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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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294 Ratings

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jul 21, 2007
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 plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

plaid75, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
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.)

RBorsato, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

WesWes, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/07 drink by date and a label stating USDA Organic.

Pours a clear, reddish amber color topped by a light brown, thick head. There is some pretty decent lacing. The aroma is sweet and fruity accompanied by apricot, caramel apples and berries. The taste is nutty and bready with some decent hop bitterness and sweet malts. A good example of the style.

abcsofbeer, Jul 05, 2007
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 Brad007
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Brad007, Jun 06, 2007
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 billybob
4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a meduim brown with a very large tan head that held to one finger and left large patchs of lacing to the finish. fruity aroma with some coffee and citrus. taste is roasted malt and coffee some nut flavor with a slightly bitter ending. mouthfeel smooth, light, good carbonation. good session beer.

billybob, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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

jdhilt, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of JasonCoop
4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a good clear orangey brown color with a nice white foam.

smells nutty mainly as expected. nice and malty. some sugary sweetness comes through.

tastes very good. a nice sugary/nutty taste. nicely bitter. very smooth. pretty sweet. i like it a lot.

body is medium. easily drinkable, very smooth brown ale.

JasonCoop, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Freshie
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear brown colour with foamy head.

Smells of sweet malt, and slight hop bitterness.

Taste is bready/sweet malt, with bitter hops coming in the middle, and a clean finish.

Very standard taste, but quality nonetheless. Yet, why did I pay $9.29 for a six pack? The organic quality doesn't seem to live up to the expectation.

Freshie, Nov 18, 2006
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 n0rmann
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a fabulous beer. More bitter than the typical nut brown, and finished with a great nutty flavor. The bitterness was balanced perfectly by how smooth it is. Both chocolate and munich malts are detectable. It has characteristics similar to both the Dogfish Head India Brown Ale and Samuel Smith's brown. I will definitely drink this again. The 4.7 ABV is perfect for the style.

n0rmann, Aug 16, 2006
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 Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic Brown Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best before November 06 notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light shade of brown with diet cola colored highlights on the bottom. Nice looking head on top that gradually transforms to a thin lace. Distinctive patterns of sticky lacings decorate the glassware.

Pleasant aroma of milk chocolate, sour milk and hops.

Very soft and mellow mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation. Juicy chocolate malts with a light dairy blend. Dry, roasted peanut quality and dryness. Roasted malt bitterness on the finish with a great hop snap.

Drinkability level is solid; easy to drink and enjoyable.

Hibernator, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a 12 oz bottle at room temp poured into an english pint. The beer pours a clear mahogany with deep ruby highlights. A soft fluffy eggshell white head foams up easily to a 2 inch pillow on the surface. The head recedes gradually and remains a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is rich and malty with some chocolate and a bit of roasted notes, with almond mixed in. Quite appealing.
First sip reveals an average body with silky smooth texture, very fine and spacious carbonation. Does build in tingle after a swish across my palate.
Flavor starts of fairly sweet with brown sugar and caramel, allows just a bit of roast in the middle and finishes with an unexpected herbal hop finish. pretty tasty stuff. A nice englishy version of the brew. maybe the organics make it come together so nice. Definitely worth a shot if you like the style.

sulldaddy, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of generationmy
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Nut Brown Ale! Not far off from a Samuel Smith's version but with a little added hop bite and some more roastiness. Really satisfying and easy to drink. This would make a great session brew for sure. My first Peak Organic experience and I must say I'm impressed. Cheers people!

generationmy, Jul 06, 2006
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Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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