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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Nut Brown AlePeak Organic Nut Brown Ale

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146 Reviews

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 337
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of ExtraStout
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
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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Photo of Durge
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown color with slightly yellowed edges with a decent egg shell colored head and speckled lacing. The aroma is a malty, nutty vanilla and thick brown bread. Much stronger than expected and pretty good. The taste offers thin charcoal molasses with raisin brown bread and pear. I pick up some sour fruit as well. It’s on the acqueous side, light to medium bodied with very fine carbonation. This is a somewhat gutsy brown ale while being plenty drinkable. I’ve grown a bit weary of this style as a general rule, but this wasn’t bad.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of viaingo
4.82/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: English-Style Brown Ale
Color: Mahogany brown
Body: Very clear brown color. Lightly carbonated.
Head: Very small and quickly disappears.
Taste: Smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Smoky taste with hops. Very earthy overall.
Aroma: Nice nutty smell with a dry finish. A bit fruitiness with malt. You can certainly smell the smoky flavor.

I cannot stress enough how much I love Peak Organic beer. Expect to see many more of their beers on Active Beer Geek for they are worth their weight in gold!

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body with a somewhat light fluffy looking off-white bubbly head, some light lacing surrounding the glass

S: sugar and caramel, faint hops, nuts only come through as the beer warms

T: sweet through previously mentioned flavors

M: medium, smooth, sessionable, no aftertaste, dull finish

O: decent for the style, but I actually liked this enough to probably have it again

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. There is a nice clear dark amber-brown color. There is a nice two inch foamy head that leaves a bunch of sticky lacing.

The aroma has some sweet caramel and some toffee and maybe some of that nut that was advertised. I detect a touch of fruity yeast as well.

The taste starts out with a malty front with some slight toffee and some cocoa. The finish is a bit tangy.

This is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

I like this one. It's a solid brown ale. Peak Organic continues to win me over..

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Photo of bubseymour
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - decent appearance but somewhat mediocre for nut brown ale style

Smell - very moderate scents of roasted nuts

Taste - easy to drink and mild nut brown flavors. Somewhat lacking in flavor but its still present

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - a very forgetful nut brown ale, but easy to drink and pleasant. Nothing bad to say about it..just forgetable.

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Photo of Brewblues
2.57/5  rDev -26.8%
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...

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of gestyr
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

A: Pours a rich light brown with red highlights when held to the light. Head dissipates quickly to a small layer on top that leaves plenty of lacing

S: coffee, toffee, caramel. Very light hint of hops

T: malt, caramel, toffee, roasty coffee flavor

M: Light to medium body. good carbonation. No sting

O: a good brown ale. nice, middle of the road.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.44/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown with moderate carbonation. Two finger, off-white head that diminished in less than a minute or two. The lacing was virtually non-existent.

Smell: Toasted and nutty. The aroma improved as the beer warmed.

Taste: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Roasted and nutty with hints of coffee and spice. The finish was an average length and very nutty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body that was refreshing but not too watery. The carbonation was soft but not flat. Alcohol was not apparent.

Overall: Very refreshing and the nutty finish made me crave more. This beer has a better aroma that Newcastle Brown Ale, but I was pretty disappointed in the head.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear light chestnut color with a half inch of off white head that fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S-Roasted malt and nuts hit me first, followed up by a slight smokiness with hints of caramel.

T-Nutty, roasted malt is the big thing, with a touch of smoke. Faint notes of caramel malt and earthy hops.

M-Light bodied and very crisp with a sharp carb bite.

O-Its a solid but unspectacular beer. If I'm in the mood for a brown, there are others I'd rather have.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of lightly off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head fades away at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Brown, caramel malt aromas with a little bit of toffee and spicy hops in the background.

T - Toasted malt up front with some toffee. More dark malt in the middle as caramel creeps in with a hint of bittersweet cocolate. The beer finishes out with more caramel and toffee as well as light, spicy hops and light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A perfectly decent brown ale, I have no objections and can't really come up with any suggestions to improve the beer. It is kind of a hard style to review, but this has as much depth as any other brown ale that I have had with multiple shades of brown malt and just enough hops to keep it balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of idurra
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The color is dark amber, appearance is clear. The head is fluffy off-white bubbles that dissipate rapidly and leave no significant lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of sugar and caramel, but most pleasantly of ripening fruit, banana or kiwi.

