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Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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482 Ratings
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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 41 | 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 Bendurgin


4/5  rDev +7.8%

Reviewed from some notes. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear burnt straw color with about a finger of fluffy white head and it settles down to a small layer of foam. Real grassy aroma with a touch of candied grapefruit rind. The aroma is real sweet and deep with a nice hop balance. Overall though, it's a bit on the sweet side. The flavor follows the nose pretty well. The beer is kind of sweet with a candied grapefruit and finishes nicely with a piney hop flavor. This has a pretty nice noticeable malt backbone to this. Nice medium body on the feel with good soft carbonation. I grabbed this out of the variety pack. I loved the whole thing but this one was really the star. Call me a homer, but I dig this brewery.

01-24-2011 00:25:17 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Chadpaq

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

I purchased a sixer of this beer at my local Harris Teeter with almost zero expectations. Honestly, I felt the biggest score of the night was finding one last bomber of SN Celebration Ale at the back of the shelf; this one was merely my thumbs-up to the environment.

Poured much like every other good IPA I've consumed: Sufficient lacing, golden-amber hue, a persistent head that receded with delicacy and delay...but I like that.

My olfactory receptors were quite confused with the aroma of this brew, but this worked in its favor: I couldn't really tell if one strain of hop was out-working the other two, and I liked the balance that this helped the beer achieve.

The taste embodied the tri-hop combo the beer was working with well: Simcoe, Amarillo, and Nugget. Very delicious. I especially liked the sweetness that the Simcoe provided. I'm biased though, as this is my favorite style of hop.

Good amount of carbonation. Reminded me a lot of Bell's Two-Hearted as far as smoothness and carbonation are concerned.

I drank three of these tonight, and could have easily had more if my friend whom I split the sixer with had offered them to me. As it stands, I got to enjoy thirty-six ounces of a damn good, and organic, IPA.

01-03-2011 05:50:11 | More by Chadpaq
Photo of ptra1004

New York

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured a bottle into my big-ass snifter and got a short and quick dying, bright off-white collar. The lacing is thin at best, but I don't trust this glass. The beer pours a beautiful bright hazy-orange that is more opaque than it appears in the bottle.

The nose is full of subdued tangerine and lemon with floral and pine notes underneath. Behind the plentiful hop aroma is a nice toasted malt scent.

The nose is backed up by the flavor. The hops don't hit right away, but they kick in very shortly thereafter. Really well balanced. There is a strong malt backbone here that I didn't expect coming from an organic beer. That being said, the hops are definitely the highlight of this beer.

I mentioned the balance already, but am very pleased with the near perfect execution of hops/malt/alcohol. I do not find this 7.1% IPA to be boozy at all, and the carbonation level is perfect for me. Definitely looking forward to the rest of the six pack.

PS - drank a "best by" 2/2011 on 12/21/2010.

12-22-2010 04:46:58 | More by ptra1004
Photo of cbak999


3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

With the high ABV (over 7), I was expecting a big hop presence. The smell is also heavy with citrus and floral notes. Then I tasted it. It's very malty...too sweet for my liking. This IPA drinks more like a weak amber ale. I also get a bad after taste...almost like dirty water. It's nice that it's organic, but this just doesn't cut it as an IPA. I've had it and now it's off my list.

12-17-2010 02:21:42 | More by cbak999
Photo of mgoblue5743

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

This is an interesting choice, I went for it because it was organic, had a high ABV and was cheap ($6 for a pint glass).

This is a very average IPA, not overly bitter, I wasn't too impressed. It's a fine drink; I like the idea of organic beer, so I am rooting for Peak, but this IPA can't compete with the leaders on the market.

So if you're feeling green, give it a shot; if not, I suggest you fine one of the many other fine American IPAs.

10-19-2010 21:25:15 | More by mgoblue5743
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

09-14-2010 22:29:55 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.59/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

08-21-2010 02:49:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of thekanna


4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

Had at Againn Pub in Rockville, MD.

A: Poured into an English pint. Light hazelnut brown with more than a finger of slightly off-white head.

S: Relatively subdued hops with some malty sweetness and creaminess.

T/M: Again, relatively subdued. Hops are the most prominent but obtain a slightly buttery taste and texture. Somewhat sweet malts are rounded out with citrus and herbal flavors. Medium body with lower carbonation.

D: Great relaxing IPA. Hops are not in-your-face like many American IPAs. Good buttery texture evens it out nicely.

