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Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 149
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peak Organic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 12-31-2009

King Crimson is an Imperial Red Ale that delivers a royal bounty of luscious, fruity American hops on top of a sturdy, deep red malt backbone. This beer is lavishly dry-hopped with Simcoe, adding a citrusy and piney flavor and aroma to the toasty, sweet malt notes. This special treat is a very limited Winter release, so enjoy it while you can!

90 IBU
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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 149
Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy reddish brown with a dense head. Head doesn't last that long though. Has a nice hoppy smell. The taste is excellent with a nice sweetness, malty and then a good dose of hops. Stays on the tongue a good while to enjoy. (237 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - bubbly tan head over crystal clear red body. Very good retention and nice lacing.

S - Malti, doughy, and sugary

T - Deep, dank, citrusy an earthy. Malts are just sweet enough to balance and a perfect kick of alcohol gives bite to the finish.

M - medium full body with moderate light carbonation. Super smooth and creamy but also chewy.

O - i'm surprised how much I liked this. I have not been such a fan of peak organic in the past. But this is by far my favorite brew of theirs.Great flavors, nice and boozy, and great mouth feel. (540 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this bottle off the bargain table at Grape and Gourmet. I'm sure age was the reason for the discount. I got it in late summer. The release is from winter. Still a great bargain and a pretty good beer. I'm sure the hop profile I encountered was in no way robust as it might have been when fresh, but the overall experience was good.

Pours a dark orange, somewhat hazy color into a pint glass. Small antique white head with average retention and not much lacing. I noticed a lot of dark sediment in the glass.

Aroma and taste were like a light American Barleywine with a bit of Belgian fruitiness thrown in. The predominant feature is rich caramel malt followed by some fairly robust bitterness. Supposedly Simcoe hops featured, but I'm sure some of the hoppiness had died down in the 10 or so months between being bottled and drank. I couldn't detect any specific type of floral hops. In addition to the caramel malts there is some dark fruit presence as well. I thought it was pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with the caramel malt. Alcohol is very well hidden except a warming presence. I would like to try a fresh one sometime, but I get the feeling I would still like the "aged" version better. Pretty good!!! (1,247 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev -1%

I drank this after aging it 7 months so the massive dose of Simcoe is lost. That is fine because I don't like Simcoe unless it's blended with other hops. What I found was a barleywine like quality. It starts boozy until it warms and then the malts, smoke, meat and chocolate come out. There's a bit of fig, dark fruit and maple. It ends with caramel and toffee maltiness with less sweetness. Not a bad rendition of an Imperial Red and the average score seems fair. (464 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poor this beer out of a 1 pint 6 ounce bottle into a tall tasting glass

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue body and a slightly tan head

Smells very rich in American hops

The taste is quite hoppy and of alcohol

Medium mouth feel

In and of itself this isn't a bad beer however I don't really get the red ale designation on the bottle. It doesn't seem to have a very strong malt profile. Not a bad beer though (416 characters)

Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer simply because it shares a name with my favorite band. That being said, decent beer overall. Since I have to fill out space, here are the lyrics to a King Crimson song -

Talk, it's only talk
Arguments, agreements, advice, answers,
Articulate announcements
It's only talk

Talk, it's only talk
Babble, burble, banter, bicker bicker bicker
Brouhaha, boulderdash, ballyhoo
It's only talk
Back talk

Talk talk talk, it's only talk
Comments, cliches, commentary, controversy
Chatter, chit-chat, chit-chat, chit-chat,
Conversation, contradiction, criticism
It's only talk
Cheap talk

Talk, talk, it's only talk
Debates, discussions
These are words with a D this time
Dialogue, dualogue, diatribe,
Dissention, declamation
Double talk, double talk

Talk, talk, it's all talk
Too much talk
Small talk
Talk that trash
Expressions, editorials, expugnations, exclamations, enfadulations
It's all talk
Elephant talk, elephant talk, elephant talk (952 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler filled at the Filling Station, NYC, NY

Darker amber, with a ruddy reddish glow. Lighter mocha head. Stays nicely. Leaves thicker high fields, strands and bits of lacing.

Nutty nose, with some sweet malts, and milk chocolate.

Tasty and pleasing. Strong and pretty flavorful. Notes of chocolate cake, milk chocolate,dark fruity goodness, more nutty malts. Easy drinking with the 9+% well hidden. Drying hops in the finish. Well done and well worth a try. (473 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a hazed crimson (imagine that) color with a tight tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is sweet toffee, light hop oil - very resinous and loads of alcohol.

