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Peak Organic Amber Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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80
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WanderingFool on 09-24-2006

Our Amber Ale is designed to start bright and lively from an abundance of Crystal Malts. We establish a strong contrast between front palate and back palate by adding generous amounts of Munich Malt, which provides a distinct toasty finish.

37 IBU
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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 58
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

The inspiring quotes on labels can get a bit too sappy, and organic beer seems to be all the rage now. It just feels like this is all market driven, though the proof is in the bottle, right? Contract-brewed by Shipyard Brewing Co., Portland, ME.

Spiderweb-like lace drops after each sip; slight chill haze from the rustic amber color. Thick, sweet malt aroma of toffee; a bit buttery on the back end. Just as smooth as it is creamy, with a solid medium body. Straight to the toasted malt with an underlying caramel tone throughout. Hop bitterness is there to tame the malt with a faint hint of tobacco. Clean all the way. Perhaps a ghost-like diacetyl in there, but nothing that gets in the way. Sweet, toasted malt keeps rolling on with a bready, biscuit flavor. Finishes semi-sweet, with a never-ending toasty graininess.

Toasty--that is for sure. This beer has some teeth; soft, but it clamps down on the taste buds. On par with the many non-organic Amber Ales out there. Try it against a sweet Italian-style turkey sausage with peppers and onions on a wheat hoagie roll.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Red amber Aroma: Malt and slight chocolate Taste: Sweet maltyness, carbonation begins and finishes with a slightly roasted chocolate aftertaste. This roasted chocolate is what sets this amber apart from others. Which I found to be pleasant. The beer also finishes with a slight bitterness.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown amber orange. Thin head.

Malty roasted aroma.

Tastes far better than I had expected from an organic beer. Sweet caramel malts up front, followed quickly by a nice hop bite. Well balanced and smooth.

Light mouthfeel (bordering on too light), with an average amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable brew with a nice hoppy finish.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peak Organic- Amber Ale

A- Slightly hazy copper brown with a small but thick ringed lacing head.
S- Brewed tea leaves, grainy malt, and earthy oaky dried fruitiness.
T- Sweet dried fruits, unsweetened tea, sugary caramel malt, earthy leafy hops.
M- Very malty with a dried fruitiness. Feels like a Mild Ale.

Overall- A decent offering. Worth trying.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pale amber with an inch and a half of thick, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - caramel and faint citrus

T - caramel, very faint coffee, faint citrus, faint bitterness in the finish, a bit nutty in the aftertaste

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a nice, drinkable offering. It has decent flavor and you can definitely drink a few of these. It's pretty standard for the style, but it's worth checking out.

Photo of tempest
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Abe's. Label is notched best by May. Overall it was a nice balanced amber that I wouldn't mind drinking a few over for a session. There's a balance of juicy citrus punch and floral melon with bread crust and biscuit cookie malts. The aroma is dominated by the barley, but with a hint of diacetyl that I'm not a fan of in this case. Otherwise this is a fine, well-balanced amber ale. Go have a couple pints.

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

A: Poured a beautiful cranberry tea color with a thin, creamy medium tan head that lasted for a minute or two before settling to a sparse, spotchy layering. Visible carbonation was strong with a steady constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface.

S: The nose was clean and very soft with a earthy, dry woodiness, autumn leaves and a nice dry caramel nuttiness.

T: starts out with a spicy, and slightly boozy caramel nuttiness. There was some dried caramel apples and light hints of brown sugar sweetness that was briefly experienced. There was an earthy dry hoppiness, apple cider and a spicy alcohol fusels detected as well. The beer finished very dry with a big roasted caramel finish.

M: The mouthful was medium in fullness, with some carbonation edginess with a very dry, sour caramel lacing that coated the tongue.

D: Overall an amber that was very woodsy with a great organic feel.

Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Amber in color. Pours with a nice quarter inch head then settles slightly into a creamy head. Visible bubbles of carbonation. Transparent.
(S) Yeasty, just a touch of caramel sweetness.
(T) A small taste of caramel and toffee sweetness, but not a very definitive taste. Finishes with a barely noticeable bitterness in the aftertaste. The taste overall isn't powerful but is very pleasant. Maybe it's the organics...
(M) Creamy smooth, just a bit of carbonation crispness.
(D) A very good beer. Despite a mellow taste, I believe I could drink a couple of these in a sitting.

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

hazy amber with a decent head. Smell was a muted hops, with definate hints of grain and even a slight caramel. Taste was a bit thin, but had a definate sugary touch to it. Hoppy dry finish with a tiny pine bite. Very drinkable. Overall this was a decent beer, I could see this being served in large numbers as it is very smooth and very drinkable

Photo of thekanna
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC.

A: Light coppery color with a thin one finger of white head.

S: Generically clean; some faint malts and citrus.

T: A profusion of toasted rice and caramel malts that makes the taste almost biscuity, or like rice cake. Finishes slightly sweet with the faint suggestion of hops and an interesting earthiness.

M: Light on the mouthfeel, slightly under-carbonated.

D: This is a fairly drinkable brew but I could've done with less toasted malt flavor.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a great looking crisp amber colour with a huge, rocky off-white head that has a bit of soapiness to it and a nice amount of stickiness to it. The head settles to a creamy, thick lace that hangs around for a while.

The aroma is earthy/dirty overall, wit ha slight bit of caramel sweetness in the back. There's perhaps a touch of fruit noted here and there as well.

Flavour is much like the aroma however the fruit notes that were present there come through a bit more here and they are not so much juicy as they are very tart and distracting at times as they blend with the dirty earthy flavours that still dominate the more subtle caramel notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied but slick and has a bit of a weird vibe to it.

Aside from a kick-ass appearance, I wasn't that crazy about this one. It wasn't bad in any particular area, just average, and that tart fruit flavour has to go, or at least be balanced out a bit more or toned down. Eh.

Photo of rhenning
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy bronze in color with a ton of unrelenting sudsy head. Looks almost unfiltered against a backlight. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass.

Initially fruity nose with toasty malts, yeasty banana bread and hops.

Sweet malty flavor, citrus and ripe pear fruits followed by bready yeast, lemon, bitter hops and a bit of charred wood flavor on the backend.

Mouthfeel is medium, thirst-quenching and drinkability is better than average.

An all around solid performer that I would buy again.

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head on the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of nutty and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with some hints of associated sweetness, but just enough hops to keep things in check.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very basic malty amber ale that would pair well with food or be a good selection for someone who is just getting into craft beers.

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

Appearance is good, I've noticed that the organics have a certain clean look to them. Decent head and no lacing. Smell is decent, caramel smell with a bit of dry malt and kind of a tobacco nose. Taste is very similar but the tobacco is a bit more pronounced but there is also more of the cara mel. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, light to medium in body and some carbonation. Drinkability is pretty decent as well.

Photo of geexploitation
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typically medium amber hue, clear, with a tenacious, fluffy head the color of sheep's wool. Nice lacing on the glass. Aromas are a bit flat, with a grainy, Maris Otter-type malt shouldering most of the load. Some sweet caramel notes are present, but there's little, if anything, in the way of hop aromas. On the palate, full carbonation hits the tongue first off, then hard amber malts and a touch of English ale sourness. The finish is quite bitter and oily (finally the hops come out), if a bit astringent. Overall, this is like Anchor Steam without the huge carbonation and depth of flavor. Still, it's a decent, drinkable amber and organic to boot. Good.

Photo of BBM
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a perfectly clear dark brown into the pint glass, with a thin head and no real lacing around the glass. The aroma was grassy, musty, and slightly sweet.

