Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 13
Gots: 66 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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 soju6
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of gabedivision
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of francisfilion
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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 nezelrac
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Photo of babaracas
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of barknee
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of ckollias
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of ggilman
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of jballeng
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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? :-)

Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.