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Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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Reviews: 182
Hads: 632
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 20
Gots: 130 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WanderingFool on 04-17-2009

This unique India Pale Ale features our favorite hops—Simcoe, Amarillo and Nugget. A generous Amarillo and Simcoe dry hop provide for an assertive, hop-forward nose and front palate. We don’t use traditional bittering hops in our IPA, providing nothing but stimulating citrus and floral characteristics.

Inspired by a recipe from our good friend and fellow homebrewer Tim from the North Shore Homebrewers Club.

76 IBU
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Reviews by DirtybeerguyRI:
Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

APPEARANCE: Its a good looking beer with a very warm, hazy, medium amber hue. There's a decent head even though it's pretty heavily carbonated and has a high ABV.

SMELL: Very light, almost odorless. Though there is a slight, clean whiff of earthy hops.

TASTE: It's a very average IPA without a lot of character. You'll pick up some piney notes on the finish, but it's not as hoppy as you'd expect from an IPA. I've read several reviews that mentioned caramel as a dominant taste. I didn't really get that. For me, I found it really lacking for any distinctive taste at all.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with high(ish) carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: It's easy to drink because it doesn't really taste like anything. There's very little bite, considering the high ABV for an IPA.


VERDICT: I really wanted to like this beer. I enjoy Peak's nut brown ale quite a bit. And while I'm not really all that earthy-crunchy, I can get behind organic beers ... if they're good. Until they rework the recipe, I don't really need to drink this again.

Imbibed At:
Julian's Providence, 318 Broadway, Providence, RI |401-861-1770 | http://www.juliansprovidence.com/

John Harvey

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HoppedChef84
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion this beer really everything is in place is a Simcoe hop lovers dream. Nice clean flavor totally controlled by hop and pretty minimal malt backbone which is totally right up my alley. Not a crazy beer but old-school and very approachable. Crushability is very high.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the hotel bar in Augusta.
Big hop aroma with light bready caramel. Bracing hop bitterness. Old school.

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Photo of barknee
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to tell ya', I really enjoyed this brew. First off, I am generally leery of brews that are marketed as being organic. Organic - schmorganic... Naturally organic products are grown under certain criteria to meet the governments requirements to be labeled organic. But typically these products, especially fruits and some vegetables tend to be in poor condition when the reach the marketplace and therefore are unsatisfying to consume.
Though you may grow an organic product, your final commodity may not necessarily be that impressive; taste wise. Though I digress, this is my dubious philosophy of fresh organic products. And it is with this superficial negativity that I approach organic beers.
The Peak IPA is a fantastic libation. Massive delicious fresh grapfruity hops soar from the glass with a wonderful sticky sweet mouthfeel reminiscent of the best in class IPA's.The color is a cloudy 14 karat gold with an impressive long lasting off-white head. This product has changed my perception of the generally mediocre quality brews and brewers that create organic products to run with the green crowd while sacrificing all that is needed and wanted in a brewed beverage.
Kudos to Peak Organic Brewing for setting the standard for fine organic beers.

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Photo of kflorence
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light, clear, golden yellow in color when held up to the light, however comes off a bit more coppery otherwise. A generous amount of creamy white foam sits atop that leaves plenty of lacing as you drink. Carbonation levels are moderate and head retention is excellent. Doesn't get much better from an appearance perspective, although it does look to be a bit on the thinner side.

S: Floral and grassy with a sweet, cloying butter, toffee and vanilla undertone. Lots of cream corn, hints of lime. Barely hop-centric, as there is a strong light malt profile presence there to balance it out. Not a bad thing, off to a great start here.

T: Follows the nose quite well. Floral and grassy up front with a mellowing, light, toasty malt middle which meshes with a bitter grapefruit rind and lime finish that lingers long into the aftertaste. At 7.20% ABV, the alcohol is barely distinguishable until the final swallow.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation, this one feels creamy on the tongue and has an ample amount of chewiness. Some hop oiliness is present on the tongue, but it is far from a palate wrecker. Finishes crisp and clean but not dry. This is a perfect example of what an IPA should strive for if it aims to be both complex and drinkable.

O: Honestly, I was quite blown away by this one. I knew it would be good, based on ratings, but to me this is much better than the B average it has been given thus far. Yes, it will not please those seeking the trendy West Coast IPA hop bombs, and it won't blow you away with flavor or complexity, but seriously, judge this for what it is: a classic, balanced American IPA that is very tasty and quite sessionable, even at a higher ABV. Did I mention that it's from an organic, sustainable brewery? It doesn't get much better, folks. Stop being snobs and just savor the flavor. Can't wait to come back for more. Peak Organic is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Cheers!