Taste shows alot of the same resinous characteristics from the nose and the malts are firm, staying away from the sweet end of the spectrum. I could use more flavoring hops to help offset the shredding bitterness and all the flavors dont seem to harmonize just right. Not bad, I enjoyed my half a bomber, but not something that will be memorable. (528 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass 11/3

Pours dark brown with red tint at the bottom. Fizzy bubbly white foam. Some lacing. Bready malt nose. Light pine too. Taste opens with a toffee malt backed with a firm strong hop. Hearty. Really long lasting bitter. Toasty flavor. (283 characters)

Photo of JMUbrewz
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

10 oz pour on tap. It's a nice reddish amber color with a half inch head. The smell is caramel, butter, and toffee. I can't detect any hops, which is very disappointing for an "Imperial Red." The taste is similar to the smell, but even worse. So much caramel and toffee along with the bizarre buttery flavor that dominates the beer. This beer is FAR too malty. The mouthfeel is actually pretty spot on, but I had trouble finishing a 10 oz pour and I doubt I'll revisit a Peak Beer anytime soon (especially if this is their highest rated beer on here.) (551 characters)

Photo of beechner224
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into large pint glass. Was reddish brown, clarity was pretty good. Was not much of a foamy head. What was there, was cloudy white. Did not get much hops, but a very strong malt smell. Reminded me of a barleywine with its strong dark fruit and sugary smell. Body and mouthfeel is good, bit on an acidic taste.

The taste is good, with the malt dominant. It is good, but wasn't what I expected on a hot FL summer day. I would have probably really liked it on a cooler night. (479 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours out a clear, reddish brown color. Two fingers of tan colored head with low retention. Spotty Lacing

S: Sweet honey, with slight hints of pine and citrus.

T: Herbal and floral with a toffee malt backbone.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body that is slightly chewy. The beer seems a bit tannic.

O: It's not too bad. The tannic bitterness is very off-putting, unfortunately. Otherwise, the rest is solid. (417 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the foil-topped 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 16, 2013.

It pours reddish brown with decent clarity and a full, foamy tan head that lingers throughout and leaves lacing clinging to the glass with each sip.

The nose is hopped up with very floral and flowery esters. Then there is also this cherry-fruitiness and inviting sweet malt note.

The body is a tad acidic but generally falls into the medium range.

The taste is much like the aroma with an abundance of floral (not earthy) hops and a difficult to define kind of fruity sweetness. It has a moderately lingering bitter finale bounced off a sweet kick. Well worth the $4.99 I paid for it. (655 characters)

Photo of dheacck11
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice rich amber red with a bit of haze. Soft off white lacy head, lingering with time.

Nose is very piney and resiny, with a hint of sticky sweetness.

Deep malty taste with flavors of pine, almonds, sap. Finishes with a potent dry hoppy bite. Only the slightest hint of booze.

Rich and full mouth feel, appropriate for the largeness of the beer.

A really nice imperial red overall. Nice complexity combined with solid body, all for an steal of a price. Great for the fall or spring. (487 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy brown/red color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Earthy hop nose. Flavor is piney hops almost balanced with sweet malts, lingering bitter aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH. (327 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, ruby coloring with a solid, frothy, off-white head that clings closely to everything it touches. Aromas of tangy caramel, rich toffee, roasty qualities, and a touch of booze. Very distinct, powerful aroma profiles. Flavors are toffee first and foremost, with that tangy sweetness of caramel not far behind. Earthy tones help to bring the richness down a bit, but this is still a mouthful on the palate, with a strong booze characteristic. Wow. Nutty highlights with a touch of roasting, but both of those are somewhat overpowered, as well. This is a malt bomb. Very layered. Rich aftertaste, both sweet and roasty, and with a solid dose of resiny hops to clean everything up. The hops cleans surprisingly well, as a matter of fact, leaving a very palatable, balanced, slightly bitter finish. Very interesting brew. (894 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thick head on the surface and lots of bubbles coating the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is stronger and seems a little maltier with some hints of sweetness (initially) and alcohol (towards the finish). The hops also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some noticeable heat from the alcohol, particularly in the aftertaste.
O: This beer is quite tasty and hides its alcohol well, except for some hints in the taste. I can definitely see how this beer is released in the winter, as it is a strong brew that delivers both bitterness and warming sensations. (1,029 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Ruby colored brew with a two finger cream colored head that lasts for about two minutes and leaves behind some rather nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Smooth medium-thick body, medium carbonation.

