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Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

Peak Organic Espresso Amber AlePeak Organic Espresso Amber Ale

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85
very good

182 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.55%


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:
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

(Beer added by: TrevorGW on 10-29-2008)
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3leggeddub

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, but very dark for even an amber. It almost looks like a brown ale. Nice half-inch off white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is mostly coffee, but there is some 'beeriness' underlying it.

The first few sips take a bit of getting used to. The coffee flavor is front and center, but the amber ale that it's hitching a ride with isn't a shrinking violet so there's a bit of a tug of war as to what exactly your tongue is telling the brain it's tasting at first. Things settle down quickly and find a balance and prove this to be an exceedingly drinkable ale. The up front espresso finishes with the expected roasted bitterness leading into mild hop bitterness at the edges. Definite maltiness going on so there is a touch of sweetness but not overly so. A nice medium body is perfect support for the taste and even though there's a good amount of malt there's no slick-sweet build up even after a couple of pints.

In the end I think what makes this a great beer is that it doesn't taste gimmicky. It doesn't taste like the coffee was an after thought nor is the coffee an attempt to mask an inferior amber. Peak's got a great example of balance right here. Absolutely check this beer out if you are a coffee fiend. Also for those beer fanatics who like coffee, but are not fans of the stouts and porters that usually play host to it Peak's may be the beer you've been looking for. Highly recommended and this, my friends is truly a breakfast beer.

And if you are a conscientious consumer not only are the ingredients of the beer certified organic, the coffee used is Fair Trade Certified™.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2008 15:24:05 | More by 3leggeddub
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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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Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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