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Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 42 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 04-17-2009)
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Reviews by JmBrkr:
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-23-2012 03:43:55 | More by JmBrkr
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -7%

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.

10-15-2011 17:43:19 | More by oberon
Photo of ExtraStout


3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

04-05-2010 02:54:46 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of sgoodship


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

08-07-2009 22:26:18 | More by sgoodship
Photo of andyfrancis


3.66/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

07-28-2013 22:11:51 | More by andyfrancis
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-01-2012 17:32:48 | More by csmartin6
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-02-2014 19:40:54 | More by SunDevilBeer
Photo of bishopdc0


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

02-02-2010 00:43:15 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of Guden


4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-01-2014 16:43:49 | More by Guden
Photo of iemailjack


3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-08-2013 04:10:58 | More by iemailjack
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-15-2014 03:47:55 | More by petewheeler
Photo of Homebrew35


3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

02-14-2012 22:29:56 | More by Homebrew35
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

08-30-2013 12:15:01 | More by virinow
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

04-17-2011 03:03:42 | More by dogfishandi
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-12-2014 16:12:49 | More by zapx
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-15-2014 14:37:07 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

12-16-2013 03:59:47 | More by doremite
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottled on Nov '09, so this one was sitting for about 8 months...

Poured a cloudy orange with a minimal off-white head that dissipated quickly to a skin that hung around for the length of the drink, adding very minimal lacing.

Big aromas of sweet oranges, apricots, and butterscotch ending with a slight burnt coffee smell.

The taste differs a bit, with piney and citrus hops taking the forefront. Mild sweet malts follow but are more subtle than what is detected in the nose. A grapefruit acidity is added with a nice dryness a slight bitterness on the finish.

Medium mouthfeel that is slightly oily and sticky, with moderate carbonation.

I like the juxtaposition of the aroma and taste, the two characteristics add to a nice overall experience. For the style, more hops would be nice. Overall, a beer I would go back for again but not search out.

06-14-2010 20:50:53 | More by ThreeDimesDown
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.59/5  rDev -3.2%

An amber beer with a good amount of clarity. The aroma is a little hoppy and dry.

The taste, good, but damn, the diacetyl seems to be there, a twangy buttery taste is around, it isn't all that bad. I could do without it, but its not horrible, I doubt it was intended. Just gives it a slippery aftertaste. Once you get passed that aspect of it, (or actually its before that), there is a decent hop bill here, tastes like cascades, grapefruit kinda citrus. Malt bill is a little understated, leaving a sizeable dose of bitterness. Hides the 7+% alcohol nicely.

Price was nice, $6.99 I believe at Whole Foods Berkeley, CA.

08-21-2010 02:49:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2/5  rDev -46.1%

Super fresh best before June 2011, pours a slightly hazed copper golden hue with a bright white head billowing above the edge of my imperial pint, fine speckled lacing left behind. Aroma soapy citrus somewhat medicinal like smelling a bag of hop pellets. Flavor is more bitter than anything else, some light sweetness initially with a rush of hop pellets coating your teeth. This beer just blasts hop bitterness without much hop flavor maybe a hint of citrus cleaning products and raw herbaceous bitterness. No balance equates to sucking on a hop pellet which equates to a poorly executed IPA. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied sturdy carbonation, hop resins simply stick to the palate makes you want to brush your teeth and rinse you mouth out. Drinkability is nearly a drain pour a good bit of alcohol at 7.1 % abv is at least well hidden, but the one sided hops displayed mean these people just don't understand the style. If you gotta go organic, I guess you can drink this stuff but I won't be revisiting.

02-25-2011 17:48:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Orange amber with medium near white head. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

Has a mainly hop aroma -- fruity, and not just citrus -- with some caramel malt in the background. Has a sweet aroma but moderately bitter balance in the taste.

O - a well-crafted IPA. Flavorful but not challenging.

09-25-2011 05:10:05 | More by chinchill
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with good amounts of citrus hops and lighter amounts of buttery diacetyl. As it warms hints of herbal hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors with mild diacetyl flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of citrus flavors with hints of earthiness. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a solid IPA that leaned heavily toward the Northeast with the addition of diacetyl. Worth a shot if you're a fan of this sub-set but even if you're not it's not worth avoiding.

08-05-2010 00:36:53 | More by glid02
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3.45/5  rDev -7%

I was a little apprehensive to try this beer when my buddy brought it over because I'm not really into the whole organic craze and I think it's kind of a joke. But I figured I would give it a shot and it turned out to be a decent beer.

Poured an orangish amber color with an average amount of white head on it. Aroma has quite a bit of malt up front with some hops as well - I thought it would be the other way around. Taste is fairly balanced and pretty deccent. A little weak maybe, I could use a stronger flavor. Not bad though. Light bodied beer, mouthfeel is a little thin but still OK. Overall not a bad IPA.

04-14-2011 20:36:43 | More by richkrull
Photo of dcbeers

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-03-2013 05:41:18 | More by dcbeers
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by May 2013.

A: Pours an opaque golden orange with a 1 finger dense white head. A decent amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Certainly hops going on here. A piney, mildly fruity and sort of soapy hop characteristic. Fruit comes through as some grapefruit and orange. A sweet malt in the background.

T: Decently hoppy, perhaps a little lackluster for such a strong IPA. Don't get me wrong its bitter but there isnt as much hops as others in this category. Instead however it is a nice earthly floral hop that is very easy drinking.

M: Fairly light bodied, mild carbonation. Body is a tad watery.

Overall love the organic take on a great American style. Has a pure hop taste just could use more backing. A little higher overall as I feel the taste is more than 3.5 but not quite a 4.

12-30-2012 21:54:43 | More by CloudStrife
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Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.