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Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 47 | 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)
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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

chinchill, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

gabedivision, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of francisfilion
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

francisfilion, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of zoolzoo
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

zoolzoo, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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

mikesgroove, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into shaker pint

A - pours a copper-orange with a generous two fingers of off white head that subsides to a dense 1/4 inch; sticky lacing all down the glass; steady stream of medium sized bubbles rise to the surface from the bottom of the glass

S - initially quite hop-driven, showing notes of citrus and earth; becomes reticent and a little watery as the head fades, showing earth and caramel malt and faint bread

T - sweet malt, caramel, and cake batter; hops are well-integrated into the palate; good length - the bitterness clamps down then lets go and some sweet malt rises followed by pine-y hops

M - a little too much CO2, perhaps, pleasantly light on its feet

O - good, balanced IPA; not over the top bitterness; very drinkable

nezelrac, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of babaracas
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with big rocky offwhite head that slowly settles to a half inch. Chunky rings of lace all the way down the glass. Nice. Smell: pine, lemon peel, milk caramel. A bit too pine-sol-y and there's a musty thing going on too. Taste: toffee, pine and herbal hopping, a little citrus rind. A bit oily and raw, which is fine, but there's a tannin like off-flavor as well. It certainly has enough hop bitterness, though I'm not a big fan of the flavor profile. Has its share of flaws beyond this too. Best by Nov 2011.

babaracas, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of TheDeuce
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peak Organic IPA…..on tap at MJ Armstrong’s in Manhattan NYC

Appearance-orange brown color, two finger head out of the tap that settled nicely into my glass. Lots of bubbles and crackling lace, color shifts around.

Smell-earthy aroma of hops laced with flowery notes. Light bread in the background and of course the mild rush of alcohol. Hops are largely dominant though.

Taste/Mouthfeel-normal hoppiness comes with a rush but the flowery bitterness is balanced with a certain sweetness from the malts. This creates a interesting balance that leans toward hoppiness but is pulled back from that edge. Other notes of alcohol and light spice. Breaded malt flavors exist below the service. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall-a nicely flavored IPA that hides the alcohol well and keeps you guessing with some different flavor profiles. Much more here than most one-dimensional IPAs, I enjoyed the complexities and feel it’s worth your time.

TheDeuce, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of barknee
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to tell ya', I really enjoyed this brew. First off, I am generally leery of brews that are marketed as being organic. Organic - schmorganic... Naturally organic products are grown under certain criteria to meet the governments requirements to be labeled organic. But typically these products, especially fruits and some vegetables tend to be in poor condition when the reach the marketplace and therefore are unsatisfying to consume.
Though you may grow an organic product, your final commodity may not necessarily be that impressive; taste wise. Though I digress, this is my dubious philosophy of fresh organic products. And it is with this superficial negativity that I approach organic beers.
The Peak IPA is a fantastic libation. Massive delicious fresh grapfruity hops soar from the glass with a wonderful sticky sweet mouthfeel reminiscent of the best in class IPA's.The color is a cloudy 14 karat gold with an impressive long lasting off-white head. This product has changed my perception of the generally mediocre quality brews and brewers that create organic products to run with the green crowd while sacrificing all that is needed and wanted in a brewed beverage.
Kudos to Peak Organic Brewing for setting the standard for fine organic beers.

barknee, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of ckollias
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy orange-cooper in color with a frothy one-finger head that eventually dissipates into a wispy lace. Leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass.

S: Strong hoppy character with a sweet yeast aroma.

T: Very hoppy and bitter with a faint pale malt aroma. Mild hints of citrus and caramel in the background.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Overly hoppy beer with a decent amount of alcohol. Alcohol is pretty much covered up by the hops. Not overwhelmingly balanced – but I love hoppy beers so it flies with me.

ckollias, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of ggilman
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured into a Sebago tulip glass. There's no bottling date, but it does inform me this beer is best consumed before January 2012. Beautiful earthy label, great branding.

