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Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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85
very good

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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:
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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Reviews by VelvetExtract:
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Looks mostly clear in my glass. Deep red in color. Light head. Head leaves lacing dots on the glass.

S-The nose is quite interesting. Has components of an Amber Ale but there is a big, dominant coffee scent. The coffee/espresso is the big ticket, but there is some nice underlying bread and sweetness.

T-Like the nose. This beer at its base is an Amber Ale but the infusion of espresso makes this quite unique. Behind the java is some breadiness and even a pop of hops in there too. Very unique.

M-I am used to only experiencing this much coffee flavor in beers with the bodies of Stouts and Porters. This feels like an Amber Ale. Bubbly and crisp. Cool feel. Feels like a 4.5% brew rather than a 7%er.

O/D-I didn't love the overall meshing of flavors, but this one was interesting. Worth a try. I didn't hate it but one glass was more than enough. The coffee flavor needed more backing.

VelvetExtract, May 12, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a rich deep amber with a tight formed one finger off white head that held well,the espresso coffee really stands out in the nose,it provides roast and earth,lightly sweet caramel/biscuit comes into play as well.A little thin in the mouth and a little sharp as well.Mildly sweet caramel and brown sugar to start off with flavor wise,the coffee is more toned down than in the aromas but it still plays a role.A cool concept and decent beer,me being a lover of the hop likely wouldnt search out again but in saying that its a decent brew.

oberon, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

JakerLou, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of MisterDeeds
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent looking pour. Looks as advertised; a dark amber ale.

Smells legit. Like sticking your nose into a bag of fresh ground coffee beans.

Good coffee taste as well. A bit of sweetness up front followed with a nice burnt coffee biscuit taste.

Feel is slightly thin, but not overcarbonated, so it balances out very nicely.

Not a huge coffee beer guy, but i could put a few of these down with ease. It seems to have the just the right kick of Espresso, without going overboard and overpowering you. These guys are a nice, extremely underrated brewery.

MisterDeeds, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, cloudy

Smell: black coffee

Taste: toasted malt then a big dose of espresso

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium high carbonation, semi-bitter

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer, but after having a bunch of coffee beers, nothing really stands out either besides the color. The black coffee taste is dominate. I could have another or just as well pass.

tigg924, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sampler glass on tap.

Appearance: Brownish amber color with a whte head.

Smell: Coffee, all coffee. I could not smell anything else.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste like a good coffee stout, but being an ale it was much easier to drink in my opinion.

Overall: Glad I tried this one, great beer. I will order it again Im sure.

Cavanaghty, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a 33cl Celebrator glass.

Pours a nice dark amber/brown with a nice fluffy light yellow head that sticks around and some light lacing. Nose is lots of coffee and light bitterness.

Taste is bitter from coffee and dark malt flavor, sharp and sweet. Pretty nice full mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. It's a decent beer.

kingcrowing, May 09, 2010
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Milkysunshine, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.6/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Popped the cap this beer simply exploded all over my computer desk, carpet, and keyboard. It smells like coffee the little bit that made it into a glass tastes like a Jolly Pumpkin wild yeast strain with hints of watered down coffee. Normally I don't review these type of beers but I don't respect Peak Organic at all. The beer smelled like a coffee mill and it looked like a geyser gushing from my 22 ounce bottle, completely inexcusable compared to what their fresh offerings have to offer. Horrible acrid acidic stale coffee, with astringent tea leaf bitterness, this beer is horrible. Drinkability overall sucks ass hole, please don't buy these "organic" products you will only get burnt. Even after I keep smelling it, it does smell like a nice ice brewed coffee. It just happens to taste like burnt coffee water after it's brewed. Horrible fuckin' beer. After browsin' the website all I can say comes in voice of Southpark's Cartman "fuck those tree huggin' hippies"!!!

WVbeergeek, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of brettbbq
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice to find a coffee beer that's not a stout or porter.

Appearance: very cloudy, reddish-brown (iced tea look), with a thin head

Smell: Very nice coffee smell, hint of malt (not sure I'd know this is a beer from the flavor, vs a coffee drink)

Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker than your typical amber ale, but definitely not a porter - very nice.

