Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 604
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 19
Gots: 110 | 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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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.02/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of DirtybeerguyRI
2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

SERVING TYPE: Cask

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/

Cheers,
John Harvey
Dirtybeerguy.com (1,207 characters)

Photo of Avantyawn
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Growler fill, poured into Imperial pint glass.

A: Golden amber, huge pillowy head, looks pretty good.

S: hmmm, its all biscuity malts and sweet caramel like scent. For an IPA, it is way too malt forward smelling. I am not impressed.

T: The taste is similar to the smell, slightly better, but I can't say I am enjoying this very much. There is a slight hoppy floral kick at the end, but it is so muted by this buttery sweetness which I find really not too tasty.

M: Very creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

O: Overall, I hate to give bad reviews but this beer just isn't cutting it for me. I like Peak's King Crimson offering very much, but this just doesn't have enough hop bite and is too creamy and buttery, not characteristics I enjoy in an IPA. I can't even say this tastes much like an IPA in style. It almost tastes more like some bad British bitter or something. Sorry, but I don't like this beer. Also, the high APV isn't doing the flavor, or lack of it, any favors. I don't quite understand the goal of this beer. (1,023 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours hazy orange with a generous head of foam that lasted well . Shrank slowly to some impressive craggy lace. Nose is tantalizing with absolutely fresh sweet citrus hops that smell like they are in bloom in the glass. A little dank, a little forest floor too. A respectable malt presence in the nose with light grain, honey and biscuit. Drank well at first and followed the nose with a little pine, some earthy yeast quality and some hops bitter. The malt disappeared somewhat but it did offer a little butter and toast and a little sweetness. Then as it warmed the character changed into something downright vegetal, leafy like lettuce & even a little corn. Malt is too far in back at this point. Tasted muddy, not really clear or crisp. Finished bitter and tried to be dry. Would not buy again. (798 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly to a ring leaving a good lace. Hazy red/amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Light piney hop nose. Flavor is mostly piney hops but some caramel shows up. Bitter finish. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. (295 characters)

Photo of jonziefle
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear golden amber. Two finger white pillowy head. Good retention. Excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Strong pungent hops. Grapefruit and pine. A buttery diacetyl hint as well. Moderate sweetness.

Taste: Hops have a slight bite, but they are drowned out by the buttery diacetyl and stronger than usual malts.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Smooth.

Drinkability: One of the best looking IPA’s I’ve ever seen, but the taste is a let down. The hop level is too low and the malts too high, with a buttery diacetyl tate disrupting everything. Goes down quickly, though.

Buy Again? No. (637 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops and some citrus. Tastes of floral hops, caramel, and lighter citrus. Lighter to medium bitter finish. Drinkable yes, memorable no.

Notes from: 5/19/09 (264 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a nonic:

A: orange colored body with a small one finger white head dissipated within a minute. It left some light foamy lacing and no rings. There was a fair amount of rising carbonation.

S: pine and the hops with some minor floral tones.

T: bitter through the previously mentioned flavors

M: medium body and the carbonation was felt in my mouth. It left a somewhat dry finish.

O: decent for the style, but nothing to scream about. (441 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light Amber pour with a light fluffy white head. Aroma is stick sweet malt with a touch of grain and light, floral hops. Pine sap makes an appearance as well. Flavor is bland at first, but sweet maltiness edges in in the center, a bit bready. Finishes up with a strikingly bitter, but a tad soapy finish. This is almost really good. But it settles for being decent. (365 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Lightly hazed amber color with a single finger of foamy cream colored head with average retention and lacing qualities.

S,T. Pretty standard pine resin aroma and flavor over a minimal malt base with only minor floral highlights.

M. Medium body and carbonation, smooth with a semi-dry finish.

The very definition of not doing quite differently to stand out from the crowd. (400 characters)

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 (1,253 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

White fluffy head builds to about 2 fingers deep. Lots of lacing left behind. The slightest haze in this orange colored beer.

Aroma is nice, quite green with a cut grass edge. More pine focused and with a sweet finish.

Very toasted malt focused. Vegetal/citrus hop flavors. The green from the aroma come through the flavor as well. Not as sweet as the aroma hinted. While there is a fresh tone to this, it's not very inviting. The bitter finish almost seems empty and could use some more depth.

Slightly powdering on the tongue. Carbonation seems a little more like a champagne or sour beer would be. I'd like the body to be a touch more bold.

Not that exciting and certainly not on my list of IPA's to seek in the future. A little let down here after enjoying Simcoe Spring so much. (787 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A clear, orange gold color. Decent retention. Nice lacing.

Nose: vanilla, lemon, lime, sweet orange.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing. Nicely balanced malt and hop bitterness. An almost sour and biscuity finish. The finish is a little metallic and dry.

Notes: A nice take on the style. It lacks anything noteworthy. (328 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I haven't smelled many IPAs with the famous cat pee aroma, but this is one of them. It's not catnip to me. The appearance is fine, with a clear, orangey golden color in the Duvel tulip. Modest head and plenty of carbonation.

Man, is this ever a funny flavor. Some malt and a slight stickiness. Kind of an anemic maltiness-- the sugar without any warmth. Hops are herbaceous, weedy, dank, dirty. Nothing spicy or flowery. In fact, it's not like most hops I've encountered. And that smell just does not go away.

Rather thin and bitter and not very drinkable. I blame the ditch weed hops. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Trader Joe's. (634 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear golden color with a good amount of visible carbonation. A sort of flimsy one finger white head forms, but settles pretty quickly.

