1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

531 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 531
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 11
Gots: 62 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 04-17-2009)
View: Beers (27) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 531 | Reviews: 168 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  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'.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -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.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.