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Peak Organic IPA | Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by WanderingFool on 04-17-2009

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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 685
Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA pours a murky orange / dark yellow color with a medium white frothy head. The smell is not very strong, but fairly hoppy with some pine notes and some minor citrus as well, pretty standard IPA scent. The taste is much hoppier then the smell led me to believe with an herbal piney flavor dominating. There are some floral and citrus flavors as well with some underlying caramel malt flavors also. As the beer warms a bit to become cool, and not cold, the citrus flavors come more to the forefront and takeover from the herbal character. The finish is semi-dry and the body is medium. Not a bad IPA, but a little bit one note and not as refined as great examples of the style. I personally prefer the beer cool rather than cold.

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Photo of CommonSense
4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

83? Really?

This tropical hazy IPA is one of the best bottled IPAs in Maine and is definitely underrated on this site.

Cloudy beers are a GOOD thing. That means it was bottle conditioned and has more aroma and taste. These are gooooood things folks.

Organic and tasty. Does it get any better?


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Photo of dar482
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a medium hazy pale amber.

The aroma offers medium bready malts, light floral and grassy notes.

The flavor hits of medium piney bitterness that lingers throughout the palate on the finish covered with some lightly sweet bready malts. The bitterness sticks onto the palate with the aromas not coming through to offer more flavor on the palate.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.73/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I was over at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop yesterday afternoon after Easter dinner with my uncle & when I noticed an opening in the singles section, I got them to put this out. I have been drinking a lot of Peak Organic Ales the past couple of days, but this is my last for the foreseeable future.

From the bottle: "Pure ingredients, delicious beer".

I am definitely NOT going to be sorry to put these screw-top bottles of theirs in my rear-view mirror! I went with a gentle pour since some previous reviews mentioned the presence of a haze or cloudiness & I like to challenge myself with a clear beer, if possible. Success! Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, causing the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus to drop by for a taste. Nose was a (this) hopehead's dream - an amalgam of cattiness, pine mintiness & grapefruit citrusiness! Oh my. I may take a little break to regroup. I'm back. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was Simcoe-forward with its extreme cattiness, but underlain with grapefruit (primarily) and a light pine mintiness. It made for an extremely cool taste in the mouth and throat, akin to gargling with mouthwash. Finish was extremely dry, but cool, like inhaling while outside right after it has finished snowing. I am also going to warn you that this is not for everybody. I am a self-avowed, self-described hophead and I really like these kinds of AIPAs, but I know that they are anathema for others. YMMV as a result.

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Photo of CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Tribeca Tap House in NYC, it pours hazy yellow color with a 2 finger bright white head that dissipated slowly and left good spotty foamy lacing as it went down.

Smells and tasted very fresh and hoppy with a nice mix of hops that gave off strong citrus and piney hops including lemon, grapefruit and tangerine notes along with a nice malt backbone, biscuit, faint peppery spices and a fair amount of bitterness. It seems light, fresh and airy and was very easy to drink.

I will certainly have this again on a night where I'm not out with co-workers so I can focus more on the brew.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kinda strange smelling and flavor profile is quite bitter and not hitting the IPA notes that I prefer. Not quite the IPA that is up to today's standards.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8.2% ABV version. Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma is bursting with dank hops. Chives, dill and other garden herbs come to mind. Taste follows, nice and hoppy but not very bitter at first. Builds up a bit towards the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. Body and carbonation are smooth and the alcohol is really well hidden, making the beer very drinkable. Overall this was a nice surprise.

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best I've experienced from Peak. This could be a go-to IPA for me.

A - beer pours with a finger of white foam that floats, atop a slightly hazy, amber colored body. The foam leaves moderate lace.

S - Herbal, pine hop character with secondary of citrus, rind, and grapefruit. Spicy and creamy caramel and bready malt notes balance.

T - Plenty of organic bread and toast malt notes balanced with a spicy hop character. Caramel core with pine hop flavor white pepper, and spice. Finishes with bitterness, lingering grapefruit hop.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, good feel, and a dry finish.

O - with organic IPA this powerful and balanced, why not?

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice rich darkened golden color, on the brighter side for the style
Unmistakable smell from these brewers, a similar grassy smell that is so fine \...although light
The same flavor as in the smell, only slightly bolder in taste...nice hops up front, turns over into some apple sweetness but bitter in the finish...the flavor has some lasting power as it get less cold
Easy drinker, but settles bitter into the taste buds so much they struggle to remember the taste
this one leaves a feeling that there is a lot better on the market and the reminder that this brewer produces this taste better in a different style.
no, not again for the price...

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Photo of The_Kings_Thirst
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden/orange with a slight haziness. Modest, quickly dissipating head.

S: Grapefruit, orange, caramel, dankness.

T: Grapefruit and candy orange hoppiness with piney bitterness on backend.

F: Medium body.

O: Enjoyable IPA

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Photo of codekiln
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

cloudy, golden, some bubbles, decent head lingers

yeasty, morning after rain. not very strong.

hoppy but not too bitter - though it is there at the end.



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Photo of leroybrown10
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold color. Small off-white head. Head disappears quickly. Moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma is citrus and tropical hops. Lemon, orange, mango, and grapefruit.

Taste is like the aroma. Citrus/tropical hops. Orange and mango in particular. Hints of malt but not very balanced. Some bitter pine at the end.

Medium body with crisp carbonation. Strong lingering bitterness, more pine than citrus.

A decent IPA with big citrus/tropical notes. I wish those were the notes that lingered on the tongue instead of the piney ones.