Pours a relatively clear clean dark copper with a sturdy two finger head that clings nicely. Looks sticky. Nose is spicy & floral hops with a fruity overtone. Lots of bittering hops, not much in the way of pine or grapefruit. Very dry and bitter, with a hint of fruit or banana. Slight diacetyl taste and a caramel malt undertone. Slippery oily mouthfeel. Medium body, nice carbonation. A high ABV for an IPA, but it doesn't feel that heavy or strong.

I remember having this at numerous brewers festivals, and it always stood out, very hoppy clean and fresh. I'll chalk this up to not being as fresh as I've had in the past. I'd give it another try if I see it on tap or knew it was fresh.

ggilman, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of jballeng
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper with a small, moderately lived head with very light lacing.

Sweet, floral hoppy aromas. Heavy cannabis, coniferous wood, and cedar.

Huge hit of marijuana in the front. Surprisingly smooth for an IPA. Pine tree hops follow and finish with sweet blood orange and mandarin orange. Curiously metallic in the front but not for long.

A very interesting smooth IPA with very little, if any, of the grapefruit accents inherent in the style. Also, it is a beer which makes you remember that hops are related closely to cannabis!

jballeng, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Peak Organic IPA, growler filled at Brew York City-Duane Reade for $7.99.

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, Peak Organic pours a dark-rusty copper and looks more like a strong Belgian than an IPA. Nice one-finger head with good retention but barely any lacing.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on here. Some citrus, but not the fresh kind you'd find in a West Coast IPA. Boiling orange juice and a sweet backbone with a bit of cookies and bread. Some floral notes.

Taste: Not your average hoppy American IPA! This is more of a breakfast IPA, with buttered-toast flavors. Malt and a tad of pine needle come afterwards. A bit of lip-smacking pomelo at the end of the sip, which finishes dry and slightly spicy. Nothing terribly complicated here, but drinkable and pleasant enough.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced, with medium body, flavor and carbonation. Just about average, but well crafted.

Overall: The high ABV is surprising- the alcohol is not present. This is perhaps more of an English IPA, more malty and sweet than hoppy and bitter, but nice nonetheless. Sessionable for sure. A tad unexciting, but it does the job. As for the organic stuff... can you tell? And who cares anyway? :-)

DoubleSimcoe, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Genuine
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Oyster Festival in Putnam, CT. Peak had their tap truck with them and couldn't wait to try what they had to offer.

Appearance- Beautiful dark amber in color, which glowed very nicely in the sunlight.

Smell - I first get a hint of sweetness, some grains and then the the aroma of the hops. I noticed a very floral aroma, beautiful bouquet of flowers. It's very pleasant though.

Taste - Hops hit the tongue first in the front, which fades to a nice floral aftertaste in the finish. I love the bitterness in this one, keeps me coming back for more.

Mouthfeel - medium body.

Overall - at first, I was a bit skeptical. But, now...I'm a huge fan of their brews. This is a great example of a solid American IPA.

Genuine, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a warm, hazy, medium-orange color and a big, fluffy white head. The aroma is light and pleasant, with a floral, herbal hop character that is contrasted by a little bit of caramel sweetness. The flavor is again largely herbal, but there is also a sweet citrus component that for some reason reminds me of orange soda. The pleasantness is broken a bit by a kind of non-specific resinous bitterness that I can only describe as being similar to eating plant stems and grapefruit rinds. The finely-carbonated, almost creamy texture helps to at least partially cover for this strange bitterness. Overall, however, although the aroma and flavor have a nice brightness indicative of a fresh IPA, the muddled bitterness keeps this beer from standing out.

devilben02, May 26, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

nickfl, May 18, 2011
Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper-orange in color with a two finger off-white head that is leaving behind plenty of lace. Pretty good clarity (an ever so slight haze).

Smell is a good mix of malts and grassy hops.

