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Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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BA SCORE
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181 Reviews
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Reviews: 181
Hads: 622
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 19
Gots: 123 | 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: 181 | Hads: 622
Reviews by StuyBeerGuy:
Photo of StuyBeerGuy
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a nice fizzy head that calmed downed in a bubbly one finger head and had a pleasant light golden color that accentuated its liveliness.

The head was complex and had a lot of unique notes to test any sniffers main tool. I picked up some normal smells such as banana, cloves and grapefruit. More interestingly cat urine on a scallion plant likely emanated from the different process required in producing an organic beer.

The taste and mouthfeel seemingly evaporated and affected predominately the middle and back of the mouth. The flavors corresponded to the more unique smells that I have already mentioned. I think it is a good beer that offers interesting pairing combinations since it posseses unique flavors.

In conclusion, the beer is a valiant and green effort that showcases how an IPA and beer in general can be made environmentally friendly. (876 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of HoppedChef84
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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. (112 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgoodship
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of andyfrancis
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Jcorn
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bishopdc0
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of Guden
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Homebrew35
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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! (297 characters)

Photo of virinow
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of zapx
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SuperKarateMonkey
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light body ipa, not too exciting but alright. (45 characters)

Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (854 characters)

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Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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