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint a hazy burnt orange with a 1/2 finger white head atop,a few patches of broken lace left behind.A good shot of citric hops in the nose,really fresh and bold,a hefty caramel/biscuit malt base comes into play as well.Not as hop forward on the palate with in my opinion to big of a sweet caramel malt flavor that really to me overpowers the leafy and citric hops.The beer has some good things going on but just pack enough hop punch for me.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with a yellowy off-white creamy finger head. Some spotty lacing. The caramel and grapefruit type sweetness tries to make it's way in but either becomes a touch syrupy with the pine bite or gets lost. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. There is something nice and refreshing about the bitterness and it's not a hard beer to drink.

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgoodship
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's something strange about the marketing of organic with beer. Sure, craft brewers may not use officially organic ingredients but craft beers tend to be pretty pure and fresh in general. Regardless, I'm going to review this beer against the others apples to apples and organic is not going to be a factor.

A: Light yellowy amber. Yellowy off-white creamy finger head. Some spotty lacing. Head dissipates to a dusting throughout.

S: Sweet caramel and pine. Some tanginess there too.

T: The pine hits first. The caramel and grapefruit type sweetness tries to make it's way in but either becomes a touch syrupy with the pine bite or gets lost. Some breadiness comes across briefly in the finish but it goes quickly back into a pine bite long into the aftertaste.

M: Fairly creamy mouthfeel that is spoiled a bit by a touch too aggressive carbonation.

D: Too piney and syrupy for my liking. There is something nice and refreshing about the bitterness and it's not a hard beer to drink but with so many great IPA's out there, the only way this one can compete is if you factor in organic.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of andyfrancis
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pilsner glass, almost totally clear golden body, frothy beige eggshell bubbles formed a 2" head that's settled down into a nice clumpy 1/4" cap.

Strong smell of grassy, piney, fresh hops. Very bright, effervescent aroma. Some sweet malt just before it hits your lips.

Bummer...underwhelming and a hint of wet paper flavor, so I'll probably give this one another shot to be fair. Hops and malt are both present, but somehow don't mesh very well. It feels like every bit of the 7% abv.

Watery yet heavy, with almost no detectable carbonation. Leaves a spicy, waxy coating.

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Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Jcorn
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bishopdc0
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a golden slightly amber color it has good head retention and lacing. Good hop aroma, slight piny citrus. Malty bitterness starts the bitterness is threw out but does not linger. This beer is not a west coast IPA it is very mild and would be a great intro to anyone who who thinks they do not like IPAs plus its got locally grown hops.

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Photo of Guden
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Homebrew35
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours one fingers worth of a fairly creamy white head. Very sticky and appealing lacing. The head is fairly easy to regenerate.

Smells of floral and resinous hops. Very sweet carmel and toffee coming through as it warms. Maybe some biscuit and oak mixed in too.

Tastes fairly sugary and sweet at first, some Carmel and toffee mid palate, then some mineral and pine on the finish. Fairly complex which hinders its drinkability. The mineral note with a medium firm hop bitterness and pine taste hold this one back from being better. There's a distinct graininess that is more and more present as this warms, which is quite off putting.

Mouthfeel is medium full, quite sticky sweet and resinous. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is good but not great. Farly low drink-ability due to the aftertaste. Maybe its a freshness issue but this is the way it is. Good bitterness, subtle hop character, firm Carmel and toffee sweetness.

$2 a single.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a slight haze. Thin white head with mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong hops, pine, and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of strong bitter hops and pine with a hint of citrus.

Overall: Good IPA!

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Photo of virinow
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twist off bottle poured into a bulb style glass. at fridge temp. best enjoyed before OCT 2011.

pours out a clear orange amber color with a nice looking creamy, off white head. good retention with some pretty good lace.

intial whiffs of really fresh citric pine whole flower hops, but then it quickly goes to some buttery diactyl malt rather quickly. not sure what to think of this, last night i was drinking this and i remembered that i love how it smelled, just like hops when you pick them.

not much better of a taste. citrus and pine are there with lots of resins, but the buttery diactyl is still there. some biscuity malt. also slightly vegetal like and just a hint of a cinnamin/ pepper spice on the backend. a wierd almost yeasty light acidity. still has nice bitterness. dry finish.

not sure what to think of this, the bottle i had last night was much better. i purchased a sixer of this at wegmans, ill have to re review the last bottle.

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Photo of zapx
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SuperKarateMonkey
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light body ipa, not too exciting but alright.

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Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.