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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 TheDeuce

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale...in a bottle....at GustOrganics in NYC...

Appearance-luscious brown color, out of the bottle into pint glass releases a small white to tan head, head disappears quickly, ok carbonation.

Smell-sweet grain, coffee notes,, toasted bready notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel- as the name suggests a lot of nuttiness mixed in with normal sweet bread notes, nice residual sweetness, malty on the back end, very smooth.

Drinkability- Smooth, balanced, drinkable.

Overall-Ignoring the politics, this is well done. Another keeper, not outstanding but holds up to other versions of the style. I find the flavor similar to Troegs Nut Brown Ale, a nice beer to be similar too.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 23:37:35 | More by TheDeuce
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3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, 12 oz. bottle. This beer treads a very fine line between amber and brown in my opinion, especially when held up to the light When you do so it has nothing to hide with excellent clarity. In the initial pour there is a light off-white creamy colored head that slowly fades throughout the session, small amounts of lace slowly tread and trickle back to the liquid after each sip. The smell is good, like most in this style it's well malted, slight hints of toffee, hops make themselves known but don't exactly jump out at you, some slight herbal tea aromas as well. Tastes better than it smells. Again well malted possibly some chocolate malts here. I think there are certainly some blended malts here, both roasted and smoked, possibly peat but as strong as it tends to be. Like English Browns the malts outweigh the hops but hops are present and provide a good combination of all the flavors, burps up nice too. The mouthfeel is good, slightly lighter than I expected, but still good. I find some of this style to be a little buttery at times but this one is mostly clean, well certainly finishes that way. Drinkablility is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 23:42:56 | More by AndyAvalanche
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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
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New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 12-bottle sampler pack, $14.49 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Twist-off cap, label notched as best by November 2010. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A: Brown brew generates a 1/2" tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer.

S/T: Malty, semi-sweet brown sugar, bit of porter-like smoke. Taste has a bitter smoke and hop finish.

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, dry finish. Fairly drinkable. Pretty unremarkable, nothing great. Not much to say about it. A bit of a let-down compared to other Peak brews I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 23:32:18 | More by BeerNinja007
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3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just my second Organic beer and must say both were pretty good.

Appearance- Superior head that has good retention before it settles down to a sticky lace. Deep brown color with good clarity.

Smell- Coffe and mocha aroma. Malty, toasty burnt malts.

T&M- Crisp and smooth with a moderate body. Malt flavors and the taste of mollasses and mocha, and a little hint of raisens. Finishes a tad sweet.

D- I liked it but at $8.50 a 6 pack or $34.00 a case it will remain just a brew that I tried, to add another one to my reviews and to broaden my beer horizons.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:49:38 | More by jadpsu
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with a 1/2 inch tan head and decent lacing.

Smells of malt, toasted grains, nut and light caramel; basic nut brown ale aroma, but not very impressive.

Tastes of roasted malt, nut, grains, smoked wood, caramel, brown sugar, light citrus hops, coffee, toast and a slight funky syrup finish that's on the dry side. Overall good taste.

Medium body, light carbonation and a very light, crisp feel overall. East to drink and a potential session beer.

One of the lightest nut brown ales I can recall, but still very tasty and highly drinkable. It's not the most exciting beer, but it was very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 02:46:15 | More by CHickman
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2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark reddish brown with very little head.

S: Weak aroma of toasted bread and caramel malts.

T: Tons of roasted malt flavor and that is about it.

D: Overall it doesn't really live up to a "nut brown ale." This isn't a bad brew by any means, it just shouldn't bill itself as something it is not.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 23:02:57 | More by rebel1771
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3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

The outdoor beer-drinking theme works for organic beers, we guess. They even use organic specialty malts and hops in this beer.