Taste & drinkability: At my first taste, was really loving this beer. If had only drunk a 3oz sample, probably would have scored this beer much higher. Initially, a great blend between coffee, caramel malts, and a grapefruity hoppiness. For me, as I drank more of this beer, the hopiness really dominated more and more, and I lost most of the coffee features in the taste and smell.

brettbbq, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 13 (a Friday at that) of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent calendar.

This beer pours a hazy, dark orange-brick amber hue, with one skinny finger of fizzy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some interesting string cheese lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of bitter ground and roasted espresso beans, lightly toasted grainy pale malt, a touch of nutty caramel/hard toffee, soft bittersweet cocoa, and citrus, leafy, and herbal hops. The taste again leads with semi-sweet coffee notes, with a more bready and caramelized malt, understated stony minerals, some ethereal milk chocolate, and earthy, leafy, and mildly citrusy hops.

The carbonation is fairly unremarkable, in a pleasant enough way, the body a decent medium weight, but a tad watery in its smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the sweetness of the caramel malt holding tough against the still peppy, but now waning coffee character.

An enjoyable java-infused amber ale, and this from a guy who isn't a big fan of either. Very little acridity from the coffee makes for a smooth, easy-drinking affair, I have to say. I could see this being popular enough around here amongst the hipster bean & brew crowd, outside of the mostly secretive confines of this holiday special.

biboergosum, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a real pretty look, easy on the eyes! A bright amber with deep red hues, mellow carbonation that is able to easily form a healthy, dense and sticky tan colored head. Bunches of lacing is good to see as well.

The aroma is a very pungent, roastie-coffee bean, take a big 'ol whiff....it's ALL coffee! Smells exactly like the fresh Peruvian coffee I purchased yesterday. Maybe a bit of subtle herbal aroma's way, way down, but that's it.

I was anxious since the aroma was so0 dominated by coffee that the flavor would just be too much....not at all. The fresh coffee is detected first in the upper palate, mostly because of the strong aroma, then it's a crispy, herbal but malty flavor, semi-sweet, unsweatend baker's chocolate, mild, but spicey herbal-hoppy finish. a very good balance in the long run.

This is a crispy medium body with a smooth and light finish. Feels much fuller than it appears.

Coffee is usually something you add to Stouts, some big stouts can even have big coffee-like flavor's without the bean actually being added. This is an amber ale with a very robust but clean coffee aroma and flavor, but it doesn't walk all over this beer. There is balance, and nothing subtle! One of the best, if not THE best "Organic" beer I've had so far.

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of KingEdward
4/5  rDev +5.8%

KingEdward, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a big, thick, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - nutty, faint coffee, caramel

T - coffee, chocolate, caramel, faint nuttiness

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer, but it's one-dimensional. The coffee is good and welcomed, but it covers up the rest of the underlying amber. Overall, it's a good offering. I would have this again.

tdm168, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (screw-cap!), 6.8% ABV according to the label, which also indicates that the beer is best before June 2009. Poured into pint glass, cold. Beer pours deep red amber, becoming nearly brown in the glass. Medium tan head rests on top. Immediate aroma of fresh coffee, like coffee beans fresh out of the grinder. More mocha than espresso. (the beer is called espresso amber ale, but the description reads "ale with organic coffee" -- was the coffee processed as espresso or not?) The aroma is amazing, although it really doesn't smell like beer, it smells like light roast coffee...not too bitter.

First sip is sharp with carbonation. Definitely going to be a minus point on the mouthfeel. The sharpness subsides to a slightly sharp and bitter acidic kind of flavor. Hops, and then coffee. The finish is very long and even cloying. Slightly oily, like the way a sip of good coffee leaves your mouth.

The beer feels a little bit thin, with coffee flavors dominating the hops, and only enough malt to round it out, not enough to pronounce themselves with any specific flavor that I can identify. I should also mention that though the label claims 6.8% ABV, there's no harsh alcohol flavor at all.