Smells of sweet toffee, caramel, just a dab of milk chocolate, and heavy earthy hopping, lesser amounts of onion / garlic, citrus peel, and pine resin.

The flavor is a very nice bittersweet blend of pith, garlic / onion, and sweet malts with an unfortunate rising boozy hotness in the back end. It's unusual to see Simcoe balanced out so well against malts, now if only they did something about hiding that ABV level... (655 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick frothiness for the head; leaves chunky lace on the glass, forming a full blanket on the side. The color is a crimson-amber, leaning closer to brown. Mild haze.

Powerful caramel aroma; it's almost like condensed malt in a homebrew store. Light alcohol in the background. A touch of hop to the nose.

Rich body with a high level of carbonation; in a word, creamy. This malty brew is offset with extensive bitter hops. One of the most flavorful beers I've ever had. Long aftertaste of pepper. (496 characters)

Photo of tilopud_rye
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up because I was on the way to listen to a DVD surround album by the band King Crimson. This prooved to be a nice tasty sipping beer. Pours a deep amber-resin with a thin head that sticks around to the end. Smells like classic candies: butterscotch, toffee, caramel, maple syrup. Taste starts with much more hop bitterness and fruits than the nose suggested but the mid to aftertaste brings those candy flavors to balance with the bitter start. I'm glad I came across this and was perfect for the late night music listening occasion. (547 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep auburn color with a great looking sticky two finger slightly off white head,great clarity with a great sticky head.Lightly kilned malts with some mild caramel mixed with resiny/fruity hops in the nose,man I love a hopped up big red!Wow what a creamy feel to this beer...it's dangerous.Starts out with some butterscotch and light roast with a slight alcohol burn that turns into overripe citrus and piney hops in a nice finish.Maybe Iam a sucker for the style but man I love this kinda stuff, a great beer. (542 characters)

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours out a deep red color with a finger of persistant head. The aroma, like oh so many of Peak's beers, is buttery. The big butterscotch note is the first thing that jumps out to me. There's some citrus hops and sweet caramel malts as well. The taste blends together very well, with the citrus and piney hops being balanced by the butterscotch and caramel notes. There's also a bit of roastiness in here on the finish, that works with the piney hops. Usually I'm not too much a fan of those buttery notes, but it works very well here. The slight booziness also helps to keep things in check. The mouthfeel is full and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is actually rather good. A solid big format bottle from Peak. (782 characters)

Photo of Arborescence
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ruby, lovely! Pours an awesome, dense and persisting head, it sits beautifully!

Aroma: Rich caramel malt, oak, sweet toffee. No bitterness, just a delicate mixture of sweet woody aromas; maple syrup. Absolute delight!

Taste: Much more bitter than you'd expect from the aroma, although the malty sweetness is still definitely there. First hint of strong ABV here, but it's well supported. The beer has a feel of an old ale to it, and I think it would age superbly. Warming due to the alcohol.

Taste: Smooth and rich, medium bodied.

Overall: I do feel that this beer could've been even better at around 7.0% ABV, but there isn't much to improve on apart from that, it's delicious! This is probably the highest mark I've given to any beer so far. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but I feel it's almost perfect for its style. (843 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

King Crimson pours a clear ruby color with a big, frothy off white head on top. The foam disappears slowly leaving behind clumps and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty and bready with some floral notes mixed in. It's sweet with butterscotch blended in.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, malty and bready with butterscotch. A fair amount of caramel flavor is also present. Towards the end some pine and floral hop bitterness moves in. It finishes bitter with lingering flavors of butterscotch and bread.

A very malty beer that's sweet and fairly easy to drink for 9% abv. The butterscotch is not an off flavor. It's definitely supposed to be there, but seems odd for the style. (784 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the reddest beers I've ever seen. No shy coppery color, it's a ruddy ruby amber. Nice head in the tall glass. Rich and powerfully flavored. Hoppy, resiny aroma. A rich and bitter mouthful.

Label says it is dry-hopped with Simcoe, so you get a good profile of that particular hop. The fruity, fragrant flavor really stands out. Pineapple and mango pile on to tame the grapefruit. Still, it's a long and bitter road to the finish.

One of the best examples I've had of a style with no reason to exist, in my humble opinion. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Encinitas. (587 characters)

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Peak Organic King Crimson from Peak Organic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.