I was surprised at how much flavor this beer has. There is a distinct grass and herbal flavor to go with the intense nutiness of the brew. The earthiness mixes well, for a full, hearty flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and well carbonated. I liked this beer, although I don't really know what being organic does for the flavor. It's just a nice, easy drinker.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

USDA organic from the hardworking farmers of wherever.

Thin dark white head over amber liquid. Great retention and snowfall lace all the way down the glass. Looks great; clean actually.

Smells like Gran Marnier and barley.

The main flavor of Peak Amber is course, roasted malt withe some leafy hop bitterness at the end. Crisp carbonation and average mouthfeel. Crisp and course sums up this beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before March '08:

Pours copper/bronze with a large, creamy, off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

The smell is of caramel, light toast, and light herbal spiciness.

The taste is of an herbal spiciness with light caramel. A slightly burnt toast flavor weaves in and out. Slightly buttery notes are present. Finishes dry.

Medium-bodied, with little flavor lingering on the palate, which I attribute to the slightly high carbonation level.

A decent amber ale overall, but nothing special. Will do for a "nothing special session" brew.

Photo of soupyman10
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked fine, amber color with a solid head. Disappeared fairly quickly.

Nose was a nice caramel malt balanced with a nice bit of hops.

Flavor was similar. Nothing too out of control here, but a highly drinkable beer that's very well balanced. A lot of surprisingly chalky malt that works well with the fruity hops.

Body's good, with solid carbonation.

Peak Organic is definitely making the best organic beers of the few that I've tried. This and the Pale are both solid.

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

Pours with a huge finely textured head. Aroma is fruity with a hint of sulfuric sourness. Pours a medium amber color. Taste is malty but the sourness comes through in the flavor, like sour apples. The hops show up on the tail end and help to prevent the sourness from lingering. An okay brew, but not one I would seek out in the future.

Photo of ppoitras
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer gifted from a coworker. Thanks Eric!.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Thick frothy head lasts and lasts, with tons of sticky lacing. Aroma is balanced, with ample grains and crisp hops. Taste is relatively balanced as well, with biscuity malts upfront and bitter hops tipping the scales a bit. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy on the carbonation, and drinkability is pretty good. The organic label doesn't do anything for me, but this isn't a bad beer.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peak Organic Amber Ale...in a bottle....at GustOrganics in NYC...

Appearance-dark red, poured out of the bottle into a normal pint glass, two fingered tan head, lots of sticky lace cracks, bubbles settle down.

Smell-toasted burnt malt flavor, hints of sugar, alcohol fumes and bready notes, slightly fruity.

Taste/Mouthfeel- biscuit malt notes, larger bite than I was expecting, medium mouthfeel, nice spiciness on the back end, light hoppiness, ok smoothness.

Drinkability- no issues, flavors work, smooth enough.

Overall- I'm not that much into the Organic craze but this is a fine Amber Ale, hits all the right notes and gets the job done. Nice work.

Photo of iceball585
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark golden brown color, semi-clear, half finger thick head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Caramel malts, sugar, molasses, grainy, bready, sweet, hint of nuts

T- Toasted grains, earthy hops, malty, nutty, sugar, caramel, very sweet, slight metallic taste

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, full feeling, heavy oily residue left on the palate

D- Worth trying

Not my favorite amber ale in the world but still noteworthy. This one is a bit too sweet for my tastebuds.

Photo of berley31
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a average-sized, creamy off-white head. Body was clear and amber-colored. Powerful aroma of roasted malt, with some hints of chocolate and /or coffee as well. Creamy texture with a medium body, and lively carbonation. Quite a lot of flavor that grew on me over time and as it warmed up a bit... very malty, again with the chocolate, with an average-duration finish. A very solid amber ale that I'd gladly drink again.

Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-fingered white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Faint hoppy nose. Flavor has some sweetness at times but the hops dominate with a slight bitter finish but not as bitter as most ambers. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH. Best by Aug 2007.

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Peak Organic Amber Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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