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Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a copper colored brew with a bright white head. The scent is sublbtle, with some spicy hops and a grass and acrid note. It is on the the dry side, and has a medium body. Just okay.

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Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't know what to make up the smell at first, I really hadn't experienced it before. This beer is exceptionally bitter, but in a good way. It is VERY assertive but highly drinkable.

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Photo of ClevererRemark
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

drinking this while paying close attention makes this beer incredible, but man, for a brewery so generically named as peak organic (especially a beer named simply ipa) this is a hard one to crack into. for 76 IBUs, this is pretty fierce. yes, it's floral and cirtusy, but you have to FIND that, not get it up front and explore it further. a complicated but still fairly enjoyable ipa.

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Photo of gaulsandman
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden orange color and had a finger high head to it. Smells of strong lemon and orange but lacks a true citrus taste. It's bitter but smooth and has a nice taste when it hits. Not a typical IPA by IPA standards. I like it but I'm not sure if I would order it again especially being that Maine had many great IPAs.

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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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a lighter amber color. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade. It has a rough texture and poor retention, unfortunately. Little lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: I'm getting lots of dank Simcoe hops, as well as some lemony Amarillo hops. Malty sweetness gently backs it up - as it warms up, more and more butterscotch and caramel pop. Nothing overly special in terms of aroma, but it smells like it will be drinkable. (3)

Taste: The hoppiness is front-loaded on the palate. There are nice notes of pine, lemon, and herbs that quickly segue into a malty finish. Its malt backbone brings some caramel and graham cracker sweetness without ever overpowering. While well balanced, it's frankly rather boring. (3)

Mouthfeel: It deserves credit for being very light and crisp for the style. Malt sweetness doesn't linger clumsily on the palate despite its prevalent presence. Carbonation remains slightly low (but not overly so). (3.25)

Overall: Little stands out about this IPA. It hits the right notes without any of them popping. I'll gladly drink this one for free, but I won't be buying this again with all the great IPAs out there. (3)

3.03/5: Forgettable, but hey it's really easy to drink

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is grain, lemon and pine. Nice.
The taste is moderately bitter to start, malty middle and finishes with a long pine and grapefruit bitterness.
The texture is crisp.
A nice IPA.

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Photo of ZErhardt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the tastier and sweeter IPA's out there. It pours milky and unfiltered and this adds a cream feel that was surprising because of the lack of head. Tasty 7.1% and a decent price leaves not much to be desired with this IPA.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Upstate New York. From old notes.

A - Hazy golden pour with decent carbonation. One finger of white head left good lace and a film of retention.

S - Grassy, herbal, some citrus, nice light biscuity malt.

T - Zippy hops, citrus, grass, a bit of malt sweetness, weedy.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, good bite.

O/D - Pretty decent. A bit more like a Pils, but still bitter like an IPA. Very drinkable. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A decent IPA with a strong citric and fruity aroma. Strong hops taste. I would have rated it higher if there was more balance in terms of a bigger malt and fruit presence.

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Photo of HoppySailor
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Twelve ounce bottle poured gently into a New Belgium snifter. Bottle says best by March 2015.

A - Pours a beautiful pale straw, near perfect for the style, topped with a very fluffy and dense white foam that is slow to recede and leaves heavy lace. Continues to boil up from the bottom of the snifter even several minutes after the pour. The head becomes so thick after a minute or two that individual bubbles are no longer visible, just one lumpy blanket of fluff.

S - Smells as an IPA should, nothing overwhelming about it. Slight hint of pine and citrus, faint hint of fresh-cut grass if I inhale deep enough. As gorgeous as it is to look at, this one is average on the nose.

T - Nice and bitter up front. There is a touch of citrus, maybe even the bitterness of orange peel. It is a very well-done average IPA. For a brew sporting 7.1 ABV, this one does a great job of hiding the alcohol. There is no booze burn at all. The finish is all hop bitterness, in spite of their claim to have created a citrus/floral ale, this one finishes like a big DIPA and is all bitter at the end. A grassy/bready malt taste is present between sips.

MF - It feels like a carbonated beverage. Heavily carbonated. Not as smooth and oily as most IPAs I like, but certainly would be refreshing on a hot day, in spite of the alcohol content. There is plenty of carb burn on the tongue and all the way through the swallow. Would be a 5.0 if this were a pilsner, but as it's an ale, I would just rate this attribute as average.

O - Overall this was a great recommendation from a good friend. I never would have tried it on my own as the "organic" label would have scared me away. That said, I enjoyed and would enjoy again. I hate not knowing when it was made, and I feel that this sample might have been more than 90 days old. Would love to have a really fresh bottle, or maybe even enjoy on tap. This is a good, average, middle of the road IPA for the person who loves hop bitterness, but does not want to have his tongue wrecked by some of the more extreme IPAs. I would also say this one is mis-classified. It should be a Double IPA, along the same lines as SN Torpedo.

Well done, and on the upper end of average, lower end of great.

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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!

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Straw pour with a 1/4" foamy head. Lingering lacing as it warmed. A big unique hop nose explosion. Strong hops, a little smoky, and a good bitter pop. Every once in a while I think I taste the alchohol, but overall well masked. I give this one props for originality, as I cannot think of another IPA that tastes like it. I do not get the "sessionable" feeling that some get. For me the flavors are too big. I have no reservations about throwing this into the mix on a Friday night. If you like hop bombs, give this a try, but don't expect a balanced IPA.

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Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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