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Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic Espresso Amber AlePeak Organic Espresso Amber Ale

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TrevorGW on 10-29-2008

A robust amber ale brewed with locally roasted, organic fair trade espresso with help from our friends down the street at Coffee by Design. This malty amber ale is brewed with substantial amounts of Munich Malt, providing a perfect backbone for the rich, roasty flavor imparted by the espresso.

Peak Espresso Amber is the first Fair Trade Certified beer brewed in the United States. Read more here.

22 IBU
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Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 114
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4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"A robust amber ale brewed with locally roasted, organic fair trade espresso with help from our friends down the street at Coffe by Design. This malty amber ale is brewed with substantial amounts of Munich Malt, providing a perfect backbone for the rich, roasty flavor imparted by the espresso." Brewed in the style of an American Amber Ale with Organic Coffee added. Available as a year-round release in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a caramel white color over a moderately hazy dark amber body. Carbonation is plentiful, spritely. Retention is very good and lacing is light and curtained. 4.25

(Smell) Smooth earthy coffee beans forward, atop a smooth caramel cake body with a moderate sweetness. Mild graininess, notes of vanilla extract and a pecan nuttiness. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Faint bready caramel malt with a light sweetness forms the malt profile in the flavor, relatively easy to drink, then yields to a wave of well-roasted coffee bean. The most memorable part is the finish with a lingering coffee bean kick, surprisingly potent and flavorful. Compared to a coffee stout, the coffee comes through so much brighter as a result of limited to no roasted malt and a simple arrangement of ingredients. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation generates a silky froth for a smooth, soft fuzzy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is evenly bitter to sweet with a general lightness all-around, even the espresso bean is nicely balanced with a pinch of cream and sugar sweetness. 3.75

(Overall) A fairly curious brew as I don't commonly find amber ales stepping outside their rigid style guidelines, but the addition of coffee gives this beer a mysterious angle that works more in favor for the beer than against it. The simplicity of the malt profile manages to showcase the coffee much clearer than in just about any coffee stout I have tried. Ultimately the espresso comes out nicely as the star of this beer. Enjoy it as fresh as possible since coffee fades rapidly. 3.75

Peak Organic Brewing Company's
Espresso Amber Ale

Photo of angrybabboon
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 11/26/14

A: Pours a clear amber with some caramel and some ruby highlights - medium, off-white head to start, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some splotches of lacing

S: A somewhat rich coffee bean aroma - very roasty, a medium roast (not really burnt) - coffee and coffee beans - caramel malts and caramel underneath - not much depth, and mild overall, but still nice thanks to the coffee

T: Well, it's an amber with some coffee, as the name of the beer would suggest - somewhat of a medium roast coffee, with a nice level of roastiness and some earthy coffee beans - balanced with a nice level of sweetness from the malts - caramel malts, caramel, and maybe even a touch of molasses for additional, but light, sweetness - no bitterness to report, although a light astringency from the coffee in the finish

M: On the light side of medium, smooth, nicely carbonated, highly quaffable, could finish a little cleaner

O: Adding coffee to just about any style = worth a try

This is a decidedly average amber ale made interesting thanks to the use of coffee. It's definitely worth a try.

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a clear amber with a slightly fizzy white. The head dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing on the glass and a little around the circumference. The aroma is an interesting blend of the malt body of the ale and the coffee used. No one flavor dominates. The flavor is equally interesting, with a nice malt backbone holding up against a strong coffee flavor. Again, they balance pretty well and two flavors I wasn't sure would mesh actually do so pretty well. The body isn't heavy or slick but there is a little bite and a tingle on the finish. All in all, a unique and well-made beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber mahogany color with a fingers worth of tan head that fades down to a decent cap with some sticky bubbles

S: Lots of coffee/espresso up front with some sweet caramel malts backing it up. Very coffee forward

T: Starts off with the coffee and caramel malt sweetness and goes into a light coffee astringency. Some breadiness and light fruitiness come forward after that. Finishes with a light roastiness and some toasty maltiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little on the thin side

O: A solid base beer backed up with lots of coffee and espresso. Definitely recommended for coffee lovers and fans of coffee-forward beers

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Good head that leaves a blanket of lace. Dark amber color. Very clear.

Strong espresso aroma, not a favorite of mine but I note that it's well done.

I should probably disqualify myself from rating this beer. I do not like true coffee tastes. I cannot detect very much beyond this flavor in this beer. If you like burnt, I mean really burnt black patent malt or black coffee that has been sitting on the stove for four hours, then you'll love this one. I don't.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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