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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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314 Ratings

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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 albern
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer by any means, but it isn't the most interesting or complex brown ale you're likely to find. The beer pours a ruby brown with some tan creamy head, some retention, minimal lacing. The smell is malty, caramel, buttery, perhaps a little toasted or slightly roasted grain as well. The beer is a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, a slightly burnt brown sugar flavor, some hops in the finish, and a slight nut flavor or maybe butterscotch in the background. This isn't a particularly complex brew, but it is light enough to enjoy a few, and has no distinctive aftertaste one way or another.

Photo of iceball585
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish brown color, semi-transparent, half finger thick head that faded quickly, a few carbonation bubbles rising

S- Caramel malts, creamy, fruity, citrus hops, toasted nuts, fairly sweet

T- Fruity, sweet, toasted grains, caramel, nutty, brown sugar, hint of hops

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, sugary, slightly oily/watery feeling at the end

D- Good session beer

This a fairly good english brown ale. Not too complex and it could use a bit more flavor. I'd still buy this beer again.

Photo of Liquids
2.67/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of joeskirkie
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There was a Peak representative offering free pint glasses with a six pack, so here we are.

It looks good; brown, ruby hints in the light. The head looked strong when pouring but dissipated quickly.

Smell is husky, earthy, malty, I can't get anything real specific from it.

Taste has a sweet caramel hint, finishing with just the slightest hop bite.

Pretty light and crisp, this wouldn't be a half bad choice on tap.

Photo of maddogruss
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Egan & Sons where I believe it is a staple on tap now.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, white head with good retention. Decent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A slight, sweet malty smell.

T: A sweet, malty taste with a slightly nutty aftertaste. Taste tapered off towards the finish, unfortunately.

M: A little on the thin side, but went down very easy.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Good mouthfeel with a nice taste that I just hoped stayed with the whole beer. First organic brew I have had, so I was pretty impressed overall.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz pour at Ulysses, NYC.

Medium brown with tan head, leaves some lace. Aroma is maltiness with definite woody notes.

The flavor here is a roasty toasty smoky woody brew, even the malt had a maple sugar sweetness to it. Drinking a forest here! Malt and some mild hoppy bitterness in good balance. Very enjoyable and drinkable, interesting to the end, a complex interplay of different woody and smoky aspects.

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.

Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown ruby with good clairty and a sturdy film of head that covers the whole top of beer.Even a little lacing. The nose is a mild hint of pecan and butter cream. These scents lower a bit when the beer is sipped. There is an overall nutty, grainy mixturefinished with some mild English hops. The start and middle of each sip is brunt of this beers flavor profile. he finish is a slow then than a soft watery note. Perfect session beer in any English style American pub.

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of martymoat
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S-Roasted malt and northern brewer hop type aroma in the nose, more so on the hop end of things. with a slight sweet smell towards the end.

A- Little to no head goes straight to a dusting at the top. crystal clear brown with a amber hint.

T-Sweet roasted malts up front that lead into a dry more defined level of the roasted and chocolate malt charachter of this beer faint hop taste from the middle to finish that works well with the malts.

Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish copper color with very attractive off-white creamy head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is very subdued, with some light caramel and dark fruit notes present.
Taste is more caramel and toffee with some strong dark fruit flavors.
Ends with a nice balancing bitterness, which compliments the malt perfectly.
An nice enjoyable brown ale.

Photo of JamesS
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but not even close to being my favoriate nut brown. It did have a nice brown appearance with a decent head, but that was its best attribute. The scent was fine, but nothing spectacular; an all right malty scent. It had a good flavor, but I wish there would've been a more nutty aspect to it. That it was organic was a nice touch, though.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy translucent brown/copper with nearly an inch of off-white head. Smells nutty and fruity. Tastes nutty and fruity at first, with a pleasant roasty coffee and chocolate quality emerging toward the finish. A slight astringency toward the finish too. Very drinkable - one sip definitely invites another. Medium creamy body with a decent amount of carbonation. Wow, what a good brown ale. A new favorite for the style!

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

On tap Mark Bar

A-Pours a nice medium chestnut brown with a decent cream coloured head and some impressive lacing.

S-sweet caramel roasted maltiness, slight nut scent.

T-The sweetness from the roasted caramel flavoured malt hits the palate first then a slight nuttiness and twinge of sourness. The sourness makes this slightly like an altbier. Hop character provides some background bitterness but there are no foreground notes.

M-slightly thick, slightly syrupy and nicely carbonated.

D-highly drinkable, a delicious nut brown beer. The sourness lends it a unique touch which will lead me to seek it out when i am in a mood for roasted malt.

Photo of mountdew1
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Poured a reddish brown color, was definately translucent. Had a foamy head that lasted a few minutes, but then left a small layer of bubbles, as well as tracings down the side of the glass. Smell was of oatmeal and wheat bread. Tasted earthy, and had a sweet ending to the taste. Felt way to watery in the mouth, and left a bitterness that wasn't noticable anywhere else. It is very easy to drink, almost goes down to quick.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap with dinner at Ruby's Oyster Bar in Rye, NY. The appearance was OK, dark reddish brown hue, somewhat clear, with a thick and fragile looking white foam. The aroma had all kinds of things in it, hard to distinguish from a porter in my opinion. There was a little bit of nuttiness (go figure, the name probably put that in my head) and some chocolate, and also some roasted malt. The taste is chocolate and caramel, but not as good as those two descriptors would imply. Still, those are the first adjectives which came to mind. No real bitterness detected in the after-taste, whatever hops are in here are for balance alone. Pretty well done overall, but I just don't get the "organic" thing when it comes to beer. Beer is already pretty organic I think, the ingredients are pretty simple and actually sound hippy-ish and organic on their own.

Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear brown color with a nice beige head and good carbonation (nice and active) that leaves some lace. Nice chocolate/cocoa powder aroma. Nutty, grainy malt flavors; not too light and not too robust... Light-medium bodied with a nice nutty malt finish.

A very nice English Brown Ale.

Per Label: "USDA Organic"

Per PO website: Chocolate and Munich malts, New Zealand Hallertau hops.

Best Before: Sep '07 (notched)
Tasted: 05/17/07

($1.79 / 12 oz.)

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.