08-14-2010 08:23:14 | More by thekanna
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Picked up at Harris Teeter in Morrisville on my way home from work today with some ingredients for my beef vindaloo. Looks really good in the mug with a cloudy, tawny orange and a monstrous cream colored head. Nose is spicy pine and briny citrus. Fresh and tasty.

Not overpowering but satisfying in a workmanlike way that stays with the entire sip to a clean finish. Also, for 7.2 abv, it could pass for much less. Well balanced, measured hop assault, and smooth texture. Very little not to like. Not amazing. but this exceeded my expectations.

08-11-2010 00:33:44 | More by daliandragon
Photo of glid02


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with good amounts of citrus hops and lighter amounts of buttery diacetyl. As it warms hints of herbal hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors with mild diacetyl flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of citrus flavors with hints of earthiness. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a solid IPA that leaned heavily toward the Northeast with the addition of diacetyl. Worth a shot if you're a fan of this sub-set but even if you're not it's not worth avoiding.

08-05-2010 00:36:53 | More by glid02
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%

12oz bottle from a 12-bottle sampler pack, $14.49 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Twist-off cap, label notched as best by November 2010. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A: Semi-turbid golden-amber brew generates a half inch of light tan foam that settles to a wispy single layer. A thick meniscus of foam around the edge leaves some nice webs of lace.

S: Very malt-forward (almost like a red ale), a bit of sticky sweetness, caramel, earth, florals, dried hay. Barely any hops detected (?!).

T/M: Great thick and creamy malt backbone is more felt than tasted. Hops are rich and very tasty, even if they are a bit subtle for the style. Nicely balanced. Tangerine and grass hops backed by a near-perfect rounded body of malts and sweetness. Finishes smooth and clean, not much lingering hop.

D: Insanely drinkable. Viscous and smooth without being thick and filling. Hops are full and flavorful without being kick-you-in-the-face bitter. This could just as easily be chugged as it can be savored. There's enough complexity and balance for a beer snob to appreciate, and also refreshing and easy-drinking enough for a noob to like also. I can see this appealing to just about anyone.

Even though the smell leaves a bit to be desired, overall I'm really impressed. Very tasty, highly recommended.

07-13-2010 23:49:14 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of trygger87


4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

Picked up in SF CA. Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle in to a standard pint glass. Produced a good sized head, but it didnt stay around that long. The beer is a wonderful brownish copper with tinny little bubbles. The smell is just about the best part of this beer, it smells great. Apricots and peaches are right up front, but they dont smell to sweet. Then i get a little bit of fresh made caramel and a sprinkle of ginger. Yeah sounds good huh, well it really does smell that good. I was expecting a lot from the taste after i smelled this beer. And the beer sorta kinda delivered on taste. Its a well balanced citrus-e hoppy brew that hides the abv pretty well. The mouth feel is dry which is surprising.The drink-ability is pretty high considering how high the abv is, and considering that its an IPA. For me IPAs are sippers but i could chug this if need be. Over all a very solid beer that i would come back to again.

07-07-2010 00:01:31 | More by trygger87
Photo of silentjay


3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

rather dark for an ipa, produces a decent sized egg-nog colored head that laces well and lasts a while.

very faint aroma is of butterscotch, toffee and caramel as well as some earthy hoppiness, some bitter citrus and some booze.

taste is barely better than the aroma, but again, malt heavy at first. toffee, caramelly malts are sweet and sticky and barely give way to a bit of bitter and fruity hops and some earthy/floral hops come through in the aftertaste, which also has a bit of a burn.

medium bodied brew with a lot, perhaps too much, carbonation. oily and sticky feeling left in the mouth.

drinks ok. a bit too sweet and I'm not that big a fan of the hop profile either. Boozy as well. not my favorite IPA. Nothing is gross here, but nothing is exactly appetizing either. I'll pass unless its offered to me for free.

06-27-2010 01:11:07 | More by silentjay
Photo of TMoney2591


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

06-24-2010 03:54:32 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of ThreeDimesDown


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottled on Nov '09, so this one was sitting for about 8 months...

Poured a cloudy orange with a minimal off-white head that dissipated quickly to a skin that hung around for the length of the drink, adding very minimal lacing.

Big aromas of sweet oranges, apricots, and butterscotch ending with a slight burnt coffee smell.

The taste differs a bit, with piney and citrus hops taking the forefront. Mild sweet malts follow but are more subtle than what is detected in the nose. A grapefruit acidity is added with a nice dryness a slight bitterness on the finish.

Medium mouthfeel that is slightly oily and sticky, with moderate carbonation.

I like the juxtaposition of the aroma and taste, the two characteristics add to a nice overall experience. For the style, more hops would be nice. Overall, a beer I would go back for again but not search out.

