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Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 11
Gots: 53 | 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 BeerPhan86
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

BeerPhan86, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

fmccormi, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of IPAman89
4/5  rDev +8.1%

IPAman89, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of rv9aguy
5/5  rDev +35.1%

rv9aguy, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.1%

ROGUE16, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of stevecooks
5/5  rDev +35.1%

stevecooks, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.1%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev +8.1%

touchmeimsac, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +8.1%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of BeerRox
4/5  rDev +8.1%

BeerRox, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of kmuthler
4/5  rDev +8.1%

kmuthler, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

oberon, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.85/5  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

soju6, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

billybob, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  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.

chinchill, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +10.8%
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 -2.7%
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 +5.4%
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

mikesgroove, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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 -5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +19.7%
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 16, 2011
Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.