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Peak Organic IPA - Peak Organic Brewing Company

Peak Organic IPAPeak Organic IPA

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%

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 FanofHefe


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:15:35 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of Moxley

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 23:48:20 | More by Moxley
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange with a thin foamy white head.

The smell was of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit.

The taste was pretty hoppy and bitter.

Smooth light mouthfeel with a slight carbonation.

Overall a pretty average ipa, decent enough but with much better out there I'll skip it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 19:23:56 | More by Dave1999
Photo of Homebrew35


3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours one fingers worth of a fairly creamy white head. Very sticky and appealing lacing. The head is fairly easy to regenerate.

Smells of floral and resinous hops. Very sweet carmel and toffee coming through as it warms. Maybe some biscuit and oak mixed in too.

Tastes fairly sugary and sweet at first, some Carmel and toffee mid palate, then some mineral and pine on the finish. Fairly complex which hinders its drinkability. The mineral note with a medium firm hop bitterness and pine taste hold this one back from being better. There's a distinct graininess that is more and more present as this warms, which is quite off putting.

Mouthfeel is medium full, quite sticky sweet and resinous. Medium carbonation.

Overall this is good but not great. Farly low drink-ability due to the aftertaste. Maybe its a freshness issue but this is the way it is. Good bitterness, subtle hop character, firm Carmel and toffee sweetness.

$2 a single.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 22:29:56 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on 1/23/12.

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a golden copper color with nice clarity. There is just a very thin white head resting on top since I'm at a bar. Can't accurately judge read retention, but there is a some nice lace left behind on the glass with each sip. The nose is of caramel malts and a nice hop presence. There also some aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and a little bit of toffee. The taste follows the nose. It starts off with some caramel malts and toffee. Then there is a nice citrusy hop bite to it. Also, I am getting some tropical fruit flavors. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness, caramel, and fruit behind on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a nice feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, and that gets cut by a nice citrusy hop bitterness. The hop bitterness lingers on the tongue in the finish. This has good drinkability. Overall, I think it is a nice beer, and a good representation of the style. I could easily knock a few of these back no problem. It is refreshing and has a good hop presence. I recommend checking this one out. I would buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 16:26:46 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours an orangey amber color with a finger of off white head. Good retention with some lacing.

S- very solid hop aromas with classic pine and yellow grapefruit citrus characteristics. Floral spicy hop notes on the middle. Dry biscuity malt aromas bring good balance on the finish.

T- spicy floral hop flavor blends with pine and yellow grapefruit peel. Balanced biscuity malt on the finish with a moderate hop bitterness on the finish.

MF- dry crackers mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation.

D- balanced hop forward IPA. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:44:06 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Bottle states best before June 2012. Pours a copper golden with small head. Nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of fresh earthy hops and some malts.
Taste is of botter fresh hops. Some caramel/toasty malts are present.
Its slightly bitter in the mouth. Very mild for such a high ABV.
For years I have passed this brew up..and all Peak for that matter. I was under the assumption this was a gimmicky brew..but its actually not bad. Its not the best IPA I ever had, but its deff tastey. Id now like to try other brews by Peak.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:34:14 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of phantomwyse


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper colored ale coupled with half finger off white head seems striving for stereotype like it’s nobodies business.

S: Light pine aromas waft over subtle orange and grapefruit citrus. Malts are reminiscent of Graham crackers and buttered toast.

T: Subtle and balanced is the name of the game for this IPA. Mild hop flavors are layered over buttery and nutty malts, light almonds, sweet crackers, toast.

M: Light to medium bodied with a silky middle ending moderately dry.

O: Sometimes you need to travel fast. There’s a passing lane for that. Other times you need to be conservative. There’s a slow lane for that. Other times you just need to get there. And that’s why there’s a travel lane. This is a middle of the road IPA, but it gets the job done.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:11:11 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of Longstaff


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one caught me off guard by the description of some modern american hops when it had a solid caramel, butterscotch, almost bordering on buttery maltiness. But the interplay of the fruity/floral american hops and the malt character is pleasantly disjointed and its depth of hop and malt flavor is intriguing. Grassy hop flavor and bitterness extend through to the finish which helps preventing this one from being cloying despite its sweetness.

As a modern IPA, this one kind of fails, but as an unique and interesting beer on its own accord, it succeeds greatly. I think of it like an english ESB made with american hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 20:01:34 | More by Longstaff
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:39:19 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of fmccormi

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 04:24:46 | More by fmccormi
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 17:43:19 | More by oberon
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

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 02:04:46 | More by soju6
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 19:27:12 | More by billybob
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 05:10:05 | More by chinchill
Photo of gabedivision

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 21:05:44 | More by gabedivision
Photo of francisfilion

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 00:34:32 | More by francisfilion
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 21:39:21 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 15:57:43 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of nezelrac

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 20:30:51 | More by nezelrac
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 04:44:45 | More by babaracas
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 16:26:02 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of barknee

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:22:26 | More by barknee
Photo of ckollias


3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:42:39 | More by ckollias
Photo of ggilman


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 17:38:26 | More by ggilman
Peak Organic IPA from Peak Organic Brewing Company
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