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Peak Organic King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Company

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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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Photo of berliner07
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

berliner07, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Arborescence, May 14, 2012
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 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 cantfindme
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

cantfindme, May 25, 2012
Photo of EnronCFO
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

EnronCFO, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Burt
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Burt, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of BeerMaverick
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

BeerMaverick, May 08, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

PEIhop, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of cfinch2
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of ME_M
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

ME_M, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of BigStein88
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

BigStein88, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Beer4Baltimore, Mar 30, 2011
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 nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

nickfl, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

smcolw, Aug 18, 2012
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
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

wo87810, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

raythealeman, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of SeanGC
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

SeanGC, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of guezarka
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

guezarka, Aug 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

bluntedboywonder, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of obireidkenobi
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

obireidkenobi, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Cyberkedi, Sep 21, 2011
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Peak Organic King Crimson from Peak Organic Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.