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Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 149
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
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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Photo of berliner07
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty red color. . This is tasty beer. Aroma is a mix of citrus hops, sweet maltiness and a touch of booze. Flavor up front is a rush of hops. Pine/citrus/grapefruit/sticky. Then maltiness floods the palate. Rich, thick mouthfeel. A little heat on the back to compliment the malt profile. At 9% or so, it's a bit dangerous.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10 oz. glass. *9% abv.*

A - Beautiful amber shade (pretty much the same color as the label) with 1 inch of off-white head. Fantastic retention that carries throughout the session and heavy lacing.

S - Wonderful aromas that are true to the style. Citrusy hop esters and licorice come to mind with a nice syrupy malt finish.

T - Very heavy and flavorful malt backbone with a plethora of fruity hops. The label says "lavishly dry-hopped" in addition to the wet-hopping and it is pretty blatant. Wonderful fruity sweetness balanced by Simcoe dry-hopping bitterness.

M - Pretty full-bodied brew, especially for an amber. The dominant citrusy character from the hops clashes with the strong malty facet...everything is in full force.

O - Overall this is in my top 3 favorite ambers and probably my favorite imperial amber. It is outdone by Nugget Nectar because NN has much less alcohol, yet it pretty much reaches the same level of flavor and hop character that Crimson achieves. You can also drink a 6-pk of NN whereas only one of these bombers would nearly put me over the top.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam that rests on top of an amber-brown body with good clarity. The head settles slowly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Pungent hop aroma, some grapefruit with lots of pine and sweaty simcoe notes. There is some toasty brown malt in the background as well, though it is thoroughly dominated by the hops.

T - Thick, toasty amber malt up front with lots of grapefruit hop flavor. More caramel and toffee comes out in the middle and there is a bit of pine to the hop character here as well. It finishes with a moderately sweet, lingering, candy-like caramel note that is complimented by fruity orange and grapefruit hop flavors and balanced by moderate bitterness and a bit of charred, toasted malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish with a bit of lingering alcoholic warmth.

D - Very drinkable, especially for a beer of this strength. I honestly wouldn't have guessed that this beer was as strong as it is; 7-8% maybe, but not 9.5%, there is some warmth in the finish, but otherwise it hides its alcohol very well. The hop aroma is truly excellent, really one of the best smelling red ales I have come across, it even stands up to the likes of Green flash and other west coast reds. The flavor profile is a bit more subdued in the hop department, with a more intense malt character, though it has a lot of grapefruit in the finish to keep you on your toes. Overall, it is a extraordinarily well balanced beer with a lot of flavor and an inappropriately high level of drinkablity for something so strong.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Indeed crimson with head retention. A nice looking glass of beer.
S- Hops and sweet malts
T- Light hops for a hophead with light roasted malt balance.
M - Sharp carbonation despite smooth mouthfeel.
D- quite drinkable...extremely drinkable

I'll have to find another bottle or two of this one.

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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).

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Photo of JAFoley
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crimson/Red

S- Hints of sweet malts. Dark malts

T- Hops more prevalent. Caramel malt balance.

Mouthfeel - Not heavy, as I have had heavier red ales. Crisp

Overall- Enjoyable beer. Easy to drink, makes you want another glass. It's heavy in the ABV, but not noticeable.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear mahogany with a fairly thick, if not persistent, light tan head. Inviting aroma is malty with a good overtone of apple and cloves and a subtle earthy note. Luscious flavor has a malty core and tones of wood, caramel, fruit (mostly apple), nuts and spice and just a touch of bitterness. Full-bodied smooth texture has a raspy fizz that leaves a nice edgy finish. Long live the king!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep copper-brown color with a thick oatmeal colored fine foam on top and gobs of frothy lacing. The nose detects tons of hoppy malt. Thick malt sweetness, near licorice in its depth with nutty caramel and generous pine hops, and maybe a kiss of citrus. The flavor brings, as one would expect after a sniff or two, lots of malt, evergreen brown sugar and yeasty caramel peanut. Grassy edges give this some character. A solidly medium bodied brew with mellow carbonation and a somewhat heavy feel. Quite a mouthful, a solid Imperial Red.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep shade of, well crimson, with a huge fluffy beige head that sticks to everything. Fruity and caramel malts mixed with earthy grassy citrus hops just about sum up the aroma on this one. I got an intense blast of citrus when I popped the cap open but that was short lived. Taste is caramel and dark pitted fruit mixed with an earthy spicy bitterness. Long lingering earthy grapefruit finish. Resinous and creamy mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation level. Wow I'm kind of impressed. Nice balanced red ale at a reasonable price compared to its peers. Great luscious creamy mouthfeel. Too bad its a "limited release" Points off for the screw top cap.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich crystal and roasted malt scent along with a very nice hop aroma. It's warm and malty with plenty of citrus hop appeal. The taste is good. It has a rich, malty flavor that's sweet with caramel malts yet bitter as hell with lots of citrus hops. There is a touch of toasted malt character that lends itself to a dry, roasted finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a terrific red ale. It's complex in both the malt and hop makeup.

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Photo of tylerprince
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at DBGB in NYC, Bowery and Houston.

A: Dark ruby/amber with a nice off white head. Quick resolution into copious lacing.

S: Smells like a bag of fresh, buttery popcorn. Quite strong. Butterscotch with some toffee; hops impart a subtle earthy aroma. Pine. Butterscotch and coffee dominate once head fades.

T: Piney hops up front meld into bitterness and caramel with butterscotch. Complex and sweet, but perhaps a bit too much so. Finishes sweet and boozy.

M: Syrupy and low on the carbonation, which works fine for this beer. Sticky head.

O: A nice amber. I haven't had many like this; by far the butteriest beer I've ever tried.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a somewhat hazy dark garnet color with a one inch light beige head that has good retention and leaves rings of lace all the way down.

S-Nose is subdued but pleasant. Pine and citrus hops with bready malt that is slightly sweet. If the nose was more prominent I'd be inclined to take this one up a half point or more.

T-Big citrus hop bite leads with a slightly resinous kick coming in midway, a touch of booze, sweet caramel malt makes its presence known mid palate and hangs through the finish and lingers into the aftertaste to accompany a bitter hop bite once again at the finish. The flavor profile reminds me of a Stone beer (and I say that not in a bad way-I love Stone).

M-Medium body and carbonation, slightly slick and oily mid-palate, but the finish is dry.

O-This is a really enjoyable Amber. A good job from Peak.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peak Organic King Crimson is a cloudy, dull red ale with a big, fluffy, yellowish head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a smooth, grainy malt aroma. It smells like caramel with just a hint of sweetness. Spicy and grassy hops are present. It's pretty full bodied and very smooth. The finish is dry and chewy. It tastes very malty with a good dose of melanoids. There's perhaps a touch of sweetness and a resiny quality. A grassy, herbal bitterness comes in at the finish along with alcohol warmth. This is kind of like a doppelbock, but an ale. It's flavorful and satisfying.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a meaty 2" head which was slow to erupt and had all manner of odd sized bubbles and froth. Lovely clear auburn color. Smell is like an IPA with hops, citrus, even some caramel. The taste has more of each of those except the caramel, and there's plenty of malt. Moderately long finish. To me this is reminiscent of their IPA, which I love, except it has a little less hop bite and it has the added malt. Very nice product. And surprisingly affordable for a pint.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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