I'm getting a grassy hop flavor in the taste as well. Pretty balanced by the malts, but the hops come back in to play towards the end and finish things off with a lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level.

A pretty good Ipa. Maybe just a little to malty for my taste, but that's just me.

Morey's Bottom Line: I found this by chance at a little convenience store in Findley Lake, NY. I thought for sure that it was going to be out of date, but to my surprise...it was actually pretty fresh. Glad I picked it up for $9.99.

Morey, May 13, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Avantyawn, May 13, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twist off bottle poured into a bulb style glass. at fridge temp. best enjoyed before OCT 2011.

pours out a clear orange amber color with a nice looking creamy, off white head. good retention with some pretty good lace.

intial whiffs of really fresh citric pine whole flower hops, but then it quickly goes to some buttery diactyl malt rather quickly. not sure what to think of this, last night i was drinking this and i remembered that i love how it smelled, just like hops when you pick them.

not much better of a taste. citrus and pine are there with lots of resins, but the buttery diactyl is still there. some biscuity malt. also slightly vegetal like and just a hint of a cinnamin/ pepper spice on the backend. a wierd almost yeasty light acidity. still has nice bitterness. dry finish.

not sure what to think of this, the bottle i had last night was much better. i purchased a sixer of this at wegmans, ill have to re review the last bottle.

dogfishandi, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of richkrull
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a little apprehensive to try this beer when my buddy brought it over because I'm not really into the whole organic craze and I think it's kind of a joke. But I figured I would give it a shot and it turned out to be a decent beer.

Poured an orangish amber color with an average amount of white head on it. Aroma has quite a bit of malt up front with some hops as well - I thought it would be the other way around. Taste is fairly balanced and pretty deccent. A little weak maybe, I could use a stronger flavor. Not bad though. Light bodied beer, mouthfeel is a little thin but still OK. Overall not a bad IPA.

richkrull, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz best by August, reviewed in late March.

Slightly dark for an IPA, amber hues and a rather small head that leaves some lacing.

Smells of minty, leafy, herbal hops.

Flavor has a biscuity, nutty malt backbone with a lot of herbal hop flavors atop it. Somewhere in here is some citrus, but I get mostly herbs, mint, grass, various leafy flavors.

Mouthfeel is about right. Probably the only thing I can't find a flaw with here.

I'm guessing the flavor will change as this sits a bit, but fresh it's way too herbal for me. Reminds me of how Lake Placid IPA tasted fresh.

musicforairports, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Boppar
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first review I've written where there has been an "overall" category in lieu of the old familiar "drinkability."

Anyway...

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a large red wine glass.

A: A hazy deep orange with one finger of rapidly vanishing foam. Good lacing with a couple large soap bubbles. It's a pretty beer, but I expect such good things appearance-wise from IPAs. It's sort of like the most "average" member of the Swedish Bikini Team.

S: Right off the bat the old familiar aromas of pine and citrus launch in. But I also get notes of ripe pineapple, honey, fresh green apples, and a mossy undertone that definitely caught me off guard. Well played, Peak Organic.

T: There's a rush of the familiar pine and citrus fruit at the beginning and a very abrupt transition to a solid wall of bitter hops. The finish has decent sustain and a peak of sweet hints of honey, malt, and some piney hops. No hint of alcohol on this bad boy. I am shocked that this IPA weighs in at just over 7 points. All that being said, I wish the overall presentation were not quite so abrupt. There are good flavors in there, but they rush by.

M: The mouthfeel creamy and silky smooth.

O: Overall, this beer is an excellent representation of the style. It delivers the hallmark pine and citrus hops one has come to expect from a North American IPA, but mercifully, is not overdone. The 7% ABV is not noticeable. I am sure that having just come home from the gym and not eaten dinner yet I will be feeling it soon. This beer is an excellent choice for anyone who is introducing friends to craft single IPAs, or for fans of the style.

Boppar, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

WesWes, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Reagan1984, Mar 19, 2011
Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.