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Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 12-31-2009)
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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tilopud_rye:
Photo of tilopud_rye
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

tilopud_rye, Jul 31, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

oberon, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

merlin48, May 22, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Billolick, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +5%

juicebox, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of dwilly
4/5  rDev +5%

dwilly, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

wo87810, May 29, 2012
Photo of rdilauro
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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

rdilauro, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

alamode, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Metalmonk, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Sammy, May 13, 2011
Photo of jbh26
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

jbh26, May 11, 2014
Photo of EORS
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

EORS, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

WestValleyIPA, May 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

rvajohn, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

OldIronLungs, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

KTCamm, Nov 28, 2013
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.

KYGunner, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  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.

puboflyons, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of jfmorey
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

jfmorey, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

hoppymcgee, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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).

u2carew, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of cantfindme
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

cantfindme, May 25, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Amalak, May 03, 2014
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Peak Organic King Crimson from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.