06-14-2010 20:50:53 | More by ThreeDimesDown
Photo of MakeShiftPro

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very clear copper color with a small off white head and some lacing

S - Didn't smell as punchy and bright as I would have liked. A bit woodsy.

T - Delicious. Slightly sweet and then nice grapefruit and citrusy taste. Citrus after taste makes you just wanna drink some more.

M - Light/Medium body. Nicely carbonated. Great after a long days work.

D - This is when this brew excels. I could imagine drinking several of these in a night. At a touch over 7% you have to be careful Because it drinks very easy. Totally solid IPA. Nice job Peak.

05-28-2010 21:40:08 | More by MakeShiftPro
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

05-26-2010 00:27:57 | More by Wasatch
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. It comes out an amber/orange color with a slight haze to it. It has an off white head to it that goes away pretty quickly, not much lacing to it. The smell is pretty good. One of the few IPAs where you can clearly distinguish the different smells between the malts and the hops. Very sweet malts, caramel aroma, when you smell it quickly it's as if it's a sweet hop smell, its good. The taste isn't the same as the smel. For an IPA it's has a very malty taste. Starts off with a sweet butterscotch and caramel malty/grainy flavor. The flavors of the matls are followed by a zesty/citrus hop. That was one thing I found very interesting about this beer, it smells like a pine hop, and it tastes like a citrus hop. Completely polor opposites on each, don't recall having a beer when there was that much of a difference between the hop smell and taste. The mouthfeel is good, pretty full bodied for an IPA, I like it. It has a nice bittere finish from the hops. For how complex this beer is, it's a pretty drinkable beer. I like it and I love the fact that it's organic. Wouldn't mind trying a little more from this brewery liked the few brews I've tried so far.

05-14-2010 01:11:05 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter peach-colored with not a lot of bubbles and a few scant sheets of lacing. Initial head is crater-like and then kind of bursts within itself before it leaves only a thin layer of white foam over the body.

Smell: Some minor earthiness, bitterness, a bit of sourness, and some grain. Not a lot of complexity here or discernible things going on here, and a bit on the lighter side of things.

Taste: Like the aroma, the taste lacks complexity, though there's an initial nice burst of sweetness followed by an amalgam of oily, bitter, and sour hops. I didn't expect it to be this hoppy, yet there's maybe a tad too much sourness, rather than good earthy bitterness, in the finish. I wish there were more discernible sweeter and fruit ester aromas from the malt too.

Mouthfeel: Sightlier more watery than I expected, and a tad oily. A nice burst of carbonation comes at the back end, but there's not enough to keep it interesting the entire way through.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these, but it lacks the balance and complexity to keep me interested for more than say, maybe two. Though I imagine with a good meal, this would be a nice IPA as a compliment for a spicier dish, one where you could, again, order a few with the meal.

05-12-2010 03:07:15 | More by asabreed
Photo of gatornation


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

pours a nice golden orange color with a minimal white ring and nice sticky lacing..it smells of pines first and citrus hops next with some caramel malts...the taste is crisp if not bitter in a pine resin taste then you are hit with citrus and other fruits but it is of the rind of the fruit it is not a smooth fruit tatse..its just ok..the mouth feel is medium and very crisp..this ioa was just to bitter for a high score it was not well balanced..but it was just average not great but not bad

05-02-2010 22:19:45 | More by gatornation
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

Nicely fluffed and loosely knit head of bleach white color, crests close to a finger, decent retention as well as broad streaks of lacing. Light orange rust to yellow color, mild haziness helps it achieve more presence in the glass, otherwise transparent. The nose has a brisk, no-nonsense demeanor built on white grapefruit, mandarin orange citrus, cut grass, white pepper, pine sap, the peach, apricot fruit overshadowed, aided by only a light brush of caramel or toffee. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has a very expansive presence, almost like the fluoride foam the dentist gives you at a cleaning. However, the overall bitterness cannot be denied, highly herbaceous and peppery with sour white grapefruit pith. Conversely, more honey present and the peach, nectarine, apricot get some breathing space at the end. If you like "IPA burn" you'll have no problem with this one, the brewery name sounds like the product of too many focus groups and marketing gurus.

04-28-2010 03:22:44 | More by farrago
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -7%

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.

04-22-2010 00:13:24 | More by AlexJ
Photo of CampusCrew


3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

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

04-15-2010 02:46:08 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of ExtraStout


3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

04-05-2010 02:54:46 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of MNJR


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

03-25-2010 21:24:31 | More by MNJR
Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.