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Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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186 Reviews
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Reviews: 186
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 25.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
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Peak Organic Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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: 186 | Hads: 660
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.

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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.

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Photo of DM1293
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hops up front, not the sweeter notes, definite pine somewhere down in the middle. Bitterness is mild initially, and lingers in the finish. A bit of malt in the background, but I think there should be a little more to pull the hops a little more into check.

Not really the best IPA I've had that, but not bad at all.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark golden beer with a slight orange tint to it. My pour yielded a 1/2 finger's worth of slightly off-white head with moderate retention and quite a bit of clingy lacing.

S: Very floral and citrusy nose. Notes of grapefruit and elderflower (at least elderflower liqueur) are prevalent.

T: A malty backbone stands up well to the heavy dose of bitter hops. The taste is very floral, with notes of rose and grapefruit. The finish is oily and bitter, with the hops taste lingering. The only evidence of the alcohol is in the slight warming sensation.

M: Medium body and quite a bit of carbonation. The mouthfeel is oily.

O: A good beer. I think the flavor is a bit muddled, the hops and malts compete quite a bit to leave the palette a little confused. Still, a good favor and a pleasant beer.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Translucent copper orange body with little rising carbonation but a good sized head of light brown bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Big grapefruit hops make up the aroma. There is some earthiness and mustiness mixed in as well.

T: Lots of hops in the flavor profile. Begins grassy, gets piney and ends up oily and bitter. Tastes like there is a fairly high IBU count to this beer, but perhaps it's just because the malts are minor compared to the hops. Either way, I like it.

M: My lips are left slightly sticky, and there is a decent mouthcoat that has bitter flavors.

O: I like this beer a lot; it's probably my favorite beer Peak makes. Too bad it isn't available year-round. I'll have to seek it out again next time spring rolls around.

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Photo of kellticgirl
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this after sampling and liking some other Peak Organic brews. Noticed right away that it didn't have much of an aroma, but poured with a nice honey amber color.

The hop level is just right, not too overblown. It isn't as floral or grapefruit-like as a lot of high-alcohol beers. Interestingly, I felt that the flavor seems to disappear from your mouth quickly after each sip. Good thing? Bad thing? Probably depends on whether you like hoppy beers or not. I like them and like the taste to linger.

I would buy it again for sure, but it's not going to make my top 5 IPA's.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at July 2012. Pours a brownish dark amber color with very little head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is citrusy along with some floral hops. A bit sweet. Taste is bitter citrus and floral hops. This one smelled more of citrus hops but the taste is more of the floral hops. Sweet malts near the end. Floral aftertaste. Medium bodied. This was a pleasant surprise. Good amount of hop flavor and a pretty high abv. Overall, this is a solid IPA and worth seeking out.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a freshness dating of best by July 2012. Pours a slightly hazy orange body with yellow hue. About a one-finger off-white head that leaves a little lacing.

Very citrus hop aroma featuring mostly orange and tangerine. A bit of pine resin and caramel malt finishes it off.

The flavor is a bit different from the aroma and seems less complex. The hop flavors tend more toward the pine resin side with very little citrus. The malt is understated overall.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel. A decent IPA overall but not too exciting.

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Photo of Moxley
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA that packs a healthy 7.1 ABV without a boozy punch. Earthy and hoppy but not overly hopped. Good head retention and lacing. A definite try for IPA lovers. Good representation of the style.

Worth picking up a six pack for sure, and with a 7.1 ABV, a six pack is all you'll need.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange with a thin foamy white head.

The smell was of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit.

The taste was pretty hoppy and bitter.

Smooth light mouthfeel with a slight carbonation.

Overall a pretty average ipa, decent enough but with much better out there I'll skip it.

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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.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on 1/23/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a golden copper color with nice clarity. There is just a very thin white head resting on top since I'm at a bar. Can't accurately judge read retention, but there is a some nice lace left behind on the glass with each sip. The nose is of caramel malts and a nice hop presence. There also some aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and a little bit of toffee. The taste follows the nose. It starts off with some caramel malts and toffee. Then there is a nice citrusy hop bite to it. Also, I am getting some tropical fruit flavors. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness, caramel, and fruit behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a nice feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, and that gets cut by a nice citrusy hop bitterness. The hop bitterness lingers on the tongue in the finish. This has good drinkability. Overall, I think it is a nice beer, and a good representation of the style. I could easily knock a few of these back no problem. It is refreshing and has a good hop presence. I recommend checking this one out. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours an orangey amber color with a finger of off white head. Good retention with some lacing.

S- very solid hop aromas with classic pine and yellow grapefruit citrus characteristics. Floral spicy hop notes on the middle. Dry biscuity malt aromas bring good balance on the finish.

T- spicy floral hop flavor blends with pine and yellow grapefruit peel. Balanced biscuity malt on the finish with a moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

MF- dry crackers mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation.