A healthy decanting draws three fingers of bubbly, off-white head; a good amount of clinging action from the lace leaves some rings on the glass. Deep, chestnut brown color displays a satisfactory clarity. Soft blanketing of toasted maltiness, followed by a caramel note in the clean aroma. Moderate body with a delicate smoothness that is quick to disap- pear. A touch grainy and wet up front, the malt base seems just a little watery, with toasted and caramel flavors throughout. Dry middle to end, with a citric, herbal hop flavor which hands off a slightly prudent bitterness. Finishes with more toasted malt, and a kiss from the hops.

Certainly passable; easy to drink and, without a doubt, an easy session beer. But there's no wow here, nothing to set it apart from other Brown Ales, besides the fact that it's organic. Pair this one with a nutty Canadian cheddar on herbed water crackers, or baste a free range chicken and root vegetables.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 20:35:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
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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 Andreji


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

Peak's NBA i'd been holding out for a few days now, i'd seen in many places but didn't really push too hard to try it until yesterday, at a local grocery store in the upper east side.

Pour is earthy, cloudy brown to amber. small tan head. moderate lacing, no other distinctive findings.

smell...is curious, dusty feeling, nuts and cocoa indeed there and more than anything else. it's pleasant, fairly complex and inviting.

taste is- as many others have already said more clearly than i have- mineral-ish or earthy so to speak. sweet malt-nutty background, sort of rustic with a sense of the intrinsic impurities....i can't be any clearer really. but it's pleasant throughout not too heavy but worthy of it's descriptive features: organic and nuts.

4 across the board. good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 21:52:00 | More by Andreji
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is typical brown with with a dark amber color. It starts with a good white head and lacing. the aroma is slightly malty with hints of chocolate. The taste starts with a sweet maltyness and ends with a slight chocolaty maltyness. This is a very drinkable beer, I wanted more nuttyness as the name indicated. I want to try this beer on draft as their reviews seem to be much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 18:15:50 | More by bishopdc0
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District of Columbia

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

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown color. The tall head has a light tan tint and a fluffy, foamy texture that becomes craggy as it fades. Retention is good, with attractive lacing.

S: Nutty, toasty aromas are most noticeable. Some caramel sweetness and leafy/spicy hops. Hints of cocoa and nondescript yeasty fruitiness.

T: A pleasantly toasty caramel maltiness up front. Leafy hop flavors provide a bit of bitterness. Firm nutty notes, with lesser hints of cocoa and a mineral earthiness. Some noticeable buttery diacetyl into the finish.

M: A medium-thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is light. A bit dry, with a lingering aftertaste.

D: A nice, approachable brown ale. A sessionable, easy drinker. Sometimes it's nice having a basic option like this. Brown ales are a somewhat forgotten and neglected bunch, but this is worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 23:04:44 | More by Clydesdale
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2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 16:29:07 | More by tatoodkelt
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a frozen pint glass.

A: Outdoorsy label with people mountain biking. Extremely crunchy marketing techniques from the Peak guys. Pretty cool. More reddish than brown ale with a decent head on top. Looks to be lightly carbonated.

S: Dirty, earthy, leathery aroma with hints of nuts. Almonds maybe?

T: More earthiness and lots of leather. Makes me feel like a cowboy. Or a guy who just finished a nice hike up a mountain. Very outdoors-like character.

Drinkability: Really not my cup of tea. I could see having a couple after a hike or while camping out.

Value: I paid $1.59 for a single at Whole Foods. Not bad, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 22:53:38 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Flatbread Pizza Company in downtown Portsmouth NH. Curved 20 oz redhook glass.

Pours a dark mahogany brown, with some modest red hints. Very little foam. Visually pleasing, makes the mouth water.

Smell is chocolately and nutty. Good aroma. The anticipation builds.

Taste is a mixture of caramel, hazelnut, toffee, with some moderate chocolate flavors buried in there. Very smooth and little carbonation. The sweetness is balanced with a minor hop bitter which holds everything nicely in check.

