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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: 182
Hads: 632
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 25.07%
Wants: 20
Gots: 131 | 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:
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: 182 | Hads: 632
Photo of CloudStrife
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by May 2013.

A: Pours an opaque golden orange with a 1 finger dense white head. A decent amount of visible carbonation. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Certainly hops going on here. A piney, mildly fruity and sort of soapy hop characteristic. Fruit comes through as some grapefruit and orange. A sweet malt in the background.

T: Decently hoppy, perhaps a little lackluster for such a strong IPA. Don't get me wrong its bitter but there isnt as much hops as others in this category. Instead however it is a nice earthly floral hop that is very easy drinking.

M: Fairly light bodied, mild carbonation. Body is a tad watery.

Overall love the organic take on a great American style. Has a pure hop taste just could use more backing. A little higher overall as I feel the taste is more than 3.5 but not quite a 4.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before F13

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a fingers worth of head

S: A good dose of minty, citrusy, piney hops with a little earthiness and bready malts

T: Nicely balanced, with the citrus and piney hops combining with the earthiness and breadiness of the malts. Finishes bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Prickly

O: A nice IPA that has a great balance between hops and malts with a good amount of bitterness. Nothing really too stand-outish though

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Photo of RoZnstyle
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - bright orange in color. Nice cascading on the glass

S - not much to speak of. Some floral and aromatics.

T - dry with a crisp spicy finish. Tasted very light compared to other craft ipa's

M - high carbonation. A bit too much in my opinion for the style

O - just another average craft ipa. Nothing special hear but it is refreshing.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Anorange, bronze color with no clarity. Cloudy, with 1 finger of head, and a slight coating left on top of the brew all the way down. A little bit of lace left on the glass

S - Fruity citrus hops dominate, but not a thrown in your face hop splatter.

T - Bitter up front, grapefruit. Citrus towards the end.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - A lot more bitter than the smell, but this brew gets better by every sip. I did not think highly at first, but by the end I was enjoying this beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice cloudy dark straw with a nice froffy white head. Smells of citrus and floral, nice hoppy aroma. Tastes of light malt with some earthy and citrus notes, balanced, yet with a nice bite. Beer is light bodied and goes down very smooth for the amount of bite it has. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by November 2012.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate to heavy haze and a nice, strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: rich malt aroma with a bit of a dank quality and an earthy, herbal hop character. Perhaps not completely to my taste, but pretty well done.

Taste: again, the dank, rich malt flavor, which is perhaps a bit too muddy for my taste. Hop character is earthy, but less pronounced than in the aroma. Bitterness is relatively high. Not too bad, but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Pretty good, especially for the style.

Overall: this is not a bad beer, per se, and is pretty decent in the field of organic beers. It just doesn't fit well with my palate.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a bright orange with one finger head that fades quickly to a bubbly ring.

Aromatic spice and sweet malt with dry prunes? Tropical fruit and lemon juice.

Tastes of pine sap and lemon juice. Rich malts with sappy bitter. Earthy almost bark like with lemon juice finish and pine resign bitter. peppery!

OK mouth feel with a bit of carbonation mixed with a dry bitter, spicy finish.

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Photo of rodney45
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber with a thick cream colored head that lingers throughout the duration of the beer.

S: Honey, Hops, Graham crackers and cinnamon. But mostly graham crackers, which is pretty neat.

T: First notes are sweet malt characteristics, with traces of plum, brown sugar and milk chocolate. Secondary notes are of citrus, mostly grapefruit, lemons and clementines. Finish is non dry, with a very ipa style bitterness that doesnt really set in until late in the game.

M: Light for an IPA, like previously mentioned, very sweet, with the hoppy bitterness only coming to the party late. Moderately carbonated and no hint of alcohol ethers at 7.2 abv.

O: Its a slightly sweetened version of an IPA, with an elementary depth and style, but is a good representation of an east coast style IPA, noticed mostly in the way the beer has an under-abundance of the magnum/centenial/cascade style hops and focuses mainly on simcoe and nugget styles. Good brew

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a wonderful golden honey color that is clear with a small amount of very tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the surface, pours with two fingers of frothy white head with very fine bubbles that linger nicely, dissipates and leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing on the glass
S: great floral and citrus hop notes, grapefruit and also something a little sweeter, quite fresh and tantalizing
T: a delicious american IPA, great hop notes, not outlandishly citrusy but just enough and with a great sweetness to back it up almost like the sweetness of an apple, nice bitter note at the end
M: gentle carbonation tingle, smooth, leaves a pretty decent dryness on the palate
O: a delicious american IPA, really well rounded and highly drinkable, great hop notes and not overpowering as so many have gone towards lately

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange with a frothy beige head. Long lasting retention with great staying power. A fine looking IPA.

Smells like earthy tobacco hops with a mild citrus twang. Tastes about the same. More resin than bitterness which you don't see too often but is kinda nice. Crystal sweetness for balance.

Not bad, not good. Another IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight honey aromas. Taste is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and a slight malt finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. Bonus points for being organic too.

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Photo of NardiByNature
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear copper color. A two-finger head settles into a nice pancake and leaves plenty of lacing. Appearance is nice. There isn’t much aroma to this one: it’s yeasty; cracker malt-forward and a faint grassy/piney note in the background. Slight grapefruit as it warms. The taste is subdued but clean and crisp with an earthy hop bitterness.