T- Like its smell, there is faint caramel and fruit, balanced by just the right amount of hops bitterness.

M- Medium body, smooth, slightly tannic, and leaves no significant aftertaste, leaves a very clean palate. The carbonation feel is crisp, similar to Champagne or other bubbly wine.

O- Very good beer with just enough complexity not to distract the drinker from its pleasures. Great for drinking on a warm late spring day.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber-ruby in color, not brown. 3/4-finger head with some lacing.

Smells faintly of dark roasted malts, some caramel.

Tastes of caramel and faint bits of other malts. Smooth and lager-like. Only faint hints of things like coffee or chocolate here. Rather watery. It kind of tastes like an amber ale.

Starts watery but finishes a bit thicker.

Nothing bad all all, but quite mellow and lacking in any robust flavors. Really doesn't taste much like a brown ale.

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Photo of speter
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent light brown with a fluffy off-white head of pearly bubbles; minimal, but nice lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malt with overtones of caramel, brown sugar, and honey. Slightly muted.

T: Quite light, and shockingly lager-like, with a fairly strong bitterness. The lightness is perfectly in line with English nut brown, but the ale-like qualities I find lacking here.

M: I'm puzzled here. It's a nice mouthfeel for a lager, but a bit too bracing for a session ale.

O: I want to like this, but it just misses the mark. If you blindfolded me and told me this was an American amber craft lager, I wouldn't doubt you at all.

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Photo of cbutova
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark red/brown with a small off-white head. Retention is minimal. Small ring leaves no lacing.

S- Dark fruit and nutty caramel malt, not much going on, not very rich. Cardboard/a bit oxidized.

T- Follows the nose. Not all that flavorful or rich like many Brown Ales. Nutty oxidized caramel malt with a decent dark fruit hint.

MF- Fairly light body with high carbonation and a somewhat fizzy feel. Not amazingly suitable.

DB- One of the lightest Brown Ales I can think of. The flavor feels a bit diluted or something.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#94. The final of a trio of beers by Peak Organic that I found at a local Kroger.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a two finger depth frothy head with an above average head retention which was pleasing. Sadly, there is little lacing action. Color is an opaque medium brown, very clear with plenty of varied carbonation. Looks quite appealing. 4

(Smell) Light roasted caramel malts, toasty sugars, earthy hops and some nutty aromas make up the nose of this beer. There's a medium potency here; it could afford to be far more intense. Smell is creamy and slightly sweet. 3.5

(Taste) Interestingly more bitter than I had anticipated. The lightly roasted nut flavors are up front more than anything else, and thinner caramel flavors are present, but not enough to offset this beer's bitter qualities. Taste is not far from some boiled peanuts; it's interesting. Hops are also distributed evenly throughout the beer, but don't manage to overshadow any other qualities. The beer is more intense than I had predicted. It's enjoyable but a slow drinker as the bitterness slows me down significantly. It's good to have this warm to the 50s and let some of those roasted flavors permeate the taste. I'm not sure if the bitter was overdone in this beer or not; it could have been held some but I don't mind and appreciate the originality. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Quite a creamy and frothy texture to this beer. Body is medium and the alcohol is pretty well concealed; the bitterness does a good job at masking any alarming alcohol flavors this might give off. Finish is thick and sticky bitter with an average dryness. 3.5

(Drinkability) I wouldn't mind a second or perhaps third of these beers. The most alarming factor is the bitterness which can become mawkish over time, slowing down my drinking and waning my interest. The flavors are positively complex enough without being too strong. Alcohol is incredibly fair. Mouthfeel and taste are decent and appearance was good as well. This is worthy of a second round. 3.5

Verdict: I'm not incredibly knowledgeable about brown ales (yet) but this one is acceptable on several levels. The taste is lightly roasted with flavor. The mouthfeel sticky & dry. The appearance was also pretty good. This beer did a pretty good job at impressing me. It's a worthy drink, especially in the limited range of the organic beer department. B (3.6)

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Photo of Neecee513
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Reddish amber, minimal head and retention, no lacing.

S: Coffee, raisins, and caramel.

T: Caramel notes, roasty malt backbone.

M: Smooth, light body and low carbonation, clean finish.

D: I enjoyed this brown ale, the sweet smell. Mild, could have several in a row.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.