason
Photo of Wasatch


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Best by March 08

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger creamy tan head, some nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly bitter, with some caramel. The taste is malty, bitter, slight roastyness, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 22:55:30 | More by Wasatch
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a light toasted grain aroma with hints of cocoa. There was a good grassy hop aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a subtle toasted grain, with coffee and nutty elements as well. A slightly fruity hop finished the flavor.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and clean.

Overall a tasty brown ale. The flavor profile was a bit light however.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2007 15:07:38 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, clear, cherry-amber with a sparse khaki head that recessed almost instantly. Visible carbonation was very soft.

S: rich, dark, nuttiness and a deep roasted caramel woodiness with a slight smokiness.

T: The initial flavor had a sweet caramel roastedness, some woodiness along with a smoky campfire nature. The caramel backing was rich, dark and sweet with a slight spicy alcohol tang to it. The rich, roasted nuttiness also stands out giving this beer lots of character and flavor. There was a light dry, burnt caramel fade on the beers finish. A great dry roasted caramel malting and nuttiness separates this from the rest of the crowd.

M: light-medium with a light creaminess and a warming caramel and dry alcohol lacing.

D: Very good drinkability with a great malty backbone, spiciness makes this a great drinking brown that was truly delicious. Perfect to sip by the campfire. Earthy, woody, making for a true organic experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 23:59:26 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of glid02


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 00:37:51 | More by glid02
Photo of Brad007


2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color with a head that seems too fizzy. Aroma is malty and sweet, almost like molasses. Taste is also too fizzy. Hints of malt and some coffee notes come out of the taste. Not much else follows. The bottle is good until August of this year so I have no idea why it seems so carbonated. Somewhat dull overall though.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 01:40:55 | More by Brad007
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper/ brown color with a tan head. Aromas of a sweet malt, a bit nutty, and a hint of caramel. In the taste, a sweet malt with notes of caramel and chocolate. A smooth malty mouthfeel with a sweet malty aftertaste. A nice brown, not too heavy with a nice balance. Easy to drink, nice for fall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 14:17:14 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty clear coppery-mahogany with an average light beige head. Aroma is yeasty and malty with a hint of brown sugar. Flavor is strongly yeasty, perhaps too yeasty, with a bitter overtone and a malty undertone, OK if no great shakes. Texture is fairly smooth, a little tingly, maybe a bit on the thin side, and leaves a slightly tinny but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 00:49:19 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a dark auburn-brown coloring, vibrant and crisp, with no head. Aromas are rich and bready, with strong caramel, nut, and molasses characteristics. Very inviting nose. Flavors are roasty, with nut and toffee profiles, and a hint of dark roast coffee. The body is very light and crisp, with a hazelnut flavor creeping in. Good, clean, crisp finish. Very easy to drink, and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 18:22:11 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Musky brown with a nice hefty inch of fluffy white head.

S - Smells of hazelnuts, caramel, toffee and a touch of coffee.

T - Hope forward but tastes of sweet caramel, toasted nuts and even a hint of chocolate was noticeable. Creamy.

M - Light to medium. I sipped it and enjoyed the flavor.

D - One of the more drinkable Brown ales I had. Hops were nice and flavor was natural and creamy. Overall a great brown ale that is mighty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:10:16 | More by DrDemento456
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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.