The beer looks good and feels good – it tastes and smells relatively bland, against a backdrop of solid NE IPAs.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an orangish amber with a half of an inch of thick, soft, white head that has decent retention

S - faint bread, citrus, faint alcohol

T - faint bread, citrusy, orange, grapefruit, earthy, piny, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carboanted

This is a decent offering from Peak Organic. It has decent flavor and great drinkability. I wouldn't refuse this if offered again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a clear crimson body. Little lacing. Aroma is very musty with wet sock hops dominating. Flavor is more fruity with candies orange, floral and moldy piney hop notes. Medium body and lighter side of medium carbonation. Overall a nicely drinkable IPA though the aroma is light.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at Stella's (not a great beer bar, but went with some coworkers)

A- Pours a translucent slightly golden brown. Minimal white head that leaves nice layered lacing around the glass while drinking. About average carbonation.

S- Hops, not as much of a sweet fruit smell, more of a traditional East Coast IPA smell.

T- A decent amount of earthy hops, not too fruity like typical West Coast IPAs, lightly sweet, a little bit of caramel, some malts.

M- Medium bodied, abv very well hidden, average carbonation, smooth, well balanced, goes down easy.

O- In terms of more East Coast IPAs this was a pretty decent offering from Peak Organic. This like all the beers I've tried from Peak is definitely above average for its style, but nothing that stands out. There was a nice balance between the hops and the light caramel sweetness. The abv was very well hidden, I had no idea what abv it was when I was trying it. From the taste it tasted like 5-6%, but I could definitely feel it slightly more. Overall a decent IPA offering. Definitely recommended if you don't have too much too chose from, but nothing to go out of your way to get.

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Photo of mdurkee11
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favor rite session IPA on the market today. Pours a smooth amber color from the tap with a nice head. Each sip greets you with plesant aromas of citrus with a nice hint of alcohol. Smooth to drink and a satisfying aftertaste. Peak does not make a bad beer and their IPA is simply one of the best on the market.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a nonic:

A: orange colored body with a small one finger white head dissipated within a minute. It left some light foamy lacing and no rings. There was a fair amount of rising carbonation.

S: pine and the hops with some minor floral tones.

T: bitter through the previously mentioned flavors

M: medium body and the carbonation was felt in my mouth. It left a somewhat dry finish.

O: decent for the style, but nothing to scream about.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Lightly hazed amber color with a single finger of foamy cream colored head with average retention and lacing qualities.

S,T. Pretty standard pine resin aroma and flavor over a minimal malt base with only minor floral highlights.

M. Medium body and carbonation, smooth with a semi-dry finish.

The very definition of not doing quite differently to stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of DM1293
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hops up front, not the sweeter notes, definite pine somewhere down in the middle. Bitterness is mild initially, and lingers in the finish. A bit of malt in the background, but I think there should be a little more to pull the hops a little more into check.

Not really the best IPA I've had that, but not bad at all.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark golden beer with a slight orange tint to it. My pour yielded a 1/2 finger's worth of slightly off-white head with moderate retention and quite a bit of clingy lacing.

S: Very floral and citrusy nose. Notes of grapefruit and elderflower (at least elderflower liqueur) are prevalent.

T: A malty backbone stands up well to the heavy dose of bitter hops. The taste is very floral, with notes of rose and grapefruit. The finish is oily and bitter, with the hops taste lingering. The only evidence of the alcohol is in the slight warming sensation.

M: Medium body and quite a bit of carbonation. The mouthfeel is oily.

O: A good beer. I think the flavor is a bit muddled, the hops and malts compete quite a bit to leave the palette a little confused. Still, a good favor and a pleasant beer.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Translucent copper orange body with little rising carbonation but a good sized head of light brown bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Big grapefruit hops make up the aroma. There is some earthiness and mustiness mixed in as well.

T: Lots of hops in the flavor profile. Begins grassy, gets piney and ends up oily and bitter. Tastes like there is a fairly high IBU count to this beer, but perhaps it's just because the malts are minor compared to the hops. Either way, I like it.

M: My lips are left slightly sticky, and there is a decent mouthcoat that has bitter flavors.

O: I like this beer a lot; it's probably my favorite beer Peak makes. Too bad it isn't available year-round. I'll have to seek it out again next time spring rolls around.

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Photo of kellticgirl
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this after sampling and liking some other Peak Organic brews. Noticed right away that it didn't have much of an aroma, but poured with a nice honey amber color.

The hop level is just right, not too overblown. It isn't as floral or grapefruit-like as a lot of high-alcohol beers. Interestingly, I felt that the flavor seems to disappear from your mouth quickly after each sip. Good thing? Bad thing? Probably depends on whether you like hoppy beers or not. I like them and like the taste to linger.

I would buy it again for sure, but it's not going to make my top 5 IPA's.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at July 2012. Pours a brownish dark amber color with very little head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is citrusy along with some floral hops. A bit sweet. Taste is bitter citrus and floral hops. This one smelled more of citrus hops but the taste is more of the floral hops. Sweet malts near the end. Floral aftertaste. Medium bodied. This was a pleasant surprise. Good amount of hop flavor and a pretty high abv. Overall, this is a solid IPA and worth seeking out.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a freshness dating of best by July 2012. Pours a slightly hazy orange body with yellow hue. About a one-finger off-white head that leaves a little lacing.

Very citrus hop aroma featuring mostly orange and tangerine. A bit of pine resin and caramel malt finishes it off.

The flavor is a bit different from the aroma and seems less complex. The hop flavors tend more toward the pine resin side with very little citrus. The malt is understated overall.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel. A decent IPA overall but not too exciting.

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Photo of Moxley
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA that packs a healthy 7.1 ABV without a boozy punch. Earthy and hoppy but not overly hopped. Good head retention and lacing. A definite try for IPA lovers. Good representation of the style.

Worth picking up a six pack for sure, and with a 7.1 ABV, a six pack is all you'll need.

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Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.