Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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86
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this right after I tried Eagle Claw Fist, and this compared quite well.
In an imperial pint glass the beer was an amber color with about one inch of tan head. Plenty of lace.
Sweet caramel aroma. Citrus and herbal notes also.
Hoppy taste, mostly grapefruit, that lingered.
Sweet caramel.
Sweet and smooth, nicely balanced.
Would drink this anytime.

Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle pours a clear copper body with ruby highlights. Tall beige head has excellent retention and throws down some lavish sticky lacing.

Exceptional aroma! Fruity and floral. Orange blossoms, ripe red apples, pink grapefruit, pine resin, pineapple... all drenched in melting waves of caramel. Nice.

Medium full body is thick and creamy, not quite chewy, with a moderate carbonation.

Taste has a dominant citrusy hop profile deftly balanced by the creamy caramel malt base. Pineapple, pink grapefruit, pine resin, and orange blossom notes tease the taste buds all the way through. No alcohol presence, somehow. Clean finish.

Amazing balance and drinkability for such a big beer. This imperial red almost ventures into strong ale territory but still manages to maintain a surprisingly high drinkability. Very well done. One of the best beers I've enjoyed all year.

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish pour with a nice creamy frothy head. Putting the glass up to my nose, the first thing I smelled was a powerful yet soft and balanced hop nose. I was expecting a high IBU for this one, but at the first taste, the malt overtook any of the hops that I was expecting. It was very interesting. Enjoyable, I wouldn't put it at the top of my list of super brews, but it was something I will enjoy again.
It was really SO EASY drinking.
I didnt detect any fruit or spices, just some nice barley malt with the right hint of hops

Photo of Metalmonk
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So, I bought this beer because I love King Crimson, the band, and couldn't resist. Simple as that.

Appropriately regal gold foil wrapping uncovers...a screw-off cap. That's just silliness. Getting over that, I screw the top off (oh, I hate writing that), and pour, and get a deeply red liquid in my glass, so the name fits. It's crowned (geddit?) with a thick bed of dirty white foam. Speckles of lace are splattered around the glass.

Aroma has the vibe of an American strong ale, being citrusy hops backed up hard against a firm, cherry-like, slightly burnt, sweetly toasty, candy-like wall of malt. Mighty, mighty good.

The taste follows the smell, with elements of Boston baked beans (the candy), cherry, herbal tea, leafy hops, pine, and a dash of alcohol all doing their thing together. It's all mingled well, not one component jutting out further than the other. Bitter, resiny flavor left hanging out in the finish.

Despite a certain stickiness, this is a little thinner than everything else going on. Looks good, smells strong, tastes full...and feels a little thin. But that's okay, it's not exactly watery, and I like that the carbonation is relatively mellow.

It always comes back to the question: WWFD? (What Would Fripp Do?) Would he like this beer? Would he brew a beer like this? Will Crimson ever put another album out? In any case, this drinks like a decent American strong ale, and at 9% (that's what the bottle says) it might as well be. A very good effort, and even more impressive, it's USDA Organic.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A red that I liked, akin in taste to a barleywine.Some fruitiness, apricot tanginess. Rich malting. Reddish colour. Above average looks and mouthfeel. Caramel. Nice hop bitterness. Very drinkable. Very good for the style. Fresh bottle at Premiere Gourmet.

Photo of EORS
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On sale for 2.99 at the local liquor store so I figured it was worth a shot. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown with about an inch of pale tan head, which settled down after a few moments. No lacing on the glass, and medium carbonation in the beer.

Smell: Resinous hop aroma with alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Pleasantly surprising as reds aren't always a style I enjoy - very forward with the hop taste with a decent malt body, hints of warming alcohol. The dry hopping, I think, covers up some of the sourness/flatness I find the malt bills of some red ales/ryes.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation lightens up a medium to full body, which would otherwise be bordering on syrupy.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer at the price I got it at, and would say it's worth a try even at the full retail. A big beer that does a good job of staying balanced and tasting like a more full and flavorful version (not just a more alcoholic) version of its style. Will buy some more the next time I'm back.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz, no date, into my Duvel tulip. Very dark coagulated blood color. Two fingers of stiff off-white head. A lot of sweet caramely malt scents on the nose. A little bit of tart citrus. Touch o pine. Nice rich caramely, quasi-chocolate malty flavor with a big bitter punch on the finish. Definitely on the sweet side of the red spectrum. 9% is barely evident. A pretty decent bang for your buck beer.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into flared pint glass a nice deep amber with an aggressive two or three fingers of egg shell foam settling into a finger of styrofoam like head.

Sweet caramel malts on the nose and some pine hops.

Mostly getting the sweetness and caramel from the malt, but the hops are there, just not overwhelming.

Smooth resiny mouthfeel and then a hit of the alcohol bite with lighter carbonation at the end.

Pretty right price for this one - a very nice drinker, balanced though on the sweeter side. I will say a foil top revealing a screw cap is a little silly!

Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of jfmorey
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber purchased April 1, 2011 (No Foolin')

A deep reddish brown color and plenty of cream head that left nice lacing. Mouthfeel is good.

Complex and deep malty, slightly sweet taste with piney hops to produce good balance. None of the alcohol taste that I often find in beers above 9%. But drinkable? I will have another on any day it is available. Too bad it is a limited release.

Photo of u2carew
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
A) Pours with a two finger tan head. Settles slowly leaving creamy lacing at edge of the glass and on the drink down. Clear body, ruby in color.
S) Pleasant hop notes - grapefruit, orange. Toasty malt aromas with caramel and subtle brown sugar.
T) A malty red that is for sure! Dry, grainy, slightly sour and malty sweet all together - a "juiced" red ale for sure. Great flavor profile and well balanced keeping with style but just going into overdrive.
M) Medium to full body. Slightly dry. Some warmth from the ABV.
O) A great beer. Delicious and very drinkable (slowly that is).

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark reddish brown with a small amount of carbonation. Head was 1 finger light brown/dirty white foam that clung reasonably well. Aroma was slightly sweet, with a fair bit of hops of front. Definite reminded me of a brown bread. Hops were the strong flavoring. A bit of bread sweetness followed it, with a very small lactose sweetness at the very end. A bit over acidic in the mouth, but coated very nicely. Overall it was a fairly well balanced and solid beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Arborescence
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of Kromes
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy reddish brown with a tall thick orange/brown head. The head sat about a half inch above the rim of the glass for a good 3 minutes.

S: A very nice herbal, pine and earthy hop aroma.

T: The hop starts right up front with some pine flavors and then the bitterness kicks in and fades to reveal an oak-like toasted and carmel malt flavor. Alcohol flavor and feel throughout.

M: medium-heavy body. Carbonation is right on. A little oily, but the bitterness leaves the mouth somewhat dry.

O: A nice imperial red ale. Maybe a little hop heavy at first, but I like how there is a nice toasted/caramel malt flavor in the end.

Photo of JMUbrewz
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
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.)

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/30/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep crimson color as the name implies, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a nice, strong burst of grassy hops bitterness up front. Then some mild citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is heart and provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better "imperial red ales" out there but this is very solid beer to drink for a while and is the best beer I've had from Peak Organic.

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Peak Organic King Crimson from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.