Great Nut Brown, very drinkable - having to drive home prevented me from doubling up.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 00:00:08 | More by KTCamm
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery brown color with a moderate off white head. Moderate lacing. Smell is of carmel and lightly roasted nuts, also a noticeable hop presence. Taste is somewhat mild blend of carmel, lightly roasted nuts, butter with a op background. Medium bodied, slightly undercarbonated. Decent beer, does nothing wrong, but lacks punch.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 23:55:13 | More by rfgetz
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4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby red brown color. See-through thickness. Billowy two-finger head drops to a thin layer of fluffy whiteness. Tons of thin bubbled lacing.

S: Sweet toffee nuttiness. Heady, sugary smell. Hints of vanilla and caramel.

T: Toffee, vanilla and caramel sweet center dominates the flavor. Some hints of coffee like flavors. Maybe even a sliver of a burnt smokiness, but mostly sweetness.

M: Decent carbonation lifts the sweetness off the tongue. Medium bodied base manages to hang on to sweeten the center of the tongue. A bit more carbonation than I'd prefer.

D: Easy to drink, easy to enjoy. I usually like my browns in cooler weather, but with the carbonation, this one might be good in warm weather too. A little sweeter than most browns, but in a good distinctive way.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 10/11/09.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 13:42:40 | More by eljefe21
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a small tan head. Smells of warm, buttered toast. The flavors are initially bitter - a woody, earthy bitterness - that gives way to a very pleasant, sweet finish. This is not the most complex beer in its genre but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 00:27:19 | More by droomyster
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that diminished to a thin film. Body is dark amber and clear. Some slight lacing left on the glass.

S: To tell the truth, I'm not detecting a lot here... it's pretty weak. Some roasted malt, but that's all I'm getting.

T: Lightly sweet with roasted malt, finishing with a very mild bitterness. The whole flavor is mild in general, but in a good way, as it is quite smooth with the sweetness. Average duration.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: Overall, quite mild for a brown ale. Their amber ale is more intense than this, but the brown is still very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 15:18:18 | More by berley31
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with little to no head. Has a sweet malty smell and is accompanied by a sweet taste, but I found it to be slightly watery and weak. Not sure what the ABV is, but it can't be much.

On the plus side, it was very easy to drink and would probably be a good session beer. It kind of reminded me of a "good" beer you would drink in college, but when you go back to try it again, it isn't anything special.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:34:40 | More by mirish72
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a brown (SRM22) clear with a persistent light tan head supported by a moderate carbonation. Very sweet malty aroma with little hops noted. Malty brown sugar/toffee flavor that is sweet without being cloying and a low hop bitterness. moderate body and a clean finish. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 12:50:13 | More by Berthold
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3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at a Tower of Power show at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Conn.

A: Poured a dark, amber brown color with a slight layer of carbonation spread over the top. Looks like a cup of decaf coffee.

S: Smells very non-descript, some slightly toasted sweet malts and maybe a hint of earth, but not too much in this department.

T: Taste is bittersweet and malty at first, although the flavor is a little thin. A mild earthy herbal hop element peeks its head in the door, but it's washed away by a roasted malty flavor which carries a nice hazelnut flavor towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied and easy-drinking.

D: A pretty mild English brown that would be sessionable for the organic fan. I prefer Wolaver's to this, but it's not all that bad. Hopefully a better taste comes from the bottle. I'd like to give it another shot sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 18:36:30 | More by Gambrinus1184
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New York

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

Had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Bronzish brown color. Basically opaque. Great bubbly head and lace.
S- Slight malt and soap (?) scent.
T- Crisp, almost...watery, which is probably a sin for a beer. But it's a decent flavor. It's just tastes too "clean" for a beer. Slight smokeyness to it. Malt in the back of the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 18:36:41 | More by Amalak
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3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a dark brown with an off-white head that is fairly thick and retains through the life of the beer.

Smells faintly bitter and pretty malty, with a bit of brown sugar.

The taste is nutty and hoppy bitter. The malts are especially fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel is smooth and little on the thin side.

A good beer if you like the style. I've been eager to try an organic beer but wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleased, but not blown away.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 00:16:51 | More by Cylinsier
Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.