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Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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Reviews: 186
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 25.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 AlexJ
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A mixed 12-pack for $12.99, why not. The is the first one to come out the box. Pale gold with brillient clarity with a fluffy white crown that fades wat too fast, leaving some patchy lace.

Aroma is sweet fruit, apricot, citrus, and honey malts. Nice aroma but need the volume turned up.

Flavor follows suit; interesting orchard fruits apricots, peach, with candied orange peel and some sweet pine. Too sweet or under-attenuated feel to it. Hop flavor is good, but the sweet malts overpower.

Medium bodied, sticky, and not quite enough carbonation to pick the sweet malt off your palate long enough to taste the hops.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice lacing and golden amber color

smell: good whif of citrus and pine

taste: very nice unbalanced IPA. lots of citrus uncomfortable bitterness, especialy on backend

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, unblanced

drinkability: drinkable, yes, great, no

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with a yellowy off-white creamy finger head. Some spotty lacing. The caramel and grapefruit type sweetness tries to make it's way in but either becomes a touch syrupy with the pine bite or gets lost. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. There is something nice and refreshing about the bitterness and it's not a hard beer to drink.

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Photo of MNJR
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

For me, this scores "4.0 - good" in all but one category. Nice, dark golden/amber color. Smells nicely of citrus and pine hops. Tastes of honey, pine, and slight caramel. Clean flavor with no imbalance or "off" tastes. Mouthfeel is rich and rewarding. Drinkability gets a 3.0 because it is strong stuff at 7.1% (that's what my label says). Three or four of these in succession and you're going to be on your way to being tanked. Also, the sweetness might get a bit cloying after a few. But, to have one or two of these is fine idea. Good representation of an IPA, and a very good beer overall.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had Peak Organic IPA poured into a nonic pint, and it has a pretty good look. A russet colored body has a creamy tan head on top of it with above average retention, and it leaves some great lacing behind.

The hops in the aroma are predominantly fruit, and the malt has caramel notes with some light sweetness.

The hop profile is a bit understated, made up mainly of fruity hops and a light bitterness. The malt profile has a little bit of sweetness and caramel notes just like the aroma, but there is a light buttery flavor to go along with it. The finish has a touch of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is moderate.

Overall, this beer has a great look, but a somewhat watered down aroma and flavor. There's nothing wrong with it, but I admit that after the first one (at a bar that was not beer-centric) I switched To Yuengling.

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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.

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Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pint glass, light head atop a light amber beer

s: pretty plain pale and caramel malt body with a hop nose carrying lots of sweet orange and candied grapefruit rind - sounds nice, but what I take away is more a canned juice aroma, nice pulpy pine

m: carbonation and body both in the light-medium range

t: pale malts with a moderate dose of caramel, orange juice hop flavor with some nice piney bitterness moving into the finish, pulpy with a nice bitter bite, a little messy but a good ipa

d: nothing special in the ipa world, but an easy drinker

random single from Whole Foods

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a golden slightly amber color it has good head retention and lacing. Good hop aroma, slight piny citrus. Malty bitterness starts the bitterness is threw out but does not linger. This beer is not a west coast IPA it is very mild and would be a great intro to anyone who who thinks they do not like IPAs plus its got locally grown hops.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/23/09. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of diacetyl, citrus, and floral hops. Diacetyl mostly dominates the aroma. Flavor is less diacetyl with more caramel malt, pine and bitter citrusy hops. This was a pretty good IPA, although it would be so much better without the diacetyl aroma.

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Photo of jnezda
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was introduced to this beer over the weekend in search for local beers to try since I was in Maine. The smells from the beer were very light for an IPA. Slight hoppiness and hints of malt. Very pleasant carbonation with continuing fullness throughout the bottle. Not having proper glassware the bottle had to suffice but once I start drinking this I quickly realized the bottle was fine. For an American IPA the flavors are very mild and they appear to be reaching for a mass market IA appeal. The malt and hop characteristics were present but in small amounts for the style. This beer was drinkable with no real flaws it just lacked good character. Good session beer.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah smell the hops and they even smell organic! Very fruity like plums and nectarines. Pours to a orange-yellow with a nice big off-white multi-size bubble head that is creamy on top. The head laces on receding. Taste is hops up front but very even keel, not sharply bitter but not dull either. Almost a dry hop flavor with a big malt backbone. Flavor is consistent throughout and the finish is more puckering on bitterness than the initial hop blast. These hops are very flowery as in they bark loudly but don't bite. Mouthfeel is neither light nor heavy and the carbonation is good. A very good brew. No detection of the ABV what-so-ever.

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Photo of berley31
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with an average-sized, fizzy white head... some fairly good lacing on the sides of the glass in web patterns. Body is a beautiful orange color, and hazy.