Overall, slightly gimmicky. I'd never heard of a coffee-flavored beer that wasn't a porter or a stout before, and this delivers on that claim. The aroma is among the best smelling beers I've ever had (including W12 and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier). The rest of the beer doesn't measure up to that, but it's an enjoyable experience all the same.

hreb, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I enjoyed this beer in general, I thought the coffee tasted quite burnt. It brought me back to late nights of driving and 4 am truck stops with coffee that's been on the warmer since midnight. It smelled good, but the flavor didn't work for me (it might be great for you)! Other than that it's a fairly basic, well-rounded beer. The coffee becomes the main focus though. Hmmmm... I guess I'd also have to add that it didn't over-power or build on the palate, which at least goes a little bit towards drinkability. And although the coffee flavor is right-there, clear-and-bright, it wasn't acidic either. (Shrugs shoulders). Interesting. Enjoyable. Not the best coffee beer out there. It is organic though, right? :)

NeroFiddled, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with a creamy light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and faint hits of espresso. I was hoping for more of an espresso presence in the aroma, hopefully I can pick up more of it in the taste.

T- The taste has some sweet malt and caramel up front with smooth lingering espresso and hops in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I love coffee beers and this was a solid one. It would get a higher score with more espresso in the aroma, but the taste was solid. Recommended!

cjgator3, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a clear mahogany with two fingers of bubbly beige head, decent retention and fantastic sticky lacing. Looks really nice.

Smells exclusively of coffee.

Tastes like a lot of coffee that's been brewed too strong (has a little sour acidity), with some amber malt sweetness coming in mid-palate. An odd blend of tastes in a beer.

Mouthfeel is all right- that coffee acidity really does some damage for me. Medium body, moderate carbonation. This ones not my thing. Too much coffee.

Hopdaemon39, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky amber, with a finger of rigid light tan colored head. Smooth creamy layer of retention stays frothy, leaving rich swathes of lacing back. Wow, this aroma is thick with roasted coffee character, that is layered on top of notes of bread and caramel. A gentle floral feel wraps around the flavors, as does some light spice.

The espresso is just as strong in the taste, with a toasty acrid feel to it, that combines with citrus and toasted caramel malts to impart a rich tang to this. Finishes dry and roasty, with lingering bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bubbly and smooth carbonation, that enables this to flow very nicely for the richer flavors that are involved here.

Nice! No shortage of coffee here, and the softer profile and body of the Amber Ale meshed nicely with the more darker roasted flavors. Well done beer that definitely took me a bit my surprise with how much I liked it.

Kegatron, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of irishtjb11
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

holy coffee. or espresso, i suppose.

nice appearance, rich dark amber color with a nice off white heavy head. laces the entire way down the glass, really great apperance.

wild smell, full of coffee, both brewed and bean aromas. really enjoy the smell coming from this beer. malts present but the coffee really stands out with this beer.

the taste is a bit more balanced, but still leaning toward the coffee flavors and notes. backed by malts that balance the beer out, making it a beer and not just a coffee

overall great beer, just a bit high on the coffee for a high drinkability score. theres a lot of intense flavors going on that might be tough to stomach after awhile.

a note for this: drank this at room temperature, thinking it might bring some of the notes out. it certainly did, maybe cold it might be a bit more tame. nonetheless, great flavors.

irishtjb11, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of hdofu
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, possibly the only one in the amber family I'd say that about. This is what I imagine buzz beer (The Drew Carrey show) tasting like. The beer was a smooth crisp red amber ale with hints of espresso beans and a bitter sweet finish. The beer pour with little head coming out a light copperish color. The smell is sweet coffee smell like you'd expect in a coffee shop. I could easily drink beer like this all night long.

hdofu, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of nickthetick
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a burnt orange into an american shaker pint with about a half finger of off white head that thins out to just a skim rather quickly. Only a moderate amount of spotted lacing is left on the glass.

S: huge amounts of espresso right up front and in you face.

T: leaves a lot to be desired, the caramel malts are there and the espresso lingers on the tongue but there's no complexity.

MF: a nice medium body and good effervescence.

D: a pretty good beer, I just wish I found more in the taste.

nickthetick, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of 3leggeddub
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™.

3leggeddub, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Keene
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sharp, pronounced aroma of coffee was immediately apparent as soon as I cracked the cap of my growler. Pouring a nearly-opaque auburn or burnt umber color with a thin tan head, this beer has a bitter and bold taste profile. Nicely carbonated with a medium body, the roasty, somewhat acidic coffee flavor hits the tongue hard with your first sip, covering up some of this ale's hoppy character before eventually fading and leaving a slight malty sweetness at the back of your palate. Very drinkable--for java junkies, Espresso Amber puts many a coffee stout to shame.

Keene, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of JedediahK
3/5  rDev -20.6%

JedediahK, Apr 14, 2012
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Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.