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
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight honey aromas. Taste is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and a slight malt finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. Bonus points for being organic too. (565 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a clear crimson body. Little lacing. Aroma is very musty with wet sock hops dominating. Flavor is more fruity with candies orange, floral and moldy piney hop notes. Medium body and lighter side of medium carbonation. Overall a nicely drinkable IPA though the aroma is light. (287 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly fades away into delicate lacing.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose; the smells of grapefruit and oranges stand out in particular. There are some hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with lots of flavors of citrusy hops but these are only accompanied by a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is surprisingly very easy to drink considering its strength and the amount of hop flavors because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the low amount of bitterness makes it quite drinkable. (783 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 7.1% ABV, the last part of the mixed pack currently available way the hell up over and here in Alberta.

This beer pours a glassy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, cushioned off-white head, which leaves some hovering mothership lace around the glass as it fairly slowly sinks away.

It smells of musty citrus rind (grapefruit and oranges left too long in the bottom fridge drawer), bready caramel malt, a bit of pine needle, some soft white onion notes, and spicy leafy, earth hops. The taste is muddled citrus peel, only somewhat tempered in its bitterness, with a stronger herbal, leafy hoppiness taking center stage a little too quickly, over a weakly sweet pale maltiness, borne of soft caramel and/or toffee, while the higher-end ABV actually remains rather well hidden.

The carbonation is pretty understated, though still supportive enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a shallow fading pithiness. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt somehow able to counter the remnants of that aspirational hop bill.

Bitter? Erm, yes. Hoppy? Sure. Agreeably IPA-ish? Sort of. This particular offering is just too understated, somehow weirdly musty, as opposed to the crisp edginess one might expect for any particular version of the style. And then there's that subtle onion character - nope, not really what anyone really should expect from a true and blue Yankee IPA. Close, but, well, 'come again'. (1,455 characters)

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

amber in color with a rich head of white that settled down nicely into a broken crown with a good bit of white lacing dripping down the sides of the glass. Aroma is a mix of earthy, piney hops and delicate touches of light grain. Warming makes it come across even sweeter, a nice balanced IPA is always welcome in this house. Smooth, creamy feel here, thicker then normal and nicely carbonated for sure. Starts out with a nice touch of piney hops, resin filled the taste buds and gave a bit of puckering feeling for a second before a nice touch of bready malts fills the back of the throat and a smooth, long, and dry finish (624 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 ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, orange-amber body with a finger high layer of off-white foam.

Smell: Sweet caramel-scented malts in the nose with a touch of buttery diacetyl and notes of candied grapefruit rind, flowers, and spruce tips.

Taste: Pale and caramel malts, faintly toasty and with a modest amount of sweetness. The hops are predominately fruity and citrusy, but also yield some floral tones and zesty spruce hints. Moderate bitterness, though there's enough maltiness to keep things fairly balanced. Slight buttery tones from the diacetyl within. Drying, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Even with the diacetyl, I still thought it was a fairly pleasant India Pale Ale. Now, to finally try that Espresso Amber. (789 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with half a finger of white foam that rests, angelically, on top of a lightly hazy, amber colored body. The foam settles fairly rapidly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Herbal, pine hop character with some grapefruit. Spicy caramel and bread malt notes balance things out in the background.

T - Some bread and toast malt notes up front with a spicy hop character. Caramel comes out in the middle with a bit of pine hop flavor and clove. Things finish up with bready malt moderate bitterness along with a lingering grapefruit hop character.

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

D - Pretty drinkable, though I have come to expect a bit more from this brewery based on their other offerings. This is the one, explicitly "organic" brewery that has consistently impressed me with their beer but this might be the weakest effort I have had from them thus far. The hops are kind of muddy and a bit too weak for the malt. Caramel and toffee seem to push back against the sugar and it allows the malt to verge on cloying in the finish. (1,073 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Part of the sampler box I randomly decided to buy a little while ago. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises hoppy citrus and florals, orange peel, and a hint of toffee. The taste holds notes of bitter citrus peel, light caramel, and a slight biscuity flavor. The body is light, with moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid IPA, but nothing all that special. (479 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 4/18/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very hoppy along with citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong and very bitter hops bite that remains dominant. There are background flavors of citrus and caramel, but very little sweetness. The malt character is a bit thin for the style. The after-taste is bitter.

M: Very crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and very dry.

D: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is definitely not one of the better IPA's that I've had. (748 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly over slightly hazy golden orange color.

Nose had some light hops, bit of herbal and grassy but mostly just hop. A light brady malt aromas under that hint of sweet malts, it gives me the feel its not so fresh despite the drink before being next month.