S: Very nice aroma of hops, and a fruitiness in there that I can't put my finger on... almost like strawberries. Pine notes present as well.

T: Excellent flavor on this IPA... lightly sweet at the beginning, due to the fruitiness mentioned in the aroma, and then it finishes bitter. This isn't a knock-your-socks-off bitterness, but it's present with a touch of dryness, yet the beer as a whole is actually quite smooth and very drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft-average carbonation.

D: An excellent IPA, one that I could drink regularly (if I could only buy it regularly) and consistently enjoy.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and fresh US IPA

Presentation: Draft offering at a DC spot. Chalk board menu displays the offering without further description beyond the label IPA. Served in a pint shaker glass.

A - Deep amber color with a shy touch of foam (Again this pint has been served almost filled up to the rim ...) Nice and sturdy lacing over a foamy layer and ring.

S - Citrus hoppy aroma, a bit floral with a nice sweet malt hint.

T - Nicely balanced hop citrus richness with a gentle and persistent final bitter bite within a present malty base.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with good but not overwhelming carbonation

D - Nicely drinkable and stimulating to entice you to the second one.

Notes: Maybe there is a superfluous trend labeling food and drinks, maybe there are moral choices worth making around what we put in our mouths... But in any case this is a great offering that feels like a charm on draft, and even if there could be some hyping to its identity it sure is an above average brew.

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Photo of jimmyjames8
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Raleigh Flying Saucer Sept. 09. Very good IPA with what I look for in an IPA, hoppiness with a hint of fruit, crisp but not bitter, smooth and drinkable, not over gassed or over hopped. Two thumbs up. Not sure what organic does for the flavor but I feel healthier after drinking it. Can't remember what the color was or the mouth feel but I did compare this beer to a Stone IPA and the Peak left the Stone in the dirt. The Peak was not as good to me as the Great Divide IPA but still very good.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely clear amber with a thick off-white head that sticks around a bit. Aroma is richly hoppy to the point of being like evergreen. Flavor is very hoppy and not too bitter with a yeasty tone and a touch of citrus. Texture is lively, edgy and fizzy, a delight to drink.

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Photo of GJ40
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Peace Street Market in Raleigh, NC. Best by date is Jan 2010.

As an ex-New Englander, I'm surprised to see this Portland, ME beer down here in NC. I don't remember seeing it while I was in New England. This IPA is golden with good clarity and a large white head. The activity in the glass goes on and on as small bubbles continue to rise. The varied aroma includes yeast with grassy and floral hops and toasted malt. The flavor is clean, crisp and dry with a firm hop bitterness that lingers for a while. The bitterness dominates the flavor. There's some decent lacing as the glass empties. The consistency is thin to moderate and the carbonation is reasonable. This is a nice hoppy beer that's easy to drink. It's one of the better New England IPAs.

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Photo of bigDah7
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely impressive stuff. Sam the beer guy at Whole Foods in Dedham, MA suggested that I should try this. I had Smuttynose IPA already in my cart and he upsold me to try this.

Tasty, not as tasty as Smutty, but well done.

...and at $6.99 for 6/pack, a steal.

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Photo of u2carew
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a big foamy head then settles to creamy and sticky lacing. Transparent. Copper in color. Subtle upward carbonation.
S) Peach. Apricot. Caramel. Grainy. Brown sugar.
T) Sweet apple and caramel up front then moves to a floral spiciness. The taste is diverse. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.
M) Crisp. Medium bodied. Light tannin feel. Some dryness.
D) A great IPA. A little more malty, say 60% malt to 40% hop flavor. Well crafted and... Organic! Right on.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic IPA pours a clear amber color with a flurry of bubbles floating up from the bottom of the glass. On top sits a creamy, one finger white head. The foam dissolves slowly to a think sheet on the beer leaving behind lots of spots and sheets of lace.

The aroma is full of pine and citrus hops. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft of the palate with a mild carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is full of pine and orange citrus. The hops are balanced out with some caramel and pale malt plus some buttery notes mixed in. It finishes mildly bitter and dry. Once gone the buttery notes and pine hop flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a great, well balanced IPA that's full of flavor and not very bitter. Very easy to drink. Wish I bought more than a 6 pack.

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

just got handed this charlie at harris dist. and co-owner tim of peak organics. interesting that budweiser is distributing them here in the nc triangle. don't know if that says more about bud or peak organic.

this one's pretty straight forward. pours like it should, looks like it should. good nose. great citrus and slight pine. good flavor that doesn't quite live up to the first whiff you get. sure there is a little diacetyl noticeable. i imagine they don't put their ales through a diacetyl rest stage which would perhaps solve this.

all in all, this is a great entry into the organic ipa field. it may be the best east coast organic ipa i've had. not quite as good as bison, but good. now if i only understood the need for "organics" in craft brewing.

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