S: At first, it smells pretty good. Candied citrus, grapefruit, and tangerine. But as it warms a touch, it gets a bit rough. Musty, dander-y and just not that good.

T: The balance in this is way off. A slight citrus hit upfront, but then a strange sour flavor creeps in with some heavy malt and resin. Finish is peppery and resiny without any good flavors to speak of. This is a miss. (534 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orangish color with a slight off white to khaki head that leaves a little lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt in the backbone and citrus and earthy hops that bite at the nose. The taste does have the malt backbone present, there is also a bite of earthy hops. The taste is blah and average I will give it credit for great masking of alcohol. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall it is just an average drinking beer the taste is a little average the smell is average, overall its average, if you want an average beer go here. With that said there is nothing to totally put you off of it either. (622 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent khaki head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a Earthy citrus hops with slight caramel malts. The taste is a strange hop blend overpowering sweet malts, reminds me of many other sub-par IPAs I've had in the past, just. . .not good. The beer is on the light side of medium with decent carbonation. I can honestly say I won't be having this one again. (486 characters)

Photo of mgoblue5743
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an interesting choice, I went for it because it was organic, had a high ABV and was cheap ($6 for a pint glass).

This is a very average IPA, not overly bitter, I wasn't too impressed. It's a fine drink; I like the idea of organic beer, so I am rooting for Peak, but this IPA can't compete with the leaders on the market.

So if you're feeling green, give it a shot; if not, I suggest you fine one of the many other fine American IPAs. (445 characters)

Photo of RoZnstyle
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - bright orange in color. Nice cascading on the glass

S - not much to speak of. Some floral and aromatics.

T - dry with a crisp spicy finish. Tasted very light compared to other craft ipa's

M - high carbonation. A bit too much in my opinion for the style

O - just another average craft ipa. Nothing special hear but it is refreshing. (340 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

a: Chill hazed dark golden; poured with a medium sized fizzy head.

s: Pine and onion-y citrus plus short bread and sugar cookies.

t: Odd sweetness, hard to describe. Kind of a sharp toffee and short bread? Amarillo shines through with some candy onion, not my favorite hop. Noticeable alcohol and lingering medicinal bitterness.

m: Sticky and kind of heavy.

o: Just not my kind of IPA. (389 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I pretty much see these beers all the time, good to finally get around to trying them. About 2 months before the freshness notch.

A- Pours out with an amber body and a nice white head. The texture of the cap is creamy and it has pretty nice retention. A nice coat of webbed lace.

S- Caramelized malt is big in the nose, more than I am used to in an IPA. Hops are right there with this and lend citrus, herbal, floral and earthy notes. The caramel is almost like an old ale.

T- The caramelized malt flavors are big here as well, sort of confusingly strong for the style. The hops are mostly herbal and floral with a decent amount of pine and citrus.

MF- Creamy light bodied ale with a moderate level of carbonation. Bitterness is at a moderate level as well.

DB- To me, the hop profile and malt flavors here don't meld amazingly well. It isn't a bad beer but considering how many great IPAs there are out there I wouldn't really see myself getting this one again. (967 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle-- a gift.

Appearance: Very light clear golden orange color. Little head, spotty lacing.

Smell: Quite a bit of tart citrus (grapefruit) and piney hops. A sweet caramelly, almost butterscotch smell, but I think its just sweet malt and not diacetyl.

Taste: The taste is sweet caramel and bitter grapefruit hops. The bitterness is kind of sharp and acrid in a non pleasing way (cant believe I'm saying that, because I love overbearing hops). The finish is long and sharply bitter.

Mouthfeel: coming up roses here. I like the level of carbonation. It gives a nice, almost creamy feel.

Drinkability: This is OK. The sharp bitter aftertaste gets a little old. This beer has two flavors-- too bitter and too sweet. An OK IPA. (737 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; an orangish copper; 1 finger creamy white head that receded quickly to a thin film; nice lacing;

S: a little lemon and pine, earthiness is predominant;

T: earthiness all the way; not fruit until the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; creamy;

O: the nose and flavor didn't work for me; other reviewers had a much different experience, so I'll try it again at some point; (395 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

rather dark for an ipa, produces a decent sized egg-nog colored head that laces well and lasts a while.

very faint aroma is of butterscotch, toffee and caramel as well as some earthy hoppiness, some bitter citrus and some booze.

taste is barely better than the aroma, but again, malt heavy at first. toffee, caramelly malts are sweet and sticky and barely give way to a bit of bitter and fruity hops and some earthy/floral hops come through in the aftertaste, which also has a bit of a burn.

medium bodied brew with a lot, perhaps too much, carbonation. oily and sticky feeling left in the mouth.

drinks ok. a bit too sweet and I'm not that big a fan of the hop profile either. Boozy as well. not my favorite IPA. Nothing is gross here, but nothing is exactly appetizing either. I'll pass unless its offered to me for free. (827 characters)

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have never had a Peak Organic brew until now. No little story on the label for this one, just pictures of fresh hops. Works for me!

A - Pours a fairly hazy ruby-orange with a one finger off white head. Not much carbonation evident.

S - Some tropical fruit and citrus hops but not much else. Fairly tame aroma. A little grassy in the second waft. Strange buttery aspect to the aroma as well.

T - Citrus hops mainly with some sweet malt. There is an astringent bitterness in the finish that's a little offputting, and the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Slightly bready malt body with a grassy finish. Malt and hops do not seem to balance or benefit each other, too disjointed.

M - A little chewy. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Leaves a sticky, syrupy feel on the lips.

O - A fairly mediocre IPA that is not very well balanced. I don't know if I'll be trying anything else from Peak Organic. (907 characters)

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Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.