Taste start with some bitter herbal almost UK style hop flavors, semi bitter with a bit of a bitter spicy hip bite, some malts under that giving a bit of sweetness and little bready. A light fruit as well. Finish brings more bitterness as it dries a bit with some lingering herbal hops, a bit of fruit and slight pricy like hop flavor.

Mouth is med to a little lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, bit of malty back bone giving it balance but a decent hop bitterness. (801 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 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 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. (293 characters)

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a fresh pale malt scent along with a mildly aggressive hop character and a sweet smelling Ringwood yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. Again, it's incredibly fresh tasting with lots of yeast character. However, the hop content is lacking. It does drink well and thrives with it's simple malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer, but nothing to write home about. It's incredibly drinkable as well as organic. (602 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an orangish amber with a half of an inch of thick, soft, white head that has decent retention

S - faint bread, citrus, faint alcohol

T - faint bread, citrusy, orange, grapefruit, earthy, piny, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carboanted

This is a decent offering from Peak Organic. It has decent flavor and great drinkability. I wouldn't refuse this if offered again. (399 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by 8/11,

A: Pours a light orange with a firm medium white head, a bit fizzy looking, but good retention and lace.

S: Hint of sweet malt, with a very weedy (I mean the plants you pull out of your lawn, not pot) smell, vegetables.

T: Good malt character, crystal and biscuity. The hop character is unique, it is very salad like - notes of dandelion greens, radicchio and lettuce. Quite intriguing at times, but a clear difference from the citrus and pine dominated West Coast efforts.

M: Medium-bodied, pretty smooth, fresh, crisp carbonation.

O: This is a hard beer to review because it is so different than what I am used to expecting in the IPA category. This is vegetal, don't get into this if you don't like these flavours. But it's a fun beer, and it's uniqueness makes it well worth a pickup. (822 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada shaped glass. Poured a hazy orange amber color with a thick fluffy white head. it had pretty good head retention and left very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a malty sweetness to it with some caramel flavor, with a slightly piny, citrusy hop aroma. The malty sweetness is coming through a little more then the hops and gives it a little candy, sugary smell.

The taste also has a slightly sweet and sugary flavor to it to go along with the moderate pine and citrus hops. It has a moderate bitterness to it that helps balance out the sweetness some.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's decent tasting and easy drinking making it go down easy. The fact that it is organic I'm sure is a nice addition for some. I don't personally seek out organic beer but it's nice to see that someone is offering a decent one. (916 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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY and dry hopped at the bar with whole Simcoe hops.

Poured a deep brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured mostly floral hops with a dry caramel.

The taste consisted of clean malts and a dry gloral/herbal hop. A pleasant streamlined taste.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style and surprising considering the ABV.

Overall a very tasty and well balanced ale. (485 characters)

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Best Enjoyed Before: Oct 2010

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, and a nice little citrus thrown in. The taste is hoppy, slightly bitter, slight malt note, and some nice citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty IPA at that. (424 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by November 2012.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate to heavy haze and a nice, strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: rich malt aroma with a bit of a dank quality and an earthy, herbal hop character. Perhaps not completely to my taste, but pretty well done.

Taste: again, the dank, rich malt flavor, which is perhaps a bit too muddy for my taste. Hop character is earthy, but less pronounced than in the aroma. Bitterness is relatively high. Not too bad, but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Pretty good, especially for the style.

Overall: this is not a bad beer, per se, and is pretty decent in the field of organic beers. It just doesn't fit well with my palate. (840 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (622 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours an orangish golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is better than expected. Definitely more malt than I was expecting, but there is also a good dose of fresh citrusy hops as well. This is not a huge IPA in the nose, but it is certainly a very nice, fresh smelling IPA.

T- The taste like the aroma surprised me. There is some sweet malt and caramel up front with the hops coming in next and creating a lingering bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much from this one going in but I was pleasantly surprised. Not the biggest or brashest IPA on the shelves, but this one is a well-crafted IPA in it's own right that is definitely worth a try.  (805 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated January 2014. Sampled on September 5, 2013.

The pour is amber-orange with a slight white head that simmers down to a ring. Slightly cloudy.

There is a balanced nose between earthy hops and biscuit malts. It also has a little buttery note as well as Shipyard's Ringwood yeast character.

The body falls into the medium range with a little astringency.

The taste is about as well balanced as the nose with a good mix of earthy hips and biscuit malts coming into play. The finish is low to moderate but does not linger long. It is the kind of IPA I prefer because it is not in my face. (618 characters)

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