D- balanced hop forward IPA. Good drinkability.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Bottle states best before June 2012. Pours a copper golden with small head. Nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of fresh earthy hops and some malts.
Taste is of botter fresh hops. Some caramel/toasty malts are present.
Its slightly bitter in the mouth. Very mild for such a high ABV.
For years I have passed this brew up..and all Peak for that matter. I was under the assumption this was a gimmicky brew..but its actually not bad. Its not the best IPA I ever had, but its deff tastey. Id now like to try other brews by Peak.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper colored ale coupled with half finger off white head seems striving for stereotype like it’s nobodies business.

S: Light pine aromas waft over subtle orange and grapefruit citrus. Malts are reminiscent of Graham crackers and buttered toast.

T: Subtle and balanced is the name of the game for this IPA. Mild hop flavors are layered over buttery and nutty malts, light almonds, sweet crackers, toast.

M: Light to medium bodied with a silky middle ending moderately dry.

O: Sometimes you need to travel fast. There’s a passing lane for that. Other times you need to be conservative. There’s a slow lane for that. Other times you just need to get there. And that’s why there’s a travel lane. This is a middle of the road IPA, but it gets the job done.

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Photo of Longstaff
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one caught me off guard by the description of some modern american hops when it had a solid caramel, butterscotch, almost bordering on buttery maltiness. But the interplay of the fruity/floral american hops and the malt character is pleasantly disjointed and its depth of hop and malt flavor is intriguing. Grassy hop flavor and bitterness extend through to the finish which helps preventing this one from being cloying despite its sweetness.

As a modern IPA, this one kind of fails, but as an unique and interesting beer on its own accord, it succeeds greatly. I think of it like an english ESB made with american hops.

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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.

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Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz bottle w/ twist-off cap to white wine glass. Why not, right? Freshness dating notched into the left side of the paper label, reading best by April 2012

Appearance (4.0): Nice hazy, orange-amber body with an off-white head, one finger fading to a slight film on the surface of the beer. Looks like honey, very pretty. Rather solid coating of lace on the sides—very nice.

Smell (4.0): Passion fruit! Seriously. Drank a lot of passion fruit juice when I lived in Brazil (maracujá) and I know that smell. Mango and pineapple a little, maybe, but no pine / grass / floral / spice really at all, just passion fruit. The dry hopping is All-American, that’s for sure. I prefer lots of pine and resin, some grapefruit, but this is lovely.

Taste (4.0): Starts out with a pronounced grassy / herbal bitterness, moving to a somewhat astringent grapefruit pith bitterness. This is all supported by a slightly bready malt body with a moderate dose of caramel—far from sticky or cloying, though, actually a bit understated. No alcohol detected, and it has a rather long, grassy finish. Yeast has a slightly chalky presence, which I enjoy though I know a lot of other people don’t; nice flavor profile overall.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Smooth, foaming carbonation keeps it alive. Slightly active, but not too boisterous. Very dry finish, medium body. Solid.

Overall (4.0): This is a very solid American IPA, really a pleasant surprise—a lot of people wouldn’t expect it from the price point or from a regional brewery with a very low-key reputation. Glad I tried this, it could be a go-to sixer, especially on a budget.

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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.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours acopper color with a billowy head andnice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrusand pine along with fresh grain.

T: Taste of citrus and fresh grain. A nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and refreshing. Well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

Much better beer than the name implies. Not an overpowering IPA. Easy drinker

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Photo of billybob
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep rich orange color one finger head and a fair amount of lace. fruity, pine, hops, fresh grapefruit all come through in the smell. taste starts off a little on the sweet side with a smooth malt fresh grapefruit then the hops kick in turning to grapefruit rind warming slightly with a dry lingering taste. smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. i like that its organic, i like that it hides the higher alcohol content well. ipa is not my best style of beer to drink but this one is real nice for a change of pace.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Snifter glass.

This beer pours how an IPA should, dark hop hazed orange with a sticky slimy head that stays with it the entire time. Big time piny notes, grapefruit citrus, juicy mango fruit, smells real good. Taste has huge citrus notes, with a smokey feel, nice piny hops with an earthy tone. Medium on the feel, creamy and smooth going down, very frothy from start to finish. Overall, this beer taste great when its fresh every time, well balanced IPA.

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Photo of francisfilion
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad brought me back a 12 oz bottle from a recent trip to Wells in Maine. The beer was a rusty amber with a creamy head.
It smelled quit hoppy (Fuggles maybe), earthy and of spruce.
It tasted hoppy as well with a good level of bitterness as well as roasted malts.
It had a good carbonation in mouth and a good texture, in fact it felt quite thick.
Overall it was a great IPA and I can't find anything wrong with it, great ingredients make a great beer! It's that simple.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Peak Organic surprised me with this one. This is an extremely bitter IPA. Lots of unrefined grains and astringency. Feels "unfinished", but in sort of a good way. Lemon rind rounds out an otherwise one note hop profile. The aroma told me this was faded, indicating a strong grainy malt presence along with some floral hop notes. I do not believe this was past its prime in tasting it, but please give me a born on, not a best by date.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side of medium. Alcohol is pretty well hidden @ over 7%, though this beer will sneak up on you.

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Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.